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How to Find My Karmic Patterns
By:Christina Hall

The concept of karmic patterns stems from spiritual laws that are hypothesized in several Eastern schools of thought, like the Hindu and Buddhist religions, for example. The Buddhist tradition speaks of karma as "The Law of Moral Causation," while the Upanishads in the Hindu tradition define it as "The Law of The Deed." Karma can be thought of as any action that precedes another action and follows the law of cause and effect. For example, if you give a thirsty person something to drink, you can believe that you will be rewarded sometime in the future by another person, either symbolically or literally, giving you a drink when you are thirsty. Studying current spiritual themes with the law of karma in mind and delving into the emotionally-charged events of past lives by meditation or hypnosis can reveal karmic patterns that are being worked and played out in your present lifetime.

Study the law of karma and then attempt to perceive how it is working in your present life. Karma, by way of its reincarnation doctrine, seeks to explain the cause of the inequality of mankind, or, in other words, why people of a generally innocent nature suffer during their lifetimes. The actions that you are taking at this present moment are thought to be entirely a product of past actions, in either this lifetime or a previous incarnation, and in the same regard, your present actions determine your future joys and sorrows as well. In order to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly rigid portrayal of the universe as a wholly mechanistic paradigm, realize that the manner in which you will perform those actions, as in performing them in kindness or out of greed, is thought to be dependent upon your character and self-determination at the present moment.

Think of major life transitions that you have experienced during your present life and then attempt to associate past events in this lifetime with their occurrence. For example, if someone has been a positive mentor in your life, try to find parallels in your life where you may have provided mentorship for someone else.

Engage in meditation that encourages past life regression and impression. Unwavering belief in the all-encompassing nature of karma and reincarnation is not believed to be required to develop an understanding of the effect and begin to apply it in spiritual diagnosis. One method of past life meditation employs the use of a clock that is envisioned in your mind's eye while in a meditative state. The clock is envisioned going backwards until it seems to want to stop. At this point, you mentally say "stop" and casually let a scene develop in your mind.

The scene, while being a product of the imagination, can provide a glimpse into your subconscious mind, which is thought to house memories of past incarnations. Try and experience the scene as completely as possible, with all your five physical senses, as these memories are thought to be able to provide access to physical sensations of past lives, like smells and sounds. After meditation, write a journal about any experiences or impressions that happened, making note of anything that comes to mind, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Refer to past journal entries when trying to decode karmic patterns.

Make mental or written notes of synchronistic events as they occur during your day-to-day activities. Synchronicities, or events that appear to be meaningfully related without a rational explanation as to the nature of their occurrence, are thought by some to be signposts on the karmic path. The missing causal factor is explained by the concept of karma. Déjà vu, which can be thought of as a form of synchronistic intuition, can help to reveal past life events and circumstances, as well as offering missing plotlines to the story of your present life. As karmic laws are more fully understood, synchronicities may become more apparent and compelling.