If karma is in fact real, wouldn’t we learn our lessons better if we experienced the results of our creations instantly? We would learn our lessons much more quickly. However, this isn’t the way the universe works. Why not? Let’s take a look.
In this physical world, there are two universal laws at play that work hand in hand. The first is the law of free will. It states that people always have a choice in what they choose to do and how they choose to respond to a situation.
Of course there are many responses to various situations, but we can boil down all the responses down to two main categories: Reacting from the ego or responding from the higher self (heart). Fear or Love.
Now, in addition to being able to use the free will that you have, you’re also subject to the universal law of cause and effect, or what is more commonly referred to as karma.
Karmic law states that what goes around comes around. You reap what you sew. Our world is designed like a mirror to show you what it’s like to receive the energies you send out as a way to guide you towards choosing progressively higher choices and ultimately influencing you to choosing to raise your own level of consciousness.
The ego is fear-based and by reacting from the ego, you will attract more fear-based energy into your energy field. Your higher self is sourced in the energy of unconditional Love and choosing to play with this energy will draw more Loving energy towards yourself.
As I’m sure you have noticed, there is a sort of “time gap” between when you throw the boomerang and when it comes back to you. It’s not like if you kill someone, instantly a lighting bolt shoots down from the heavens and zaps you on the spot. In fact, in this lifetime, you may never actually see the resultant manifestations of that energy.
Cue reincarnation. Let’s say a person injures someone in one life. Perhaps in the next life, they may be born with the same injury so that they can see what it’s like to experience this energy. This allows them to choose again and develop acceptance and compassion towards the condition, elevating their level of consciousness. We sometimes refer to this as “learning your lesson.”
It is also possible for them to get angry and imagine that the world is unjust. Perhaps God is angry at them. If they blame their reality on external conditions and refuse to take responsibility for their reality, they won’t truly learn their lesson and grow from the experience.
Cool. Great. Many of us have heard much of this before. Why is this time gap in place? Wouldn’t it make more sense if there was little to no time gap? Wouldn’t people be able to more easily recognize their own creative powers and thus truly realize that they are responsible for their own realities?
Ah, excellent question. However, that time gap was put there for a very good reason. Let me explain.
Imagine you have two guys who go to the bank and both take out a loan for $10,000.
The first guy takes all his money, throws some wild parties, goes to Vegas, and blows all his cash. When the bank calls to get the money back, he can’t repay the debt so he’s thrown in jail. Yikes.
The second guy takes his money and invests it, turning the original $10,000 into $100,000. When the bank calls to get their money back, the money can be paid back almost without him noticing the change in his financial status.
Karmic debts are very similar. The time it takes for the debt to return is put there so that you can raise your consciousness in the meantime, so you can multiply your talents. Then when the energy comes back to you, it will be much easier to deal with.
For example, to use another simple example. Let’s say you’re in a lower ego-based selfish state of consciousness and you steal something from another.
Then you raise your consciousness and begin to let go of attachment. You let go of the need to have physical objects in order to create or maintain your state of happiness. You allow things to flow in and out of your life the same way that you allow your breath to flow in and out of your lungs. At this point in your life, at this level of consciousness, you would not make the same choice to steal.
When the energy comes back and you experience the loss of some physical item, you will be in a state of surrender such that the loss won’t disturb you anyways.
Pretty cool, huh?