If you’ve read my writing, you know I’m not much for the “ten steps to enlightenment” approach. What I offer you instead, they tell me (and I’m pretty sure they’re right), is inspiration, through words and by example. Seems to come naturally to me, thank God!
What I love to do is encourage us—help you and me find the will, rather than prescribing precise ways, to get ourselves happy and free. That’s all we need to do here, because once we get fired up at the level of heart, we can do pretty much anything we set our minds to. And we each know better than anyone else what those things are for us. But first there’s our karma to deal with.
Karma is the sum total of the beliefs that stand in the way of our happiness. The reason for doing yoga, meditation and all that good spiritual stuff is to burn the old karma up. If we want to be happy, we must bring to the surface and let ourselves feel the pain of all the negative ideas we hold about ourselves—until they can hold us no more. It can hurt like hell but it’s worth it.
As I’m finding out big-time since publishing my first book, you don’t have to stand on your head or sit straight up for hours with eyes closed (as I’ve done) to burn your karma. You just have to live your life at the edge while keeping your eyes wide open.
Did I say just? The truth is the last three months of hanging out on my own sharp razor’s edge have been excruciating.
But karma is being burned, probably faster than when I did yoga. For it seems that right along with putting Bare Naked at the Reality Dance out for all the world to see, I hung myself out naked as well.
When we dare to do the thing that matters most to us, as I did by publishing my intimate book, we expose ourselves, to ourselves. We get to see where our attachments are and what lies smack in our way. And what we can see, we can deal with, painful as it might be.
So I am here to say: if you want to burn karma and there’s something edgy you’re itching to do, consider making a leap—right into the fire of transformation. And by all means let us know, by leaving a comment below. I am already here at the edge and eager to hold your hand!
Categories: Facing Fear