Our karmic patterns of body, energy, and mind possess us and are desperate to survive. Like incompetent attorneys, they make us complicit in their dull and dogged cases to justify their existence. Shambhavi talks about how to break karmic patterns and get rid of our inner Realm Attorneys. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi
Podcast First Words
I wanted to talk a little bit about the ways we defend ourselves. Or the ways that our realm fixations defend themselves. This talk has a title. It’s Attorney at Realm, Inc. Esquire! (laughter)
We have various patterns of karma. We can call them karma, fixations, or compulsions. We can also refer to them through the teaching of the six realms. We can describe them in many different ways. Basically they are threads of karma or segments of personalities that just repeat themselves compulsively.
So they’re patterns of body, energy, and mind that act like independent little pieces of personality within us. And so for that reason they’re almost like possession. They just keep doing their thing. And when we try to change them, they fight back. That’s what makes them partial possession.
We inherit these patterns from who knows where. We’re born with a lot of them. It’s not like we’re born a blank slate. We already have many of these karmas that are operating when we’re born. And then we start to identify with these patterns as our personality. Oh, I’m just an angry person. I’m just a this person, or a that person. Or no one ever loves me. Or whatever we think. Then we think that’s who we are.
So not only do these things inhabit us as patterns or repeating pieces of personality, but then we also start to take ownership of them. And certainly the process of waking up is a process of relinquishing our ownership, relinquishing our identification with those patterns. That is the first step. We have to dis-identify with those patterns.