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The Karmic Blueprint

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I’m going to talk about karma from the perspective of SourcePoint. This is only one perspective among many, and is simply another way to view the complex issue of causation and incarnation, not a definitive “answer” to the questions that we have about karma. From a SourcePoint perspective, we could say that karma manifests as patterns or imprints we carry in our energy/consciousness from prior experience. Just as the Blueprint of health for the human being is an energy pattern that transmits the information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, so our karmic blueprint would be the energy pattern that transmits the information of our prior experience and “informs” our physical body at the time of incarnation.

From this perspective we could say perhaps as consciousness disperses at death, the imprints, the patterns, the information of one lifetime, are released into the great energy/information field, and then re-form, incarnate, manifest into physical form once again, in alignment with familiar genetic-biological patterns. Pattern is drawn to pattern, information to information.

This is another way to look at reincarnation and rebirth. Using the term blueprint we can understand that form arises from interwoven layers of intersecting blueprints, templates, patterns, and information. From this perspective rebirth is not a linear process in the way that people often think of reincarnation. The dance of pattern, the melding and re-shaping of consciousness is a constant process. Information doesn’t go away; it changes according to causes and conditions. Information is constantly reborn into new forms. This seems to be the nature of the universe; why would human beings be any exception? At any given moment the condition of the body-mind is arising from and connected to countless stories and fields of intricate information.

To ignore the level of karma when working in the field of energy medicine is to limit our effectiveness as practitioners. From a SourcePoint perspective, the body is a complex of genetic blueprint, karmic blueprint, and universal blueprint, for starters. When we hold or visualize the Diamond Points we connect the karmic/genetic blueprints to the universal Blueprint of health. We are reminding ourselves of who we are, of our essential nature and highest potential. In most people the karmic blueprint is the primary force. In connecting to Source we strengthen the presence of the universal Blueprint information in the body.

In SourcePoint, we recognize karma as an essential element of our human lives, one that we work with carefully and consciously. So rather than “clearing karma,” we work with bringing the information of the universal Blueprint to the karma. That information restructures the body and its karmic patterns so that we can live in greater alignment with our true nature of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.

Karma

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The Endless Knot

Energy workers often talk about clearing karma. What is karma? I wouldn’t dream of trying to answer that question 🙂 but here’s some reflections based on my studies and experience, for your further reflection.

The word “karma” in Sanskrit literally means “volitional action;” in other words, action that is intended and comes from choice. Many people have the idea that karma is kind of like fate or even cosmic punishment: because one does something bad in one lifetime one is fated in a later lifetime to experience suffering. However, karma is not only limitation and obstruction. The literal meaning of the word implies choice and choice implies the possibility of transformation.

Also, according to early Buddhist teachings, karma is only one of the 5 niyamas, or causal mechanisms, at work in the universe. The recent earthquake in Japan, for example, would be due to uti niyama, or the laws governing the physical order of the universe, rather than to karma. Dhamma nimaya is the spiritual or transcendent order, the spiritual laws governing ultimate reality. And khamma nimaya is karma: “..the activity of transforming energy through intention, speech and action.”

I mention this because the term “karma” is often used blithely these days to explain everything. In fact, as the early Buddhist view suggests, it seems we live in a vast web of interacting causes and effects, forces, energies, actions and information. Karma is one of these causative factors but not the only one. We can’t control whether natural disasters happen or not through our virtuous or non-virtuous actions. What we can do is attend to our own actions.

Karma is awareness in action, choosing and creating. Karma is how we choose to interact with whatever experiences we have, how we respond to situations we encounter. The great Tibetan Buddhist master Padmasambhava said, “If you want to know your past life, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future life, look into your present actions.” From this perspective, “clearing karma” depends on the choices we make in the present.

So when we find ourselves in a particular situation, asking, “What is my karma here?” we need to remember, this means: “What are my choices, what is the appropriate action?” As we begin to ask this we begin to transform the pattern of our experience. Karma from this perspective is our blessed human birthright to choose, to experience a different story: to weave a new pattern.

And when we begin to speak of karmic “patterns” we come to the exploration of karma and SourcePoint Therapy. To be continued!

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

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