Are you feeling overwhelmed right now?
Because it's really easy to let the holidays take over your life.
You might find yourself busy with shopping or preparations.
You might find yourself attending more events..
You might find yourself traveling more.
And even if you're NOT particularly busy?
You might find yourself surrounded by people who are.
The stress level starts to creep up—whether it's your stress or everyone else's.
We feel tired, cranky, confused and most of all, we feel like we've lost ourselves.
Because we have.
The thing is:
The Universe doesn't care how well you "do" the holidays.
The Universe just wants you to connect with everything as One.
That's all that needs to be on your list.
I am so honored to be interviewed by Madisyn Taylor, co-founder of DailyOM, about family karma—what it is, why we have it and how we can heal it.
Madisyn Taylor: Sara, what is family karma?
Sara Wiseman: Our family karma refers to the soul lessons we're here to work on with our family members plus anyone who is part of a blended family. Karma isn't a curse or something we can't change--it's an active, expanding awareness that we can shift and heal with our intention. In this way, working with the karma we have with our family members is a life journey that holds astounding lessons. In fact, our family is often where we find our greatest teachers.
We have big karma with our family because our family is what we're born into for this lifetime. They're the souls we'll first meet, the ones we'll be raised with, and who we'll know for our whole lives. Our family also provides the culture or lineage we're born into--it's where and who we come from and what we first identify with. Because we're with our family so closely for so many years, it's the perfect "soul petri dish" for us to learn our soul lessons. And of course, that's the same reason we find our family relationships to be so "sticky." There's so much to work on, and we're destined to work on these same lessons, with the same people, for many years.
MT: Why is it important to release yourself from family karma?
SW: If you don't release yourself from family karma, you can't become free. At some point, every conscious person has to come to grips with their family of origin--at whatever level of drama and dysfunction--and figure out how they can heal. And while this can be intensive inner work, it has enormous value and wisdom when you break through to the other side. Our family often teaches us our biggest soul lessons--the most important karma we're here to work on this lifetime. With soul lessons, you can't go around them, you can't escape them--you have to go through them. Releasing ourselves from family karma is a process that takes us from anger and pain to compassion and healing.
The thing to remember is that almost every family has dysfunction. This could be in the form of really big issues such as abuse of any kind--physical, sexual, emotional. Unfortunately, this is really common. But there's also everyday drama--maybe we don't get along, we fight or disagree, or we carry old grudges. All of this--the hurts, wounds, drama, and dysfunction--are issues we're asked to work through as soul lessons... (more)
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