Radical Simplicity: A Karmic Nexus Resolved

by Alan Johnston, Pottsville

I have just finished with a twenty-year abusive relationship. Even though we ‘divorced’ ten years back, it carried on. Several weeks ago it ended up in the Supreme Court where it finally broke open on this stern, bewigged, legal reef.

No alcohol, physical violence or passionate emotions were involved – just brittleness, control and karma. Karma – for those not familiar, is reaping what you have sown, facing the consequences of previous loveless actions or lack of truth.

I’m talking about a business partnership gone wrong. Even though it was long terminated, like television’s ‘The Walking Dead’ it refused to die. Relatively recently, I realised that it was me that was animating the whole thing, in a sense my real opponent was myself, but realisation and completion are not necessarily bedmates.

The guts of this understanding came through my engagement with Universal Medicine and very specifically through the straight talking, loving reflection of Serge Benhayon. No lawyers had helped, except themselves to hundreds of thousands of dollars – no matter how well meaning they were. They cannot, for the legal system is broken, mired in complexity, the mind of man gone mad.

What was needed was a game change, something to overturn the whole dire mess –which so easily could have gone through the scheduled seven day trial, waited half a year or a year for a judgment and then proceeded on to an appeal in the High Court. Note those courtly adjectives.

The breakthrough began quietly some time back, with my learning (with more than a little support) to just stop giving myself away. What does this really mean, ‘to stop giving yourself away’?

Simply this: in any situation if I can stay connected to what I am really feeling and speak from there, then that is enough. Because I always know the truth, it just needs to be felt and then expressed. Not with any revelatory drama, just said. And in the nomination and expression more is revealed, for all.

So there I was, in a dark-panelled office dripping with gravitas, with a Queen’s Counsel, another barrister and two lawyers – combined fees north of two thousand dollars an hour – and effectively in the space of a number of meetings over two weeks they dismantled my case before my eyes; this expensive and carefully constructed edifice of years of legal work. The final, necessary, almost complete pulling out of the carpet happened an hour before the trial was to begin.

That’s how it can go it seems, in the hot-house of gearing up for a trial, flaws in a case are revealed, lines of argument abandoned. It is all designed to be very disempowering for the uninitiated (client). The legal world is deliberately obtuse, with its own language and rituals. Quasi-religious even. Lawyers as priests, barristers as bishops, senior counsel as cardinals, all classic intermediaries between the penitent and a ‘higher authority’, that is, the ‘Law’. A ‘golden calf’ (Exodus 32:4) reincarnated and fattened over the centuries.

How did I fare?

I didn’t freak out, I dealt with any rising anxiety as best I could with humour and self-nurturing. Then and there, when the legal quartet was singing its dirge I chose not to sing along but instead to feel my body and my breath. My spouse was even steadier and simply beautiful through it all. Things were faced as they arose.

So then a series of minor miracles unfolded and a last-gasp negotiation initiated by my opponent at the door of the court led to a ‘decree absolute’ being drafted that day, albeit with a chunk of ‘maintenance’ for me to pay (my karma). As my spouse said of me to a friend right in the middle of it all, “He’s fine, he’s got help”.

Yes, I had.

I chose against all the odds to listen. To introduce into my life the practices in self-nurturing and presence that are at the heart of what Universal Medicine presents. A soul inspired decision. How so?

I feel the multi-dimensional resolution of this situation is directly attributable to my listening more to my inner voice, rather than drowning it out with strain and distraction. In the ‘radical simplicity’ of such an ongoing shift, Serge Benhayon and other Universal Medicine practitioners have all been as one, as love.

148 thoughts on “Radical Simplicity: A Karmic Nexus Resolved

  1. One would think with all the education that a lawyer get that they would have the ability to settle many things out of court for the benefit of all involved. Maybe they are in their heads to much and would understand more if they listened too and moved their bodies to a different rhythm.\?

  2. The legal system has become a thing separate from humans, something as you say that operates with its own language and can be difficult to understand, a system that is more there for itself, and for the identification for those that are in it, than it is for the simplicity of truth.

  3. “I chose against all the odds to listen. To introduce into my life the practices in self-nurturing and presence that are at the heart of what Universal Medicine presents. A soul inspired decision.” Learning to listen is the Path to the Soul. Beautifully shared, thank you Alan.

  4. Disagreements can take on a life of their own but it’s only us that keeps it all going. This is such a great example of how listening to your inner heart can change the predicted outcome. Then whatever the outcome it is for us to accept and not give the situation any more energy.

  5. Complexity tries to make us quiver in our stance with all those long words and terminology no one can relate to. And everything about it is subject to interpretation, there is no simple direct one-unified truth. It’s such a bully.

  6. As Alan so beautifully highlights in his blog, I too have found that by keeping things simple such as breathing my own breath and staying present in my body is the best antidote to the complexities which come my way in life.

  7. Opposing is a verb we all know how to conjugate and put into action. Seemingly, we oppose something/someone that is outside of us because we do not feel right/true. Of course, our feelings of something/someone not being right/true is not guarantee of anything. And, in truth, we often oppose things that may be good for us. We do it because we oppose evolution; we oppose ourselves moving into a grander version.

  8. I love it. Immense is the complexity that the world we have created has become and can unleash. Yet in the midst of it all we can choose as you did, to be that radical simplicity.

  9. Being with the soul and how it expresses in life is definitely a way to change how we are in life, and often life will then change around us simply from our presence.

  10. Alan, I absolutely adore your symphonic writing style. It has a flow and grace to it like music.

    One of the many things I get from your story is the fact that when we stay connected to our Divine source without playing into the emotional quagmire that is our current human life, we are supported by our non-physical brothers in many ways, as evidenced by the reflection you received that fateful day in court.

  11. ‘I feel the multi-dimensional resolution of this situation is directly attributable to my listening more to my inner voice, rather than drowning it out with strain and distraction,’ This is worth repeating Alan for it is a beautiful reminder of how we can hold ourselves steady when there is enormous amounts of pressure and force around us.

  12. Great expose of the complex web of a legal system that does not truly serve anyone but themselves. And an even more inspiring account of how to hold yourself in it all without losing yourself in reaction and emotion.

  13. How liberating it is to realise it is ourselves that is the real opponent when not connected with our feelings and not expressing our truth.

  14. As the power plays around us are designed to undermine us and tease and toy with our emotions, it is indeed wise advice ‘to stop giving yourself away’ to the perils of those emotions and instead hold yourself in the simple acceptance and understanding that everything is unfolding as it should be for you to learn and grow from this particular lesson in life.

    1. I agree Suse. There are so many situations where this ‘theatre’ plays out. Where those who are most familiar with the system know the game and the rules and the pawns who come in and out are mere puppets being toyed with till the game ends. Not ‘giving yourself away’ to the game but staying aware of the game going on around you is an example of life as medicine.

  15. It is fascinating to read about the roles of people in the court room being likened to the structure of power that people hold in the systems of the church.

  16. There are different experiences in life that we promote to being more significant then others and a reason to stress out and put all our energy into dealing with. I would say for most this would be one of those moments where it wouldn’t be a surprise if you were anxious and worried about the outcome…yet you have shown another way, brought your wisdom and light from what you have lived into the court room and legal system. Now that is worth celebrating and appreciating, what a turn around.

  17. In the face of all this to hold steady and bring it all back is really inspiring to see and read. It shows us no matter the landscape or what is at stake where we need to turn to when things are looking grim or you are feeling pressure. I take a lot from this article and we re read it again.

  18. A great learning for us all, how complicated legal proceedings can become if we allow it, and yet if we choose we can simplify things by just being with ourselves.

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