Shaman Energy Card Reading for week of 2020/08/31

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        Shaman

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

In this Podcast we talk about – 

  1. Shamanism
  2. Reiki – Reiki energy healing, especially the lineage I follow originated in Tibet
  3. And everything else that is related

Media – 

  1. This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, history, and traditions. 

The other sources are:

  1. YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”
  2. Books – eBooks and Paperback books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 
  3. Online courses at Teachable.com
  4. A blog at ThePracticalShaman.ca

The Beloved

The Beloved speaks to our core essence of love, a gift from Spirit. More often we fall in love with appearance, material values, and personality than the Beloved in another person. We cannot truly fall in love if we cannot see the Beloved in ourselves.

Your goal is to recognize the Beloved gift from Spirit in yourself. It will help you love yourself which makes you stronger and more lovable person. It helps you see the Beloved in another person because you are not projecting ideas and wishes on them and you are better able to separate their presence and values from their Beloved gift from Spirit. The more practice the more you will mature and be able to see the Beloved gift all around you.

If you don’t learn to recognize the Beloved in yourself you are destined to fall in love with the ideas and beliefs you are projecting on the other person rather than their own Beloved gift. Ultimately this will lead to another romantic calamity.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life, The World Tree, or Arbor Mundi. A sacred symbol from Siberia to the Americas, Australia, India and Europe. Two of its artistic embodiments, the Old Testament Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Norse world tree – Ash Yggdrassil have taken a special place in the world culture. Its roots descend into the Lower world and its branches rise up to the Heavens.

This is a message to you to make sure your feet are on the ground. If your lofty thoughts are fantasy and daydreams and not matched by having your feet firmly grounded the slightest breeze or upset will blow you over. You need to be more grounded.

But, if you are in the same job, or doing the same work over and over and feel you are nothing more than a cog in a machine, you may be too grounded and have not raised yourself and your thoughts up to the higher branches to see what could be changed, so lift yourself up. 

Now turn to what it is you want to manifest. What is required to help your desires and wishes grow and become the fruit you harvest from The Tree of Life. Be conscious of what you desire to create and how and what you need to create and take action.

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Shaman Energy Card Reading for week of 2020/08/10

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        Shaman

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

In this Podcast we talk about – 

Shamanism

Reiki – Reiki energy healing, especially the lineage I follow originated in Tibet

And everything else that is related

Media – 

This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, history, and traditions. 

The other sources are:

YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”

Books – eBooks and Paperback books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 

Online courses at Teachable.com

A blog at ThePracticalShaman.ca

Today, we are talking about – 

Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/08/10

The Journey

From birth until our passing, we are on a journey to learn and experience the world around us and how we relate to it. If you believe in reincarnation then you are experiencing the karma accumulated in previous lives. For some the journey in this life will not be a holiday. For others it may, and yet others, it may be a time when you can relax with not very many worries.

Whatever your karma has brought you, now is the time to set outside any boundaries that no longer serve you, they stop you from experimenting and doing new and different things.

There is no map for your journey, nothing tells you when you have arrived. This is a journey of exploration are learning and that is what your soul is here to do. Only you can judge when you have arrived. But, if you feel you have arrived, know that things will change again shortly after.

On the card, an owl, wings outstretched flies over head and behind the owl is the sun disk. Owls are intensely aware of their surroundings. Night vision is powerful, allowing it to see its prey when light is like a candle 2,500 feet away. Soft, thick wings let them fly silently to swoop down on their target. We must do the same on our journey.

The Sorcerer 

The Sorcerer symbolizes beliefs and ideas of division, struggle and being without. We feel the sorcerer casts a shadow over our lives, but in reality, the shadows are own. 

Our shadows may be narrow, broad, or generous in their focus. Either way, our busy mind loves to feed off the shadow energy from negative feelings. The sorcerer, is asking you to look at these energies, examine how destructive they are. What are you feeling resentment, vengeance, lust, greed, bigotry, or hatred about or to?

The Sorcerer is here to challenge you your thinking and beliefs. Now is a second chance! Start over. Others are not blame for what is inside of you, what you allow to be there. Take a moment to create a sense of peace and move in another direction and do not allow those negative thoughts and feelings to grow again. You are done with them and that way of living.

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Shaman Energy Card Reading for week of 2020/08/10 – YouTube

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        Shaman

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

In this Podcast we talk about – 

Shamanism

Reiki – Reiki energy healing, especially the lineage I follow originated in Tibet

And everything else that is related

Media – 

This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, history, and traditions. 

The other sources are:

YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”

Books – eBooks and Paperback books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 

Online courses at Teachable.com

A blog at ThePracticalShaman.ca

Today, we are talking about – 

Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/08/10

The Journey

From birth until our passing, we are on a journey to learn and experience the world around us and how we relate to it. If you believe in reincarnation then you are experiencing the karma accumulated in previous lives. For some the journey in this life will not be a holiday. For others it may, and yet others, it may be a time when you can relax with not very many worries.

Whatever your karma has brought you, now is the time to set outside any boundaries that no longer serve you, they stop you from experimenting and doing new and different things.

There is no map for your journey, nothing tells you when you have arrived. This is a journey of exploration are learning and that is what your soul is here to do. Only you can judge when you have arrived. But, if you feel you have arrived, know that things will change again shortly after.

On the card, an owl, wings outstretched flies over head and behind the owl is the sun disk. Owls are intensely aware of their surroundings. Night vision is powerful, allowing it to see its prey when light is like a candle 2,500 feet away. Soft, thick wings let them fly silently to swoop down on their target. We must do the same on our journey.

The Sorcerer 

The Sorcerer symbolizes beliefs and ideas of division, struggle and being without. We feel the sorcerer casts a shadow over our lives, but in reality, the shadows are own. 

Our shadows may be narrow, broad, or generous in their focus. Either way, our busy mind loves to feed off the shadow energy from negative feelings. The sorcerer, is asking you to look at these energies, examine how destructive they are. What are you feeling resentment, vengeance, lust, greed, bigotry, or hatred about or to?

The Sorcerer is here to challenge you your thinking and beliefs. Now is a second chance! Start over. Others are not blame for what is inside of you, what you allow to be there. Take a moment to create a sense of peace and move in another direction and do not allow those negative thoughts and feelings to grow again. You are done with them and that way of living.

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Shaman Energy Card reading for this week of 2020/08/24

2020/08/24. Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for the week.

The Spiral

Spiral is all around us in the coffee my barista gives me, the spiral a dropped coin makes on the floor, and the beautiful nautilus shell. In Norse mythology, Nidhogg, a cosmic snake is at the base of the tree of life. The Spiral also represents the coiled snake when it is at rest, as well as natural energy moving in ceaseless spirals.

The spiral enters the spirit and give it energy to travel on a new journey, take that new journey. Eventually the spiral dissipates and you are in a new reality. 

To live in the new reality, you must let go of the past. The snake sheds its skin to become new again, so must you. The snake does not rush shedding its skin, it lets nature take its course. You must trust and have the intent shed your skin. The snake is never scared of its new skin, it is strong, confident, and it trusts nature.

You must start your journey and must trust. When you have shed your skin and lay in your new one, feel warmed by the sun that your journey has brought you to a new reality.

Taming the Wind

A feather is one of hundreds on the wings and body of a bird, together they allow it to fly. Air, is the fourth Spiritual Element in Tibetan shamanism. It is the element in which birds exist. To hold a feather is to hold a small part of how a bird experiences the element Air, and in turn worships Spirit.

The Shaman uses a feather when clearing a space, or person of dark and lower energies. Spirit gifts the Shaman with the feather so he/she may use it to waft smudging smoke to all corners of a room, or a person’s spirit. While your physical container exists, you have a commitment to use it well and honor Spirit for your gift.

Now, clear your spirit and your energies and communicate clearly. Start a journal, record your thoughts. Affirm your dreams and desires with clarity and give them intention, and power. When this card appears, it is time to clear up misunderstandings with others, listen to the other persons side of the story. 

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Shaman Energy Card reading for this week of 2020/08/24 – YouTube

2020/08/24. Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for the week.

The Spiral

Spiral is all around us in the coffee my barista gives me, the spiral a dropped coin makes on the floor, and the beautiful nautilus shell. In Norse mythology, Nidhogg, a cosmic snake is at the base of the tree of life. The Spiral also represents the coiled snake when it is at rest, as well as natural energy moving in ceaseless spirals.

The spiral enters the spirit and give it energy to travel on a new journey, take that new journey. Eventually the spiral dissipates and you are in a new reality. 

To live in the new reality, you must let go of the past. The snake sheds its skin to become new again, so must you. The snake does not rush shedding its skin, it lets nature take its course. You must trust and have the intent shed your skin. The snake is never scared of its new skin, it is strong, confident, and it trusts nature.

You must start your journey and must trust. When you have shed your skin and lay in your new one, feel warmed by the sun that your journey has brought you to a new reality.

Taming the Wind

A feather is one of hundreds on the wings and body of a bird, together they allow it to fly. Air, is the fourth Spiritual Element in Tibetan shamanism. It is the element in which birds exist. To hold a feather is to hold a small part of how a bird experiences the element Air, and in turn worships Spirit.

The Shaman uses a feather when clearing a space, or person of dark and lower energies. Spirit gifts the Shaman with the feather so he/she may use it to waft smudging smoke to all corners of a room, or a person’s spirit. While your physical container exists, you have a commitment to use it well and honor Spirit for your gift.

Now, clear your spirit and your energies and communicate clearly. Start a journal, record your thoughts. Affirm your dreams and desires with clarity and give them intention, and power. When this card appears, it is time to clear up misunderstandings with others, listen to the other persons side of the story. 

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Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/08/03

Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for that week.

The Vision Quest

Before we start our quest, we need clarity by spending time alone in nature. A walk in a park, spend time on a park bench watching the world race by rather than being part of the race. This is the first step to clearing our minds to gain perspective on our lives.

The earth under your feet is one of the Five Spiritual Elements of Tibetan Shamanism. Earth is stable. If you are angry at something or someone, focus on the stability of the earth element to reduce your anger.

If you find a bench next to water, all the better. Water is a Spiritual element. If you are angry or frustrated. Slow down, relax. Let the element of water remove your tensions and take them away. Be like the water in a container, quiet and passive, allowing the situation to flow over you.

Get moving… Spirit helps those who help themselves, this is the time to give direction and force to your intention and ask the spiritual elements for a guiding vision for your life.

The Hummingbird

Tiny and beautiful, hummingbirds fly enormous distances relative to their size. They migrate between North and Central or South America to feed on the nectar available in the summer flowers. They are fiercely territorial and protect their home vigorously. As the hummingbird drinks its high-octane nectar to fuel itself it shows us how important what we eat is. Only eat what beneficial and nutritious.

The hummingbird bypasses flowers which may be attractive but do not have enough nectar, so must you bypass opportunities that are less than what they seem. Pay attention to the details of offers that come your way.

When you hear the buzzing of hummingbird wings, that is the sound of a hummingbird looking at a new adventure.

Trust that your spiritual guides have brought you to the right place, the right moment, now it is up to you to take bold action and like the hummingbird drink the nectar. Trust that success is assured, even if there are still tests and challenges. Know that all will be well because the All is in the small.

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Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/07/ 27

Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for that week.

Pachamama

Pachamama is also Mother Earth, Gaia. She loves everything on earth, all that is growing, plants, flowers, trees, grasses as well as stones, ricks and the water that flows over the earth. A shaman connects with the spirits of the trees, flowers, stones, water and air as they seek information to heal someone, a tribe, or a community.

This week, eat carefully and balance your meals and what goes into them. As they say, a little of everything is good, too much of one thing is not. Be nourished by what you eat is the message. Take some time to be happy and light hearted, take pleasure in art or movies or music as this is an expression of your appreciation for the life you have. Be nourished by what you experience. 

Show how much you enjoy the earth, and all living things by letting Pachamama witness you do something such as planting something, caring for plants and animals that might not otherwise have been cared for.

The Seer. 

The Seer is a shaman. The shaman journeys to Hidden Realms to discover information that is available only to those who have the attunement to do so. For the rest of us, this information comes through our intuition. Intuitively we make a decision that one thing is wrong and another is good. Trust your intuition. Watch for the truth, seek the truth and respect the truth. To see the truth, use your intuition to read between the lines of what you are told, what you see or what you read.

As you follow your intuition, it maybe that everything does not progress in a straight line to the goa you intrusively feel is ahead for you. Intuition does not follow a straight line, be patient and allow things to work out as they are intended to. Let your intuition tell you things behind what you see at face value.

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Shamanism and Reiki

Shamanism and Reiki are powerful healing forces available to the Shaman/Reiki practitioner. When combined, their power multiplies, and healing methods become available that aren’t accessible when used separately.

Cave paintings in Europe dating from the Palaeolithic era[1] show Shamans along with the natural world in which they practised as healers, and protectors of the tribes they belonged to. In 2006, in Northern Israel, the grave of a Shaman was discovered. She lived in the late Natufian era (10,800-9,500 BCE).[2]

Shamans are practiced in and have extensive connection with the natural world for the shaman, man, animals, plants, rocks, wind, rain, sun, stars, and moon are alive with Spirits.

Shamans were traditional tribal healers, Anthropologists coined the term and use it to refer to the spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide. Shamanism[3][4] is used to describe ancient spiritual practices in indigenous cultures, it is a spiritual and psycho-therapeutic healing technique. It is a world-wide religious phenomenon, considered by many anthropologists to be the most ancient and fundamental form of spiritual practice in human life. Although Shamanism is not present today in all societies, it can be found in many at all levels of complexity and sophistication across the world. [5]

The definition of Shaman in the Urban Dictionary[6] is:

… One who can interact and mediate with the spirit world on behalf of their community, usually by ecstatic trance techniques (That is their spirit/soul leaves their physical body in order to travel to a world of pure spirit rather than physical matter) for the purposes of divination, foretelling the future, information gathering, healing and to receive wisdom.

The Shamans World view is of realms or domains That correspond with:

The Lower Realm:

The Lower realm is creation, traditionally called, the Underworld. It plays a big role in the ancient Egyptian and Greek mythologies. Later, with the development centralised religions such as Christianity, it was transformed into Hell and a place of punishment, pain and burning. Shaman s visiting the lower Realm may experience variations of level of depth according to their helping spirits and guides. 

The Middle or Physical Realm

The Middle World is the world in which we live. It is what we sense with our senses. The Middle Realm is the realm of the physical and a realm in which each night we go to sleep and dream so it is sometimes referred to the dream world. It is a world of emotions and desires, like water which represents the middle realm, there is a continuous flow of energy from birth to death. Because the realm is represented by water, which is formless without a container, the Middle Realm is also a container.

The Middle Realm container, also holds subtle unseen earthly powers and magical forces. All growing things, rivers, trees, insects, animals, and solid things such as mountains and rocks all have spirits. Gravity and electrical energy are spirits, as is the air we breathe which like water is formless also.

In the Upper Realm 

This is the real of the dead or ancestors. It is also the realm of angels, gods and spiritual teachers. As with the Lower Realm, Shaman may experience many subtle levels in this realm.

Many cultures count more than one level at this world, as many as ninety-nine.

The Upper World is symbolized by the Air element. This realm represents thoughts, ideas, light and inspiration. In the Greek Mythology the Upper World is ruled by Zeus, the king of the Gods. Shamans journey to this world to obtain knowledge from ancestors’ spirits and the dead.

The Buddhist texts Dr. Mikao Usui studied in Tibet were based on recording Shamanic and Bon religious knowledge and practices. The Reiki symbols do not exist in Shamanism or Bon. They are primarily Buddhist in nature.

To add Shamanic energy to your Reiki sessions you first need some practice. Practice in experiencing the ecstatic trance states and states of altered consciousness, Shamans journey across the three realms connecting with the spirit of living and inanimate things to bring knowledge and healing energy to benefit the sick or protect and clear darker energies from a place or person.

Draw the curtains of your bedroom and ay down on the bed. Place your hands over your heart and concentrate on your beating heart. It has a rhythm and will slow down and become less active as your become at peace with your world, this world, the middle realm.

Be clear in your mind about the goals and intentions of your practice. Be clear in your mind as to what your intention is, say it in your mind or even out loud. Say it to your helping spirits. Helping spirts may take many forms, do not judge them, not criticize them. Most of all do not judge the power they have.

Allow the time to benefit you so that when you journey for a person who needs healing, you will be able to help them more effectively. This is a time of growing and progress for yourself. Allow yourself to grow, grow in all directions. When you converse with your helping spirits and any ancestor spirits you encounter, ask how you can develop your relationship with them and the use the information to do so. 

Later, the answer to your question will be directed and used in healing. As you become at peace, clear your energetic mind of the ego wishes and busy frantic mind. What do you experience when your mind is clear of all these distractions?

If you meet spirits and souls, animals, trees and rocks ask if they have a message or information for you. Whether they do or not be thankful for them and of them.

As you become more experienced, you will be able to direct your shamanic journeying and you will interact with your helping spirits who are there to work you and for you. Journeying part of meditation and can be incorporated in to meditation sessions.

A shaman incorporates, drumming, rattles, and an elaborate costume into their practice and ceremonies. Costumes are not essential for adding Shamanic Energy to a Reiki session.

Journeying to the Upper and Lower Realms and connecting with teachers, helping spirits and our guides helps us understand ourselves, our past lives and the events in them. We have had mistaken, injuries, injustices some of which have created blockages to our current physical existence. Use the information you gather on your journey to release them. Write them down and formally release them.

Soul Retrieval is important to a Shaman. Trauma or pain, an accident, or loss of a loved one, or something that it is beneficial to us, such as surgery, can cause a part of our soul to become detached out of fright and fear. The Shaman must journey, find and retrieve and reintegrate what has been found with the persons soul.

If the person is aware something will happen in the future, such as surgery, the shaman may help the soul adjust to what will happen before it takes place. In this way the soul is not shocked and split as a result. 

Bibliography:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/12000-year-old-grave-of-shaman-woman-unearthed-in-galilee/ “12,000-year-old grave of Shaman woman unearthed in Galilee The Times of Israel.”

Rozwadowski, A. and M. M. Kośko (2002). Spirits and stones : shamanism and rock art in Central Asia and Siberia. Poznań, Instytut Wschodni UAM.


[1] Rozwadowski, A. and M. M. Kośko (2002). Spirits and stones : shamanism and rock art in Central Asia and Siberia. Poznań, Instytut Wschodni UAM.

[2] https://www.timesofisrael.com/12000-year-old-grave-of-shaman-woman-unearthed-in-galilee/ “12,000-year-old grave of Shaman woman unearthed in Galilee The Times of Israel.”

[3] “Tibet,” Wikipedia, September 10, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tibet&oldid=858880580.

[4] “Ancient Tibetan Bonpo Shamanism,” accessed September 11, 2018, http://www.vajranatha.com/articles/traditions/bonpo.html?showall=1.

[5] “Korean Shamanism,” Korean Shamanism, accessed September 12, 2018, http://shamanism.sgarrigues.net/.

[6] “Urban Dictionary: Shaman,” Urban Dictionary, accessed September 12, 2018, https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shaman.

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The Shaman Podcast – What is Karma?

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        Shaman

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

In this Podcast we talk about – 

  • Shamanism
  • Reiki – Reiki energy healing, especially the lineage I follow originated in Tibet
  • And everything else that is related

Media – 

  • This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, history, and traditions. 

The other sources are:

  • YouTube videos – “Reiki with Candice, Mark, and Opame” – Candice and Opame are two of my guides.
  • Books – eBooks and Paperback books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 
  • Online courses at Teachable.com
  • A blog at ThePracticalShaman.ca

Today we are talking about – Karma

Karma originates from the Indian word Karmen.

It has great significance in very many religions around the world. But in the west, we are used to thinking of it in terms of someone who has done something that deserves the same as what they have done to us in return.

A friend of mine came out of a fitness class to find the driver’s door on her Mercedes had been keyed. Someone had walked past the car in the parking lot, and used a car key to scratch the door as they walked past. The door would have to be repainted, which costs money and she would be without the car for several days. Her reaction was “What goes around, comes around.” Meaning she hoped the same would happen to the person who did this to her.

When we say, “What goes around, comes around,” we unwittingly imply there is something, a force, an entity, or energy that will judge the perpetrator for what has happened and apply something equal to them. We do not know when, or if, and we don’t care to be there when it does. We just hope that it happens.

This means we think of Karma operating by the law of cause and effect, action and reaction, it governs all life and living things. If an individual sows’ goodness, he or she will reap goodness; if one sows evil, he or she will reap evil. Something like an Excel worksheet with one column for Good and one column for Bad. 

In many religions Karma has a much bigger role to play, and there are different forms of Karma.

Let’s dig in!

Karma has suffered a chronic miss-association with the word fate, or destiny. 

Fate is a Western idea, derived largely from the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It means, with wide variation, that one’s life has been set by agencies outside oneself, and as a result we are helpless to change anything in it. We simply go from birth to death with a belief that something is supposed to be happening as decided by a power, which is greater than our self. 

We all have free will but what type is it? Is it absolutely free? 

No, there are restraints on our fee will, we cannot do whatever we want. As a scuba diver, I had to wear a lot of gear in order to descend to even modest depths and could stay down for a limited amount of time. The physical limitations were real and had to be respected, no matter what I wanted to do.

No Free will.

According to fatalism, we cannot choose to do anything, everything we do is predestined, and our feeling of being free to choose something other than what is preordained is an illusion. Fatalism is impossible to prove, but it’s also impossible to disprove, because a fatalist would say that whatever we do or say to try to disprove fatalism is itself determined by fate![1]

Limited Free will.

This is it! 

I may not be able to breathe underwater like a fish, but I do have free will to learn the skills and understand the equipment that will allow me, for a limited time, to exist underwater. That limited amount of free will includes what is necessary to challenge my mental and psychological prohibitions against opening my mouth and trying to breathe underwater.

Karma works to develop our ability to handle free will responsibly. [2]

Karma is not like that Excel worksheet, there is no netting out of the Good and Bad columns, a good deed does not offset a bad deed. And, you cannot show a “profit” on the Karmic balance sheet by doing a lot of good things while also doing the bad.

It is the consequences of Good, and Bad karmic actions that our soul is here to experience and learn from. Learning from the consequences of good karmic actions as well as from bad is the take away message. Good karmic actions give rise to good experiences and consequences. Bad karmic actions give rise to bad experiences and consequences. It is what we learn from the consequences, good or bad that is important. 

Different types of Karma.

The process of action and reaction on all levels — physical, mental and spiritual – is karma. God does not give us karma. We create our own. Karma is not fate; humans are believed to act with free will creating their own destinies according to the Vedas,[3] a large body of religious texts originating in ancient India.

Let’s refine Karma a little by bringing in the intention of our actions. 

If I punch you in the arm and hurt you but it is accidental, the effect on my karma will be less than if I had punched you with the intention of hurting you. 

At the same time, your karma is affected because you trusted me and did not anticipate or accept that receiving a punch in the arm is acceptable. The break in your trust that I will not punch you is your karma, the intention to hurt you and the action are mine.

Now to the two different forms of Karma.

The first is what we call “fruit bearing.” This is, what you sow, you reap, either immediately, or a short while after. 

The other type of Karma is accumulative. 

The philosophy of karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Indian religions particularly Hinduism[4], Buddhism[5], Jainism[6] and Sikhism[7] as well as Taoism[8]. In these schools, karma is in the present, it affects one’s future not just in what remains of your current life, but also the nature and quality of future lives into which you are born – that is one’s samsara.[9] [10] This means our good and bad actions accumulate from life time to life time and at each rebirth, the balance, not the net value of good and bad affects the type of rebirth we have.

This means that events in our lives are not only the result of the karmic balance in this life, but also actions from previous lives. This explains why sometimes there is a disconnect between our actions and consequences, why bad people seem to enjoy success and prosperity, while good people suffer despite their best actions and intentions.

I mentioned before that Karma is associated with rebirth and reincarnation in religions such as Hinduism[11], Buddhism[12], Jainism[13] and Sikhism[14] as well as Taoism.[15]

Abrahamic religions such as Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, and Orthodox Christianity to not accept rebirth and reincarnation. Through the theory of salvation, embracing and adhering to, and worshiping Jesus Christ is the only way to escape the consequences of our bad or evil deeds when it is time for our souls to be judged.

Karma and New Age!

If you are wondering, New Age encompasses a very broad range of spiritual or religious beliefs which developed in the Western World during the 1970s. The New Age philosophy is non-unified and includes beliefs and practices from eastern and western religious traditions, as well as a holistic approach to health, motivational and positive psychological research. 

New Age is so broad because the general development of human understanding started to coalesce at that time across an amazingly wide variety of human experience and empowered people to castoff organized religious structures and organizations. New agers, as they are called, don’t limit their belief system to one particular doctrine.

Karma in Science

Yes, Science! Perhaps the simplest illustration of Karma is Sir Isaac Newton’s[16] Third Law of Motion[17]

  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

In terms of karma, this would mean that a good deed done by someone would be returned to them to the same value, of course, a wrong doer would receive an equal and opposite wrong. In other words, a more scientific expression of “what goes around, comes around.”

C. C. Jung[18] in his view of World Religions[19] was quite agnostic with regard to karma, though he was careful to distinguish between metempsychosis and reincarnation since the former did not imply continuity of personality while the latter did. 

You probably guessed that whether you are a follower of a religion that believes in reincarnation and the karma you accumulate in life, or not, it does not stop you from responding to a karmic action with “what goes around, comes around.” 

There is more to read on Karma, in our book on Karma available as an eBook or paperback on Amazon. 

Check it out and enjoy.

I look forward to chatting with you in our next episode. 

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is an active state of mind and it is a personal state of mind, there is no one-size-fits-all definition, no single way of practicing. There are no exams to pass, there are no proficiency levels and nothing to buy. It is a way to enhance health and improve performance. It is a tool for self-exploration. Others see it as part of a spiritual journey, a way to develop insight into the human condition and freedom from suffering.

As we move through each day, we spend much of it on auto pilot, when we arrive somewhere or finish a task, we often wonder how we got there or how we managed to complete the task. Auto pilot thinking often includes thinking or “dreaming” about doing or being somewhere else and not where we are or what we are doing. It includes making judgment[s] on what we perceive to be important as compared to our current state or obligations and this is a powerful fuel for our unhappiness about where and what we are. 

Slowing our mind and learning to be in the moment, using our senses to understand the second by second experiences of our lives, discarding thoughts not connected with the moment we exist in is a technique the Shaman has used for hundreds of millennia. In their quest to connect with and learn from spirits in different realms and from spirits in all living things, has allowed the shaman to be the most mindful of people.

Check out our books on Mindfulness – eBook and paperback available