You may have heard that karma is: “What goes around, comes around.” It’s really deeper than that. Karma is understanding that we all make decisions. Even indecision is a decision. Each and every decision has a consequence. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”, science says. Last week, thanks to T.A. Pychyl’s study Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, we discovered how fMRI’s revealed that we see our future self as a stranger, so we procrastinate investing in things that’ll benefit us in the future, because our future self a total stranger. So when we put off the things that we don’t want to do, we’re giving the problem to our future self. In this Masker Key experience, we’ve learned how to help ourselves by developing passive ways to ourselves create and develop intimacy with our respective future selves, eliminating procrastination. Our brains now recognize the benefit of being best friends with our future self.
The karmic questions we ask ourselves:
- What are the consequences of the choice I’m making?
- Will this choice bring fulfillment and happiness to me and those affected by this choice (future self)?
We started last week in earnest with shapes, colors and SMART goals (scheduled, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed). These colored shapes were taped around our houses, work offices and cars, all placed in areas of which we have most of our vision directed to. We’ve already started that environment to develop intimacy with our future selves. This environment we set up is one where we and our future selves can meet in the present, become acquaintances with each other and with consistency become friends. Once that future self is a real, genuine friend, something really special happens – way past eliminating procrastination. There’s an old saying: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” We will lay down our lives for our future self. Eventually we will lay down our lives of limitation we currently have (“Lives of quiet desperation”, according to Henry Thoreau). We will let our old self (Old Blueprint) die for the higher self (New Blueprint) we were always intended to be. “It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.”