This past weekend, I was at a small end-of-summer party given by a friend of mine and I’d met a person there who got me to thinking….
The woman I met was lovely and her thoughts on the Law of Attraction and manifestation techniques were interesting and thought-provoking. Initially, I enjoyed her conversation within the group.
But then, something felt off.
I noticed her catch-all explanation for goals that she and others hadn’t achieved was that it was karma or an issue from a past life that carried over to this life. She clung to this explanation, which seemed to doom people to a pre-destined, unchangeable, and irrevocable fate. I wasn’t the only one who was wondering about this life and free will because a lively discussion followed on just those topics and how they relate to reincarnation, past lives, and karma.
Our little group didn’t solve those problems that evening (!!), but all the points raised during the discussion kept going around in my mind as I drove home. I wondered why I was still agitated by her comments.
It dawned on me that her rock-solid resolution that karma and past life issues explained all with no further thoughts or investigation needed was a different way of making excuses and giving justifications to give up and play the victim.
We can’t do that. We can’t give up. We can’t be the victim and cry “poor me”!
Even if she’s right that karma controls everything across time and space and that reincarnation is a fact and issues from all of our past lives spill over from one life to the next to the next, picking up momentum and issues like a snowball thundering down a hill, we can’t let that stop us from living THIS life.
We are right here right now–not in some past life nor are we in a future. We are in THIS life, right now.
Of course we all have issues to work on such as character and personality flaws that need correcting and improving–who doesn’t?!
But, what difference does it make if they stem from a karmic debt, an unresolved issue from a past life, or if it results from some difficult experience in our childhood or earlier adult years in this life right now?
What difference does it make where it comes from?! Because, regardless, the issues need dealing with right here right now.
We must do the best we can with it in each moment that we have in this life.
The question to ask ourselves is: What can I do right here and right now that will help me improve myself and thus improve my life?
Then we need to do that thing. Break it down into small steps, as needed, then follow through on doing those steps!
You can do it!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,