Samskara is a Vedic term. In the Vedas, it says Samskaras are
impressions derived from past experiences that form desires that influence
future responses and behavior (karma). Samskaras are imprints left on the
subconscious by experiences in past lives or the present life, which determine
and condition one’s desires and actions now and, possibly, in the future.
So how would one help change the
course that was created in the past — or correct the course of life currently
— if that life is painful and not fulfilling going forward?
Let me first give an analogy that
might help you understand more about karma and Samskara.
Imagine the Soul as a powerful
light…an individual manifestation of Universal Light.
Now, surrounding that light is a
glass globe. In its Purified State, the glass globe allows the Light of the
Soul to express itself without obstruction.
Over time, however, overshadowing
impressions (e.g., trauma, hurt, pain, addictive and abusive behaviors,
pleasure, passion, etc.) formed from the Mind’s processing of external data are
pressed/embossed on the glass globe. That data which the mind processed
“scratches” the surface of the glass globe, which then distorts the pure
expression of the Light within.
The glass globe is like a
photographic plate capturing images from our mind and senses, and when we are
overshadowed by the images (positive or negative), a scratch occurs, thus
distorting our vision going forward.
That scratch survives death and
determines both our afterlife and the nature of our next life.
Now imagine that we are replaying
those very painful memories and behaviors over and over, thus continuing to
scratch that photographic plate and compounding the distortion of what is going
on in our lives.
You can imagine how important it is
to heal; spiritual, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Next week, I’ll write about some of
the things you can do to help yourself heal.
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