by Robert Wilkinson
While checking out the intersections of fate and free will, one of the greatest ancient spiritual books ever written offers a reminder of some universals all of us go through. These are the inevitable result of our process of evolving as we discover what is really true for us versus what is only conditionally true. Through our challenges and crises, we find “truth” transforming according to our level of awareness and need for greater unconditional understanding freed from fear. The challenges we face and what we learn through crises help us learn to choose, decide, and respond. This affects our future.
We continually refine our personality by letting go of obsolete habits of acting, feeling, and thinking. All of life is an opportunity to grow into new ways of expressing our Light, Life, and Love that bear fruit in the future. To do this we must, like the trees, withdraw our life force from branches that are dead, and sprout new branches in new directions of growth.
We do the same when we stop agonizing over old parts of our life that are voided out, and turn to something more fulfilling and purposeful for us here and now. Since we're all experiencing a sense of emptiness resulting from losing people and ending old life patterns, it is helpful to remember that some of this is the product of the times we live in, and some of it is just a natural part of evolution itself. Since to live is to grow, growth often challenges our interpretations, perceptions, and old ways of doing our Being.
To that end, here is a fragment from “An Essay On Karma,” itself a part of "Light On The Path," one of the oldest books on Earth and certainly one of the most venerable works ever written. In a few places I have substituted certain terms that may be more familiar to the western mind than the original term used, in order (hopefully) to clarify the intent of the author. I have also attempted to make it gender-neutral.
"It is said that a little attention to the pursuit of truth produces great Karmic results. That is because it is impossible to give any attention to the pursuit of truth without making a definite choice between what are familiarly called good and evil. The first step in the pursuit of truth brings the student to the tree of knowledge. Then you must pluck and eat; you must choose. No longer are you capable of the indecision of ignorance. You go on, either on the good or on the evil path. And to step definitely and knowingly even but one step on either path produces great Karmic results. The mass of humanity walk waveringly, uncertain as to the goal they aim at; their standard of life is indefinite; consequently their Karma operates in a confused manner. But when once the threshold of knowledge is reached, the confusion begins to lessen, and consequently the Karmic results increase enormously, because all are acting in the same direction on all the different planes: for the one who pursues truth cannot be half-hearted, nor can they return when they have passed the threshold. These things are as impossible as that the adult should become the child again. The individuality has approached the state of responsibility by reason of growth; it cannot recede from it."
Since life, realization, and purpose are one-way streets, then it is always helpful to examine what is no longer true, good, or useful in one's life, and gracefully move out of old habits and ways into new potentials. This is one of those times to focus, since there is new growth to be embraced in the middle of the on-going fragmentations.
The voids created by the passing of old parts of the life enable you to attract more fulfilling experiences than you've known before now. Just shape your attraction in the form of your heart's desire, without being distracted by old echoes of perceptions of memories of perceptions of memories of perceptions of memories of...