There are a lot of people who ask, “If God is perfect, why didn’t God create a perfect world for us to live in?” Actually, this world is perfect; we just don’t realize why. Life here in the physical plane is a perfect situation for balancing our karma.
And what is karma, you ask? Think of it as a system of debits and credits. This physical world is a schoolhouse for Souls, and it works on a feedback principle. What goes around, comes around. Everything we do, say and think has consequences. That’s karma. The consequences can be positive or negative, and, once in a while, neutral. What’s the point of the feedback loop? It’s for our learning, of course, but as long as we don’t realize it, we end up learning very, very slowly, and it takes the vast majority of Souls lifetimes upon lifetimes in the physical world to learn that their actions have consequences and that they can control the consequences by controlling their own actions, words and thoughts. It’s that simple. We’re actually being trained to be Co-creators with God. Imagine that!
In order to work with God in this way, we must take complete responsibility for each and every thing that we do, say or think, and that’s hard. That’s why relatively few Souls have been able to attain this level of achievement.
Once you realize that the system of cause and effect is the way things work around here, you are way ahead of the pack. Once you realize that you, yourself, are the cause of the vast majority of things that happen in your life you have gained the key to resolving the puzzle of life. Of course, I realize that it’s more complicated than that, because we all affect each other, but you have to understand that even when it appears that the cause of your misfortune is someone else or something outside of yourself, the cause can always be traced, at least in part, back to you, even if it is only that you passively allowed something to happen. Don’t forget that some of the causes of your negative karma can be found in past lives. You may feel like a “victim” in this lifetime, but you were once the “perpetrator.” In terms of the illustration at the top of this post, you were the one who pushed the first domino, and at some point, the last domino (your karmic consequence) will fall on you. This may happen right away for a person who is fairly enlightened and who is already able to handle the consequence, or it may happen one or several lifetimes later, when the person is stronger and more able to handle the consequence.
When you understand that you have some karma to deal with (and if you’re alive on this earth, you most likely have some karma left, no matter how highly evolved you may be), you can go about resolving it somehow. If it is past-life karma, it’s not absolutely necessary for you to know exactly what originally happened, although that sort of information can be valuable when you are trying to figure out how best to resolve it in a timely manner. Basically, life will automatically give you situations in which you can work out your karma, whether you realize it or not. If you find, upon reflection, that you seem to get into the same sort of trouble time after time, that’s a red flag for a karmic imbalance. That’s when you need to figure out what you have been doing to cause the situation and what you can do differently to ensure that a similar situation doesn’t develop once again in the future.
There are a number of ways to deal with negative karma. The most obvious way is to endure the situation you have created and so balance the karmic issue. However, if you have no idea that you are the one who created the situation, it will come around again and again for you until you understand your role in the matter. Many of the situations we label as “negative karma” are actually great ways to grow, spiritually, because in order to endure them, we must harness our latent qualities of perseverance, humility, integrity, tolerance, patience, and forgiveness. Once we have learned to take responsibility for what we did to create the situation, once we have learned to make better choices that will not result in the same situation, and once we have mastered some of the qualities that we needed to manifest, then our karmic debt can be mitigated or commuted by God’s grace.
Another way to deal with karma, especially when you have a lot of it piled up from the past, is to resolve to give service to all Life. As I wrote above, karma is a system of debits and credits. The debits are negative karma, but karma can also be “positive,” and those are the credits. We can pay down our debits by earning karmic credits. This is not, by any means, a pay-to-get-out-of-jail scheme. Neither does it work like “penances” in the Catholic church, where you say a particular prayer over and over and then your “sins” are magically gone. When you give service to Life – with no particular expectation of reward – you end up learning a lot about yourself, about other people, and about the way Life works. In other words, it’s just another way in which this physical life is designed as a schoolhouse for Souls. In the process of service, you gain some of those same qualities that you might have gotten by putting up with negative karma. What’s the difference how you learn patience, for example? You could learn it by suffering a physical ailment that renders you incapable of doing some of the simplest activities of life and having to wait for someone to do it for you. Or you could learn it by assisting someone who is cantankerous, uncoordinated, or a reluctant learner. Either way, whether you endure a negative karmic situation or serve in a difficult circumstances, you will learn to manifest the qualities of Soul that will ultimately allow you to serve God in an ever greater capacity.
Another way to deal with karma is to do spiritual exercises that will allow you to raise your vibrations and come into harmony with God. One of the easiest ways to do this is to sing HU (pronounced hue), an ancient name for God. This is a spiritually charged word that is and has been used by people from a number of different religions and cultures. You can sing HU out loud or silently, in your mind, and you can sing it with others or by yourself. You can sing it on any note that is comfortable for you. You can sing it with your eyes open or closed, although it often works best to close your eyes in order to concentrate on this exercise. You can sing it singing, standing, or lying down, although sitting seems to be easiest. You don’t have to sit on the floor or get into any particular position. You can simply sit up straight with your feet on the floor and your hands in your lap. You don’t have to turn out the lights for this exercise, either. Singing HU in a normally lighted room is just fine. Close your eyes, if possible, and take a deep breath, then sing HUUUUUUUUUUU and keep the sound going as long as you can. Then take another breath and begin to sing HUUUUUUUUUUU again. Do this for at least ten or fifteen minutes, then fall silent and stay in a contemplative state.
You may find, when you sing HU daily, that you are calmer and more alert, or that you have more insights about certain situations that you encounter in your daily life. You may begin to be more aware of options that you missed before, you may find answers to your questions or problems in dreams, or you may be guided to just the right individual who can help you with whatever you are dealing with. Basically, you will be given ways to deal with your karmic situations and to see them for what they are – opportunities to balance your negative karma and grow spiritually. 🙂