NVH Answers: the Age of Peace, Negative Patterns and More (September 2018 Roundup)
In NVH Answers, HSY Founder Nanette V. Hucknall answers your questions regarding relationships, psychology, and spiritual growth. Here are the top 5 questions from September 2018:
1. When we enter the age of peace, will there be less and less karma that produces terrible poverty and starvation?
Karma will still have to be paid from the past in all forms but not by terrible poverty and starvation. By then the world community will help to eliminate this and there will be more help from everyone to ease that burden…By going through evolution and learning from lifetime to lifetime, people learn to understand that when they are ignorant or naïve, things will happen to them. Then they come to understand that the karma they need to pay off is because they were too naïve or ignorant.
2. Is it correct to say that all of our attachments and all of our negative patterns of thinking, acting and feeling are part of our lower nature?
Only negative attachments are negative. Some attachments are ego-based and not necessarily from our lower nature. For example, attachments from loving someone very much, such as your children or family, are ego-based.
Feelings that are negative such as fear, anger etc. are part of the lower nature. The lower nature is very apparent to most people. It contains greed and all the feelings of manipulation and control. However, as you work to overcome them, they become less obvious and more subtle. An example is the feeling of envy that can appear like the opposite: wanting someone to do well. But beneath the surface, in that feeling, is a hidden feeling of jealousy if the person in fact does do well.
3. Why is an attachment such as “pride” so often hard to detect?
Pride can take on another form, which may look positive. For example, someone may feel happy and good about herself for accomplishing a project. This is fine. However, pride can creep in and make the person feel not only happy about doing a good job, but feel proud that she could do it so well. And then add perhaps the feeling that no one else could do such a good job. Those feelings may not be expressed outwardly, but would feed a person’s ego.
Pride can also creep in around children. If a child does well in school and gets honors, a parent could feel very proud of the child. This is fine, but if the parent then feels pride in being a good parent—as the reason the child does so well—that can cause a pride attachment.
Pride is a layer underneath many things. It always is attached to the ego and builds up the ego. If a person gives service or gives money and is attached to having done this good deed that is when pride can creep in. It is certainly nice to be acknowledged for good work. But if that isn’t given it should not make a difference with how you feel. A true gift comes from the heart and when that happens there are no attachments.
4. So the “Age of Women” is about leadership roles for women and men who have good masculine/feminine balance?
5. Would you please talk about the authentic self? As an example, I am thinking of the Dalai Lama. Whatever situation he is in, with whomever he is talking, he is always the same genuine person, coming from his true being.
The authentic self is another name for the Higher Self.
Nanette has spent a lifetime studying spirituality and psychology, and has used her learnings to help others on their own personal journeys. With a background in Agni Yoga and Psychosynthesis, Nanette has combined her practical knowledge with her own spiritual wisdom and insights to create Higher Self Yoga. Let her knowledge guide you along your own spiritual journey.