Question: What can you do in this lifetime to negate any karmic responsibilities that you may have acquired? Do you have any shortcuts?
Answer: “Do good at all times to all people and cross your fingers, hahahaha. I guess one follows one’s spiritual direction to the best of one’s ability, which is all that’s required, you know what I’m saying?
That’s all that’s required. It’s not that God is a cruel taskmaster. See, God is not arbitrary. God is completely non-arbitrary. One earns one’s way out by one’s own good intentions. And you watch Dickens’ Christmas Carol every year. It’s worth watching every year because I think it’s a great spiritual treatise. I think that Dickens’ Christmas Carol is one of the greatest spiritual treatises ever written. The “Ghost of Christmas past”- we see where it would take us in the future and now, we have the chance to choose differently, that’s all. He was a great spiritual teacher.”
… When we see how people are dominated by the ego’s programs, we realize that, without awareness or insight, they are relatively unable to help themselves. We say they are ‘driven’ by greed, hate, fear, addiction, or pride. … To be unconscious means just that; thus, ‘sin’ can be seen really as a limitation in the evolution of consciousness. This limitation was termed ‘ignorance’ by both the Buddha and Jesus Christ.
We have the opportunity to choose whether we want to hang on or let go of emotional upsets. We can look at the cost of hanging on to them. Do we want to pay the price? Are we willing to accept the feelings? We can look at the benefits of letting go of them. The choice we make will determine our future. What kind of future do we want? Will we choose to be healed, or will we become one of the walking wounded?