Spiritual Maturity


The Law of Karma (II)

Knowledge Is Power

 

Now that we have looked at the mechanics of how Karma works, it is time to look at the processes that those mechanics result in.


Fundamental to the concept of Karma is the reality of reincarnation. Reincarnation has been a fact of existence for as long as humans in any form have manifested on Earth — and even long before that time, with life streams on other planets across the multitude of solar systems that the ascended masters readily confirm are in existence.

 

Each of us is granted many, many incarnations to pursue transcendence. This is because, as the Ascended Host teaches through many different mediums, psychics, and philosophical organisations, there are 144 spiritual levels (initiations) to pass through, and it is very hard to reach all 144 in a single incarnation. This is particularly so given it is not unusual for us to make choices that see us lose some of the spiritual maturity we had already managed to reach, by succumbing to competitiveness and power struggles that cause us to abandon the laws and principles we may previously had faithfully followed. So, we have hundreds of lifetimes granted to us for transcendence into ascension.

 

We begin each new incarnation at the level of spiritual maturity we had been initiated into by the end of our most recent prior incarnation. If we had reached the 53rd level of maturity by the end of that prior incarnation, in the newly-beginning incarnation we will begin our spiritual consciousness at “level 53”. We will have decided with the Karmic Board that we will aim to reach, say, the 70th level by the time this incarnation is over, and while it’s possible (and desirable) that we will accomplish this, it is also entirely possible that we do not even reach the 54th level let alone the 70th but that we slip down to, maybe, level 38. And that would mean we begin our subsequent incarnation at level 38. (This process explains why babies behave differently to each other from birth — most babies who come into the world have already had many goes at incarnating, and are born already-complex beings rather than, as so often believed, blank slates.) The direction we move on the spiral staircase of Transcendence in a given incarnation is entirely the result of our Free Will actions, and no expansion or contraction is ever set in stone.

The Attraction to Past Lives

Many people on spiritual paths have a burning curiosity to learn what their past lives were. When we seek this information, usually we are hoping for an excitement, exoticism, or consequence to history that is missing from our current incarnation. But we are attaching a romanticism to past lives that probably, in reality, is not deserved. This is because that line of desire a) ignores the harsh reality of most historical times — if past eras were that great, we would not have incurred the karma we did in them — and b) sees us caught up in obsessive imagination and fantasy that takes us out of the present time and thus wastes opportunity for transcendence. The only spiritually-valid reason for wanting to know what role we played in previous incarnations is to identify the karmic patterns we are consciously oblivious to but that are keeping us on the tiresome merry-go-‘round of reincarnation. The most important incarnation is the incarnation we are having now, even if once-upon-a-time we had been the king of a realm, the empress of a dynasty, the developer of a medical breakthrough, or any other type of person of prominence.


You've Been a Man, You've Been a Woman; You've Been Rich, You've Been Poor 

A special note for those of us who refuse to reach Oneness with the sex that is opposite to our own — that is, men who hate women and women who hate men: Most of us — in fact, all of us except for those who are on their very first incarnation — have alternated between being both sexes over our many, many incarnations. None of us has always been a male, nor always been a female. Because of this, we have the innate ability to draw on our memories of what it was to be the opposite sex to the one we are now, in this incarnation. The memories will not be front and centre, but they will reside in our cells, and can be accessed in meditation through a willingness to retrieve and embrace them. When we state that we “simply don’t understand!” the other sex, we have the choice to tap into these cell memories to take the heat off our frustration and anger, and we may even choose to take time to reflect on the other party’s point of view from that point of view. If we are in the habit of opposing the sex that is not what we are currently, these are highly valuable and meaningful steps towards Oneness, and therefore are worthwhile taking (for the sheer practical benefits let alone the spiritual ones).

 

For that matter, each of us has many times died old, middle-aged, young; we have been several different races; we have been tall, short, average; fat, thin, in between; bald, long haired, short haired; healthy, sickly, strong, weak; rich, poor, middle class; and powerful and powerless. We have the cell memories of all of these incarnations residing in us, and can tap into those memories whenever we have a mind to. Incidentally, the closer we already are to mastering Oneness, the more willingly we will choose to access them.

 

Why Can’t I Have Access to My Past Lives?

It is probably safe to assume that most of us wish we could remember some of the past incarnations we’ve had. It would be so great to know where we made a mistake that resulted in karma. Such knowledge would give us an easier time neutralizing or accepting the karma, because we know why we have it. That reason is valid and reasonable, and the masters truly see it as a logical desire. So then why can’t we have easy access to past incarnations?! The reason is that knowledge of them would actually do us more mental harm than good. We have enough to deal with in this current lifetime without adding the memories of hundreds of other incarnations. Just think how many memories from this current incarnation we already have suppressed, are trying to suppress, or can’t face the agony of in order to transcend our state of being. Imagine adding to all of that the guilt, regret, shame, and grief carried over from other lifetimes. No one could handle it. We would sink under the weight, have a mental breakdown. So, for our own good, easy access to those past lives is not readily available to us. Thank God.

 

But, the masters do want us to have every healthy advantage possible. So, to compensate for missing out on the benefits that open knowledge of our past lives would bring, we are given insight into our archetypes.

 

Archetypes


An “archetype” is a label that we give someone when the way they are behaving reminds us of a specific character in poetry, art, literature, film, fairytale, or mythology.  

 

For example: Say we know someone who has an uncontrollable tendency to exaggerate the facts in any and all conversation. We know them well enough to accept they do this because they have an intense desire to prove the wondrousness of life — the consuming passion of romance, the utter bravery in heroic deeds, the absoluteness of foolishness — and that is why everything they communicate is given a flourish that makes it more than what it is in reality. They don’t want to just tell us the facts — they want to tell us the story behind the facts. They hold our interest, entertain us whilst teaching us, and bring colour to our lives. We know that anytime we start a conversation with them, we’re going to get chapter and verse.

 

Then, just say someone asks us to describe this person in one word. We think about it for a brief moment and respond, “Storyteller”. We have just labelled the person with an archetype — they are the archetypical “Storyteller”.

 

Every single archetype has positive examples of behaviour and negative examples of behaviour. A person working the Storyteller archetype in the negative is likely to be a chronic lier who cannot even tell the truth when that truth is perfectly harmless. The Storyteller is just one of hundreds-upon-hundreds of archetypes that are in play on Earth at any given time.

 

The Myth of Er, brought forth by Plato about 500 years BC, explains that each of us incarnates with 12 different archetypes of our own that we, in conjunction with the Karmic Board, have agreed will help us address the karma of past lives. Those 12 archetypes indicate the personal characteristics that we will carry and display in different phases of our incarnation. Once we and the Karmic Board have settled on the 12 archetypes, we wait patiently to be incarnated (born) at a time when the configuration of the planets in our given solar system will produce the most opportunities to exercise these archetypes, with a view to us transcending any negative characteristics and thus neutralizing our karma.

 

In our example of the Storyteller archetype, perhaps, as we are preparing for a new incarnation, we think it is time to address an ongoing problem we have shown with the law of Self Responsibility. Our struggle with this law has seen us tell lies to our self and to others rather than accept the truth of our role in things that go wrong. We have shown this tendency in one or more of our incarnations to date, and it is now time to draw this pattern to a close. So, in our pre-incarnation meeting with the Karmic Board, it is suggested that we choose the Storyteller archetype to help master Self Responsibility. We think about it, and agree to it.

 

We understand that in our coming incarnation we will repeatedly face the impulse to exaggerate facts to gain credit for someone else’s personal victory, or for what actually was a stroke of luck. Or maybe our impulses will be to lie and lie and lie again, making up stories to avoid responsibility for what our own actions have resulted in. We know that the strength of these impulses will be tremendous — the Storyteller archetype and planetary orbits guarantee that. We understand, pre-incarnation, that if we can transcend these impulses whilst down on Earth, we will master the Law of Self Responsibility and thus neutralise the karma incurred in past lives. We will be a much more mature spiritual being as a result of this, and be significantly closer to ascension.

 

We also understand that if we finish the upcoming incarnation still not being able to transcend the impulse to deflect self responsibility, we will have incurred even more karma in this field, and have to try again in a future incarnation, likely with some other archetype to prompt the settings for transcendence.

 

And that is the role archetypes play in helping us transcend our states of being.

 

Archetypes Are The Clue To What Our Karma Is


It is not difficult to learn what our 12 archetypes are for a current incarnation — and thus to figure out what our karmic requirements for this lifetime are. The international medical intuitive Carolyn Myss provides very good instruction on how to uncover our archetypes. The technique basically boils down to mindfulness, meditation, and Discernment, but at much lower levels than what is needed for mastership of those laws and arts. Knowing what our archetypes are will bring focus to our spiritual lives, and provide a strong advantage for neutralising karma to get us off the reincarnation merry-go-‘round.

 

The Quest for Vengeance Is a Karmic Minefield


One of the biggest stumbling blocks to transcendence is the drive for revenge over parties who have wronged us. The rage that other people’s actions can bring forth in us can cause us to go against every single law and principle that is needed for ascension. Detachment, Free Will, Discernment, Self Responsibility, Humility, Oneness, and Unconditional Love are locked out of our mindset by the desire to see the other party destroyed for the pain “they” have brought upon us.

 

Whilst all of us have the capacity to wish painful punishment upon others, some people have very strong urges for vengeance when they have been wronged. These strong urges are characteristic of the suite of archetypes related to “assertive anger”. Some of those archetypes are Avenger, Crusader, Destroyer, Spoiler, Warrior, God/Goddess, Knight, Rebel, Pirate, Anarchist, Revolutionary, and Nonconformist. These and other archetypes of this nature can produce a passion for vengeance that makes mastering the laws particularly challenging.

 

It is more-than-highly likely that if we have incarnated with a vengeance-related archetype, we have done so in order to transcend karma we accumulated in a previous incarnation that saw us engage the shadow side of assertive anger.

 

The shadow-based assertive-anger archetypes see us hunting down the people who have wronged us or our loved ones so that we ourselves can punish the offender. Our faces burn with the heat of what we believe to be righteous justice, and we cannot get the consuming drive for annihilation of the offending party out of our head. But, when there is an intense desire to cause suffering to the people who have caused us to suffer, we have stepped into the realm of vengeance, not justice. No matter how righteous we believe our course of action to be, the deep desire for wounding punishment behind those actions is based on vengeance, not justice. As Jesus pointed out during his final Earthly incarnation, God never said “An eye for an eye”. Why would God? That philosophy is in complete and utter opposition to the Principle of Oneness, which is the most important concept we are here to master. The people who came up with “An eye for an eye” were the spiritually immature tribal elders of the brutal Age of Aries (the 2,000 years before Jesus), not God.

 

So. If we have incarnated with a vengeance-related archetype, it is likely we are being given another chance to transcend the anti-Oneness impulse for revenge that has plagued us over several incarnations and has incurred us a bounty of karma. And we will keep being given chance after chance in lifetime after lifetime until we do reach that Transcendental Epiphany to Oneness. We will have incarnated under an astrological makeup that guarantees plenty of provocation of our impulse for righteous passion and quest for justice. The transcendental initiation for those of us facing this particular karma is to direct that passion towards delivering our offenders to the people legally and spiritually responsible for delivering justice, and then letting the justice be delivered by those people. We need to be sound in the understanding that if the person delivering justice does not live up to the high standards there within, that person will incur their own karma. We need to accept that any judge who is not living up to the wisdom required of them under the Judge archetype will be held accountable by the Karmic Board, and will, without a doubt,  face the consequences of their shadow work.

 

How to Transcend Your Vengeance Karma


If our practice of mindfulness makes us aware that we are impulsively calling for our offender to be humiliated, or impoverished (via a law suite), or terrified, or haunted, or victim to any other type of energetic pain that we can think of; that the person deserves all this and more, that the person has brought our wrath down on themself, and therefore only has themself to blame — we instantly STOP EVERYTHING.

 

We summon the presence of mind to discern that we are staring at the Omega Plan of Karma — the School of Hard Knocks. We then summon the presence of mind to tell our self that we have the choice to take up the Alpha Plan — transcendence of the impulse of calling for vengeance. We call on the Lords of the Karmic Board to rally behind us, who help us realise that if we pass this initiation, we will rise up to a higher spiritual level and have a significantly easier incarnation next time.

 

We then use the Higher Perspective mindset to embrace the Alpha plan, as follows:

 

We turn the focus off our offender, and back onto our own state of being. We remember that God does not work on a vengeance system. God does not believe in revenge. Revenge is based on opposition to Oneness — therefore God would never sanction us engaging in revenge of any kind against each other, and certainly would never inflict it on us. We say to ourselves, “How on Earth can I transcend even one step towards maturity if I am in an endless ping-pong match of An-Eye-For-An-Eye? It’s nonsensical”.

 

We engage in mindfulness of the nature of our impulsive thoughts at that very moment, and let that mindfulness lead us to the realisation that we are struggling with some of the laws and principles. Next, we quietly reflect on our feelings until we can discern which of the laws and principles are the problem (most likely Oneness, Detachment, and/or Humility when it comes to vengeance, but any of the others as well). We then make the effort to consciously shift our vengeance archetype into the light.

 

To shift the impulse from the shadow to the light, we attempt the following:

 

We remember Ascended Master Jesus’ warning in relation to karma: "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord", and reflect on what that means. It means that our offender has incurred karma and will have to account for it at some point, but it is not at all up to us to determine when that will be or how that will be. That is up to the Karmic Board and the offender. We exercise the humility of accepting that the Karmic Board is not open to our input on someone else’s karma: we are in no way whatsoever qualified to adjudicate on other people’s state of spiritual maturity in the same way that the all-seeing, all-knowing, Karmic Board is. (England’s Queen Elizabeth I had the right idea when, in the mid 1500s, she stated, “I have no desire to make windows into other men’s souls”.)

 

The offender’s insight into the wrongness of their offence may occur in this current incarnation, or may come in a future one; and the offender may indeed go many incarnations making the same offensive action without transcending the mindset that resulted in the wrongdoing. But under the laws of Free Will and Transcendence, that is the offender’s God-given right. We acknowledge that if we go ahead with cursing our offender, we will in fact incur karma for our self, because we have "taken heaven by force" in the sense that we have taken the judge, jury, and executioner role that is the right of the Karmic Board and the Karmic Board only.

 

That does not mean that we don’t take any action against our offender — we just ensure that whatever action we do take is in line with a spiritually gracious tactic. If a person has emotionally hurt us or someone we love, we absolutely are within the bounds of spiritual maturity to publicise what the offender has done, in order to expose and reveal them. We are entitled to withdraw our business from them or to turn them out of our circle — but only so long as we remember that under all of their heavy energy is an immaculate core waiting to be liberated. We do nothing more than this because the greatest leap towards transcending the impulse for vengeance is focussing on the Principle of Oneness.

 

This process will sound enormously difficult to those of us with the vengeance-related archetypes, and it will be difficult. Transcending a karmic impulse always is. However, if we commit to transcendence, sooner or later we will stumble across the missing link or blockage in the pipe that, once found or removed, is the key to effortless expression of a principle, law, archetype in the light, or planetary alignment so that we never have to think about it again. That is what is meant by a Transcendental Epiphany.

 

Knowledge is Power — and Now You Have the Knowledge


The way to manage the reality of Karma is to head it off at the pass. As stated in Part I, Karma is an Education-And-Initiation program intended to lead us to our ascension and inclusion as a master — but we do not have to enrol in that program. If we commit to daily, painstaking transcendence of whatever impulses our archetypes and astrology indicate we are here to conquer, we will avoid the painful route of the School of Hard Knocks. When we have the knowledge of our archetypes, our astrology, and who is on the Karmic Board, and if we can humble ourselves to respect the intention for our incarnation by submitting to growth, we will go the route of Transcendental Epiphany. We will attain mastership of all the laws and principles, and as a result, we can get off the Karmic merry-go-‘round forever.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                             

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