Karma! Sometimes instantaneous, we are able to relate it to a very recent event; and other times appears suddenly out of the blue without any seeming association or link to the current life! I’ve heard it told by the Eastern teachers how Karma manifest when the conditions are ripe for it, even if it comes from a prior life action–cause and effect. That explains how people who seem to get away with all type of negative actions don’t seem to suffer the consequences when they should according to human timing but perhaps will later in the current life or subsequent lifetimes. It also explains how people who seem to do no harm suffer terrible misfortune for no apparent reason. Karma catches up when the timing is right.
Just because a person breaks a law or commits a crime or lies-through-their-teeth and gets away with it temporarily doesn’t mean the universe supports it–the karmic consequence will come to fruition during the right conditions (Divine Timing). Astrologically, we often see this with aspects to the Moon’s Nodes.
How about people interfering with other people’s karma? Do they create their own karma because they don’t (or do) interfere in other people’s lives? When is it okay to do so and when is it not? The teachers tell us that it depends upon our motivation. I think intuition comes in handy in those cases of not knowing if one should interfere.
In the Catholic tradition they have the saying, “examine your conscience” in other words, check your motivation–is it pure or kind-heart-ed or not? What do you hope to achieve and will the benefits outweigh any negative consequences?
I remember once hearing that to judge another person is to take on their karma. I think I get where this comes from now after additional study study of Buddhism.
As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet,
To be, or not to be- that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them.
Intuition helps in certain decisions … to ask a question to help one examine the motivations if one interferes with the life of another. (I’m a psychic after all, so have to use intuition!) There’s the Tarot divination system to help guide and of course, more directly, one’s own intuition. To ask for guidance and then to wait until one is shown or given a clue in some way. Tarot can be pretty direct when asking a yes/no question using specific spreads.
But let me pull a card, just generally, and ask not for the answer to one specific situation but rather generally for the benefit of any reader who happens upon this post, asking, “What should be considered if one is uncertain about a situation that could lead to further karma or karmic interference?”
Well, here’s a can of worms for ya’—the card I drew is THE MOON. Immediately, the word “feeling” comes to mind and that the intuition speaks to us through feelings and to trust your feelings about any situation regarding karma (creating or interfering with another’s karma). Trust the feelings in the stomach and you will know what to do.
A teacher told me long ago that when trying to make a decision that if you think about doing the action and a feeling of peace comes over you, then this is the answer rather than if you feel un-easy, meaning not to take the action. Feelings of foreboding or dread should clearly indicate a “no” to the question.
The message of THE MOON card is that there is a Law of Balance operating in the Universe. For every win, there’s a loss. For every happiness, there’s a sadness. For every positive, there’s a negative. The best course of action when the Moon card comes up is…
BE NEUTRAL and FOLLOW YOUR OWN INNER LIGHT ; shadow worlds can be very confusing
(…besides, unless it’s a matter of immediate life or death, let the Angels and the energy of the Universe handle karma)
PS- just as an aside for today, July 12, 2014: the Moon is Full today in the sign of Capricorn.
Apathy and indifference! How to “handle that” when there’s a lot to do and you don’t feel like doing it? I drew a tarot card for insight. I have packing to do and my heart’s not exactly in that–except when the guy downstairs play’s his guitar and sings like a dog howling at the Moon. That’s motivation! But back to the card I drew. We all have times like that, don’t we? Stuff to do and we don’t feel like it and know we will never feel like doing that thing–right? Well, the KNIGHT OF WANDS brings guidance. He’s indifferent and apathetic at times on his negative side but he also has great courage and he moves forward, although awkwardly. All he needs is a cause… to create an attitude of service to others and then the apathy disappears.
Fire within—there has to be some type of desire that is stronger than what you don’t want to do. I don’t want to go in the direction that I have chosen to go but I don’t want to maintain the current course either—that feels like being “between the rock and the hard place” as that saying goes. I don’t want to go where I’m going but I don’t want to stay here either and I know that I have to go—must go and really DO want to go! But where I’m going doesn’t seem all that enticing either. But I know I will be helping someone and will be able to save money. And it’s only temporary—that last part is what I need to keep remembering!
So I have to pack and there’s the pickle! I drew a card for my apathy and indifference and lack of motivation about that.
It’s interesting that the herbal tarot connects this card [Knight of Wands] with MONKSHOOD which is actually a very poisonous plant. It’s a metabolic stimulant and in small doses can be a used [Chinese medicine] for low metabolism.
Suddenly I think of using this apathetic indifference about packing as an athletic challenge—use it as a “work out”. Make it exercise, work fast and it becomes nearly aerobic. Yeah, okay—maybe that is something that I could use to change the attitude and motivate self.
What about selfless service? I could think about how I will be helping my sister save money and how we will both be using less energy—conserving mother earth; things like that. Yeah, maybe I could expand that and make it work as an antidote to my apathy and indifference about packing.
I can think about the guitar player neighbor downstairs and his howling with his guitar and how I’ll be rid of that aversion.
I can think about how poisonous this angry kid’s energy is and how getting away from that will be a good thing.
Determination is what is needed when this card comes up in reply to a question. In this case, the question or concern is about my not wanting to do what I know I must—continue packing!
Between a rock and a hard place! That’s how I feel. I can’t stay and I feel resistance to going where I’m going. Where did that phrase come from anyway? Of course we know that it means, “In difficulty, faced with a choice between two unsatisfactory options.” Just like “between the devil and the deep blue sea”.
Well, Knights [in tarot] like adventure and change! Moving from the mountains in the first place was that indeed! And another move will be adventure and change too—moving in with my LEO sister and ARIES niece! If you know astrology then, yeah, beginning to see why the lack of motivation and apathy? But the good news is neither of them plays guitar (same notes over and over and over) while howling like a dog at the Moon. I must think of myself as a monk going into a monastery! devote my time for the benefit of all sentient beings and do my best to create some merit, somehow. Must review the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva! Must be a better Buddhist!
I don’t think Ram Das really said this but there was a recent quote on Facebook that read, “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” Oh, enlightenment and initiations and packing and never mind all that because my daughter just texted me about going to the Y for a work out.
Didn’t want to pack anyway! It’s a no brainer; I’m outa here! I’ll pack some more later or another day! I think about Monkshood and motivation and attitude while I swim and maybe come back with a better attitude. Something. For now, I’m outahere!
Working for Ego or Spirit – What’s the Motivation?
Maybe you do this; like I do this – or you don’t. Do what? Well, sometimes not what you ‘think’ you should do. And sometimes we wonder if what we have a plan to do will really make any difference. I think it’s about the motivation or the reason we do what we do. That’s what’s what we should examine or look at. I’ve noticed how people can be uptight and workaholic in their nature and announce or pronounce that they are accomplishing some great task or project and they are too busily involved with this to be distracted from it. That kind of focus is good and we need that once in a while. I know how to do that too—been there, done that. These days, I’m looking at my motivation for everything and that comes along with part of the contemplations involved on my spiritual path.
I question my reason for doing whatever it is I’ve plans to do and if the motivation to do it isn’t in alignment with my “path” (to use an easy word), then it’s a bit harder to dive in with passion.
I know how it is to be as busy as a bee (see image of honey bees at work above) and also how it is not to be so. Sometimes I come up with issues either way—the busy bee syndrome can turn into either escapism OR it becomes one huge attachment. And we know (or at least I do, first hand) what happens with attachments—something’s got to give in order to loosen our grip and that isn’t always pretty. Best not to go there in the first place!
When you’re younger and with family responsibilities, your motivation is pretty clear, easy, altruistic and necessary–to put food on the table and clothes on the children. It gets a bit more complicated as you get older and those types of motivations are…. well, no longer motivating. Well, they are and they aren’t–we do get weary of survival needs motivating us and we really want to get past it or be more inspired.
Personally, I’ve been re-inspired by the Buddhist teachings called “The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva”–completely. I’m going to start blogging about those! Talk about working with one’s faults and evolving–totally! I can see the potential and benefit for personal spiritual alignment and then sharing the works with others may be helpful; but the motivation is… well, its not the same as other things in my life.
Recently I read a teaching in which the point had to do with doing the work because we all have some sort of function here and do the work for the sake of the work itself—lose the attachment to the idea of its importance or your “standing” in relation to it. In other words, get the ego out.
That sort of squares with these concepts of this life being an illusion or dream-reality and those notions do filter-in and merge with the idea what I do and don’t do in daily life on a daily basis.
Of course, I am not talking about doing my psychic reading work here—for that is clearly in alignment with all my personal spiritual ideals regarding compassion and expanded consciousness, etc. I’m more or less referring to my work in composing an astrology course.
I like the idea of simply ‘going with’ this concept that “we all have a function here, so function” –but don’t get attached to the importance of your function and don’t engage in the task thinking that you are going to create some type of particular outcome. And certainly don’t do it because you are trying to be busy as a bee in order to appear important to others or because it’s another way of escaping from contemplating your life. See what I mean?
Have you ever been right on the edge with life? Maybe even had one of those close to (if not outright) near death experiences or perhaps even been very sick for a day or two. Almost everybody has had that last experience and can relate. You know how everything in life sort of fades away and you seem to be hanging on by each breath or something? Or maybe there was a close call in your car in traffic or the airplane you were in caught an air pocket during a rough weather patch and you felt the fall of the plane. How important is your project or work then, eh? What is it that ‘really’ matters?
I have been struggling with the right motivation in writing the astrology class. My beginning purpose was to put something down for my grandson and niece—to explain astrology for the beginner in my own way, writing the steps of importance as they seem clear to me. Like with the psychic class, the motivation is to write it out in a way that I wish I could have learned it.
I read a blog post from an Internet Buddhist Teacher who wrote out about his work something that I felt about the psychic class that I wrote. Let’s see, how did he say it? Here we go. He wrote: “There was no internet in those days so if you wanted to get the answer to a question; you had to physically hunt out someone who had the answer.” He also wrote: “I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like to have a resource like this site when I was starting out. That’s one of the main reasons I decided to do it.” That’s exactly how I felt about the psychic class when I wrote it. I remember driving long distances and spending many hours with other psychics in classes on Sunday afternoons and attending (at great expense of money and time) many seminars and classes—simply because those were the only sources available pre-google.
My motivation these days is to do the work (of the astrology class) using the right motivation. I sat here for a moment trying to remember which book mentioned the attitude and motivation toward work that jumped out at me and sparked something within me. Which book was that? Just as if in a dream, a moment ago I got up and walked right to it then flipped a few pages and there it was. It’s a book on talks with the famous sage Nisargadatta and the subject was work and previous to that about being dissolved by The Supreme which creates perfect balance in all things which dissolves you and thus reasserts your true being. When asked how this works in daily life, Nisargadatta said, “The daily life is a life of action. Whether you like it or not, you must function. “
That last line reminds me of that one theme in the move THE MATRIX. It was about programs that are written for everything that functions in the matrix—a program even for the birds in the park, a program for everything to function.
Anyway, he goes on after stating that everyone must function. “Whatever you do for your own sake accumulates and becomes explosive—one day it goes off and plays havoc with you and your world. When you deceive yourself that you work for the good of all, it makes matters worse, for you should not be guided by your own ideas of what is good for others. A man who claims to know what is good for others is dangerous.”
On a gut level I really get that last line—it’s a karma thing of course.
So then the question was asked about how a person is supposed to work then. What’s the right attitude and the right motivation? And his answer was, “Neither for yourself nor for others, but for the work’s own sake. A thing worth doing is its own purpose and meaning. Make nothing a means to something else. Bind not. The Divine Intelligence (God) does not create one thing to serve another. Each is made for its own sake. Because it is made for itself, it does not interfere.”
I’ve been thinking about that and as I struggle with the right motivation for my astrology writing project work, I also came across this this morning in my email from www.tut.com . I like these short pithy sentence or two’s and sometimes they resonate and sometimes not; however today’s did when factored in with all else. Here’s what it said:
Judging yourself for what you haven’t yet accomplished, Joy, is like finding fault with a lion because it can’t fly, a bird because it can’t swim, or tree because it can’t leave… well, you know what I mean.
Whop, The Universe
There’s some peace in that and with my self-coaching about self-acceptance and my underlying and core belief that all things come together in divine timing!
And now let me gather up the right motivation and keep my function in mind and let the work do the work for the work while my fingers do the typing—translation: back to writing the astrology course letting pure being emerge.