This week we continue to define Spiritual Words of Empowerment. These are words and phrases which, when interpreted in the light of New Reality thinking, add to your spiritual sense of self-empowerment.
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Last week, for example, one reader reminded us that, in relation to affirmations, the subconscious mind does not recognize the word “No.” This means that if, for example, you affirm that you will eat NO more chocolate cake, your subconscious mind sees only a picture of more chocolate cake. It then obliges by preparing your taste buds to receive more cake!
It’s the same with household pets, which are actually more telepathic than humans. If you tell your dog to NOT sleep on the sofa, your dog sees your thought as a mental picture – a picture of him on the sofa! So, guess what does he does next – sits on the sofa!
This week, we’ll be further exploring the idea of words of spiritual empowerment by tackling two of the most disempowering words in use today – karma and guilt.
Ready? Put on your New Reality “spectacles” for a whole new view on these tired and worn-out words from the Old Reality.
Karma, in the popular view, is often perceived as the bogey man of Eastern philosophy, as the stick that punishes you for doing the wrong thing. In reality it is much simpler than that, and it carries no judgmental overtone at all.
Karma is simply reflectance. Reflectance is a property of the universe. Therefore, life reflects what you project. This principle of reflectance or karma states that life reflects your beliefs, emotions and actions. The stronger these are, the more apparent it becomes that life is a mirror of whatever you project.
Whenever you change the way you view life, the universe, just like a mirror, reflects your new view of reality. This may not occur instantaneously as, often, circumstances do not allow the new reflection to immediately manifest. In this case, the new reality is held, like a pressure within the aura of your body’s subtle magnetic field. You then walk around in life, surrounded by this magnetic potential, your “karmic pattern,” as it influences your circumstances to adapt into a form where the new reality will be able to manifest and operate.
Reflectance, sooner or later, produces manifestation. Therefore, if you don’t like something in your life, the most powerful way to change it is to discover how you have generated that reflection. Then change your point of view – the beliefs, viewpoints and energies that you put into your life – so that the reflection is changed.
It’s just like the law in physics: “For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.” This law goes much deeper than just a law of mechanical motion. It is how the universe was designed at all levels.
Reflectance is entirely automatic. There is no judge. No one looms over you, threatening retribution for imaginary sins. However, because this law of life is automatic, you have to be the one to initiate change. It will not come to you until you take the initiative, until you create the action so that there can be a reaction.
If you seek more happiness from life, the mirror of life will shine more happiness back upon you, just as soon as you decide, within yourself, to become a happier person. Then it will reflect your new reality.
Your power lies in how you respond to the circumstances which have been created in your life. Circumstances, within themselves, are inherently neutral. It is human judgment that assigns positive and negative values to those circumstances. It is a paradox of life that the challenges of difficult times can produce the most happiness in the end.
Remember that if “bad” circumstances are affecting you, it is often not because of some “bad” way that you thought or behaved, but because you planned your life so that it would present certain challenges. How you respond to those challenges is the whole point of the exercise. The strongest steel is that which is quenched from great heat and the most compassionate heart is that which has seen great suffering in the world.
Your viewpoint is your response to the picture that life presents, and it is totally under your control. Your viewpoint determines what energies you will put into life and therefore what the mirror of life will reflect back.
Guilt comes in two forms: The guilt of your own conscience and the sense of guilt projected upon you by another person.
The promptings of your conscience come from your soul guiding you as to what is the heart-centered response to situations in your life. Listen to that still, small voice within. No one ever looked back on their life, complaining that they had loved too much. Quite the reverse, in fact.
If your sense of guilt is projected upon you by someone else, remember that this is a merely a game which is played by people with control issues. Such people desperately fear that they have no control over their own lives, so they compensate by trying to control the lives of others.
Basically, they use an abusive attitude to try to force you into a state of low self-esteem. Then they keep you confused about what you should and should not do in order to keep you off-balance. If you allow them to succeed, you will then need direction as to how they, and not you, can run your life. Such attempts to exploit fear and guilt should be seen for what they are – simply attempts by the perpetrators to hide from their own fears.
Genuine promptings of conscience, on the other hand, are the gentle whisperings of your inner guidance as to how you can behave in a more loving manner. Love is the balm that heals all things. When your conscience prompts you to give more love, then find a way to express that healing energy in your life.
Life is a learning experience which is designed to result in continual transformation to more harmonious states of consciousness. Your conscience is your intuitive connection to your soul.
Listen within, act and transform. That’s what life is for.
This article was written by Owen Waters, author of
“The Shift: The Revolution in Human Consciousness,”
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