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The Law of Karma

The Karma concept refers to a subtle energy force around us that is related with our behaviour and our thoughts


Karma is a spiritual force but for many capitalist influenced societies the media programs almost always push people's thoughts toward topics focused on money matters and the human physical body. We only need to watch TV adverts to see how much we're expected to do and buy for our body comfort and adornment. Health and employment get some media attention but few resources are directed to spiritual awareness education

Reasons for spiritual education adversion in the media is that, apart from selling yoga mats and apparel, it's difficult to make money from meditation and prayer, and TV program producers would have a hard time making a one hour meditation session exciting for viewers to watch

Thought Energy

Karma, however, is about invisible non-materialism forces and the effects such forces can have on people

Individually we are just a tiny part of a much larger life-energy. So whilst my behaviour can affect how I feel, and may result in a backflow of similar energy, it also affects the life-energy matrix around me. In this regard Rupert Sheldrake's idea of a Morphic Resonance Field and a collective consciousness assists our understanding of what karma may actually be

We're all part of a life-matrix, so theoretically if enough of us develop peaceful tranquil thoughts then through the law of karma we should be able to affect, to a small degree, the wider collective consciousness

If, however, our thought intentions involve anger, egoism, revenge, hate, or exploitation then those thoughts will feed into the life-energy matrix and contribute to and reinforce already existing stress, anger, sickness, and environmental damage

Power of Anger

We can observe how the assumed law of karma works at a micro level when someone is angry. We see how an individual's anger ignores rational thinking processes and denigrates respect for nearby people or the immediate environment whilst the anger behaviour persists

It's difficult to be angry with someone whom we respect, and it's even more difficult to be angry with someone we love, so anger can be seen as behaviour that shows disrespect. With the help of thought displacement we may be able to reduce anger risk and enhance thoughts of respect

Thought Displacement

The idea of thought displacement is change our main thought patterns from ego-enhancing to non-ego thoughts. If we learn to habitually think about respect for other people and about ways to care for the environment instead of exploiting it then those positive non-ego thoughts will hopefully displace less desirable thoughts and enter our long-term memory thereby becoming part of our evolving personality

In addition by learning to see beauty in nature and nurturing thoughts of kindness we can affect the collective karma in a helpful manner whilst we individually develop a more spiritual rather than a materialistic life perspective

From a spiritual perspective the materialistic goal of making money and accumulating gadgets and devices becomes a rather short-sighted ego-enhancing drive without which life may be more relaxed and happy for us ... and that happy feeling may feed into and reinforce the wider collective consciousness of happiness

Past Wisdom

The law of karma and thought displacement are very old concepts in some parts of the world. They have been used for centuries in Eastern cultures and are also found in the early Christian New Testament scriptures. In yoga practise thought cleansing is Bhuta Shuddhi and in the Christian Gospels Jesus the Nazarene suggests a karma effect with, 'The seed you sow is the crop you'll reap'

We also read that Jesus instructed his disciples to not judge other people because, '... you will be judged in the same way that you judge others ...' (Matthew 7:2), and to receive forgiveness we are told to '... forgive those who sin against us'. The karmic message is that we receive what we give

So if we want more money then we need to learn to give abundantly, if we want compassion we need to learn how to give compassion to others, if we want forgiveness we need to start forgiving, and so on. It's remarkable that the Kantian philosophy of, ... do to others as you would be done by is consistent with the karmic concept of receiving what we give

Karma Law - Respect

If you are attracted to the opinions expressed on this page then you may like to listen to Alaje. He has several U-Tube presentations that are in harmony with the idea of positive karma so you may find his thoughts helpful as you develop your own spiritual growth path

The karmic idea is that the intention of our thoughts attracts the content of that intention from the life-matrix so when we treat other people, animals, and our environment in the manner that we would wish that part of the life-energy to treat us then we can expect to experience similar energy back from the life-energy

In English the concept is similar to our word respect. The idea of positive karma is similar to the idea of respect and concern for people and everything we find around us ... and respect for others is a fruit of thought cleansing. Paul taught Christian thought cleansing to the young church in Philippi when he said, '... fill your minds with whatever is truthful, holy, just, pure, lovely and noble' (Phil 4:8)

The concept of karma and thought cleansing may help to create a better world but it is not likely to happen if we habitually focus our thoughts on materialism, debauchery, suffering, sickness, and wars, as today's media often does. If karma functions the way that some people think it does then focusing our collective attention on undesirable thoughts is likely to perpetuate rather than reduce our social problems because karma is powerful spiritual energy

More Karma

If you are interested in learning more about karma there is a page at Wikipedia, and for readers who like good quotations check here. If you are also interested in a science based opinion about collective consciousness and spiritual forces then Dr Rupert Sheldrake's thoughts about religion and science may be helpful

Love and Sexuality

Alaje has some helpful thoughts about thought cleansing which considers sexual love in the context of respect. Learning to see our world from his perspective may help some readers so please browse Alaje's page