​   Misunderstandings

Karma, what a fascinating word. Through decades of life, it has twanged upon my ears as though something is wrong in what I am hearing. Thus, as a sense of deeper understanding has come together from various sources, this page must be written.:
Thus when we look at statements like “What goes around comes around” what we are hearing is people trying to justify life. On one hand, it represents a Holier-than-Thou attitude of dismissing personal responsibility for our lives. On the other, it represents a vindictive “You’ll get Yours” attitude of revenge, yet again avoiding personal responsibility for one’s life. We are not only responsible for our lives; we create them. Only when we accept that responsibility for our lives will we ever begin to do the real work of Karma.
Another historical voice of Karma has always been that it is our evolutionary growth into being our spiritual best or returning to God. Boy that sounds nice on the surface. You know, something like we come back as a dog as punishment because we were __________. And gee, if we’re really, really good, we can come back as a ___________. What are we hearing though? Judgment. Punishment -Reward. Right-versus-Wrong.
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I’ll repeat my answer to that right-versus-wrong in case you missed it, “Get over it.” It’s a lie, an untruth, and worse yet, it’s perpetuated as a manner of control over the people as a whole. The saddest part of the lie is that it has a natural intake to our lives. It gave us language to use in helping us sort out what we experience in life, good-bad. Making it all the more sugar coated is that we all want to feel good about ourselves. 

Related Page:
Soul vs. Spirit

There is cargo-ship-load of language built around that latter abstract of Karma as a spiritual evolution and I am not going to bother wasting your time on wading through it all. It doesn’t float anyway. [We will surrender to the etymology of the word from Sanskrit as used in Buddhism, but that usage is less than two-hundred years old; Buddha and Sanskrit proper are far older than that. Thus, it still doesn’t float.]
Karma, for years it had perplexed me. What I am about to share comes from my yet to be published “The Journey of the Fool.” The year of record was 2003 while I had been sitting in a dinner conversation with beloved Willard Fuller. He spoke of Karma and I felt as though I’d had it up to my ears in excessive wax blocking real understanding. That transcription follows:
Thus, did I sit upon my chair on the back porch and query of the Universe about Karma. Setting me aback, the answer came forth in voice:

“Living is like a garden. You can pull out the weeds;
​you can plant what you will.”

Thus the obvious implications become, indeed, we may come forth with something that needs worked out, but we
​are hardly bound by it; nor is it a path of growth toward enlightenment as we proceed from being an insect or worm upon the planet. Others may adhere to the classic Karma preconception as taught, and that is fine if they so desire, but for me, its truth is now known.
Through the years, I‘d heard some seemingly solemn-and-wise interpretations of what Karma was really all about. But none could match the Universe speaking to me in voice. Though understanding gained on that day has guided my life well, I hadn’t really brought it all into full perspective until recently. A lot of the understanding came from trying to get greater clarity about my work on this planet.
I’m not going to go into expounded details here about definitions relative to my work on this planet. Rather I’m going to address it from a statement heard only a month ago by a dear woman relating her training in Oneness. She had commented, “This is a Karma planet.”
I have seen this through looking at others past lives, and my own. We are consistently influenced by our past life experiences. They form a part of the Mental-Emotional Body that surrounds our being and through which everything is filtered into our perceptions.
When referencing “out of balance” I relate it to having seen a soul with many lives as a warrior to the point of experientially becoming wanton, ruthless, and vindictive in that person’s soul-collective. That person’s victim status in this life is not about punishment as though being a warrior is some kind of wrong. It is about balance, that the soul-collective experiences the other far extreme in order to heal both sides of the imbalance and thus acquire broad soul stability. 
​It has nothing to do with payback, spiritual evolution, or learning lessons of life.
For starters, some of the most commonly attributed perspectives on Karma have to do with right-versus-wrong. Nothing in the Universe operates on this basis, well, except we as humans trying ever so hard to justify our existence and all that we experience in our lives. My answer to right-versus-wrong may sound brazen, but “get over it.” 

When we accept Truth, we begin to see that “Everything Is What it Is” and nothing more. Every question of what about ____________ is only our mind trying to fill in rhyme and reason so that we can cope;
​it is all a judgment system we have established to that end. [More on that in the companion page Soul vs. Spirit.]
What made it all so relevant to me is having read works by Malidoma Patrice Some’, especially “Of Water and the Spirit.” [His works were aiding me in deeper understanding and self-acceptance of myself.] In his works, he speaks of this planet as a place of Healing Souls and points out that those of us choosing to come here and “work” are doing so for the benefit of those living here in the material world. Yeah okay, bear with me here …
Karma = Healing the Soul 

​Our full dissertation on defining the Soul
​is another page entitled Spirit versus Soul.
Quite simplistically, our soul is a current life, coupled or infused with layers of past lives. We are not here as beings to evolve into higher consciousness as espoused Karma language suggests. We are here to bring souls into balance, heal the fractures,
​and bring together missing pieces of souls.
[And yes, those of us whom chose to come here still wear a soul just like anyone else walking the planet. That soul will often need healed too, if not first, such that we are more able to facilitate others.]
Even the soul I chose to embody had a severely missing piece, roughly 20%. It had rightfully departed in lack of trust over 384 years prior and affected every embodied soul experience thereafter until resurrecting that trust. That original soul experience needed to heal, which in turn, afforded the healing of residual damage. It had nothing to do with punishment or spiritual evolution of the soul.
Perhaps the most confirming aspect of witnessing soul healing
​is to have seen components of the soul-collective return to the Universe as individually whole entities. Those components no longer held bearing on the soul-collective currently walking this plane of existence. That release was not punishment; that release was freeing. That was not evolving the collective-soul, or even the individual soul components. It was about healing them, bringing them to wholeness, and then they returned to the ether.
If we are to give any credence to the less than 200 year old etymology of the word Karma, the repercussion of our actions, work, deeds and fate needs directed toward healing the soul. Our work is to balance the soul experience, defragment the informational essence, and reclaim missing pieces, all as a healing of the soul.
Until we “heal” the soul,
​we are inclined to be stuck in the past.
That healing work is pulling out the weeds. 
​Then we can plant the garden of our choosing.
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In greater truth though, what we really all want is to feel happy. The word “good” is inadvertently superimposed to that deeper truth of happiness and there is a certain simplicity to that. If we can release attachments to an outcome of an experience, then we can have an experience and in discernment simply say, feels-good feels-bad, and then pick one. 

Perhaps better discernment phrasing would be, works-for-me, doesn’t -work-for me, pick one. But that too can be deceiving. We naturally want to feel happy and are naturally inclined to pick the seemingly easiest or less painful route.
As a post note, if we embrace only this lifetime experience, then yes, what goes around comes around. It’s all been said a million ways. Perhaps the most notable was “Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword.” What we are addressing is that energies we put forth create our existence, our life, even our death. 

Although society holds us accountable for past actions in judgment as a tool of fear, Spiritually, it is an untruth. As soon as we lay down our sword and walk away, the sword no longer binds us. 
We are free. The caveat though was we truly had to walk away. We had to make a specific change in the energies we put forth in life, and then this lifetime Karma is done.