What about Karma?

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We have been queuing for a long time to get to this point upon our spiritual journey and we suddenly find that what is expected of our choices is not as simple or as easy as we first thought. The one thing to always remember is that when the Universe creates so-called problems, it creates the solutions as well. 

How many times do you hear people say that “It happened because of my bad karma” or “I must have done something bad in a previous life, so my karma has come around to get me.”

This is the popular explanation for the concept of karma, but what is the real definition of this Sanskrit term?

Traditionally it translates as ‘action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation: in Hinduism one of the means of reaching Brahman.’ www.dictionary.com

However, neither of these definitions matches my own understanding of karma and I will try and explain why.

Our planet Earth, plus a variety of other planets, are learning grounds for beings to incarnate and experience a variety of scenarios. Some planets specialise in one specific experience and others, like our own planet Earth, have the distinct advantage of multitudes of scenarios that we can play out.

Earth is a very popular choice, because it is a tasting and testing ground, where all things are available; from the lightest of the light to the darkest we can imagine. Just visualise the line of souls waiting for the chance to incarnate here!

All of the things that are available here are opportunities for growth in our awareness. And these opportunities are the stations of growth each and every soul or jiva must transition through in order to reach completion or reunion with the Divine (or Source).

Every Master of Consciousness on the path to self-realisation has undoubtedly at some point chosen to live their lives in an abusive relationship, suffered because of a lack of love, had criminal leanings and mistreated others, all as an experience and an opportunity for growth.

The thought of having to experience life again as a murderer or worse is not one that anyone would choose to remember or repeat, although this is of course a choice that may be made on the path to self-realisation. Fortunately the cycle of rebirth or reincarnation removes the memories before you are again immersed into the physical classroom, allowing you to experience the experience without prior knowledge or memory.

Each and every soul is making the same journey as we are and, at some stage, we will all become a Buddha, Jesus Christ or someone similar, but for some, it may take longer. This is the benefit of free will – we always have choices.

Let me just step back before going forward, and explain the role of the Chakras in our makeup and why they are critical to understanding why and how we can change our lives.

The Chakras, literally wheels of energy, are centered within the body. They govern the integration of the qualities and energies that make us who we are. These energies manifest as love, compassion, material drive, passion, forgiveness, trust, spiritual drive, truth leadership, etc.

Karmas are the vrittis or unintegrated energies experienced during our incarnations that lodge within the Chakras. These energies can be either dominant or passive, dependent upon how we balance our lives through the action of the Chakra energy, and ultimately interact with the world.

So it’s not that there are so many lessons to re-learn, but that the dominant or passive energy we are displaying from that lesson is yet to be integrated.

The integration of these karmas can take place through the action of a variety of modalities available to us; yoga, chi gong, meditation and so on, for whenever a problem is created, the Universe provides a solution. After all, the whole point of being here and what we do is not to keep us subjugated, but to encourage us towards resolution.

Now comes the tricky part.

With this possible truth that I have outlined, do you carry on with the thought that “that’s not how it is, and nothing will ever change” and possibly negate your position in the classroom of life (this time around), or do you consider each and every thought, action and result, as they are the key to change in this life?

Change is a difficult land for many reasons, especially when everything around you seems to be falling apart, but for the most part, the vehicle of change really comes when we are at the lowest point in our lives.

The thing to always be conscious of is that our choices in making change do not just sidestep us into another drama, or that we use justification as our reasoning for choice. The heartfelt decision that comes not from the intellect but stems from an altogether separate place, is one that you can easily learn but takes time to trust.

Meditation is the easiest and least complicated path, with only the rising and falling of the breath needed as a focus. So before you make any decision that may influence your life beyond the mundane, sit down, straighten the back, place your feet on the ground, rest your hands in your lap and breathe in and breathe out.

Count your breaths slowly backward from 30 as an inhalation and an exhalation, and if you lose your place in counting, start again at 30 inhaling and exhaling. And very soon, with dedicated practice, you will be meditating as deeply as a yogi allowing yourself the space and the opportunities for change to take place and insights to present themselves! Because if you were armed with the insight that the tough and unfair life you are now leading could be different and you have the tools, why would you not make a choice to make a change?!

Dean Creedy has been a spiritual seeker for over 40 years and has had a focus on the path of the yogic traditions for nearly 25. He was drawn to the mystical and metaphysical side of the Indian and Eastern traditions, gaining deeper understanding through the grace of teachers and masters upon the path. In 2003 he became part of these traditions by initiation and adopting and embracing his spiritual name.
Dean trained to become a yoga teacher in India and Perth, Western Australia and from the turn of the new millenium offered regular classes, workshops and retreats, covering all aspects of yogic life. 
In 2007 Dean and Melanie were drawn to a tree change in Southern Tasmania, creating an environment where they could achieve a deeper understanding of their respected fields and paths.
Dean’s approach to the spiritual path and all the pitfalls and challenges is a practical and grounded one, sidestepping the often airy nature of current trends, and always looking for balance in all things.