Tangents In Karma
As an ancient saying goes, “when you don’t know the reason something happens and the cause remains unknown but continues to consume time, blame it on karma.” This point becomes visceral when a rapid sequence of events has occurred and every single one has gone wrong, expressing only obstacles that suggests “the fates” have somehow conspired against me, doomed to struggle, making any reasonable task seem insurmountable. A truly karmic way of looking at it, except that it’s all based on the assumption that I am important enough for “the fates” to be so focused.
Obstacles are rarely the same, testing each time just a bit differently to reinforce awareness of how they differ from past experiences, all of which doesn’t guarantee finding the right solution this time. Many expose some kind of impediment that was thought to be already resolved even though it’s easy to identify patterns that are expressed cyclically. All this does is to provoke the need to find a resolution, hoping it becomes a basis for growth, an opportunity to spiral to another level by adding intensity to new and similar situations.
Dealing with uncertainty can be overpowering, also a basis of hesitation, hoping that somehow, someway, the future will shed more light and reveal additional certainty that will result in making better choices. However waiting too long runs the risk of missed opportunities, sometimes with great regret that reinforces procrastination. Whether the effects of these actions are good or bad is largely due to how one interprets whatever happens and the behavioral patterns perpetuated as a consequence, setting the stage for future “re-actions.”
Thoughts and deeds, the basis of cause and effect, have a magnetism all their own, whatever reaction is manifested. Perspective can either clarify or obscure the distinction between the two, magnifying elements of each to a point where there is no difference. This is where the balance of intuition, instinct and experience, if trusted, can be a helpful vehicle precipitating the introspective search, but the ability to be honest with oneself to the point of pain can reliably help only as long as it is not overly embellished with self deprecation, guilt or depression, all of which generates neurosis.
Looking at a thought as an action that already exists somewhere on another level makes it possible for it to be idea-ted in the first place. Whoever thinks “it” can become the conduit and invent whatever is imagined using the tools of the physical plane to make it concrete. It’s possible for two or more people to be thinking the same idea independently at the same time in which case the credit for the invention will go to whoever creates it first.
The power of thoughts, although more subtle than actions, can be just as powerful despite the argument that they are less amenable to scientific documentation, which only supports those people that would rather deny that something invisible can have tangible effects. Although exact measurements are probably not possible, underestimation of their effects should always be a consideration before dismissing them as insignificant to warrant attention.
Fame, for example, brings attention of varying degrees, sometimes annoying when it compromises privacy, anonymity and personal space, until experience leads to the development of the ability to function while bombarded by the influx of many demands. Unless a balance is maintained, firmly grounded in self-confidence and trust, critical thoughts can have a major impact on objectivity and judgment. Some seek out drugs as a buffer from being the subject of intense focus, or as an escape from desperate boredom caused by isolation and repetitive tasks, just two of many attempts to adapt, becoming self-generating, forming the basis of more complex habits based on the direction thoughts accumulate.
“Reaping the effects of what is sown,” another way of describing karma, makes more sense as a generic formula to fit infinite events influenced by “Cosmic Law,” describing relationships between “Things,” the basis of mathematical equations, logic and religions’ doctrines. All contribute to an awareness that develops the basis of behavior.
Some people are drawn to others in ways that fulfill turbulent, often destructive relationships, exhibiting co-dependence. Others, viewing this cycle of attraction, question the behavior of those that keep getting into the same situation over and over again, a self fulfilling destiny characterized by low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
On the other hand, it is much easier to see someone else’s blind spots than it is our own, a caution to those who have a tendency to judge others by reminding us all that the reason these spots are blind to the person displaying them is because they are too close to see them. Confrontation does nothing but increase denial and runs the risk of lost trust. Lasting insights tend to come best from realizing things on one’s own, not being told them by someone else.
Patterns in nature, when connected to individual behavior and perception, can lead to predictions based on some kind of order that initial appearances didn’t reveal. A different structure not previously seen, or one that has changed. Whatever the case, observation becomes acute when it’s possible to sense what was once thought invisible, connecting cosmic principles to things that correspond to the mundane world. The instant it all makes sense, it simply all makes sense, without complication or controversy regardless of paradoxical appearances.
Fundamental change in the cause and effect relationship is the refinement of karma starting with a conscious attempt to alter thoughts opening up the possibility of different solutions previously unseen that filters into actions with a more deliberate direction. Awareness will sharpen with increased sensitivity to what one does and thinks, but responsibility also increases, until the wheel of karma is broken, leading to another existence less influenced by tangents, perhaps on another wheel expressing a different type of karma.