The way to transcend karma lies in the proper use of the mind and will. The oneness of all life is a truth that can be fully realized only when false notions of a separate self, whose destiny can be considered apart from the whole, are forever annihilated.
Who said this? Apparently, Bruce Lee (Li Junfan). Yes, the martial arts legend.
And where did I read it? In a book about Chinese medicine (Nourishing Destiny, by Lonny S. Jarrett). I wouldn’t normally be reading such a book, but someone was explaining the heart/kidney axis to me, and that led me to this chapter.
The alignment of this axis matches our alignment to the poles of heaven and earth, and its integrity is vital to our ability to manifest destiny in life (p. 6).
On the same page:
It is the interpenetration of the shen and jing through this axis that allows us to know ourselves through introspection and permits our original natures to flourish in the world.
I read that shen is mind or spirit, and jing is primordial energy inherited from our ancestors. Jing is centered in our kidneys; shen is in our heart; both influence us and our wellbeing. The chapter posits that we lose our true self in an instant of trauma early in our life — or, more accurately, we create our “small self” in that moment, and then we are out of balance and remain so. Our internal resources are misdirected outward instead of inward.
The nature of the false self is that it will usurp all resources available in order to maintain its possession of a person.