May 30, 2009

Burning-Off Karma

Karma is the principle of cause and effect. The Bible says: ”… whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Gal. 6:7, kjv). Karma can be either good or bad, hard or easy. The majority of which you have the ability to control. The way you think gives rise to the way you feel. The way you feel gives rise to the way you act. The way you act, verbally and physically, gives rise to outcome.

Burning -off Karma through Spiritual Growth is recovering from an over-reaction to a stubbed toe to grieving over a death in the family. An intense experience is assuage by stoic thinking. Stoics believe that isn't what happens, but your thoughts that cause emotional pain. Reinhold Niebuhr prayed: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. 

Live Your Own Karma, not your family, friends, enemies, nor groups.

The Major Areas for Spiritual Growth are deaths, abuses, personal and social relationships, quality of life, work and retirement; natural and man made catastrophes.

Read: The Quest, post of May 22, 2009 | The Dragon Tamer, post to come | Tame Your Inner-Dragons, post to come

May 22, 2009

The Quest

The Quest is your search for your true self. Not that which became, but that which was born. In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent van Gogh called the true self the inner-child.

Contemplate the picture. Listen for whispers from your soul.

The setting sun warms your back and illuminates the compassionate moon. That lights your journey through your subconscious: the land of inner-dragons. You’ve realized that you cannot slay your inner-dragons, but only befriend and tamed them. You’re on the way to meet your inner-teacher holding the lamp of wisdom. That will illuminate your true self.

Gladden you heart. Lift your spirits. Nourish your soul.

The Forest, the subconscious, is like the forest of Macbeth's, Robin Hood's or somewhere in between depending on your karma or spiritual growth. Decide.

The Raven is the bird of Noah, Elijah, Poe, your inner-one and God's messenger. It is the keeper of the gate between your inner and outer worlds. The Raven gives sustenance, points the way. Eat. Heed.

The Inner-Dragons  

Seven Deadly Sins: anger, avarice, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, sloth

Major Gloom-Dooms: aggression, anxiety, arrogance, blame, bias, depression, fear, generalization, guilt, hysteria, impatience, inadequacy, irrational, panic, paranoia, rudeness, shame, and vengeance

• Terrible Aitches: hauteur and hubris

Read: Burning-off Karma  post of May 30, 2009 | The Dragon Tamer, post to come | Tame Your Inner-Dragons, post to come