What is Karma?
Karma is not punishment or reward: it is the logical outcome of choices we make and fears/expectations that we have, in conjunction with our required life lessons for any particular incarnation. Since the Universal Intelligence loves each of us unconditionally (that means no judgment, no criticism, no condemnation – ever), logically there can be no such thing as punishment (bad karma). All human experience is considered by our Creator to be learning – not good, not bad – just learning.
When we do things that are viewed by humans as being ‘bad’, we do them because of our belief systems; that is, our negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions allow us to commit unkind or even criminal acts. For example, when we hold onto resentment and seek revenge against someone, we somehow feel justified in doing so and then give ourselves permission to commit (sometimes horrific) acts of unkindness or cruelty. This is called ‘self-righteousness’, and is viewed by the Universal Intelligence as a negative thought and attitude – not as a sin and certainly not as a reason for eternal damnation. When we understand completely why we want revenge and then call it by its real name, we can begin to let go of it and change the pattern, and finally start to forgive those who harmed us, including ourselves.
Karmic debt vs spiritual growth
Many believe that past life experiences cause our problems in this life, sometimes even including health or relationship issues. The Universe teaches that all of our lessons have been presented in the current lifetime, and all can be learned in the current lifetime. To blame our current situation on some past life limits our potential and makes victims of us. We think, “Oh, I can’t change that pattern – it’s from a previous lifetime – it’ll be with me forever!” The newer teaching says that change is always possible. Accepting that we are given all of the tools and every bit of information necessary for our growth in our current lifetime enables us to make great spiritual strides forward, if and when we choose.
When an individual comes into an existence with physical or mental challenges, it is not the result of bad karma: in conjunction with the individual’s learning requirements, souls enter human form to reflect the spiritual condition of the family. Even if in a lifetime we committed mass murder, the Universal Intelligence takes all of our lifetimes and all that we have not yet learned into consideration when sending us into an incarnation. We could be sent in to become a physician to minister to those in dire need, just as easily as we could be sent in to become one who is in dire need. Only the Universal Intelligence knows what is truly required for each individual’s spiritual learning and growth.
Spiritual life lessons
If we have entered into physical form once, we are bound by spiritual law to continue incarnating. In that way, we are able to learn first-hand what it is like to:
- love / be loved
- hate / be hated
- have children / lose children
- acquire possessions / lose everything
- abandon / be abandoned
- kill / be killed
- have power / be powerless
- live in extreme wealth / live in abject poverty
- be of service / require assistance
The breadth of human experience is almost limitless, so these are just a few of the many life experiences needed to “learn our way back to Source” – that is, to learn that we are all capable of anything, good or bad, depending on our specific life experience.