Karma is a sanskrit word that means “action”. There is the idea that all your thoughts, words and deeds stamp your vibration or identity onto the ethers and that energy will go out into the world and effect others and eventually come back to you.
There is a quote in Ecclesiastes: Cast thy bread upon the waters, for you shall find it after many days… Which means: Always be ready todo a good turn even if you don’t expect a reward for it. For, some day, you will surely find your reward waiting for you.
We have the common saying, What goes around comes around, basically what you send out comes back to you eventually. This is the law of the universe.
Plato, in the 5th–4th century bc, believed in an immortal soul that participates in frequent incarnations. The major religions that hold a belief in reincarnation are Asian religions, especially Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, all of which arose in India. These religions make up 20% of the worlds population and recent surveys indicate that 25% of Christians believe in reincarnation. But in the beginning it was actually taught.
Origen of Alexandria was one of the main teachers in the Christian church in the 2nd century.
He said “The soul has neither beginning nor end [They] come into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of their previous lives”
He spoke of a story found in both the Old and New Testaments in the story of Esau and Jacob and how God loved Jacob and hated Esau before they were even born. He reasoned that if God is all loving, why would he prefer one or the other brother before they were born unless that had performed some previous action that earned that love or not.
There are two other quotes in the New Testament that I feel hint at reincarnation. One is where it starts out saying that Jesus taught the public in parables but explained all things to the disciples. So when these inner students asked the master, who sinned this man or his parents that they were born blind? They were trying to figure out if it was from his parents or did he do something previous to this life that earned him his blindness.
Another quote is when the disciples are wondering about an Old Testament prophecy where it says that Elijah will come first before the messiah and Jesus says, But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist. Which is particularly interesting because some had read the Akashic records and claim that Jesus was the reincarnation of Elisha the disciple of Elijah.
There is also the quote when Peter cuts of the ear of the soldier trying to arrest Jesus and Jesus says “Return your sword to its place, for all who will take up the sword, will die by the sword.” Obviously not all those who use swords against others will die in this way, but according to the law of karma eventually they will, even if it is in another life.
In the Unity Church, a branchs of Christianity they teach “We believe that the dissolution of spirit, soul and body, caused by death, is annulled by rebirth of the same spirit and soul in another body here on earth. We believe the repeated incarnations of man to be a merciful provision of our loving Father to the end that all may have the opportunity to attain immortality through regeneration, as did Jesus. ‘This corruptible must put on incorruption.’ “ Death is a dissolution of body, not of soul and spirit. We believe in the rebirth of the same spirit and soul in another body here on earth.
Mahatma Gandhi led an investigation in the 1930’s into a case that proved reincarnation was real. Shanti Devi was 4 years old when she told her parents her real home was in Mathura, 145 km from her home in Delhi. She said she was married and died 10 days after giving birth. She mentioned the name of her merchant husband, Kedar Nath. He was soon located. He had lost a wife, Lugdi Devi 9 years earlier who died 10 days after childbirth. He pretended to be his brother, but she recognized him and his son and other details of his life. During the investigation she recognized several family members and her former grandfather. She found out that her husband didn’t carry out several promises he made to her on her deathbed.
Now with the internet and books we can find many stories of reincarnation. Type in “Reincarnation proof: 5 year old white boy lived past lives as a black woman.” The blue eyed blond haired boy was always fearful of heights and hot things and remembered his name as Pam and how he jumped from a fiery building in Chicago. The mom looked it up and a Pamela Robinson did jump out of a hotel on fire. On live TV he picked out her photo out of many choices, saying he remembered when that was taken. That one story erases all justification for racial prejudice.
Or type in “11 year old reincarnated” and you will see a Fox news story of a boy who remembered being shot down in Japan in World War 2. He knew what his name was and what ship he was from, and when he met the old veterans from that company, he knew all their names. When he laid a wreath for himself in the waters off Japan, his repeating dreams of that life ceased.
I have found with working on my patients that karma and reincarnation is a thread that explains so much of what happens in peoples lives. I believe we choose our nation, our family our parents, our genes, our problems as that is how we expiate or work out our karma. Some karma is positive and some is negative, but all is for the growth of the soul. What if we have whipped people or animals in past lives, now we may suffer embarrassing strips of psoriasis. What if we were prejudiced against Africans, now we may have vitiligo. What if we had shackled others ankles, maybe we have arthritis in our ankles this time around. What if we were generous and shared what little we had, now we are born into wealth. What if a woman was the queen who disdained the little people and took no heed of her servants, now she may be a very intelligent woman but forced to do house cleaning with little praise and little pay.
Not only is there personal karma, there is family karma, there is group karma, national karma. It is not chance what family or country you were born into. You have likely known all the relatives and main players in your life before. That is why you should think twice about writing off people from your life, if the karma is not balanced then you may find yourself with that person again in a future embodiment.
There is something called a karmic marriage where there is unfinished business and you have to learn to work things out. Sometimes as soon as the karma is done, there is a feeling that there is no more charge there and often the marriage dissolves. Lately karma is being sped up so people may have 2 or 3 or more marriages in one life, instead of embodying many times with different people. There is a saying “karma blinds” so after the divorce you say “what was I thinking in marrying that person” My karma made me do it!
There seems to be two general ways of balancing these debts, either by suffering or by service. I have found health issues that don’t resolve even with the best care to mostly being karmic. If we have caused pain to others, then often we have to deal with a similar pain. Or if we kept people up at night in fear, maybe we need to experience insomnia now. If we robbed, maybe things tend to get stolen from us. So there is almost like a ledger where your present positive karma can cancel out the negative. So selfless service is a great way to cancel out these debts, but of course that shouldn’t be the motivation but is just a side effect.
I truly feel if everyone knew the law of karma at a deep level, the whole world would change. Nobody would ever think of hurting or causing harm to another if they knew for sure one day they would have to receive that suffering.Do you think a terrorist who blows up 50 people would do it if he knew it necessitated being killed 50 times in future lives. Would a thief go through with their plans if they knew that someday something they hold dear would be taken from them. This knowledge can literally change the world.
It is interesting how volunteering is showing up as an assignment for almost all my patients. As the returning karma of the earth, or world karma is accelerating we need to be burning off our personal karma by world service.
It used to be said that after burning off 100% of your karma you could graduate reincarnation and ascend and become an immortal God free being. But so few people could manage this, that the karmic board, who make the rules for this planet, decided that you can ascend by balancing 51% of your karma. The rest could be made up from the higher levels and by serving mankind from the level of Spirit. It is also said that there is a high frequency spiritual energy called the violet flame that you can invoke and visualize as a ray of forgiveness to consume karma.
So let us all try to serve life, give until it hurts, forgive everyone, never intentionally cause pain or suffering, balance our karma and wipe out our debts and ascend.