RE: Karma: law?
Dec 26, 1996 07:30 PM
by Einar Adalsteinsson & ASB
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I have been reading, and reading, but now it's time to say something, - =
I will start from a point of familiarity, namely the subject of karma.
John Straughn wrote:
Just a hypothesis, a new, unresearched or thought-out idea: Perhaps =
of us has a "karmic meter" within us which reacts somewhat directly with =
karmic pool. I.e. if your "karmic meter" leans toward the negative, =
would be more likely to attract negative karma. If it leaned toward the =
positive, etc. Another possibilty, (but not a probability IMO), is that =
is now outwieghing of negative to positive, but rather, the negative is =
a side-effect of positive. You may drop one hundred dollars whereas =
else picks it up. The latter person had good karma, whereas you seemed =
have recieved bad karma. Does Newton's third law apply to karma?:)
Yes John. According to the traditional view, Newton's third law is an =
"aspect" of the universal law of karma.
For decades karma and reincarnation has been part of my world-view. We =
must remember that karma has another side of the coin, namely =
reincarnation, and the individual progressive evolution of =
"consciousness" that comes with it.
I have been looking at this "universal law" from many angles and would =
like to try explaining my present favorite hypothesis. Please take it as =
it is, a play with ideas (based on a very personal insight).
To explain my "model", I will start with a simple model of the human =
Psyche drawn by the known Italian psychologist Assagioli.=20
Think of (or draw) three concentric circles. The innermost area =
represents the ordinary conscious state of our daily life. Everything =
conscious is part of it.=20
The next space (between the two innermost circles) represents what we =
call the "subconscious" i.e. the part of our personality that we are =
unconscious of. Note that there will bee constant flow of memories, =
emotions etc. flowing over the boundaries of the conscious, and at night =
the innermost area will be wiped off altogether.=20
Outside the Unconscious (and a part of it), inside the outermost circle, =
lies the superconscious, the core of our individual being, the higher =
self, the seed of God - call it what you like.=20
But there is still an infinite area left on that plane of consciousness =
- namely the collective consciousness, the real ocean of consciousness, =
that I would like to call "the Divine Consciousness or God.
Thus we are just some bubbles in the ocean of life, but we are also the =
ocean, if we only take all boundaries away!
Well. By now you must all have asked yourself: "What on earth has this =
to do with Karma?"
My model: Individual karma is purely psychological.
In the Bible it says, (as far as I remember): The sin came into being =
when Man ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of right and =
My version: THE Individual soul came into being as a separate karmic =
entity when in his evolution it understood the thin line between Right =
and Wrong. At that time it also encountered the "Conscience", the guilt, =
the (mostly unconscious) knowledge of having hurt another being, and =
thereby committed Sin. It has left a scar in our Psyche all the time =
But still being stupid, man keeps on committing sins and chooses to =
ignore or explain away the guilt, by putting it away into the =
unconscious. There it accumulates over eons of time, now termed =
complexes, phobias, etc. by the modern psychologists. This is our =
accumulated karma, the unconscious knowledge of misdeeds (and the good =
deeds too), that bind individuals together, even beyond incarnations.=20
The whole process is ever known by the higher self, which governs our =
lives from incarnation to another, so that we shall finally learn the =
trick - the golden rule - and come to the understanding of the unity of =
ALL life, - the fact that we are all parts of ONE consciousness.
The practice of undoing karma is based on understanding the law, and, =
purifying our unconscious, which can only be done if we encounter and =
accept as part of us, the whole content of our subconscious. We have to =
STOP projecting our guilt, our wrath, our pain and sorrow on the =
external world, and accept it as our own psychological "stuff".=20
If someone hits me or hurts me in any way, it is MY karma. He is only a =
(free-willing) servant of my own higher Self, bringing a message of =
love, and trying to bring a necessary correction to my psyche. The inner =
and the outer are just two sides of the same thing, - my unconscious.=20
If I offer the other cheek I have understood the message. If I hit back =
I have created another karmic debt, and earned nothing but the hurt from =
Moreover. If I really take to the "spring cleaning" of the psyche, the =
clouds of ignorance that the subconscious "hide and seek" has become, =
will gradually get thinner and allow the glorious light of the overself, =
the mystical experience of unity, to pour into our daily conscious =
life, thereby bringing the truly spiritual into the world of the matter. =
This is the only way of doing it - we are the only instruments that God =
has got, being the crown of the earthly life - the kingdom of God in =
The main thing is that it's all under control - OUR control!
I hope that you see my point. You don't have to accept it - like I said =
- it's only a game of ideas.=20
Please forgive my lengthy monologue.
Einar from Iceland.
Let's change the world for the better
by each changing ourselves - TOGETHER!
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