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Karma As Memory
by Bonnie Alt




There is a law that we observe – whether we like it or not, whether we are conscious of it or not. We have read it in the Bible. We have seen it in the readings.

"… for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap." (Gal. 6:7)

"He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword." (Rev. 13:10)

"Mind becomes the builder. The physical body is the result." (Edgar Cayce reading 3359-1)

Karma is a Sanskrit word meaning cause and effect. Karma embraces the idea that life is continuous, that the soul existed before it entered Earth and will continue to exist after the death of the body. The Edgar Cayce readings also include the idea that Karma is memory rather than a debt between people.

"Each soul pays for his own shortcomings, not someone else's!" (1056-2)

"What is karmic debt? …Your relationships to your fellows … is merely self being met, in relationships to that they themselves are working out and not a karmic debt between but a karmic debt of self that may be worked out between the associations that exist in the present! And this is true for every soul … " (1436-3)

Karma Blog 072012As explained by this reading there are no debts between souls; your only debt is to yourself. Of course, you have had previous encounters with the other fellow in other lives. And because of this, because certain individuals have helped engender certain memories within us, be they feelings of malice, impatience, stubbornness or whatnot, these same individuals are the instruments needed to help remove these memories that are within us.


As explained by this reading there are no debts between souls; your only debt is to yourself. Of course, you have had previous encounters with the other fellow in other lives. And because of this, because certain individuals have helped engender certain memories within us, be they feelings of malice, impatience, stubbornness or whatnot, these same individuals are the instruments needed to help remove these memories that are within us.


"What you sow, you reap, unless you have passed from the carnal or karmic law to the law of grace." (5075-1)

We can move our lives from cause and effect to grace. This transformation involves changing the quality of our lives and our attitudes. This is an important matter, deserving of serious consideration. If you acknowledge that there is room for self-improvement within you, then you can freely work under the law of grace. You no longer have to accept the negative consequences of your acts, but rather can invite God's grace. Following are seven suggested ways of bringing ourselves under the law of grace:

  1. Exercise righteousness.
    "What is righteousness? Just being kind, just being noble, just being self-sacrificing; just being willing to be the hands for the blind, the feet for the lame — these are constructive experiences." (5753-2)
  2. Be joyous.
    "Not as one to be long-faced. For, the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof — in joy! Do not see the dark side too oft. Turn it over — there's another side to every question. Cultivate in self humor, wit. You enjoy it in others, others enjoy it in you. But too oft it becomes to you foolishness." (2995-1)
  3. Be gentle.
    "And to do good, to be kind, to be gentle, to smile even when in pain, to look up when others are even tramping upon your feet and give praise to Him in the inner self, is that He seeks for." (815-3)
  4. Work with your ideals.
    "For, there are those immutable, unchangeable laws. These are oft termed in the material world cause and effect, or — by some — karmic influences. Yet none of these, if the ideal is set, should separate the individual entity from the awareness of the Creative Forces' operation through its own experience." (3106-1)
  5. Avoid self-condemnation.
    "Keep yourself unspotted from the world; condemning not yourself, then, but rather leaving behind those things that would so easily beset." (622-6)
  6. Be creative.
    "Then as the entity sets itself to do or to accomplish that which is of a creative influence or force, it comes under the interpretation of the law between karma and grace. No longer is the entity then under the law of cause and effect — or karma, but rather in grace it may go on to the higher calling as set in Him." (2800-2)
  7. Forgive.
    "For if you would not forgive, how may you expect to be forgiven?" (633-5)
Grace - Blog 072012

If we do all those things which Jesus did when He established Himself as a pattern for all souls to follow, it is natural that our will can become one with God's. By making our will one with the Father's, we are able to escape from karmic experience to the law of grace.


Excerpt from the Principles of Karma Circulating File, based on an A.R.E. Journal article. Members can download this and other circulating files in the online Member-Section. Bible quotations throughout this article are taken from the Lamsa interpretation.


Bonnie Alt attended State University of New York at Buffalo and in 1972 graduated with a B.A. in classics. She is a member of A. R. E. and has been active in A Search for God Study Group work for the past seven years. Mrs. Alt currently lives in Buffalo, N.Y., where she has assisted her husband in his pharmacy.

 

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