"All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him." Buddha, Chapter one Dhammapada
My spiritual sensibilities include the supposition that there is more than meets the eye. (note at the highlighted links are texts and materials which support my ideas so for a fuller explanation of my thought take note of the references)
We humans are facing a big shitload of Karma due to the way we have treated the environment. The stated intent of the new cabal in Washington is to double down of the assault on the environment by means of the promotion of fossil fuel extraction.
We're waist deep in the Big Muddy.
While I truly appreciate the thoughts of Buddha I am mostly familiar with the spiritual tradition of Christ and move easily among the symbols of the Christian faith expressed in the New Testament. It doesn't mean I'm right, but it does mean I have an understanding that makes sense to me.
So let's cut to the chase. We can be sure of only one thing and that is that we exist. There is something that says "I exist" that something inside which speaks of your existence beckons you. Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, speaks about this in his parable of the Prodigal Son.
In the parable of the Prodigal Jesus tells the story of a young man who rebelled from his wealthy Father and asked his Father for his inheritance before his Father had died.
The Father, not one to interfere with the free will of his son, said okay. The young man went off with the wealth of his Father to what is called a 'far country'. Once in the 'far country' he wasted his Father's wealth and became penniless to the point he had to beg a swine herder to let him have some left over food from the swine's dinner just so he could survive.
The story has a happy moment. Jesus describes the young man as 'coming to himself' (vs 17). When he came to himself he remembered his Father and his previous condition in his Father's household. He decided to return home and beg his Father to forgive him. This is the essential point in the story for me. When the young man came to himself he did so on the basis of remembering his original identity as being a Son of God instead of being born a bum destined to eat the food of pigs. In this story about the Kingdom of Heaven Christ reminds us that we are spiritual beings in the midst of a material experience. Not the other way around.
The Father would have nothing to do with his son begging forgiveness. He had always been forgiven and welcome home:
"But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Fools of little understanding have themselves for their greatest enemies, for they do evil deeds which must bear bitter fruits.
That deed is not well done of which a man must repent, and the reward of which he receives crying and with a tearful face.
No, that deed is well done of which a man does not repent, and the reward of which he receives gladly and cheerfully.
As long as the evil deed done does not bear fruit, the fool thinks it is like honey; but when it ripens, then the fool suffers grief." From chapter 5 of the Dhammapada.