Cause and Effect

Cause and effect is a pretty simple concept to grasp. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the elementary principle of cause and effect and how it unfolds in our reality.

We have been conditioned to believe that what we are living right now is the cause of, and influences how we feel. In reality, it is the other way around.

We often forget we are living the effect of past ideas and how we have felt.

It is all too easy to get caught in a cycle of reacting to our life situations which will perpetuate more of the same situations occurring over and over. Once we realize this, we can break the cycle of reacting to life and we can start a new cycle of creating what we want by becoming established in how we prefer to feel.

This is as easy (or hard) as feeling grateful for the things we have right now that we enjoy. Envisioning and experiencing the feelings of having what we want is also part of creating what we want. This can be considered pro-action as opposed to reaction. Either way, we are co-creating our reality. Only with pro-action, we are doing so consciously.

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4 comments:

bometernally said...

Great post C.Om as always. Love the domino effect picture. A picture is worth a thousand words. In regards to us living the effect of the past is totally representive of the Yoga Sutras that speak of the three kinds of karma we have. Living the past right now is prarabda karma (see http://alwaysbeom.blogspot.com/2009/01/karma-past-present-future-ys-ii-12.html)

Again a great post. You have a great way of explaining it simply so we can understand in a different way.

Blessings to you.

molly said...

I like to say that what we are experiencing right now is the culmination of all of the previous moments of our life (and past lives if you go that far)

C. Om said...

@ bometernally
Thank you! It is great to come to some of the same conclusions as the Yoga Sutras without actually having read them. It goes to show us how universal this experience is.

@ molly
I agree Molly. Thank you. :-)

Buddha said...

Have you seen the movie "V"
You should rent it it is worth watching. It has something about the domino effect you would like it.
And yes, the way we knee jerk react 9/11, Katrina, Subprime meltdown etc is absolutely pathetic!