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"The Karma News" by Past Forward, Past Life Healing

"The Karma News" is a FREE E-zine from Past Forward, Past Life Healing, of Marlton, NJ, USA. Prepared for friends, clients, and opt-in subscribers of HealPastLives.com. Read by the spiritually aware and karmically minded world wide.
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IN THIS ISSUE: This Month's Theme - Morals & Manners

1) Good Karma Health Tip: "Morals & Manners & Road Rage Phenomenon"
2) Good Karma Prosperity Tip: "Morals & Manners in the Marketplace"
3) Good Karma Relationship Tip: "Countering Electronic Violence"
4) Featured Page on the Site: "Dealing with Rage: Anger Cure"
5) Karma in the News: "Missed Manners: We Are Ruder Poll Finds"
6) Karma at the Movies: "The Morality Free Zone: Cruel Intentions"
7) The Abundant Universe, Inspirational Quote, & Good Deed for the Month

GOOD KARMA HEALTH TIP:
"Morals & Manners & Road Rage Phenomenon"

Consider these words of Adlai Stevenson on the evolution of karma on Earth... better known to most as the "Common Human Tragedy":

"Most human beings have to spend their lives in utter vulnerability. All are murderable and torturable, and survive only through the restraint shown by more powerful neighbors. All are born unequal, in terms of capacity or strength. All are born in the inherent frailty of the human condition, naked and helpless, vulnerable all through life to the will of others, limited by ignorance, limited by physical weakness, limited by fear, limited by the phobias fear engenders."

"For nearly three thousand years now, the political and social genius of what we can permissibly call 'Western man' has struggled with these brute facts of our unsatisfactory existence. Ever since the Hebrews discovered personal moral responsibility and the Greeks discovered the autonomy of the citizen, the effort has been made.

"With setbacks and defeats, with dark ages and interregnums and any number of irrelevant adventures on the side - to create a social order in which weak, fallible, obstinate, silly, magnificent man can maintain his dignity and exercise his free and responsible choice."

This is the true power of "morals and manners" to create a social order. In this as Edmund Burke said "Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them, in a great measure the laws depend. The law touches us but here and there, and now and then."

"Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and colour to our lives. According to their quality, they aid morals, they supply them, or they totally destroy them."

Take the modern phenomenon of "Road Rage" which exists where manners and morals are nowhere to be found. Everyone has seen "Road Rage" in action: people "tailgating 'the idiot who can't drive' in the car in front of them, people flashing high beams and honking horns when others are too slow, or people giving others "the finger, passing them, and then slowing down in front of the jerk".

Even people who do not harass others by making it "impossible for the idiot to get into another lane" or by "slowing down, then speeding up, then slowing down again and slamming on the brakes" will still spend time in their cars "ranting and raving" against others.

To see the civilizing power of manners and morals at work, consider how unacceptable those behaviors would be outside the "protecting" sphere of a car. People who walked right behind others "tailgating" them in a hallway would be considered rude and strange.

People who flashed light in your eyes or blasted a horn in your ears would risk arrest for assault and battery. People "giving you the finger" as they ran rings around you or blocked your movements in the mall would attract the attention of mall security. People "ranting and raving" in a threatening manner in public would soon be arrested.

Morals and manners have evolved simply to stem the tide of bad karma that results when the conventions of civilized society are ignored. When their useful operation is suspended, like inside most cars, bad karma gets piled up at a tremedous rate.

Cars make us "faceless" and so bring out the worst in us. The next time you find yourself cursing the "idiots on the road" take a look in the rear view mirror. I guarantee you will not like what you see.

There is only one way past road rage and that is to act as if your car is an extension of yourself. Do not do anything in a car that you would not be comfortable doing if you met the person face to face. That will cut down on karma and make your time in the car more pleasant for you as well as for those you share the road with.

GOOD KARMA PROSPERITY TIP:
"Morals & Manners in the Marketplace"

Consider the following words of Charles Handy ("Waiting for the Mountain to Move: Reflections on Work").

"Some of my unhappiest moments have been in organizations. Somehow it seems to be quite respectable to do things in organizations that you would never do in private life. I have had people insult me to my face in front of colleagues."

"I have had my feelings rammed down my throat on the pretext that it would do me good. I have been required to do things which I did not agree with because the organization wished it... In my worst moments I have thought organizations were places designed to be run by sadists and staffed by masochists."

Unfortunately, this is too often the state of manners and morals in the modern workplace. And yet "one can begin to reshape the landscape with a single flower." If you decide to be that flower, you can effect a change in others around you... without even having to say a word. All you have to do is be yourself wherever you are.

For example, years ago, I worked for a man with a well deserved reputation for taking delight in "sticking it to" those who "rubbed him the wrong way." One day a woman who he especially disliked wanted our group to do something for her that technically fell into the category of a favor. His impulse was to "show the bitch who was boss" which he said aloud to those of us waiting for his orders.

Then he looked at me and said, "I suppose you think I am a miserable stack of s*** for sticking it to her." I just replied quietly, "You must do what you think best." Then he gave reasons for why he should "stick it to her", asking my opinion again, and to which I gave the same answer. It got to the point where he was shaking with rage.

Everyone looked at me as they were too afraid to face the boss. One of them later told me they wanted to get a good view of me in case the boss decided to hit me (which he had done to someone else before and got away with it). Finally, the boss threw up his hands, glared at me, and said, "put the bitch's transactions in. I don't care if you have to stay late to do it!" As it happened, a coworker assisted me and we both got out on time... and we thought it was done.

Yet a remarkable thing happened after that. The boss noticeably began to cut down on "sticking it to" other people. This was not because he had been told to do so (his nasty behavior was always overlooked by his superiors because he "got the job done"). It was because he could see himself as clearly in the expressions on the faces of his staff as if he was looking into a mirror. Needless to say, he did not like what he saw... and so he cleaned up his act.

When just one person sticks to morals and observes manners in the workplace, it allows the energy of love to start flowing through it more freely. This is true no matter "how bad, strict, merciless, etc" the workplace is, just being love will work every time.

Love can always turn it around. So the next time you come to your workplace, be sure not to check your manners and morals at the door. It may make the place better for everyone. "One can begin to reshape the landscape with a single flower."

GOOD KARMA RELATIONSHIP TIP:
"Countering Electronic Violence""

Consider these words of John Naisbitt ("Technology & Our Search for Meaning") on the karmic consequences of living "in a culture of electronic violence". "Images that once caused us to empathize with the pain and trauma of another human being, excite a momentary adrenaline rush. To be numb to another's pain - to be acculturated to violence - is one of the worst consequences our technological advances. That indifference transfers from the screen, TV, film, Internet, and electronic games to our everyday lives."

There is one advantage to electronic violence... that is you can turn it off. Years ago, American television undertook an experiment in Great Britain which suggests a cure to violence induced indifference. They recruited local people to do news, weather, sports, talk, and entertainment shows as a way to introduce them to American style cable programming. At first, there was a lot of interest as people enjoyed watching their friends and neighbors make complete fools of themselves over the airwaves. The cable companies were thrilled.

Then, a month later, after the novelty had worn off, viewership had dropped to almost nothing. Worse, most of the local people trained to be celebrities, lost interest and dropped out of the program. The cable companies were told, in no uncertain terms, by celebrities and viewers alike, that while TV had been fun, it was time for them to return to their "real lives". Clubs, socials, sporting events, church groups, and the like were flourishing before TV arrived. They did not need TV to fill up their hours and their lives... their lives were already full.

These people explained that their "real" relationships with others in their community were more interesting and compelling than watching "fake" relationships scripted by writers. So, millions of dollars later, the American cable companies ended their British experiment. And yet, ironically, someone eventually did get that lesson... which has resulted in the spate of "reality" programming so popular now.

So there is only one way to counter electronic violence... that is by turning it off and by turning on your life. Start by connecting with the real, interesting, and compelling relationships around you with family and friends. TV is not going anywhere... it will not miss you when you are gone... only family and friends do that when you are watching TV.

FEATURED PAGE ON THE SITE:
"Dealing with Rage: Anger Cure"
http://www.healpastlives.com/future/cure/cranger.htm

If other people's rudeness has got you down... or if you want to chill out from road rage, then the "Anger Cure" is for you.

The first step in curing anger is to understand what it is. Anger is a signal from your Astral (Emotional) Body that an important personal boundary has been violated. Since anger is the guardian of emotions (Energy in Motion), it often is like the great winged dragon that put us on it's back and flies away out of our control for awhile. It carries us along for awhile until, weary of our ride through the whirlwind, we stop because we have spent all our emotional energy.

The spiritual purpose of Anger is twofold. First, anger signals that some action is needed. Second, it teaches you to manage the actions flowing from your emotions. From the "emotional" actions that you take, you will either resolve the karmic issues flowing from the situation or you will create more karma to be resolved in future.

For if you try to deny your anger, it will turn inward, causing anxiety, depression, hypertension, and self destructive behaviors. Yet if you indulge your anger, turning it outward without moderating it, you may take actions you will be sorry for later (as in "committing "crimes of passion" or saying things that "cannot be taken back").

In responding to anger, remember that it is a signal, like pain in your physical body, that is trying to tell you action may need to be taken. Whatever action you take based upon the anger signal is something that you decide to do. Many people get so caught up in the anger that they simply pass it on… dumping it full force on whoever "caused it".

The best way to respond to anger is to start by thinking: "Forgive them, God, for they know not what they do". This will most often cut the anger signal off at the source.

The first step in the journey toward forgiveness is the realization that anger is most often born out of ignorance. The final step in the journey towards forgiveness is to practice "better responses to anger". These include: 1> Cultivating Calmness, 2> Resourceful Redirection, and 3> Appropriate Asserting as detailed on this month's featured page.

Take a moment to cure your anger: the life you save may be yours.

KARMA IN THE NEWS:
"Missed Manners: We Are Ruder Poll Finds"

The past is still present even in the present day news.

Historians will tell you that people have complained about the decline in manners and moral for centuries. Here are the latest complaints!

From ABC News Daily News: "Yammering on cell phones in public; driving obnoxiously; leaving people on hold; cursing and littering. Americans across the country say we are ruder than ever, according to a new survey released today (04/03/02)."

"Survey respondents singled out a few reasons for our apparent increasing rudeness - particularly the impact of new technology... More than a third of survey respondents said they were subjected to loud and annoying cell phone conversations. They also emphasized road rage and rude drivers as a serious and growing problem. People also blamed parents for not instilling courtesy in their children, and popular culture for encouraging rude behavior..."

"Some thinkers have dismissed etiquette and manners as relatively trivial compared to serious issues of morality. Others have argued for the central importance of etiquette in maintaining a civilized life."

"Defenders of the importance of politeness say manners govern virtually all of our everyday interactions, from dealing with co-workers to waiters to people we pass on the street, and are a reflection of the age-old precept to love thy neighbor."

As Martin Luther said, "There can be no be no better instruction... than that every man who is to deal with his neighbor to follow these commandments. 'Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye also unto them,' and 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' If these were always followed, then everything would instruct and arrange itself; then no law books nor courts nor judicial actions would be required. All things would quietly and simply be set to rights, for everyone's heart and conscience would guide them."

For the whole story from ABC News "Missed Manners: Americans Say We Are Getting Ruder and Ruder, Poll Finds" by Oliver Libaw.

KARMA AT THE MOVIES:
"The Morality Free Zone: Cruel Intentions"

What most people might have missed about "Cruel Intentions" is that this movie is an astonishingly faithful update of the classic historical novel, "Dangerous Liaisons" by Choderlos de Laclos.

Although the scene has moved from the aristocratic decadence of France before the Revolution to to affluent decadence of modern day America, the cruelty of the original plot has been brought to the next level by the updates to it's modern counterpart.

In this version, Katherine Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) seem on the surface to be bickering step-siblings who cannot stand one another. In reality, they are always working together behind the scenes to quietly control the social lives and loves of the unsuspecting innocents in their affluent prep school... who never realize they are being played.

Sebastian loves to make conquests and boasts that he "always gets any woman he wants." Katherine spends her time taking revenge on ex-lovers and corrupting naive freshmen. Each takes pleasure in outshining the other in creating cruelty.

Their battle of wills reaches it's peak when they enter into a cruel bet. If Sebastian can bed the daughter of the new headmaster, then he can have what he has always wanted: to sleep with Katherine, the one woman he can NEVER have. If he fails, Katherine gets what she has always wanted: his classic car.

Winning this bet is cruel because Annette Hargrove, the headmaster's daughter, is a spokesperson for "waiting until marriage to have sex" after having written a national article championing virginity.

It seems that all is lost for Sebastian until he and Annette unexpectedly fall in love... and he wins the bet by taking her virginity. In the ultimate act of cruelty, Katherine convinces Sebastian that his infatuation for Annette makes him look ridiculous. His vanity and wounded pride lead Sebastian to quickly break up with Annette.

It is not long before Sebastian realizes that he has made a horrible mistake. In an effort to explain himself, he gives Annette his private diary which records all of his and Katherine's scheming.

By now karma has caught up with Sebastian and he is soon killed in a car accident. Karma catches up with Katherine at his funeral where Annette has distributed copies of Sebastian's diary which reveals the entire career of her "Cruel Intentions" towards others.

This movie is a perfect example of how cruel people can be when they operate in a "morality free zone" like Sebastian and Katherine did. There is no such thing really... for in the end, karma catches up with us all. So although the plot may have been modernized, the lessons are as ancient as time itself... cruel intentions will out!

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Thanks to those who helped to support our holistic business this month. God Bless America and Canada... North America is our home and the source of most of our wonderful clients to whom we are grateful for supporting our work. Special thanks to international customers for their support this month.

Inspirational Quote for the Month:

"Manners or etiquette ('accessibility, affability, politeness, refinement, propriety, courtesy, and ingratiating and captivating behavior') call for no large measure of moral determination and cannot, therefore, be reckoned as virtues. Even though manners are no virtues, they are a means of developing virtue.... The more we refine the crude elements in our nature, the more we improve our humanity and the more capable it grows of feeling the driving force of virtuous principles."
(Immanuel Kant)

"Empathy and fellow feeling form the very basis of morality. The capacities for empathy, for feeling responsibility toward others and for reaching out to help them can be stunted or undermined early on, depending on a child's experiences in the home and neighborhood. It becomes too easy to turn our backs on fellow human beings... to have 'compassion fatigue.' Technology, we are learning, is not neutral."
(Sissela Bok "Mayhem")

"...on the whole, though I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell short of it. Yet I was, by the endeavor, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been had I not attempted it."
(Benjamin Franklin)

"One can begin to reshape the landscape with a single flower."
(Spock to Picard "Star Trek Next Generation": on the impossible task of reuniting the Vulcans and Romulans)

Good Deed for the Month:

Miss Manner's Advice Columns (sadly has gone offline)

"Rude guests, difficult dates and family friction: What's a Gentle Reader to do? Get Miss Manners' guidance on how to do the right thing in every social situation, delivered with her trademark wisdom and wit. You'll always be on your best behavior with her perfect advice." It's not perfect... but it cannot hurt to get a second opinion about what is the most mannerly behavior when you are in doubt.


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