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The karmic cycles in our life cannot be escaped.
Karma has to play out, mostly in mysterious ways, and the formula of karmic retribution is deep and complicated.
I have suffered many cycles and patterns of the same without even a slight inkling that this was happening over and over again with me.
Bad bosses, bad relationships, frenemies, health issues, bad partnerships, failure, and delays—well, I have had it all.
Karma basically keeps following you till you have completely suffered it, or till you have completely resolved it.
So, you essentially have two choices: to suffer or to resolve.
Now, you might ask, why not just suffer it? Well, it definitely is a choice, but resolution is better in many ways; it makes not only life easier for you, but also makes you a better person in many ways. It opens your blindfold to your own patterns and cycles, and you are able to step out of it and help others along the process.
None of the choices are essentially easy, I would say, but the return is much higher in resolution overall, rather than just letting karma play you indefinitely.
So, what does it take to resolve karma?
Courage and persistence.
We resolve karma through courage and persistence—if you give up easily, it’s not for you.
You will have to be extremely courageous and do things you wouldn’t do otherwise. You will have to stand up for yourself, against injustice, and speak a lot of truth. For example, if in your own family there lies sexism and patriarchy, it will follow you to your in-laws, your work, and essentially everywhere. So, the first thing you will have to do is stand up to your family. Charity begins at home—so does change. Fix it in your own family and it will be fixed in every other area.
Persistence, because karma exists in many layers; you might clear one layer of personal karma, and after some time, the family karma might appear. Then the ancestral karma, which you essentially carry in your DNA, might appear—you have to keep at it.
For example, if your own family doesn’t value you, good luck finding a partner who does. Also, speaking the truth, in the beginning, isn’t going to make you popular, but you have to choose: stick to your guns or give in. It becomes alright in the end, but all sh*t might hit the fan when you start it.
Ask questions and observe.
Ignorance is bliss, they say; I say ignorance is suffering.
Observe your patterns and your family patterns. If something is a certain way, why is it like this? Is this like this for everyone, or me? Can it be changed? What will it take to change it? (I never said it’s going to be easy.)
Why do I get a bad boss in every job I go to? Why are there no successful businessmen in my family? Why are there no successful artists in my life? Once you start observing your patterns, get out of the victim zone, and become objective about it, you will see patterns everywhere. Take note of them and keep them coming. Don’t get overwhelmed by the information. Do what is necessary, and the magic will happen on its own. Trust me—been there done that.
How to resolve karma:
One bad relationship to another, one job to another, one country to another—karma keeps following you. It has no personal interest in you; it’s your doing of this life and past lives, and a factor of cumulative karma with your family, friends, and ancestors. There are essentially three ways to easily clear it, or I know only three with my experience.
1. Self-work through meditation.
Once you meditate a lot and start working from the inside out, you can break your patterns. Like if you decide not to gossip about anyone, no one will be able to gossip about you even if they try. If you become better, everything becomes better. Raise your own vibration, and your patterns dissolve on their own. Your only job is to focus on your own shortcomings, and blame only yourself for everything that is happening with you. Jealous friends—just give up jealousy and comparison. Tell it to leave your life completely, and those friends will leave too and will be replaced by new ones.
2. Devotion or Bhakti yoga.
This one is not for everyone, but it is my favourite. In this one, you need total trust, surrender, and faith. You receive everything in the same manner; there is no positive or negative, no good or bad—you receive everything as God’s will and accept it with equanimity.
When you are not affected by anything, what pattern can affect you? You dedicate all your problems to God too, and they resolve on their own, or you will be shown how to resolve it. This is a heart-based method, and you cannot engage in the path—your only focus has to be on your goals, and, of course, the object of your devotion. Sometimes, I even forget about what I was seeking in this one, as it is so heartwarming to do this. But of course, to each their own; you can pick any god or goddess to resolve what you wish for.
3. Karma yoga.
Karma yoga is when you take action to resolve your karma, or maybe you are even guided to do something totally unrelated, but it can still resolve your issues—like working for animals, doing charity, or helping anyone in whatever way you can. Even counselling a friend in need, feeding a bird, helping a stranger, and working for the environment fall under this category. Basically, giving a damn about anyone else apart from yourself. You take whatever you have and start small. This is the easiest and most effective way to clear any karma—care about others and help others. It also makes you happier and more fulfilled in the long run.
This journey is silent and tedious, and many won’t understand what you are doing. But always remember, no good deed goes unnoticed, and when you help someone, their blessings form a blanket of protection around you always.
Move forward, fearlessly.
If I can do this, so can you.