Karma has been translated
as some sort of act (physical as well as mental) that must result in
some sort of fruit or reaction. The idea of Karma stems from Eastern
religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. It is this Eastern concept of
Karma that has likely had the most play here among Western minds.
take Karma literally to mean that every action will have an equal
corresponding reaction that will bear fruit in this life or the next.
But if we accept this explanation of Karma then we must reasonably lock
ourselves into a view of the world as a Karmic cycle that we can never
break. Life becomes a philosopher's dream of an unbroken, predestined
experience that must always be based on past actions.
Still, this view of strict determinism cannot explain advancements in consciousness and moral development.
is, however, another way to view Karma that I believe is more accurate.
Karma, a pattern of matter and energy (brainwave activity included),
arises not from Karmic action that was initiated eons ago in exact
fruit to previous action. But Karma is actually the fruit of our being.
Thus as we develop in our consciousness or beingness, then the Karmic
pattern of our life unfolds according to that development.
do believe that if we are aware, we can see our level of consciousness
or being displayed to us relatively quickly as Karmic reaction to past
actions. What some experience as instant Karma is really just a matter
of a person being more open, aware, and perceptive to the way patterns
of energy and matter correspond to their own consciousness. They may
see their level of consciousness unfold as certain thoughts or deeds
and then, being highly receptive, they may notice the corresponding
reactions to their level of consciousness.
So we confuse the
unfolding of consciousness in matter and energy as an unbreakable
Karmic pattern of fruit bearing activity that arises from similar
activity. But it is the level of consciousness that is bearing fruit in
When we develop a certain level of consciousness
we become more aware of the fruit of our consciousness acting in our
lives and some call that instant Karma.
But what our Karma is
not some act from some far off past or even from what we did yesterday.
Our Karma unfolds according to our consciousness. This was true many
eons ago and it is true today and tomorrow. Matter and energy unfold in
a certain pattern based on our very being.
It has been said that
Enlightenment frees us from our Karma or our deeds and misdeeds of our
past. I do believe that is true. Not because Enlightenment magically
acts to rid the results of our past deeds but because matter and energy
simply correspond to consciousness. If we were automatically bound to
every act then we would never achieve Enlightenment (because things
would be predetermined based on past acts), and Enlightenment would
have no effect on our Karma.
Quantum mechanics science has shown in experiments, like the
double slit experiments (see below), that energy/matter unfold in
certain ways based on observation. I believe that we can go further
than that. I believe we can say that it unfolds according to the level
of being the conscious observer has attained.
So we know that
energy and matter has a relationship with consciousness. Our level of
consciousness determines not only the way we look at things but also
the way things look at us. All of this Life is interconnected in a vast
web of Being in which deep joy and bliss can be attained. But it will
come from our level of Love and Understanding and not from an endless
round of activity.
In the end, we are not the victims of Karma
but only our own ignorance. Life forms have been trapped in a web of
suffering arising from a misunderstanding of Being. Once we understand
the power and beauty of Being, commonly called Enlightenment, then Life
will correspond to that Understanding. Thus Karma will play out in
wonder and in bliss, according to that level of Enlightened