If there was such a thing as the Science of Freedom, this is what it would be for me: learning how NOT to enslave myself with discouraging thoughts and insecure feelings. Hmm, read that again, it can be tricky.
Are you ready? Let’s go:
I believe in Mental Karma. Say what?
Let’s begin with Karma. Karma is nothing more than a matter of Cause and Effect: the sum of a person’s past actions determines his future destiny. So many make so much more of it. Keep it simple, and you remain powerful.
Now let’s get back to Mental Karma. For me, Mental Karma is this: the sum of a persons thoughts and visions decides his attitude and feelings. Therefore, whatever you do in your mental realm tends to repeat itself in your emotional realm.
Certainly, the idea of a thought begetting a feeling and a feeling begetting an attitude is not new; this process proves itself in a million ways every day. Just notice the expression on a person’s face – it reveals his attitude, which reveals his feelings, which reveals the kinds of thoughts he is entertaining. And of course, I need not tell you that all of this determines the kind of action he takes and the kind of future he experiences (that’s a matter for another blog).
Okay, let’s advance this conversation. Have you ever noticed how rarely we speak of personal cruelty? We hear about having a poor self-image or low self-esteem, but the idea of being cruel to oneself is rarely mentioned.
I believe that Negative Mental Karma is a self-harming force that exists, and further, I believe that when we allow it to exist in our psychic field of energy, we are being cruel. Student: Cruel to whom? Teacher: Cruel to oneself!
Creating a condition of Negative Mental Karma is cruel behavior. The law of Cause and Effect doesn’t have a conscience, but we must (that is if we intend to live our lives as we secretly dream it can be).
How do I create Negative Mental Karma? There are so many ways; let me list a few ways that I can manage to do it:
- Listen to people who feel defeated, and insist that I too should feel the way they feel. (Why am I listening?)
- Reject that deep inner voice that says, “Your potential is unlimited, rob, don’t let worldly conditions convince you that it’s not.” (What possible gain can I get from rejecting this voice?)
- Interpret a dull headache to mean that I am going to have a dull day. (WOE, is it that simple to ruin my day?)
- Say what others want to hear, or do what others want to do, just to please them, even if my gut is saying, “NO.” (Is it worth it, to sell my soul to get their approval?)
- Listening to the resentful voice that takes over my inward self-talk rather than the inspiring voice that offers solutions to my problems (Oh yes, I can still do this).
Above are a few ways that I create Negative Mental Karma that inevitably results in a negative attitude, that inevitably has negative consequences in my life if I don’t catch it soon enough.
The great news is that human beings are far more intelligent than Negative Mental Karma; we need just take command of our mind, and we control our Mental Karma. You know this is right.
Awareness is the first step to correcting wrong mental conditions. Are you willing to reveal ways that you are cruel to yourself. Student: Why reveal them? Teacher: So you can make corrections.
Are you willing to admit that you can be cruel, or would you rather protect your ego by pretending that you are always very kind and compassionate with yourself. The needed light always comes at the exact moment that we stop pretending we are already living in it.
This is the Science of Freedom in which you are now engaging; you are learning how NOT to enslave yourself with discouraging thoughts and insecure feelings that cause Negative Mental Karma. In other words, you are learning to stop being cruel to yourself.
I will end this blog with a short story: An elephant was captured, and around his ankle was placed a large chain, which was tethered to a tree. The elephant accepted his slavery by eating the food he was given and never challenging the chain. One day a mouse went by, glanced up at him, and walked away. Immediately, the elephant gave a mighty tug, refusing to be enslaved while a tiny mouse was free. He snapped the chain and escaped back to his natural ways.
It is necessary to see through ourselves, that is if we are to break the enslaving chain of Negative Mental Karma. You have the might of that elephant; it has nothing to do with education, IQ, race, creed or political affiliation. It is time to recognize when you are being cruel to yourself. Open one small window in your mind, and you let in the warmth of psychic sunshine.
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