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?


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

  1. Maree, I really got to feel the effects of my behaviour recently and it shocked me which is I feel a learning in itself. That there is only love and anything else is just not ‘love’ and so therefore abusive and how much I actually hate the way we are living which is in total disregard to ourselves and each other.

  2. I am beginning to enjoy how life supports us by giving us all opportunities to come out of our comfortable ways and to reassess life so that we have an opportunity to grow and expand just like the universe.

  3. People can understand that life has a responsibility, thus to live in at-least decency and respect (a forerunner to Love) as a starting point working towards True Love, thus living all we are and this is what we bring to others, which would be clearing any negative karma. Would this not change the way we live and bring a much healthier incarnation as we would be able to live in a way that holds that energy until our last breath and coming back into the same energy. This is a much simpler way of living that supports every incarnation, and would change our approach to life.

  4. Maree this is such a great conversation to be having with the world and a blog that I needed to read.
    We all have a lot of wisdom to share we all care deeply about ourselves and others and we are not allowing our full potential to be seen. We are all holding back from expressing our truth and this is hurting us on so many levels and this is why the world is in such a mess because we are all waiting for someone to make the first move back to love. Well back in 1999 someone did make the first move and now it seems we are all in the disbelief that someone actually had the temerity to make that move. True love is everywhere it’s the very air we breathe it passes through us constantly and we all feel it which is why there is so much reaction in the world to it.

  5. ‘I had to become responsible… at all levels.’ There is a beauty to reincarnation that doesn’t let us wriggle out of it. I remember when I was a child being furious at my parents over something and saying to myself ‘it’s not fair, I didn’t ask to be born’! In this tantrum I was totally negating the bigger picture of why we are here. With reincarnation as a possibility we are called to look at how we are living now in the knowing that this is what we will return to. If this doesn’t make anyone sit up and question their choices, I don’t know what will!

  6. When that penny dropped for me that reincarnation might actually be true, it was like a domino effect, all the wonderings about life finally made sense and each one began to fall away, knocking over the next piece of the puzzle.

    1. When we are open to something after not having been, it can be surprising (and maybe a bit of a shock sometimes) to realise how closed up we have been generally, and how we have taken on so many false ideals and beliefs that have hurt, which we have been in denial of.

  7. Being brought up as a Catholic and being taught that we only live once, sent me into confusion, but a belief that I invested in and felt was true. Only on feeling more deeply that this was out of balance, and feeling that the potential for reincarnation was true, did all the jigsaw pieces of life begin to fit together.

    1. We can be so convinced by the beliefs we have taken on that we can dismiss the truth out of hand. Once I stopped and pondered on it too, feeling how my body felt when I did, it made total sense that we have had many lives.

  8. ‘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.’ I have lived in fear of karma all my life but reading this, there is nothing to fear but everything to feel.

  9. Accepting that when you reincarnate you come back to where you left off is very sobering and takes the glamour and illusion out of the whole concept of reincarnation.

  10. “To come to understand that “Karma is not punishment, but a rebalancing of energy”, an opportunity for a correction of actions from a previous life/lives, offers us a whole new way of approaching life. Gone is the lack of responsibility where we think we can get away with something and no one will know, as every single act is recorded, and at some time in a future life the correction will be presented to us. I have come to really appreciate the endless opportunities I have to redress past actions, as I know that I will be free of those particular issues when my next life rolls around; and one thing is for sure, it will, whether I believe in reincarnation or not.

  11. Reincarnation has always made sense to me and I have not needed proof that it happens. The feeling of having known people before, that I have been somewhere before etc were proof enough for me. It also makes more sense to me that we continue in a cycle of life and death to keep learning and growing, rather than have one shot at life, or appear out of nowhere and then live on eternally in heaven or hell.

    1. For me it has not always done so. I was raised a Catholic and I ascribed to the one life view. What Catholicism could never do was to give me the many answers I was looking for about life. In being open to the concept of reincarnation later down the line those answers weren’t just being given, they made utter sense. In then supporting myself to heal some pretty deeply rooted hurts I began to access that knowing of reincarnation feeling it from my body rather than as an intellectual exercise.

  12. I have no issues about reincarnation or karma as I grew up with this in the Hindu religion anyway. During my younger years I watched many documentaries where people recollected their previous or past lives and I was fascinated by the whole notion of it.
    I feel the mis-representation was the karma aspect. We were told that if we were to do ‘good’ then it was good karma for us in our next life and anything ’bad’ occurring, was because of ‘bad’ karma. There was no explanation of cause and effect and it only revolved around the ‘good’.

    I love the further expansion on the teachings presented by Serge Benhayon, he goes to a depth that no one has ever gone to. There is nothing hocus pocus about this, when if we move out of analysing it, and really trust the body, it all makes sense.

  13. Indeed so, we are either disharmonius in our movements of harmonius. Those movements leave an imprint behind and for us to return too.

  14. If the understanding and awareness of reincarnation was more widely accepted as the fact it is – i think the majority of people would change the way they live knowing that they are shaping their next life by what they live now. Now that is responsible.

  15. Life continually provides ‘the opportunity to make different choices, which will then, of course, have different consequences’ – if I embrace this then I cannot ignore the freshness of each moment and richness of learning.

  16. ‘The good news was that I had a choice – and the power to change it all’ this completely wipes out the victim mentality that can imprison us and hold us back for lifetimes.

    1. Yes, I had that feeling that it was a punishment for a very long time until Karma was explained more clearly than I had ever heard it to be, by Serge Benhayon. His presentation made so much sense of the knowings I had had experienced from young about the fact that there was not just one life, but a continuous one, and at the same time liberated me from the old belief that I was being punished for past misdemeanours. Now that was one big, welcome relief.

  17. What is so lovely about the cycles of life, of things coming round again and apparently repeating is that in truth everything is always new – is always now- we are continually given opportunities to allow our awareness to inspire our growth and evolution in, and with, more love and a deeper living truth.

  18. I love how you describe tuning in with your inner impulse on how to respond to situations rather than just going at them how you have in the past or trying to run away from what’s being presented.

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