The Nobility of Karmic Resonance

“The ecological and social crises we face are inflamed by an economic system dependent on accelerating growth. This self-destructing political economy sets its goals and measures its performance in terms of ever-increasing corporate profits—in other words by how fast materials can be extracted from Earth and turned into consumer products, weapons, and waste.”

-Joanna Macy

A power larger than ourselves may be needed to discipline our behavior, govern our boundaries, act as a reminder to restrict our actions, and call us to moral maturity. In many cultures, karma acts as a force more powerful than humans—an intertwining of existence—establishing reciprocal relations between human and non-human nature: between humans and gods, via glaciers.


Our inability to protect the natural world indicates an insufficient reverence, where climate change is generated as a moral rebuke: Glaciers in Asia feed its greatest rivers, acting as the lifelines for two billion people. When the ice and snow are diminished by changing weather patterns exacerbated by human activity, then to upset the natural order is to induce punishment from the gods that maintain the energy cycles that allow for that same human activity.

At the moment, our planning processes are inefficient (ignorant? wicked? evil?): they overlook the multivalent aspects inherent in the necessary mitigation and adaptation to current crises and future scenarios, arising from an incomplete understanding of our own interrelatedness, and leading ultimately to a collective suffering.

Our lives reflect the practiced art of imagining, grasping the qualitative relations of a wholeness—the essence of a beauty we can only strive to make sense of. Applying an activist epistemology to ethical and political realms offers insight into the matter of the nature of reality: the kind of world process in which we pursue a common destiny. Becoming conscious of our relation to the earth through spiritual life-place learning, we nurture the psychogeographies of our souls. Perhaps then this perfect moral storm that transcends disciplines can enthuse a new ethics to hasten new cultural forms imbued with moral and spiritual positions to emphasize non-materialist values.

Our experience reveals the physical operation of a cosmic organism. Pure generativity concentrates to attract inspiration, infinitely transcending stabilized values that maintain the creative destruction of a mutually enhancing process, changing us to respond to the needs of a greater whole as it communicates its beauty through our own lives. A collapsing civilization is nothing but the decrepit activity of a broken earth system’s diseased power as it expresses the universal essence of an omnipresent struggle to survive. Yet if all powers are one and seamlessly pervasive in a self-display of radiant energy, certain cultural practices can make it easier to resonate with “goodness,” or right relation, as embodied in a given life-place


“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
― Dalai Lama XIV


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