Minimizing New Karma

If one seeks to be free and has some level of belief in Causal Ordering or Karma, then it stands to reason that it is wise to try not to generate any new karma or at least to minimize what new karma we do generate. This means we need to consider our actions and the implications, thereof. If we don’t give a shit we can carry on just as we please. This approach risks what I have termed Karmic Ghosts. It is a kind of brinksmanship with fate. We can bluff and wait for the universe to call our bluff. But cause and effect are real, even if we cannot see the fine detail of Causal Ordering. A cause, sooner or later, effects. Just how it effects can vary.

The best way to minimise new karma is to listen to our Soul, our inner voice. For it is the Soul which knows and not our complicated and often self-important personalities. Each time we fail to listen to our Soul, our heart, we tend to generate new karma. Don’t imagine for a minute that the Soul is easy going, it is anything but. It is trying to get us on track, to learn and to evolve as a being. And so often “we” resist our own Souls. Somewhere, perhaps buried deep under the rubble and destruction of our lives, there is a conscience. It may be near mortally wounded. Unless we start to listen so that “we” and our Soul are on the same page, we will never feel whole or at one.

Though we may not like to acknowledge it our Soul knows what it needs to be doing. Yet so often we stymie it, and this causes “us” suffering. In one sense failing to listen to our conscience is causal of our suffering. Seems to me that many are more than a tad masochistic. Oh that WILL, how it likes to fight against the guidance of our Soul!!

Trying to stop generating new karma is an important part of the road to liberation.

If you start to listen to your heart the guidance on how, is readily available to you.

I will never…..

There are some things in life which we kind of know are on our to do list, not the daily one the other one, which we can never bring ourselves to do. We kind of know we have to, but never not ever, will we. These things are often related to face and there may be fear about the outcome. Not even on our deathbed or on the deathbed of another are we prepared to do them. They may be very simple things like contacting someone or giving a heartfelt as opposed to grudging apology. Time goes by and the moment passes. Such things can cause lesser karmic ghosts to vanish. Undone a small karmic ghost can grow in size and markedly so.

There is a strange mind-set that thinks, “I will not give X the pleasure, not ever, not even after hell freezes over.” Of course, X may not derive any pleasure from it, whatever it is. But the mind manufactures a justification and an excuse. Very quickly a mole hill becomes Mount Everest. This petty aspect of human nature can readily be found. How Face twists us up inside, how grudges eat away like acid in our bile! There is no equanimity whilst grudges fester and brew.


As an exercise

Are there any petty things which I will never do?

Make a list.

Then examine what lies behind the items on this list.

Do I hold grudges?

If so what are their natures?

Make a list.

Then examine what lies behind the items on this list.

Karmic Ghosts

First take a look at the clip previous to set the mood.

Karma is the law of cause and effect, if we create for ourselves a karmic ghost it is we that have caused this effect, the tangibility of which may vary. In the clip Celliers had become something of a ghost, Yonoi simply did not know what to do with him in the context of his world view. This is a fairly extreme example of a karmic ghost. This theme of “ghost” is transferable, more widely.

Karmic ghosts arise from a number of causes, maybe we have driven someone away, failed to marry the right person when we had the opportunity, did something shitty which we need not have done, or made a Petrine denial. The longevity of the ghost and its ability to haunt us is somehow in proportion. Many stem from betrayal and a lack of courage when it was called for; a failure to be impeccable when we might have been can create such ghosts. They may be a guilt, a remorse. They are often indicated by some kind of a void, a space where something might have been, but isn’t. Needless to say, these void-ghosts are intangible. We learn through loss, this is karma manifesting.

Karmic ghosts can manifest in the street, where we see the face of a person in a passing stranger.  A string of memories flood in. We may fear banging into our karmic ghost, who might still be a real live human being. We may alter our path so as to avoid a haunting, a chance encounter. These ghosts are never far away from us, they can follow like our shadow. They are hard indeed to shake. There is no point in calling an exorcist or a shaman for they cannot be lost through ritual. They are an intangible marker of a lesson we failed to learn and until such time as we do, the ghost is a karmic reminder of work to be done. We may deny our karmic ghost and pretend that we do not have one. But like a troublesome poltergeist they occasionally scratch at the walls of our consciousness and whisper to us, they bid us remember, remember.

Until such time as we have resolved the situation which gave rise to the ghost-genesis we are not at the root. We may prune the leaves and branches of the ghost, but it grows again. The seed of the ghost is in us and with us, a kind of burr that itches. Should someone utter the name of our ghost our pupils dilate, and a breeze of fear blows in from the sea.

We may keep our karmic ghosts in temporary abeyance by keeping busy, with wine or drugs. But in the wee small hours and in our dreams, they visit, and they whisper. We might fend them off for decades but as we age, they come again. They might hold our hands as the box beckons.

In some cases, we can take remedial action, but in most we must wait until it fades, until the last ghostly ectoplasm dissolves out of our consciousness. And it is only when we have learned, that this happens. The more we persist in the action which caused ghost-genesis the stronger our ghosts become and they multiply.

In extreme cases, the remnants, the karmic ghost, makes us fearful of sleep. For karmic ghosts can be sleepwalkers for us, they tiptoe into our dreams. They are the footprint, the marker of all that is unresolved in us. They are a signpost, sometimes subtle, sometimes loud and demanding.

And should you encounter a karmic ghost, it is better to acknowledge them because karmic ghosts are our teachers, should we but see this.

Ghosts and Other Intangibles

I am going to change tack now and this is prompted by the events of yesterday and a dream I had last night. Yesterday was an example of synchronicity, I was writing on the blog about buttering up and then went into town, lo and behold someone tried to butter me up. One cannot prove a causal link, but I am providing some anecdotal evidence, albeit sketchy, for synchronicity. This is an intangible and not really suitable for quantitative measurement. In my position I do not need to preserve scientific credibility any longer, because whatever I say here will not harm my job prospects any more. So why not?

I have long been interested in the workings of mind. If one uses MBTI, then I am an INFJ. Which means that introverted intuition is big in me. In fact, I scored top of the scale for this. Incidentally, despite the rarity of this type, the wife has been banging into an unrepresentative number of these INFJ weirdos of late. Statistically INFJs are the rarest of all types. When does introverted intuition become psychic, clairvoyant, savant, seer or hallucinatory? It is a moot point.

I have done a lot of meditation and a while back I bought myself a frontal lobe EEG, which measured electroencephalograms by using a fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm. Before I started using it, I wanted to understand its signal to noise characteristics. I took it apart, inspected the circuitry and downloaded the patent from Espacenet. I know a fair bit about instrument design and a bit about FFT. Happy that I understood the instrument I began experimenting, recording video and EEG data simultaneously. Like a mad scientist I tested it out on family and friends. The samples were not large, but sufficient to give indications. I kept lab books. What I found is that I can pretty much flat-line an EEG. There is only residual very low frequency and amplitude signal. The same “signature” is achieved doing Toltec dreaming practice and mantra induced Raja yoga states. Though the path to these states is different. I have very low wakeful EEG activity consistent with a reduced chitta and this is low compared to some others allegedly skilled in meditation. This machine works via the electromagnetic force and is therefore suited to only those things in which there is a change in this force for whatever reason. It says absolutely nothing about the quality of state attained. It measures a tangible, but that tangible does not speak in depth about an intangible. I can turn alpha and beta states on and off pretty much at will which suggests, though does not prove, that I have some control over my mind.

I’ll make a statement here and it goes something like this; it is from the intangibles in life that the quality of living stems, the je ne sais quoi is what gives life meaning and depth, they make life more exciting than scheduled and acquisitional living. If one is bold one could say that feelings change life from monochrome into HD. These intangible and unmeasurable things are the true richness of life. Overly rational mind is a bit barren.

Now in many there is a disconnect. The rational, evidence based scientist, does not often believe in ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. To admit such is to face ridicule. But put such a being in an old creaky house at night, alone, and the surety of their position may falter. They say one thing but when the hackles on the back of the neck rise, they are unconvinced by their rationalisation. They profess and opine one thing, but…

Traditionally ghosts are seen as remnants of beings once alive. There are a lot of paranormal programmes on TV which speak of demons and demonic portals from other dimensions. In some of these people use instruments. I’ll hazard a guess that these demon hunters don’t understand their instruments all that well. This subject sells, it sells movies and books, there is a fascination.

It would be interesting do a poll to find out what proportion of the population have seen a ghost or something supernatural. I personally have been aware of dead people on a number of occasions. My experiences do not match any movie portrayal.

There are other kinds of ghost of a more metaphorical nature. These are the ghosts of the living, of the missing and of unrealised potential. I am going to term these intangibles karmic ghosts (vide infra). These ghosts also haunt us.

It is in this intangible, the mystery beyond solution and past a solid evidential base where life gets interesting. Rarely is it spoken of, maybe after a few glasses of wine around an open fire, it is mentioned tentatively as a test. If the ground is fertile, people open up a little more.

I have now cued up the intangible, ghosts and karmic ghosts. If I can verbalise it, I’ll return to the latter first.