“Why have you followed the spiritual path for your whole life ?” There are many answers to this question, but a big one is, “It brings me freedom”. Freedom to change negative patterns that have kept me in their clutches, freedom to respond with calmness and kindness even when others are angry or challenging, freedom to enjoy whatever life brings.
Swami Kriyananda says, ” When you see a fault within yourself, don’t despair, but rejoice. It has been there all along, but now that you have seen it, you can start working to change it.” What are some spiritual tools that help us to break free of our Karmic patterns ? Karma is simply energy generated by past thoughts or actions that we have steered in a certain direction.
With conscious awareness and determination, replace a negative pattern with a positive one. Use affirmations repeatedly with deep concentration to change chronic patterns of thinking. Be patient. The deeper the Karma, the longer the time required to change it. Don’t constantly dig up the spiritual seeds you are sowing to see if they have taken root. Let them grow in their own time to become mighty plants.
Bring the problem to God in meditation and prayer. Our sincere efforts and desire to be free draw the grace that brings release. We have to do our little part, and then God steps in and unties the knots of Karma that have kept us bound.
—————– Nayaswami Devi.