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8 Steps to Healing Your Karma Now

Stuck in the throes of life’s less-friendly side? Can you untangle yourself from an emotional web? Can you break a karmic cycle? 

Nobody plans to get stuck, and yet, you find yourself sinking deeper into the quicksand of a personal situation, unable to call out for help—mainly because you perceive your problem as just that—a personal one. The harshest lessons in life come from people closest to you, ones with whom you have invested your time and efforts. Situations that involve loved ones are more personal and challenging to deal with in long term. There is a mental fight here, and it looks like nobody can win because the opponent is a loved one, not an enemy. The dreaded word comes to mind in a situation like this: Karma. This unerring and impersonal force is at work in your life.

Karma, as defined in Webster, reads: the totality of a person’s actions in any of the successive states of his existence thought of as determining his fate in the next.

In other words, whatever you face in this life, good or bad, is the effect of your previous actions in a previous life. Karma is a force composed of electromagnetic energy, and it brings with it the whole works–the dreaded negative planetary alignment in birth charts, the forces of nature working against you, and the harmful radiations that bombard on you. These radiations work to inflate your ego, so you lose your sense of right and wrong.  It is very unfortunate to be in the receiving end of bad karma. It can feel like the Universe is working against you.

Under a spiritual light, a situation persists until the lessons are learnt, or the karma it came to balance out between the people involved, is balanced. Knowing this does not feel any better; if anything, it leaves one feeling more helpless and victimized. LOA (Law of Attraction) states that you need to feel grateful and look at what you have working in your life instead of focusing on what you don’t have. You know this, you know about the positive vibrations and merits of a grateful heart. You know about prayers and karma.

Are you doomed to sink because of karmic debts, because you asked for these lessons as you are on a higher spiritual level (therefore your lessons are tougher), because (God forbid), you deserve it? Or is there a way out of it? Is there a practical and spiritual way that can get you out of this situation? Here are eight practical and powerful insights from SOUL NOTES, Book 1 of my upcoming series THE BIGGER PICTURE in how you can possibly try to break the karmic cords that bind you:

1. It is true that karmic laws restrict you, but it is also true that like every human being, you have a choice of free will. Take a moment to let the enormity of this sink in. You have a choice of free will, thus, you are not a little boat thrust on the torrent seas of life. You can consciously decide to use your free will to choose something better for yourself.

2. You may believe that everything has been happening for a reason in your life, and it has. To some extent, a spiritual person is usually more tolerant and forgiving, but no one is immune to getting hurt. The spiritual person often surrenders his or her will to Divine Universe and accepts his or her fate as a divine condition. However, this is not needed as we have a free will, and aligning our will to Divine Will is more than enough. We are here on earth as co-creators. It is not that we are mere pawns in the game of life–we can change what we do not want, we can choose a better option, but it is not easy. It requires sincerity, courage and heart to forgive. 

3. YOU NEED YOUR POWER BACK IN YOUR LIFE! Your subconscious mind is the super computer that controls everything. Your Higher Self, your Guardian Angel, divine powers and all other energies work through the subconscious to influence your surroundings and you. You are the only one not consciously using this immense super power within. You can start to work with it in various ways. One way is to write a letter and state your situation clearly. State that you no longer want to endure this suffering and that you need a solution; a way out. A thought or guidance will show up. What do you want to happen? State this clearly on paper. At night, before falling asleep, you can talk to your subconscious mind and ask it to help you. Churn words of power that you want to see working in your life (peace, love, help). By doing this, you are putting out a request and reprogramming the subconscious mind.

4. The karmic wheel that has set into motion can be stopped, not by ignoring it, but by working with it. If you see negative results in your life, be it in relationships, or physical health, or circumstances—it means that you have set this in motion in a previous life. (It can set in motion in this life in the case of instant karma, but that would mean you are enlightened enough and have a clean karmic slate so that every little negative action you create instantaneously shows up as a negative result). Look at what it is you are facing. Look at it very carefully. Inspect it and meditate on it. What is causing you immense distress and suffering? Look at this factor and know that you have, no doubt, contributed this negative motion through your past actions. You have caused this pain to others, and you decided to go through this in present life so that you can learn how it feels. Seek to balance your karmic debts. For example, if you cannot conceive a child; help other children, or adopt an abandoned child. If you are facing hardships; seek those who are facing a similar situation and assist them in every way you can and so forth. If you help someone today, and that person’s life is much better because of it, you may receive that help in another form through another person in future. Same way, if you may have unknowingly or knowingly (karma is impersonal) have harmed any living being, you will receive this lesson and pay this debt in this life in any form. Start to think about everything that is going against you in the present life and write down what actions you may have taken to create this. Write down steps you can take in life to balance this karma out. If you can go about reprimanding with your heart and soul, results are astonishing!

5. If you share an individual karma with a person, it is most likely a loved one or a close family relation, or a very dear friend. No matter how it appears on the face of it that you are innocent in this particular situation, the bitter truth is that you have set this effect in motion or else you would not be experiencing this conflict. It is certainly the most challenging thing to do, if not nearly impossible. First, you have to take responsibility for whatever that is happening to you right now (I know…the words don’t go down very well do they, in fact, they are stuck in my throat as I think and write them down.) How can we take the responsibility of the adverse situation when we have been innocent victims;  forgiving and so understanding, though very hurt by the behaviour of the other person. The other person has acted unreasonably, has been shockingly insensitive and instigated this situation. I hear you. The truth is, you have done this to the person in your previous life, and maybe you did it because the person did it to you in another life. None of us hold a conscious memory of this, but our subconscious mind remembers everything and is pre-programmed with this. It is a vicious karmic cycle that can be broken by the most enlightened one out of the two, and that must be you at this point. Otherwise, you would not be reading these words. You can, consciously, choose to break this cycle. Meditate on the situation between the two of you, study the negative feelings that you both feel for one another, and what result do you want out of this situation.

6. Focus on how the person and this situation is making you feel? Write down a list of the possible things you may have done to this person in the past that made them feel like you feel at present. Now reverse these situations—visualize yourself in the same situations choosing good actions in place of the negative ones you may have taken against this person that made them feel the way you feel in this life. Visualize the person happy and relieved. Write this list down. Once a day, sit in meditation, conjure up the image of this person, and connect with the person energetically. Ask for forgiveness for all the hurt you have caused this person (even though in present life it is this person causing you immense grief). The key to this is to arrive at a point where you no longer feel any resistance towards this situation. You have harmonized the situation when you feel no negative emotions for this person. At the very least, you will feel neutral for this person, and at the most, you will experience unconditional love because the karmic debt neutralizes and the karmic chain is broken. 

7. Sacred knowledge across the spiritual and religious teachings of the world tell us that we must forgive, to be kind, to take good actions, to consciously refrain from causing pain to any living being, and to practice compassion. Do you see that whatever we put out is, sooner or later, reflected back to us?

8. Raise your vibrations. Highly enlightened individuals manage to break away from the karmic cycle because they rise above karma. The energy of unconditional love vibrates to one of the highest frequencies in the Universe; by meditating and merging with this vibration, you can raise your frequency higher. Raising your vibrations means your energy field starts to vibrate at a faster rate of angstrom units per second. Visualise the blades of fans spinning quicker and thus if mud thrown at it, it simply will not stick. 

Whatever you do in this life, think twice before doing it. If you feel not-so-good after doing it, (your conscience is your inner voice), then change the action then fix it fast. If you are one of the fortunate ones that experience immense fulfillment in present life, do not let your good fruits of the past get to your head and ruin your future. If you are careless about your actions, then you may use up all your good karmic balance in your karmic bank account and have nothing left in the next life! Continue to generate good karma and accumulate blessings. For those who are suffering in this life, you may have opted for a challenging life so that you can evolve to a higher level in the next, but may have personal karma with individuals to settle before you can move to the next level.

It is a time to forgive. A time to heal yourself and your situation. A time to move into the new year with more peace, love, and light. 

Written By Jal Patel

change · empower · New Year · soul session · Spirituality

Embrace Your Life

The new year brings with it new hopes, new promises, and new dreams. There is something hugely exciting in welcoming the new.

At the stroke of twelve, you hope everything will magically change for you as it did for Cinder-ella. Cut to a week later, you realise things still pretty much feel the same. Yes, they pretty much will because change is an inside job.

If everything around you changes then why is it that you are stuck? It is not the same day, the weather has changed, the market prices have changed, the world has changed, and dammit…a white hair today, so yes, you have physically changed too! Emotionally though, you are still hanging in the same space.

The truth is that if you cannot make the change from inside; you cannot see the change on the outside. If you do the same things you did yesterday, you will get the exact same results today.

To get results in the area that most interests you, you will have to do things differently and on a consistent basis. Only then can you see a change by choice rather than by default.

To improve quality time with your children, for instance, you may dedicate twenty minutes of your time to read to them every alternate night, or hear them read. You may want to take up an activity with them every week, and hug them more, ask them more questions and listen to them talk.

If you are looking to shake things up a bit, say you hope for a new project, then don’t stay rooted in the same space. Bring in new energy into your life. Invite it in by changing your daily routine

Take your dog out for a walk on a different route. Attend a new gathering, host a dinner, travel to a new place, change your hairstyle, and take up an activity such as a new class or a workshop. Do something new and exciting, but for God’s sake don’t just sit there and wait for things to happen! 

To see results in your physical body and health got to show the Universe you mean business by taking an initiative and giving up a bad habit. Start drinking warm water with lime and honey first thing in the morning, have a sauna once a week, hit the gym, listen to uplifting music, maybe even dance more…put the effort and see what happens. The energy in your life rearranges itself.

For more peace in your life, sit quietly in a thought-free state for a few minutes every morning, or meditate every evening, take up yoga, cleanse and protect your energy field, do more chanting. Become peaceful. Reach out for peace and you will find it. 

You can always strive to be kinder, and serving. Smile more. Serve more. Listen more. Love more. 

If you are not happy with the effect, change the cause.

Change is scary. Especially the type that forces you out of your comfort zone. Most of us rather suffer than change because it is easier that way. There is a price for everything, and most of us are not willing to pay that price. You simply just fight with whatever it is you don’t like in your life and avoid making a decision as long as possible and so deny the responsibility that comes with it. As children, you got away with this, but as an adult, you must take responsibility for your life. You have a choice of free-will and it is your divine right to exercise it.

The first and foremost thing you must do is change your energy. You will notice that many things start to change on the outside when you begin to change your energy on the inside. Most things that you want in your life can be ‘pulled’ towards you in this way.

The second most powerful tool is the power of intent. Hold an intention of what it is that you want in your life. If you can see it, you can achieve it. If you can believe it, you can conceive it. The Universe operates in energies, frequencies and vibrations. You are not as meek as you sometimes think you are. Everything you see and experience in your world is projected outwards from your personal intentions, your core blueprint and your energy. Hold the intention in every area in your life that you want to see change.

The third thing you can do is seek help. You have been asking for help, but you have no idea how you will get it. Keep your eyes and ears, heart and mind open to the help that is around you. The Universe sends you to help not when you need it, but when you ask for it. It will appear in your life, and you will recognise it by its calling. You will feel pushed towards it by the Universe (people will recommend it, a friend may make your way toward it, etc.) or you will feel a pull towards it (you will have a constant nudge inside you to go to it, you will see relating material pop up everywhere).

Sometimes when things feel like they are falling apart, it may be a clear sign that it is time for a change. Life comes with lessons and when it is time for lessons people automatically go into an N (neutral) mode. Your soul is telling you that you still have lessons to learn, karma to pay. You will naturally cultivate the tolerance that is needed to bear the situation. When things become unbearably uncomfortable, it is almost like the Universe is kicking and pushing you out of the situation. It is time to go; it is time for a change. The Universe often makes you unbearably uncomfortable when it wants you to change the situation position when it wants you to take an action.

Whatsoever it is in this year of 2016, know that it is up to you. Be mindful and be here, and do what needs to be doing, so that you can have the results that you wish to have. For that, you need a few things, like love, and peace and hope. But most of all, you need the courage to embrace your life.

Written by Jal Patel

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