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bad luck or bad karma??
March 25, 2001
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recently i've been going through some bad luck.
breifly i broke my arm resulting in having an operation , and then just as i'm getting better and feel like i can get on with my life, i fall and hurt my arm again?!
looking back over the past year few years i've had quite a personal struggle as well as physical.

do you think life runs in cycles, and there are lesssons to learn? or is my karma bad?

March 26, 2001
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It is bad luck or karma. It is one and the same thing. If u relate all events to this incarnation alone ( not accepting the theory of reincarnations as in Hindu philosophy ) then you take solace in " bad luck". If you believe that results of good and bad acts are carried forward from one incarnation to next ( per Hindu philosophy ) it is karma. Both serve basically the same purpose. It gives you hope for the future and lets you bear the present.
Many of us go through such phases in life. In smaller or larger measure. Some have the ability to take it easy, others like you and me worry over it .About three months back I injured my back in a very minor mishap. I am unable to recover from it yet. I live alone without any help. I am bearing with, sometimes, acute discomfort. Friends have several suggestions. They are impractical under my circumstances. They feel annoyed that I am not heeding them. So my life and agonies are mine alone.
I take it as God'S punishment for some unknown misdeed.

March 26, 2001
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Everything in life isn't always about the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Bad things in our life isn't always about someone paying us back for misdeeds or for something we did wrong in a past life. Sometimes, big bird just takes a crap and it lands on our heads....three times in a row. Yeah, I know the law of averages gets a little tweeked here, but stranger things have happened. What perplexes me about our human nature is that we will look so intently for that dragon and completely miss the bunny rabbit on the scene. We strain to get the punishment...so badly that we are eager and hungry for whatever negative thing happens in our lives and we jump out - stamp it as bad karma, punishment and then everything makes sense to us and we feel comfortable.

Do we always need to label things in this fashion? Sometimes, we make plans and life happens. What is laying there in the dust unrealized by us is "opportunity". Sure the broken structure could lay on the ground and later torched by us and burned to ashes. Or.....we could walk around the heap and think to ourselves....hm,m,m....what might I build out of this collapsed heap of stuff? You might be surprised a different perspective can present a dimension of possibility that you never knew existed.

March 27, 2001
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When something bad (as assessed by the individual himself at that point of time) has happened, he needs a philosophy to comfort himself. This is different for different individuals. An optimist like Ladeska may see an opportunity in itself. It is undoubtedly the best attitude. In fact many scientific advancements have been the result of such attitude. But, not all are endowed with such zeal. Luck and Karma are certainly for those lowly souls. It is obvious that such souls exist in large numbers. It is to comfort such of them this philosophy has born and is being perpetrated. May there be more Ladeskas on this earth.

March 27, 2001
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thanks for your response.
i do feel that these interventions in my life that i have no control on, are enabling me to view life from another perspective. therefore, i guess i'm learning. but sometomes i'm just, i guess, weak. i allow it to get the better of me.
i do think though, agreeing with yourselves, in other words, that there is a positive in a negative!

March 27, 2001
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msg....that was so very sweet of you to say. (smile) But, I know of being a lowly soul.... I think more than anything I just see "the choice" laying there on the table and I'm a fighter. I guess you could say that I have been to the edge a number of times, early on in life where things were in other people's control and I was quite victimized. But, I have always been "free" in my mind. A prisoner in other ways for a season - but my spirit - is my own and no one will break it or own it. It's just a choice I made. I claimed ownership of my life and that means everything to me. Sure there is death all around us - but it's a challenge to me - to find the life. It's my way of sticking my tongue out at what tried to claim me so many times. At the same time - there are times in life when you really have to just sit on the floor of your lowest valley and just "be there". Hang out, look at the walls, study the floor, eat dirt, watch spiders weave their webs, fight off rats, examine your navel, lay down and look up at the impossible task of climbing out, etc., etc. Those times are immensely important. I believe in the power of the human spirit and even if it takes a lifetime for a person to bloom....so what? Our struggle is important and even if it is a brief moment of splendor - be very present in that moment........it's worth is immeasurable. So does the butterfly struggle as it pushes against the confines of the cocoon. (smile)

March 27, 2001
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Lewis.....oh, there are many positives in what we perceive to be - the negative. It's kind like having a weapon hurled at you and you pick it up and go....hm,m,m...could make a darned good tool out of this or maybe I'll plant petunias in it or make a scarecrow out of it!! Sometimes we need to really allow ourselves to be the multi-dimensional creatures that we truly are. We have the innate ability to see things in - dimension but all to often that ability gets stifled by outside influences and it doesn't mature as it could in us. It's sort of like the dog who's raised in a 6 foot by 6 foot enclosure and after years of that - one day all the sides are completely let down and he just stands there and won't leave, won't cross over the now imaginary boundaries. They are still there.....in his reality because he was conditioned all these years. One thing I really need to say to you also is - weakness isn't all bad. It can be extremely useful to you. In nature - which is it that endures the storm the best - the willow or the large oak? It is the willow. Why? Because it knows how to bend. Some people would consider that to be a weakness....and a thereby - a fault.

Many of us get wounded and somewhat crippled because we have exceptional sensitivities. Please do remember that a fine violin and a precision instrument like a laser beam needs to have a most awesome encasing in order to protect it's worth. Alot of things that come hurling into our lives - have it's root in the fact that we consider ourself worthy to be punished and not worthy enough to be protected and that alot of that protection is within our realm of providing for ourselves.

March 27, 2001
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yes i agree
i do think we have a tendency to feel that lifes downs are a punisment from some unknown source. maybe, in fact, its the downs that i feel i really get to know myself. and that can be quite scary stuff.

thanks. i think i'm feeling positive today!

March 27, 2001
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Lewis, you're quite a bit "in touch" with things here. Much more than you give yourself credit for. It's true - getting to know ourselves can be scary and even scarier IF what we see isn't as bad as what we've conditioned to believe all these years! Novel concept, eh? So much of what we do is - condiitoning from an outside person or persons. Their toxic waste - got rubbed off on us when we were vulnerable and impressionable. But, one of the reasons we get so down is - our true inner self says - HEY!! This isn't true....Knock, Knock! I want outa here! I wanna talk to you! This is junk, garbage - gonna rattle your cage until you listen to me!! (smile) Sometimes, you gotta listen to that little guy........he's alot smarter than you think. You're feeling positive because you're affirming some things that deep down - you already knew were true.

March 27, 2001
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too true!
when i'm down i regress i remember, i become too trueful too honest. when i'm positive i'm living in a dream world!

March 27, 2001
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Remembering can tug us downward because some realities - bite. And if we're positive in order to be an actor or actress and just "put on a happy face" and numb out - yeppers, it will definitely feel like a dream world. The key to all things is "balance". Truth can be brutal. But not all truth in this world defines who we are. The fact that I am in totally in touch with the fact that someone brutally raped me when I was a child and I rememver it vividly - is a truth that "could" wipe me out. But.....it's what I do with that truth. It's where I assign the bad that matters. Feeling true pain for what is truly painful is one thing. Accepting a lie along with it about yourself....is another thing entirely. Once someone is intact and not fragmented and fully connected into a whole unit - they can't properly assimilate poison and dispose of it completely. One organ is over here doing this, the other is over there doing that and still other parts are laying everywhere doing their own thing - with no cooperative function going on that has the "whole" in mind. Lies fragment people when they are believed. When they are disbelieved.......much strength comes into being and a united force - becomes extremely offensive and not just - defensive.

April 1, 2001
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thankyou for sharing your personal thoughts and events, they are SO useful.
i think u are right about the fragmented individual, are these fragmentations of our self, mere survival mechanisms. i cannot and more importantly, am not allowed to reveal the low side of myself, society only wants winners! families only want happy kids!
TAKE CARE.

April 1, 2001
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Hi Lewis...(smile) yes, it is most definitely - a mechanism of survival. And who the heck is society anyways? Some god we've erected, some fairy tale version of what we wish people were, what we aspire to be? Well....I've seen that up close and personal and as far as I'm concerned - such a pure and honorable "society" doesn't exist. What does exist is reality and in as much as we have our lows - we have the ability to do the impossible, to throw the rock that finds Goliath's soft spot in his skull. It's all about....who we serve, what we serve and is it real or is it memorex? People who expect perfection and winners - only cry and reek of their own inability to see "their" humaness. To become one unit Lewis....you begin here....as you have done. That one step....will move a mountain eventually. I have faith in you. I really do. There's a candle in that dark room...I see it. (smile) If you want to dress up in costumes and howl at the moon - that's okay. We all masquerade from time to time. There is a most unique and exquisite self in there though that has yet to look into the mirror and acknowledge....contact.

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