The following is an excerpt from the book IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS( how past lives affect the present , a soul's perspective. The book explains how karmic debt gets carried over life times because we fail to heal our negative thought process in the present life.
The book also exemplifies how death does not resolve any problems. It shows how the person lives nine lives with the same set of problems manifesting in different ways.
Section 5 - General Awareness - Karma forms the syllabus of a life-time
• What is Karma? (Some questions regarding Karma )
• Learning karmic lessons for the soul is like learning to walk is for the toddler
o (Preventing the need to sin)
• Karma forms the syllabus of a life-time
Washing away karmic debt
Karma is a measure of the kind of energy which our soul emanates during a lifetime through our focus on some thoughts over others.
Our soul is a non-physical being. It is in an energy form. Hence, our soul cannot take any physical action. As souls, beings of energy; we cannot touch or see the physical aspect of reality except through the energy underlying it. For example, when we make love or read a book or steal, our soul only receives the energy which emanates during the act, be it positive or negative.
When we feel positive, we radiate positive karma from the core of our being , as souls. When we feel negative, we radiate negative karma from the core of our being as souls. Negative energy released from the core creates negative energy cycles or negative karmic cycles in our life. Negative karma has to be transcended into positive energy through energy rotation by reversing our direction of thinking such that we can feel positive in the same acts which made us feel negative earlier or we can create more positive energy than the negative energy we created earlier. When we radiate positive energy, our life starts moving in positive energy cycles of happiness.
Karma forms the syllabus of a life-time
Diane Stein, the author of ‘Essential Energy Balancing’, writes - ‘Karma is pain carried over lifetimes. It is woven into our mind-grid when the soul plans birth in a human body. It forms the belief system the person is born with and which needs to be changed or evolved as part of soul evolution. Each incarnation gives the soul a chance to experience, grow and learn in a different physical body. Karmic patterns carry over several life-times, circumstances and situations, till the negative energy is transcended into positive.’
Essentially, karma forms the syllabus of a life-time. It decides the kind of negative emotions we, as souls, want to overcome in one life-time. Just as a course syllabus entails the subjects and the problems the student has to understand to move to a higher grade, our soul’s life plan entails the kind of emotional lessons of maturity it needs to imbibe, to understand happiness.
A pattern of recurring problems is usually, karmic, as they occur due to the soul testing itself. If the soul is unable to learn the lessons in that life, the test passes to the next life.
When the soul is able to use a difficulty as a means of evolving to a higher level of consciousness, it succeeds in transcending its karmic debt into positive energy.
For example, I had a client who was deeply in love with a man and he was in love with her but they could not communicate with each other. We found that the reason was that they had been responsible for each other’s death and misery in previous lives. In two lives, she had betrayed him accidently as he was a soldier and she was from an enemy camp. In other few lives, they had fought and he had left her in anger while going for wars. Then, he had died in the wars while she had lived alone waiting for him to return. The negative energies they had created for each other made them subconsciously afraid of being together again.
In the present life, due to some mis-understandings, the girl felt betrayed emotionally, as severely as he may have felt betrayed at the point of death in the past lives. (The soul does not recognize death of the body. It only understands the emotional aspect associated with death, as the soul does not die, by itself. ) Avenging a physical death with an emotional death was karmic balancing on the soul’s part but made both of them feel rejected by each other in their present lives.
They started pretending indifference to each other in anger.
Both of them had to break a subconscious cycle wherein they usually parted. This cycle could break only if instead of becoming the victim or abuser, one of the souls chose not to get provoked by the other . They had to learn to let go and focus on feeling positive while in love, instead of feeling judged or betrayed again.
But, feeling happy in imagination while assuming rejection in reality was a tough challenge for both, which required a belief in the process of visualization, above their self imposed exiles.
If they could presume the other loved, without asking for overt physical evidence, the gates of communication could open but each kept waiting for the other.
Another example – Overcoming the karmic cycle of cheating and being cheated
Overcoming any karmic cycle requires an inner drive to lead a happier life than in the present. If one enjoys focusing on the troubles in the present, and doe s not hold back revengeful feelings, soul learning cannot happen.
Usually, if one gets cheated in a relationship, it is because one has cheated the erring spouse in a past life or someone else in the same life. If you create the energy of betrayal, it would circle back to you karmically even if it’s not from the same person.
The karmic cycle of cheating would continue till one gets over the desire to cheat another soul for whatever reason. Breaking a karmic cycle does not mean that the soul should suffer the trauma of being cheated, feel humiliated or feel guilty that it is paying for its sins from past lives. It only means that the soul has to shift its focus to feeling non-negative/detached.
To break the karmic cycle, the need to take revenge should be defeated as it usually creates negativity.
Instead, the soul can become indifferent to the spouse and move on into another relationship by realizing they have differences without feeling unnecessarily sad or bitter.
The victim’s focus has to be on learning the soul lesson rather than on suffering. That way the suffering may continue but for a shorter time.
The suffering or the experience of difficult circumstances continues because the negative energy once created takes its own time to get transcended into positive, even after the soul starts focusing on the positive soul lesson. During this period, negative emotions keep resurfacing.
The reality we experience in our present is a manifestation of the feelings we have been focusing upon in our past. The process of creation of reality is similar to the creation of a building. A building, once built, even if undesirable, would take time to get demolished; and there will be an intermediate phase before a new building can be built in its place.
The soul starts the process of learning its karmic lessons when it makes its choices in order to feel happy, and lets go off all beliefs which prevent it to grow to being happy. It has to decide to stop being stuck in redundant phases of growth.
Once the soul lesson is learnt, the soul forgives the other soul by understanding him/her as being less evolved, or caught up in a negative phase of life.
We do not get difficulties which we do not have the ability to overcome. We plan our tests ourselves, as souls. And the difficulty of the tests varies with the level of soul evolution. An advanced soul would not get as simple tests as a young, inexperienced soul would because that would not help evolve its consciousness. So, the more advanced we are, the more difficulties we face, and the greater we can evolve in terms of achieving levels of happiness.
The core realization involved in karmic repayment is that the soul hates that behaviour the most which it has indulged in the past and despised itself for engaging in it; like Dev said he hated being betrayed whereas he himself had betrayed in a past life. This is an observable pattern in past life therapy sessions.
When we forgive the other soul, for abusing, we also forgive ourselves for the same mistake done by us in a past life. Once we forgive ourselves, we stop attracting that kind of negative energy. We let go of that life, and let ourselves evolve to a higher frequency, where we can achieve our purpose of life through the route the soul wants us to follow.
When we compare life to a video-game, karmic difficulties are like levels in a video-game. They help the driver improve his balance. The driver keeps failing in obstacles till he learns to overcome them.
Once he learns to balance, he wins the game. .Akin to the driver winning the game, once the soul lesson is learnt, our soul achieves its destination in that aspect of life. Now, even if a similar obstacles comes which made it fall/feel negative earlier, the soul passes through it without letting it affect its progress.
-- excerpt from SECTION 5- chapter 10- KARMIC BALANCING