- Religion and Philosophy
Aura-Energy Field = The Energy We Put Out There Wires and Fires
Road rage is a great example of energies sparking off each other, but there are smaller rages happening in our households all of the time.
What is an argument if it is not a swapping of comments triggered by action/reaction, button pushing/reacting to each other’s energies?
Energies attract each other like magnetic poles.
I have come to accept that *the other* is my mirror. No matter how calm I may appear to me, no matter how my lips may smile, my energy field bounces off yours. For example, when you annoy me, it is because something in you triggers something in me that is about me. And, so, unless I can stay energetically neutral and in the present moment, I spike – I react, usually negatively – and you and I are locked in a tango that is all too familiar.
Energy: Likes Attracts Likes
Many a time, I have found myself in the aftermath of a present-moment that should have been inconsequential but did not end well at all.
Why not? My voice was calm. I was calm. My words were not inflammatory and yet there was a blow-up.
One minute we were just talking and the next there are doors slamming.
Our energy field betrays us time and time again. There is nothing our energy field can do about it.
Although we can influence other people up to a point, only IF the person is open to the idea in the first place, as anyone’s daughter, as anyone’s girlfriend or partner, we already know that we cannot, not truly, alter anyone else’s take on life. We can only try to adjust our own and remember that likes attract likes.
Being Aware = Being Present
The only way to attempt a permanent shift is by checking that we are *in the moment* particularly when interacting with a *difficult* person or in a stressful moment.
We need to aim for being 'in the ' moment' ALL OF THE TIME and flow through the other’s negativity like the bow of a galleon ploughs through the water [or let it flow over us like water off a duck's back] but the shift will only happen when we are aware that our heart energy is present even at the loggerheads moment, not by feeling victimised, not by shrugging the other off, thereby setting up the next round.
Ironically, being in the moment means not reacting to an unpleasant moment of which the present moment reminds us. Let’s Not Drink Today out of yesterday’s cup.
Attraction In Action - Beware!
We are back to the need of being in the present moment, of not allowing our energy field to spike, of not being confronting.
All we need is to practice being in the present moment. We need to flow through it, in neutral, instead of opposing it – instead of hunkering down.
Neuroscience confirms that our personal physical/emotional environments create the genes which create our illnesses - or our well-being.
Fine - but from a spiritual perspective, we can also agree that our personal physical/emotional environments are created by our responses to stimuli, time and time again - which, in turn, puts us into 'a mood', which fires and wires our neurons.
Action/inaction/reaction/kneejerks do create invisible karmic ripples which often create tangible outcomes, even if we are unaware of the connection.
Either way, we only need to practice observing our reactions. Not letting spikes of energy, excitement, apprehension, adrenaline, resentment or whatever 'taint' the present moment.
The moment we spike, we 'touch' energetically. Whatever we touch sticks to us, just like the invisible germs that stick to our hands when we do not wash them carefully.
Whatever sticks to us is what we have to deal with sooner or later, again and again.
Sometimes we end up with a bad case of gastroenteritis.
Sometimes we end up with yet another argument and having to deal with its aftermath.
Sometimes we end up with one argument too many.
Sometimes we end up with a nervous breakdown, cancer or a heart attack.
Karmic Attraction - Growing Attraction
Our connection to all others is palpable when we catch a cold from *someone* at the office. It is so easy to accept that strangers sue strangers over passive smoking and that we depend on everyone washing their hands before they prepare our food.
And when a killer disease like tuberculosis or a flu pandemic make the headlines, even if countries far away, we pay attention.
The HIV virus has taught us that we are all connected, even if worlds apart, but we drop the connection the minute we delude ourselves into thinking that the skin that keeps us all wrapped up and 'pleasant' to look at also makes us a truly individual being, an island of self-realization.
According to Paul Brunton in his book What Is Karma, “The esoteric interpretation of karma recognizes that a wholly isolated individual is only a figment of our imagination, that each individual’s life is intertwined with all of humanity’s life through ever-expanding circles of local, national, continental and finally planetary extent; that each thought is influenced by the world’s predominant mental atmosphere; and that each action is unconsciously accomplished with the cooperation of the predominant and powerful suggestion given by humanity’s general activity.”
He adds, “the consequences of what each of us thinks and does flows like a tributary into the larger river of society and there mingles with waters from innumerable other sources […] That is to say *I*, an individual, share in the karma generated by all others, whilst they share in mine.” 
Not unlike a stormwater out of a pipe, really. Sure, we are all connected.
Storm Water Within
One afternoon, as we watched a rainstorm drown the coastline from inside the shelter of a beach cafe, my partner pointed at the sea right in front of us.
“Look at that!” she exclaimed. “One minute that sea is blue, dark blue even, and the next … look! It’s like all polluted.”
She was right. The waves coming in had actually become brown. Their sparkling white crests had become dingy.
“Stormwater from the drains on the other side,” interrupted the waitress, as she pointed to a rocky outcrop off to the right.
My partner and I looked at each over our glass of perfect dry white wine.
“Look how it’s spreading out seawards from waves closest to the shore.”
Sure enough over a matter of minutes, brown water had bled into an ever-expanding area of the sea.
“Ugly. Very nasty,” is all I could reply, mesmerized by the graphic illustration of what karmic *pollution* might look like in our energy field.
The following day, I went looking for the stormwater pipes near the outcrop and, sure enough, though the rain had long stopped, tannin-coloured water was still meandering through runnels it had cut into the sand on its way to the sea. By then, though, the ocean had processed it all and was back to its normal colours- varied hues of blue and green.
Like the ocean, our ego-persona appears to be managing well on the surface. It absorbs. It hides. It deals – up to a certain point. But our ego-personas have great limitations. They only rely on past memories. The past is static and memory is fallible.
Should you now feel ready for a charming, cute and quaint DVD through which to pit your understanding of soul vs ego, spiking vs being in the moment and separation vs non-separation, I encourage you to view Ratatouille, directed by Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava.
It has all the right ingredients – great verbal and visual wit, a vibrant 3D animation and an unlikely but adorable main character, Remy, the rat.
All films can be deconstructed from a spiritual perspective by those of us who enjoy that extra layer but most, like Brave One, starring Jodie Foster, considered *good* in spite of their violence, showcase the dark, mechanical side of the universal ego-persona, whilst Ratatouille is simply delightful.
1. P. Brunton (1998), What Is Karma? Larson Publications, Burdett, NY, p.25.
Forgiving Is An Action
Independently of what it may or may not do for the ‘other’, the act of forgiving heals us from the inside/out.
Forgiving is an action that benefits the doer a lot more than the recipient who, in fact, gets very little from that transaction.
Forgiving is the dual action of controlling both Ego and Pride by putting them where they belong - in the back seat of our thoughts and under strong restraints.
Forgiving is the action of ACTIVELY accepting What-Is. It is the action of ‘making peace’ with it.
For some, What-Is is a part of the divine plan. For others, it is a part of the karmic plan.
For others, What-Is is a totally random chain of events driven either by others’ pettiness – or driven by bad luck with occasional lucky breaks that are few and far in between.
The plan? Did you Say, 'The plan?'
For those who believe in a divine plan, for others who believe in a karmic blueprint, ACTIVELY accepting/positively processing means having [or developing] a total faith in a god, or in an omniscient, omnipotent force or in Soul.
Forgiving means ACCEPTING whatever has happened to us or to others we profess to love or care about. However unfair, however emotionally or physically hurtful, what has happened is, each time, an event especially crafted for us, here and now – for a reason.
That reason, it is believed, is never the act of a vengeful, angry anthropomorphic ‘god-father’ nor is it retributive punishment for something or other done in this or in a previous life. Whether we label events as pleasant or as unpleasant happenings, each is sent to us to test not only our character but mostly our spiritual mettle.
Just as it is unthinkable to refuse or abort an event perceived as a ‘lucky’ breakthrough, it should be unthinkable to refuse what we perceive as an ‘unfortunate’, cruel or tragic setback.
Yet, even the ‘lucky breaks’ are laden with invisible ripples, not necessarily all benign, that will shape - for better or for worse - our days and years ahead.
How each lucky break will go on to affect us will depend mostly on how holistically, from the inside-out, we process the spin-off of each situation – for the greater good of self and the greater good of all around us.
Perhaps sadly, that requires a lot more of us than throwing a party or ‘throwing money around,’ while drowning our unbridled joy in bubbles.
Equally, not forgiving, hanging on to resentment, even if not being outwardly angry, is a state of mind and heart laden with invisible ripples that will shape for better or for worse our days and years to come.
All matter of spirituality aside, resentment and anxiety go a long way to shaping our health which in turn shapes, over time, the physical comfort and quality of our life.
If on the mental and physical level, the inability to forgive constitutes a chronic at-risk behaviour as detrimental to our health as Nicotine, on the spiritual level it denotes a lack of faith in the greater power. The inability to forgive, thus to accept, has us reacting as teens who, whenever they don’t get their way, even on trivial matters wail, “Awh, what did you do that for? You are SO mean! I’ll never trust YOU again. You’re off MY list!”
Ego/automatic pilot, the aspect of us which creates mind/feeling/action connection for us is, indeed, like this teenager who can only react through knee-jerks of lesser or greater magnitude and who is ‘totally gutted’ by any perceived slur or indifference in others.
We observe our teenagers’ reactions and we shake our heads and yet ... though our bodies have matured considerably, our emotional response to some of life’s challenges, to pleasure and pain, has not matured significantly – particularly not when a 'strong' happening manifests in our present reality - in our 3-D reality.
Forgiving means being emotionally and spiritually growing up.
Forgiving means accepting what manifests in our physical environment - not merely as character-building, but also as spirit-consolidating.
Easy said but, admittedly, damned near impossible to achieve, unless one’s [blind] faith, one’s heart, is literally in the right place.
Still, the harder the forgiving, the harder one’s trust in the Plan, the greater the rite of passage into mature adulthood.
Forgiving, just like saying sorry from the inside-out, is an act of Courage.
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