Understanding the soul
Understanding the soul – introduction
Certainly everyone has heard of the soul. If you were brought up with a traditional religious upbringing then you know of it as something that must be saved. The soul however is something that you are. During physical life we don’t put much thought into understanding the soul but on the deepest level of our consciousness we can sense our soul. We even use terms like “soul searching” which in a very real sense is an accurate description of looking deep within ourselves. We talk of soul mates or knowing someone on a soul level. We use the term “old soul” to describe someone who is loving, compassionate and wise. Sometimes the love we have for someone comes from deep within our soul.
Knowing the soul allows you to think about continuous growth, not just the growth that occurs in one lifetime but growth over many lifetimes. It also allows you to start viewing your life in a far different context. In other words you can start to think of this life as one of many, many lives you have experienced. You can start to ask yourself what this life is teaching you or more specifically what you are here to learn. You can start to view life from a higher perspective or higher consciousness and start asking yourself what you are learning from the many situations in your life. You can also ask yourself, “what is the purpose of all these lifetimes, what are we supposed to learn in all these lifetimes?”
Think of how much you have learned in this lifetime. At the end of this life you will have learned valuable lessons such as: love is more important than money, no matter how hard you try you cannot change people, you shouldn’t be afraid to pursue your passion, etc.. There are so many experiences in which to learn and it requires many, many lifetimes of various circumstances and personalities to learn certain things. Ultimately we will discover love and unity is the ultimate lesson and we will grow tired of pursuing our own selfish desires thinking they will make us happy.
Everyone has experienced the feeling of having done something before, right? These are called moments of Déjà vu. Or how about recurring dreams of the same landscape, scene or situation? I myself have had dreams of places that seem so familiar. They are not places of this lifetime, but in the dream I am intimately familiar with the landscape. These dreams have occurred throughout my life, but always have the same familiarity as if I have been there thousands of times. I believe these are glimpses into our past lives. Déjà vu may be re-experiencing a moment that we foresaw before coming into this life or a moment of a previous life.
How about people we know in our life, doesn’t it seem we have a natural tendency to feel so comfortable with some people and yet have bad feelings about others? Don’t we all feel we know certain people on a deeper level than others? For instance you may feel a certain connection with one parent over another, or one sibling over another. The closeness we feel with some friends seems as if it goes deeper than one lifetime and yet some relationships seem adversarial throughout life. How about marriages and those relationships? Why do some couples go through their entire life as best friends and others go through two or more marriages? In those failed relationships there seems to be something else at play. Even with marriages that fail, why are some couples able to get along afterwards and some are not? It seems there is a certain karma at play or a certain lesson to be learned.
The soul is the collection of all life experiences. It would be pretty shallow and empty if it was a collection of experiences from just one lifetime. The fact is we have many lifetimes and have had many experiences. The soul is the unique personality that develops with all of our experiences, it is neither male nor female. It is the blending of masculine and feminine together into one being, all higher souls are androgynous.
As a being with a free will consciousness, the soul is everything we have ever done with that free will consciousness. The law of cause and effect, along with karma, demands we must experience the effects of what we do with our free will. In this way the soul continually learns the lessons of free will. Without karma or the laws of cause and effect, we would not learn the consequences of our actions, thoughts, intentions, attachments and aversions.
It is critical to know all the love we give ultimately benefits our self and all the hatred and anger we give out only serves to hurt ourselves into the future. Forget about any notion of a creator judging you. Your soul will judge itself against the ultimate reality of love and will seek to rectify its actions in order to balance the unloving acts against others. This is why on a subconscious level we seem to be attracted to certain people and have a negative reaction to others. We are trying to learn how to love everyone all the time. This is ultimate truth, the only thing that keeps us from loving all the time is our ignorance and domination of our ego.
Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience,” well, it is the precept of this website. Sometimes I forget how much of a stretch it may be for people to believe in this idea. For myself, my years of searching along with my awakening experience have led me to conclude the truth of the soul. It has become truth for me or more precisely, “I know.”
To “know” of your soul or more appropriately to know of yourself is a life changing revelation. Once you are fully aware of your soul, you will have a completely different view of life and “yourself.” Once this occurs you may understand the quote above.
It is natural to start out as a skeptic when we don’t have physical measurable facts. If one has faith even the size of a mustard seed, they can make the jump to searching for more information to make them a believer. A believer is one who then relies on the faith of believing, whether it is believing others, believing the teachings of the great enlightened avatars or the teachings of a religious group. The final stage of learning however is knowing. Once a person truly knows, it becomes truth, and this truth is life changing because it changes the reality of life. If you have not read the information on consciousness, I strongly encourage you to do so at this time. These two subjects of soul and consciousness are strongly interrelated. A person is going to have a very hard time believing in the concept of the soul if they are unwilling to raise their level of consciousness. There is no judgment here, only a caveat if one wishes to reap the benefit of understanding their soul.
Life can be affected dramatically by knowledge of the soul. I understand many people may not be drawn to such information or even believe in such a concept. There may also be those who inherently believe in a soul but that’s about the extent of their knowledge or interest. I want to emphasize in this introduction why it is so important to fully understand the concept of the soul and the benefit you as the reader/believer/knower may get out of it. I have put together an outline summary of just some of the benefits to fully understanding, absorbing and accepting the truth of your soul. If you become fully cognizant of the soul and know this part of yourself, it will forever change your life for the better. Understanding the soul is a critical step in one’s spiritual progression.
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Specific reasons and rationale for understanding your soul:
- A sense of peace knowing there is no such thing as death, life is continuous.
- Knowing that nothing can ever hurt you, you can dispel the fear emotion. If we are eternal then what can possibly happen to us other than having to experience our own karma due to our ignorance.
- If we lose someone we love, we have only lost their physical presence, we will see them again, we will reunite with their soul. They are forever with us and will sometimes make their presence known to us.
- Our family is much larger than we can imagine.
- During this lifetime we may have the notion of husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, best friend, etc.. The fact is souls only play these parts in this particular lifetime. In other lifetimes they have played many other roles.
- We have many soul mates that show up in our life. Surely everyone can sense their relationship with certain people goes much deeper than one lifetime. Some of these relationships may be adversarial as we work out our karma with them while some are loving and nurturing.
- On the deepest level we are one with all other souls.
- The ability to “lighten up.”
- Life is just an experience in learning and every situation we struggle with is meant to be an experience to learn. Knowing we come into physical life over and over again for the opportunity to learn allows us to not take any particular situation so seriously. It also allows us not to take a physical life so seriously.
- We are all in a state of becoming. The ultimate state is a universal perfection enabling us to be companions and co-creators to the creator. Everyone will ultimately reach this perfection and we are given eternity to do so.
- A better sense of accountability to ourselves.
- It is one thing to be threatened into behaving a certain way, it is quite another to desire a loving and compassionate state of being for ourselves. This desire to extend love and compassion to everyone around us will ultimately raise our spiritual level and will allow us to ascend beyond the continuous cycle of birth and death in the physical realm.
- There is a very simple law of karma (See section on karma here) which implies as you use your free will you will experience the effects of the same in the future. Acts of love, compassion, gratitude and peace will be experienced bringing us closer to unity and oneness. Acts of hatred, selfishness, anger, judgment and cruelty must also be experienced in like manner and sends us further into separation and isolation.
- No thought, intention or deed goes unrecorded. Edgar Cayce (a noted amazing psychic) would often state while accessing the Akashic records he could not tell if someone actually did something or just thought it. Thoughts are very real and they are each recorded in our soul memory and each will eventually be balanced.
- You are free to live your life as you see fit and utilize your free will to direct your life in any way you choose. In doing so if you force your will on another thereby altering someone else’s free will then you must experience the effect of the same yourself. As you use your thoughts each is recorded in the universal consciousness and therefore has an effect on your own soul and it’s compatibility with the highest universal consciousness. The ultimate aim is 100% compatibility with the highest level of spiritual attainment.
- The wonderful thing about karma is we are each moment working on our future experience. Every thought, action and intention determines our future experience. Every moment we are compassionate, loving, grateful and peaceful we are creating a future experience with more of the same. Every moment we are out of alignment with those feelings and emotions we set the conditions for experiencing all the negative emotions in our future. This seems like such a simple thing to understand and yet so many go through life not considering this basic fact. By having a firm understanding of the soul we can keep it front and center to our daily lives and at the forefront of our present moments. “Only through spiritual awareness can we be the steward of our soul.”
- A release of most judgment. (This judgment incidentally is what creates all the pain, torment and suffering in our life.)
- First and foremost we can stop being so hard on ourselves, we must stop judging within ourselves before we can learn to stop judging outside ourselves. We can learn to be compassionate towards ourselves realizing we have been created perfect. It is only our ignorance that clouds the purity of what we are.
- As we witness one person hurting another, judgment may bring our emotions to a point of rage, sadness, anger, or contempt. These are not pleasant emotions meant to make us feel happy. By understanding the soul we can be at peace knowing karma is either being balanced or karma will ultimately be balanced in the future. Furthermore we need to only concern ourselves with our own karma, judging others just creates more karma for ourselves.
- Secondarily if we understand karma to be the ultimate learning tool, we start to realize all of life is meant to move the soul towards higher consciousness. Every conceivable lesson learned along the way is just part of the process. The trick is to recognize the lesson in every situation otherwise the lesson will be repeated over and over until we learn the lesson.
- Does this mean cruel hateful acts of violence should be looked upon as ok? Certainly not, and if given the choice or opportunity to help we should, but we must understand no bad deed goes unbalanced. Furthermore the fact we have condemned something feeling punishment is necessary goes back to judgment, which serves only to hurt ourselves. The creator does not judge our life; instead the creator established the law of cause and effect with karma as a learning tool. It is our own soul that follows the law; we decide how karma will be paid back and at what rate. On the deepest level our own soul is accountable to itself.
- We must also remember as we judge others, so too shall we be judged.
- We can look upon our own life and realize we are responsible for every part of it.
- Prior to being born we picked the people meant to be a part of this life experience. We in our spiritual conscious state decided to play our part in repaying karma and having karma repaid to us. While a general outline with possible paths was picked for our life prior to coming here, we can modify it or alter it substantially with our free will. Either way, we have the life we made for ourselves.
- To blame others for our circumstances is a true sign of spiritual ignorance and lack of self-awareness; it indicates a complete lack of understanding in the soul.
- It allows us to approach every situation as a potential learning experience instead of a judgment and blame experience.
- We start to think in terms of unity.
- As our soul reaches its highest state, we become more universal in our consciousness. We think in terms of a unified consciousness, there is nothing but harmony and co-creation, there are never any harmful private thoughts. As humans we think in terms of privacy as if no one hears our private thoughts but the reality is every thought is recorded and makes an impression on the universal consciousness.
- By realizing there are no private thoughts, we can start to train ourselves, on how to get back to the formless consciousness that marked our original state.
- By thinking cooperatively and treating others as an extension of self we are building up a karmic pattern of unity. The only way to realize our original spiritual state is by concentrating our thoughts towards this end. The law of cause and effect is forever working in our life giving us what our thoughts send forth. Thoughts are the most powerful thing in creation; with them we create our reality.
- We are able to view life from a higher perspective and from this complete view we see and observe life differently. It is as if we have peered behind the curtain to reveal the secret of existence.
- We realize everything has a purpose, our goal then is to contemplate that purpose or just to accept the purpose serves everyone’s higher learning.
- We realize everyone is in a state of becoming, we stop judging just as we would not judge a baby that soils its diaper. We cannot expect everyone to be on the same level. This invokes compassion for those who still need to learn certain lessons. It invokes respect, gratitude and a desire to learn from those at higher levels.
- We accept “everything is as it should be.”
- We are no longer afraid to pursue our passions in life.
- We can always find our peace amid the chaos.
- We become a conduit of love rather than seeking love from another person.
- We become a source of encouragement for others, bringing people together in unity.
- We lose our desire for toys and material goods which bring only temporary satisfaction, concentrating instead on that which can only be felt by the heart.
- We realize we are all connected, we are all one. No one is alone.
- We transcend the ego.
There is so much information available to corroborate the truth of the soul. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to seek this information and you will find it. There are many credible sources and examples that exist and I will present these sources as my website evolves. However, no amount of evidence can change a closed mind unwilling to have faith. Whatever we believe with conviction becomes truth for us.
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The purpose of the soul
Have you ever wondered where you came from?
Have you ever wondered why you are here?
Have you ever wondered what you are?
Like all things in life, an awareness of something is the first step to understanding it.
Throughout recorded history man has searched for the origins of his existence and asked questions about life:
- What is the purpose of man’s existence?
- Where did we come from?
- Who created us?
- What is the meaning of life?
- What is the purpose of life?
- What is the soul?
Contained within the remains of the oldest civilizations there seems to be some knowledge of existence we have lost through time. There may even be some evidence we once knew the answer to these questions. Civilization is much older than what we are taught in school. With the recent discovery of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey dating to 9000 BC (i.e. 11,000 years ago,) we must question the historical view of civilization and what knowledge has been lost through time. There is ample evidence of worldwide flooding and destruction towards the end of the last ice age and therefor the destruction of many historical records of earlier civilizations. There are also great structures or ruins that seem to be located on very specific meridians crisscrossing the earth. Many of these things by themselves may seem isolated and trivial, but when one starts to seek information they will find a thread of truth that runs through many sources.
Throughout history man has received inspiration and insight into different levels of awareness outside of normal consciousness. These insights or glimpses into different realms of reality have resulted from near death experiences (NDE’s,) out of body experiences (OBE’s,) sudden awakenings and perhaps meditative states. These recorded experiences became the basis of many religions. All religions and ancient teachings have spoken of humans possessing a soul. Some religions even suggest that your soul needs to be saved and that their religion can facilitate the process. For a variety of reasons, many people have grown cynical of traditional religion. At the heart of all religions and spiritual teachings however is a thread of commonality as each has its story of a beginning. Each acknowledges a creator through which all creation originated, including ourselves.
It is inconceivable to think of any form of consciousness being alone throughout eternity. So it is not difficult to believe a creator would desire to have companions like itself. In describing this creator we would need to understand it possesses ultimate power, creativity, intelligence and knowledge. To go beyond mere intellectual existence however, this creator evolved into love itself. Love cannot be intellectualized, love can only be experienced as a compassionate feeling of pure warmth, joy, radiance and peace. One of the greatest attributes of love is a desire to share, protect and make others joyful and yet at the heart of this love is a quiet restful peace that surpasses understanding. How can a single entity share love, unless there are others to share it with? How could anyone exist in a timeless state of eternity without evolving into a state of love and peace? Anything other than love and peace would be a hell-like existence.
In the creators desire to share in creation itself, it brought forth companions. These companions were points of consciousness, each one existing within the creator itself. In order for these points of consciousness to become true co-creators and companions they had to voluntarily want and desire this for themselves. The only way for this to occur was through the free will choice of each consciousness. Had they not been given free will, they would have been created as mere “servants” or “slaves” to the creator. This is not true companionship.
Each of these points of consciousness were created in the likeness of the creator with the same powers of mind for imagining, perceiving, conceiving and expression. There was however a great danger for the misuse of this free will power and the chaos that might ensue if this power was used in a non-loving, non-harmonious way. Similar to any healthy relationship two people must desire to be together for the mutual sharing of love and creation. If the relationship is corrupted with selfishness, jealousy or judgment then it could be said there is incompatibility in being co-creators of their life together and chaos does indeed result. The spiritual dimension like any society cannot exist in peace and harmony when there is only a focus on self.
The importance of understanding unity
Think of any society or family that is close and unified and you will see they share common attributes. Love, compassion, gratitude, sharing and a sense of peace is what keeps them unified. As someone becomes selfish, disruptive, judgmental, vengeful, angry, hateful or jealous they fracture or separate themselves from the unity that held things together. These attributes of the selfish ego are divisive by nature. Could you maintain that sense of closeness and unity if one or more people started to behave in ways opposite to love, compassion, gratitude and peace? Can you see how unity requires certain conditions in order to exist? Can you see as one starts to think of themselves it creates a form of isolation? This isolation from the “whole” becomes an absolute requirement in order to maintain the unity of the remaining members. Can you see this? Can you see how wanting to get our way, judging others or wanting to use our free will for our own selfish desire creates a sense of conflict? When we wish to exist in a loving peaceful state we must give up some of our free will in order to be in that state of unity. In a cohesive family or group there is no one person who “gets their way,” instead it is a mutual agreement by all those involved. Everyone gives up a little free will and personal preference in order to maintain that loving, peaceful unity. (Please see post “Unity Or Isolation?” and “Isolation or Unity?” for a further description on the truth of this.)
This is an extremely important point to grasp.
Please keep this idea of unity in mind as you read. It will help you comprehend the concepts beyond this.
The creator had to ensure these companions would know the difference between loving and non-loving actions, between unity and selfishness. Prior to unleashing these myriad points of consciousness the law of cause and effect was created. Whatever one did with their free will consciousness would have to be experienced by themselves. This has come to be known as “as ye sow, so shall ye reap” or “an eye for an eye” or in more modern terms, “what goes around comes around.” As each entity used their free will in harmful, self-centered or negative ways they would need to experience the harmful effects of their own actions. Likewise acts of love, sacrifice, kindness, unity and benevolence would also be experienced. One’s use of free would either bring unity or would create separation and isolation. The extent of this isolation includes forgetting about our connection to whole. In this way we truly feel isolated and alone. The law of cause and effect was not set up as a punishment but as the perfect learning tool meant to guide all consciousness to truth, love and unity. This law of cause and effect or Karma is at play every minute of our life. What we do not experience as immediate effects (i.e. getting punched after spitting in someones face,) will either show up later in our life or end up following us into another life. We must always experience the other side of our free will, be it good or bad.
It is important to note that in the beginning we were only points of consciousness as no physical form existed. We existed solely in the mind of the creator. As the creator conceived thoughts and ideas we were mostly observers to the creators imagination, perceptions and ideas. As we began to use our new found abilities we mostly mimicked the creator, we were almost identical to the creator. We were able to communicate directly with the creator and all other points of consciousness. In a literal sense there was a great oneness, as all consciousness was harmonious. As we progressed we started to formulate our own imagination, conceptions, ideas and desires and started creating on our own. This co-creation was only harmonious at first, similar to notes of a chord, each note added to the harmony of creation.
We could think of creation as the expression of love. This love requires unity and cooperation. One need only walk through nature to observe this love expressed in the beautiful variation of life on earth. All of nature exist in harmony with it’s environment. Nature needs no involvement from man to flourish as an expression of love and beauty. With our gift of free will came an equally great responsibility for using it to create harmoniously with all.
As we continued to use our creator powers, we started to focus more on our own creations. Fascinated with our own creations we lost sight of their harmony with the Creator and the other points of consciousness. As we focused more on our individuality and our own selfish desires we eventually began to perceive ourselves as separate from the whole. This of course was an illusion as everything existed together in the mind of the creator, however with free will, some had created an idea of separateness and thus had to experience it. By the act of focusing on one’s self without regard for others, these souls drifted farther and farther into the illusion of separateness. Ultimately, as the law of cause and effect dictates, what one thinks, intends and does must be experienced.
Each entity of consciousness was comprised of spirit, which is the still motionless essence of life. They also had a mind to use for imagining, conceiving, perceiving and building the motion of life out of spirit. As each entity used these powers they started to accumulate a history of what they had created and experienced with their free will. This is the soul, the complete sum of each individuals use of free will and life experience. In this way each soul became a separate and unique collection of memories, experiences, aspirations, perceptions and ideas. Each soul however is always connected to every other soul and the creator. The religious correlation to this concept is referred to as “the father, the son and the holy ghost,” or the “trinity.”
Eventually creation progressed from purely spiritual essence into thought forms and from thought forms into atomic or physical form. In modern physics superstring theory proposes some 10 or more dimensions with third dimensional life representing just one of them. As Jesus stated, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” Mansions translates to mean “places to dwell.” As these points of consciousness traveled through the cosmos some found it irresistible to mingle with the physical influences of planets similar to earth.
Things to think about:
- If you were a creator of all that is, do you suppose you would desire companions?
- If you desired to create companions, would you give these companions the same powers and abilities as yourself?
- If you didn’t give them the same powers and abilities as yourself, would they be true companions?
- How would you prevent them from fighting or trying to destroy one another?
- How would you teach them about personal responsibility?
- What would you put in place to ensure they would eventually learn to be just like yourself and desire to be your companion and co-creator?
Have you ever wished there was a rule book, instruction manual or a set of laws for living life?
There really is a very simple rule and a very specific set of laws governing life, and I think on a certain level of consciousness we all know what they are. The golden rule is rather simple, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Assuming you are not a masochist this rule would encourage you to be kind, loving and compassionate to others. Another law is karma. We cannot expect to hurt others without having to experience the same hurt ourselves. Let’s clarify one point here about hurting others, this is hurt done with intention. It does not apply to someone who chooses to interpret something as hurtful, i.e. takes something personally where no harmful intention existed.
There are another set of laws which govern a soul. Remember we were created to be companion gods but with this power came an equal responsibility to use our powers and free will responsibly.
The following is one of the best descriptions of the creator laws of being a creator god (the following is attributed to: (http://www.stankovuniversallaw.com/2015/04/functioning-as-creator-gods-and-the-universal-laws-of-creating-realities/ ) We do not know with certainty what the karmic laws of free will are but this theory and description of the cause and effect laws makes a lot of sense.
Creator Laws One – The First Law of Control
- That which you control will control you. The more control you have or exert over something, the more control it will exert over you.
Creator Laws One, part 2 – The Modified Law of Control – Power/dominance and responsibility
- The more power you have over something, the more responsibility you have.
Creator Laws One, part 3 – The Modified Law of Control – Freedom
- The more control you exert over something, the less freedom you have and the more you give away your power.
Creator Laws Two –part 1 The Special Law of Control – Interference
- As a creator, the more you attempt to define the energies of a reality – that is, the more you interfere – the more drawn into that reality you will become, the more that reality will define that part of your consciousness, and the more PHYSICAL you become.
Creator Laws Two, part 2 – The Special Law of Control: Veils
- As a creator, the more you attempt to define energies of a reality, the more veiled that part of your consciousness becomes.
Creator Laws Two, part 3 – The Special Law of Control: Separation
- As a creator, the more you attempt to define energies of a reality, the more that part of your consciousness experiences separation consciousness.
Creator Laws Three – The Law of Free Will
- The higher vibrations a consciousness experiences, the less free will it has because the more universal that consciousness becomes. Increasing free will requires lowering vibration and increasing vibration requires letting go of some free will.
Creator Laws Four – Ascension
- Increasing vibration, that is – ascending – requires letting go of some control and giving up some free will.
Creator Laws Five – Vibration and density
- Vibration and density are inversely proportional but independent phenomena. This one is difficult to grasp. All other things being equal, the more dense some expression of consciousness is, the more its vibration will be limited. However, there are usually other factors involved so from an absolute standpoint, you can’t say something will be low vibration simply because it’s dense.
Thinking about these laws in your life may reveal some startling truth. The three parts of Law 1 has a great deal of relevance in one’s relationships. For a person that is domineering over their spouse, they start to take on a greater responsibility. This responsibility results in less freedom because the person in control must make all decisions. In this situation a person is giving away their real creative power in life by controlling all minor details of life. Think of all the various relationships you have had and have now and you will see the influence of these laws at work.
Law 2 with its three parts applies to one’s convictions, biases and judgments. The conviction we have in our judgment of things creates a sort of separated consciousness in that we are no longer able to view the big picture or see both sides of a situation. There are always two sides to every situation but if we become too polarized or opinionated to one side, we lose consciousness of the other side. We start to take on a sort of veiled awareness unable to be conscious of another point of view. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is the current polarization in politics. The far right cannot even consider the positions held by the far left and vice versa.
In another example those who refuse to take responsibility for their own life start blaming others for the conditions of their life. They start to take on a victim consciousness and thus lose the ability to have a personal responsibility consciousness. They literally become unable to see their own responsibility in situations because they are too busy trying to blame things outside of themselves. They lose touch with the personal responsibility reality and instead make a futile attempt at trying to control things external to themselves.
Law 3 has application in our conscious physical state but requires us to be fully aware of our soul consciousness. In other words the more we take on a state of love, compassion, gratitude and peace, the less we try to exert our free will. As we begin to unify with others, we become more universal to the principles of unity which again is love, compassion, gratitude and peace.
Law 4 is about attaining our highest spiritual state and this requires letting go of our selfish desires in favor of collective harmony.
I was introduced to these concepts in 2015 and the more I study and ponder these creator laws the more they resonate with me. I highly encourage you to think about these ideas and see how they apply in your own life. This goes back to the point on unity
As souls started to mingle with the third dimensional influences of earth like planets, they gradually became trapped by it. This led these original souls of consciousness, (meant to be companion creators,) to eventually forget their origins. In many cases these souls have no conscious knowledge of the laws which have affected them. Part of living in the physical plane is abiding by the laws of nature and part of nature is the process of birth and death. As each soul lived life on earth they created karmic consequences which had to be balanced in the same realm at which it occurred. There was great confusion and fear when their bodies died and they found themselves back in a spiritual dimension very much alive. However death did not free them entirely from physical life because of the law of cause and effect. Thus each soul would choose to reincarnate in order to “experience” their past misdeeds. The fastest way to alleviate this karma was to reincarnate in the physical plane.
There was great confusion as these souls would live out a physical human life having no idea of what they were, where they came from, or the laws affecting their lives. Only upon death and their return to the spiritual state would they begin to understand the life just lived and the karma they incurred. Once they decided to embark on another physical life, they would work out the general theme of their life, and the karma they hoped to work off. However once birth occurred on the physical plane, their conscious mind would have no memory of their plan. The blueprint for their new life was known only to the subconscious.
Delayed karma doesn’t apply in the spiritual realm as cause and effect is instantaneous. What a consciousness conceives is experienced immediately because time does not exist in the spiritual realm. This is a difficult concept to grasp in human terms, but speak to anyone who has had a near death experience and they will tell you the concept of time does not exist in the near death experience. Furthermore all one has to do in the spiritual realm is think of something and it is manifested immediately. This is why it can be very confusing for a person who has not absorbed any spiritual knowledge in their physical incarnation. They enter the spiritual realm with confusion of where they are.
The division of consciousness
As a result of the aforementioned creator laws, our consciousness divided into three separate levels of awareness. We are most familiar with the lowest form which we call consciousness. It is the consciousness needed to function in the physical three dimensional realm. It is what we experience in the awake state or that which is opposite to sleeping. This is the level of awareness in which we think of ourselves as a separate entity disconnected from everything and everyone else. We utilize this part of consciousness to work with the five senses as tools to experience and navigate this realm. This level contains the vestige remains of the animal traits from which human bodies evolved. As part of this lower level of consciousness we have a heightened ego which developed in early humans as a means of protection.
The ego is perhaps the single biggest deterrent to achieving liberation from the physical plane. It is also one of the most difficult to overcome in physical life. The only people who tend to overcome their ego are those who seek to know of their true existence. These are people who seek their spiritual origins and do the work necessary to attune themselves to unity consciousness. This includes disciplined meditation practices, mindfulness and the general understanding and practice of love and compassion. Most religions attempt to teach this concept but they do not call the ego out objectively. There are also rare cases of grace in which a person experiences an awakened state. Lastly there are those who have had near death experiences having experienced the spiritual realm while still living a physical life. These people are shown their true reality and upon coming back to life are changed forever. Those who have this experience are no longer afraid of death and start to practice a life of love and compassion. Why do you suppose it is so difficult to achieve an enlightened state? The simple answer to this lies in the fact there are very few who dedicate their life to obtaining spiritual enlightenment. Most people are more interested in creating their own worlds while in the physical realm. Indeed we do get to experience many things of our choosing but our thoughts which are not harmonious with the free will of others will experience karma. Those who seek spiritual enlightenment and attain it have the option of leaving the physical plane for good.
The second level of consciousness is what we call the subconscious. This is the part of our consciousness we are unaware of. From this consciousness our bodies are maintained and myriad life processes are carried out. We may occasionally catch a glimpse of the subconscious in dreams or as premonitions, intuition, synchronicities, deja vu or the uncanny ability to detect danger. The subconscious mind has access to all our stored memories and every detail we have ever experienced with our five senses. It is directly connected to our higher self or soul. It has access to the memories of every physical life we have ever lived. This can be accessed during hypnosis or deep meditation. It is what influences our general direction in life and carries out our karmic work. On an intuitive level through the subconscious we know what is right and we know that love and harmony are the basic truths in life. However, the desires of the ego and the body create a strong influence often overriding the guidance of the subconscious. This ego influence is what continues to build karmic patterns in our lives through anger, hatred, selfishness and cruelty. This is why it is so important to bring awareness of our soul into our lower conscious state. It is with our conscious state that we exert our free will choices in physical life.
The third and highest level of consciousness is called universal mind, universal consciousness, superconsciousness or as Carl Jung referred to as the collective unconscious. This is the level that is in communication with the creator and all other points of consciousness. It is the level that matches our original state of consciousness. This is the level of awareness achieved at the highest levels of enlightenment. Very few have achieved this level, however some of the more notable examples are Jesus, The Buddha and Krishna. There are numerous others but very few stay in the physical realm to teach. Having reached this level while in the physical state they are free to leave and never return.
It is interesting to note the Buddha taught enlightenment based on relinquishing our physical form. In this way he taught to let go of all attachments to any physical aspects of third dimension reality. This included the attachment to our thoughts and our perceptions of what is real. Jesus on the other hand taught through love, compassion and treating everyone as your brother. In this way he was teaching us to strive for a state of unity consciousness with all other souls. This method seems to be a more collaborative effort on the part of all humanity through forgiveness of each others karmic debts.
What most people seem totally unaware of is how their past or present actions have affected their current lives, or how their current actions will affect their future lives. Everyone’s fate is predetermined in a way due to their actions in previous lives. If we have caused harm to another soul then we must experience a lifetime in which we experience similar harm, we suffer at our own hand in order to clear or balance our karma.
Ideas and questions to ponder:
- Study each of the creator laws and think about how they have influenced your life?
- Can you see how we create a veiled level of consciousness for ourselves by having strong judgments wanting to change the reality of the world?
- Do you ever catch glimpses of your unconscious mind by some intuition, deja vu, synchronicity, dreams, coincidences or a sudden premonition about something?
- Do you ever get the sense there was some overriding guidance in your life that unconsciously pushed you in a certain direction?
- Do you ever sense the notion of karma being played out in your life?
- Do you ever feel that you have an inner sense of what is truly important in life?
- Have you ever felt desires of the body or the ego that have made you do things you knew intuitively were wrong?
- Have you ever noticed how good you feel performing selfless acts of kindness for others?
- Have you ever noticed how bad you feel when you have intentionally meant and done harm to another person?
Some further exercises to strengthen the awareness of your soul.
- Make the conscious free will choice of wanting to understand your soul. Without this desire you will probably not be able to access your higher self.
- Ask your higher power for guidance on how to know your soul. Seek to know. Pray or meditate on this daily.
- Once you have made a firm commitment of wanting to understand your soul, watch for synchronicities. They will start to occur. The teachers will start to appear once you the student are ready and desire to “know.”
- Try to meditate, if you don’t know how there are numerous resources available to learn the practice. The most important aspect is devoting the time on a daily basis.
- Once you have learned to quiet the mind, listen to the wisdom of your higher self.
- Make the commitment to start learning from various sources. You will be amazed at the amount of information available for those who seek.
- Desire is the key to achieving anything, once you have a firm desire things will start to happen.
What is Karma?
Everyone is familiar with the term karma. It is usually used when someone does something mean and then something bad happens to them. We then use a phrase such as “Karma’s a bitch.” Karma however goes much deeper than the misfortune of a not so nice person. It is about one’s actions in life creating a sort of imbalance. We can think of karma as a depository for all our thoughts, judgments, likes, dislikes, intentions and actions in each life. Think of all these going into a large storage locker (our Akashic record.) As we live each life we must clear out a little bit of that storage locker until all that is left are the items related to love, compassion, unity and peace.
Karma – definition from other sources
Jesus stated it simply as “A man reaps what he sows.” The Buddha also stated it simply as “We are the heirs of our own actions.” Walter Russell said “karma means whatever you do is electrically recorded in your seed for repetition in kind. When you break the law, the law breaks you to an equal extent at that precise moment – not the next moment. It starts immediately, even if it takes generations to void it. You are in balance or you are out of it. If you are out of balance with the universe, you have to get back into balance. Nature demands balance. Karma is an evidence of unbalance which must eventually be voided by balance.” Russell defined Karma as more a process of balancing. I.e. he describes Gods mind as fully balanced. This can certainly be attested to with the fact that our universe is perfectly balanced. If anything were even slightly different, the universe would not exist as it does. (For more on Walter Russell see “The Man Who Tapped The Secrets of The Universe”)
When asked about karma Edgar Cayce replied: “We only meet ourselves. Karma is a personal thing and only with God or the Creative Forces. It is not between individuals. Other people merely provide the means or conditions for us to learn our lessons and gain self-mastery. We must attain perfection through spiritual unfoldment so that we may become companions and co-creators with God the Father.”
The word Karma originates from the Indian Sanskrit language and it means “action.”
Now as a man is like this or like that,
according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;
And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.
— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 7th Century BCE
The law of Karma
You get what put out, as ye sow so shall ye reap, what goes around comes around, an eye for an eye, for every action there is an equal and opposing reaction, live by the sword, die by the sword, As you do unto others, it will be done unto you. These are the various terms that people have used throughout time to describe the concept of karma.
Another way to answer is through understanding the concept of repetition. In other words what we fixate on repeats in subsequent lives. We can think of this as the intensity of our thoughts and actions as a loud scream into an echo chamber. The more intense our action or thought the more it echoes throughout our subsequent lives. If we are an alcoholic in this life, we will enter our subsequent lives with the same propensities, urges, weaknesses and lack of self control. Whatever habits we acquire in this life are sure to show up again in subsequent lives. We are surely experiencing habits of our past lives in this life.
Let’s say we had an intense interest in music in a previous life, and therefor had a similar interest in subsequent lives. This interest in music need not show up in linear successive lives. We can go many lifetimes before it may show up again. We may have dedicated a life to playing an instrument, and perfected our musical ability.
Repetitive mental themes also produces karma. We each develop mental patterns through life which becomes a theme. For instance we may think that people are out to get us and therefor we develop a somewhat paranoid view of others. Or we may think we are beautiful or handsome and act as if we are superior because of our looks. We may feel we are unworthy of love or praise. There are many mental patterns we repeat through our life and these become themes of untruth. The karma we will experience in future lives will be based on highlighting that untruth with lessons that teach us truth. What do we allow into our minds which affect our thought patterns? (See post: “The Source Of Your Anxiety“)
This law of Karma as Edgar Cayce put it, is forever to meet ourselves again. Perhaps the purpose of this karma is to insure we exhaust any material interest we have to a point we become satisfied and lose interest. As we align ourselves to spiritual principles we reduce our need to keep incarnating in the physical plain. This alignment with spiritual principles is how we liberate ourselves from the cycle of birth and death. Similar to this echo effect, when we start to uncover our spirituality, it will continue to manifest in subsequent lives.
How is karma similar to the “Law Of Attraction?”
Karma is similar to the new age “Law of Attraction,” in fact it could be said it is one in the same. The Law of Attraction proposes we send out vibrations. These vibrations resonate with like thought forms and material items thus attracting them into our life. They can be either positive or negative in nature, the universe doesn’t distinguish between them. The law simply states that whatever we are putting out into the universal mind is attracted into our experience. Regardless of the label we put on it we are attracting to us our dominate thoughts, fears, intentions, desires and actions. Those that we attract to us in this lifetime would fall under the Law of Attraction or law of cause and effect. That which does not manifest in this lifetime is stored in our soul seed to germinate again in subsequent lives as karma. Frequent thoughts of anger and hatred will attract the conditions for the same in subsequent lives.
The Law of Attraction appeals to those wishing to manifest material goods, relationships, experiences and status. People don’t think of it as being the source of our problems but it is equally good at attracting misfortune. The thing that never gets considered is how the law of attraction works equally well in growing our spirituality. When we focus our thoughts, actions and intentions on our soul growth and universal mind, we start attracting more of the same. When we believe and act from a sense of oneness with everything, we attract the knowledge and consciousness of that oneness.
The purpose Karma
Karma is not punishment, it is the souls contract with itself. It is the consequence of utilizing free will. There is no ruler in the sky standing ready to zap us when we misbehave. We agree to the terms of learning in order to be part of the creational life force. This can only be accomplished by the soul when it has learned how to be companion and co-creator with the spiritual source or God. Karma teaches us the consequences or effects of being our own creator. (See “Creator Laws“)
We have the ability to create anything we wish. If those creations are harmonious and benefit the whole, then we are in alignment with spiritual principles. If we create selfishly hurting others or altering the free will of others, then we incur bad karma. What we think, intend, say or do becomes a repeating pattern until we learn all there is to learn or we get tired of the material physical plane. At some point we will grow tired of pursuing our selfish desires. As we start to care more about the welfare of others in a loving and compassionate manner, we align ourselves to the spiritual. Once we decide to use our free will to align ourselves with the creator, then we have chosen voluntarily to become companion and co-creator (See Soul Purpose.)
The creator has put in place all the laws necessary for his creations to learn and ultimately become companions. We can understand the laws of this process if we desire, but with free will, we must first choose this for ourselves.
Think of karma as a seed we are forming in this life. From this seed sprouts a subsequent life. Whatever the essence is of this seed is what will bear fruit in successive incarnations. An apple tree bears the seed of an apple, it will not produce the seed of an orange. In the same way our attitudes, actions, intentions, thoughts, likes and dislikes will produce subsequent lives that are similar in nature. We will not all of a sudden have a life in which we are kind, loving and compassionate if these are not our current traits. The purpose of life is learning to choose. Like a seed we can eventually alter the fruit by the conditions of our environment and our subtle changes over time.
We are learning how to become co-creators. We cannot co-create if we are creating on our own. All creation must be harmonious and this can only occur if there is a oneness with all other souls. When we seek our own creations, we are creating in a vacuum unaware of whether it is harmonious with that oneness. We can create whatever we desire, but if we are only concerned about our own wants and desires then we must do so in isolation from the whole. Isn’t isolation and loneliness what we feel when we are not harmonious with others? (See post “Unity Or Isolation” to understand how we become isolated.)
Edgar Cayce is quoted as saying: “The entity must use the mind. The mind is the builder, the way in which one approaches either infinity or materiality.” We are stuck in this material world experiencing the cycles of birth and death due to our karma. We seek pleasure in material things and therefor are destined to experience them. Some may see this as good. Fixating on money may eventually bring it into this life or a future life. Eventually however we learn all the money in the world does not bring happiness, unity, contentment, love or peace. We can acquire a wealth of material items, but we cannot share our love with them, nor can they share a love with us. We learn money corrupts even the most noble of people. Money is an attachment and a form of power. Karma will continue to bind us to our attachments, actions, thoughts, deeds and intentions.
We may also derive great pleasure from our bodies, through sex, intoxicating substances, eating, or our physical beauty or strength. All our attachments to the physical body ensure our continued reincarnations in order to experience our desires. The body is nothing more than a vehicle for the mind, it is merely a tool for learning in the physical plane.
Karma ends when we transcend the physical experience. When we detach from all things physical and focus instead on love, compassion, gratitude and peace, then karma has done its job. As we align ourselves with the spiritual nature of our inner soul, physical desires will drop away.
Ideas to ponder:
- Do you sense a sort of imbalance in your life?
- Do you work too much? or are you too lazy?
- Do you indulge too much in addictive or intoxicating substances?
- Are your relationships strong or weak?
- Do you procrastinate or avoid dealing with problems in your life?
- Do you constantly blame others for your situations in life?
- Do you feel there are repeating themes in your life?
- Are you always struggling with money issues?
- Do you have problems getting along with people?
- Have you had problems holding down a job?
- What have you been attracting into your current life due to your dominant attitudes or patterns of thought?
- I.e. what are recurring questions you continue to ask yourself?
- What are recurring statements or affirmations you tell yourself?
- What is the dominant story you tell others.
- I.e. recalling bad memories and things that have happened to you in the past?
- Why you’re so great?
- How other people are the problem in your life?
- How it’s your parents fault?
If you examine these questions you might begin to understand what you are currently attracting into your life. These recurring themes are also being “packed away” into your storage locker, (Akashic record.) Do these recurring thoughts draw you closer to the universal life force and make you feel a sense of oneness with others, or do they leave you with a sense of loneliness and isolation? Are you developing your spirituality and seeking the deeper meaning of life, or is your life about satisfying material desires?
What creates Karma?
There are basically three different types of karma:
- Good karma
- Bad or negative karma
- Repeating experiential karma
Note these definitions of “good” or “bad” are accepted “labels” and are not personal judgments. It may be better to define “good” as those actions which lead to less suffering and more happiness. This results in more unity and greater spiritual awareness. “Bad” can be defined as that which leads to less happiness and more isolation, pain and suffering. We must remember “bad” action ultimately leads to understanding through pain and suffering, so all karma, whether “good” or “bad” ultimately leads to greater awareness. This is karma’s purpose, to teach and bring the soul to a greater level of awareness and understanding.
Selflessness is what creates karma of a good or positive nature
Good karma results from the good deeds we do for others. These can be gifts, physical help, empathy, sympathy and sometimes just an understanding ear to listen. In all cases of doing for others there can be no judgment or expectation of reciprocation, otherwise it is just a transaction. Here is where intention comes into play. There is no fooling what is written into the Akashic record based upon our intentions and what is in our heart. Whatever we think or intend is the real test for whether an act is loving and compassionate. Remember thoughts and intentions come before any deed is performed. Even sincere wishes, prayers and intentions for another person’s well being counts as good karma. This is what loving kindness meditation is all about.
We cannot do something nice for someone and then place a judgment on them. If we give someone money, we can’t say or think there is some proper way they should use the money. It is either a gift or it is not. Putting a condition on our good deed does not result in good karma. If we give someone something we must detach from it at that moment. You will know this is the case when you forget all the gifts and good deeds you have done for others. If you can remember most of them, then most likely you have remained attached to them.
Bad intentions or wanting to alter another persons free will is what creates karma of a negative nature
We are most familiar with bad karma. We feel the effects as guilt when we have done something to harm another. Bad karma gets recorded any time we intentionally hurt another person or force our will onto another. We must remember intentions and thoughts proceed any act. If we are wishing, fantasizing or intending harm to others or intending to force our will on another we are accumulating bad karma. (See post “Are You Having Happy Thoughts.“) f we are wishing, fantasizing , we are accumulating bad karma.
Our overriding thoughts, habits, interest, mental patterns, fears and attachments are what creates karma of an experiential nature
Experiential karma insures we will face our attachments and aversions in subsequent lifetimes. If we have a deathly fear of something, we can be assured it will show up again in another lifetime. The fact we have a deathly fear in this lifetime is surely an indication of an incident in a previous lifetime and the associated meaning we gave to it. For instance, we may be scared of knives due to being killed by one in a previous lifetime. We then objectify the knife as a deadly object that in and of itself causes harm; we give an object meaning beyond its physical reality. When someone kills, the cause is the hateful intention, not the knife itself. In this way we will eventually learn not to objectify any physical object.
The same concept applies with our attachments. When we give meaning to something we consider good, we are idolizing a false god. People do this with money, gold, jewelry, status, authority, fame and any other material object or experience. As the Buddha stated attachment is the source of all suffering. Our attachment to anything in the physical realm ensures our continued suffering in subsequent lives.
We can also create attachment based on our sex. Our strong identification to either male or female traits will bind us to more lives of the same. The blending of masculine and feminine together into one being is what all souls will evolve into as all higher souls are androgynous. The perspectives we have in life as male or female predispose us to take on certain bias’s, tendencies and perspectives. If we are male we are afraid to show feminine traits and if we are female we are afraid to show our masculine traits. Yet the melding of the two is what our soul eventually develops into.
What creates karma?
Karma is created through thoughts, judgments, likes (attachments,) dislikes (aversions,) intentions and actions
This is the most obvious and physical aspect of accruing karma. When we alter another persons free will by imposing our own, we incur negative karma. Perhaps this could best be described by the phrase “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We must remember thoughts and intentions proceed any action. There are few if any actions that are not proceeded by thoughts and intentions. Karma created through ignorance is when there is no harmful intention behind an action. The karma incurred through ignorance is much less than an intention to harm. The present day example of this is the same as “manslaughter,” “second degree murder” and “first degree murder.”
What creates karma as it pertains to intention? If one performs a deed with the intent of receiving something in return it does nothing to increase one’s good karma. Indeed the whole notion of doing good for the purpose of receiving something in return negates a good deed altogether. This is more of a transaction in which both parties benefit. Intention originates in thought and moves to the heart, intentions that are harmful to others weakens the heart. intentions which originate from love start in the heart and strengthen it.
Any action can be seen as bad but if there was no bad intention behind it, there is no karma. In these cases we may simply be an instrument in balancing someone else’s karma. Karma starts with ones thoughts and intentions before anything physical occurs. Intention therefor is as real as any physical action. Wishing harm to another or the thought or intention of wishing to force your will on another sets up karma. We may even appear to do something good for someone but if in our heart our intention is not good, then we accumulate bad karma.
Thoughts or judgments
It is not just our words that shape our life, it is one’s thoughts and judgments that are putting forth very real causes. Each thought must be met through experiencing the effects of such thoughts.
Everything we judge as bad will be shown to us over and over again until we learn love and compassion. For example If we despise rain then perhaps we will live a life as a farmer who’s livelihood depends on rain. If we judge a homeless person as someone who doesn’t try or is lazy then we will need to experience being homeless to understand what it is like. Only then will we stop our judgment and begin to have love and compassion for homeless people. Everything in our life which we judge good or bad sets up a karmic reaction of its opposite.
Our judgment of others is what creates negative karma for many people. Judging is one of the most destructive things we do in life. We judge others as not being good enough or smart enough or handsome enough. We judge others by thinking they should somehow be different or they should do things a different way. This is a clear case of wishing to alter another persons free will. We judge others through our own selfish point of view. Karma is so exacting that what we judge in others will also be judged in us. The process of judging is a process of divisiveness and isolation. (See post “Unity Or isolation.”) Love and compassion do not judge and are inclusive, bringing all things into the realm of oneness.
Judgment tends to incur immediate karma or immediate cause and effect into a lifetime. As we interact with others our judgments against them will eventually destroy those relationships. This cause and effect is evident by every failed relationship. Judgment also becomes a self-fulfilling reality. As we judge someone for being selfish, we will eventually start to see only selfishness in them. We start ignoring their good qualities interpreting all their actions through the lens of our judgment.
Rarely are we judging people as good. We don’t tend to see the good aspects in people rather we focus our judgment on the “perceived” negative. If we have reached a spiritual level of perceiving the good in others then we are no longer focusing on physical attributes instead we are perceiving them on a spiritual or soul level. On this level we do not judge at all, as love and compassion transcends judgment altogether. In all our personal interactions with others it is important not to leave with feelings of resentment, jealousy, anger or bitterness. These are seeds we plant that will surely produce a bitter fruit.
Every physical action is perceived differently by each person experiencing an event. Those that are filled with hatred, anger and judgment will see just that. Each person interprets an event based on their own state of mind or consciousness. We may interpret an action of another soul in a negative way when it was not the intention of that soul. The very act of judging with negative thoughts sets up karma.
Any material attachments will bind us to the material world. This ensures we will receive more of the same in the future as we idolize “things.” Our likes or attachment to all things spiritual will ensure we continue moving towards a path of liberation from the physical world. When the parents of a twelve year old child asked Edgar Cayce for a reading, Cayce went on to describe the boys talents. When the parents asked the question of whether all his talents would be developed, Cayce answered: “All his talents will either be developed or run to seed and be drained off.”
Everything we hate or have strong judgments against sets up karmic consequences and we will need to experience the opposites of our strong judgement. The very act of hating something is what binds it to us into the future. Dislikes or aversions are a form of negative judgment. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ~ William Shakespeare
How quickly does karma occur?
Each moment of our life dies and we are born into the next moment. The actions in the current moment affect the birth of the next moment. Suppose you are at the grocery store and the person in front of you has a problem with their credit card and eventually has to write a check for their purchase. The whole process takes five or so minutes. Surely we do not anticipate these circumstances but how we interpret or judge the situation determines what is born into the next several minutes, hours or perhaps even days. How we behave and respond to life in each moment is cause and the following moment is born with the effects of the proceeding moment.
Where our causes show no immediate effects, they are taken with us into our future lives. Karma is incurred immediately but may take many lifetimes to balance. Edgar Cayce described it as such: “cause and effect to many are the same as karma. Karma is that brought over, while cause and effect may exist in the one material experience only. From Edgar Cayce reading (2981-21)
Edgar Cayce sited the reason for many illnesses and afflictions as karmic in nature. In fact in a overwhelming majority of readings involving a physical affliction or disease, it was almost always karmic in nature. This can be very difficult to accept especially when it involves a young child or baby. In some cases it also involves absolving the karma of the parents. No one wants to think of that type of predetermined destiny, but we must remember we ourselves have picked the basic circumstances of our life. In many cases Cayce offered hope if all those involved aligned themselves to spiritual principles.
Thoughts to ponder:
- When you do something nice for someone, are you able to do so without any expectations?
- What were 7 nice things you have done for others in the last week? Did you do any of them with an expectation of receiving something in return?
- Do you make it a point to remember all the nice things you have done for others or do you forget them?
- Do you “keep score” with your relationships measuring what is given in comparison to what is received?
- If you categorized each of your thoughts during the day, how many would you be willing to share with others and how many would you keep private? (Those private thoughts are probably creating unwanted karma…)
- How many of your current habits would you want to bring with you into another life?
- Which continuing thought patterns would you be comfortable taking with you into another life?
- How much of your day is spent judging people, situations or things as: good, bad, right, wrong, too much, too little, etc..
How to deal with our karma
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ~ Wayne Dyer
The title of this heading is fitting because we need only concern ourselves with “our own karma.” It is a natural tendency for people to fixate on the flaws of other people, (which ironically creates more bad karma,) we rarely turn inward to reflect on our own flaws. This is what our karma is meant to teach us.
In his book “Letting Go” Dr. David R. Hawking answers the following regarding karma:
Question: What if a negative feeling toward someone or a situation persists, despite my intention and effort to let it go? Answer: Sometimes one is more or less forced to surrender to a situation and presume that it’s karmic. With spiritual research, one finds out that it is indeed karmic. Let’s say you are paying off the karma of being mean to a lot of people! Now you get a chance to see what it’s like to have people be mean to you. Sometimes the only reasonable thing left to do is to surrender to karmic patterns. You don’t have to believe in karma as a religious doctrine in order to make this step. It’s simply accepting the basic law of human interactions that “what goes around comes around,” and most of us have not always been saints!
Trials, tribulations and suffering are what make us move towards growth and spirituality. As we ask the question, “why me?” true to nature, a question will always seek an answer. It begs us to look deep into our life for the reasons of our suffering. This becomes a catalyst for “soul searching” and introspection into our life. We start to analyze our life objectively exposing us to our ways of behaving. The one thing common to all our bad experiences and the problems we complain about is that “we” are at the center of it.
Every interaction with others is a lesson in “our behavior.” If we focus on the behavior of people and use that as the justification for our behavior, then we learn nothing about ourselves. Our life is not about learning the idiosyncrasies of others, we are meant to learn about us. How we choose to behave, or “who we choose to be” in the face of others is the lesson. As we reach a level of conscious awareness, we begin to exercise self control over our emotions and behaviors. At a higher level of consciousness “we choose” what we will become.
One way of becoming aware of our karma is to look at repeating problems in our life. Maybe we are unable to hold down a job. Maybe we have one failed relationship after another and they end in bitter resentment and hatred. Maybe we can’t seem to keep friendships throughout our life. Maybe we struggle with constant debt. All of these recurring situations are presented as lessons that will repeat themselves over and over again until such time we learn the lesson, are grateful for the lesson and learn love and compassion taught by the lesson.
All experience is meant to teach us something.
Hopefully we are able to identify the cause and effects in our lifetime which have created pain. The problem with karma is we can suffer the effects of lives lived long ago. Since we have no current memory of our past misdeeds, we become disillusioned or defensive at our misfortune in this lifetime. If we believe in the spiritual aspects of life, namely our soul, then we must believe in karma. It is no doubt difficult to experience bad things in our life and be thankful for them, but each bit of karma is for our own advancement as a soul. If we become angry, condemning, defensive, mean or selfish as a result of our tribulations in life, then we are just adding more negative karma to our future.
We must avoid negative reactions during life. We must learn forgiveness first then compassion. We must have faith that everything is happening for everyone’s higher good. We must accept our trials and tribulations in life as learning experiences. How we deal with our problems is the lesson itself. At first we may start to pray asking for divine help with our problems. This starts to develop our faith. The more we take responsibility for our life, the more we guide our actions towards the good. The more good we become, the more gratitude we have. That gratitude eventually gets directed towards the creator of our life. This starts to grow our spirituality. The more spiritual we become, the more faith we possess. The more faith we possess, the stronger we become and the less likely we are to become upset. As our faith increases we see physical life as only an experience in learning. We see physical life as something temporary while our soul is eternal.
There are five distinct ways to deal with any bad situation in our life:
- Become upset, angry and vindictive, or blame someone else for our problems. This creates more bad karma and can result in problems becoming worse and more severe until we learn our lesson.
- Feel sorry for ourselves. There is no overt karma produced but existing karma is not diminished. Not dealing with our problems means we will have return in subsequent lives in order to learn how to deal with problems. This can result in the same problems happening to us over and over again until we learn the lesson.
- Accept that we are somehow responsible for what is happening and try to learn from it, or at least accept it is as a learning experience for all those involved. As long as we do not get angry and try to blame someone, we will not suffer any additional karma and we just might learn something.
- Take full personal responsibility for everything that happens to us. Know that everyone is learning something meant to advance their soul.
- Judge nothing and approach each situation with love and understanding.
- Have compassion for everyone involved in the lesson.
- Exercise infinite patience.
- Be at peace with the situation knowing we approached it with love and compassion.
- Make no judgment regardless of the outcome.
- Know “everything is as it should be.”
- Search our soul for the lessons it is meant to teach.
- Don’t concern ourselves with “anyone else’s” lesson.”
- Have gratitude for the lesson and the experience.
This last method will actually reduce existing karma and eliminate bad karma going forward because we are learning love, compassion, gratitude and peace.
How is our karma balanced?
Our karma is balanced by meeting our self again in the future and making a better choice. When we have made bad decisions in a life, we choose to experience similar circumstances in a new life in hopes we will learn through a different perspective. Suppose in a previous life we stole money from someone and no one found out. In this life we have money stolen from us but the person is caught. Instead of seeking to punish this person we decide not to press charges, we decide to forgive this person. As a result we have learned compassion and forgiveness in the process. Furthermore we alleviate existing karma by exercising compassion and forgiveness. We do not set ourselves up for any additional karma by seeking retribution and condemning another soul with our judgment. We have opportunities to grow from each experience of karma, therein lies the gift and wisdom of karma and the learning objective in cause and effect.
Karma in our relationships
It should come as no surprise we have karma with other souls that must be worked out. Many people feel we can just avoid or eject people from our life based on not getting along with them. This is not the case on a soul level, we eventually need to heal our contentious relationships. Most contentious relationships have probably been carried over from previous lives.
Suppose in another life you worked for a demanding, domineering and assertive person, while in that life you were more passive and easy going. You both had different opinions about things and there was constant tension in the relationship. You both developed animosity towards each other and ended up hating each other. In this life you now come back as a dominant, overbearing parent and this other person is your passive easy going child. The tables are turned and once again you try to work out your differences until you reach a loving respect for each other. This interplay between souls goes on life after life in various scenarios until a relationship is healed.
A spouse or life partner is probably the closest intimate relationship we will have in a life. Yet in the United States 50% of all first time marriages end in divorce or permanent separation and 67% of second marriages end in divorce. Some of these marriages will however end with a sense of resolution where there is no animosity and they remain supportive, respectful and friendly towards each other. When these relationships get resolved every one benefits including the children who see their parents as positive role models of behavior. The negative karmic ties that have bound them for lifetimes is finally healed.
Many marriages end in anger and bitterness creating more bad karma between them. In addition to the continuing bad karma between themselves one or both can create additional karma by teaching hatred, vindictiveness and condemnation to their children. There is an intentional harm done to children when they are encouraged to hate or disrespect one of their parents. The parents will meet again in a future lifetime; it need not be as husband and wife, just a close relationship of some type to resolve their karma. Additionally if they teach hatred to their children, they may find themselves as a child in a similar circumstance to see how it feels.
Family represents some of our most significant relationships in life. We are free to pick our friends but a family forces us to confront relationships on an intimate level. These can be loving and nurturing relationships which have grown through lifetimes or they can be contentious relationships seeking resolution. The point to understand is we eventually need to heal all antagonistic relationships. Guess how this is done?….yes, love, compassion and understanding.
When is our karma balanced?
It takes many, many lifetimes to reach higher levels of consciousness (see consciousness,) karma facilitates this process. Karma incurred from the actions in previous lifetimes can remain dormant for many, many lifetimes. When the conditions are right we will bring up that karma for a particular lifetime. We each have a great deal of karma to work through. We can only handle so much in each lifetime, but we choose how much we will take on. Karma is balanced when we have experienced the opposite side of a misdeed. Forgiveness, love and compassion has the effect of balancing our karma without having to experience each separate instance of our previous bad deeds.
How to avoid bad karma
By aligning ourselves with higher spiritual principles we can avoid accruing any additional karma. We must learn not to mirror bad surroundings by being bad ourselves, instead we must maintain our love and compassion in the face of ignorance and bad behavior by others. Love and compassion is the antidote for Karma. We must always take responsibility for our life and blame no one else for our life’s predicaments.
We know instinctively when we have gone against spiritual principles, unfortunately it is always after the fact. Why is this? To a great extent we go through a whole day in an unconscious state. We are on autopilot and the ego is at the controls. (See post “Seeking The Source Of Truth Inside Yourself“) The ego is in a very reactive mode of protection and it results in quick unconscious responses. These responses are driven by our ego’s fears:
- Fear of being challenged
- Fear of not being accepted
- Fear of being judged
- Fear of being deserted
- Fear of failure
- Fear of losing love
- Fear of change
- Fear of not having enough
- Fear of embarrassment
- Fear of loneliness
- Fear of inadequacy
- Fear of intimacy
- Fear of losing our possessions
- Fear of someone attacking us
- Fear of someone overpowering us
- Fear of death
Love and fear cannot co-exist. If we are fearful we are not loving. If we are loving, we cannot be fearful. We must reach higher levels of consciousness to experience our spiritual nature rather than our animal ego nature.
We avoid negative karma when:
- We no longer have strong convictions or take polarized positions.
- We are no longer fearful.
- We are no longer attached to material possessions.
- We no longer judge people or situations.
- We approach all situations with love, compassion and a sense of peace.
We are not usually aware we incur bad karma until after the fact. As noted above we are reactionary and unconscious of our bad behaviors because they seem like natural responses. Indeed they are natural animal responses. As we start to become more self-aware, we start connecting in a meaningful way to others. When we start to understand our connection to the whole we begin to understand our spiritual nature. Mindfulness is a practice that can help us slow down and become more conscious and aware.
Mindfulness is simply bringing a full level of awareness and consciousness to the present moment, preventing us from going into autopilot mode. The brain is very good at relinquishing present awareness to an automated subconscious mode. See post (“Neural Pathways – Beating Down A Path In The Brain“) When this happens we lose conscious awareness of our surroundings and our actions. Mindfulness practice helps us become aware of everything we are doing, thinking, feeling and sensing in the moment. Being mindful can help us think before we react to any situation. Most people if given enough time to think about something will respond in a more loving, compassionate and rational way. This prevents us from reacting in anger or fear which can create more bad karma.
In the law of karma, we agree to a predetermined set of circumstances in each life in order to learn and fulfill our karma. We must undue previous bad choices by making better choices in the present based on similar circumstances. This is why we choose to experience a set of events in our life. We are trying to reach a higher consciousness within a lifetime that suddenly makes clear the error of our ways.
If we look at our life objectively we are continually given circumstances and challenges to learn from. The question we need to ask ourselves is whether our decisions in life reflect a higher level of awareness. Do we constantly regret our actions or are we always blaming other people? We know when we have made the correct decisions in life when we are free from guilt and are at peace with an outcome. This will only happen when we approach all situations from a state of love, compassion and gratitude.
Any weaknesses we overcome or resolve in this life helps to strengthen us in subsequent lives. If we think of our lessons learned in this life, we realize these lessons are now part of our soul. Habits and behaviors we have in this life are influenced by how we have lived in previous lives. We think in terms of this life as some starting point, but who we are is due to our choices made in previous lives. If we examine our life we will see we are made up of our past karma.
We are responsible for changing anything we don’t like about ourselves, they will not change on their own. Those things we do not change will end up as the starting point in a future life but we are given an eternity to perfect ourselves. If we are conscientious in this life we can begin to change the course of our soul through awareness and mindfulness of our current thoughts intentions and habits. As one grows, he or she remembers their true relationship with the source and one’s heritage as a spiritual being.
By understanding our soul, karma and our spiritual nature, we start to gain an awareness of our life. We begin to realize we are shaping our future lives and our soul with each present moment. When we can rise above this one life and view it as one of many lives, we will gain a clarity we have never had. This clarity comes from a thorough understanding of our present life and its relationship to our soul and our creator.
Aside from outright harm we physically or verbally inflict on others, judgment is probably the second most common form of bad karma. It has both short term and long term consequences. The short term cause and effect is the destruction of relationships and our subsequent isolation. There is a level of ignorance in thinking we know how everything should be. When we judge, we are trying to play our own independent version of a god, or more appropriately a dictator or tyrant, because God does not judge. The laws of karma and cause and effect have been set up as modes of learning and all life is subject to the laws. When we judge we are condemning others based on our personal opinion of how people should behave or how the world should be. Judging others results in judgment turned towards ourselves. The lesson of many spiritual teachings is to subdue all thought for this reason.
Karma is a trap of sorts. The trap is seeking to fulfill ones own desires at the expense of others. When one is fixated on only themselves then karma comes into play. Suffering is not necessary for our development, it only occurs when we violate spiritual principles. As people seek to make themselves happy, they usually become selfish and this triggers the law of Karma. In this selfishness we also experience loss occurring from a lack of appreciation. That which we do not fully appreciate will eventually go away.
When we rise to a level of love, compassion and forgiveness, we lessen our karma through the forgiveness of others. As we give compassion and forgiveness to others, the same is given to us. All that we think and do is a cause seeking an effect.
So what is the overriding lesson in life?
We must understand we-are-all-one. We are all part of each other and all part of our creator or the source. We create our own hell like isolation through selfish materialistic desires. The good we do for others benefits all of creation and we are part of that creation. The harm we inflict on others affects all of creation and we are part of that creation.
Life in the physical plane is a lesson in controlling our mental thoughts. There are consequences to our thoughts and actions, this is why karma is necessary. We are powerful beings with unlimited abilities and we must learn to control ourselves. This physical experience provides the perfect training ground for learning to control our thoughts. Here we cannot do much harm to one another and we have to concentrate and focus intensely to manifest a result. (See post “Conscious Creation“) Everything is slowed down so our immediate thoughts do not create immediate results. At the end of our sojourn in the material realm we will have learned how to control our mind with a focus on the importance of unity and love.
Applying the idea:
- Searching your karmic relationships, do you recognize the different types:
- Who in your life is consistently loving and supportive, no matter what?
- Who are you consistently loving and supportive towards, no matter what?
- Who do you seem to have friction with but because of the circumstances you cannot just eliminate them from your life?
- What relationships started as OK but then devolved into animosity towards each other?
- What relationships have been healed in this lifetime? Hint: These are likely within your own family, or relationships where you have been forced into close interaction on a continuing basis.
- Do you think your trials and tribulations in life have strengthened your faith?
- Do you recognize recurring problems or issues in your life?
- When bad things happen to you, which of the five ways do you use to deal with it?
- Are you able to control the ego’s reaction to fear?
- If you want to change something about your habits or tendencies, how many lifetimes will you wait to change?
- Can you see how judgment is the root of most bad karma?
- As you review your life to date, what have you learned about yourself?
Death and the experience of death.
Do you ever question what happens after physical death?
History has shown a belief of life after death in many civilizations and cultures. While the nature of those afterlife beliefs differs there is a similar theme to most. While we can’t say with certainty what some ancient cultures believed, anthropologist use archaeological evidence of the rituals surrounding death as evidence. In many ancient cultures the dead were buried with personal artifacts indicating some belief in comforting them on the other side. Ancient civilizations leave behind text and pictures describing the afterlife as a sort of journey. In some cases religions have made death a fearful event based on being judged, after which you either go to heaven or hell. Who wouldn’t be fearful in the prospect of spending your golden years of the afterlife in hell?
The Fear Of Death
Death is the greatest fear humans’ face; in fact it is the basis of every other fear, (though I think public speaking ranks up there somewhere.) Take any fear in life and keep asking why it is fearful and you will eventually end up at death. It is natural to fear the unknown and death represents one of the biggest unknowns. Due to this fear of death we stay as far away from it as possible. As a society we don’t talk about it or think about it, yet everyone knows they will eventually experience it. We have a sort of amnesia about our own mortality until it is imminent. It is interesting though as we get to a ripe old age or suffer for a long period, we start to accept it and even welcome the relief it will bring.
People have many beliefs about death with the rigidness of religion being a catalyst for two polarizing views. There is the view of an almighty God leveling judgment and punishing us based on our sins or a comforting view that you will be saved based on a belief in Jesus. Then there are those that reject religion all together and believe YOLO – “You only live once,” so enjoy the ride. It may benefit everyone to find a place in between both extremes. Outside of religion and atheism there are many who are spiritually oriented seeking to find their own answers to existence.
Interestingly our belief about the afterlife affects our experience in the afterlife. This is not hard to believe if you take into account the conditioning the soul has gone through with so many physical lives. The soul develops a sort of self-correcting mechanism related back to karma. If one lives a selfish life with hatred and anger causing pain to many during life, there is recognition of this fact upon entering the spiritual realm. The soul having realized there is a continuation of life must reconcile such cruel and selfish behaviors during life.
The Continuation Of Consciousness After Death
The continuation of life shouldn’t be that hard to believe. Science already knows that energy cannot be destroyed or created, it can only change form and we are a living form of energy. Similar to quantum physics just because one doesn’t understand the laws doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Quantum physics purports some pretty weird phenomenon that for most of us is unbelievable (if we even know about it,) but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or isn’t true. Some phenomenon of quantum physics are yet unprovable and in this way we must have faith in our mathematics in order to believe what is true. Science is beginning to study the notion of human consciousness as a result of quantum theory and the results are startling, (I should say startling to those who are not spiritual.) Those that are truly spiritual already know on an instinctual level what science is proving through experiments. We are all connected and there is a field of consciousness and energy that connects all things. We are part of that energy and we are capable of connecting to all things.
In recent years there has been much more attention given to both reincarnation and what happens after death. This information comes in the way of near death experiences, ancient beliefs, past life regressions, out of body experiences, astral projections, children recalling past lives, clairvoyants, spiritual mediums, highly enlightened mystics, religious text, etc.. Culture also has a great deal to do with our belief in the afterlife. Like anything in life if one is interested in seeking they will find what they seek. If one is set in their convictions of disbelief then they will experience a sort of veiled and separated consciousness being unable to perceive other aspects of consciousness (see “Creator Laws.“) Hell, isn’t that what got us into this mess in the first place?
When Death Occurs
So what happens at the point of death? First of all it is important to note we do not feel the actual death of the body. Our soul separates from the body just prior to the death of the body so what we experience then is this separation. As the soul separates from the body, the first sensation is a sense of peace and relief. A substantial portion of the ego dies with the body and only the mind continues on after death. The mind may still contain some residual memory of the ego but upon death we experience liberation from the worst parts of the ego. Often one looks back upon the body lying there with no attachment or emotion for the body itself. Upon recognizing their dead body there is the realization they are still conscious, they are still very much alive. What happens after this depends on a great many factors, namely the state of advancement of the soul and the state of mind just prior to death.
If death occurred with loved ones grieving at their bedside the soul may try to comfort their loved ones by trying to convey to them they’re fine, they’re still alive. There are souls that will stick around for their entire funeral or longer. During this time, every thought is known by the soul, the true feelings people had for us during our human life are known. If one does not believe in life after death, they may experience a very gentle welcoming into their new existence. This occurs because their disbelief must be gradually overturned. The more advanced souls may recognize the situation of their death as just another experience and quickly move on. If a soul is unable to come to terms with their death and/or are so attached to physical life, may inhabit this plane of existence for some time before receiving help and guidance directing them to their next stop. Most souls are met with either a guide, a loved one, or many souls from past and present lives.
Where we go after this again depends on the condition or consciousness of the soul, but ultimately we end up in one of many realms. There is much in the way of corroboration on the notion of astral realms (i.e. spiritual realms.) These have come from enlightened beings, near-death experiences, channeling, psychics, historical text and past life and between life regression therapy. I know this sounds way out there to the rational mind. It is probably beyond comprehension for those who don’t believe in the soul to begin with. Let me however try to give you a rational explanation of this concept before diving deeper into it.
If you recall from (“The Purpose Of The Soul,”) the creator foresaw the chaos that would ensue in the spiritual world with every point of consciousness doing whatever pleased them. At the highest level of companionship or co-creation, (the highest level of vibration,) there must be absolute unity and harmony and this describes the highest astral realms. It would make sense in order to prevent chaos in the spiritual realms to establish barriers or levels for each developing soul (consciousness.) The mere fact that souls became entangled in the physical world meant they would have a long journey back to their original state. Perhaps the only souls that bypassed this fall into selfish individualism were those that early on relinquished much of their free will and desire for individual control.
A quick note on this concept of soul progression. Perhaps the creator ideally wanted souls that didn’t have to suffer through this great fall into individualism, selfishness and subsequent pain. There may have been two very distinct ways for souls to get their “education.” One would have been a very long schooling process of obedience, watching, and learning by observing the mistakes of others. The other being the school of hard knocks, (i.e. karma.) The earthly analogy might be the person who goes to college for 8-12 years and graduates with a doctorate degree. If they are put into the position of running a company they may have the conceptual knowledge and various models of theory, but lack practical experience. In fact their learned knowledge may become an impediment to being successful. The other side of the coin is the person who spends a good portion of their career working in various positions and is eventually promoted to running the same company. This person will have an intimate knowledge of all the various aspects of the business and the subtle nuances of the people, departments, strengths and weaknesses. Both can be successful or one or both could fail. In the end it is the depth of experience that shapes a person and allows them to relate to their world. So perhaps this “fall” of souls into the realm of their own selfishness ultimately makes for a better companion having “been there, done that.” Of course since all knowledge is shared at the higher realms, maybe we’re just the troublemakers who had to learn the hard way. Either way you look at it, it’s all good. The point is to be consciously aware of all of it.
Items to ponder:
- What are your own beliefs about death?
- Where do you think you will go after death?
- What do you think you will experience upon death?
- Do you feel you may have a sort of veiled consciousness regarding death?
What are the various astral realms? Where does the soul go after death? What are the conditions that determine which realm a soul will go to?
Do you ever wonder if there is truth to the heaven and hell concept?
Do you ever wonder why we are unable to see or experience people who have crossed over after death?
Many religions have espoused the concept of heaven and hell. To a great extent this teaching gave many religions a great deal of power. After all, if you believe you get one shot at your final retirement in either heaven or hell you might be inclined to favor heaven. Unfortunately in traditional religion there is a great deal of misinformation and half truths about life after death. We create reality based upon our beliefs and the will of the mind, our experience of life after death is no different. The soul itself has a self-accountability attribute and this plays a part in where we go after death.
There are various levels to the spiritual world and these are commonly referred to as astral realms. These astral realms have been given many names such as:
- Physical plane
- Astral plane
- Etheric plane
- Causal plane
- First heaven
- Second heaven
- Mental plane
- Buddhic plane
- Atmic plane
- Monadic plane
- Spiritual plane
- Divine plane
- Logoic plane
There are a great variety of names given and a great variety of levels given but all sources have one thing in common, they exist as levels. To understand these levels let’s break down a general summary of the levels. Each realm has a vibratory attribute to it with the lower levels vibrating at lower levels and the upper levels vibrating at the highest levels.
Lower Astral Realms
Starting with the lowest levels, these would be considered hell like realms. The lowest of these levels are reserved for those having committed the most heinous acts against creation. Those that end up in these astral realms have used their free will to create great pain and suffering against other souls. When one experiences these realms they are made to suffer in what seems like an eternity of hopelessness. There have been many descriptions of these realms with hell being the most common. When a soul has continued to commit atrocities against other souls they find themselves in this realm to reflect on their past deeds and suffer as they have made others suffer. One must suffer the anguish of their own actions until they come to terms with what they have done. Even a soul in this realm will eventually escape by coming to terms with what they have done. When one has fully accounted for their actions and seeks forgiveness they may rise to another level or reincarnate to a life in which more suffering is necessary due to karma. Cause and effect and Karma ensures that one must meet their own actions.
The higher astral realms of this hell like state are still devoid of light and these souls are meant to contemplate their actions in life. A soul in this realm may have been selfish or mean, thinking only of themselves, resulting in a realm of solitude and reflection. Again when one has come to terms with the life just led they can rise to another level and seek to learn. Intention during life plays a major role in determining what is experienced after death. It is possible to hurt others without the intention of doing so therefor they do not incur harsh karma. In these cases a life review can shed light on one’s ignorance. Everything in the spiritual astral realms are meant to teach, just as a physical life experience is meant to teach. As above, so below.
Stratification of the various astral realms through vibrational differences
Recall that in order to maintain some semblance of order and unity and to prevent chaos among souls it was necessary to create levels. These astral realm levels are based on vibrational rates which keep the various souls at different levels. It is possible for those at higher levels to descend to lower levels but rising to higher levels can only be attained through one’s spiritual perfection. In other words a higher level soul can teach or help those at lower levels, but they cannot experience a higher level until they have reached that level themselves. We are all higher spiritual beings having a human experience however, when we choose a physical life for the advanced learning it provides, we are temporarily unable to access our higher level. Upon death of our physical body we are once again able to enter our previous higher realm above the physical plane. The exception to this are the souls who must experience the lower levels due to their actions in life.
Due to the nature of physical life, all things are born and then die. This material physical experience when coupled with free will can incur many karmic consequences. Reincarnating to another physical life is the fastest way to rid ourselves of this karma. We think of ourselves as separate and alone while in the physical state. It seems the ultimate knowledge that can be gained from physical life is to realize our oneness with the creator while experiencing a physical life. This is a very challenging task and only those who are dedicated to this endeavor succeed or make rapid progress. Many go through their entire physical experience in this alone, selfish and separated state making little progress in their time here. It may take many hundreds of lives until one has spiritually matured to a point of seeking.
At some point during an incarnated life the soul is ready to reach for a higher level of consciousness during a physical life. It is difficult to say what triggers such a desire. Perhaps choosing an extremely difficult life accelerates our learning. Maybe choosing a life to be of service to others accelerates our consciousness. It would seem like anything else in life, effort and hard work is necessary to produce results. This means a relatively easy life does not provide much in the way of learning, whereas continued compassion in the face of long suffering provides a bounty of learning. For more on accelerating consciousness click here.
Physical life in the material world is considered one of these astral realms and is located somewhere just below the middle levels. The physical level has its own vibration which is why we are unable to perceive the other levels. There is a fair amount of evidence that access to levels above the physical plane may be reached through certain drugs such as DMT, LSD and Ketamine. By ingesting certain drugs, Shamans around the world have entered some of these different realms. In these realms they are shown what plants will cure certain physical illnesses. This method of accessing astral realms however is only temporary in nature. Other than accessing information at these higher levels, we must still do the work required to achieve these levels permanently.
Entering the middle astral realms there is great unity and joy. A soul in this realm is met by loved ones, teachers, guides and members of their soul group. It is important to note that communication in the spiritual realms occurs differently, ideas and concepts are conveyed by mental thought processes exclusively. These middle realms are what many refer to as heaven. How we experience these realms depends on our state of mind prior to death along with our beliefs of life after death. For a person who has a strong conviction that death is the end of life it is necessary to ease them into their new existence. These people may need to be shown death of their physical body has occurred and they are still alive. Those with strong religious beliefs will be met by the religious figures of their religion. They will also be grouped with similar souls of the same religious beliefs.
Common to all souls is a life review in the presence of advanced souls. The life review shows us how we lived our life and the effects we had on others. Nothing I have ever read suggest we view or judge the actions of others, we view only our own actions. We are made to see how we treated people in life. We are also given the ability to see ourselves through their eyes and feel their emotions. If we were mean, selfish, unloving or unkind, we will feel the effects it had on others. If we were loving, kind and generous, we will also see and feel the effects it had on others. During a life review the elders are there to point out things and question us. At no time does anyone judge us, we are the soul/sole judge of ourselves.
In these middle astral realms we learn to control our thoughts. Each soul can pick the environment, dwelling and even the time in history in which to call home. We create this reality by our thoughts alone. We can choose to recreate the house we grew up in or create something entirely out of our imagination. To feel a sense of familiarity we may recreate something we experienced in our previous life(s.) The ability to go anywhere by thinking or to create anything with our thoughts requires great discipline. It also teaches us to guard ourselves against harmful or negative thoughts.
The important point about going to any level is we continue to learn. Life is continuous and therefore staying stagnant is not an option. We communicate with different souls to learn from their experiences and insight. We learn from guides and teachers at higher levels. Our guides will help us in evaluating our growth encouraging us to always to move onward and upward. For instance if one believes that their concept of heaven is the eternal resting place, they will eventually learn there are many facets to existence and one narrow view limits their growth. Stagnation can easily turn into a hell like experience when one becomes bored with existence. We may explore musical talents or artistic talents, attend classes, review history, etc.. We may review previous lives to study past lessons. We may serve in the capacity of helping others. There are always levels below us which need the help of the upper level souls and there are always levels above us to reach.
Eventually in these middle astral realms we may decide to reincarnate. These desires may come through the persuasion of our guides or the desire to even out our karma or we may reincarnate to help others. A number of souls agree to reincarnate into a short life for the benefit of teaching others, these are souls who die as infants or children. When we decide the time is right we work with spiritual guides in deciding on the lessons we wish to explore with another physical life. We may even pick a body with some deformity or handicap to gain insight from such an experience. As we raise our consciousness our soul history becomes a bigger part of our consciousness. In other words if we exist in a low level of consciousness, we will tend to keep that level in the spiritual realm. As a result we may keep the memories of the last life lived as if it was all that we know. As above so below, as below so above.
Prior to reincarnating we decide on our parents to learn certain attributes and/or experiences based on their personalities and life situation. We are also able to review the major events planned for our life with the intention of learning certain lessons. Once we are ready and the time is right we descend down into the subject body to await birth. Upon birth we may have some memory of goals and ideals picked for our life, but eventually the veil of forgetfulness falls upon us. If we are fortunate enough to remember our spiritual origins during a physical life and seek a state of complete enlightenment during a lifetime, we may end the need for reincarnation.
Eventually all souls will move beyond the need for reincarnation on earth. Once this occurs we may choose to reincarnate only for the purpose of teaching or helping others. The higher realms entail learning beyond what we can comprehend at the lower levels. Eventually we learn the subtleties of manipulating energy or perhaps experiencing higher life forms on other planets. Our ability to control our thoughts is critical to existing in these levels. Before we can exist at these levels we must purge all tendencies of selfishness, separation and focus on one’s own selfish desires. One thing is clear, as we rise to higher levels of consciousness and vibration our personalities diminish. In other words, our uniqueness diminishes as we take on a universal compassionate and loving unity. There is not much material or information that comes through from the higher levels. At the higher levels we merge into groups of consciousness. These groups of advanced souls use their influence and guidance in communicating with life on various planets helping to guide the evolution on those planets. Eventually we merge into the oneness of the creator becoming the companions and co-creators we were meant to be.
An analogy on physical life and spiritual life:
Imagine two continents, let’s say land “A” and land “B.” Land “A” is a difficult place to live, it is filled with pain, loss, fighting and selfishness. Work there can be very difficult but necessary in order to survive. There are places in Land “A” where love, peace and unity exist, but they are very difficult to find and not many people will dedicate their life to finding these areas.
There are many laws and rules which seem very unfair, but little can be done to fight against them. People living in land “A” know very little about land “B.” There are only rumors that land “B” even exist. Once someone has gone to land “B” they don’t come back, therefor people think land “B” is where you are sent to die. Actually a few do come back from land “B” but since it is very few and the stories they tell are too fantastic, many don’t believe the stories of land “B.”
Land “B” is a magical place where life is more of a playful learning experience. There is great love, peace and joy with no pain, suffering, fighting or selfishness. Everyone loves one another and it feels like one big happy family. Everyone in land “B” knows everything about land “A.” There are different laws and rules in land “B” but everyone happily follows them. While there is much that can be learned in land “B” there are some things that can only be learned in land “A” and learning is more rapid in land “A.” As difficult as it is to live in Land “A” people want to go there in order to learn great things. Everyone who comes from land “A” is greeted with great celebration and many people are curious to know about the lessons learned in land “A.”
Imagine you currently live in land “A,” and at some point in the future you will be forced to go to land “B” People are very fearful of going to land “B.” In this land there are different laws and rules that apply and they are very different from what you experience now in Land “A”. You will not be told when you will go to Land “B” but you know for certain it will happen. After spending some time in Land “B” you would be allowed to come back to land “A” with several exceptions:
- You will lose almost all personal memory of Land “B.”
- You will lose almost all personal memory of your life in Land “A” before you went to land “B.”
- You will not go back to the same place you came from.
- You will not remember anyone you currently know.
- You will in essence start life all over.
- Where you go back to and the conditions of your living arrangements are partially determined by your experience in Land “B”, but also on all your previous experiences in Land “A”.
Based on this scenario, ponder the following questions:
- Do you think you would be better off knowing something about land “B” before going there?
- How different might the experience be for one who studies up on the language and the laws of Land “B” compared to one who must learn only after they are dropped off?
- What if the rules and laws governing Land “B” were partially based on your current life experience in Land “A”?
- In other words what if you could change your experience in Land “B” by changing the experience of how you live currently in land “A”?
- Wouldn’t you at least be curious to know some of this information?
- What if you found out, you have been going back and forth between “A” and “B” for a very long time? What if there was a way in which you could start to remember this fact?
- What if there was a way in which you could stay in land “B” forever?
This is a very simple way of looking at spirituality and the soul. It allows us to contemplate how our physical life and our spiritual/soul life exist concurrently and how they are closely tied together.
We have talked about all aspects of the soul, its attributes, its purpose and its progression. Ok, so now let’s bring it back down to earth to discuss the human experience…
Evolution in the physical phase of human experience is a long process. Souls who have mingled in the physical plane have experienced a great fall. They find themselves in bodies with minds more similar to animals, instead of a spiritual being. Observing our closest relatives in the animal world we see many of our animal traits remain part of the human experience. In the animal world we find territorial wars, male or female domination over a group, fighting for the right to mate, fighting for resources, etc..
We have talked about the various levels of existence of the soul, but right now we are having a human experience. Let’s talk more about the levels of our human experience, as this is our immediate concern. At the lowest levels of human consciousness we are driven by animal instincts. We feel we are mortal and therefore fearful of death. This fear drives us to compete or fight with others for perceived limited resources. The life experience is dominated by fear and because of this we run away from potential threats and avoid many experiences. We react to things without being fully conscious and therefore we have minimal control over our emotions.
We seek a mate to continue our lineage and to receive love. We seek personal power over others to satisfy our needs and feel better about ourselves. We surround ourselves with material goods to indicate our importance and achievement. We look for happiness outside ourselves so we need “stuff” to fulfill this desire. We rely on others to do as we say in order to make us happy. We try to make ourselves look better on the outside for the purpose of impressing others. We protect our self-image by needing to be right and thinking we are better than others. We lie to ourselves and others to cover up our ignorance and bad behavior. We are frequently in a state of mentally rehearsing conflict with others regardless of their physical presence. We blame other people or circumstances for our unhappiness. Our ego is in a constant state of mental chatter judging everything around us. At this level we are separated from everyone believing it is us against everyone else. We try to find allies in order to fight against other enemies. We utilize gossip, lies, and deceit to persuade others to join us against our enemies. The world is at conflict with groups fighting against other groups. There is little to no collaboration unless it serves the purpose of getting what we desire.
Rising above basic animal instincts
Eventually we start to subdue some of these animalistic instincts and start controlling our mental state. At this stage we realize we create much of our reality with our thoughts. The act of focusing on something brings about its reality. Positive thoughts bring about more of a positive experience. Negative thoughts bring about more pain and suffering. We begin to learn we can attract certain experiences and material goods into our life through this mental control. At this level however we are still living a material existence, with little to no awareness of our spiritual connection. Our new found knowledge of attracting material goods serves to validate and strengthen our ego and the desire for more physical goods. We may start to collaborate at this level but the main motivation is still selfish in nature.
Seeking to become a better person
The next phase of rising human consciousness entails a desire to be a better person. Here we start to develop a sort of personal integrity to ourselves. We exhibit self-discipline in all aspects of our life. We endeavor to stop lying to ourselves and others. We want to achieve wisdom through learning. We may have a strong affiliation with a religion helping us become more brotherly, loving and moral. We want to be known as hard working, dedicated and honest. We begin to take responsibility for our life and become more accountable for our actions. The goal at this level is to achieve respect from others by earning it. Volunteering and helping others becomes important in order to feel good about ourselves. One must truly discern at this level whether motivations are truly altruistic or ego oriented. This is the beginning phase of self-actualization.
In the next level of human evolution we start to question who we are or more importantly who we wish to become. Finding and pursuing a passion in life is the main objective. We are no longer motivated solely by money but rather by our passion and joy in life. Here people dedicate their lives to a cause, profession or artistic pursuit with little regard for remuneration. There is much less conflict as we enter the flow of life. Life becomes more synchronous, as we utilize our given talents with passion we begin to operate on a higher level. We explore the limits of what we can achieve, being all that we can be. In this process we take full responsibility for our state in life. Self-actualization requires knowing our talents, strengths, weaknesses and mental abilities on a deep level. Living life at this level is like a candle we wish to burn brightly until we are thoroughly used up and the flame finally goes out.
When we finally arrive at the level of spirituality, we become more introspective questioning the meaning of life on a deeper philosophical level. We look towards those who have experienced higher levels of awareness and enlightenment. We begin to see a clear message that has been conveyed since written history began. We are spiritual beings, there is a higher level of existence available to each and every person. This knowledge can only be obtained through a sincere desire to know. It is not as if this information is hidden but only those who seek will find it. As a great spiritual teacher once said, “Ask and it is given, Seek and ye shall find, Knock and the door will be opened unto you.” Through seeking earnestly we find the answers to the mystery of life. The soul is forever evolving and life on earth is but one school in which the soul progresses.
We come to understand the purpose of human life is experience, a means to an end. We see all the drama that occurs through ignorance, but we understand all souls are in a state of becoming. There is no judgment because judgment implies ignorance of this fact. Here we are at peace with our self and life as it is, “everything is as it should be.” By living life with compassion and love, we are no longer fearful of death and welcome the experience as part of life itself. We seek the things which are not material by nature but rather spiritual. Compassion, love, gratitude and peace are innate qualities governing this level. The motivations of the ego are put into context and objectified as something overcome. The motivation to do for others is without thought of reciprocation. Happiness is achieved by an inner state and knowledge of truth which is unaffected by outside circumstances. Rather than seeking love, one becomes the embodiment of love, seeking only to extend love to others. Compassion transcends forgiveness and all life is viewed as sacred and divine.
Human experience – A means to an end
There can be great joy in the human experience of physical life, but the goal is to remove ourselves from this physical experience and progress to new levels of spiritual existence. Here the mind attracts a higher spiritual existence by becoming that which is spiritual. Attachment to material goods is released along with the attachment to personal desires and outcomes. Life is no longer achieving through the brute force and desire of the ego, rather it is a surrendering to the will of the creator. The soul will be tested at this level by the last remnants of personal attachment and desire. Focus must remain on the unity of all things and that which is unseen, unheard and untouchable. The true reality of things can only be felt by the heart. The highest point in this level is the overriding desire to rejoin the league of souls at the highest levels of spiritual existence. We all started there together and some of us have lost our way…
The final level will be obtained in a single lifetime but could take many hundreds of lifetimes in a slow progression from one level to the next to reach that “one” lifetime. The importance of living a human life goes beyond leveling our karma. There are lessons in choice and experience. Higher levels of spiritual awareness result in the choices we make and how we react to life around us. Every life is filled with challenges, heartaches and tribulations, it is how we react to them that teaches us about divinity. In human form we cannot possibly fathom experiences that lie beyond our imagination, but they will involve realities and planes of existence in which we will further evolve into creator like beings.
Why seek knowledge of the soul?
So why is all this important? Why make the stretch to believe in the soul? Well if you’ve ever worked for a company and knew your work was unnecessary and useless then you understand how demoralizing it can be to feel your time is wasted. By going through life after life without the slightest inkling of what you are and what your purpose is can have the same affect. Everyone wants to feel a sense of purpose and everyone wants to feel good at having accomplished something worthwhile. Going through life after life without an idea of our purpose is like digging a hole and then filling it back in again, over and over and over again. What’s the purpose? There is one thing that becomes clear upon viewing our life after death. The love we have fostered and extended through life becomes the treasure of the soul. The extension of unity and love is our purpose.
Herein lies the beauty of eternity, at some point in life everyone grows tired of playing with toys. The material world is one big toy and eventually we will desire other challenges and realms. Like any trip in life, one must learn to enjoy the ride, but at the same time it is always nice to know where you are on the map towards your destination. It may seem overwhelming to think in terms of progressing through hundreds or thousands of lifetimes. All it takes however is one lifetime in which an idea is fully absorbed and accepted as true, one lifetime to become aware. Once we become aware, our soul will progress rapidly from the knowledge gained in that one lifetime.
This is the plane of existence in which truth must be absorbed because this is the plane we fortified our belief in the illusion of separateness. Cause and effect dictates this requirement. We must remember however that time is only an illusion experienced while in the physical realm. Beyond this everything is happening all at once. This is another aspect of reality we cannot conceive of. Leaving one lifetime with the consciousness of this new idea will change how we work in the next realm. We will bring a new level of awareness with us into a realm where progress can be made rapidly. Once you have absorbed the idea of the soul and know it as truth, you are at the beginning of the end of the physical reincarnation experience. Once truth is accepted, we can never look upon illusion again with the same set of eyes.
How to seek knowledge of the soul
Why is it we have no conscious connection to our soul? The division in consciousness has separated us from our soul consciousness. This gateway is only accessed through the subconscious. At the level of our spiritual soul consciousness we are creators made in the image of the creator itself. We have powers beyond our conscious state comprehension. At the spiritual soul consciousness level, we can instantly create anything by way of our concentrated thought. Imagine the chaos that would ensue if we had that power in the physical human state.
We still have access to this creational ability but it is only accomplished by impressing upon the subconscious with the conscious mind. In our soul state we are in communication with all other souls. Here is where the magic or synchronicity is occurring. As we make our desires known to our subconscious, our soul communicates to all other souls in achieving our desire, (provided we are not wishing harm to anyone.) Here all souls coordinate in a complex web of cooperation for the attainment of desires. Have you ever wondered why you buy the things you do or pick certain people to fulfill a service? Have you every wondered why you are suddenly moved to help another person? We are driven by hidden motivations and urges. Whatever is impressed upon the subconscious becomes a hidden urge or motivation. It can be impressed through conscious thought or it can be placed there by conditioning. Advertising is one example while the influence of our caretakers is another way we are influenced.
Some of these hidden motivations are karmic related, while some are inspired by the soul. We are unable to achieve our desires in life because of the inconsistency of what we are impressing upon our subconscious. If we watch our thoughts carefully we will see this is true. Doubt and fear are the two biggest deterrents in our ability to create. Once we open our hearts to the spiritual side of life and we learn the process of manifesting, we begin to witness the synchronicity of things falling into place towards the achievement of our desires.
To create we must first imagine what we desire. This must be a clear picture and description for what we want. A vast amount of people fail at this first step by only having a vague idea of what they desire. Secondly we must have faith that all things are possible. Third we must use that faith in the direction of a belief. Nothing is accomplished without a belief of being able to do so. Fourth we must place our-self into an emotional state of mind of feeling the reality of the end result. Fifth we must have the intention of accomplishing our desire. Too often we bring a creation to this point and then fail in following through with our intentions. Sixth, we must focus our mental energies like a laser towards our desire.
This process ensures a soul will only create that which meets all the above criteria. Unfortunately we inadvertently use this process to create that which we are fearful of. Our fears in life can manifest based on this process. Take a fear and run it through the six steps above and you will see how it meets the criteria above.
The point is we can access the soul through our subconscious. Through hypnosis we can gain access to our previous lives. Through the subconscious we manifest. Through the subconscious we are moved to do certain things. All psychics are accessing their soul and other souls through their subconscious. Those things that we affirm to ourselves regularly are impressed upon the subconscious and become reality for us.
What is Truth?
To be fair, truth is seen as subjective, what truth is for one person does not mean it is the same for everyone else. We can all agree however that whatever we absorb as truth creates a reality for us. In recent years the law of attraction has become an accepted mainstream idea. Could it be too far of a stretch to believe we can also attract a higher level of consciousness? The truth we can all agree upon is everyone believes what they want to believe and as such it creates their own reality. The belief in the body is what creates all sickness and suffering. If we continue to believe we are human animals with no continuation of life, then why would we experience anything outside of that belief? Life after life our higher self is waiting for us to realize we are quite literally creators of reality. The people throughout history who have reached complete enlightenment have all taught the same thing. I encourage you to seek and find out what this is. No one person, religion or group can give this to you, one must seek and will this knowledge for themselves. There is a universal truth each enlightened person shares in common.
We spend so much of our human experience trying to amuse ourselves and trying to entertain ourselves, but to what end? What we all seek is a sense of love, joy and peace. The irony is the more we love others, the more love we feel in return. The trappings of the physical world bring only temporary moments of happiness. What we seek can only be obtained by fulfilling the function we were created for. If you study and listen to the enlightened sages who have achieved awareness of this truth you will find they teach the same things, the same truth. Our true nature can only be known by our desire to discover it. If we spend our time amusing ourselves with all the distractions of the material world, we just delay its discovery. Why not spend some time learning how to find this truth for ourselves?
The creator has created us to return and refold back into part of itself. As each soul does this their negative memories are neutralized and all that is left are the memories of joy and love adding to the overall joy and love of the one consciousness. In this way the one consciousness is forever increasing itself and forever experiencing the joy of existence.
I wish to leave you with one final comment; If I have sparked within you even the slightest interest to seek more understanding, then I have accomplished my purpose. Your soul is waiting for your mind to become whole once again. Once this awareness has been fully achieved you will become the steward of your soul..
A final idea:
If you do not seek, you will never find…
Ask and it is given
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and the door will be opened unto you..
Until we start “asking” and “seeking” we are left wandering in the wilderness, life after life…