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When we facing life challenges such as a lockdown from a world pandemic, we could all use a little more zen in our lives. Whenever it’s impossible to find outer peace we need to look for it inside. In this article, I want to share with you 5 Zen principles to live by that will help you find inner peace and balance during challenging times. These principles are quite simple and can be practiced by almost everyone. Read on!

Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism is a school of Mahayana Buddhism widely spread in China. The word “Zen” itself comes from the term “Dhyana”, which in a broad sense means “perfect meditation”, and in a narrower sense means “the concentration of the mind on a perfect object”.

Zen Buddhism denies many Buddhist concepts, considering them to be illusory. For example, the concept of Nirvana is not taken seriously because the Buddha did not give a clear explanation of what it is, only sometimes telling his disciples what Nirvana is not. Therefore, because of its practicality, Zen Buddhism does not pay attention to the study of concepts that are not related to specific practical aspects.

Formally a school and offshoot of classical Mahayana Buddhism, Zen Buddhism is fundamentally different from it.

The Zen school does not recognize the authority of the Scriptures — it does not rely on classical Buddhist sutras. Personal experience and practice are considered primary in Zen Buddhism, and philosophical concepts and various texts have almost no weight.

The famous saying If you meet the Buddha, kill him refers specifically to the school of Zen Buddhism. This is not a call to violence, but a healthy measure of nihilism on the spiritual path, that is, that anything you hear or learn should be questioned and tested by personal experience. No matter who you’re hearing it from – even if you’re hearing it from your guru.

That is why Zen Buddhism completely lacks dogmatism or any established philosophical concepts, and the direction itself is considered the most practical and effective.

5 Zen Principles To Live By

Here are 5 Zen principles to live by!

#1: Be Here Now

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Being in the present moment means focusing as much as possible on what you are doing at the moment, rather than indulging in lengthy reflections, fantasies, or worries about the past or the future.

There is a famous saying: Life is beautiful if you do not remember your past, do not think about your future and do not worry about your present.

Our mind is a source of endless worry. We remember past troubles, worry about how things will turn out and worry that now everything is not going as we expected.

Zen Buddhism teaches us:

  • to let go of the past — because it has already passed;
  • to treat current events without the judgment based on our expectations, but rather than with full acceptance;
  • not to worry about the future, because it hasn’t come yet.

#2: Meditate

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Meditative practices of Zen Buddhism include meditations with a concentration on an object or thought. The “state of one thought” is a basic practice in Zen Buddhism. More precisely, it is not exactly a practice — it is a state that Zen practitioners seek to achieve by concentrating on the object of meditation. By focusing on a particular statement, a person evolves according to the principle “what you think about, you become”.

There is a mental disorder called hypochondria. This is a disease when a person invents a disease by the power of his hypocrisy and so convinces himself with it that this disease begins to manifest itself in him. Thus, we can conclude that our mind is a powerful tool that can both resurrect us and kill us. And if you let your mind control you, it can drive you to complete madness, but if you subdue it, the results will be simply amazing. Zen Buddhism practices are based on this idea: ‘The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.’

Zen meditation is a practice that turns your attention inside in search of peace. This meditation is a powerful practice for connecting with higher consciousness and finding inner peace and harmony.

To learn more about Zen meditations, read my article “How to Perform Zen Meditation for Connecting With Higher Сonsciousness?”.

#3: Follow Your Heart

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Yur heart and Spirit are directly connected. So if you want to live in harmony with your spiritual mission you have to find a way to follow your heart. Don’t overanalyze the information your heart sends you. Don’t overthink! Trust your intuition and follow your heart!

4: Act

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Bodhidharma urged his disciples to act, not just to philosophize. He taught his disciples not to be like the ancient philosophers, who talked and philosophized a lot but didn’t really practice what they were teaching. Therefore in Zen Buddhism, it’s essential to turn your philosophy into practice. Not just talk about meditation but actually meditate! Not just talk about the importance of the present moment but actually live in it!

5: Enjoy the Process

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The goal of all actions is joy. What makes us suffer is that we become attached to the fruits of actions — we expect a particular result from reality, and reality sometimes has its own plans. Zen Buddhists learn to enjoy the very process of action, no matter what they do. And to achieve the pleasure of action is possible only through being in the present moment.

The Bottom Line

The value of Zen Buddhism is that it is very practical and can be easily integrated into your daily routine. There are no strange philosophical concepts, dogmas, rituals, and so on. Zen Buddhism is based on simple life truths that can make everyone happy and lead to personal and spiritual evolution. To practice Zen Buddhism, it is not necessary to close yourself in a monastery for half your life. This Buddhist school offers us very real simple practices that can be performed by everyone in the conditions of a megalopolis and ordinary social life. Let’s all invite a little zen into our lives by following its simple principles?

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Kundalini Awakening Symptoms Everyone Should Know

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From Sanskrit, the word “Kundalini” can be translated as “twisted” (like a snake or a steel spring), and traditionally the snake is its symbol. In ancient Indian manuscripts, Kundalini is described as a form of biological energy dormant in the human body. It is regarded as the basis of life, as the main form of energy that can be concentrated in the brain, and without which neither genius nor inspiration can exist. If you are engaged in any spiritual practices, then you need to understand clearly what Kundalini is and what Kundalini awakening symptoms you may experience.

What is Kundalini?

According to the ancient texts, the Kundalini energy is present in the whole body but is concentrated mainly in the lower part of the spine, that is, in the genital area, transmitting vital energy to the offspring. This “snake energy” can be woken up, and through the spine and chakras transferred to the brain.

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Kundalini is extraordinarily powerful. A key to eternal youth and flourishing mental abilities is hidden in it. Indian Kundalini specialist Gopi Krishna said that Kundalini, being awakened, can be a source of mental strength, genius, artistic talent, and scientific achievements. That is, all that is characteristic of a high level of consciousness. According to Gopi Krishna, the process of awakening and ascent of Kundalini expands the range of hidden human abilities.

In ancient manuscripts of Tibet, Egypt, and Greece, as well as in other cultures, there is evidence of the Kundalini Energy existence. Even the first Christians knew about its existence. The headdress of the Pharaoh, and feathered snakes from Mexico and South America – all indicate the acquaintance of the ancient initiates with the energy of the Kundalini snake.

No one can predict who, when, and how this energy will awaken. However, one should know that only people with a pure mind, heart, and body can experience the awakening. For the Kundalini awakening, you should have as few psychological and emotional conflicts as possible. Moreover, your body should be as free as possible from the blocks and tensions. It is also good to have fewer attachments and idealizations defined by everyday concerns.

Kundalini’s awakening can occur in the form of an unexpected surge, like a dam break, sharp and, above all, uncontrollable and therefore – dangerous. For the time being, this energy is in a kind of preserved, dormant state. However, under certain conditions, it begins a spontaneous awakening and rises from the spine to the head. During this process, the energy transforms the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual systems of the person experiencing its rising.

What Is Kundalini Rising?

The process of Kundalini rising is an evolutionary process of transformation of the human personality. Your physical body, consciousness, and subconsciousness go through a big transformation. You’re changing your view and attitude toward life. Moreover, you’re developing unusual abilities.

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Kundalini is vital energy. Its thin stream always flows through us, through our bodies as long as we are alive. Some people have more of it, and they are successful in their life. And others have less of it, and they are less successful.

Kundalini needs to circulate freely in our bodies. But most people clog their path with various mental blocks, attachments, and conflict events that burden them. By eliminating these blocks, we free the path for the free flow of energy transformation. And when Kundalini flow can overcome these mental blocks it starts a rapid process of rising. And only then, when it clears us in its movement from the bottom up – it’s hot energy begins a cold downward flow from the top down, the flow of divine cosmic energy. That’s when the extraordinary miracles begin.

Kundalini awakening can be considered the most important and greatest event in the life of every person. Only from this moment does your true rebirth, awakening, and spiritualization begin. Only from this moment, a person starts the real path of improvement. And the beginning of the Kundalini rising is the first real step into a completely different, fabulous world of high energies, unusual phenomena, and new opportunities.

How Does Kundalini Awakening Happen?

Many spiritual practitioners have come up with different stages, or other indicators to specify their apparent progress in the process of evolution. However, it must be admitted that until you have experienced the transformation of personality in the fire of Kundalini, all other manifestations of enlightenment are only temporary success and lie only in the plane of the mind.

Some people can awaken the Kundalini energy consciously, following the methods developed by various spiritual schools. Others unconsciously, intuitively build their lives and change their views and beliefs by the Universal laws. Commonly, people experience spontaneous Kundalini awakening, even if they’ve never heard anything about it.

From Vedic texts, it is known that the flow of Kundalini energy rises through the energy channel located along the spine vertically. Until the awakening, this channel is usually closed. The fire of Kundalini gradually clears and opens this energy channel. As the Central channel is opened (cleaned), the Kundalini energy activates the chakras located along the spine, which, in turn, also begin to produce energy intensively. So it gradually opens up the entire Central channel and chakras.

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When the Kundalini reaches the last and highest 7th chakra in the crown, you become ready to perceive the subtle and higher energies from the Cosmos. Each chakra can receive cosmic energy and send its own to Cosmos. You become able to assimilate cosmic energies, which immediately turn on the process of transformation. In the course of it, you acquire that great power for which anything is possible. By using this power you can do amazing things, which, from the point of view of the laws of the physical world, are considered miracles.

As your Kundalini awakens, you begin to experience a number of strange phenomena. That’s why you need to know what Kundalini awakening symptoms are.

Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

Body Symptoms

  • Involuntary twitching, trembling, vibration, spasms.
  • Muscle contractions, especially in the anus, abdomen, and throat.
  • Sudden movements of hands, feet, or head.
  • Twitching of the whole body when a strong flow of energy rises inside, starting from the toe, foot, or base of the spine.

Physical Symptoms

Physical Kundalini awakening symptoms are:

  • Feelings of ecstasy and bliss, average in intensity or strong, lasting several minutes or several months.
  • A feeling of intoxication, detachment, a slight feeling of being outside the body. Falling into a trance, a fixed gaze directed into space.
  • Heart rate increase.
  • The feeling like you’re touching the electrical outlet, tingling, itching.
  • Unbalance, tension, and pulsation, sometimes replaced by lethargy.
  • Nausea, abdominal pain.
  • Chest pain, like a heart attack.
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  • Persistent or temporary pain throughout the body that cannot be diagnosed.
  • Aching back pain and sharp pain along the spine.
  • Headaches, a feeling of buzz in the head, tingling, itching, or goosebumps on the scalp.
  • Electrical sensations in the head, feeling like the skull is opening.
  • Numbness of the arms and legs in General, or the hands or feet.
  • Pain or a feeling of electrical tingling in the big toes, darkening or falling off the toenail.
  • Intense sexual arousal, spontaneous orgasms experienced in the genital area or described as “covering the whole body” or “brain orgasms”.
  • Vibration and energy coming out of your ears.
  • The increased activity followed by exhaustion.
  • Hair stands on end.
  • Protruding the abdomen, as if during pregnancy.
  • Spontaneous filling of the lungs with air.
  • The taste of sweet nectar flowing from head to throat.

Diseases Or Pseudo Diseases

  • Imaginary heart attacks are usually a false alarm; complaints that the heart is not beating.
  • A person’s sincere belief that he or she is dying, accompanied by vague pains and complaints.
  • The manifestation of other hidden diseases: wandering pain, hyperemia, digestive problems, and other complaints about the various organs of the body, disappearing without any treatment.

Visual Symptoms

The variety of visual Kundalini awakening symptoms is striking: it’s like lightning rays of light in your head, visions, or hallucinations (by the way, they can be quite frightening!). There were cases when there was a small sparkling point in the Third eye area. Tibetan monks call it ”the seed of light”, but it is not necessary that it arises in the area of the forehead. The sparkling point can arise between you and the object, or arise during meditation, and even when you are in a normal state, and it does not matter — your eyes are open or closed at this moment.

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You may also become extremely sensitive to light or experience sudden vision – all colors seem very bright. Some people even start being able to see the aura.

Other visual Kundalini awakening symptoms are burning eyes and twitching in the area between the eyebrows.

Temperature Change

One of the most common Kundalini awakening symptoms is a temperature change. The sensation of it occurs in the following ways:

  • Waves of heat, sometimes with sweating.
  • The heat may flow from the body or feel like intense burning.
  • Night sweating.
  • Waves of icy cold, sometimes followed by waves of heat.
  • Feelings of heat or cold in different parts of the body, especially in the hands or at the base of the spine.

Emotional Symptoms

Emotional Kundalini awakening symptoms are:

  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Anger.
  • Guilt.
  • Temporary confusion of thoughts and difficulties with the performance of work tasks.
  • Insomnia.
  • Uncharacteristic of the person’s strong sexual desire.
  • Temporary problems with sexual identity.
  • Visions or hearing sounds.
  • Disorderly thoughts, indecision,
  • Bombast and arrogance.
  • Easy entry into a trance or semi-conscious state.

Increased Psychic Or Empathic Abilities

  • A vision or a sense of aura.
  • Seeing and understanding the signs from the Universe.
  • The ability to heal certain diseases with the energy of hands.
  • Involuntary recollection of past life experiences.
  • A better understanding of spiritual Scriptures.
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  • Feeling the ability to influence another person’s thoughts.
  • Instinctive-intuitive knowing what needs to be done.
  • A sense of the presence of a luminous being or teacher from another dimension.
  • Psychokinetic phenomena (interference in electrical devices, moving objects, destruction of objects, etc.).
  • Out-of-body experiences.
  • Extended panoramic perception of everything.

Detachment

Another Kundalini awakening common symptom is a feeling like you’re outside of your own body. Sometimes this is manifested as a detachment from the daily routine or even detachment from everything material.

Food

We all know that the food we eat affects not just our physical bodies and health but also our energy. That is why when we’re experiencing Kundalini awakening symptoms we also notice that our eating habits change dramatically. The most interesting thing is that the changes in our eating habits are effortless. They happen naturally. It feels like your body itself tells you what you need to eat.

Conclusion

It is the Kundalini that opens the gates of further human evolution and gives us the power to understand and fulfill our life’s mission. And if you are in the process of reading this article felt unusual or similar phenomena – do not be afraid of what is happening! Take everything as it is, do not resist what is happening. Now you know and understand what is happening or what may happen to you in the future. I hope that the knowledge contained in this article will give you confidence, protect you from possible troubles and open the door to a great future!

Namaste!

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The Akashic Records: What Are They and How To Access Them?

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Are the Akashic Records a cosmic depository of unending paper files in infinite corridors and stacks? Where did this idea originate from? Do these recordings exist in a space-time continuum, like a cosmic internet? How can we access the Akashic Records?

In this article, we will discuss:

  • what exactly the Akashic Records are;
  • their history;
  • your soul’s Akashic Records.

So What Are The Akashic Records?

Various people define or explain the phenomenon in multiple contexts. However, many consider the Akashic Records to be the archive of every human being’s reasoning, words, and actions (good, bad, and horrific). 

Those acquainted with the records, however, note that there is no condemnation or implied punishment in the records. They are believed to be an archive of each soul’s voyage through the infinite.

The History of Akashic Records 

Helena Blavatsky, the late-nineteenth-century founder of the Theosophical organization, was among the first people to reference the Akashic Records. Theosophy is an esoteric spiritual system that includes intellectual elements from eastern faiths, claiming that “there is no religion greater than Truth.”

Blavatsky said she learned about the records from Tibetan monks, or “mahatmas.” The monks told Blavatsky that the Akashic records could be retrieved in the “akasha” or “akasa.” 

In eastern belief systems, Akasha is the ether element or the fifth element that underlies the material universe from which all other elements and components arise. The eastern concept of karma is a fundamental aspect of the Akashic records.

She claimed to have learned clairvoyance, psychic talents, and astral projection from these “Masters of Ancient Wisdom.” She then cultivated a sizable Theosophist community, including some well-known figures, using these instruments to channel knowledge from the Akashic archives.

The Akashic Records were also mentioned by metaphysician Rudolf Steiner, who claimed that every deed, word, and idea leaves a mark in etheric worlds. Ervin Laszlo, a contemporary physicist, also investigates Akasha’s notions from a scientific standpoint, finding that Akasha includes patterns for human aspirations such as peace and serenity. This is represented in his “Akasha Paradigm,” which he associates with human evolutionary processes.

Those who follow Akashic record theories often refer to the Book of Life, initially described in the Old Testament (Exodus). According to biblical literature, every life’s record is stored in heaven, and souls are judged based on these records.

The writings and activities of Edgar Cayce also placed a significant emphasis on investigations into the akashic realm. Cayce’s Akashic research proposed that there is a storehouse of knowledge on a spiritual plane of life that records every soul’s history, present, and future.

Understanding Your Soul’s Akashic Records

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The Akashic records are an extraordinary modality. If you wish to learn about somebody, you must get permission to access their data first. Anything you discover about them will be through your record’s perception or your assessment of that individual. You cannot just learn about somebody else’s soul path.

What Type of Information is Accessible When You Open the Akashic Records?

Akashic records reveal everything you need to know in that instance, at that time, to help you on your path. For example, you may discover facts about your soul’s creation, previous lifetimes, current circumstances, and prospects. 

You may also utilize the records for creative processes. You can also learn about the history of a physical realm by searching for the location instead of a person’s name. If you’re just going in for yourself, you may inquire about your profession, income, love, and inspiration. People have used these records to write novels and scripts. What you can learn in that environment is limitless.

How Can One Master the Art of Reading the Akashic Records?

As its name suggests, the Pathway Prayer is often used to access the records. The mantra is a vibrational frequency made up of precise sounds that allows you to reach the Akashic records. Some online video-based courses can show you how to master the technique. They provide a lot more flexibility in terms of rules and how to find your way into the records. When you open this encyclopedia of help, you will have it until your last breath. It’s like having a pocket guide. However, some people might struggle to hold too much information since they might find it intimidating.

Because the Akashic records include a history of our souls, anyone can learn to read them. You do not need to be a natural-born psychic. The degree and quantity of knowledge you’ll get will vary depending on your specific and unique talents, but everyone has this access. 

Some individuals are highly detail-oriented. They may, therefore, obtain more detailed information. Some individuals perceive color, while others get signals through music or dancing. However, everyone can access their records and discover this information.

How Do You Get to The Records?

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Our bodies contain an energy frequency called the line, emanating from the highest cosmos region where the Akashic records live. You get messages over this line 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

When you take up these signals, it feels like an intuitive hit or an inner understanding. Working with the records is different because you’re not reading other people’s Akashic documents. Instead, the messages you hear could be about someone else.

If you begin working with the records, you might have trouble putting everything together. However, the record guides could, for example, inform you that your life purpose is to update the Akashic records and make them accessible and straightforward to use. Like many people, you may find yourself teaching a free-line activation where anybody might access their records at any moment.

It is a discipline of movement and breath work.

The Bottom Line

Your spiritual practices could help you open the door to a higher degree of awareness. Through meditation and journaling, you can begin to peel back the restrictive ideas you hold about yourself and the world. In the end, you’ll understand yourself with a greater degree of soul-level insight. When you are able to reach your original spirit, you become more powerful because it will become your guiding light, directing you where to go and how to lead a good and purposeful life.

Everyone has full-time access to their records. Our spirit always sends us these signals, even when utterly unconscious. Moreover, prayer allows us to access this energy, even when we’re at our weakest.

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12 Laws Of Karma: What Are They & How Do They Affect Us?

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The Vedic scriptures say that a person who understands the Law of karma is deprived of suffering. Such a person overcomes his fate through a righteous life and thus gets rid of suffering. In this article, we will explore the 12 laws of karma and how we can correct our fate and improve our lives by following these laws.

What Is Karma?

Let me start by clarifying what karma is.

Karma is a Sanskrit term that literally means “action” or “doing”. In the Buddhist tradition, karma refers to action driven by intention which leads to future consequences. Each action can be analyzed through the prism of the four elements of karma:

  • the object of the action;
  • motivation;
  • the action itself;
  • the attitude to the action that has already been completed (judgment).

And only by combining all these four elements of karma can you fully determine what kind of action is committed, what consequences it can lead to, and even assume how soon a person will receive the effect of his action (the cause).

It is important to note that karma is not a punishment or retribution, although it can be translated that way. Karma is the consequences that a person receives based on how he lived. There is no influence of providence here, so a person decides what will be best for him, and he himself can decide how to behave in order to influence fate as much as possible in this and subsequent incarnations.

The Four Elements of Karma

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Now, let’s take a deeper look at the four elements of karma and what they mean.

#1: The Object of the Action

This is the first thing we evaluate when we try to analyze an action. There is an opinion that our interaction with people, and with living beings, in general, is due to karmic connections that we have with those people/beings.

According to Vedic knowledge, anyone we meet, anyone we can see, any living being that comes into our view, has some kind of karmic connection with us. In your life, you never meet or see people or other living creatures who wouldn’t have a karmic connection with you. Everyone we interact with in one way or another has a karmic connection with us from our past lives. It’s just that the intensity of these connections is different.

For example, a person with whom we just exchanged glances at the store has a weak karmic connection with us, and our parents are souls with whom a karmic connection has been formed over many lifetimes, therefore, it is very strong.

#2: Motivation

The second element of karma is motivation. Paradoxically, actions can often look the same, but it is the motivation that determines how a given action can be characterized.

For example, I’m sure you’ve heard about brutal methods Zen teachers have been using for helping their students on the spiritual journey. Zen teachers have been using hits, jabs, and shouts to cut off a moment of thought. For the same purpose, they could through away a student from the window. As you can see, the action itself may look cruel, however, the motivation behind the action is noble. The Masters were not hurting their students out of anger or frustration but rather from a sense of compassion. Their motivation was to help their students on their spiritual journey.

At the same time, we can see lots of violence in the world coming from anger, jealousy, hate, etc. In such cases, the motivation creates negative karma.

Thus, you can see that the same form of action can have radically different motivations that lead to different karma.

#3: Action

Now let’s talk about the action itself. People often believe that if you have the intention to do something bad but you couldn’t do it due to circumstances beyond your control, then it doesn’t count as a bad action.

However, according to the Divine Law, any action, complete or incomplete, causes the karmic effect.

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ (Matthew 5:21) But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” (Matthew 5:22).

Thus, if a person has a desire to kill someone, but does not commit murder, for example, because of physical weakness or because of fear of punishment, it is not at all his choice, but rather it is just a coincidence. And if the circumstances had been different, he might well have carried out his plan.

Jesus also said: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ (Matthew 5:27) But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28)

Again, Jesus is talking about the fact that the inability to commit a vice does not release a person from responsibility.

We should always keep in mind that karma accumulates on three levels: the level of the body, speech, and mind. And if a person in his thoughts “executes” somebody — this is the same as if he would have done it on the physical level.

This is confirmed even by modern science – according to neuroscientist Jeremy Bennett, our brain does not distinguish real events from our fantasies and reacts to everything in the same way. The same applies to karma.

#4: Attitude to the Action

This is the final element of creating karma. There is an opinion that even if a person committed the most terrible act against, for example, his parents and his motivation was the vilest, but after committing the act, he realized that he was wrong, and sincerely repented — this will facilitate the retribution for the committed act.

But this rule also works in the opposite way. For example, if a person made a donation, but his motivation was selfish, for example, he learned about the law of karma and purely out of commercial interests decided to donate money to get some “karmic benefits”, then, in this case, such an attitude to the completed action will affect the final result: either the reward for the act will come much later, or in a much smaller amount.

What Are the 12 Laws Of Karma?

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It is important to remember that everything is energy. Your emotions and thoughts are energy in motion. Every action creates corresponding energy that comes back to you in the form of a positive or negative consequence.

Learning the 12 laws of karma helps us to understand how karma really works. By following these laws, we become more mindful of our thoughts, emotions, actions, and deeds and create a better life for ourselves and others.

Now, let’s explore the 12 laws of karma and how they work.

#1: The Great Law

This is the law of cause and effect. When you hear someone talking about karma, it’s most likely they’re referring to the first law of karma. What you sow, you will reap. Or, what you give is what you get. If you put out positive thoughts and actions, you will receive positive consequences. If you put out negative thoughts and actions, you will receive negative consequences.

#2: The Law of Creation

This law of karma reminds us that each of us is a part of this universe and requires us to participate in it. Each of us is a co-creator. To a greater or lesser extent, you are responsible for everything that happens in your life, on this planet, and in this universe. The accumulated karma of the members of society also affects the development of the whole society. Therefore, we have to remember our responsibility to co-create this reality in a harmonious and peaceful way.

#3: The Law of Humility

This law reminds us of personal responsibility for everything that happens in our lives. It teaches us to accept that our current reality is the result of our past actions. Only by accepting the situation, we are able to change it. In order to do it, we need to develop spiritual awareness. As soon as we become aware of the situation or the state we are in, we will be able to influence it.

When you find yourself in some negative situation, do not rush to blame others, humble yourself and turn your gaze inward. Accept this situation and the lesson you have to learn from it.

#4: The Law of Growth

As we evolve and change, our external reality will expand and change as a result. Having begun to grow spiritually, you change a whole layer of your life. Therefore, there is no need to force your reality to change. Start with yourself. You can change only what you have control over, which is yourself, not others. If you want a better life, focus on your spiritual growth – and the reality will “catch up” to your new level!

#5: The Law of Responsibility

This law states that you are the product of the choices you make. It teaches us that we have to take full responsibility for our lives and for what happens to us. Do not blame other people, parents, the government, or colleagues at work. Turn your gaze to yourself as the cause of everything that happens to you. In order to practice this law, take responsibility for the part you play in every situation you have.

#6: The Law of Connection

Our past, present, and future are connected. Everything we’ve done in the past has led us to where we are right now. Everything we’re doing today will lead us to our future. And the quality of the future will depend on the quality of energy we are putting out there today. Your negative attitude today will bring negative consequences in the future.

In other words, who you are today is the result of your actions in the past. And who you will be tomorrow depends on your actions today.

#7: The Law of Focus

This law states that you cannot put your energy toward two things simultaneously. When we are focusing on too many things at once, we tend to slow down and be less productive. But when we concentrate on one thing at a time, we accomplish much more, and with much better results.

#8: The Law of Giving And Hospitality

This law states that you should practice what you preach. Let your actions be the reflection of your deepest beliefs. For example, if you want to be surrounded by kind and loving people, you need to focus on cultivating kindness and love for others. Think about your highest values and let them be your life principles.

#9: The Law of Here And Now

This law of karma states that we shouldn’t regret the past, shouldn’t worry about the future, but focus on the present moment. When we spend too much time thinking about our past or our future, we are taking energy from our present.

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”

– Eckhart Tolle

#10: The Law of Change

This law states that the situation will not change and will be repeated in different forms until you learn your lesson and evolve into a better version of yourself. This is the only way to stop the vicious cycle. 

#11: The Law of Patience and Reward

This law is all about being patient and not working for the reward. May your main reward be the true joy and pleasure of the process itself. When you comprehend the basic laws of karma step by step and implement them, rewards always find you at the right time.

#12: The Law of Significance and Inspiration

This law of karma states that we all have unique gifts that we can share with the world. Each of us is capable of making a positive impact on this world. Work with love and invite inspiration in everything you do. Live according to your higher purpose, and it will fill you with strength and energy. Remember that what you invest your energy into plays a big role in your life, and vice versa. Focus on a positive contribution to this world, and you will always succeed.

The Bottom Line

As I already noted above, the law of karma has nothing to do with retribution. It should not be understood as a reward or a punishment that comes from God or the Universe or someone else. We can look at this law from the perspective of retribution only in such a way that a person forms his reality by his actions, therefore, retribution will occur depending on how many positive or negative actions and thoughts were generated during past lives. From here such concepts as “negative” or “positive” karma originate. If a person has “negative” karma, then it may have to be eliminated for several incarnations and it will continue to affect a person in the form of life circumstances, his environment, etc.

However, it is important to remember that each of us has the potential to eliminate negative karma by choosing the thoughts and actions that will contribute to the creation of the desired reality and harmonious life.

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