February 5, 2006
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.
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January 21, 2006
By Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw
Karma is the law of moral causation. The theory of Karma is a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism. This belief was prevalent in India before the advent of the Buddha. Nevertheless, it was the Buddha who explained and formulated this doctrine in the complete form in which we have it today.
What is the cause of the inequality that exists among mankind?
Why should one person be brought up in the lap of luxury, endowed with fine mental, moral and physical qualities, and another in absolute poverty, steeped in misery?
Why should one person be a mental prodigy, and another an idiot?
Why should one person be born with saintly characteristics and another with criminal tendencies?
Why should some be linguistic, artistic, mathematically inclined, or musical from the very cradle?
Why should others be congenitally blind, deaf, or deformed?|
Why should some be blessed, and others cursed from their births?
Either this inequality of mankind has a cause, or it is purely accidental. No sensible person would think of attributing this unevenness, this inequality, and this diversity to blind chance or pure accident.
In this world nothing happens to a person that he does not for some reason or other deserve. Usually, men of ordinary intellect cannot comprehend the actual reason or reasons. The definite invisible cause or causes of the visible effect is not necessarily confined to the present life, they may be traced to a proximate or remote past birth. >>More
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