What’s Your Karmic Cocktail and Why Should You Care?

| Chapter 3 in the series, Unlocking Your Karmic Potential

Reader Note: Unlocking Your Karmic Potential … is series of articles I’ve created to help you navigate your journey here on Earth with greater soul-awareness. Think of it as a foundation from which to build a deeper understanding of the karmic lessons you are working through within this lifetime, the roles your spirit guides play, and why understanding things like energy, dreams, shadow work and chakras can make a profound difference in your life – a life lived with clarity, confidence and purpose.

Chapters in the series are released weekly or bi-weekly, if you’d like to always be up on the latest, join the list please feel free to join my list and receive notices.


 

 

Your soul brought you into this life with a host of karmic DNA – what we could say helps to create what I call your karmic cocktail.

This is what can make or break you, in so many ways, as you are being influenced every moment by your soul’s karmic patterns. And ego has to deal with it, whether it wants to or not, whether it’s aware of it or not.

I’m hoping you’re already thinking how knowing more about your karmic influences, the patterns that you are bringing in and being mindful and aware of them, being conscious of what  (and who) they are, might really pay off for you.

And I bet by now, you’re wondering what’s in your karmic cocktail (I don’t know about you, but I want to know what I’m imbibing, yes?).

What can make or break you?

How are you being unconsciously influenced by your soul’s karmic patterns?

Your karmic cocktail is uniquely yours and yours alone, and understanding its recipe (even if you prefer it to be a green smoothie or cup of tea) can make all the difference in your life, including your relationship with Lady Luck. (We’ll get to more of that later.)

There are four parts to a karmic cocktail. Remember that an important ingredient will be chosen by your soul, based on karmic imprints that their many lives have experienced on their behalf: they will choose specific lessons to work on in this lifetime  — your karmic theme, or Purpose — this is your first crucial ingredient, as it sets the tone for your entire life.

Now, one’s purpose is a big topic – but in truth it’s really that simple. It is the soul’s chosen mission in this lifetime, influenced from their overall arc of evolution encompassing many lifetimes and infused with layers upon layers of karma.

Which leads us to the second ingredient, called a Soul Constellation.

 

Forming a Soul Constellation

What happens before we reincarnate? Each of our souls enter into what we could call a planning phase before it begins a new life. These plans often center around specific karmic themes with a core purpose, such as power, healing or abandonment issues.

These are just a few examples; the list is long, as life is complex and multifaceted, and we all have much to learn.

Whatever karmic theme emerges and is chosen, your soul will pull experiences from relevant past lives in order to achieve the best support and challenges they need in their upcoming life. These past lives, then, become essential influences – belief patterns, core hopes and dreams and even fears, our very sense of purpose –  on the specific lifetime the soul is crafting.

 

I call this your soul constellation – so called because of a beautiful image guidance showed me of the soul’s multitude of lives and their potential influence: imagine a being of light in the center, with many filaments of light spiraling outward, coalescing and touching at various points, creating an amazing pattern of energy.

These constellations are life itself, illuminated for what it is: shadow and light. And each and every one of these lifetimes are a mutual experience: they are your karmic siblings, part of your soul’s cosmic family.

As we bring greater awareness to these lifetimes, and how they touch and influence one another, they are also illuminated, revealing to us deeper and deeper truths and personal wisdom.

The soul and the ego: a symbiotic relationship

The soul and the ego are the other two main ingredients in your karmic cocktail. While you might not expect it, the soul and the ego ideally can work quite closely together.

Remember these are both part of you: the soul generates a physical house, your body, here on Earth and that in turn generates an ego that dwells in that house (how?, exactly, you ask. I’m still exploring what magical biological/psychological/cellular process actually creates the ego. It certainly is a fascinating question that is not asked enough: from where is the ego generated?).

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You, and you’re ego, along with your body, for this lifetime are your soul’s ambassador in the physical realm.

The ego is a generated aspect of us, made to serve this process of corporeal existence, and is what I often call the ‘wild card’ in this recipe. While there is much that can be planned by a soul for it’s lifetime, the ego is, in comparison, what we might call a spontaneous, random volunteer.

I often share a simple story of what I playfully imagine happens when a soul is preparing to incarnate on earth: there’s the dear soul, about to jump off the cosmic plane to it’s birth in the physical realm, and there at the door their guide hands them a card: this card holds precious info as to the ego they will have.

“Drat!” says the soul, “I’ve got a puffed-up insecure ego on this mission to work with?!”.

The upside of this strange marriage, is that our experience of ego is what also provides the sense of free will – a powerful force in and of itself. I’ll talk about that more in later chapters, for now let’s return to our developing karmic cocktails.  

Just as the soul relies on you, it also needs the ego.

The ego has had a rather bad rap for centuries: everyone wants to transcend the ego, to connect with their soul, to experience a higher aspect of self. Constantly, we denigrate the ego to nothing more than a negative sod that gets in our way.

The soul in this way is often revered as far more evolved than ego (ironically, it is our ‘spiritual ego’ that does this, as an ego that intellectualizes the spiritual experience will feign to slay even itself in the name of impressing the peanut gallery).

It’s very important to remember that the soul is not concerned with hierarchy in the way that our ego is – it understands that it needs YOU, just as much as you long to connect with it.

All of you, including your ego.

 

 

 

Are you experiencing challenges in your life, in the guise of sabotage or negative intrigue, even with years of effort and hard work? There may be karmic patterns at play – I’d love to support transforming your karmic cocktail into ambrosia (truly divine).

Reach out and let’s chat. Contact me here

Next, we’ll go deeper into the dynamics between the soul and ego, completing the Karmic Cocktail before we move onward and explore the Energy Archetypes™.

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Much of Your Karma is Determined Through Reincarnation?

| Chapter 2 in the series, Unlocking Your Karmic Potential

Reader Note: Unlocking Your Karmic Potential … is series of articles I’ve created to help you navigate your journey here on Earth with greater soul-awareness. Think of it as a foundation from which to build a deeper understanding of the karmic lessons you are working through within this lifetime, the roles your spirit guides play, and why understanding things like energy, dreams, shadow work and chakras can make a profound difference in your life – a life lived with clarity, confidence and purpose.

Chapters in the series are released weekly or bi-weekly, if you’d like to always be up on the latest, join the list please feel free to join my list and receive notices.


 

We left off from Chapter One exploring what Karma is, and how it is carried through lifetimes.

 

To expand on this, I’d like to share with you an experience I had many years ago now – when my guides shared with me a perspective that deeply shifted how I think of the transformative, crucial moments between living, and dying.

At the time, I didn’t realize that this was a core aspect of how I would affect shamanic healing with clients. It was years later as I began traveling on my own path of being a mentor and healer, helping others, that I started to understand fully the importance and the gravity of what it was they had shown me, and how it fit within the healing of our karmic wounds (and, I dare say, also is an amazing insight as to how the world could heal future generations on a global scale, one person at a time).

I was attending a workshop years ago in Berkeley, with bard and author RJ Stewart, and we were being led through a lengthy guided journey. I was going very deep, very fast into an altered, trance-like state. Instead of following the guided journey others were being led through, my guides pushed everything aside and took me on a detour.

In my trance, I was brought to this beautiful cliff overlooking the ocean on the California coast similar to where I grew up – despite the landscape’s familiarity, I immediately recognized that I was in another time. Down on the shore, it seemed  a battle was going on – the men were in armor, with spears, and I could see what to me looked like a very old ship anchored offshore.

Suddenly, a man came charging out of the brush where I was standing on the cliff. He rushed and stumbled just past me and fell into the bushes. Looking him over, I could see he had been mortally wounded.

At first, I thought to myself I’m just witnessing in this moment as a voyeur – but it became clear quickly that he seemed to be aware of my presence. His startled eyes took in my presence, his breathing shallow and afraid.

Trying to get my bearing, I pondered over this powerful experience – somehow we were manifesting a mutual vision – had I in some way, dropped into a moment in time?

There was no chance to contemplate this further, as I realized he was moments from death; suddenly, his face took on a countenance as if seeing someone or something that moved him deeply… a spiritual reverence flowed from him as he gazed at me, and I realized that to him, I was some form of an angel of death, come to help him with his final battle.

With this growing awareness of the gravity of this moment in time this soldier and I were sharing, my guides explained to me that as we are dying, our mind is filled with a myriad of thoughts, feelings and emotions that rush through us.

Whether it be an easy death or a violent one, we all have a spectrum of emotions that are keenly felt, and for many the difficult ones like fear or grief are the frontrunners (why? Because they generate an awful lot of energy, for one, thereby taking up a lot of space; this also keeps ego working, which may in turn serve to keep you alive).

At the moment of death, as a person is taking their last breath, it is crucial that they experience as much love as possible.

 

And so when I was with this man, my guides asked me to be present with him, to stare into his eyes and be the face of Love for him.

 

I instinctively surrendered to being the beautiful, comforting form he saw and most needed, making eye contact as he was filled with fear and anguish dying there on this cliff, many miles away from his home in a far off land.

Our eyes held one another, as his breath relaxed and then gently ceased, and he slowly released into a state of calm and peace, leaving this world for the next.

 

Years later, with deeper education from my soul guides, I understood what was happening as I’ve now experienced this many times in shamanic journeys when healing karmic wounds and needing to shape shift in order to complete my mission: this dying man was not seeing me as I appeared now in the flesh.

He was seeing an energetic imprint, a spirit image that presented what he most needed to see in that moment in order to be comforted, in a way that fit his personal gnosis (this is often why a Christian may see Jesus, or a Buddhist may see the Buddha, or instead a person may see their Grandmother Judy, when passing – we will be presented with the most comforting aspect of Love possible that our ego desires and needs in that critical moment).

I will never forget that experience in a second story room there in Berkeley, sitting in a large circle in uncomfortable chairs, transported to another place and time – it was a profound experience, and ultimately has greatly influenced the way I serve others, as well as my own gnosis of the Mysteries.

 

It was also an invaluable lesson in karma, the human condition, and Love.

What I learned from guidance that day was that whatever is with us as we take our final breath, is crystallized and imprinted into the etheric, or subtle body.

That means whatever you are feeling utmost in that moment – your emotions, worries, anything unresolved from this lifetime, preferably a deep and abiding Love for all – becomes a part of your Soul’s karmic bond, carried over into other lifetimes as both lessons and wisdom.

All of this contributes to your soul constellation, which we’ll explore in the next chapter.

It was years later in my studies that I discovered other spiritual paths have teachings around this, particularly in Buddhism; if you have studied Buddhism, this may be familiar to you. So much of Buddhism’s rituals and training in meditation and mindfulness is serving to prepare you to be in a calm state of peace and abiding love in that moment when you pass over.

This is to help you be more likely to achieve full awakening or enlightenment at your moment of death and be released from the cycle of suffering.

But what happens if we’re not at a state of peace when we cross over? What happens if we are not held in Love at that moment, or we are angry or upset with someone and your soul carries it forward?

I see this again and again in clients’ past lives, as I travel shamanically – the shadows, the baggage that we’re carrying from this inability in that moment of death to surrender, ultimately, to Love itself. We weave such a tangled web across the ages!

Remember though, that we are generating karma all the time, even as it seems to come to a head at the end of our lives.

Karma is in all the actions that we make, which is why you can change it by being proactive, purposeful, compassionate and self-aware.

Addressing issues throughout your life and consciously working towards resolution can help influence your current lifetime as well as future incarnations from the result of a well-lived life and it’s reward at the moment of death.

Invitation to Inquiry

Throughout this series, Unlocking Your Karmic Potential, I’ll be offering up some questions that I encourage you to explore with: journal, meditate with them, create art with them… however you feel called to explore these queries.

They are mean to stimulate greater awareness and possibilities. I encourage you to find others who are reading this series, invite friends and loved ones you feel could benefit, and come together to discuss these questions!

  • What is one trait that you have that people have always pointed out – whether you love it or hate it?
  • How has this served you? What lessons have you learned?
  • Consider that this trait may be karmic heritage from another life, or many lifetimes. How does this shift the way you can be with this trait – can you have more compassion for it, or a desire to utilize it better if it’s a positive one?

 

Next, in Chapter 3, we’ll begin to explore your Karmic Cocktail – the ingredients to this make all the difference in your life (whether it’s a fancy mixed drink or a green smoothie ;>). Click here to read it now.

 

 

 

 

 

What is Karma, Anyway?

| Chapter 1 in the series, Unlocking Your Karmic Potential

Reader Note: Unlocking Your Karmic Potential is series of articles I’ve created to help you navigate your journey here on Earth with greater soul-awareness. Think of it as a foundation from which to build a deeper understanding of the karmic lessons you are working through within this lifetime, the roles your spirit guides play, and why understanding things like energy, dreams, shadow work and chakras can make a profound difference in your life – a life lived with clarity, confidence and purpose.

Chapters in the series are released weekly or bi-weekly, if you’d like to always be up on the latest, join the list please feel free to join my list and receive notices.


 

First off, let’s get clear on what Karma is all about.

The root Sanskrit word karma means “action.” Contrary to what many of us may assume (and hey, that’s not your fault, we’re inundated with messages like this all the time, right?), karma’s not something done to you, but rather something that is generated by you – and everyone else around you (you may want to write that down, or circle it with a highlighter – this is really important to remember! We’ll talk more about this when we explore co-creating later in the series).

Fate, Destiny and Karma

Just like breathing is an inherent function of being human, karma is an inherent function of the soul, and therefore the universe. It’s not a belief system or spiritual virtue; it just is. To be alive is to breathe, to be living is to experience karma.

I see a lot of people make the assumption that karma is fate, that these two qualities are interchangeable. This is also how we start thinking of luck, too: these are all just strange mystical forces that happen to us, and we have no ability to direct these forces in our lives.

Let’s be clear: Karma is not fate. Fate, by definition, is something that is not in your control. And karma is; in fact, it’s the opposite of some unseen mystical force messing with you, or ruining your game.

Karma is actually what provides the experience of free will for you, or really your ego.  But from your soul’s perspective from where it sits there in Other Side — what some may think of as Heaven — they know how karma informs and shapes your experience of free will.

It just doesn’t feel that way from your ego’s perspective, because the ego doesn’t do well with what I call the Eagle Eye perspective.

 

Fate: The development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. “Fate decided his course for him”: a power that is believed to control what happens in the future.

I talk with clients often about this, the Eagle Eye perspective – the eagle is high above in the sky and is able to see far and wide. The mouse or ant down there on the ground has a very limited perspective in comparison.

And the soul, much like the eagle, from its perspective on the Other Side (‘up there’), has a vast awareness and greater view than the ego does down in the trenches, here on Earth.

With such an expansive insight, the soul can see this greater perspective of how karma plays out in your life – not just the karma you are generating now, but also the karma that your soul has generated over many lifetimes, because this is a crucial influencing factor.

Like the mouse, your ego sees only what is right in front of it, potentially threatening it’s next meal or livelihood (as it should, this is it’s job, after all!)… and without the full view from on high, wants to attribute it to merely “fate,” as it doesn’t see the many threads of events, exchanges, actions and decisions that lead up to this very moment when a choice has to be made.  

The ego says “let’s blame fate,” so that it in many ways can be off the hook; it doesn’t have to take responsibility for its actions – because karma, as we now know, is all about action.

The danger here with just blaming fate, is that the ego also then does not look for other possibilities or actions to take – to utilize free will in the face of karmic patterns, that may serve a better outcome. Instead of choosing a conscious response, a mindless reaction is chosen.

Karma also is about cause and effect. Which means it’s about consequences: and not just bad, but good ones, too – we must never lose sight of this. It has really wonderful qualities to it as well.

This is why I’m saying that karma, much like ego, gets a bad rap – we all have heard the saying karma’s gonna get you. But karma is also going to HELP you if you let it.

Because we often tend to forget this, we focus on what feels like the negative, ‘fateful’ or unlucky aspects of karma. How we choose to respond or react, the actions that we choose to take, is what further develops our karma, whether negative or positive.

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to make the positive kind, yes?

How karma gets carried over from lifetime to lifetime

Much of what influences how you will respond to events in your life may be coming through from past karmic influence – generated during other lifetimes your soul has lived – but in this very moment how you choose to RESPOND to that karma that is ripening or that is being triggered, has everything to do with how you are creating additional karma right now for yourself – and your Soul.

That gives you a lot of control and is where free will is at play; you have many possible choices in every moment, with every action that you make. And this works both individually and collectively.

Because it’s an inherent aspect of the universe, the function of karma is nothing personal. If there’s anything you take away from this book, let me repeat that: karma is not personal. Remember, it’s just like breathing.

It is a function of being alive and in this way a force of nature. It becomes a personalized experience when we generate it, based on our actions (much like I can sit here and choose to change the pace or depth of my breath, thereby personalizing how I breath).

So that’s when we start to feel as if, Hey this is really getting personal! If the amount of ‘good or bad’ karma that happens in this lifetime is up to you, the amount that is influencing you is up to your soul. This is one reason it is so important to be deeply connected with your soul’s wisdom, so you can understand the patterns at play and work together.

You have karma coming through from wholly other lifetimes. While not personally due to the actions of the person you are today, this karmic balance sheet still influences and contributes to making up who you are in this current lifetime.

In this very moment, how you react or respond serves to help your soul learn a multitude of lessons. In this way you are helping not only yourself, but your soul. How amazing are you?!

Our reaction and responses in each lifetime generate events and experiences … and then based on how we take these in both mentally, and energetically, if they crystalize into belief systems they are held as karmic patterns where they get deposited, or held in our etheric body (think of this as your soul’s DNA) and carried into the next life.

It’s important to note that your ego, however, was born with a clean slate. There has never been, nor ever will again, be the You that is your ego in this lifetime.

Whenever you question your amazing, unique self: just look down at your hands, and note the intricate, delicate lines that create divine labyrinth across your hands. This is the map of your life, created by your soul.

 

No other hands in the world have ever had, nor ever will again, the same maps as yours.


Pretty amazing!

Next, in Chapter Two, we’ll explore how karma follows your through lifetimes – what happens when you die, and how important is love in this equation?

CLICK HERE to read Chapter Two now.

 

 

 

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