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

References:
1. Views on Death According to Different Religions, Religious Movements. (n.d.). Retrieved April 02, 2017, from http://www.religiousmovements.org/views-on-death-according-to-different-religions/

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

 

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

  1. If the universe is always working towards perfect balance it makes complete sense that there will be consequences to our actions. And it makes sense that we need to come back in another life if there is not perfect balance and harmony. We do not get off scott-free. We need to be accountable and responsible, and therefore we need to live and experience the consequences of our actions until we learn how to be so. It makes complete sense.

  2. It makes sense energetically that if everything is energy and because of energy, we will continue to transform until energetically things return to their natural balance and true state of being.

  3. I can absolutely agree with this:
    ‘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.’
    Whether we see and take the opportunity by making different choices is up to us.

  4. ‘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.’ Knowing this can change our approach to everything we do, think and say, because we can instantly feel if it is true or not, it is so beautiful the way we are supported by absolutely everything around us.

  5. The knowledge of Karma has been largely obliterated from Western religions which is a shame because we spend many emotional hours grieving over someone’s passing, and we could instead celebrate that they will be born anew ready to live another cycle of lessons from Earth.

  6. I have always found it interesting how if someone does something bad or wrong, many people will believe that they will get their comeuppance – but only if it is witnessed in the same timeline. For example, someone steals a lot of money in a underhand way and then several years later looses all their money in a market crash – a lot of people might look at that series of events and see the perfect rebalancing of the universe because its on a timeline they can see and understand – its an act of Karma and what the person deserves or more truly needs in order to learn and grow. But what if this same person who stole all the money is such a underhanded and nasty way, died before they seemed to experience any consequences but came back, reincarnated into a family with very little money or into a natural disaster – because the time line is not as easy to follow, because we see life as one line, we curse the forces that caused what seems to be unprovoked life of hardship on the child without considering the possibility that just like the first timeline its a natural part of the universe balancing but spread out across two lifetimes rather than within one.

  7. Reincarnation is being accepted by more and more people for the simpe fact that it makes sense that we do not just have one life to express all the love that we are.

  8. Painting a picture that there is a hell and that we will burn in that hell is just a very cruel way to control people – play on their fears and keep them in line. It’s worked for centuries because people believed what they were told, but it is time this type of indoctrination came to an end.

  9. ‘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.’ Thank you Maree, this sentence reminded me how many lessons there are for us in every life time, which are continually presented to us, until eventually we feel the truth and choose differently.

  10. “The good news was that I had a choice – and the power to change it all.” I have felt a bit powerless lately, and struggle to feel I have a choice at times when some patterns of behaviour seem so ingrained, so this is a pertinent reminder that I do have a choice and the power to keep returning back to Love.

  11. I like how this article brings forward that we are always presented with similar experiences, over and over again, giving us the option to either choose old patterns, or to choose to remain, steady, committed to facing everything that comes our way with an openness and willingness to bring honesty and truth, to heal old patterns and set in place a way of living that we know is true. The way we have always wanted to live.

  12. There is a committment required to honour our bodies deeply, then we begin to live life in accord with our essence, from there we begin to clear the karma that we have accumulated in the past.

  13. “Karma registers disharmony instantly” I love the fact that it does because it means we really cannot get away with anything that is out of harmony with the universe and this is a really great thing.

  14. ‘ 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. ‘ Re-committing to life when it seems to be overwhelming is something I am working on – so not going into the comfort of retreating and saying I can’t cope which is an old pattern, but saying let’s stay present and do what’s next and continue like that, giving everything equal attention and not exhausting myself by investing in something because I think it’ll make me look good, or bring me something I think I haven’t got! A big one currently is not retreating but staying with people and being transparent.

  15. The whole debate about assisted suicide makes me wonder: What is the underlying assumption about assisted suicide? That we have one life or that we could have many? One of the main assumptions seems to be that there is either only one life, so why suffer during that life or, if there are multiple lives, they are not connected, i.e. whatever you do in one life does not carry over into subsequent lives.
    However, it could be quite brave (foolish?) to interfere in death when science has no handle or understanding (beyond the physical changes) of death.

    1. Perhaps as our acceptance and awareness of reincarnation and responsibility deepens, our understanding and appreciation will also expand about how the quality of every choice and moment lived prepares a foundation that we come back to. This will show that suicide may not be the answer, nor artificially keeping people alive in a zombie state while their body would have otherwise completed this life in preparation for the next incarnation.

  16. Beautifully presented Maree, what I see and feel reading here is that we are forever offered the opportunity to come back to balance and harmony, with no judgement but a clear presentation of consequences, that’s the gift of karma and reincarnation.

  17. “I’ve so often heard, “you’re born and you die – it’s as simple as that.” ” The way I heard it ” your born ,you live, you die “.
    But perhaps this is the Hocus Pocus to cover up or hide the real truth as explained here.

  18. I can understand that living without the awareness of all this you shared can make life seem flat or boring to us because there is so much more to us and life, so if we are not living this consciously then it is no wonder we feel given up. As you say: “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.” Life is perfectly balanced and things that happens always happen because of our choices, nothing else.

  19. Looking back over the early years of my life I can clearly see that I had a strong knowing that this life is the one and only life. I retained that inner knowing in spite of family beliefs and what I heard from the world around me, including most institutionalised religion. Although everything around me was continually challenging what I felt, this knowing never left me, but it was only when I came to the presentations of Serge Benhayon that what I had felt was finally confirmed. And it is quite simple. I have a responsibility for whatever I do or say in this world, as a result of my expression there is a consequence, and that is my Karma to address in this life and maybe even in the next, and the next…

  20. Yesterday I was having a lovely conversation with a customer in my store about reincarnation and his wife had died last year. He said that the was never a religious man but believed that there had to be more than just death and that “we are all made up of energy so it has to go somewhere.” How wonderful it is to feel the spaciousness there is around our life cycles and that we can learn, understand and explore so much more about ourselves and others via out life experiences from now and years past.

  21. One of the reasons the work of Serge Benhayon can seem like almost too much truth at times, is because there is a part of us (the spirit) that does not want to know that life is that black and white, there is a part that wants our foot in both camps, that believes in grey and when someone comes along and brakes our illusions of moderation, this makes us mad. Inside we know the truth but we like to trick ourselves that having the best of both worlds is the answer to our problems. It is not about perfection but rather commitment and responsibility, for every step we take leaves an imprint that will be felt and if that imprint is less than love, it is ours to return to and to re-imprint until there is only love.

  22. What I appreciate about what Serge Benhayon shares on the Science of Reincarnation is that we are in one continual energetic life dipping in and out of the physical world (life and death) and continuing our return to living the fullness of the love we are in our almost every moment (as this is not about perfection). He also has presented great detail on how the way we live and die and in what energetic quality affects our next birth and life. The most important part for me is the why – simply so we can return to the greatness of our soul and beyond, and live that here in full. It’s not a punishment but a restoring back to love, which we can also do for ourselves without an outer correction needed.

  23. Reincarnation teaches us about consequences – and responsibility. Most parents teach their children about these – so why wouldn’t it make sense in the bigger picture of life too?

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