Well...just responding to this...."karma begins to ripen like a mofo and there can be a big upheaval in your psyche as a result of this"
My experience is this is absolutely true. Our minds present our reality very basically. As we interpret reality through self ,when self be challenged, so seemingly in a way is our reality itself. So things hidden in our mindstream that were awaiting a period of cause to present will, when that circumstance presents, to elicit its appearence, they will begin to appear.
So threatening self appears, at a certain period of time, a reaction to that as concept(threat to self). That presents as a actual perceived reality with usually a negatively perceived thing. That thing reafirms in many fashion., Most habitual affirmations to self are, loss of any kind.... could be money, could be health, could be any number of things that we loose. In a conventional sense these appear as losses.
The flip side of that coin is however those very things may be used as a study in how they are not losses at all, and thusly with no perceived loss and thusly no protection of self concept they cease to serve function. A large part of our presentational reality is as means to affirm self strongly. Pain loss these things directly affirm self concept to our unbalanced minds.
With no function, if they, (appearences of loss), serve not that , as we are logially based congnizenses....they generally stop. Loss of a human life and things of that sort are based upon deeper things of the same thought.
If we entertain them(believe in them as real losses which require then self action).. of course they start again.
That best not to start stuff...I firmly believe if I'm not on a spiritual path I be ten or so years dead.
So I don't personally agree with that
Our lives and deaths our life stories if you will, serve basically to affirm our sense of self. That is how they are devised.
SElf, as result to this way of thinking as self, it may decide tomorrow or in the next second to end my perceived life. If I challenge without haveing a opposeing concept or true understanding, perhaps of.....this whole whole issue is unreal.... the death that occurs may be perceived negatively.
If fully understood, the death may not occur at this moment at all it serves not a logical purpose to self.
This is all theater to my personal way of thinking you see
As a aside of sorts....to my personal experience extream good fortune or luck, may present in the same fashion by self, especially to my opinion when the negatives mentioned (briefly) do not produce their anticipated by habit response, to affirm self in a individual life experience.
Then those may be seen as theater as well but since they work by perceived opposition, that may be more difficult to approach in the same manner depending upon ones habit.
It is the same. My druthers...best to aim for the middle in the conventional. Good or bad....oh well......theater.
I watch a good story............. the poor one, rich one, sick one, healthy one, one with many friends, or few friends, many family members or few, they may all be great great stories, to watch, if they are well thought, well made, and well presented, like a wish of a life story, as they say, wished to end up well....
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.