During times of great transformation, karma can be released with such speed that you fear you’ll be driven into lines of behavior outside of your control. When something negative comes up you think, “I must be a bad person. I must have done some very evil things.” These thoughts only lead to more misdirected energy and more neurotic behavior, which just makes the situation worse.
The trick to dealing with negative energy is that you must be firmly anchored in the positive when you come into contact with it. That’s why I tell you to actively give rise to the Bodhicitta every day, to actively give rise to the increase of light within yourself. The Bodhicitta is the tool that gets you to the point where the seed of negativity arises, so you can touch it without being afraid, see it for what it is, and let the Bodhicitta absorb it and transform its nature.