Karma - McDowell's Herbal Treatments


"Karma, memory, and desire are just the software of the soul. It's conditioning that the soul undergoes in order to create experience. And it's a cycle. In most people, the cycle is a conditioned response. They do the same things over and over again."

Deepak Chopra

There is no doubt that what we put out, we get back. The word Karma is simply this- action = reaction. What has this common understanding to do with health and healing?

When I consult with my clients, I ask many questions- some may seem irrelevant to the new client, never having considered that somehow their past history may be somehow responsible for where they are now with their health.

I have discussed in previous newsletters the importance of positive relationships – because the fact is we need each other and our wonderful earth to thrive. Karma is, in fact, the way we create relationships.

In order to understand the simplicity of Karma, we need to have a deeper understanding of ourselves and work out if we are using a dominator model of existence, or a partnership model of existence.

What I find most interesting in the clinic is that most people want to have positive relationships, relationships that nourish and nurture. They also want to be stimulated, so at some point, the relationship needs to have an edge, a passion that can create just enough friction to keep it interesting, but not so much that it blows you up.

It's at the edge that we find Karma- because at the edge or crossroad of growth we are faced with choices. Do we act in compassion, with love, with consideration for all? This builds trust, and deepening feelings of bonding and receptivity to love. Or, do we hide from our responsibility and refuse to look at the truth in our own heart? Allowing fear to turn us into dominators and manipulators so we get our own way?

As you become aware of your own motivations, your own anger and resentments, ideas of victim/perpetrator and manipulation to get attention from people, you can start to make changes.

Being – that is – being healthy – means that you are able to balance your emotions- so therefore your unconscious reactions become a considered RESPONSE. You choose your Karma. Positive choice = positive change.

So much is dependent on creating positive relationships. I think of workplaces, and how much of the old dominator culture still is being run through the public service, government and institutions.

Such negative Karma these places create, as policy and procedure is the enforcing agency of what should simply be a natural check and balance of physically, emotionally and mentally healthy people.

One of the issues I see is that we are not taught to think deeply and critically, or to develop skills that help to acknowledge our emotional reactions to what may be perceived as injustice through our immature and undeveloped judgements.

Having just completed my training in Primary Ethics, it has become obvious to me that the whole world is in need of learning to develop skills through a Community of Enquiry.

To be able to see the whole, empathise with the whole and find what values sit the most comfortably with others and you're self.

You can change your Karma- this is a fact. And with it, you can change the next generation of Karma creating beings!

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