Our spiritual destiny is our responsibility
Along the path we are faced with many choices. When we live in the Heart of Christ we align ourselves to the Will of God. God’s Will becomes our will. The degree of alignment is dependent on our ability to open to and accept that Will. When we make decisions according to His Heart and the Will of God, many blessings are given.
The choices we make determine our karma. Though God will never leave us, God giveth and God taketh away according to the choices we make. In this way we are responsible for our own karma and spiritual pathway. We cannot blame anyone, anything or God for our choices. When we come to accept this, the negative role of judgement and blame fall away. We accept that we put ourselves exactly where we are in life.
If, along the way, we have followed the decision of our hearts, we can recognise and begin to feel the joy of heart in whatever our life circumstances may be. The need for comparison falls away, as does the negative aspect of ambition and competition. An appreciation of ‘what is’ in life, grows like a seed from the centre of the heart. As petals unfold, the serenity of oneness begins to be experienced, oneness that comes when one is in alignment with the Will of God and lives within the heart.
As we move on the spiritual path we begin to be able to distinguish between the voice of guilt and the voice of conscience. The voice of conscience helps us to recognise the light in any given situation. It is an internal knowing of what is right action and thought. It necessarily incorporates goodwill, harmlessness and justice.
The voice of guilt is one which comes in many forms and varies in degree of severity according to what we have done, or feel we have done, that has violated our conscience. Hopefully, the further we advance the stronger the voice of conscience becomes and the more the voice of guilt is absolved.
Guilt, as an energy, is not productive because it is often used to hold us in a state of remorse. When this remorse takes a negative form we can become filled with self-pity and become trapped in the web of that pity. It prevents us from recognising our errors and releasing ourselves from their grip, closing us down to the possibility of forgiveness or divine release.
If we choose to take within our state of remorse, the energy of compassion instead of pity, we invite absolution and free ourselves to learn the needed lessons on the Path. We can then move on to others. We can peel off the layers that close the heart chakra and stop us from loving and appreciating life. when we introduce compassion for ourselves and others, we open our minds and hearts to the Love of Christ. The negative aspect of guilt is then transmuted in the Light of Christ and atonement occurs.
If you wish to understand more about right absolution you might find the following exercise helpful:
Close your eyes and begin to contemplate situations or events in your life that you feel guilty about. As you contemplate, ask the Lord of Compassion to come to you in the golden light. Visualise the circumstances and events within that light. Ask to understand what you need to learn from this event. Call upon the pink light of forgiveness and let the pink and golden light together take you into the divine heart of compassion. The longer you allow yourself to sit in this light, the more understanding and release you will find.
Tarajyoti Govinda, November 1991