The intensity stays you move forward. Intensity is part of the universal flow of energy. Wishing intensity away is a waste of time. There is no perfect life of peace and happiness waiting somewhere for you in another place or time, not even in the next lifetime.

Intensity in life comes through the interaction of circumstances within the life experience. We tend to think life is just a routine but it is not. Life is an orchestrated series of necessary events that we draw to ourselves to experience based on our karma (our deeds and actions in past lives).

How do you identify your karma? 

There is no one size fits all in this area of life experience. The identification of karma is more subtle. Think about a reoccurring event that in your life that makes no sense. Something happens that is familiar, and you are back in the same situation again. When this happens it is time to ask; why is it happening, and is there another way to respond to the situation.

The Eastern philosophical thought explains karma as an indication of one’s personal circumstances through a given lifetime. People are relegated to a certain type of experience to learn from that experience based on past lives. A laborer has to learn to accept labor; a wealthy, rich person has to learn to be able to manage their wealth.

In reality, this is judgment. How can we generally relegate anyone to a particular class distinction because someone is born into poverty or born into wealth? Yet we do this without thinking. We classify ages, people, cultures, and everything, thinking this is the reason for their lot in life.

Life is what you make of it and you do not need to be a laborer for all of your life. A laborer can become a wealthy rich person if they want to be rich. We adapt to our life circumstances and life is what we make of it.

How not to identify your karma

Ask someone to do it for you. This is a fatal error. There are those that think they can tell you what your karma is, but they are faking it. I am asked this question many times as a spiritual consultant. All I can do is point you in a direction and ask you some leading questions about what your likes and dislikes are in life.

For example, are you predisposed to liking a particular country more than another country? The chances are you have had a happier lifetime in a country you really like and an unhappier lifetime in a country you do not like. Another question is; what period in history is particularly interesting? Based on this information begin to read about the history of that country or time period.

This sounds simple and practical because it is. Your approach to this subject should utilize common sense and never rely on someone else to be an authority on your life in general. Seeking advice from someone you respect is different from going to someone to answer questions about your life for you.

Studying Karma

There are a lot of jokes about karma and your next lifetime. The truth of this is what you do in this lifetime denotes what happens in the next one. First, understand the link between the circumstances and restricting confrontations you experience. Why does someone experience such abject tragedy and suffering? We would certainly not wish this type of experience on anyone. It is difficult to think about someone having to suffer because, what is done to them; they did to another in a previous life.

This also does not mean we should not have compassion for the one suffering. We cannot turn to them and say; you deserve what you experienced. The reasons for this kind of suffering are too varied and unknown and are not as cut and dried as we would like them to be.  In my personal experience, glimpses of my past were shown to me when I visited the Old City in Jerusalem in 1971.

The knowledge of my past lives began to surface slowly. I wanted to know the meaning of my existence in this lifetime. Why was I back here again? The past is not always pleasant to look at, we were not always the heroic great one that reformed the world.

The way to study karma is to find a source of correct thinking about the subject. The search for a genuine teacher is not as easy as it sounds. There are many who claim genuineness, but it is up to you, the student, to find the one who knows and teaches from their experience.


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