Bearing in mind that Karma, loosely defined, is the causal effect of words, thoughts and deeds, there are very many who do not, nor will not, accept responsibility for their actions. They deny the possibility that such a thing as Karma exists. They, in effect, choose not to see how their behaviour impacts upon the world and carry on as if they have the right to do exactly how they please, as and when it suits them. Isolated in their all important world they see themselves as separate from it, where it should do their whim. Even when they start to suspect this orientation is not entirely accurate, they persist in it. They are mostly in denial.
Karma chips away at denial.
That great stone bastion of denial is difficult to shift and even the most obdurate of beings has moments of regret, where they wish they had acted differently. This is because outcome is undeniable, how this outcome is reached, is subject to interpretation. In the face of outcome many dress the path to this outcome in ways which paint themselves not responsible. The apportioning of blame to others is one of many strategies beings adopt so as not to face up to, what it is, they have done. The stories they tell become ever more convoluted. People strive to be Teflon coated, rare is the individual who holds their hands up.
Denial is both a sprint and a Marathon.
People rush to deny, absolve and extricate themselves from responsibility and often go;
“Phew, I got away with that….”
They do this to others and to themselves. Put in other words, people lie to themselves. They are so accustomed to doing this that they may not be aware that they are denying. Yet at some level all note a slight jarring each time they do it. The level of that jarring fades as people become ever more inured. They even deny that jarring feeling. Yet underneath a discomfort or dis-ease simmers away. Continued denial leads to loss of self worth and a lowering of self esteem. People seek out more and more escapisms so as to run away from that which they are denying. They often self medicate to dull things out.
Constant denial can lead to crisis.
If things are suppressed and buried for long, pressure mounts. Instead of the mild discomfort which might have come from taking responsibility, the being can precipitate a genuine crisis.
Karma then, by simply being causal effect builds a case against denial. Slowly and persistently the outcomes mount. The significance and scale of outcome, escalate. If the being does not take note and change their ways, the snowball effect continues.
Denial causes Karma, which prompts more denial; more Karma accumulates. Eventually denial is untenable.
On a mountainside there are few who can outrun a snowball as it bears down upon them, even fewer who can escape an avalanche. Beings are often in a rush to deny and escape from their accumulated Karma; Karma however is rarely in a rush, it has momentum and keeps on going, forever. Once something has been caused to move, it does not stop. If you are ever stuck on a snowy mountain and an avalanche starts, there is little point in trying to deny the reality of the circumstance, in which you find yourself.
In our current blame culture denial is a knee jerk reaction for most. Little thought is given to the stamina needed to perist in this denial and posturing. For denial often opens the doorway to further mistruth and misdirection. The being then has to keep going all the way to the finish line, the coffin. Most though run out of steam long before the grim reaper knocks at their door. Their Karma catches up with them, their now untenable denial fades in its surety and some semblance of clarity penetrates their deliberate obfuscation. Not only have they not taken responsibility for their actions but they have lied about it to themselves and others. Such Autumnal thoughts rarely bring ease to the suffering being as their years here draw to a close. They realize that they have SPENT much of their lives, denying, running and lying. Karma has taught and maybe, these lessons carry on into a new birth, one less stubborn and deceitful.
Denial, even in the face of death, is stupid. Karma has marked you and you are not reborn with a clean slate. As the vehicle is vacated it no longer has the power to deny and whether the being likes it or not, it is shown, and in Technicolor, the outcomes of all its actions, words and thoughts. If you don’t learn the lesson in this lifetime, then sure enough in a subsequent life you will, maybe after having faced many lifetimes of denial in between.
Denial is a form of suffering!
Living a life in denial does not ever bring bliss, nor peace, nor happiness. Denial creates tension and stress. The being may not be fully overtly aware, yet that tension is real and present, in all who deny.
Has denial ever brought me a long lasting sense of well being and peace?
Has it uplifted my beingness and that of those around me?