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I’m posting this comment about my last post, and my response, as a post of its own, and as a FINAL way of dealing with the recent wave of people who don’t like my opinions about magical thinking and so forth.  Take it or leave it, folks. If this doesn’t do it, I’m done with this

I thought this question in response to my last post was significant enough that it deserved its own post. I think you’ll find it very thought-provoking.

Are the events of life random? Do we live in a stupid universe or is someone watching over us? Or, do we create our own reality? How responsible are we? What, then, is karma? Are we just paying for our sins in this life?

Good grief. Why do people ask me these things?!

Bill,

You said we live in a giant matrix of cause and effect.  In a previous blog post you made a passing reference to “random” events.

My question is this, do you believe the popular, overused saying, “There are no accidents?” Or do you believe, as you have seemed to indicate a couple of times, that things can happen randomly?

I straddle both the eastern and western world views at times so I grapple with this question often.  I’ve personally witnessed that outward circumstances can change when you’ve healed elements in your own consciousness, so it would seem to point to the idea that it’s all just done with mirrors.

Do you agree w/what all the New Age gurus say–that you create your own reality?  Most of these teachings evolved from New Thought, and I’ve been involved in a New Thought practice for several decades.  Because of my training, I’ve endlessly taken responsibility for my lot and worked hard to change myself to overcome it.  I’ve struggled long and hard with this as I have a “reality” I’ve not wanted for a long time and I’ve worked endlessly on myself to effect a shift in my experience.  I’m still working and still stuck.

So the question of karma comes in.  Am I just doing penance for past mistakes in other lives?  Will no amount of work or awareness or witnessing my internal processes eradicate a debt that predates this life?

How do you reconcile the spiritual seeker’s yearning for “no self” with the equally sought-after desire for a psychologically healthy ego? Are these seeming opposites compatible? If so, how? Is one better than the other?

Since someone taking the second course of my Life Principles Integration Process online courses (which is about such spiritual matters) asked me…here’s my answer:

Bill:
Lesson 1 brought up for me 2 topics I’ve struggled with for awhile.  The first is how do you reconcile a spiritual “no self” with a “psychologically healthy “strong I.”  In other words if you truly see all as one, and practice no resistance (or as you call letting whatever happens be ok) how do you at the same time set boundaries and no longer allow “unhealthy people, things in your space” because by definition in doing that you are playing the duality game.

The 2nd is how do you reconcile – trying to control the game and therefore get the outcomes you want with the co-creative process with spirit.  Isn’t there a bigger picture or a higher self that might have a different agenda than what our ego thinks it wants at the moment?  So how do you play with the energies and when do you try for outcomes and when do you “let go and let god”.

Thanks,
Maureen

 

Maureen,

You’ve asked a key and fundamental question.

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