The journey of the soul

Updated: Jan 10

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

During one of the first Kundalini yoga classes I experienced, the teacher talked about finding your purpose. I knew I went to work, cared for my family and did what was necessary, but I felt "empty". Empty is the only word I can use to describe the feeling where you know there must be more to this life, than wake up each morning and continue the same routine, again and again, making decisions and reacting to lifes experiences through fear our guilt-based decisions.


If you consider that we have a soul, then we have a soul's purpose. Understanding the journey of soul "Karma, Dharama, Recincarination and Liberation" my help you break free of the human being having a spirtual experience, and allow you to understand you are a spiritual being having a human experience. So if that is the case, why do we continue down the capitalist doctrine of working to live or living to work? Well, let's face it, we like our "things", and, for some, there is a mortgage or rent that must be paid, food needed on the table, and clothes on our back.


Let's explore Karma, Dharma, Reincarnation and Liberation, and how these practices embody the journey of the soul as you travel through this human experience.



Karma

The law of cause and effect relating to your mental, moral and physical actions as you make your through the world. Ego relates to your sense of self-esteem and self-importance. So it's important to have self-esteem to ensure you take care of you on this journey, but if you approach tasks and people with self-importance your feelings and thoughts will bias towards a certain course of action. When working from a place of ego or self-importance we react to situations in specific ways unique to you and your ego.


The dictionaries description for Karma reads:

The sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.


So what does that mean?

Karma is the condition required to create balance in your ego, self-esteem and self-importance, allowing you to conduct your affairs on earth as a spiritual being having a human experience.


Dharma

The path of life above the wheel of Karma, aligned with our soul and destiny, where our actions are towards the infinite. It is action without reaction or Karma. Imagine taking a lifes journey where you create no Karma. No reactions to life's ups and downs, just a spiritual existence experiencing our soul.


The dictionaries description for Dharma reads:

The eternal and inherent nature of reality, regarded as a cosmic law underlying right behaviour and social order.


So what does that mean?

Dharma is the action of positive order within family and community. When we are separated from our soul, spirit and spiritual pathway, we act against harmony. Actions out of fear or guilt take us further from the spiritual path, our souls purpose. But if we take responsibility and act in harmony we begin to act with integrity.


Reincarnation

If you believe in reincarnation then this is the cycle of birth and death manifested through your Karma. Our thoughts and actions have consequences which need to be completed. If we don't complete them in the this lifetime, we begin the cycle of birth and death.


The dictionaries description for Reincarnation reads:

The rebirth of a soul in another body.


So what does that mean?

We often unconsciously create a cycle of birth and death while living out our Karmic responsibilities. Newton's third law of motion "Every action has a reaction, equal and opposite". When you create a cause and do not complete or experience the effect of it you have to incarnate to complete that cycle. Our emotions, feelings, habits, peer pressure, past experiences and fear of tomorrow can stop us from complete the cause and consequences of actions.


Liberation

When you are released from the cycle of birth and death you are liberated. When our actions no longer create Karma, when we live in Dharma rather than Karma, we are said to be liberated.


The dictionaries description for Liberation:

The action of setting someone free from imprisonment; release.


So what does that mean?

Lessons learnt, and your Karmic debt paid is paid. That doesn't mean you are going to heaven or some other religious place. It means you have been liberated to be right where you are carefree and frank. You have created self-trust and have generated a life of ease that comes from liberation. That doesn't mean your life is easy and you won't have hardship (sorry), it means, you have learnt not to create more Karma, you make decisions based on trust in your soul's purpose, and are no longer living a fear or guilt based existence.


Excerpts from "The Aquarian Teacher, Kri International Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga, level one instruction textbook"


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