World religions, when interpreted from a more literal perspective, sometimes teach that we’re at the whim of an external God who rewards or punishes us for good and bad deeds, like Santa’s naughty or nice list—or just acts in capricious, mysterious ways that we’re not intended to understand.
But a more spiritual or mystical interpretation of the Christian teaching “as you sow so shall you reap,” the Buddhist teaching of karma, or the metaphysical law of attraction suggests that there is no external power; it is the seeds we sow in our own heart and mind—the overall quality of our consciousness—that cause us to reap the rewards and punishment we experience.
While this is a liberating truth and a great step up the evolutionary ladder, it can also be an overwhelming realization. If all the things we’ve thought, said, and done in the past (or past lifetimes) are creating our present and, ultimately, our future, won’t it take the rest of our lives (or many more lifetimes) to undo the mess we’ve created? A lot of causes (karma) have been set in motion—how will we ever reverse all their effects?
Mercifully, there is a higher law: Grace. The law of Grace says that no matter what has come before, no matter what you’ve set in motion, when you reconnect with the Truth of your being – this Perfect Seed Pattern the world has never touched and can never destroy – the innate wholeness, wisdom, and power you need will emerge again. From this consciousness, your past does not determine your future—neither past mistakes nor past lives.
The bad seeds you’ve sown are uprooted no matter how deep they’ve dug in, and the good seeds you’ve failed to tend take root and bear fruit. Under the law of Grace, the things you’re struggling with lose their power; cause and effect, karma, even Newtonian physics, which once operated as absolute, immutable laws and masters of your fate, become the servants of your destiny.
THE PRAYER OF AWAKENING
One of the most powerful practices I know to begin accessing this grace is what I call the ‘prayer of awakening.’ I invite you to pray this prayer every day, especially when you’re feeling stuck or struggling to change conditions:
“God (or whatever your concept is), more than I want to change, fix, heal, or improve my life (or the situation), I want to awaken to the truth that makes me free, I want to see and feel divine reality; I want to know who and what I really am and why I am alive!”
As you activate this powerful prayer, you will create a subjective groove that creates the inner conditions for revelation and breakthrough insights that open you to the grace and guidance of the divine.
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To Your Emergence!