Karma is that set of experiences necessary for us to learn the next lesson in our path. It is one of those things that is very misunderstood – until it hits you between the eyes.
Karma is the difference between where we are and where we need to be. Many see it as payback. I see it as directed learning. Experience these events to develop the skill and understanding to achieve an outcome. This universe is only interested in experience and learning. Payback is pointless unless there is a clear lesson in the suffering. Its main agenda is development of its component pieces.
I see karma as assisting the learning process through providing experience.
What is the difference?
In a sense they are the same – but very different in viewpoint.
The traditional view of Karma would have that any grace or problems encountered in this life are a direct result of your behaviour in previous lives and the earlier part of this one – not so true as a punishment or reward.
I tend to view it differently – I see the string of lives as one continuous managed learning experience. Different lives provide different opportunities. In this circumstance karma defines the experiences needed to learn the next lesson or to catch up on one we missed – thus Karma is the difference between where we are and where we need to be. No punishment or reward here.
Just scheduling lessons and repeating the ones we could have done better.
The Law of Cause and Effect and Karma
Many would mistake karma and the results of the Law of Cause and Effect.
Difficulties or grace experienced in this life are more likely to be a result of Cause and Effect particularly if it is related to our current mindset – which controls what we have done in this life. Karma tends to operate at a much larger scale and across a number of lives.
Karma is the difference between where you are and where you want to be
Many people see Karma as a form of payback for misdemeanors of the past. True – only if the misdemeanors came from a failed learning. The emphasis is not payback, but directed learning. I doubt strongly that the lesson is “Don’t do this”!
In order to learn a lesson, to gather a new skill, there are certain exercises – read experiences – granted us. We may need more strength or a specific understanding. Karma presents us with that set of experiences. As we work through these we gain the necessary skills, strength and understanding to achieve the learning – which is then tested.
So what does that mean? We are like children in a school with life as the classroom. It is a great opportunity to learn life skills which translate to mental and spiritual development.
Our primary desire is to move on and learn the next lesson.
We already have a set of tools developed by previous lessons. We want to learn the next one. What life experiences will teach us the necessary skills without leaning excessively on past methods?
This is Karma.
As we move through the various stages and experiences of life, we learn and grow – if we do not pass then we get to do it all again until we do. I have noticed though that if we repeat a lesson, that it is presented in a harsher format next time to really get our attention. This life will not progress until we achieve this learning. Most lessons have prerequisites.
If we seriously make no progress, then the lesson is set aside for the next life in the series – but we do not get to move on either.
Our teaching team have great love for us but also understand the lessons needed to achieve our highest good. To allow us to skip any lesson does not help our big picture.
Karma is that set of experiences necessary for us to learn the next lesson in our path.