November 15th, 2006

Shaman - Horse

Karma, Reincarnation and Tarot - Part 1

This is going to be a twelve part article examining the connection between karma, reincarnation, and intuitive methods.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Karma comes from the root kri, "to do". The principal is based on the idea that actions determine your destiny. One becomes good by good action and bad by bad action. Each karma, or action, generates a vibration that continues to vibrate in the mind. These vibrations are subconscious impressions. Like attracts like. Love attracts loving acts, malice attracts malice. The attraction and reaction is non-judgmental, and does not involve the operation of morality or a single divine judgment.

Fate and Karma are very different. Fate means that one's life has been predestined. Karma is exactly the opposite. With Karma, your destiny is completely under your control, be it for good or for bad. The basis by which the two work is something of a paradox, and is suggested as a further area of study.

Karma works hand in hand with reincarnation. Reincarnation means rebirth of the soul into a new body based on the soul's spiritual level, for the purpose of learning certain life lessons. It is a journey of the soul, simply put. The soul makes a choice about the lesson it will learn during a physical incarnation, and the lesson(s) are largely based on the karma built up during past incarnations.
Jesus Christ

Cross-Posted Iraq Answer

A thought LJ friend of mine posted the question, "What to do about Iraq?" Below is my answer.

The key to answering a question is in understanding the terms. This may not be possible for your question. I believe that Iraq is a game with "hidden variables". Our government doesn't have all the cards on the table regarding want they want and from whom. Sadam was a very bad man. That said, I can't believe that the Administration pushed for the war, and ran it the way they did, just because there was a dislike for Sadam.

What do we do now? The hidden variables come into play. What do the decision makers really know? Now I believe we have a situation of regional stability. We would love to exit Iraq, but to do so would allow the region to destabilize. There may be greater minds than us that know just how bad it could it. Part of me finds this hard to believe, as those 'greater minds' also got us into this mess. The right path forward would be one that insures relative stability of the region.

I don't fully buy the "eliminate a breeding ground for terrorists" line. Britain is a breeding ground for terrorists, but we're not invading them. Ok, that's an extreme example. The point is that there are many other countries, including Saudi Arabia, in which terrorists are made.

A popular thought now is to send more troops. The posting of more American troops can have a sum-negative affect. The fact that we have a soldier on every corner may lull the day, but the sentiments stirred by that show of force may not be helpful in the future. I believe we are in a "least pain for maximum effect" scenario. Can we trust the Iraqi government to hold the country stable if we pull out? How much can we pull out for that to happen? When? I believe this is "what to do about Iraq" that our policy makers are pondering.