When we look back into our lives, sometimes we wish we had made different choices in hindsight. However, each decision we make is based on the beliefs we hold about our world and our lives at that moment. Each decision brings different set of life experiences and life lessons, pleasant or painful.
In reflection, the life lessons resulted from the choices we made help us become who we are today. In other words, there are no so called “good” or “bad” decisions.
The Bush administration was elected by American majority. The decision America’s chosen leader made had triggered Series of world events that shaped the world today.
These events have led to new awareness and debates and have raised global collective consciousness, which might have not happened otherwise.
I was thinking of this recently when the results of the American election came in and Donald Trump was declared the 45th President of the United States. While the vote was certainly not predicted, the result now means that Americans are on a new karmic journey which for some will look enticing and for others brings anxiety and fear.
It is very hard to say whether America or the world will be better or worse for this collective decision, and there will be a series of consequences, negative or positive. Choice and change are intertwined.
As Franz Kafka said: “You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
In the UK, the Brexit vote has created much the same karmic journey for all of us. It is bringing huge change, like it or not. I am one of those people who worried about the uncertainty but Could these alterations in our world path be blessings in disguise?
Understandably, these two historical events have divided the country but also brought more like-minded people together to create changes.
Perhaps – for example, with Brexit, I am starting to appreciate and consider democracy differently. Everyone should have their say towards their future. However, is it possible for everyone to make informed and rational choices? How do we sort through the conflicting information aimed to confuse and manipulate? For those disenfranchised or disappointed, can they be blamed for making the choices in anger and protest? Is this the best way to respond to the past?
When one is not in survival mode, it is easier to uphold higher principles and have hope. It is easier to maintain a faith in the future and present establishments. It is the uncertainty of the future and the loss of grounding of history that bring out the dormant prejudices and fear of survival.
Our natural response is to reject and resist the “undesirable “changes. Karma is about cause and effect, but also about accepting the present in order to make changes for the future.
The ability to shape the future still lies in our hands, and that is what matters.