Sorcery and Other Karmic Thresholds

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Astrophysics, mathematics, poetry, metaphor, myth, music, neurology, climate change, biology, dark matter, gravity, are all thresholds of one kind or another; respect them all and all those who journey toward whatever mysterious coherence calls to them.

In my book, Notes on Hunger, I describe how in my family the technology of the long past, “sorcery.” affected me as Karmic payback. Sorcery, in the past, was mastery of the use of psychic energy coupled with earth energy; energy is technologized differently now, but whatever and however technology is used, if misuse of power is the commodity sought, beware: human intention manifests as energy and it drives outcomes and consequences.

Intention, as focused purpose, manifests what can be grasped physically and is more powerful than we may realize; intention cannot be separated from action or sanitized by rationalizations such as, “I was doing my job,” “I was getting paid for it,” or focusing solely on short-term gain, economic or otherwise; we need to practice co-creation and sustainability until they become our way of sharing power and take on the practiced ease and familiarity of coherence.

Our choices lie between the continuation of human life or extinction. We can become our own failed species, or we can become our better selves. Through our emerging understanding of epigenesis, we now know that even our genes are available to us for adaptation and change. Genetic memory is indeed a survival tool and the ability to use energy is inherent. Through our biological heritage our ancestors can inform who we are and what pathways we can take.

We can learn from them how to heal ourselves. We need to be aware that actions undertaken in each life we live gather. The earth will go on without us if it has to, and it will find a way to heal itself without us if it must. Do we want to be part of the healing dynamic, or not? Can we address our karmic overload and lead ourselves forward?

Links: Epigenesis; Ancestral awareness and childhood trauma; Karma; Cosmologists Maturana & Varlela, Evan Thompson etc.

Darlene Witte
Darlene Witte

Professor of Education, (retired) at Johnson State College in Vermont leads the Green Mountain Writers' Poetry & Performance workshop that meets on Zoom each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 PM ET. Find out more at

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