Reincarnation and Karma: Hocus Pocus or Perfect Balance?

Not all people agree that reincarnation is part of our natural cycle here on earth: it’s too abstract a possibility. I’ve so often heard, “you’re born and you die – it’s as simple as that.”

Religions often have views about the afterlife. Christians believe in hell and heaven, Muslims believe that the present life is preparation for the next realm of existence, Hinduism and Buddhism believe in reincarnation – that once a person dies on this earth, they will be reborn to a new life and the status of that life depends on the work they did before their death. (1)

I first learned about Reincarnation and Karma from the Buddhist teachings in my early 20s, but its reality did not sink in until Serge Benhayon expanded on reincarnation as part of The Way of The Livingness teachings.

When I fully understood that I would return to Earth again to have another life – a life that would continue on from this life – well, let’s just say, Serge had my full attention.

One thing was clear – I had to have a good look at how I was living, for hoping that I could just skip out early because I didn’t like it here or try to sleep, numb or entertain my way through it, was no longer on the cards. I had to become responsible… at all levels.

As I reflected on my younger days, I could see the evidence of how I had lived in previous lives and some of the choices I had obviously made, as they played out in the here and now. I didn’t need a story of what my previous life was like, as I just had to look at my life at that time. This wasn’t pretty at all; in fact, it was a dismal state of affairs.

The good news was that I had a choice – and the power to change it all. 

We are fortunate that life will continually provide the opportunity to make different choices, which will then, of course, have different consequences. For many years now I have been re-committing to life in all the little day-to-day commitments and responsibilities that come our way, such as returning to work full-time, completing my studies, staying open in troubled relationships, speaking up against abuse, being fully present as a parent, caring for the home with more detail, and making better financial decisions. The main change though came in my relationship with myself and from here all other relationships changed to become more open, honest and real.

I knew I had a lot of wisdom to share, I knew that I cared deeply about others, and I knew that deep inside was a girl that had not yet blossomed. I was determined to let this amazing woman out, but I had buried her essence in layers of false beliefs, ideals and hurts, that one by one needed to heal. And so that is what I started to do – I began to heal my hurts.

At times I was stopped in my tracks when a situation presented that was so familiar to one of the past. It was so familiar, in fact, I would hear myself saying “Oh no, not again!”

Instead of running away, I would stop for a moment and ask myself “So, what is needed here?” Fleeting memories of how I handled things last time would come to me, and I would know from following my inner impulse, what was required of me next. It may have been to not hold back expressing myself, to bring more understanding, to connect more deeply to another’s essence, to deeply listen to what another had to say about how they were feeling, to do something differently, and sometimes it was simply to observe what was playing out before me.

By fully embracing the teaching of Reincarnation, I relinquished my lethargic given-up state and made different choices, determined not to spend another life like this one started or like others ended. I wanted the chance to live me in full, not the trodden on and hard done by way I had lived to this point and which I knew wasn’t the true me.

Life supports us to wiggle out of comfort and to address any disharmony, by presenting us with opportunities to learn, to see how powerful we truly are, and to return to our true selves.

But there was more.

Coupled with reincarnation was the teaching of Karma, otherwise described as cause and effect. I could always handle cause and effect as it seemed so logical. Something will occur as a result of a choice. If I was to drop an egg on a tiled floor, the effect or consequence might be that the egg will break. If I drive my car to the point where it has no petrol (which has happened on a number of occasions), the car will come to a stop. So too, if I was to verbally berate another without allowing myself to feel the lovelessness in that behaviour, then the ‘effect’ or ‘consequence’ is that I will one day be supported to come to the much needed understanding, that to verbally berate another is without Love.

These incidents were more than a broken egg or a car that wouldn’t move. These too were opportunities to pause and consider what they represented or reflected to me in my life and to help me to arrest a way of living that was perhaps not loving at all.

Despite what is a common belief, Karma is not punishment, but a rebalancing of energy.  Its place here is not here to make us suffer but to provide the opportunity for us to feel what is true and learn that some of the choices we make do not come from Love. They are blessings for us, always asking us to be and live more of who we really are. And, if we truly feel the lovelessness in our choices, then we will not need the correction because balance has been restored when it is restored within ourselves.

Karma does not wait until something is proven in court or by science for that matter. Karma registers disharmony instantly. Forget not that Karma is the science of measuring the energetic imprints of all actions. It is a science that belongs to the Law of Cause and Effect. An action of any kind is either in harmony or disharmony – it cannot be both. You are either in prana (spirit) or in fire (soul).
(Serge Benhayon, A Treatise on Consciousness, p. 245)

So in life, there are neither coincidences, nor are there mistakes. Everything is perfectly planned for us to feel what is true in any given situation. How amazing is that!?!

Perhaps some will still say the teachings of Reincarnation and Karma are hocus pocus, but to me it just makes sense. It’s like the pieces of the puzzle have all connected. By living life in this way, making different choices and living with more responsibility, well, it just seems so natural, all so beautiful and perfectly balanced.

By Maree Savins, Tertiary Education, Australia

1. Views on Death According to Different Religions, Religious Movements. (n.d.). Retrieved April 02, 2017, from

Related Reading:
The Missing Link to Understanding Reincarnation
Reincarnation – Taking Responsibility for the Next Time Around
An Accident or Karma?


544 thoughts on “Reincarnation and Karma: Hocus Pocus or Perfect Balance?

  1. Without reincarnation we can live in complete irresponsibility that someone else will ‘clean up our mess’. Just have fun and eventually you’ll die, then it’s someone else’s problem. Reincarnation says… ‘you’re coming back’, which means you’re coming back to the seeds you have sown. If we don’t take responsibility for what it is we leave behind, not just from our own choices in life, but also for the way we have raised our children, then what we come back to will be an exact reflection of the degree of irresponsibility we have lived this life with. No wonder so many like to think it doesn’t exist!

  2. Karma is simply a case of momentum, and not necessarily one of rebalancing per say. Yes, it definitely offers the opportunity to rebalance, but that does not necessarily occur as a result of karma, but as a result of the applied will of the individual. Until such time the being responsible for the momentum says no, one’s karma or energetic momentum basically dictates the quality of their life. However, after that moment they have said no, there is then a long road of needing to attempt to arrest the momentums of their past. This often takes time, although if the will is strong enough, it can be an almost instant correction. And the deeper one realises the error of their ways, and the way their ways have hurt themselves and others, then the deeper resolve there is to change one’s living way to ensure it does not happen again. It is this deep resolve that then allows one to swim against the tide so to speak. For without that resolve, and understanding, there is not the strength will to otherwise do so, and one will simply adhere to the easiest path, which is carved out of familiarity. That familiarity engenders a form of comfort, and this explains why people will often voluntarily stay in karmic patterns or momentums that are otherwise harmful to them.

    1. Wow Adam, you really do have so much to say on every subject, which is a really good thing because everything you say I find so interesting. Your ability to break things down, expand and bust things open I find quite remarkable. Thank you for always being you, in every different medium, its an inspiration to humanity.

  3. “The good news was that I had a choice – and the power to change it all.” I love the simplicity of this power and that we can simply change or shift our movements ever so gently to begin anew foundation to the connection of who we are. A very cool choice we all have to bring clarity and evolution to our lives and we then begin in our next life to come….

  4. The comment that you are born and then you die is like giving us a get out of jail free card that wrongly absolves us of our true responsibility to life which is our ongoing and unwavering commitment to the health and wellbeing of both ourselves and humanity at large equally.

  5. It’s so interesting this business of going round and round again, be it in this life or in all of our lives. How often I have been presented with the same problem (which I created) and asked how I want to choose. All opportunities to grow, and if I don’t get it this time, the universe is infinitely generous and will simply offer another one the next time around. Reincarnation simply makes sense.

  6. The saying ‘what goes around comes around’ is often used in a way to say ‘bad things come to those who behave ill/abusive etc’ but as I have learnt about Karma in the way Universal Medicine has presented it there is no punishment in the correction, only a chance to learn and empower ourselves to change our ways as receiving what we initially put out is fully shown to us.

  7. I understand there is no evidence for reincarnation, but philosophically, it makes quite a lot of sense and fills in a lot of the gaps by providing a model that takes into account many of life’s so called mysteries.

  8. We don’t like to consider that we just repeat the same again and again until we truly heal from it, we like to think we get something out of every experience we have…which unfortunately reinforces the drive to keep repeating the same again and again. Perhaps we would advance much quicker as a society if we learned much more to let go rather than hold onto what is not truly working.

  9. It is true, often situations come up which feel old, as if going around in circles – you can just sense that you have been there before, and when this happens it is just as wise to pay attention because it will only come around again.

  10. I grew up around reincarnation so it was a subject that didn’t bother me. What was interesting is to observe how some people do not want to hear or discuss anything about it. I’ve watched documentaries of people having memories of their previous past lives recalling who they were and for some, how they died.

    But often what was presented is that if someone’s had an accident or seriously injured or died at an early age, it was considered their karma. What wasn’t presented is how we live, how we are in everyday being has an effect on our karma all the time. In other words take responsibility in everything we do.

  11. Reincarnation can bring up or be confronting in terms of getting us to really consider what our commitment to life is – what our core values are and how much do we apply them in our daily life?

  12. Without reincarnation life would make no sense; the arbitrariness that otherwise would be the principle of everything would make life nothing more than gibberish. Reincarnation is part of the laws and principles governed by the purpose and order of the universe.

  13. So in life, there are neither coincidences, nor are there mistakes. Everything is perfectly planned for us to feel what is true in any given situation. How amazing is that!?! I agree Maree, it is truly amazing and really very freeing because we are constantly being given opportunities to choose differently.

  14. There are many patterns within us that has been lived before and it feels natural to us. Sometimes what feels natural to us may not feel the same way for others. When we feel this, we may turn down our own ways of naturally behaving to not be too visible in the world, we would want to be accepted in the world, and to be able to appear normal and to make a living. What we know as truth within us needs not be advertised, and it definitely is unwise to react when others do not choose likewise, it simply needs to be lived as naturally as our breathing. When we do, we can often feel the tension from others and we simply have to just feel and acknowledge that too.

  15. For me there is plenty of evidence of re-incarnation and Karma put there is no proof. Basic evidence we have the words Re-incarnation , Karma , “deja vu ” french meaning “already seen ” we have ” what goes around comes around ” and there is lots more evidence. But there is no proof. If one goes back in history there is a similar case. Where there was no proof that the Earth was round but plenty of evidence to say it must be spherical . It was not until there was eye witness reports and recording and photos that proof was there to show that the Earth is spherical.
    We can wait for the proof or act on the evidence Maree has presented and is living . The free will of choice is ours and the results of which, will be ours .

  16. At some level within ourselves we all know that we reincarnate, the thing is we don’t want to know because of what it means, that is that we have to come back and do it all over again.

  17. Karma makes sense to me and always has since the day I first heard of the concept. To me it gives an explanation of why we are here on this earth ( The evolution of Mankind)

  18. For me I have always known there was something more to life than just our physical beings, yet nothing around me was saying that was the case. So slowly I started to shut this down and conform to the way that I was being taught and presented with. This knowing never left me though so when Universal Medicine presented the truth of what reincarnation is it was like I finally had meet someone that was confirming and talking what I already knew.

  19. “Fleeting memories of how I handled things last time would come to me, and I would know from following my inner impulse, what was required of me next.” How little we appreciate our amazing ability to read ourselves and the outplay of our momentums, through the introduction of self love we can then bring the understanding and acceptance and from this make truly supportive changes.

  20. I love the responsibility that karma brings, whether we understand it or not or believe it or not and that there is no getting away with what we do even if it takes many life times to catch up on us. It will be a great place to be when we all live our lives knowing that whatever we do, say or think we are totally accountable for.

  21. The way we have completely disregarded and blocked out the fact of reincarnation shows how skilled we are at pushing on, saying black is white and ignoring the true reality of life. We champion those who despite everything, climb mountains and kill elephants, overcoming ‘the way things are’. But what would our world be like if we stopped our blanket denial and embraced in full the truth of who we are? Perhaps then like you Maree, we would find there’s no longer the need to struggle with self-worth.

  22. “The good news was that I had a choice – and the power to change it all.” Karma helps us in feeling the result of our choices and how they effect us and others in this world, when we feel the effects of our unloving choices we are then given the opportunity to choose more loving ones, no good or bad judgement, just a law of love asking us to choose again.

  23. Reincarnation is like returning to how we left the house before we went off for the day. When we come back we cannot escape how we left it. Even just contemplating what if reincarnation is true gives us the opportunity to reflect on how we live we then live with. Perhaps this understanding then teaches us not to blame others or God for how we find the state of our house in but take good care of it. It reminds me of the saying that our children inherit the world as we have treated it – but with the wonderful understanding that we are those children!

  24. It is very convenient to blame others and equally so ourselves if we want an excuse not to look at the big picture and what is actually going on. When we bring reincarnation into the equation we can see and understand more easily how everything fits together. The law of cause and effect weaves it’s way through all our lives.

  25. If we didn’t have the balance of Karma and reincarnation then I would hate to see the world and where it would be. The state of balance and harmony at the moment is out of sync and wack with nature, our bodies, relationships and much more. I for one and appreciative and thankful for this Universal Law and it is a great reminder that we don’t get away with anything.

  26. Reincarnation offers us a great gift in that we get the opportunity to make different choices so we don’t have to keep repeating the same old patterns life after life.

  27. Taking responsibility for all of our choices – reincarnation shows us where we made less than elegant ones, regardless of whether we ‘believe’ in reincarnation or not……. What goes around comes around.

  28. There is a real beauty in knowing that we come back again and again because there is so much love that we need to express that a lifetime seems too short!

  29. It’s fascinating how we have taken the simple concept of reincarnation and twisted it into ideas about coming back as a snail. When you look at what reincarnation truly means, that we are left with the result of every choice that we make in every life – it’s not surprising that this is something we try to avoid. If only we understood the pain and difficulty we cause ourselves carrying on in such a reckless way. You wouldn’t make a mess in your kitchen then return later on and expect it to be magically cleared up – so what makes us think that we can live recklessly and ‘get away’ with it? Thank you Maree for this beautiful reminder of how the world truly works.

  30. Re-incarnation offers humanity the opportunity to re-balance all the unloving choices we have made in our lives until such time that we can live in a way that is super loving and caring not only for ourselves but towards everyone.

  31. Yesterday I was talking with my sister and we were amazed about how sincronised is everything in our lives, because we receive everyday the right lesson we need to learn. We just have to be open to learn in each opportunity an then life becomes a continuous path of letting go, learning and expansion, and living like this it’s a Joy as brings to us the evolution we choose to grow in.

  32. To understand the true meaning of Reincarnation and Karma is life changing in many ways, this constantly offers humanity an opportunity to review and look at their patterns and momentums and to make more loving choices that align them to greater awareness and love.

  33. How else are we to learn if what we give out does not come round? If it is love we all crave then surely it makes sense that lessons keep coming round until we get it. Doesn’t it make life interesting when we know and accept that those unloving behaviours we make we can let go of and that we don’t have to be bound to them? What is the purpose in life if we do not take responsibility for our actions and commit to evolution? Re-incarnation and karma without a shadow of a doubt make absolute sense to me too.

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