Navigate Your Karma: Understanding How the Root Cause is the Answer to Resolution ~ with Rheanni Lightwater
Your Root Chakra Is Deeply Connected to Personal and Collective Karma that Influences your Physical Conditions.
Your chakras are part of how you use your energy to manifest your goals and your root energy provides a foundation for your basic physiological and biological needs. This includes your needs for air, food (nourishment), water, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep and method(s) of communication. This exercise is designed to help you navigate your karma, especially around these basic needs by gently reprogramming your Root Chakra.
What is meant by “karma”?
Being human at this time and on this planet is your karma (as well as mine) and we share that karma collectively. In my experience, the most useful explanation of karma is simply the physical and spiritual law of cause and effect. “For every action, there is a reaction.” “What I put out comes back to me.”
Karma = thoughts, decisions and actions that you’ve followed through on.
Whenever you have a thought, decide to follow through on it and then take action, you have created karma. As far as the Cosmos is concerned, there is no judgement about it or suffering assigned to it, only consequences. In other words, there will be some kind of effect from anything that’s put into motion.
Let’s use the example of your birth. Certain thoughts, decisions and actions your grandparents took caused them to create the circumstances for your parents to conceive you. Congratulations, you incarnated! Your karmic seeds for being a human have ripened! For better or for worse. That goes for me too, both good and bad, or as I like to put it – preferred and unpreferred.
There is always a mixture of preferred and unpreferred karma. It’s never all bad or all good. Even the terms “good” and “bad” are only relevant to your goals and point of view. You may say that your job situation is bad karma, yet to another person, having any job at all could be seen as good karma to them. The individual’s perspective makes all the difference.
Timing and circumstances are also important considerations. For example, you may see that new car as good karma today and tomorrow you get into a bad accident by driving too fast in it. Is it “good”, “bad”, a punishment? No, simply the natural consequences of actions you’ve taken. However, if you decide that it’s a punishment and then you act on that decision, you are technically creating the karma for “punishment.” The Cosmos is neutral, but you have condemned yourself.
Now, let’s say you decide to deny your responsibility for your part in that accident and continue to lie to yourself about it, a karmic pattern begins to form (or continues). Denial only plants the karmic seeds for more denial and lies which then leads to punishment, then more denial, which then creates more lies… and so it goes – on and on and on. In Buddhism, it’s called samsara – the cycle of suffering.
The Way Out – You Can Navigate Your Karma by Setting It Right.
Situations are neutral and more often than not, our unpreferred situations actually help us to learn and propel us further on our spiritual journey.
Another more poignant example is our karma as it pertains to the coronavirus. The overall atmosphere of the pandemic and its accompanying financial upheaval has undeniably been a group experience and therefore a clearcut example of collective cause and effect.
Yet the disruption provides valuable experience as it assists us in understanding why we need to deal with social injustice or climate change. We might also discover ways to create more preferred financial structures and live together more peacefully.
How can you navigate your karma as an individual in the midst of this collective karma?
There are many choices and subsequent consequences. Some people could make a decision to ignore safety recommendations and follow through by going out without protection. “I went out. I got sick. I should have listened!” Some go out and have little or no immediately perceivable consequences. “I went out. I didn’t catch the virus. I’m all that.” Others do everything right and still have a terrible time. “I did everything right. I still got the virus. Why am being punished?”
The structures of the status quo tell us that we are “sinners”. However, the Cosmos is neutral. We are really our own judge and jury. Our perception and what ideas we buy into are the key factors for how we either resolve the karma or intensify it.
So here we all are, sitting in the middle of our pandemic karma. What’s the best thing to do? For me, the initial answer is to come clean with it. Accept my part in what’s happening and learn from it. Be open to more life-affirming thoughts and decisions and then take action on them.
Sounds simple, yet so very difficult. After all, there are those pesky consequences to consider!
Here’s what I do, and it seems to work pretty well. I offer it up for your consideration:
- I accept what’s happening and how I feel about it (personal responsibility).
- I become open to new thoughts about hope and forgiving myself.
- I gather my courage and awareness to make a new decision based on what I would now prefer to experience.
- I take action on steps 1, 2 and 3 with care and patient consideration.
Taking Care of the Root Cause Through a Mind Exercise Using the Intuitive Learning Circles
Let’s begin by changing our agreements around punishment and being so very black and white, good and bad about everything. Your nervous system holds the energy of those agreements. To let go, start at the bottom of the line and the bottom of your spine. Imagine you can get to the bottom of the very first agreements you made about punishment. As you move up, you can imagine locks unlocking – each vertebrae is being freed from the chains of outdated, oppressive agreements. Go up all the way up to the top of your spine.
“I release my agreement with being a sinner. I forgive myself completely.”
“I give up shame, blame and punishment.”
“I release my judgement and let myself off the hook.”
“I let go of any agreements I have that karma is ‘bad’ or ‘good’.”
“I decide that karma is neutral. It’s what I decide about it and do with it that matters.”
“I decide to accept what’s happening and learn more life-affirming ways of being, based on what’s needed now.”
What other agreements would you like to change?
Consider a current experience you’re having that you would like to navigate differently. One experience might be Mercury in Retrograde. This regular occurrence is often collectively thought of as “bad” where negative experiences and breakdowns in communication happen more often.
Take a few minutes with this next Circle to turn down the volume and pay attention to what your current perception of your situation is.
Once you’ve calmed down, ask yourself:
“How am I perceiving the situation?
What are my fears?
Am I present in my body?”
Note: You may want to go back and renegotiate some more agreements…
It’s important that you be fully present to make effective corrections.
Continue to relax and let your 3rd Chakra get connected, open and balanced at your solar plexus (the area where your ribs go up in the front).
Your Essential Self is the embodiment of your instinctual nature and the keeper of your personal energy. It’s most efficiently located in the 3rd Chakra to help you manifest, create happiness and maintain health.
In times of unpreferred Karma, it’s pretty common for the Essential Self to go into a fight or flight response. It may get angry and resist or it could run away, go into hiding or even dissociate. Are you experiencing one of those responses now?
Remind your Essence that you have given up punishment, that it is safe and that you have completely forgiven yourself.
Imagine that you can pull yourself back across time and space from situations where you are still stuck in fight or flight or “punishment.”
Next, decide to utilize life affirming ingredients to create more preferred life affirming experiences.
“I decide to utilize life affirming thoughts, words, decisions and actions to create my experience.”
“I decide that I will clear life destructive patterns of karma and set them right.”
“My actions are life affirming.”
Clear a space for preferred karma to take root within the Self.
Like clearing a field before planting, use this symbol to dissolve destructive mental and emotional patterns. Visualize letting go of all the guilt, shame and fight or flight responses you may be holding. See those karmic patterns like dark clouds that you can dissipate into sunlight and clear blue skies.
“I dissolve destructive patterns that interfere with my health and happiness
and send them to the Sun to be purified.”
Notice how much more aware you are about how your health and happiness is deeply interconnected with the health and happiness of others.
Please note: Never send destructive energies into the Earth, she already has too much to handle now. Use the Earth for planting seeds of happiness and life – not death!
Take some time to close any pathways that lead back to punishment.
All holes are sealed and healed.
I follow the direction of healthy protection.”
“I’m learning to recognize how spirit guides me through events.
Now, turn your attention to your Root Chakra at the base of your pelvis to check out the energy there. It may feel stuck, heavy, reversed or clogged. Don’t worry! You can clear it through your intention and attention with the help of the next few Circles!
It helps to imagine the Root Chakra as a brilliant, red vibration swirling in a clockwise direction. Breathe deeply and let this Reiki Star raise your vibration.
Feel free to move at any time in any way to embody your experience. Take all the time you need to do that.
Repair any damage or reversals in your Root Chakra.
Parts of your subtle energy system could even be shut down entirely.
Allow this symbol help you make corrections. If your energy feels jagged or disjointed, stay with the Key until the energy smooths out.
“I repair the glitches, holes and blockages
in my energy system.”
“All shut downs and reversals are gently corrected.”
If you need to, go back to the Red Reiki Star and raise your vibration some more…
Make room for Joy
Visualize the energy of Joy being placed in the center of your Root Chakra.
Let a joyful, life affirming foundation replace the old, collective foundation of sin, punishment and burden!
This foundation is becoming a base for new preferred decisions and life affirming karmic flow.
Now meditate on the Earth Chakra located just below your feet.
Establish a healing connection with Mother Earth.
When you’re ready, visualize the energy of this chakra connecting with your Root Chakra. Let this connection bring strength, hope and positive grounding.
Note: You may need to clear destructive blueprints again.
Integrate Divine Protection into your Root Energy.
“I close down harmful energy channels.”
“My mind is open and clear to receive generative life force.”
Finish by Checking Back Into How You’re Percieiving the Situation.
Breathe and balance out your senses again. Once you’re ready, ask:
“How am I perceiving the situation now?
What are my fears?
Am I present in my body?”
Note: You may want to go back and renegotiate some more agreements…
Now that you’ve opened up to more productive ways to navigate your karma, you have the opportunity to experience life in a whole, new way!
You might want to participate in Planting the Seeds for Happiness:
Whether you want to prepare for improved health, career, finances or relationships, you will be able to navigate your karma much better if those seeds are planted in a bed of love and respect for the planet, rather than fear.
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If you feel that this Mind Exercise has helped, but hasn’t addressed all of your needs, Rheanni Lightwater, BFA, CHT, CKP is an expert in the art and science of soul retrieval, chakra clearing and transmuting past life karma. She has 24+ years experience in Reiki, energy medicine and environmental energy clearing. Contact her if you still feel stuck, confused, or overwhelmed.
This mind exercise should not be considered as an exclusive method of treatment. The appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic authorities should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment for any medical or psychological condition. The information and practices described on this website are best considered as an adjunct to orthodox medical or psychological treatments.