Most of us think of Buddhism of Hinduism when we hear the word “Karma”. This is because these two religions preserved and incorporated this age-old concept within their structures centuries ago, and its a good thing they did! Today Buddhism and Hinduism provide modern culture with most of the written documentation that we rely on to understand the concept, though both religions would accept that Karma exists outside of any social construct and all religions(2).
The Lotus symbolically represents karma in many Asian traditions. A blooming lotus flower is one of the few flowers that simultaneously carries seeds inside itself while it blooms. Seed is symbolically seen as cause, the flower effect. Lotus is also considered as a reminder that one can grow, share good karma and remain unstained even in muddy circumstances (1).
Let’s start with some basics: Karma is a way of understanding cause and effect. It incorporates both intention and outcome of one’s actions and generally views the effects of one’s actions in a reflective or circular lens (what you give out comes back to you, though not necessarily in a linear manner).
This image depicts Karma as both reflective and circular (something that comes back to you though not immediately nor in a linear manner).
Karma is incorporated into and also transcends religion, mostly because it simply exists! Karma is a law of the universe, much like law of gravity and law of attraction, it applies in all times and spaces, but unlike those laws, Karma also exists across time and space. Karma is logged outside of time (3).
Who cares? I do. I hope by the end of the next few paragraphs you will as well.
First, 2019 is about you. Last year was likely full of new glimpses into what is possible, with little true results. 2018 brought opportunities for seeding of new beginnings, it also brought up all the stuff that was held below the surface that needed to be released for those seeds to be nourished. Phew. With the depths of things we thought we had already processed coming up for final process and release November 2017 through April 2019, we now have some momentum starting in May and moving into June 2019 for manifestation.
This year is about allowing the rubber to softly and truthfully hit the road. I say softly and truthfully, because there is a very feminine energy happening, where we have the ability to allow things to happen instead of “working hard to make things happen”. In that vein, with the promise of 2019 overall, we embark on a non-linear and very organic way of being, doing and creating. Where we have the chance to release old belief systems that just don’t serve us, and decide for ourselves what our new values are.
Which brings us back to Karma, opening to understanding Karma is not commitment to something external, it is a commitment to ourselves. When we step into full personal power, we see that we must first change ourselves in order to see external change; just as we must first love ourselves in order to receive love.
Second, you have all the power you need. Everything you need comes from within and is manifested from the inside (your inner vision) out (to our shared reality). So, again, you can stop looking outside for the next steps… While its great to be acknowledged by the outside/external world, what we see and experience today is merely a representation of every thought, word and deed we’ve had thus far. So, “today” is really just looking backwards at time. Just as a search engine is really only a machine for reconfirming past realities.
When you step into your Karma, you step out outside of time. The possibilities are endless. YOU are the conduit. YOU are the source of manifestation.
Third, now is the time. All the dark that is coming up to be seen culturally and globally is really also a precursor to the light. Energetically we have to look at things in order to transform and process them. On a singular level, think back to the things that bubbled to surface personally in 2018 that you thought you’d already dealt with, or that you’d forgotten about. The same process is true for group consciousness. Collectively many of us thought we’d dealt with things, only to have them bubble up to surface for a final clearing. None of it pretty, nor what we wanted to see, but nevertheless here we are. I’ll go into depth on collective Karma in my next post.
For now, I want to entice the connection between our individual experience into the community experience as we are moving from singularity into collective consciousness. And loop back to the importance of self healing, clearing and self love. The more light and love we have to offer the world, the more we are able to help those we love, heal the planet and serve humanity as we feel called. Namaste and MUCH LOVE.
(1) Maria I. Macioti, The Buddha Within Ourselves: Blossoms of the Lotus Sutra, Translator: Richard Maurice Capozzi, ISBN 978–0761821892, pp 69–70.
(2) Other religions including Jainism, Taoism, Shintoism, Falun Gong and Sikhism incorporate Karma into their tenets.