Originally Posted by Angela
okeydoke. I'm not sure that makes the most
sense, but some of it does make sense to me. For that statement to appeal to my creator side, I would add "....and frees us to live a joyful, loving life of presence."
I've always thought of the karmic system as one of guidance and potential learning, rather than reward/punishment, which smacks of religious training to me.
Are you going to tell us the secret behind your name?
Well, "reward/punishment" were your words, not mine. It's all in the perception. Instead of reward, we can say "growth." Instead of punishment, we can say "lessons in empathy to erase bad karma."
However, as creators of our own reality, we truly get exactly what we believe we deserve. If some fundamentalist Christian believes Hell is a literal "lake of fire" and then dies, in his mind, an unforgiven sinner, then I believe that soul will wind up exactly where he believes "God" will send him. At least, that is, until he open his mind to the possibility that he has suffered enough and is deserving of forgiveness; at which point that "hell" will dissolve to be replaced by whatever environment he believes himself reprieved into. Could be "heaven"; could be "purgatory"; could be Amarillo.
I see karma as kind of an energy deposit that builds up around our souls over the course of many lives lived. There's two kinds: positive and negative. We create both by our actions in life, and each cancels out the other. An imbalance of negative behavior builds up more negative deposits of karma on us, which act like a sticky, gummy substance as we move through life experiences, and slows down our spiritual growth and progress. Positive behaviors not only help to dissolve the negative build-up, but once we are "in the black", spiritually speaking, act as a LUBRICANT to our souls, speeding our progress toward enlightenment even faster.
We can then choose to reincarnate back into physical life on Earth or not. If there is any karmic DEBT (negative karma), we MUST reincarnate. When the balance is neutral or positive, then we have the CHOICE to return, which is usually done by those souls with a desire to do great spiritual service to mankind from an enlightened perspective.
The origin of my name I just posted in the "Clones" thread of this forum, if you're curious, so I'll pass on repeating it here.