The Time Frames of Karma
Your waking intellect (your personality) brings you instant karma. For example, if you are diligent and responsible, life tends to treat you the same way. If you uncaring and irresponsible you pull to you all sorts that will treat you erratically and let you down; if you are out of control emotionally, and inattentive, you slip off the sidewalk and sprain an ankle. If you stay in control and focus, you complete your journeys without incident. If you are generous, people will treat you warmly, if you are mean life will seem harsher. You can easily change your instant karma by taking charge of your life and being more practical and living a healthier life style, but you long-term karma is more trapping.
Beyond the intellect is your subconscious. Very few have much idea what that is or what it contains. You will see it talking to you in your dreams but it may be such an incoherent hotchpotch of images and feelings you have little or no clue what it is saying. Your intellect bend the truth of reality to suit your personality, you see life and its events as you want to see them.
The subconscious is more the ‘real’ you, it accepts your feeling and ideas without the ability to alter them. In simple words you could say, beyond the ego’s denial is the subconscious. It is the perpetual memory of everything that you are and all your inner most secret impulses. Your intellect ceases at death when your brain stops functioning, but your subconscious lives on in a mirror-world, a kind of spirit world, and that is placed opposite to this one, right is left in the world of the subconscious. It effect, the subconscious is what we call the human soul.
Mid-term karma are situations that comes to you over a period of years as the result of feelings and attitudes that come up deep from the subconscious that eventually bleed into your life. For example, let us say, you are a very equitable person but silently deep in your subconscious you have a fear and hatred of black men. You were told as kid the bogeyman is black. Awake, you feel fine about African people, but inside your soul there is another story, eventually that fear finds you, and are you mugged say, by an African lad in the street. It looks like a random event but it came from up from inside you over many months or years. You may be very bright and positive in daily life but if deep within you believe in failure it will find you.
One more example: let’s say you are sophisticated psychologically and you understand yourself and you have a calm, balanced view of life then that will naturally bring you those things day-to-day. But if underneath that solid exterior you have a troubled inner child, an unresolved psychological wound that came your formative years, that crying child will bleed into your life and unsettle you. It will bring with it, hand-in-hand other children that are inside the subconscious mind of others, and they will also be angry, and wounded and out of control. So now you are married to a small boy, instead of a grown-up husband. The impulses from the subconscious come to you in the form of the people that you meet and deal with, those that get close to you. It’s good to delve into your subconscious for in there is your shadow and the inner child is part of that shadow and discovering it will make you very much more complete and a lot safer.
Long Term Karma
Jung discovered the collective unconscious. He said that all humanity is linked by the same archetypes and symbols: mother, father, life, death, etc. Jung was right. We are all one mind. And while you have your own karma, which is fairly instant, and you are linked to a more distant collective karma of your society or nation, and that is linked into an even more distant global karma. The long-term karma of your society or your nation is more trapping and less easy to understand than instant karma, for it can take you to war and ruin, and/or social upheaval. You can’t escape the collective mind-set of your nation and their karma as easily, unless you make moves very early on.
For example, if you were a carpenter in Nagasaki in the 1940s, you had your daily, instant karma, keeping your family fed say, but unbeknown to you a collective karma approached. If you were aware of your subconscious and that of the people around you, you would have known someone untoward was on its way and you would have left Nagasaki, and many thousands probably did. Others traveled there the day before to bomb. They came to join a specific department in the collective unconscious that accommodates for 200,000 incinerations in one day.
The trick to understanding the collective karma is to listen to what people are saying about their feelings and to watch their innermost impulses. If you watch the news you see the ego running rampant. It’s all arrogance and disdain and self-interest. So you can see where the national karma might be headed. The trick is to uncouple from the collective feelings and try to discover who you really are? What are your innermost feelings and impulses about love and humanity? You may discover that you like the shared impulses you see on the news, and if you do, you will have to accept a collective fate. The problem is you don’t know exactly where the collective fate will end up. Is it Nagasaki or Nirvana? Where is the bus going?
For example, it is part of the British mind-set to be right, people are endlessly arguing, sustaining their need to be right. In Britain it is very much more important to be right than to be nice. So people there are rather nasty to each other, while being perpetually right, of course. But being right is part of how the British hide their shadow, and that shadow world is about to come out of the bag, so the long-term karma of the British is to be found to be terribly wrong. It is also part of their shadow to feel they are very superior and so status is very important to the British. So the reverse will come about and they will lose their status and become very poor and very inferior. If you don’t feel you are superior or right, and if status doesn’t bother you, the nation’s karma won’t bother you either.
The long-term karma of America is to go bankrupt. Part of her shadow is to treat other nations with disdain and to consume more than the planet can provide, eventually the supply lines will fall apart. If you are a citizen hoping to avoid her karma you would consume less and make your ego’s needs less demanding, so you could easily handle a sudden down-turn. If you were really sophisticated at karma avoidance you’d be thinking Nagasaki-style and you’d have a plan to move to safety when she goes belly up.
America, realizing she would run out of oil, went to war to capture supply lines and resources belonging to others. Her shadow believes she has a right to sustain her consumption at the expense of others regardless. The long-term karma of that is she will have no oil at all. It will be taken from her. In the collective subconscious you can see the end result of today’s feelings quite obviously. So karma avoidance would be to get rid of the gas-guzzler while you still can and downsize to a small car or even a scooter or moped.
Each of us has the option of going with the collective karma of our people or you can vote “No” and walk in the other direction, but you have to make a move soon, as a collective karma is most trapping when it arrives, and it is the least easy to fix or escape from. If you very reliant on others you are linked to their karma. The more you become self-sufficient and self-reliant, the more you are in your own karma and the easier life is to control. If you can’t make major changes make small ones.
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