When an action or a thought results in pain, the tendency is to conclude that what has happened is "hurtful", however if the effect ultimately leads to growth and change, enriching life as it's lived at any given moment in time, can we call it bad?
Interpreting the impact of anything that happens, on many levels, can only be appreciated by a careful retrospective look at the important events that brought us to the place we now exist. A careful, honest introspective analysis of the contributions we make to the appearance of what occurs must include personal, group, national and world responsibility. Can ecology or the effects of global warming be seen without this kind of "soul" searching?
As sentient beings, we recognize an order to what may at times appear as chaos. Looking for solutions can be as simple as seeing what exists in our midst and connecting the dots in a coherent way as one creative approach that can work.
Although this sounds a bit nebulous, if "nature" is used as a example, things occur in a clarity of order. The laws of chemistry, biology, even philosophy such as logic, dictate some kind of structure that suggest a hierarchical system events occur.
The nature of this principle is not one that is defined by where it's leading, as much as the patterns of things it draws to it, building upon its previous components, creating a foundation that continues to grow. This, perhaps, is the magnetism of Karma.
Perspective is as important to philosophy as it is to painting or design. Looking at a circle from its central point, as a bird flying above, reveals only the circle. Moving one's position to a side angle, reveals the spiral (cone), the structure that defines many ways nature expresses its force. The hurricane, tornado, the way water drains and the very structure of DNA, one level upon the other, from a distant point to its outermost arc, expressing evolution.
Once perceived, this patterned motion can be the beginning of understanding Karma, as an energy rather than a judgment of actions.
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