Category: Reincarnation

Karma and Punishment: Really?

nirvanaOver the few blogs, we’ve been discussing karma and the notion that somehow karma is a punishment.

Are we being punished because of karma?

The mythology states that if we lived a bad life in a previous lifetime, then we will be punished in future lifetimes.  Often I hear people say about their current life that isn’t going well, “I must have done something bad in the past, so I’m being punished for it now.”  This is a false belief –for you are not being punished in this life or any other life for anything you do, due to the law of karma.  Karma is a Sanskrit word for action and the result of that action.  If the action is loving, the result will be loving; if the action deals with fear, then the result will return fear.  In America, we know the law of karma as the law of cause and effect.  You cause something to happen (action) and there is an effect (result) to that action.  Both the law of karma and the law of cause and effect have no personal attributes attached to them – they simply are laws that work, just like the law of gravity.   On planet Earth, the law of gravity will create an action as such: you throw a ball up in the air, it’s going to come down on to the ground.  Simple as that.  What goes up, must come down – essentially in layman’s terms, that is the law of gravity.  If you throw a rock up in the air, and it comes down on someone’s head accidently, the law of gravity isn’t punishing you.  It simply was following its own law.  The rock fell to the earth.  The same is true if you throw a rock deliberately up in the air to purposely come down on someone’s head.  The law remains the same.   Your personal intent to that action however, is a different story.

The law of cause and effect is like this.  The law is simply a law – it is not something that is personally out to cause you punishment or grief or even happiness one way or the other.  It simply is a law.  It is your specific actions that cause the effect that will come back to you.    If you deliberately throw a rock at someone’s head, not only is the law of gravity in effect, but so is the law of cause and effect or law of karma.  The person the rock hit will no doubt feel pain and perhaps either sadness, fear or even anger.  You will cause another person to react to your action.  If the hurt person becomes angry and comes over and punches you in the nose than that is their reaction to your action – not the law of cause and effect or the law of karma punishing you.  Laws can’t punish you—they are simply laws.  It is your actions that cause perceived punishment or reward. Or happiness and love and joy.  It is your actions and the reaction to those actions that are being presented to you.  So how are you showing up?

When you state that the law of karma is now punishing you for something that happened in a past life or present life, this is truly an erroneous statement.  You are not being punished.   You may be experiencing however the consequences of your actions.  If you perceive those consequences to be “punishment” then this is a misconception – for it was your actions that caused the effect that you now look on as punishment.  You may be displacing the blame for your actions to something else beyond your own personal responsibility.

In our next blog, we’re going to look more at this aspect of karma and the misconception of punishment, the reality of responsibility and how the law of karma is now changing.

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Blake Cahoon, Founder
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Is Karma a Method of Punishment?

Do you believe that you are being punished for past karma?
Do you believe that you are not living the life you want because you’re
being punished for something you may have done in a past life?

Last week we talked about my meeting Charles Thomas Cayce, grandson of Edgar Cayce, who channeled “the Source” around the turn of the 20th century (1900’s).  Cayce is famous for his healing information coming from the Source and there’s even a hospital set up in Virginia Beach to apply some of the healing techniques as they came forth and were recorded during Cayce’s lifetime.  Of course, all methods were validated and verified medically, but have found to be of sound principles and effective methodology.

scolded child, forgivenssWe also talked about karma last week – which has been used as a catch phrase for decades to describe a sort of punishment or burden to us if we do something wrong in this lifetime or any of our previous or future lifetimes.  Of course you have to believe in reincarnation if you truly believe you carry punishment forward for horrid deeds done during past lives.  Although even the non-believer will casually toss out the phrase, “Oh, I don’t want to do that—who needs the karma?”, or some such similar phrase.  Again, owing up the belief that karma is linked with punishment.

Karma never was about strictly punishment –rather it is the belief that how you live your life will create some sort of action – good or bad, depending on how you live your life.  We call this the Law of Cause and Effect, which is closely aligned with but not exactly the same as Law of Attraction—which is like attracts like.

The Law of Cause and Effect is more in the realms of what goes around, comes around – good or bad.  What you speak into the world, act upon the world and even think upon the world (which usually drives your speech and action) will come back to you in similar fashion as you sent out.   So karma isn’t just about punishment – it’s about a deed, a task or an action that creates an equal and reflecting effect that comes back to you as a result of that effect.

This natural or universal law reacts to your life the way you show up in the world, regardless if you believe in it or not.  Just like the law of gravity – it works.  So it’s best to try and understand it and live a life accordingly.

Karma or the Law of Cause and Effect isn’t out to punish you.  The law is simply a reflection of your life coming back to you.   However, many believe karma is punishment.  And that you carry the deeds of your life from life time to life time, hopefully growing and learning from them, but also many believe you are punished for them as well.

In our next blog, we’re going to look at this belief closer and see what the Divine Guidance Team has to say about this belief of karma.

What do you think?  Do you believe as many have that you bring punishment for past lives wicked deeds forward in this lifetime?  Do you believe that you are not living a life of goodness because you don’t believe you were a good person in a former lifetime?  Let us know what you think!


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Blake Cahoon, Founder
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Is Reincarnation Unnecessary?

Is Reincarnation unnecessary?
Must we come back because of karma?
Or is it our choice to come back or not?

Last week I attended a lecture given by Charles Thomas Cayce, grandson of the infamous “sleeping prophet” Edgar Cayce.  It was great just to meet the man, whose grandfather and father created the 81 year institution of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), headquartered in Virginia Beach.  A nearby Unity Church was hosting the event and I met quite a few lovely souls during my day there.  The Church pews were filled and overflowing to hear the lecture, which was entitled: “Reincarnation Unnecessary?”

Edward Cayce was known as the ‘sleeping’ prophet

The lecture was based on a case study of 18 individuals’ psychic readings from Edgar Cayce.  In the readings, provided to the recipients, was the information that this was their last lifetime, despite the fact that some of them led not so decent lives.  Edgar Cayce’s readings were recorded and are now studied thoroughly by A.R.E. members around the world.

Most of the information provided in the lecture was information I already knew about the particulars about reincarnation; although the stories of Edgar Cayce and the people he read for psychically while in a deep “sleeping” trance were great to hear from his grandson as Charles Thomas had some dealings with these people too, as a boy.

I was thinking about the lecture a few days later, when it dawned on me the title of the lecture: Reincarnation Unnecessary?  Apparently these people were under the impression that reincarnation was necessary somewhere along the line.  And realized that there was a belief that reincarnation was necessary because one had lived a not-so decent life, created karma and then had to reincarnate to deal with that karma.   The problem was—I knew differently.

First, one chooses to be reincarnated if and when they desire.  Not to amend for any karma they may have collected over past lifetimes—but simply as a way to continue their soul evolution journey.  Second, karma never was meant to be a punishment; although it has been interpreted as such by a myriad of teachers over the decades.  We have interpreted karma as something distasteful and unwanted, when the true meaning of this Sanskrit word is to do, to make, to accomplish and so forth.  It also has been the term in some schools of thought that our intention causes effect – both in this lifetime and future lifetimes.  This is where the reincarnation factor into play.  In other words, if you’re a ‘good’ person in this lifetime, in future lifetimes you will not have to pay for any bad behaviors from a past lifetime.

But this principal, according to the Divine Guidance Team, has been misinterpreted.  So over the next few blogs, we’re going to address further this theory of karma and why indeed reincarnation is soooo not necessary!

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