Georgina Cannon is an author and award-winning board certified clinical hypnotist and lecturer at the School for Continuing Studies University of Toronto. Recognized as the “public face” of hypnosis in Canada and a respected member of the mainstream health community. Georgina is a frequent media guest, and her work and views have gained her prominence as a frequent source for news and feature articles on hypnosis and alternative therapies; including a CBC series on Past Life Regression. She has participated in Grand Rounds at Toronto hospitals, where she lectured to psychiatrists, physicians, nurses and social workers in the healing powers of hypnosis and regression work. Her third book, RETURN AGAIN published 2013 by Red Wheel Weister is focused on the power of past and interlife journeys. Her latest book, The Third Circle Protocol published by Findhorn Press, Britain is about the power of relationships, past, present and future and how to make them pleasurable and life affirming for everyone.
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The Karma Process: The Source of Wisdomby Georgina Canon for Chakras in the Sky Aug.20/17
When we think or worry about karma, it usually has to do with how it relates to our current lifetime. This is the only lifetime that is significant and relevant to most people. And, hopefully, as we learn lessons in this lifetime, we experience situations that allow us to learn lessons from each previous lifetime. It is the period between these lifetimes that allows us to decide whether or not we have learned those lessons – or whether we need to experience the opportunity again so that the lesson may be learned.
It is during the interlude between lifetimes that we choose the lessons we want to learn, analyze what went wrong in our last incarnation, and plan for the next lifetime so that we can ensure we have opportunities to settle whatever needs settling. Some people refer to this process as the “soul contract.” Think of “soul contracts” this way: before we ever even enter into any particular life cycle on this planet there is a process beforehand that will more or less guide us through our entire life. Just imagine a whole group of souls planning and preparing, some of whom will have experienced many incarnations together. It is a beautiful, meticulously and intricately planned event each and every time a soul desires to re-incarnate There are intricate plans made, and within those plans as in all good planning sessions, there are back-up plans created – several, in fact. The reason we do this is to set up scenarios in which our soul can learn and grow. During the Interlife period we decide what lessons we need and want to learn. If there are leftover lessons from a previous lifetime that we were unable to learn, we write those into the new soul contract.
That’s what we believe karma is: the Universe’s teacher, urging us toward the lessons we’ve chosen. I keep saying it’s like a hand of cards that we are dealt. Every moment of life is a card in that hand. Every moment we have the power to choose how we will play so if we “die” with the lesson unlearned, those un-played cards – the unlearned karmic lessons – go with us, encoded into our energy. We carry them into every lifetime until we have completed the lifetime in which we actually learn the lesson. We are meant to achieve the 10th soul level, and we keep getting cosmic do-overs until we do.
Karma and the Buddha’s Noble Truths
The first of the Buddha’s Noble Truths is the full understanding of suffering. It goes beyond the recognition of suffering into the subtleties beyond the immediate. When we remove the cause of the suffering, which is by recognizing the state that we call suffering, then we can move beyond the state of suffering into recognition and understanding. Understanding allows for change of circumstance and interpretation. It makes room for action and change. Buddha’s Second Noble Truth says that karma is the root cause of suffering. Is suffering our own fault? (Well, sort of.) It’s true that our own actions do produce our karma, and our karma can produce our suffering. As I wrote above, we can choose to focus on the suffering and feel like we’re being punished, or choose that the focus be to learn.
Hidden in this choice of focus is a magnificent opportunity for redemption and growth. That opportunity is embodied in Buddha’s Third Noble Truth: “The cessation of suffering through which it is explained that the causes of karma and the defilements can be removed.” Yes: The causes of karma can be removed. (Whew! That’s better!) Once again actions produce karma: negative actions produce negative karma, positive actions produce positive karma so it follows that eliminating the negative actions will eliminate the negative karma.
It sounds so simple! You’re thinking, “All I have to do is stop being unkind or selfish and my suffering will end?” It is that simple – but not that easy. There are three kinds of actions, and each kind of action is either virtuous or un-virtuous. The three categories of action are mental, verbal, and physical so karma is caused not just by good or bad actions, but good or bad thoughts and words, too, which is good news and bad news! Considering how automatic our thoughts can be, how often and quickly we jump to speak, how habitual our negative feelings can be, the suggestion to simply stop being un-virtuous is a tall order. That is the challenge and purpose of karma to begin with: overcoming the difficulties we encounter in order to learn and grow. Karma “urges us to act, to overcome old habits, and to accept responsibility for ourselves today, despite the past.”
As we know, “the past” goes much further back in time than just this lifetime. The past stretches backwards into seemingly endless dimensions of past life. It can be daunting to know that karma follows us not just through this lifetime but through many. So karma is like an eternal card game. Life after life, we are holding those cards and planning our moves. Sometimes we make good decisions and win the hand; sometimes we make bad decisions and win the hand in that life – but not in a karmic sense. However we choose, we carry these decisions from lifetime to lifetime, recreating the same situations over and over until we learn from them and release the energy and the Karma around that energy. Karma isn’t a punishment but a lesson to learn as quickly or as slowly as we choose. Again, we choose how we handle the karmic hand we’re dealt. We can learn “as quickly or as slowly as we wish.”
You may be thinking, “How am I supposed to choose to learn my lessons if I can’t remember what I did wrong in the first place?!” This is where past-life regression comes in. Whether the journeys are real or a metaphor that the mind makes up – it matters not. Whether we live in the past, present or future, or whether time is all now, at one time - again, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is which part of ourselves we use in each lifetime. Are we kind? Are we harsh and thoughtless? Do we live a life of empty self-absorption, or do we take care of those around us? In each life there is a lesson to learn, and how we handle that lesson becomes our karma, becomes what we take into our next or current lifetime.
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