Saturday, October 1, 2022


KARMA #3 

The next overriding principles determining our karma and which challenge our free will are: 


Subordinate Ego to the Higher Self.

Practice Love.

Be in Joy and savor the opportunity of being in a sentient body and of fulfilling one’s task or mission.


SUBORDINATE EGO TO THE HIGHER SELF 

(Ego’s Triad on the Tree of Life)


All must be done for its own sake, not for reason of an outcome.
All is a journey not a destination and it is a continual arriving.


We need to do things for their own sake and not because of any ego driven agenda – hidden or otherwise. If rewards were always immediate there would be a huge incentive to always perform correctly because of the gratification we would expect from our actions. We would be no better than a well trained animal driven with a Pavlovian response.

Karma depends not only on what we do but how we do it, why we do it and how we feel about it. If the last is grudgingly or because it benefits us only materially there will be a karmic consequence or it will be karmically neutral. 

Although all three below are derived from ego and overlap, it is helpful to distinguish between them.

 

1. Ego or self-Cherishing

2. Desirous Attachment

3. Judgment

 

Ego – self Cherishing the Persona

 

“God cannot be realized if there is the slightest trace of pride.”  

The Upanishads

 

The search for the Real, True or Higher Self or soul is at the core of all spiritual motivation whether we know about it or not or do anything about it or not. We are made in the image of the Divine. The Higher Self or Soul cannot be realized in the presence of a dominant ego.

 

“To know the real Self to be one’s own is the greatest attainment… To know wrongly the non-self, such as the ego, to be the Self is no attainment at all. One therefore should denounce this perception of taking the non-self for the Self.”

Sri Sankaracharya

 

Ego (together with Monkey Mind and the Shadow) get in the way of our connection with the Higher Self.

 

Do you listen with your heart or are you hearing with your ego. The possible peril is not a punishment, it is a consequence. Choice is not enough, action must follow.

Intent, willingness, openness and trust – if you want it all you must offer all.

 

Although Ego is necessary for self-mastery there comes a time when it gets in the way of spiritual growth. Non-Attachment to the ego is commendable - attachment to the search for the Self or one’s soul is essential. Attachments to Ego, Desirous Attachment or Judgment will become the conditions for tying us more adherently to the "yolk of ego" and inheriting more lifetimes.

 

The challenge is relief from ego, how to be free from its tyranny.

The way is relief from ego, surrendering and releasing one’s instinct for protection and cultural conditioning; subduing its tyranny but with respectful and grateful acknowledgement for its appropriate worth. The “prize” – the place of arrival – is relief from ego and a true sense of the pleasure of its place.

 

Jung doubted that the Western Mind could ever truly get rid of Ego. It seems only possible fleetingly in the Oneness Experience or Unity Consciousness when the Knower, the Known and the process of Knowing fuse into one thing. Maslow called this a Peak Experience which occurred among other things during childbirth, orgasm, unravelling a scientific mystery, extreme sporting escapades, partaking in drugs or entheogens, while dancing (when one becomes the dance,)  in nature and other circumstances. It cannot be anticipated and usually comes for most of us through grace. 


“In the samadhi that comes at the end of reasoning and discrimination no such thing as “I” exists but it is extremely difficult to attain as “I” consciousness lingers so persistently. This is why humans are born again and again.” Sri Rama Krishna

 

Whatever the stimulus, this ecstasy or rapture is temporary and we soon return back into a sense of duality. The challenge is to be aware of this duality and still see the divinity and our oneness with others.

 

God does not measure results, only the trueness of intent and the fervor of effort. This is why there is such joy in daring one’s best.


If God were after numbers he would have made the way to him abundantly apparent and attractive – enticingly so, ego free and forever lasting. And of course, S/He has also granted us our own lens for seeing and our own will for choosing what we see.

 

“The Light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed… the shadow of shadows, on the deed alone.” W.B. Yeats

 

Doing things for their own sake and without any personal agenda is the crux of ego subordination. Our deeds must be done for the greater good without consideration of any reward or pay back. 

 

 Desirous Attachment


“More possessions – more worry.

More generosity – more peace.

There is nothing wrong with possessions, only to being possessed by them.” Hillel

 

There are many guises of ego's self-cherishing, desirous attachments which are often driven by greed: 

These include; Pride, Prestige, Possessions, Fame and Power. There is nothing wrong with desire but being attached to the object of our desire is a negative attribute that fulfills only temporary satisfaction or entertainment. Concerning power we see this more and more with the rise of autocratic power in the world today and yesterday. 


“There is no room for God in him who is full of himself. The sages tell us concerning the proud man; God says; “I and s/he cannot dwell together in the world.” Talmud


Until you empty yourselves of pride God cannot be realized.


As fame can enslave, so can the costs of money impoverish. Make sure the need is worth the price. To overpay can rob the Self.


“By attributing worth to tangible objects humans becomes attracted to them; attraction brings desire for them; desire leads to competition and dispute. These create anger and the result is delusion. Delusion completely overcomes man’s sense of right and wrong.” Srimad Bhagavata


"Power corrupts and complete power corrupt completely."   Lord Acton

 

Given full power, greed becomes an enslaver of the greedy – fear becomes first a bully, then a torturer and then a killer.  

 

“Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man’s character give him power.” A. Lincoln


The ego is never satisfied, the more it gets the more it wants. 


“Greed is not stilled with money any more than thirst with salt water.” Ksemendra


Karmic merit arises out of spiritual transformation. Attachment to the latter is much harder than attachment to "stuff." We are given the challenge of being in a sentient body and more than ever, the boundless temptations of technology and the hypnosis of ubiquitous materialism. Steve Jobs once instructed his employees that their task at Apple was not to give people what they needed but to tell them what they wanted. Many entrepreneurs follow this mantra. 

Non-Attachment is not the same as detachment which implies denial, resignation, desperation, a giving up, rather than a giving in to a higher vibration and something much bigger than oneself.

 

Concerning detachment, one of its paths leads to a lifeless world without enthusiasm or hope, a place of indifference where one could become ensnared in hidden traps of dejection and despair, where one no longer cares to love nor dares to trust.

 

The Ancestors teach that ulterior motives are greatly under-rated. It is good to donate money in order to build a hospital or anything else that can help humanity but if it is attached to an agenda it may be karmically neutral. It is better to give charity – even if it is to get our face in the media or for a tax deduction - than not to give it, but the act may not have spiritual merit depending on our intent. 

 

Emperor Wu asked, “I’ve built temples and ordained monastics; what merit is there in this?”Bodhidharma replied, “No merit.”

“Give up owning things and being somebody. Quit existing.” Rumi

 

Rumi is telling us to attend to our needs and not our wants, to keep it simple. It is the want that is our enemy and not the need. Desire is normal but attachment to it is not transformative unless it's about the desire for “Becoming” more spiritually of who we truly are. “Being somebody” speaks to attachment to one's persona.

 

“Behind my work was ambition, behind my love was personality, behind my purity was fear, behind my guidance the thirst for power. Now they are vanishing and I drift. I come Mother, I come, in your warm bosom – floating where-ever you take me – in the voiceless, in the strange, in the wonderland. I come a spectator, No more an actor.”   Swami Vivekananda

 

Having to maintain stuff gets in the way of our spiritual work. Simplifying our lives and getting rid of attachments leaves more time and energy for inner rather than outer work.

 

There is always enough as long as one is free from the compulsion for more. Narrow mind is about having – Spacious mind is about being.

 

“  … Abundance is not an achievement of the acquisitive but rather a legacy of the perceptive – a realization of plenty – not an acquiring of more – a delight not a desire.” Hillel

 

Of all the teachings of the sages some most agreed upon as being both fundamental and elemental were those about abundance and delight.

 

Desirous Attachment is antithetical to the principle of impermanence. We cannot take “it” with us. At the end of the day the only thing we can take is our karma and how we dealt with our experiences.

Moreover, material attachments can hamper the soul’s journey during transition after death causing the spirit to either become earth bound (lost between the worlds) or to inherit a lower vibration in the Astral.

The only things that live on are love, truth and the soul.

 

 

Saturday, September 24, 2022

 


KARMA #2


The overriding principles  determining our karma and which challenge our free will are: 

Fulfill your destiny.

Correct injustice – heal the planet.

Do no harm to any of the Four Beings of Nature.

Subordinate ego to the higher Self.

Practice love.

Be in joy and savor the opportunity of being in a sentient body and of fulfilling one’s task or mission.

 

DESTINY (See later Blog)

 

CORRECT INJUSTICE – HEAL THE PLANET

 

Our role on earth is to correct injustice.

 

This is also the essence of Karma yoga or service-oriented yoga. Karma Yoga is the path of action and service to others with mindfulness. This service can manifest in many ways and on behalf of any or all of the Four Beings; Talking, Wild, Growing and Still (including the planet Herself – Mother Nature – Gaia.) All these Karmic requisites should be done for their own sake, not for any reason of outcome.

 

Give without remembering,
Take without forgetting.
Give freely.
Receive openly.
Do all with gratitude.
It is the way of love.
It is the way of joy.  


Service when embraced by love will also create the gratitude emanating from joy.

 

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, then when?” Hillel

 

“The worship most pleasing to God is service to others.”

L. Boff


If we take our suffering and help others by alleviating their plight our own happiness will increase.

We are here to correct injustice through our God given destiny or core strength or strengths. Even if we are unsure what those are we can still help to heal the planet – whatever the service rendered, destiny driven or not.  Karma yoga helps to counter harm in the world  – the “Mother Theresa” or Schweitzer archetype or similar. 


“I do not know what your destiny will be but the one thing I do know is that the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have learned and found how to serve.” A. Schweitzer


 Many of us will have to live in two worlds, the one that pays our bills and the other our signature strength or ideally our unique destiny. Either one should be done on behalf of the greater good. We may have to do the latter in our spare time. For example, if one always wanted to be a musician but never followed the path because of parental pressure or practicalities it is vital to again explore that talent and see where it takes one even if it is just for the sake of giving oneself and others pleasure. It is never too late.


“We make a living from what we get, we make a life by what we give.” W. Churchill

 

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was service.  I acted and behold, service was joy.” Tagore

 

Once our basic needs are satisfied this kind of dedication should ideally be done without consideration for any material gain. If we also get paid for it, well and good. If done with a good grace, and with altruistic intentions all the better from a karmic view point especially if it involves our unique God given destiny. This service optimally is part of the Incorporation or Integration phase of the Hero/ine’s journey where we take the “grail” obtained during a rite of passage and then give it away.

 

“We are here to help others – what on earth others are here for – I do not know.”  W.H. Auden

 

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others …” A. Einstein

 

There are four basic archetypes each of which can have many manifestations; Healer, Teacher, Warrior and Visionary. Service can be performed through any of them. There are also four yogas, three others  besides Karma yoga. Bhakti or devotional yoga - love and dedication to the Supreme Being (as in the Sufi poets.) Jnana yoga, knowledge of the scriptures. Raja yoga, the most difficult, control of  the mind or the Royal path of the Buddha. Any and all of these archetypes or yogas can lead to service, helping the planet and countering harm if done with right intention.

When lacking direction the easiest way to manage this karmic challenge is to practice random acts of kindness. This creates Coherence within us, around us, even distant to us and above us in the supernal realms where these acts are appreciated.


DO NO HARM

 

The breath that is in all beings emanates from this sacred wellspring making us one – not the same. 


"We interare." Thich Nhat Hahn


"The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose I am here and you are out there." Roshi

 

We are all animated by the breath of the Creator, each of the Four Beings at a different vibration. We are all made of the same elements – dust to dust, ashes to ashes. The Infinite One loves all of creation.

“See yourself in others then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?”  Dammapada

 


 




Friday, September 16, 2022

 

KARMA #1


We are meant to coexist with but not assimilate the dark. The only way to overcome evil is with good.


The light and the dark each exist. We may choose to go towards either and will always be pursued or lured by the other.
The ambushes, the side paths, the pot holes are all clearly marked and may be guarded against if you choose to read the map, scope the terrain, plot the journey.


THE EVIL INCLINATION OR SHADOW


Before discussing Free Will with the benefits of the Ancestors' prose it is important to share their teachings on the Evil Inclination. They say it better than I can paraphrase it.

While it is true that “Evil Inclination” (Shadow) is a collective name given to the drives and attitudes of our baser instincts, these instincts are necessary for our physical survival and while they can interfere with our spiritual growth and closeness to God, it is God Himself who has put within us this inclination just as it is S/He who put within us the Inclination to do Good.

 

It is not the task of our Good Inclination to do away with our Evil Inclination nor to overcome it, but rather to balance and guide so that our drives, attitudes and instincts may support our soul’s purpose. Drives toward power, acquisition, sensory pleasure and self-oriented experience are not evil in themselves but can lead to evil when they go unchecked or are put to solely selfish or wrongful use. 

However, when they are controlled and properly channeled by our Good Inclination they can lead to responsible actions, to good purpose and to sanctified relationships. 

All are important to experiencing lasting and meaningful pleasures and satisfactions as opposed to hollow and transitory gratifications. 

We have free will to decide. Nothing determines or compels our moral choice although we may be influenced by circumstances and by persons that either strengthen our will or weaken it, help us or deter us. Their influence is also a choice.

 

Most are unaware of the wiles of our “Evil Inclination” who is a master of disguises, all appealing to our lesser self. His job is to make the rigors of spiritual growth seem wearisome, dull and drearily repetitive rather than exciting, adventuresome and cherishingly ritualistic.


Credo Mutwa a renowned Zulu prophet (sanusi) described the soul as having two worms within us that are both constantly moving. The one is blue, representing good, and the other red, representing evil. He adds that if there is only a blue worm the soul will have to struggle to survive (i.e. spiritually - there is no tension for spiritual growth.) If there is only a red one that person does not deserve to survive. Our Tricksters, Ego and Monkey Mind help the Evil Inclination aggravate our unskillfulness.


“He who has no Evil Inclination at all cannot give perfect service. What counts is to restrain the blaze in the hours of desire and let it flow into the hours of prayer and service.”    The Talmud


There is a Native American story about a grandfather talking to his grandson about the Evil Inclination and saying within everyone there are two wolves fighting for domination; the one good and the other evil. His grandson asks him, "which one wins," and his grandfather answers; "the one you feed."

 

This is what gives it birth and sustains its life. We have both a dark and a light side to our nature., When we choose God’s revealed will the consequence is good – his” (the Evil Inclination) – is an instinctual and immediate gratification which is why "he" can be an inner challenger of great value if you choose to appropriately engage but do not let him convince you that obstacles and difficulties need to be cleared away in order for you to transform.

 

With right understanding and action, we can create the conditions for transgressions to become merits.

 

Everyone can be redeemed regardless of our Shadow. For those that have reached rock bottom but manage to emerge like a Phoenix out of the ashes, their efforts are particularly worthy. They will be looked on favorably from above and will often be more powerful spiritually than others that may have had lesser challenges.

The Talmud teaches that someone who has sinned in the worst way but then repents or “returns" to his or her Higher Self gains tremendous karmic merit in the spirit world. 

 

“… This person stands higher in heaven than a righteous one. Their degree is above the degree of those who have never sinned because it is more difficult for them to subdue their passions than for the others.”


“This is what God asks of you, only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah

“Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill, keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt, chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench, care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back, the only way to serenity.”  Tao Te Ching

Merit on a judgmental level is the balancing of evil and good deeds.
Merit is the credit we receive on the side of good.

 

Karma is about spiritually attaining merit. According to both Eastern spirituality and Kabbalah everything we do is recorded in the Akashic records or the Book of Life. We get away with nothing on the other side. 

The higher we get up the “rungs” to God, the more the challenges that we will encounter, not only from the shadow, ego and monkey mind but also the tricksters appointed to sabotage our path. To the tricksters spiritual transformation is a reproach to their mission which is to sabotage anything of the light.


The sages teach that without the sacred there is no mundane and without the mundane there is no sacred. They are different sides of the same reality. They are unique but not separate from the whole.


Without light and dark, good and evil, the sacred and the profane, life would present no challenge. If everything was sweet and good, life would be spiritually insipid, boring and deadly. There must be tension for perfection. The challenge is to find the balance between the polarities of negative and positive. Peace of mind can often be a measure of one’s karma.

Karma is built in as a default into the soul. God does not play favorites – S/He loves us all and hopes like the prodigal son or daughter that we will all eventually be redeemed and return to the Father/Mother. Karma is a single individual’s test concerning love, for his/her own soul’s sake.

 

Everyone will ultimately achieve the spiritual perfection for which we are created and this may take many lifetimes because of free will. 

 

We build on the experiences of our past incarnations. Without the sum total of all our prior life time experiences we could not be where we are now, in a sentient body, hopefully facing the challenges at a higher level. This also resides in the Buddhist concept of our Store Consciousness and in our "Soulular" memory often in the form of de ja vu. We know much more than we think we know and are much more than we believe ourselves to be if we tap into our "Store."


Karma occurs as a template to free will and impermanence. Free will determines our choices and our actions and nothing lasts. We need to be in the moment with all the gifts given to us with gratitude. We can only take our karma and how we handled our experiences with us when we eventually cross the veil between worlds. The Ancestors live in the moment and teach that we should take only what we need from the past and leave the rest behind.

 

The contest is fiercest when the stakes are high and so we may expect to be challenged, tempted and dissuaded in any and all manner of our weaknesses – be they physical, mental or emotional – all of which are attributes of the spirit.

 

In addition, ego, our shadow and our tricksters can tempt us to do the right thing for the wrong reason. Karmically, the means never justifies the end.

 

“The last temptation is to do the right thing for the wrong reason.” T.S. Eliot

 

“Give all thou canst; high heaven rejects the lore of nicely calculated less and more.“ W. Wordsworth
                                                                                                            
Karmic merit depends on whether we subordinate our Evil inclination or Shadow to our Inclination to do good, Monkey (Narrow) mind to Spacious mind and Ego to the higher Self. Tricksters or dark forces need to be subordinated to our Good Inclination, Spacious mind, our Higher Self, all with the help of our guides. 

Christianity teaches that Jesus died for our sins and that everyone can be redeemed. This confirms that everyone is worthy of redemption no matter how heinous their action/s. We, however, have to do due diligence on our own behalf in order to be released from our malignant actions.

We need to see ourselves as the Creator wants to see us rather than those who may be more interested in our persona than our soul. The sages council that it often gets harder as we advance with our practice. 


 



Sunday, September 11, 2022

 

FREE WILL


If the burden were taken away the lesson would not be there, coping with it is what is important and is what will count.

 

This blog is replete with the Ancestors wisdom in quotes. Rather than my trying to paraphrase them which would dilute their power I am including them here. They are best savored slowly to fully realize the depth of their meanings. 

Free will is a seminal cosmic law.

 

“Everything is foreseen yet freedom of choice is given.” Rev. Akiva


This implies that our life and destiny is predestined by the Divine but because of free will, we are entitled to not find it and if we do find it, not to follow it or even not follow it with integrity. The Infinite One knows what we will do. In other words it can be foreseen to the Great Spirit. However, our choices gives us the power to change coarse at any time. This too is foreseen by the Creator though not ourselves and not necessarily even to our guides.

 

Everyone will ultimately achieve the spiritual perfection for which we are created and this may take many lifetimes because of free will. 

 

Free will is essential in order to test our worthiness. Our skillfulness in adhering to spiritual laws will depend on how consciously we apply our choices. If we are unskilful there will be consequences and we will need to come back again to correct them.

 

Merit on a judgmental level is the balancing of evil and good deeds. Merit is the credit we receive on the side of good.

 
There are no good choices or bad choices only the consequences of those choices. 

Consequences are neither reward nor punishment, they simply are consequences – natural cause and effect, often not immediate but always inescapable.  


Karma as determined by free will is in a way similar to Newtons laws in physics. His law of cause and effect states that for every cause there is an effect and for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The spiritual law of karma is also one of cause and effect. The Creator does not micromanage. Karma is set as a default into the soul. Free will and our actions have automatic consequences. No one is up in the heavens judging us - we are judging our-Selves (as in Higher Self) all the time. Have no doubt that our deeds are recorded in the Book of Life or the Akashic records. We do not get away with anything. We will be accountable for our intentions, choices and actions.


To make a choice good and evil must both operate freely. The only way to do away with evil is to continually choose good. 

Evil is not the cause but rather the consequence of not choosing the Creator's revealed will. It is important to understand that it is neither evil nor good that cause our choice but rather that they are the consequence of it. 


Only we are to blame!


This too is what gives goodness its birth and sustains its life. 

Free will as we tend to think of it implies choices so that we may decide upon them. Where there are no choices there is no freedom of will to be exercised. Where choices are limited by circumstances, one may still at least determine what one’s attitude will be, how we respond, not in action but in deciding our thoughts, intent and opinions.


God does not want us to do good because of fear damnation or burning in a fiery hell. The Creator want us to do good out of love and for its own sake and also not out of an expectation for compensation. If every good deed was followed by a reward we would be no better than a well trained animal bound to a Pavlovian type of response. 


The results of cause and effect are often not immediate because they would influence free will.
God wants us to do things for the right reasons; not out of fear and shame and because of what may result but out of love and justice.


 The ancestors and/or our guides cannot save but only alert, advise and warn and only according to our openness and willingness. They cannot change or deter us from own insistency no matter to what it is due. Only we can change! 

Free will is always neutral, motivated and catalyzed by desire.
You cannot say; “the devil made me do it!

 
You are free always to change course at any time or place; if you were not, there would be no challenge, no discovery, no victory, no fulfillment. 

 

We are responsible for our actions and the laws governed by love and truth on the other side of the veil between worlds differ from those on the earth plane. In spite of our karmic sins God loves us unconditionally and we are all capable of redemption. The law of karma, however is conditional. 

 

Spiritual laws are operative whether or not we understand them or can explain them or whether or not we even know about them or believe in them.

 

When we pass over we will be confronted by a spiritual tribunal who will help us see the error of our ways and the consequences we will inherit in term of our next incarnation. We are likely to be born again into the family that is most capable of teaching us the lessons we need to learn that we disregarded in prior life times. Bodhisattvas pray and practice so that if they have to reincarnate and are denied access to the Pure Land (of perfected beings) they can inherit a next life where they can continue their spiritual practice at a higher level. 


Unthinking conformity no matter how piously enacted, lacks meaning and as such is soulless.

 

The Creator wants us to create our own individual reality and not someone else’s. S/He does not endorse a copycat spirituality although having one is better than having none. Moreover, if it is done out of fear it may be karmically negative or neutral because it should be done out of love. We have to find our own way to our unique destiny and to God. Yet, although our motives and actions may be ego driven, good deeds are always worthwhile although, depending on the circumstances and our intentions, also karmically neutral or even negative.

 

Ulterior motives are greatly under-rated.
Acting compassionately to do good for any reason is preferable to not doing good at all.
But determine well the heart’s true desire for in releasing the power of your motivation its energies will actualize the holiness or unholiness of your intent.

 

You must free yourself to be yourself. Do not be captive to the demands of false duty. 
Be attentive only to the responsibility of what compels.
Bestow blessings, refuse burdens.
What makes you beholden enslaves you.
What makes you grateful blesses you.
What you touch, touches you. What you let touch you, enhances or diminishes.


Anyone or anything that does not make you more of who you are, makes you less of who you are.


Be careful of what you taste and where you immerse.

As for your power what are you doing in the wrong circle.

 

Release yourself from what you are not accountable.

 

Our awareness will be determined by how truly we can “see” and be true to our Selves. Spiritual awareness is essential to stay true to the process of transformation through enlightenment or what the Ancestors call Becoming where we can find redemption. 

 

“A person cannot find redemption until s/he sees the flaws in his soul. Whoever shuts out the realization of his flaws is shutting out redemption. We can only be redeemed to the extent to which we see ourselves.”  Talmud

 

There can be no denial of what is real across the veil which is imbedded in truth, love and our passion for them


While dedication has its satisfactions, it is passion that zests our commitments with joy. There are passions of the senses and passions of the heart. Some are transitory, some are eternal, the soul decides.


In the Astral realm we lose free will and our karma is then cut in stone.

 

On the other side, we no longer have options upon which to decide what fashions our destiny. We have already determined it. 
We do, however, still have thought, intent and opinion which we may use to help others, although no longer ourselves. 


Once we pass over, most of us will go to one of the multiple vibrations in the Astral realm where we lose free will. Our karma then is well defined but can be partially redeemed in certain circumstance by forgiveness by the living for that particular iniquity. Unfinished business is best resolved with forgiveness before someone departs. However, skeletons in the closet can still be released after death by those skilled in this kind of spiritual work which requires special rituals. Forgiveness, if sincere, will erase that particular karmic sin and make for a better reincarnation especially if the action was heinous.

It can also be mollified by doing service through the free will of a living loved one acting as a guide. We are able to complete work that we never completed in a previous life but only by acting through the free will of another sentient being. 

 

Free will resides in Narrow Mind
 In the clarity of the awareness of Spacious Mind there is no need for free will. 

In Spacious Mind there is no need for free will because Spacious Mind sees clearly what is, and what needs to be done.
Hence everything is foreseen but only in Spacious Mind.  
Narrow Mind is limited to free will and clings to the perception that there is choice. 
With clarity of awareness choice is seen as illusory.
Hence free will is a responsibility for those who do not see things clearly.

Narrow mind is always with us, Spacious mind makes room for it and so it is that when clarity does away with choice it does not deny free will, it simply has no use for it.

 

As Krishnamurti taught; “Discernment is choice-less.”

 

Choice is made challenging because of the complexity of the Supreme Being’s creation.

 

God’s rivers of pleasure and good are not placid waters of insipid purity. They have currents of all strengths, frequently forming into wild twists and turns alongside gentle flows, all churning and tumbling into swirling pools too deep to fathom. They are for reflecting, playing and rejuvenating and then continuing endlessly onto their source.

  

Even if we make good choices there are no guarantees in the short run that all will be well. Handling Karma effectively is a challenge and is about the long term. Sometimes “no good deed remains unpunished," and is only just another test. It does not get easier as we rise up the vibrational levels. We get challenged more severely to see how worthy we are.


We are always being tested, not on how much we know or how well we perform but out trust, faith and love are being tried at unexpected times in unrecognized guises.

 

You cannot decide outcomes, only your choices. You cannot control results, only your actions. So, it is best that you practice non-attachment to positive or negative events that befall you. 

Look carefully to what you aspire, cherish and guard so as not to squander your gifts nor lose your heritage

Remember that good prevails by being what it is, not by dispossessing, defeating or winning but rather simply by being more and more of what it is. 

 

If you would dispel the darkness, seek the sacred.

 

What you resist will persist, what you defeat, defeats you, what you destroy destroys you, what you sanctify, sanctifies you.  

 

Determine well your heart’s desire for in releasing your intention its energy will affect its holiness or unholiness.

 

One should also be wary of mitigating against another’s free will which is against the cosmic law.

 

If God were after "numbers" S/He would have made that abundantly clear.

Love nurtures you, gives you safe haven but you decide, you choose, you are responsible. The consequences are yours. There is wisdom; there is folly; there is love; there is lust; there is surrender; there is willfulness.

 

All these polarities are templates for spiritual perfection. There must be tension for perfection.

We can think of spiritual transformation as enlisting for the “spiritual special forces.” The task is just as difficult although not life threatening but karma testing. Everyone is welcome to enlist and each of us has the potential for success but it is not easy. 


"Kabir says, friend, there are very few who find the way."