Ancestral vs karma

 

What’s surfacing here to be loved is largely – if not all – ancestral.

They are patterns passed on to me from my parents, other adults, and my culture.

They are patterns of delusion passed on through generations.

Now, they are here with an invitation for me to meet it with love, see through them, and feel what hasn’t been fully felt. They wish their own release, their own liberation.

And this ancestral stuff is really karma. Seen with the idea of time, everything has infinite causes stretching back to beginning of the universe and out to the extent of the universe.

Some of this karma, some chains of causality, are these ancestral patterns. Many of them are very useful and even invaluable. They help me to orient and function in the world.

And some of these ancestral chains are from delusion. They are from identification with words and images. They are from confused love. They are painful. And they are here in me, inviting me to be a loving presence for them, see through them, and feel what hasn’t been fully felt. They wish for their own release. They wish to align with reality. They wish to align with whatever love and clarity is here.

Note: The idea of individual karma may have validity in some ways. And sometimes, it’s used as propaganda, as a way to scare people into behaving. (When I first encountered Buddhism in my teens, I was disappointed in this obvious fear based strategy.) Also, what’s a bit closer to reality is that everything has infinite causes. That shows us that it’s all life, including what life sometimes takes as personal.

Note 2: Any ideas of causality, time, ancestral dynamics, karma and so on are ideas. They can be very helpful ideas. And it’s also good to recognize them as ideas. In a very real sense, they are projections of what’s here. For instance, I have a tendency to go into victim mode, and can tell myself it’s ancestral and/or karma, and it doesn’t really matter. What’s important is to look at what’s here. How is this victim mode created here? What do I hope to get out of it? What are the consequences of going into it? What’s more true than this victim mode?

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– ancestral patterns as a form of karma

– ancestral – individual + collective (cultural, humanity), here w invitation for it to be seen through, released, liberated
– karma – infinite causes, whole universe,

– individual karma, perhaps useful but don’t see it so much (apart from as motivator etc, fear based)

The hangups surfacing here

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My sense is that a lot – if not just about everything – that’s surfacing here to be loved is ancestral.

It’s from my parents, and from their ancestors, and my culture.

They are patterns of delusion passed on through generations.

Now, they are here with an invitation to meet it with love, see through them, and feel what hasn’t been fully felt. They wish their own release, their own liberation.

And this is really karma. Seen with the idea of time, everything has infinite causes stretching back to beginning of the universe and out to the extent of the universe.

Some of this karma, some chains of causality, are these ancestral patterns. Many of them are very useful and invaluable. They help me to orient and function in the world.

And some of these ancestral chains are from delusion. They are from identification with words and images. They are from confused love. They are painful. And they are here in me, inviting me to be a loving presence for them, see through them, and feel what hasn’t been fully felt. They wish for their own release. They wish to align with reality. They wish to align with whatever love and clarity is here.

 

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