Barriers to ProsperityWritten by Janet K. Ilacqua
An odd but frequent barrier to prosperity is belief that we're "wrong type" to live an abundant life. This comes down to a whole attitude about ourselves which places us as a "misfit". This is quite usual among those who are on a Spiritual Path. I had this barrier at one time, and have discovered that it's completely irrelevant. Eccentric millionares are wonderful examples of personal uniqueness being no barrier to prosperity. There are stories of "wildcat" oilmen earlier this century in Texas who were ultimate nonconformists. They made a mint! Unfortunately, one can encounter on way up those who would want you to feel minimized by your uniqueness. These are rarely ones with any true power (although they would dearly love for you to believe that they did). Depending on my mood, I treat them with compassion for their envy or simply ignore them.
Group KarmaWritten by Janet Ilacqua
Group Karma Karma is spiritual equivalent of law of cause and effect. The existence of favourable or unfavourable karma depends on whether past deeds were good or evil. Most people have both good and bad karma because they have performed both good and bad deeds in past. So most people lives are a mixture of misery and happiness. Karma is not limited to actions taken during one's present life, but can extend back into infinite past and forward into infinite future. Thus,it is karma that forms connecting link between one's consecutive lives. Karma applies mostly to acts of individuals, but it may also be overall result of actions by many people acting as a group; such as groups of persons, family groups, groups of nations, and like. In other words, there are such things as group karma, family karma, and even national karma. Further complicating mix are needs and agendas of others around you that affect you on a deep and profound level. Sometimes you may have made agreements with other souls to work on certain issues together, helping each other through several lifetimes. Karma is attached only to souls. There is no such thing as a karmic place. However, strong emotions can easily imprint themselves on world around us. Homes, workplaces, even hotel rooms, can develop a distinct build-up of emotional residue. These residues linger in subtle reality, affecting everyone who comes into contact with them on a deep and unspoken level.
Thinking Exercise: Family and Group Karma
1.Think of your family relationships, including your parents, siblings, spouse, children, aunts, uncles, and in-laws. 2.Who in your family have you felt close to? 3.Who have you felt distant from? 4.Think of your friends. Are there any that you felt closer to than your family? 5.Are there any that you think that you have been with before? 6.Think of your neighbours and/or co-workers. •Are there any that you instantaneously liked or disliked for no apparent reason? •Do you feel that there is something more to them than meets to eye? •Try to visualize it or make a story about them.
Silicon Valley’s story: group karma at work?
The past 200 years preceding “Silicon Valley” miracle in last decade of 20th were filled with genocide, environmental destruction, greed, trickery, and exploitation. In 1776, at time of their first contact with Spanish explorers originally who were looking for gold, Santa Clara Valley was an untouched Eden with maybe 10,000 Ohlone Indians. By 1830, these peaceful, basket-weaving peoples who had been living there for over 10,000 years had completely disappeared, killed off by epidemics and mission system.