Karmic imprints. They accumulate and are latent in ground consciousness or base mind.
This area of psyche gathers up or collects (through the many layers of it’s nature) all the karmic latencies that are gathered over eons of lifetimes.
And the responses to those tendencies create more imprints and here in this reality, on the earth, they are able to be stimulated.
I used to think that we were completely in control of moods via our thoughts–and while that is partially true, the karmic imprints that settle into consciousness awaken in us as experiences of suffering or experiences of happiness which sometimes are seemingly out of our control. I’ve been thinking about karmic latency and habitual tendencies. Do we say something like, ‘Oh that’s just how I am an I can’t help that‘ or what? Just how does it all work anyway? These thoughts that follow are influenced by Buddhist views by the way and they make perfect sense (to me).
Positive or negative karma ,it is said, does not always immediately express itself. These karmic latencies resting within ground consciousness can arise later, even in future lifetimes.
Sometimes I can correlate karmic events to the Nodes of the Moon (North Node, South Node) in an astrology chart–imprints remain in ground consciousness to ripen under the appropriate circumstances. And we can correlate that to aspects to the birth Nodes and the transiting Lunar Nodes. Anyway…
Negative and positive qualities increase due to habitual patterns–if a person tends to be angry again and again then becomes habituated to anger, it creates an increase of anger-latency in the mind. The same is true with positive qualities such as love and compassion. These qualities (either positive or negative) creates the foundation for the mind–ground consciousness. Even in remembering some experience of the past, the remembering of it strengthens the latency.
For these reasons, we should be ever-aware and mindful–otherwise our disturbing emotions gradually increase from day-to-day and lifetime-to-lifetime.
We can create mindfulness latencies in the ground conspicuousness (habitual pattern of mindfulness).
Through meditation we can create positive latencies of love, wisdom and compassion which does overcome negative imprints when meditation is increased to focus on that love, wisdom and compassion.
We are born with a particular proclivities or latent tendencies developed in previous lifetimes. We see this within seconds, minutes, hours of a baby’s birth. Not all babies have the same newborn tendencies—some are restless, some are peaceful, etc. Some children are naturally very kind due to positive latencies developed and imprinted in previous lifetimes into their ground consciousness. Other children are very aggressive due to their own latent tendencies.
Some people are unable to deny themselves their desires and cannot say no to themselves–others can deny themselves but have difficulty saying no to others. Yet, we can change through cultivation of mindfulness or being aware of our tendencies and developing positive virtues where needed.
It seems like another lifetime ago when I asked higher mind/spirit guides [_____ fill in your own preferred word (s) here] a question. (Divination)
I really wanted to know why we were here and what we’re doing here and what the whole bottom-line point to our lives here were about.
And I was told that we are here to develop virtue. And now, many years later, I see how true that answer was; although at the time I wasn’t satisfied with it.
With the correct understanding and with mindfulness in life and developing good qualities through meditation we will be able to develop new latencies, new habitual patterns, new tendencies.
Is that easy? Is being mindful and conscious of our latent habitual tendencies at all times easy? It’s as easy as that — or as difficult. It depends on us.
We can develop positive or negative tendencies throughout life! They come and they go depending upon our own awareness and contribution to the habitual patterns.
Our experience of happiness is based upon ground consciousness no matter which realm we are in. Creating karmic imprints in the present reality results in experiencing their results in the future.
Just like a child who goes to school and studies hard creates an imprint in the mind that allows the child to later on do something with the imprint like become a teacher or a doctor. If there was no type of imprint to start with (no schooling, no education) there would be no possibility of becoming the teacher in the future.
Well, this is all I have time to write on the topic for the moment. I hope some of these words will find their way to the right person at the right time out there in cyber world and in doing so be helpful to that other.