Have you ever heard the saying, “What goes around, comes around”? That’s one way to understand karma.
Dharma – Law. The established nature, character, peculiar condition or essential quality of anything.
Karma – Action. From, kri, meaning ‘to do’.
The Dharma of Karma – The law of cause and effect: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
The word ‘karma’ simply means ‘action’, but the inevitable effect of action is that it will have a rebound of one kind or another. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Karma – Action. From kri, ‘to do.’
If we were to realize that thought is behind all of our actions, we would probably try to change some of what’s going to “come around” and change some of our actions by changing the thoughts that precede them.
Many modern-day teachings focus on positive thought, the idea being that thought manifests, and if your thoughts are in alignment with your aims, your aims will manifest. The movie The Secret supports this with the “law of attraction”. However, when taking up the practice of positive thinking, we would do well to keep in mind the old saying, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” Your own aims are positive for you, but what is positive for one person may be negative, or even neutral, for another.
The Law of Attraction and Aversion
If we are to be honest with ourselves, we have to realize that ‘positive’ translates as ‘attraction’, or ‘desire’, and ‘negative’ translates as ‘aversion’, or ‘negative desire’. In other words, something is positive for us when it’s something we want or like, whereas something that is negative is something we don’t want or don’t like. So all this negative and positive business is all relative. And here lies another secret:
Life in this world, the mind included, is made up of opposites.
Remember Noah’s ark? Noah had to keep pairs of opposites equally in tact in order to keep life in the world in tact. That the world and the mind are made up of opposites is not the secret. Sages have know this for eons. No, the biggest secret of all will always be the one we keep from ourselves. It is the thought that is opposite the positive one that we’re trying to cultivate, the thought that we shove under the rug, that is the Big Secret. What happens to that thought? Where does it go?
That opposite negative thought, the thing you don’t want or like, will go deeper into the mind and become stronger by hiding it from yourself. This happens not because you are strengthening the positive thought, but because you are suppressing the negative one, thereby giving energy and power to it.
You won’t notice that this is going on because you’ve hidden the negative thought and it no longer exists for you. But it is precisely because it is hidden that is gains so much power. The secret things in the mind are the most influential at a personal level for this reason, and this reason alone. You can only upstage negatives, you can’t make them go away—a negative is just the flip side of something. So it is better know what they are than to leave them so conveniently tucked away. Knowing about them, and giving them equal time, will quickly drain their power.
Seeing and acknowledging the negative flip side of a positive,
will cause the negative to weaken.
Just think about the word ‘secret’. Remember the movie, The Secretˆ? Weren’t you attracted to that title? We are all attracted to secrets of one kind or another—personal secrets, secret societies, secret conspiracies, secret loves, secret methods and techniques, secret initiations, etc. We love a good mystery. That we are drawn to these things is a phenomenon produced by our own propensity for keeping our own secrets, especially the secrets we keep from ourselves, secrets we don’t even know we have, or have forgotten, things that are sub (below) -conscious, suppressed.
So what do we do about this if we are to pursue positive thought in order to navigate life more smoothly and live our dreams?
Deflate the Power of the Negative
The first thing to know is that, once the opposite negative thought of the positive thought you wish to manifest is brought to equal consciousness, it looses its effectiveness and becomes powerless over you. Practice Mental Yoga and develop this skill.
Practice Conscious Choice
The second thing to know is that, once the opposite negative thought of the positive thought you wish to manifest is brought equally to consciousness, only then can you make a conscious choice between the two.
Without this piece, choices are influenced entirely by the mind (i.e., by that negative, hidden, secret thought), in which case, conscious choice isn’t really conscious, is it?—because you’ve left something in an unconscious, subconscious, place in your mind and you don’t have all the pieces.
You may believe that you have already made this choice, but if you did not bring the opposite negative thought equally to consciousness, it was not really a choice made by you, it was a choice made by your mind under the influence of attraction or aversion, and not really your choice at all. You have been had by your own mind.
Access Your Inherent Power
What is so amazing about this process of equal consciousness of opposite thoughts, is that you become more empowered by bringing these opposites to the surface—equal time, equal consideration—and choosing between them. By doing this, you will have made a conscious choice.
Conscious choice is the basis of your own inherent power—you’ve got it in spades—so all you have to do is access it. With familiarity concerning opposite thoughts and the application of conscious choice, you can do it.
1. Your own power is inherent.
2. The way to access it is through conscious choice.
3. Conscious choice requires self-honesty and equal awareness
Jaya Bhagavan (Victory to God!),
- In an online course, Mental Yoga is taken up in greater depth and practice.
- Mental Yoga is also interwoven within Foundations for Personal Growth.
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