Saturday, May 23, 2009
1.) from a religious stance that includes punishment from an outside source.
2.) from a viewpoint of a world based solely on cause and effect -- without recognizing that man has free will and the power to create his own reality.
Unfortunately, many people who became turned off by organized religion, merely substituted karma as a newly revised way of looking at punishment from God. Instead of saying "God's gonna getcha!" ...it turned into "Karma will getcha!" ... not too much of an improvement, in my opinion. One is as fear-based as the other. Not the best reason to be motivated to do --or not do something.
How many times have we heard others say: (heaven forbid we ever said it!) ..."Just wait! It'll come back to you / him / her / them!"...with a mixture of hatred and glee.
According to the Universal Law of Attraction, we DO attract into our lives that which we give out. So is the Law of Attraction any better than a punishment-wielding god? I think so. Part of our misunderstanding deals with the fact that what we are really 'giving out' are our vibrations. It's the frequency we are emitting when we are 1) doing 2) saying, or 3) thinking. That is what 'counts'--not necessarily the 1) deed, 2) spoken word, or 3) thought.
That is what Jesus was talking about when he was telling a group: 'even though you speak with the tongues of angels, and have not LOVE in your heart, your words are but as tinkling brass." Noise. Don't mean a thing, so we can expect the same kind of vibration BACK as we PUT OUT. The vibrations/ frequencies can come in any kind of form...human or circumstance. When we find ourselves in the midst of bad vibrations...this gives us the grand and glorious opportunity to learn to say 'no'...or politely excuse oneself from those vibrations. I just recently re-learned that. Again.
Is it any wonder why Abe keeps preaching the same ol' song and dance?? FEEL GOOD!! Stay in Alignment. Let go of hatred, resentment, blame... Keep reaching for the better thoughts, enjoy and milk the good times for all they are worth, accept 'what is' but don't ever think you have to 'stay there.' Take care of yourself by keeping in the best alignment you can muster up...and that way...one helps others.
All the great teachers do not look upon karma as 'punishment' from which their is no escape. I was looking at some books in Capitol Hill Second Hand Book Store today and came across a phrase by the Buddha. This is paraphrased, but close enough..." Letting go of the hatred of a situation will allow karma to dissolve." And I thought...wow!.... Smart man, the Buddha.
Don't be a martyr unless you enjoy being one. Don't 'do good deeds' in hopes of building up 'good karma' unless you actually enjoy what you are doing. If we enjoy it, vibrationally we will 'receive back' all kinds of good stuff that makes you feel good. Just don't always expect to get it back from the same person you are giving whatever...to. That is where a lot of disappointment may come in. Just LOOK at all I have done for you, and that is how you repay me!
Seth tells us that if we insist on stubbornly believing in the stereotypical version of karma; if we strongly believe that we must be punished for some misdeed, we will not find ourselves disappointed. Our beliefs have created our reality. We create our reality (if one wishes to believe that or not.) Eventually, we learn, we all evolve, we all expand our consciousness... the rate at which we do so is up to us.... although 'we never get it all done'...or we really would be dead. Perfection is 'death'...it's all over. No more growth. Now that's not a fun thought.
Cause and Effect is what is called a Root Assumption in this 3D reality. We experience our time in a Linear fashion...another Root Assumption. Before we become Aware; before we Awaken spiritually, we will have experiences that will always validate those Root Assumptions. Put your hand in the fire and it will burn...for a long 'time.' Once we learn to become consciously aware...we will (ideally) not pull that stunt off again. As simple as that analogy is...it applies to all of life. Even the complexities. Eventually we learn we can heal / change the past from the PRESENT...because the Point of Power is always IN The Present. That was the basis for Eckhart Tolle's book, The Power of Now.
Often, we decide, before a new incarnations, what we feel we need to experience in order to keep expanding and broaden the scope of our self-empowerment. This may even include some difficult and challenging happenings in a particular lifetime... but it is NOT punishment! It is for gaining understanding. Ironically, we get to think of it in any way that we want...but eventually we learn to accept that WE ARE the creators.
There is a saying (by some wise guy...I do mean 'wise' :) that until we learn to love ourselves, we can never love anyone else. We don't have to EARN the right to love ourselves by loving others.
If people insist upon believing the only reason people 'behave' is because they fear the consequences of karma, punishment, or 'getting caught' ... it means they have no faith in humanity. Which means: they have no faith in their own innate goodness. Which means they will continue to have problems....which isn't much fun to hear or accept...but, alas and alack...tiz true. Good ol' America has more Laws than any other country... and guess what?...we also have more crime than any other country.
Karma is about learning...not punishment. To think of karma as nothing but punishment indicates one has not accepted responsibility for his or her role in what one is experiencing. Sometimes it's all very difficult to comprehend or believe...or accept. And, there may be instances of when we simply have to let go of being able to understand why certain things happen to us. I am learning, however, that those instances are actually more rare than common. I have taken many an offbeat path in my learning before I found genuine humility and allowing in order to 'see' what kind of frequencies or vibrations I myself was putting out -- which invited those 'unexpected' events into my life....Being willing to let go of the concept that Karma is punishment...indicates we are willing to let go of Blame. Letting Go of Blame means...guess what!?... we will find we have so much less to blame! Funny how that works. It's SO good that it does work that way!!
"What you vibrate into the world comes back to you.
How you vibrate your life determines what kind of
life you will have."
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Friday, May 1, 2009
Even as a small child, war never made any sense to me...and during the '40's and '50's, especially, most Americans just assumed God himself was on our side. Therefore if it became necessary to serve 'God and country' --synonymous terms... one would proudly march to a strange land and kill people one didn't know, to protect our land and our 'freedom.' Being blindly obedient to God and country (government) and never questioning--was indeed, praiseworthy. Now THAT is 'patriotism.'
Now many years later, some people still have not changed their thinking. (I use the term 'thinking' quite loosely) Far too many have made no progress whatsoever in evolving away from thinking in terms of 'violence as being the only answer.'.... You know...The John Wayne philosophy: "Gee whiz, podner, I hate to do it, but I gotta kill ya." Bang. You're dead.
War has never and will never -- be 'protection' from anything, anyone, or any country. War is about believing control and dominance will solve our problems. The need for domination of one country over another comes from the ultimate sense of powerLESSNESS... All of it being Fear Based. If this is not understood ... then one could read books or listen to any one's teaching and it simply would not be absorbed by those who are still totally programmed and mind-controlled. The ultimate goal of violence is NOT power ... but that of self-destruction and self-annihilation....all based on overwhelming Fear...whether or not it is recognized as such. Either people "get this" or they don't. The pro-war people will always find 'justification' for having to go to war.... Some may say, 'it's such a shame but it's a necessary evil' but they are actually afraid to see with a greater seeing or awareness that is based on Love and Allowing.
Unless one believes that one actually does create one's own reality... one will always believe, and therefore find reasons -- for justifying and advocating war. One of the reasons why people refuse to see beyond what they have been programmed to believe -- is because they would be afraid of 'what else' they might 'see.'
As always, in metaphysics, one has to 'bring it home' ... to one's own individual, personal life. Those who believe in the necessity of war because 'they / we have no choice' -- believe all causes are external...that everything is on the 'outside' of them and they are 'victims'. As of yet, they are unable to make the connection between their own personal beliefs and what happens to them externally is a result of those beliefs.
Someone once said "All wars are religious wars" Organized religion _tells_ you what is 'right and wrong' and rarely encourages you to believe in your own power and that 'God' is not separate entity from you. But that's another whole story, eh?
There will always be war as long as people believe there must be. In time, everyone evolves and expands and becomes Aware and Awake... No one is lost in the Yang or the Darkness forever... Those who believe that Hate or Darkness is stronger than Love and Light, do not comprehend what Jesus said quite succinctly! --"It is done unto you according to your beliefs." To0 bad the Church doesn't teach the true meaning of what he said. Christians are no better than Muslims when it comes to glorifying war.... and the Jews just seem to love to instigate... oh well...
I spent much of my time being an anti-war protestor ... but you know what? It's like Ghandi said..."You cannot have peace by fighting for it...You must peace for peace." War will NEVER bring peace. Buddha said "What you resist...persists." One NEVER wins "the war on..."--and that must be a prelude to understanding any of this.
In much of our world 'war is big business'... and therefore we must continue to encourage men and women to "serve their country" ...and then honor and glorify our 'fallen heroes'... Never mind those we have killed~! After all, they are the bad guys, the "wrong" guys and we are "right" guys and "god" is on our side. It hurts to wake up to see the utter stupidity of all of this. But we've no right to point fingers at those 'others'. We all make our choices. As Abraham teaches: We either deliberately create our reality ... or we do so by default." Kind of like overdrive ... Law of Atttraction scans and seeks one's strongest beliefs and simply delivers.
So what can we do? Everything and anything that serves us well in making us Feel Good and connected to Source and the true Freedom that ONLY comes from Love. We KNOW when we are coming from a place of Love. And we know when we are NOT. What we do and how we do it...whatever that may be... is an individual thing. I strongly believe we know EXACTLY what we need to do and what we need to avoid...It's built into us... We can find it once we are willing to let go of the old programming that we dared not question for "fear of God's punishment!" We can choose to allow and bless others to their Highest Good...if we agree or disagree with them... We need only pay attention to our OWN journey and just let others be. We don't attempt to 'save them.' If we do help others, it will just happen. It will be a matching vibratory thing. I have a number of friends that do not understand anything of which I am talking about....and that's OK. We still like and respect each other (most of the time! ) because the Love that is in us all finds a way to ALLOW and Let It Be.
The predominant thoughts we have shape our ideas -- and what we FOCUS on and give our ATTENTION to materializes in our lives. Remember the little statement we kind of giggled at in the 70's: "Think Nice Thoughts" ... well!-- it's not a bad idea ... Another one: "Get Your Mind Off Of It" ...is another goodie... Don't take up permanent residence in the thoughts that make you miserable.
The "News" is our worst enemy. It doesn't "inform" us...it tells you what to believe... As the P's once said: "That's why they call it a News PROGRAM." and the question we must all ask ourselves is: What do I believe? As Seth once said, in The Nature of Personal Reality: "If you feel you have nothing to do ... sit down and sift through a handful of your beliefs." It really helps us to "see" things more clearly when we are aware of --and admit to honestly --those beliefs that we hold.