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Karma Demystified


Life is nothing but the unending dance of karma. Karma is the engine that drives phenomenal existence; an unfathomably immense, interwoven chain of causes and effects that stretches all the way back to the origin of the universe.

Karma is an interesting topic, albeit one that’s frequently misinterpreted and misunderstood. Karma is a term that originates in the oldest of the ancient Indian Vedas,…

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Guest Post: Karma, East and West Perspectives

Guest Post: Karma, East and West Perspectives

I’m grateful to Janet Adams for contributing the following post on the topic of karma. I’ll be adding my own thoughts in my next post, in which I hope to demystify this familiar but widely misunderstood concept.

Karma is the chain of cause and effect (Image: Stockvault)

Karma is the chain of cause and effect (Image: Stockvault)

Karma: East and West Perspectives

by Janet Adams

Most people have some familiarity with the Vedic concept of karma. Many exotic…

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Making words happen

My puppy has decided he's a better writer than me.

My puppy has decided he’s a better writer than me.

It’s been a while. I’m sorry for such heinous blog neglect. Here’s a little update.

I’ve been working hard on my next novel, which is an extensive rewrite of a book I first drafted some years ago, called The Key of Alanar. I’ve already shared a little bit about this particular journey here. It’s a story that’s been with me since I was only…

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Why Life Isn’t the Problem (…we are!)

We are the problem. We are the solution. (Image: Stockvault)

We are the problem. We are the solution. (Image: Stockvault)

The problem really isn’t life. The problem is our attitude to life. Life is simply what it is and it does what it does. It’s value neutral; a machine that just churns out experiences and events based upon an unfathomably complex chain of cause and effect dating all the way back to the origins of the universe and space/time.


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An Internal Civil War (advice for dealing with emotional stress)

Stop taking those thoughts and feelings so seriously... (Image: Stockvault)

Stop taking those thoughts and feelings so seriously… (Image: Stockvault)

One of the best bits of advice I was ever given was this:

When you’re feeling low emotionally, don’t take your thoughts too seriously.

When our state of consciousness has dipped, our thinking is not clear; it becomes cloudy and distorted. We then tend to see the world as an unequivocally terrible place and we focus on the…

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Rory’s Writing - Four Questions, Four Answers! - Blog Tour

Rory’s Writing

Howdy! First of all, I know things have become pretty quiet and sporadic on the blog front, for which I apologise. There are a number of reasons for this, but  I will try and contribute more often to the blog, even if it’s just in the form of ‘baby blog’ entries. I also intend to get caught up with everyone else’s blogs as soon as I can.

Without further ado — I’m very grateful to Rohan Healyfor…

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Tao Te Ching 48: Daily Diminishing


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One who seeks knowledge

learns something new each day.

One who seeks the Tao

unlearns something new each day.

The practice of the Tao consists of daily diminishing;

less and less do you need to force things,

until finally you arrive at non-action.

When nothing is done,

nothing is left undone.


True mastery is achieved

by letting things take their natural course.



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Tao Te Ching 46: Contentment

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When a country is in harmony with the Tao

running horses are retired to till the fields.

When a country runs counter to the Tao

warhorses are bred outside the cities.


There is no greater calamity than

not knowing what is enough,

no greater curse than covetousness,

no greater tragedy than discontentment;

and the worst of all faults is wanting more – always.


Contentment alone is enough.

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Tao Te Ching 45: Stepping out the way


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The greatest perfection seems imperfect,

yet its use is inexhaustible.

The greatest fullness seems empty,

yet its use is endless.


True straightness seems crooked.

True skill appears clumsy.

True eloquence seems awkward.

True wisdom seems foolish.


Stillness and tranquility set things in order

in the universe.

The Sage allows things to happen.

He shapes events as they come.

He steps…

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