Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thoughts, Actions and Karma

"I have always thought the actions of men
the best interpreters of their thoughts."
-John Locke

A legion of Thoughts enter our mind each and every day. Most are
but fleeting visitors, many may linger for awhile, but some become
our permanent residents. It is these last Thoughts, our permanent
residents, which are responsible for shaping our character and
creating our Destiny.

Thought is the precursor of Action. Our fleeting Thoughts are like a
quick soft breeze: they briefly catch our attention then continue on
with their journey without stirring us to any Action. However, as we
shall see, the other types of Thought can, and do, stir us into Action.
And it is these Thoughts which are the catalyst for creating either a
Karmic Event, a personality characteristic, or a combination of both.
With this in mind, let us take a look at the four different combinations
of Thought and Action.

The four combinations are:
1. Negative Thought followed by no Action
2. Positive Thought followed by no Action
3. Negative Thought followed by Action
4. Positive Thought followed by Action

Negative Thought followed by no Action: A negative Thought
which we recognize as such and quickly dismiss from our mind
creates no negative Karmic Event.

As an example, let us suppose we are having a Thought of "getting
even" with someone because of some misdeed they have done to us.
However, upon becoming Aware that this negative Thought has
entered our mind, and realizing that nothing good can come from
this Thought, we immediately dismiss it.

In this instance, because we quickly dismissed the Thought, we have
created no negative Karmic Event. In addition, because we have not
allowed this Thought to fester within us, we have also prevented it
from becoming a negative part of our personality and character.

If, however, we allow our mind to continually dwell on many
negative Thoughts something different happens. Although it is true
that we have taken no Action on these Thoughts, and have incurred
no negative Karmic Event, the very fact that we are allowing our
mind to entertain so many negative Thoughts, over long periods of
Time, means that our Thought process will eventually create
character flaws which can impair our Decisions and Actions. We
cannot create a positive lifestyle, and Destiny, if we continually
entertain negative Thoughts.

Positive Thought followed by no Action: When we have
Positive Thoughts, and Ideas, but take no Action on them, no
positive Karmic Event is created. We are merely fooling ourselves
if we Believe that "positive thinking" alone is enough to improve our
character and create a better life for us. Individuals who fall into
this category are simply glassy-eyed day dreamers whose "wishful
thinking" never comes true. Thought without Action, just like talk
without Action, cannot manifest itself in the physical world.

Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind that Choosing not to
act is, if fact, an Action! When we have positive Thoughts, but do not
act on them, we are sending a conflicting signal to the Universe.

We are telling the Universe "Yes", we do want to experience positive
Events but, "No", we are not willing to do what is necessary to bring
our Thoughts into fruition. We thereby create a Stalemate between
Thought and Action whereby our non-action cancels out our positive

Negative Thought followed by Action: Negative Thought
followed by Action is self-destructive. This combination produces
not only a negative Karmic Event, it also creates a negative person-
ality trait within us.

To get a better "feel" for this Principle, let us take a close look at an
example which portrays the effects of a negative Action:

Prior to engaging in a negative Action we must first dwell upon the
Thought which creates this Action. Next, we must agree to proceed
with, and act upon, this Thought.

At this point we have voluntarily created a negative agreement
with ourselves which attaches itself to, and becomes a permanent
part of, our character. This mental agreement must occur prior to
us taking Action on our Thought.

And finally, we follow through with our Action.

Once we have "done the deed", two things occur as the result of
our Action.

First, the negative character trait, which we have incorporated
into our personality, makes it much easier for us to carry out
other negative actions in the future.

Second, we have created an Action, an Event, for which there will be
both a negative Karmic Event and a Consequence.

Whenever we entertain a negative Action we must always ask
ourselves, "Are we willing to pay the price that accompanies our

As a final note: Gossip, criticism, ridicule, constant complaining, and
the demeaning of others are also the resulting Actions of negative
Thoughts. We incur the same Consequences, Karmic Debts, and
character flaws for these verbal Actions as we would have incurred
if we had taken physical Action.

Positive Thought followed by Action: Positive Thought
followed by Action produces a positive Karmic Event. It also instills
a positive personality trait within within our character.

Positive Thought followed by Action is the method by which we
create. It is the process by which our dreams, ideas, and ambitions
- which begin as latent thoughts within Our Subconscious - Become
manifest in the physical world.

Everything that is Beautiful and Inspiring is the result of a Positive
Thought followed by Action. Whether it is a magnificent work of
art, an enchanting piece of music, or a majestic Universe, these are
all the result of a Positive Thought followed by Action.

Divinity creates. And Divinity resides within us. Therefore, we
possess the Divine Ability to create the world of our dreams. All it
takes is a Positive Thought followed by Action.

See also: "Karmic Paths and Roads"

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either advice or expertise. They are simply personal opinions
and no more. Everyone is encouraged to seek competent
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