Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What is Karma?

“And when we realize the essence of mind
Even for one moment then
Truth is known to us.”

Excerpt From ‘The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma’
Chapter I

What is Karma?

Welcome to the experience of monastic teachings, we shall term it Monk 101! Most of the individuals in our part of the world seem to be seeking personal empowerment; yet, you are not certain what that is exactly. Allow me to assure you that it is not about having power over other people it is more in line with realizing your own power in your own life and the situations that we seem to encounter. If we understand the principles of karma and what it actually is then we may realize outcomes which give us power over it. In this book, the information that is being offered on Karma will assist you to not only attain the sense of being empowered, but it will also guide you, most assuredly, on the path of enlightenment or consciousness along with having you realize how all things are connected one to the other. I only ask that you “hear” and internalize what is shared with you in each chapter and, using the teachings with purpose, you will gain all the desires of your heart.

You see, an empowered individual must first have power over them self, over their lower carnal nature. And by understanding Karma, this sense of being empowered is attained in a much easier fashion with the added bonus that you will go through life in a much more purposeful way. I have often asked myself how an individual would explain a very ancient principle to the vast majority of people in the 21st century. Having studied in the Far East for many years, I personally have come to understand and internalize these principles, observed how they operate irrespective of one’s belief system. And confirming my own belief that people in this part of the world truly do not pay attention to the consequences of all what they do. Most people attach no meaning to the word “Karma” when overheard by another, or it is frequently mentioned through trite humor such as, “Oh, Karma will handle it,” while internally believing Karma as a tool designed to punish. In truth, the above quote is accurate and, more times than not, Karma does not return in humor because it returns in like kind, its sole purpose is to make sure the playing field remains level, to maintain equality in all things. This is true simply because all things were originally equal in their creation, and Karma ensures it stays this way.

So, what is Karma, and how may we define it?  My first answer would be that Karma is a genuine, natural, unrelenting law of the universe, the mechanism through which gives us experience as the law of return action. Karma gave birth to life, in a sense, because the physical human and all things are the return action of the original energy of the Creator. We are the end result of the original Cause and, with us; Karma was given birth as one of the primary principles of Life. We could go so far to say that Karma was and is the original creative power of the universal Divine mind, a purposefully empowered mind and thought. To think we are in Its image and likeness is simply staggering! No thought, no emotion, and no physical activity can be above or exempt from this Principle, which is why it is connected to the grand pool of Consciousness, thoughts, and their ripple effects on consciousness, personal and otherwise. Do you realize that Karma, as a word and philosophy, reach all the way into physics?

Newtonian physics states it as the Third Law of Motion, “For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action,” with the prime idea that if this happens in one thing then it must happen in all things, or it becomes invalid. Karma is also a principle underlying the way Doppler radar performs. How? As I understand it, when mathematician/physicist Christian Doppler was attempting to develop his idea, he became frustrated. After a rain, he went for a walk. He sat down on a bench and began throwing tiny pebbles into a small pool of water, noticing the ripples traveling across it and wondered, “Once they disappear, where do they go?” From controlled experiments back in his lab, Doppler realized the ripples did not disappear at all; in fact, he discovered that every ripple, viewed as a concentric circle moving away from the point of impact, spread to all edges and depths of the pool, only to then return from whence it originated. This is the purest evidence of Karma in action as all things return to their point of creation, including thought, for once it is generated it goes forth to contact its like vibration only to return to its creator, the originator of the thought. Once the absolute power of Karma is fully realized, we could truly greet the circumstances of our experience, and to also comprehend the power of creation in the very act. So now I ask, “What pebbles do you cast into your pool of consciousness?” “What would you like to have as an experience?” “What would you like your life to become?” Karma has both the power to deliver it to you and the power to block it, thus taking it from you. Karma is a very powerful concept to learn and understand, let alone to work with; yet, our very key is to actually work with it because we absolutely can not avoid it! And to understand its operation, we must first understand the idea of consciousness, another concept we simply can not avoid. Quantum Physics proved it mathematically and now uses this word very regularly and accepts it so should we as it is as real as the rising sun. I presented the idea of consciousness in the introduction and, throughout Monk 101, we shall expand its idea so as to leave no stone unturned.

You may ask, “Does Karma have this kind of power?” One would think so if Newton and Doppler were correct in their discoveries. After all, Karma was a key factor in the creation of life! We should realize and appreciate the power we have and the power behind Karma. What goes on in our mind and what we think creates our life and experiences, both of which are 100% Karma and the action on its return; in other words, our circumstances or experiences are precisely what we each have produced. The question now is, do we believe in it? Our personal yes or no answer is actually totally irrelevant because Karma is real, constantly and continually, 24/7. I have a better question, “Do you accept it?” The proof is always present and right in front of you! If accepted, you then are able to choose to watch this ever-present principle in constant action before your very eyes. You will see it from everything you do through your thoughts and feelings, each and every moment, as you then gain the power to shift any and all things in your life and in our world. This is true empowerment! If declined, then your personal pool will remain cloudy at best with no chance of clearing or filtering the water to its original state. Aside from us referring to Karma casually or in humor, I find it interesting that we do refer to it in the United States as, “What goes around comes around.” This is Karma, American-style, and it states the same idea precisely; yet, we must accept it more literally and genuinely in order to ever have it work for us instead of against us. Correction here! Karma does neither because it simply works tenaciously in any direction we choose to create our experience, since it takes the human in a very literal context, even if we think otherwise. Being the producer of results in all we do or perpetuate, Karma returns to us exactly what we produced. In essence, whether we act responsibly or not is totally irrelevant, for every action carries its own consequence, as like attracts its like kind. Please remain ever present and aware of this concept; otherwise, you may surely stumble on your path if you do not.

Karma is our ultimate teacher, the teacher of our true nature and the true ego less self, as you will see while we journey together through the twelve principles of Karmic law. Its purpose is to have us realize the truth of life and our relationship to it and to each other. I have stated in previous works that the divine only creates in equality from divine substance into divine substance and Karma ensures we live in that divine principle, exclusively. If we were to operate fully under the concept of Karma, a very natural divine law in the full sense of the word, we would have no use for human-made ideas of law. Now what would we do with the law-makers! Humor aside, in truth, the only reason we have human laws is because we ignore the natural ones, ones which require no income and operate on their own accord without human intervention! How so? They are purely causes and effects as stated in Newton’s third Law of Motion, with Karma being, to its very core, a universal condition and divinely-imposed to every individual. Interestingly enough, the Bhagavad Gita states that anything which is embodied cannot escape it, Karma, or deny it as it is ever-present. If I may add, Karma is the cause behind evolution, constantly changing, though we attempt to prevent it at times in our personal life. If evolution of life and species are not able to avoid it neither are we as the individual. Ponder for a moment, as long as we think or believe we can prevent or even avoid Karma, which in truth we can not, our true personal empowerment shall continue to avoid us. However, our life will work wondrously more smoothly in every activity once we consciously begin to work with it directly, learning to accept it and what it brings to us, which may very well be our special gift. Karma is the prod attempting to move us when we become seemingly stuck in our own quicksand due to the build up of silt that we placed in our pool of consciousness. It is as eternal as the Creator, and the only law to which we are bound to follow, knowingly or unknowingly matters not. We have every advantage when followed consciously; otherwise, we are at the mercy of apparent circumstance.

To truly understand the principles, we must first realize it is not possible for any living being to exist without any level of activity, though we actually think we can be inactive at times. Even sitting on the sofa we could still be active mentally and or emotionally which is still creating karmic effects. In truth, we are created as living activity, moving matter, and we learn the impact of Karma from all activities in which we find ourselves, whether they be physical (implying movement,) mental, emotional, or even a combination thereof, including the conditions to which Karma applies in these activities. By observing each activity, we then realize its cause and, from this process, we begin to recognize that our path is outlined for us, thereby creating the simplest and most fruitful of routes. As a simple example of this we could easily say that we learn to walk as children through the use of cause and effect, karma, something as adults we think is simple. By only paying attention to the Karmic return of what we so created through each activity is how we learned to walk and this we could apply to anything in life! Otherwise, by stubbornly remaining non-observant and resistant, the very same path may become quite difficult, wherefrom we actually learn very little as we attempt to become so-called inactive. Besides, from the mere act of resistance, Karmic pressure increases, following Newton’s Third Law, because the act of resistance only creates more of itself, as does peace creates more peace, for each activity creates more of its like kind, each showing up as circumstance. Truly, there is simply no other way since this is the primary focus behind Karmic law.

As a student in Monk 101, the first area of focus for us neophytes would be self-observation with pure objectivity, learning to observe our self while in each activity without any self-judgment whatsoever. Judgment will quickly blind you to your true self; therefore, be purely objective in your observation apply no condemnation. At first this will be difficult, but with practice it becomes much simpler to accomplish. From this viewpoint we can distinguish the sequence of events to the same degree as a monk, knowing precisely where we need to be in any given moment, and seldom be caught off balance. As an aside, a monk is rarely caught off balance, if ever, because they understand balance as more of an internal event, not an external one as we think of it. If we do not prefer the results which create our imbalance, we simply change the preceding conditions, thereby shifting the results and returning to a state of balance.

Continuing, we would learn to realize that we live in a world of natural laws and to not only observe them, but also to master and utilize them for the benefit of self and humankind. Imagine a planet with a truly balanced state of consciousness. The world would achieve a greater state of magnificence with its people! Monks understand these laws so well that they are able to teach them to others, as I am attempting here, teaching that we are not in the grip of so-called circumstance, that we are instead in a world of natural principles and forces which may be used to bring about all we desire, as long as we understand them, not violate them as we do constantly. It is this very violation which has brought about the world we have today. Do you understand?

Karma is not a force that crushes; rather, it establishes a statement of conditions by which we are to live. Out of these conditions results will inevitably occur. It is these occurrences that we see as results created by our own actions. They are not punishments, unless we live in punishment or dole it out by stealing or taking from others. And I am not talking about just the physical things as you shall understand later. If we live in a fashion which is happy-go-lucky in a careless sense, ironically, this is exactly what will create our issues because we do not pay attention to natural circumstance. We will essentially become helpless and at the mercy of nature’s forces while we remain ignorant of the natural process. While living in this fashion, we will most certainly experience misfortune and seeming failure, finding it a struggle to be truly happy and content with our lives. On the other hand, if we understand and are wise to these forces, we can master them, allowing these natural laws to serve us as was originally intended. We must learn to realize that all natural laws exist to enable us, not disable us, that our knowledge of them is necessary in order to utilize them, not to manipulate or violate them. Being a natural law, Karma has a direct influence upon each of us due to its very natural state, enabling us to virtually change our nature by altering how and why we do the things we do, only from the true knowledge of it. If we learn to observe the laws then we do not become caught in the stream eddies, nor do we run into the rocks or logs which lie submerged, for we safely and securely pass them by. I wish to first offer a few scenarios to help you understand how Karma works and interacts with us before we probe into each principle individually.

My first scenario that will demonstrate how karma returns, at first it will seem innocent enough, is that of a homeowner who does everything in an attempt to burglar-proof their home. Let us also say that the only reason they are doing this is out of fear. Even though they think they are taking care of house security during this whole time, they are actually sending out waves of fear into consciousness. Just as my Master teachers drew me to them at the roadside shack, so too is the homeowner attracting the burglar to the residence by sending out the necessary energy. What energy? Why on Earth would this even occur when the purpose is for safety? Their underlying emotion is fear and fear is very powerful as a charge to thought.  It is one of the most powerful human emanations that we have! In fact, the two greatest powers a human has through emotional energy are love and its exact opposite, fear. Back to the scenario, the above could be termed as like mind or like vibration, one attracting the other. Or it could be termed as the Doppler Effect or the pull of electromagnetic fields, one attracting the other. Fear generated the event, prey attracting the predator. This homeowner was truly focused more on their fear of a break-in than simply seeing their home as completely safe and secure, which by doing so, only safety and security would have been attracted to the home by the very same Karmic principle. If the home is burglarized, it is neither Karma’s “fault,” nor is it a form of punishment. It was simply matching the originator of the vibration in reality to its opposite as though a magnet or a magnetic force drawing its opposite polarity. Think for a moment, if the monks could contact me from 9,000 miles away through the proper use of consciousness, imagine what we send out in our very own neighborhoods each and every day? Okay, what about the thief’s Karmic experience?

From the thief’s perspective, the Karmic circumstance has a more far-reaching effect, aside from the potential jail time which is ultimately part of the Karmic return. Most thieves do end up in jail only because they do not know when to cease their activity. The Karmic return begins to set them up when the person starts to think it easier to take from another person, thus deciding to no longer work in the traditional sense, thus stealing at a higher rate. They honestly believe there is nothing erroneous in what they do! Of course, it can take time to catch them, but the more they steal, the more tightly Karmic principles take hold. When looked at in depth, what are the long-term Karmic effects? From the very first effect, once they have stolen something, they are no longer able to completely trust any thing or anyone else, even to the degree of distrusting their own experience. Why is this so? In truth, we can only know others by how we know ourselves, yet another principle monks understand and utilize. You see, what we are, we see in others. I will expand on this principle in a future chapter. The bottom line is if a thief is going to steal then how can they trust? This not only affects their material reality, but also their emotional reality because, if they truly wanted another person to love and trust them, how could they return that person’s love and trust? They simply could not because the wheels have already been set in motion by their own hand.

The next effect coming into play is that they run a very high risk of having things being stolen from them, following again the Karmic principle of equality; in other words, one may not have what does not belong to them. In truth, I could almost guarantee they will have things taken from them, for these are simply warnings given by Karma. To summarize, the thief has lost their traditional job, if any; they have lost the ability to trust; they have lost the ability to love and to be loved; they have lost the things they stole, and they will lose their freedom. All because of Karmic circumstance! Let’s stir in two more effects on the thief: frustration and anger. Okay, why would these come into play? Frustration will enter because, once the Karmic returns occur, they will compound themselves in the thief’s experience because “nothing is going my way.” The anger comes into play because of the jail time they will experience, about which they will always claim their innocence and, of course, no one believes that. The thief got “hit” from every direction through Karmic return action, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Oh, one last thing. Thieves actually attract jail to themselves because of what they have now become: “trapped” in distrust. Even after all the Karmic effects have piled on top of the so-called thieves, they still have the ability, from understanding the principles of Karma, to shift their experience into a totally new dynamic by accepting the flow of a new direction, thereby creating new activities to which Karma may respond. Will the thief learn their lesson?  Well, that is their choice, honest or not.

“What is the experience of a Karmic return from our emotional body?” I ask you. Love - true love - is vitally important to each of us and is the quintessential reason why we experience life; we want to attain it in physical form. As energy beings before we enter life, love is all that is known; however, as physical form, we get the full and intense impact of the idea. Do we not dream of love or seek it in some fashion in our world, to know there is someone who simply loves us for exactly who we are? This person loves us in all respects, no matter what we say or do, loving us completely from their heart, free of any conditions with absolutely no mental apprehensions or judgments whatsoever going on. My Master teachers informed me that we each have a twin flame or vibration, that we are too impatient in our search for them, hence the reason for such a high divorce rate in this part of the world. You see, if we would simply wait and search from our heart, we would find our twin flame very easily because the natural law of Karma would lead us right to them.

I would like to share from personal experience because I finally have the twin flame of my life. My wife is an absolutely amazing person to be around, and I have absolutely no doubt or question as to how much she loves me. From our love comes such strength, depth, and magnificence, abiding constantly, 24/7. I truly feel it is the most extraordinary relationship of which any human could ever conceive. Can you have this, too? Absolutely! But, the truth is, you must be willing to walk this path with the other person, not for or because of them but because of you. Additionally, from the perspective of Karma, you must become that person before they are even able to show up in your life, to then become attracted to you. Love, in its truest sense, is like the purity and tranquility of the driven snow until shattered by our early experience of rejection, which will condition our subsequent experiences; hence, rejection in this area becomes fairly common for most. At a young age, we can easily imagine rejection, whether perceived or real is totally irrelevant. Why so? As youngsters we simply do not have the wisdom to discern as we do when older or when we have more emotional experience in life. So, here we are, holding onto the pain in our emotional bodies wherefrom we actually create even more pain due to Karmic return action as we draw yet another experience of love and rejection to us! Does this make any sense? It becomes, therefore, one of the greatest errors we may have in the arena of love. In truth, it is all in how we perceive it! When we cut our finger we know where to place the antiseptic and band-aid; however, when it comes to our heart there is no antiseptic, nor can we place a band-aid on it. “So what do we do then?” you ask. By understanding Karma, we grow through it to negate any future Karmic influence; we simply learn to realize that the idea of rejection is nothing more than a teacher of self-acceptance. So forgive the experience and bless it as a lesson and move on to find the true love, your twin flame.

One day I asked Master Lobsang about the idea of love to which he replied simply and with deep wisdom, looking at me straight in the eye, “Young man, love does not know time nor distance; it only knows love.” Are you certain you even want true love in your life? Because, once you truly realize what this unconditional love thing is all about, you just may develop a fear of it. You may chuckle, but I’m here to suggest to you that I most certainly did fear it! You see, after my early experiences of emotional pain, I withheld my emotions from this idea of love, subsequently finding myself blaming my partners for my lack of feelings toward them. It actually became easier to show anger than to simply allow love to flow. How could I when I had no real experience of it with another human? I only thought I had! Therein lays the answer to the issue. I thought I loved them; yet, I held myself from its experience. Love is not a thought; rather, it is an emotion, a feeling. If one thinks they love another, it is not from their heart. It is from their mind. I came to realize that, since I did not love myself, Karmic return brought me a person who also did not love me. We must love our self first so the other may do the same. Remember, you and I are the originators of all our experiences. Once I realized that the necessary ingredient was love of self, well, both you and I know the rest of the story.

Have you ever experienced a new relationship developing very rapidly? To instantly destroy it, you need only say to yourself, “This is going too fast,” which indicates that the relationship must be controlled. Ponder on this idea: if you are attempting to control love, how can it be love? Your control may very well be based in the idea of your fear from the very thing you would like to have the most. If this is the case, look at your need to control. Besides, this will only create a controlling relationship or a controlling partner through Karma. Master Lobsang also told me that if it takes longer than five seconds then it is not the twin flame. You may ask your self this; five seconds is not long enough to know a person! Or is it? Here is the paradox. Love is instant, but learning who that love is may take a lifetime, then being amazed by them. The key to the Karmic process is self-love first. If you do not, then you must ask yourself, “If I am not able to love me, then how may I love another? If it is not in me first, then how may the other love me?” Remember, what begins with us must end with us. This is the truth in all things no matter how it may appear in the moment. Who created it? You did for your experience. So, in reality, you must become open to the idea of like attraction, Karma on both ends of the scale. “Become what you seek and it shall find you,” is the essence of Karmic law, which will show more of it self as we journey together through the principles.

www.hairfield.com                       From my book ‘The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma’