Then the law of attraction philosophies crept in, promising the ability to shape your reality as you see fit, or should I say, as you "believe" fit. I had trouble with the law of attraction believing that one's karmic actions would be the testament to one's lot in life. Without the consideration of the numerous individuals, border-line criminal, who seemed to get the best of life, it seemed that karma was just something I wouldn't understand. After all, I was not God and could not explain the mysteries of life with my feeble human mind.
As opposed to attempting to get a better grasp over this karma philosophy, the law of attraction offered a better understanding of our individual power and ability to control one's life. I chose to dabble in that area as it was philosophically satisfying, with the idea of karma staying in the background. It was not until decades after spiritual/philosophical exploration do I think I have a better understanding of this term "karma".
The way I currently define karma was simply one's attachments within life. Attachments can be seen as habits and habits are developed consciously through some thought process, which is then embedded in the subconscious. So the way we think is key to unlocking our karma. Our thought patterns seem to dictate our life. As an example, I have discussed in my prior posts my issues consisting of self-worth. Quite possibly a perfectionist, I always felt that things needed to be perfect in order to be a success. Such is found through my profession where I felt that success would be accomplished once I reached a certain perfection level with my own skill. However, I was constantly placed before successful individuals who challenged that notion of perfection. Hence, self-worth is a karmic issue, where the universe has constantly proven to me that perfection is not required for success. Nonetheless, my issues with self-worth has kept me karmic-ally locked into a universe that constantly put me in positions where I would challenge my self-worth.
Most law of attraction teachers will either have you do away with the concept of Karma, use imaginary/meditative scissors to cut these attachments out of your chakras (Lazaris), or will go through a psycho-analysis with you to undo your thought process and belief system to clear your old patterns (Abraham-Hicks, Bentinho Massaro). Though these teachers seemed to be on point, I was still not set on a proper definition of Karma. However, most recently I came across Swami Nithyananda's definition of Karma, and it was just perfect. "Any thought pattern in which you are stuck is Karma".
Any thought pattern in which you are stuck is Karma. Suffocating thought patterns...Anything which is not letting you to cause reality is Karma. -Swami Nithyananda
Once you understand and master your beliefs and thought patterns, you are liberated from karma.
Before I understood the "I Am That" concept from the Advaita Vedantic perspective based on my studies of the Siva Sutras, I had journeyed through the Supernal Triad of the Qabalah's Tree of Life. I believe that my understanding of the Supernal Triad, particularly spending at least one month studying each of the Sephiroth, really left a lasting neuronal impression that seemed to creep within my imagination as I traversed the Siva Sutras.
I can't help but continually associate the "I" of "I Am That" with the crown Sephiroth "Kether" as representing pure potential, or pure awareness. Also, the "Am" of "I Am That" with the masculine directive will of the Sephiroth "Chokmah" leading to wisdom. Lastly, the "That" of "I Am That" with the creative feminine force of the Sephiroth "Binah". Hence, from potential which can be associated with our imagination, do we formulate a will, which then is acted upon or manifested. However, the feminine force of "Binah" is not just creative, but is "understanding".
If you think about it, are we not all acting in such accordance with our everyday lives? Do we not first imagine what we want/need to do, then based upon how much will-power we use, we proceed accordingly to have such imaginings manifest in our lives. From our manifestations, are they not experiences/catalysts that cause us to grow in wisdom leading to understanding?
In our society, pervading all cultures and religions, we have the dualistic concept of good and evil, right and wrong, righteousness and unrighteousness, light and dark. However, under those terms and creeds that we have been provided, there always seems to be a subjective interpretation of how a circumstance can be considered and what category such events should fall into. In my search to separate and categories to help my ego mind understand the nature of these concepts, the Law of One material seems to have the best way of grouping such duality.
Under the Law of One published in the early 1980's, we are currently going through a harvesting process (post 2012) where individuals are harvested based on such dualistic concepts. Provided that the Earth has moved from a free-will solar plexus (3rd density) based planet into a compassionate loving heart based planet (4th density), humans are choosing whether to continue in 3rd density or move into 4th density. The choice is based on the dualistic concept, not of good and evil, but of either "service to self" or "service to others". The service to self concept would be in the negative, where an entity is more intrigued with dominating and manipulating other entities. The service to others concept is a much more compassionate viewing others on an equal footing. Hence, service to self is "separation", whereas, service to others is "unification".
Before we assess which choice is good or bad, the Law of One material makes it clear that both options are necessary and are of service to the infinite one. Service to self and service to others are both expressions of the infinite, and the infinite would not be infinite if one option ceased to exist. It is through both options that the infinite can express itself in different factions and aspects of creation. So yes, even through the manipulative service to self aspect can the infinite continue to express itself for the infinite is "all that is".
Returning to the Ramayana and recognizing the purpose of Ravana, a catalyst for Rama's journey to become a hero, do I have a better sense of this duality and the necessity for both to balance each other. In a school of spirituality, the best example that I can give is Harry Potter, where everyone takes the same curriculum and learns magick (siddhis/boons). Although everyone is provided with such education, you are still under the free-will concept of what you are able to do with such knowledge. Much like Harry Potter was trying to do good and his opponent was simply power hungry, we have that similar situation in the Ramayana. Rama was simply attempting to maintain the status quo, to have a blessed kingdom in service to his people, where Ravana was self-interested looking to manipulate and control. Hence, we have a battle between service to others and service to self.
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions