Karma and the Atonement

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Sept 12, 2016
The Law of Karma
Or Cause and Effect – Part 4
Karma and the Atonement

A reader wants to know how to determine the karmic results of various misdeeds, such as lies ranging from mild ones to whoppers.

The consequences are exactly as the scriptures say:

“He (God) shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matt 16:27)

And what does “according to our works” mean?

The scriptures says:

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (2 Cor 9:6)

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Gal 6:7)

If you lie, you will synchronistically encounter people in this life or the next that will lie back to you with the similar intensity with which you lied. This cycle will continue until you cease to lie.

There does not have to be a large book of consequences for lies and other errors any more than you have to have a large book of instructions of steering corrections necessary to drive across town. After a couple miles driving you have corrected your course hundreds of times but writing a book of instructions concerning every correction would be silly. The corrections are built into you and happen automatically when the goal is in mind. Even, so are the causes created by lying stored in the Mind of God and returned in kind automatically without anyone having to make tabulations.

Question: “Who benefits from the consequences? Let’s go back to the lying example. Let’s say I lied about you, and spread hurtful gossip that caused you embarrassment. Let’s say we looked in the big book and it said, ’37 lashings.’ Who benefits? Does my sore back remove your embarrassment? No. Does it cure me of lying? Not necessarily. So, without consequences, laws would be meaningless, BUT it appears the consequences themselves can be meaningless.”

So, what is the benefit derived fro the consequences of karma?

A just consequence will indeed cure one from lying. Many of us are thick-headed and have to suffer the same consequence dozens of times before we learn, but eventually we do indeed learn.

The liar is the main beneficiary of the natural consequences of his lying, but his circle of associates also benefit.

Some think that justice melted out by karma is not right and there must be a better way. What better way is there than to learn from experience — to experience the effects of our own causes so that we may become a master of causes as was the Christ? We may be imperfect, but all of us are capable of paying off debt. I have written much previously about how this debt is paid off. One can pay off several lifetimes of debt in one lifetime through selfless service. Just like we can indeed perfectly pay off a bank loan quickly if we work smart and earn more money, even so can we perfectly pay off our karma. We can more than pay it off and start accumulating a positive balance rather than a negative.

“And every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” (1 Cor 3:8)

A reader asks about Jesus appearing and suffering for our sins creating an atonement which removes cause or karma.

This is not what the scriptures say, my friend. No where in the scriptures does it say that the atonement removed any Cause or Karma. Where do you get such an idea?

Cause cannot be removed by anyone — not even God, for to remove cause is to remove all creation as it says in the Book of Mormon concerning the idea that duality could be suspended: “there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.” (2 Nephi 2:13)

Remove karma and you remove duality, remove duality and all things vanish away.

Concerning our debts or Karma, Jesus said:

“Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” (Matt 5:26)

But, you say, Jesus paid the uttermost farthing for us and fulfilled the law with an infinite atonement.

But did He? Is that what the scriptures really say?

Here is a scripture relating to the fate of those who did receive the atonement of Jesus:

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kind reds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

“If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leader into captivity shall go into captivity: he that skillet with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
Rev 13:7-10

Here we are told that power is given to the Beast to make war with the saints and overcome them. We saw that this was true in the time of Christ. If anyone received an atonement it would have been the Twelve Apostles, yet all but John were killed with the sword or other means. Thousands of others suffered brutal painful deaths.

Why did they suffer so?

The scripture plainly tells us that there is a reason they must have patience and faith. It explains here that the beast has such power over them because of this principle: “He that leader into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killed with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”

Now keep in mind that this is a New Testament scripture given after the Atonement had been made.

Does it say that the one who kills with the sword will be killed with the sword — except for those who have had an atonement?

No.

It gives no exception to the rule, but makes a point blank statement.

Those who were the early Christian Saints being put to death by the Beast, which was Rome, were given to his power because in past lives they themselves were the perpetrators of atrocities. In the past these saints had put others in prison and to death with the sword and were in that life suffering the consequences of their action and therefore had to have patience and faith in their sufferings.

Question: If the Atonement removed the results of karma then why did those who had received the atonement continue to receive results of karma?

My Mormon readers revere Joseph Smith as a man who was righteous and received an atonement; yet he was tarred and feathered, kidnapped, placed in jail and finally killed all as a result of cause and effect. Why did not the Atonement protect him from this karma which some say should not exist?

If the atonement does not remove karma, which is cause and effect, then what does it do?

The atonement removes guilt, and guilt often has more to do with imagined causes rather than real causes.

One always feels guilt when he violates the commandments of his religion, no matter which one that may be. Judaism was a religion with a great number of laws, most of them manmade and there probably was not a Jew in the days of Jesus who did not suffer some guilt for some violation of what he perceived to be God’s will.

If you feel that God has commanded you to not eat peas and you break His will and eat peas then you will feel guilt. Even though the peas cause no real harm you still need the guilt removed. But then if a savior comes along and reveals to you that your guilt is produced by illusion and reveals the truth, the guilt magically disappears. This is how the magic of the Atonement works.

It is best expressed in these words of Jesus: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

The true atonement is a revelation of the truth so illusion passes away and guilt is lifted. Then real progress can be made.

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Karma, Emotion and Attachment

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Sept 11, 2016

The Law of Karma
Or Cause and Effect – Part 3

Karma, Emotion and Attachment

Is it true that feelings, the sharing of energy or attachment creates karma and we can be released from it just by letting go?

Karma is usually defined as either a debt to be paid or a positive balance from which one may draw benefits. Thus the mere act of caring has little to do with the creation of karma.

I believe I know the teaching you are referring to, however, and I believe it to be a true one. It goes something like this.

Strong emotion such as love or hate, desire or repulsion, fear or protectiveness creates not karma, as we understand the term, but an energy link that will bring you into repeated contact with the person with whom you share such emotion. If such emotion carries with it any degree of attachment then this person must be faced in relationship again and again, life after life, until you learn to let go of him and the emotion connected with the relationship.

Even the lower octave of love creates this problem. Love from this angle would be defined as: “the desire to keep another in relationship because of what they do for you rather than what you can do for them as the prime motivator.”

This is why forgiveness is so important. If you hold a grievance and do not forgive, then that negative feeling creates a link that will draw that person back into your life until you do learn to forgive him on all levels.

Imagine the future consequences if you have a dozen people in your life that you have not forgiven. In a future time or life you will have a dozen annoying people in your circle of work or friends and be beside yourself as to how you could have such bad luck in choosing associates.

If you merely have a feeling of attachment toward another a real debt (karma) is not created. Thus you can free yourself of the link instantly at the moment you let go of attachment. This concept is probably why some believe that you can release yourself from karma with a decision – because they have mistakenly called the linkage of attachment a karmic debt. Instead the linkage we have to others because of attachment merely holds a lesson to be learned.

Karma is different. You can learn your lesson, but still owe the debt just as happens in real life. You can run up your credit card balance too high and learn the lesson not to let that happen again, but the sinking in of the lesson does not pay the bank. You often find yourself making payments long after you have learned to not over extend yourself.

The linkage because of emotion creates no karmic debt, but is immediately dispelled by forgiveness or the release of the binding emotion.

A reader says: “There again, humanity has made a collective judgment that it is wrong to share sexual partners with others. That is not the ultimate truth in my mind, but something we have made so.”

The main point I was making was not around sex, but around the subject of honoring your commitments and your word. If a person makes a promise to not eat peas and another is depending on this promise for some reason then he should honor his word. If he does not want to honor it then he should seek a release from the person to whom the promise was made. This has little to do with whether peas are good or bad for you.

If we are to learn to be one with God and establish reliable soul contact through that oneness, then we must all learn to honor our word when it is given to another. This is especially true if it would create pain or harm to this trusting person if the word is broken. If we wish to obtain liberation then we must learn to be as the Spirit of God within, and keep our word in all matters. When we become like the Spirit, we commune with the Spirit.

Because I understand this principle I have always been very selective about giving my word. The breaking of our word does create definite effect and karmic debt that must be dealt with in a future time.

If you have an uncommitted relationship and have sex with another person with the understanding that multiple partners is part of the agreement, then you are not responsible for your friend’s hurt if he should take offense. But when you make a promise to another soul and that person places trust in you because of that promise then the breaking of that promise can create tremendous pain, pain that would not occur if both parties were true to their word.

If you thus betray a loved one through the breaking of your word, the time will come that one with whom you have placed your trust and given your heart will betray you.

The pain through the betrayal of a loved one has little to do with attachment. You can be very detached from a spiritual point of view yet suffer loss through the broken word.

But don’t we suffer pain in relationships because of attachments? Not necessarily. In a romantic relationship there is a bonding through the circulation of energy, for the two become one as the scripture says. Now you may figure that you are not attached to your little finger and could live without it, but this detachment does not spare you any pain if someone were to rip it out of your hand. Similarly, in a committed relationship the other person becomes like an extension of your body and this severing of half of that which makes up a greater life is very painful no matter what state of detachment you have reached.

The Christ Himself, the greatest of us all, formed a greater life out of the twelve disciples and because of the flow of energy and the betrayal by Judas, suffered enormous pain and came close to dying in the Garden of Gethsemane as a result.

One, who is detached, as the ancient wisdom teaches, can release any person from any relationship and let them go their way. But he will realize the principles involved and work with the energies so the pain on all sides is at a minimum.

Sept 13, 2016

Question on Karma

Patrick basically asked me how karma would work out if there seemed to be no learning value attached to it. Why punish someone who has learned the lesson?

First of all the word “punishment” in relation to karma is somewhat misleading and not a good fit. For instance, when you take out a loan at the bank and then make payments do you think of yourself as being punished whenever you make the payment?

Not really.

So how do you feel about it?

The normal feeling is that you knowingly took out the loan for a reason and you are making a justified payment and you are okay with that. You normally only feel punished if you do not make the payment and the bank comes after you.

Secondly, lessons are always learned in the paying off of karma.

Let us examine Patrick’s example:

“Let us say someone committed murder in a previous life out of jealousy. Then, in subsequent lives, through great self-work and spiritual growth, they learned non-possessiveness and the sacredness of all life. Let us say they went even further and through love and service saved many lives, influencing them for good, even preventing some from committing the same crime. What then would be the point of them being murdered?”

If you take out a loan from a friend (and the Lords of Karma are certainly our friends) the friend will allow you to repay in a number of ways as long as the value is there.

Le us say that you borrow $1000, but do not have the cash, but do have some silver coins stored away. If you offer him $1000 worth he will probably take it. Similarly, maybe you have a snow blower worth about that much and offer it to him. If he could use one he may take it.

Then maybe you have nothing to pay with but your labor. Maybe you are a good mechanic and offer $1000 worth of service to his vehicles. Being a good friend he would probably take it.

Taking you to court would be the last resort and he would only do this if you stubbornly refused to work on the debt and could learn the lesson no other way.

Now let us look at your example. A guy commits murder and after a couple lifetimes learns his lesson without being murdered in return so there seems to be nothing to learn from being a victim. Does his debt disappear? That is like saying does the effect disappear?

No. Effects are eternal until the energy is played out with new cause.

So, how is the debt to be paid?

Punishment is the slowest way to pay the debt. Debt can also be paid through service, which often turns out to be an enjoyable way to pay it and always produces growth.

If the person has advanced enough to make a service payment he may pay off the murder by:

(1) Saving a physical life

(2) Saving a spiritual life

(3) Sacrificing his or her own life for a good cause.

(4) Some type of service that helps the lives of many.

However the payment is a made, it must be made before liberation is achieved.

Now consider Hitler who is responsible for millions of deaths. Supposing he decides to redeem himself – do you think he will have to be murdered millions of times? Of course not. That would accomplish little. After being a murder victim a dozen times or so he would surely get the point.

So how will he pay his debt?

He would have to make enough progress on the path of light to eventually get in a position to save millions of lives.

This could be accomplished by becoming a great leader and saving his nation from a tyrannical leader.

Or perhaps he could become a scientist and discover a cure for cancer.

Or perhaps he could become a great teacher and save many spiritual lives.

If we could see the past lives of our adored figures in history we would discover that many had past lives of tyranny and destruction and they are coming to incarnation to serve and pay off their debt. Even the Masters we revere had some tyrannical past lives before they learned their lessons.

“To say that life is unfair is to say that God is unfair. When all things are considered throughout the life of the soul, all is fair.”

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The Law of Karma, Part 2

112

Sep 10, 2016
The Law of Karma
Or Cause and Effect – Part 2
Karma and Health

The Question:
“Taking reincarnation and karma into account why do you suppose it is that some people can he healed and others not? Is it possible for one to be healed when his disease is connected with his karma? If one learns his karma is it possible to accelerate payment and thus free himself from unfortunate circumstance?”

Many diseases are caused because of past karma. If nothing is attempted beyond an act of faith, in some cases, the healer will be attempting to cancel out certain lessons that are to be administered through the soul.

Someone recently asked how we can discover our past karma, especially if you cannot remember your past.

The first thing to realize is that your soul does not expect you to pay off all your karma in this one life; but in any one life where the debt of negative karma still exists, there will be a certain amount allocated that you will be expected to pay off. If this karma is linked to a disease then the karma (or the lesson to be learned) must be lifted or redirected before the person can be healed.

Since the understanding of karma is important in the attainment of freedom from disease, it is necessary to discover how it may be affecting our lives. The most popular way of discovering karma is to review past lives. The trouble with this is that unless the disciple is relatively free from illusion, his discernment of the past is likely to be incorrect.

Hypnosis and guided meditation, sometimes reveals the true past, but other times it brings forth an imaginary past for a variety of reasons. Only through soul confirmation can one know if such a revealed past is correct.

A second way to discover the past is through dreams, but there is also much distortion in this and the soul must be used again. You can enhance the power to discover the past through dreams by giving yourself suggestions to remember as you are going to sleep. This will not produce immediate results, but will bear fruit over a period of time.

Do not trust someone who claims to be a great one from the past because of supposed synchronicity. Relating oneself to a historical figure because he sees similarities is often very misleading as vision is filtered through a multitude of glamours.

Another problem is that even several revealed past lives do not give the full story of karma you may be facing. For instance, you may know about your last past life, but your Higher Self may have karma arranged for you from a more distant past with which you may be unfamiliar.

One of the best ways to determine areas where one needs to put attention is to study the law of cycles. The adage “history repeats itself” is based on this principle.

Saturn largely governs the energies of karma in this solar system and its orbit around the sun takes about 29.5 years. This period of time is called a “Saturn Cycle” by astrologers. The first half is polarized female/receiving/negative, and the second part of the cycle is male/sending/positive.

The first twenty-nine years of your life are like a mini incarnation. If you have solved your problems and learned the lessons assigned to you, then the next twenty-nine will be like a new birth or an advanced incarnation. If the needed lessons are not learned, then the second twenty-nine year period will bring you face to face with the same problems you had in the first twenty-nine. If the pilgrim ignores the solving of these problems, he will just coast along the line of least resistance; and he will become crystallized by the second Saturn Cycle at age 59 or earlier. He is also likely to suffer ill health.

Then there are those who pass their first cycle successfully, but follow the line of least resistance in their second and also crystallize in their third. Only about 10% of humanity successfully navigates into their third Saturn Cycle where they will learn new principles, solve new problems and essentially live three lives in experience and progression.

It is therefore beneficial to examine your life in roughly seven, fourteen and twenty-eight to twenty-nine year cycles. The first question to ask yourself is can you see that you made major changes or that major events happened to you around the end of these cycles? What was going on in your life and what was your internal makeup at age fourteen, twenty-eight, forty-two, and fifty-six?

If major changes were taking place around these periods, this is a sign that you were progressing as you should. If no major changes have occurred since age twenty-nine, this is a sign that you have been coasting. Be careful to not coast too long because as you near the third Saturn Cycle at age fifty-nine, you will find the energies within you crystallizing.

When honey crystallizes it gets thicker and thicker so it will no longer pour easily. This is what happens with the human in incarnation. If he follows the line of least resistance and does not work on his progression, he will find his movement forward at a stand- still by the time he reaches his mid fifties.

What the disciple needs to do is to look at these seven, fourteen and twenty-eight year cycles, and watch for different circumstances that seem to be repeating themselves.

Does it seem that a lover or friend betrays you cyclically? This would indicate that you have betrayed others in past lives. To complete and move beyond that cycle you must reach a state of mind where you have a resolve to be true to others in relationship.

Does it seem that you get stolen from regularly, not only materially, but in other ways? Then this indicates that this was a problem for you in the past and it is time to incorporate the lesson of not seeking for that which you have not earned.

Do you have a problem with dominating people? Then you created a problem for others in the past.

And so on it goes for every recurring problem we find.

If you have periodic illness it is helpful to examine repeating problems and see if they correspond. All illness is caused or enhanced by some type of resistance to spiritual flow. If the person can hone into the problem he needs to solve; and starts making progression with it, then his health and vitality will increase. The part of the body the physical distress is located in is also an indicator of the cause of the physical problem.

As food for thought I will name several problems. Using the Law of Correspondences and karma attempt to decipher the spiritual cause.

(1) Heart Disease
(2) Skin rashes and inflammation.
(3) Constipation
(4) Throat Cancer
(5) Backache
(6) Neck problems
(7) Alzheimer’s
(8) A major accident.

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The Law of Karma

28

Sep 9, 2016

The Law of Karma

Or Cause and Effect – Part 1

I have already written quite a lot about this law. Here are some excepts

Karma is in principle the law of cause and effect. To determine whether or not there is bad karma we must merely look at the causes and effects that we all agree upon as the real thing.

We know that if we cause money to be put in the bank we will have the effect of available money (good karma). We also agree that if you cause a loan to be made at the bank that you will then owe some money (bad karma).

To say that there is no bad karma is to say that there are no negative effects. Therefore if there were no such thing as bad (or negative) karma is the same as saying that when you take out a loan from the bank that you will owe no debt. In this case if negative karma is denied long enough you will awaken to reality when you watch the bill collectors haul your car off.

To say there is no bad karma is the same as saying that when you drive over a cliff that only good things will happen. I think here we all will agree that when we create a cause in this life that an effect will follow.

Now perhaps some think that when we die all of our causes die with us and we carry no effects into the next life, but in principle a cause always is followed by an effect and they are carried over into future lives.

***

It seems like a number of people have a strong aversion to the terms good and bad or good and evil. It seems strange to me to want to negate or eliminate words from the dictionary, as if that will change anything, or as if that would eliminate negative judgments. A rose is a rose by any name. You can change the name of good and evil and you will still wind up talking about good and evil, but just using different terminology.

For instance I find it amusing that some who criticize me for using the word “judgment” and “good and evil” wind up judging me as being on the wrong path which is the evil one in their mind. They think that by avoiding the word evil and judgment that the two does not exist for them even though they are talking about it just as much as I am. The only difference is that I am being up front and honest about it.

Even though it is true that good and evil is what we define them to be, there are two definitions that should be important to us.

The first definition is that which has been given by the Brotherhood of Light. I stated this a few days ago, but it was not new with me for it has been stated and restated by the Master DK through Alice A. Bailey. Good is that direction which takes us forward in evolution and evil is that which takes us backward into what we were in the past.

The second definition to consider is that espoused by general humanity. For the general populace good is that which is desirable and evil is the undesirable. There is a lot of basic agreement as to the desirable and undesirable which allows the general public to talk about this subject with some intelligence. For instance giving to worthy charities is considered a good thing and robbing your neighbor considered bad.

If we could just have the oneness of either the Masters or the general public on discussing this subject I think we would all be far ahead.

A reader made an interesting comment on karma. She says basically that karma, or cause and effect can be stopped in its tracks by not reacting to it. Let me give my thoughts on this. On an emotional basis reacting or not reacting to an attack has no effect on karma. If someone is angry with you and kicks your leg and breaks it, you then have a choice to react or not react emotionally. If you feel anger at the guy that does nothing to his karma or if you feel no anger that has no effect either. It does not matter what you feel there was still a cause and an effect. He kicked you (cause) and broke your leg (effect).

Your feelings only have causes within your self. Such feelings have to be translated into some type of action to create new karma. If you kick him back then that is a new cause with a new effect. If you do not kick him back (whether you are angry or not) then you do not negate the past cause with its effect. Instead you have prevented a new one from surfacing.

Concerning the debt of karma Jesus said: “Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” (Matt 5:26)

The reader tells us that karma (I assume negative karma) is wiped clean when we forgive ourselves. Forgiveness releases you from guilt and grievances but does not negate karma. It can lead to a faster repayment of it, but does not negate cause and effect. There has not been any negation of cause and effect since the beginning of the universe. Not one example can be cited.

Some may say that a miracle such as Jesus walking on water is an example. Not so. Jesus created a cause in accordance with the law and the effect was the walking on water, which was just as natural of an effect as a boat floating on water.

***

The law of Karma is the Law of Cause and Effect. There can be no cause unless there is a corresponding effect, for that is what a cause is. The first definition of a cause in The American Heritage Dictionary is: “The producer of an effect, result, or consequence.” The same dictionary gives as the first definition of effect as: “Something brought about by a cause or an agent; a result.” Therefore, by definition, there can be no effect without cause and there can be no cause without producing an effect.

Now some have said that Karma, or the Law of Cause and Effect, can be negated or eliminated. Some say that it only exists because we are attached to it or because we have judgment within us. Others say that we merely must rise above the illusion of this world and Karma will cease.

Do you realize what it would mean to escape karma to the extent that karma would no longer exist? If karma no longer exists for you, this means you would cease to exist. Non-existence is to have no power to initiate cause and effect. And non-existence is impossible; therefore, total escape from karma is impossible. If you are beyond cause and effect, you are beyond the power to even be alive.

DK through Alice A. Bailey tells us that the Masters do not eliminate the Law of Karma. Instead they learn to “wield the law”. In other words they create causes so the effects that result are desired effects rather than undesirable ones. In this way they are free from unpredictable karma. In other words, they are no longer victims of the law as regular humanity is.

A regular human in his use of karma is a little like a novice going to Las Vegas to gamble at blackjack. The odds are against him because he does not understand the game and does not realize, that because of his ignorance, the longer he plays the more he will lose. He who learns to master karma is a little like the master gambler who learns how to count the cards which will give him control over the game. In both cases the law of cause and effect is in full force, but in the latter case the Master Gambler uses the law instead of being used by the law.

Is cause and effect only applicable in the worlds of form? It would have to be applicable in all worlds because the worlds of form are an effect of energy which was an originating cause before the worlds were created.

In the beginning there was God and God Itself was a cause and creation is the effect. To those who say they can exist apart from karma, let me put forth this challenge.

I can show you billions of examples of karma (cause and effect). But can you show me even one example of anything that is real that creates no cause and effect? It takes a tremendous leap of faith to believe so strongly in that for which no example can be given. Why would someone believe in a place beyond cause and effect if such a place cannot be demonstrated internally or externally??? You can in deep meditation, attempt to withdraw into perfect stillness, but even this meditation (cause) has the effect of peace or stillness of thought.

Not only does logic, experience and the law of correspondences bear witness to the eternal existence of cause and effect, but all the writings revealed by the teachings of the Masters as well as the scriptures agree.

The Bible: Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden. Gal 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Note here that Karma extends beyond the physical for it says: “He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

The Book of Mormon: “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.

“Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation.

Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.

“And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness.

“And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.” (II Nephi 2:11-13)

Note that without karma, cause and effect there would be no creation, no you and me, and no God for God is the First Cause, the first agent of karma.

A Course In Miracles: “If I intervened between your thoughts and their results, I would be tampering with a basic law of cause and effect; the most fundamental law there is.” (Text Pg 27)

“Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. 5 Each brings the other with it, for it is the law of God they be not separate. 6 They are cause and effect, each to the other, so where one is absent the other cannot be.” Text Pg 278 “ Nothing can have effects without a cause, and to confuse the two is merely to fail to understand them both.” (Text Pg 420)

Alice A Bailey; “As I write this instruction I would call your attention to the subject of karma. There comes ever in the life of a disciple and in the soul’s experience some one particular life wherein the Law of Cause and Effect assumes importance in the consciousness. From that life and that moment, the disciple begins to deal with karma, consciously and definitely. He learns to recognize it when events and happenings come which require understanding and which evoke questioning; he begins to study the quality of his radiation as a karmic agent, and therefore he becomes the maker and constructor, in a new and important sense, of his own destiny and future. His reactions to life and circumstances cease to be simply emotional in nature and become deliberately dictated by conscious observation; they then have in them a significant quality of preparation which is absent from the life of the average man. For the remainder of this life, therefore, I would ask you to carry the theme of karmic decision and of preparation for the future ever in your consciousness; I would ask you always to take action with as full an understanding of the probable following effects as you can manage to achieve, and to make a real effort to study the Law of Consequence and Compensation.”

“It is not my intention to explain or elaborate the subject of Karma. This occult yet fundamentally exoteric theme, the Law of Cause and Effect, evokes a general recognition when called by this name. When called the Law of Karma, it is immediately regarded as mysterious, Oriental and new. Called (as it sometimes is) the Law of Retribution, an entirely erroneous connotation has become attached to it. Today, the karma of humanity is descending upon it. I would remind you, however, that the continuous emphasis laid upon the malevolent aspects of karma conveys a wrong impression and negates the full grasp of the truth. There is as much good karma as there is bad; even in the present world situation, the good karma emanating from the soul of humanity balances the evil which comes from the material aspect and is continuously over-emphasised. It is the rhythm of matter in contradistinction to the rhythm of the soul, and these constitute the initiating causes of the present conflict, both in individual lives and in the general world situation. When this is properly grasped, the true picture may emerge in your hearts and minds with greater clarity.”

“A steady endeavour to see the reality in every form. This literally involves a study of the law of cause and effect, or karma, the object of the karmic law being to bring the opposite pole of Spirit, matter, into strict conformity with the requirements of spirit so that matter and form can perfectly express the nature of spirit.”

Discipleship in the New Age, Vol II, Pages 538-539

DK goes on to tell us that the earth is not a sacred planet because Sanat Kumara himself is somewhat of a rebel from a cosmic point of view and has some effects that he must deal with before the planet can take the needed initiation.

Even high entities who have learned to use the law of karma in a positive sense cannot let their guard down, for one of the Kumaras that came to the earth with the Ancient of Days (called Lucifer by Christians) fell from his lofty station when he did not wield the law with wisdom.

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I am amazed at this strange doctrine concerning the negation of Karma that has surfaced in the new age community over the past few years and am curious where it has come from. All the sages past have taught the principle of cause and effect. It is plainly taught in all the scriptures of the world and in modern inspired books by Blavatsky, Alice A Bailey and even A Course in Miracles.

Is there some new recent channeled work that I am unaware of that brings forth this great illusion? If anyone could cite some reference here it may help me understand where this teaching is coming from and why it is so easily believed. Or is it possible that many are just creating their own version of belief in Karma associated with a desire to escape effect?

There is great illusion being derived here from the comparison of karma to the statement of Newton’s Law. The potential correspondence is accurate, but the correspondence must be seen as it is.

Where is the illusion then? In Newton’s law, as well as cause and effect which is basically Newton’s law, like creates like. The Law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Note that it DOES NOT say that the opposite reaction is a different type of force than that created by the action but an “equal” one. The word “opposite” refers to the direction of the force, not the force itself.

Sending out force does not cause something other than force to return, and sending out love does not return hate. But the opposite involved is not the opposite of love or force, but the opposition involved is in direction. Love begets love, force begets force, hate begets hate.

A reader asks what is the opposite of Karma? Answer: Oblivion, lifelessness, voidness, nothingness, deadness, no creation, no love – the opposite of Becoming. If this appeals to you then go for it, but for the life of me, I cannot see the attractiveness of it in this reality.

Now some say that cause and effect are happening at the same time in a higher reality where there is no time. This may be true, but still it does not negate karma. I submit that the Eternal Now is not timelessness as many teach, but a consciousness that allows time selection. If there were true timelessness, as some believe, then nothingness would be the result and the higher worlds are far from being nothing.

Now some associate karma with guilt, but guilt is created by illusion, a trick of the mind caused by an outside entity or voice that takes the place of the true god within. Outside voices can be very deceptive, but again, even with this we have a cause and effect. An outside voice causes you to believe you are to trust in the voice of God out there and that you need to hang your head in shame when commands are not followed.

Let us take a Mormon and a non-religious person drinking coffee together. The good Mormon will feel very guilty about it, but the other guy will feel no guilt even though they are doing the same thing. The true basic effect on them, physically, is the same. However, one feels guilty because he erroneously believes he is displeasing god and the other feels no guilt. Because guilt is created by illusionary cause, it can instantly disappear as soon as the illusion is removed. In this way Christ removed our sins; he dispelled much illusion that removed us from the effects of karma that we never had in the first place.

Imagine that the Mormon authorities told the church that they could now drink coffee. Instantly, all guilt surrounding this act of coffee drinking would be erased, but the real effect from the hot liquid and caffeine would remain the same as before in the real world.

On the other hand, the effect of missing out on a lot of enjoyable coffee drinking is a residual effect through decision to accept illusionary cause.

Now some of you are saying that karma exists merely because we believe in it. The only way karma is altered by belief is when belief initiates a new cause and produces a new effect. It does not negate a past effect, but joins in with it.

Let us say a person throws a stone in a stagnant pool and it creates a rippling of waves. Now I have a second stone that I will label as a cause created by belief and I throw it in where the ripples are. Does this nullify the previous effects? No. The ripples are still there from the first stone.

Does the new stone create an overall new effect? Yes. Is there any way that you can use belief only to cause all the ripples to instantly disappear? No. If you desire a still pool what are you to do? Wait for the forces to play themselves out. There is no other way. As the forces are playing themselves out you might want to make the best of it and throw a leaf in the midst and watch it dance upon the forces until stillness arrives.

The time will indeed come when all karma will be played out and we will enter into a peaceful rest to contemplate the experience. But then we will plunge again into the rippling world of cause and effect and play the game one more time, but a little wiser than before.

If karma, cause and effect, is caused by mere belief then why does it exist on the surface of Mars where there is no intelligent life or belief? Why does karma exist in the animal kingdom, for animals have no beliefs? Some say that karma exists because we see ourselves as separate. Yet the animals see themselves as interconnected, and still experience the effects of karma.

DK basically saidAmong primitive man, for millions of years, the animals were the ones that dominated the human kingdom. Early man lived in constant fear of ferocious animals and there was a great struggle on the part of the human kingdom just to stay alive in their midst. Many there were who had friends and family killed and eaten by the beasts.

Now he says that this situation which lasted for eons created karma within the animal kingdom that is being played out today. The situation is reversed and humans are a threat to the animals rather than animals being a threat to humans. He says this karma is the true reason that we presently kill animals for food. When this karma has played out then there will be a balance achieved between the human and animal kingdoms and both shall live together with greater harmony.

DK also says there is karma in the very elements of the earth itself, an effect from the previous solar system. Our personal belief would have nothing to do with this residual effect from billions of years hence.

If we define karma as that which is perceived, then a change in perception can give the illusion of negating karma. For instance if Jim wants to give me an anonymous gift and gives it to Jane to give to me, I will erroneously perceive that the gift originated with her. The true fact is that the cause of the gift was Jim, no matter what my perceptions were. If my perception is changed and I see that the gift did not originate with Jane, but perceive it erroneously to be from Jack that does not negate the true cause. This true cause is still Jim no matter what my perceptions are.

True karma is actual cause and effect, not perceived cause and effect. We daily experience the effects of many causes of which we are consciously unaware and which have nothing to do with our individual belief system.

A while back I perceived myself typing the word “the,” but instead typed “tghe.” My perception did not create the reality, but my lack of focus and cause on the physical plane did. I believed at first I typed the word correctly, but belief did not alter reality.

In fact, the alteration of reality and the creation of misperception of cause and effect is a technique used in brainwashing. In the book 1984 we read of many alterations by Big Brother, but instead of creating a new pleasant reality, the result was hell on earth.

Some say there is no real karma here because this world is just a larger dream state, and when we awaken from the dream we will discover the karma never was. First let me state that this is a very long dream. Creation on the physical plane has been ongoing for trillions of years and since we have been and will be involved for such extensive periods then perhaps it is in our interest to make this a “happy dream” as A Course in Miracles calls it.

It is in the nature of all conscious beings to dream on a regular basis. One who is deprived of the dream state becomes insane. Dreaming in one form or another is something we will do on and off as long as there is existence.

Even a dream has a cause and then within the dream itself there are causes and effects. When I have a good dream with good causes and effects (karma) I often reflect upon it during the next day or so and feel that it adds to my quality of life. Thus even if it turns out that this life is like a dream we will still take the experience with us to a greater reality and this life will be a cause to ongoing effects in higher realms.

DK describes the coming liberation from physical life as follows:

“Respond, O Rising One, to the call which comes within the sphere of obligation; recognize the call emerging from the Ashram or from the Council Chamber where waits the Lord of Life Himself. The Sound goes forth. Both soul and form together must renounce the Principle of life and thus permit the Monad to stand free. The soul responds. The form then shatters the connection. Life is now liberated, owning the quality of conscious knowledge and the fruit of all experience. These are the gifts of soul and form combined.” Tenth Law of Healing

Note that in this liberation, form reality is not forgotten for he says we will then own “the quality of conscious knowledge and the fruit of all experience. These are the gifts of soul and form combined.”

“The quality of conscious knowledge and the fruit of all experience” is thus good karma (effect) that we take with us to the higher planes. Belief has nothing to do with it. Attachment has nothing to do with it and judgment has nothing to do with it. You will just take this “fruit” with you even though you will be free from attachments at that distant time.

Now those of us here are far from having the connection shattered with form so it is best to plow with the horses we do have rather than dreaming of riding the tractor we do not have. If we merely dream of riding the tractor we do not have, we will cease being a cause, but if we plow with the horses we have, cause will be generated and the effect will be a plowed field. Maybe it will not be plowed as quickly as we can dream of doing it on a tractor, but at least it will be plowed in real life and preparation is made to eat the real fruit of the vine.

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Cause & Effect

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Principle Two:  Cause & Effect

Of all the principles that govern the universe this is the most basic of them all. This is the principle from which all others are derived. There is no effect or creation without a cause and no cause that does not produce effect.

Cause and effect is the foundation of duality, which is the cause of all manifestation.

Cause and effect brings intelligence into being. From eternity effects have been observed and then causes are repeated with an improved end in mind. This brings into being the principle of evolution and creation.

Below are several comments on cause and effect from my previous writings.

There is no First Cause because cause and effect has always been and always will be.

Even if a person is in a state of complete forgiveness, or complete peace of mind, he is still subject to the laws of karma or cause and effect.

For instance if you misstep and fall down some stairs this is a result of your not playing along wisely with cause and effect created by gravity. No matter how much forgiveness you have been given you still have to watch out for this law because cause and effect and forgiveness have little to do with each other.

In fact about a month ago as I was getting ready to go upstairs and go to bed I had all the lights off and got turned around and took a step on the stairs going down instead of the ones going up. I assure you that even though I am a fairly enlightened fellow with a forgiving heart that I found myself fully subject to this law and fell down a flight of stairs. I was lucky. I had sprains and bruises, but nothing was broken. Even now my right arm is returning to normal strength, but for a while I had difficulty in even writing my daily posts to you.

Karma is like this. If we set causes in motion the effects come back to us. If we have sent forth destructive causes in times past in a way this is like borrowing money from a bank. We have to pay it back and we wish we didn’t have to. The key of wisdom here is to not wait until the bank comes after us for payment, but to pay off the debt so interest will not accumulate. With negative karma the best way to do this is through service. The more you serve the more negative karma is paid off. Zia said something that was a help to Jill. This put some money in her account to offset negative karma. If you do something even more dramatic like enter a burning building and rescue a child then you make a giant deposit.

Now don’t forget that there is also positive karma. Good people, as we have on this list, will have a lot of this in the bank and if we listen to our souls we will know the appropriate time to cash in on it. I know a lot of you will just want to reinvest it so the good will continue to multiply and benefit the world.

Whereas the law of cause and effect is an eternal principle, forgiveness is not. Forgiveness is a temporary measure that manifests in the state of illusion. The illusion that makes forgiveness seem real is the idea that there is something to forgive. As a reflection of God you are invulnerable and as such there is nothing anyone can do to hurt you in the real sense. This is a realization that all the great ones have attained. Once this understanding is incorporated into our being then forgiveness no longer exists or is possible because there is never anything to forgive.

But even those who have attained this high realization still have to deal with the law of cause and effect because this law is no illusion as it relates to creation.

Cause and effect (or karma) applies to the universe, galaxies, suns, planets, humans and even atoms… there is no escape as long as we are experiencing the life principle.

Some gurus argue with this by saying: “My consciousness is so high that I am one with a beingness that is beyond cause and effect.”

To this I answer: Look in the mirror. Do you see yourself? If you do then you have not left the world of cause and effect. Are you conscious of time and space? If so then you are subject to the law of cause and effect. Do you use money? Then you are in the world of cause and effect.

The trouble is that many read teachings about some ultimate reality that is beyond cause and effect and they immediately assume that this is the next step for them. Then after a short period of contemplation they assume they have taken that step and they then enter a world of illusion where they see themselves as untouchable by the normal laws of being. Entities who enter this illusion often receive a painful and alarming awakening by the law of cause and effect from which they see themselves immune. Sooner or later they are forced into the realization that they have not left the laws of the universe behind but must deal with what is.

Let us use a car as an example of this law. You get in your car and head out to the freeway and accelerate to seventy miles an hour and then put on the cruise control. You have now created cause that has the effect of making you cruise down the road at a certain speed.

Now that this cause and effect is a reality in this part of creation let us say that for some reason you want to change this situation and bring your car to a stop. If forgiveness has any effect on karma (or cause and effect) then all you would have to do is say to your car: “I forgive you for going seventy miles an hour and because I forgive you I expect you to stop!”

This seems like an obviously silly thing to do because there is nothing to forgive and even if there were it would not affect the speed of the car.

So it is with the burglar. Seen from the reality of cause and effect there is nothing to forgive and even if we think there is, nothing changes.

Let’s get back to the speeding car. Suppose you blurt out a mantra decreeing: “I see myself in the Eternal Now and decree that all is still!”

Does your car stop?

No.

Why?

Because you created no cause.

So how do you stop the car?

There are several ways.

The worst method is to run head on to an opposing vehicle. This would stop you dead in your tracts in an undesirable manner.

You could run into a stationary object such as a building or a cow. This would also stop you, but is also undesirable.

You could take the cruise control and acceleration off and let natural resistances outside of yourself cause you to slow a stop.

But perhaps this method of stopping takes much longer than you desire. So what else can you do? Aha! You discover a device called a brake that works with cause and effect in the real world, and using such device you can bring yourself to a quick and secure stop. You have not negated the law, but worked with the law with intelligence so your desired end is achieved and under your control.

So the burglar who has created a thousand burglaries has many more effects with which to deal. It’s like a thousand causes for his car of life so it is going at the terrible speed of a thousand miles an hour. Now he wants to stop because he has discovered he is going the wrong direction. He needs to slow to zero, turn around and go the other direction. How does he do this?

  1. First he must realize that there are causes in motion that he must steer correctly. If he does not he is likely to have a collision and come to a disastrous stop which will take a long period of pain and healing from which to recover.
  1. He can turn off his cruise control and acceleration (stop committing burglaries) and let natural causes from the opposing direction bring him to zero. This is comparable to the burglar changing his behavior (he no longer is a thief).
  1. He decides to just “go with the flow” and applies no intelligence to apply the law of cause and effect in his favor. Thus what brings him to zero are a thousand negative resisting experiences happening to him. This stretches the pain out over a long period of time, but is still undesirable.
  1. The final and most desirable method of coming to a stop is to apply the brakes. Consider the miracle of the brake. A frail 100 pound weakling can apply a small pressure with his foot and bring a vehicle weighing tons to a complete stop in seconds, much faster than using the going with the flow idea. The brake applies the leverage principle wherein a pound a pressure can create a thousand pounds of resistance through intelligent application of law and materials.

So how does the burglar apply the leverage principle so he does not have to suffer the equivalent of a thousand thefts himself?

First he must come to the realization that he is going the wrong direction and take off the cruise control and acceleration (stop burglarizing homes). Then he must obtain a sense and awareness of his situation. He must become aware that he is going a thousand miles an hour and he must do something to slow to zero so he can turn and head in a positive direction. Once he obtains a sense of the energy (service) that is required to stop he then seeks power to manipulate this force.

There are a number of ways the wise burglar can neutralize this speeding energy; here is one.

The burglar changes his ways and seeks to live by the highest that he knows. As he does this he achieves a degree of inner contact and begins to get direction from within which tells him that he should strive to succeed and do good works to help his brothers and sisters. He follows this impulse and starts a business and becomes successful. After he achieves considerable wealth his inner self tells him he should be generous with his good fortune. He then sets up a scholarship program that helps a thousand kids go to college and improve their lives. This then becomes a lever that puts a brake on the great debt that he owes and brings him to a complete stop much much quicker than going with the flow will ever accomplish. In addition, he pays off his debt through joyous service rather than painful experiences.

This also illustrates the beauty of BECOMING. As we become that which we decide to become we discover more and more levers that give us accelerating power to make our decisions reality. We receive joy and peace as additional levers are registered by our consciousness and used with wisdom.

 

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. It is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
— Charles Darwin

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Boise Gathering 2008, Part 15

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Boise Gathering 2008

Interesting Experiences

JJ: I remember when I first discovered for sure that there was reincarnation and I proved it to myself. And when I did find it I thought well if there is reincarnation then the final test is that it should be in the scriptures. I decided to read the scriptures from beginning to end and see if it is in there because I did not remember it being in there before. I started reading the Doctrine and Covenants and in the first chapter just a few verses into it, there it was, reincarnation! How come I never saw it before. It said that the people that were persecutors in the days of Joseph Smith would be upon the earth when Christ comes again to receive their just due. Now how could they be here unless there was reincarnation? Because we do not teach that they are going to be resurrected to be here with the just. I thought how are they going to be here? It had to be reincarnation and it only took me five minutes to find it in the Mormon scriptures and in the Bible, in the Old Testament, the New Testament – I found references all over the place. I found all kinds of things in earlier church history and I was just blown away and then shortly after that I wrote my book called Eternal Lives, which I wrote for the Mormons to convince them that there was reincarnation.

Eventually I reduced it all to a pamphlet called Mormonism and Reincarnation. I must tell you a story that revolves around it. Curtis and I printed up a bunch of these back in the late seventies and every time we went by a Mormon institution we stopped and put half a dozen on different cars that were parked there and we kept wondering what those guys were thinking who received the.? Laughing!

We did this about half a dozen times and one time we were just innocently walking by the institute and we got about a block away and we heard some footsteps behind us and we turned around and there was a couple guys in suits running toward us and they were huffing and puffing and they said, are you guys putting those pamphlets on cars around our institute? We answered well yes we are! They said we want you to stop it. We said why should we stop it, we think it is important to enlighten Mormons. And one of them said if you do this again then we are going to have you arrested, you are trespassing on our property and if you put one more pamphlet on our car there, we are going to be watching and we are going to arrest you.

I thought, oh, you are you. So I did a little checking and we went back to the institute and walked around it and I said hey look Curtis, the main parking lot is across the street and the sidewalk here is public property not owned by the church and what this means is we can stand on the road or the sidewalk and we can hand then the pamphlets as they come out of church next Sunday! And there is nothing they can do about it because we are not on their property!

Audience: Laughing!

JJ: So Curtis thought that was a great idea – he just loved to tweak them!

Audience: Laughing!

JJ: So the next Sunday after church we stood right in the road handing out pamphlets as they crossed the street to the parking lot! We were not on their property and this was kind of funny. Only one or two people came out at first and we handed this guy a pamphlet and he grabbed it and he went and got in his car and we counted one, two, three and the guy pops out of his car and runs into the institute. I said to Curtis, well it is not going to be long before we are visited and then all of a sudden a whole bunch of people started coming out we started giving lots of pamphlets.

Audience: Laughing!

JJ: Then these two guys came out and said, we want you to get off our property! I said we are not on your property. He said we want you to go away! I said well we are not going away and by the way here is a pamphlet! Laughing!

Audience: Laughing!

JJ: He said, we want you to go away. I said we are not going away and didn’t you go on a mission? He said yes and I said didn’t you give out Which Church Is Right and Joseph Smith pamphlets? He said well yes. I said aren’t you being a hypocrite by telling me not to give out stuff? He said well this is different. I said no it is not. We are doing the same thing you guys do. What is the matter with you guys? Will you move out of the way now so we can continue to give out pamphlets. There was just steam coming out of their ears because there was nothing that they could do because we were legal!

Audience: Laughing!

JJ: Curtis and I were always looking for an opportunity to tweak these guys and we almost got arrested a couple of times. One time they did detain us and we had to escape!

Audience: The church detained you?

JJ: Yes they put us in a room down in the basement and we managed to escape. Laughing!

Audience: How did you escape?

JJ: They left us for about two seconds and we immediately high tailed it out of there.

Audience: Did they strong-arm you?

JJ: They lured us in and tried to hold us there until the cops arrived and we thought well we are not going to stay here if we can get out of it. Laughing!

Audience: How old were you JJ?

JJ: I think I was excommunicated when I was 33 if I remember right so I was about 34-35.

It was fun to tweak the Mormons. One interesting thing that we did with them – that I didn’t do but one of the guys we worked with – Curtis and him were sitting down with kind of a stuffed shirt type guy and talking to him. The guy explained some of the teachings and asked him well do you think this is true, yes or no. He demanded a yes or no answer from him. And he just really irritated the guy because he would not say yes or no. And we started using that regularly after that because it was such a good idea and eventually we used it when we visited Bruce McConkie and Mark E. Peterson. Curtis hit Bruce with a yes or no, he said do you really believe in the writings and teachings of the prophet Joseph Smith, yes or no please.

He refused to say yes or no. He just kept saying that all you need to know is that there is a living prophet. We were quoting Joseph Smith and he did not like the quotes were giving to him so Curtis asked him, “well do you accept the writings of Joseph Smith yes or no please. I want to be able to tell my Mom what you believe about this and she is a good member of the church so, yes or no, do you believe in the writings and teachings of the prophet Joseph Smith?” He said all you need to know is that there is a living prophet. Laughing! And he kept saying it louder and louder and louder.

Okay, so we have the divine, we have the monads as little tiny specs like stars appearing in the divine world and then coming down and achieving self consciousness working in the world of ideas creating ideas passing them down to the intuitive level which is then passed down to the mental worlds and then passed down to the astral worlds which is then passed down to you and me and sometimes when you are sleeping at night something that originated way up in the divine gets filtered down to our feeble brains where we make an attempt to understand what is going on, the purpose of life, where we are going and all of these things.

Now it is about time to wind it up. Do we have any questions before we close?

Audience: What effect can we have to help people that have died and to pass on?

JJ: We can help by what we do with our thoughts. What we do with our thought in the physical body has more potency here than in the other worlds if we focus correctly. We have tremendous power of thought because we have within us the physical world combined with the astral and the mental we have the whole ball of wax here. So it takes more energy of the power of thought to work in this world. It is like working with heavy weights and as you work with them you get stronger and stronger. This is a world where you really increase your power of will and your power of thought where as when you go to the lighter astral world everything is really easy and you just kind of glide along and you do not have to exercise yourself quite so much. Now the astral world is a good place to learn and everything but the heavens are more of a place for relaxation and rest. As a matter of fact the scriptures talk about this and say “the rest shall be glorious.” The prophets often call the next world a rest. They shall rest from all their labors. Here we are not resting and it takes a strenuous act of will just to get out of bed here compared to the other worlds where you can just bounce right out of your bed.

So if a person focuses in this world then he can create a tremendous influence in the next world and sometimes when loved ones die, you can still have a feeling about them. I will relate a couple of experiences that I had, I had an uncle that had multiple sclerosis that I really loved a lot. Back when I was a Mormon you gave healing blessings and I always wanted to give him such a blessing. Finally when I got old enough and I was a priesthood holder I asked my grandmother if I could give him a blessing and when I did I did not receive anything for him. I felt like that it was not the time so I waited a couple years and I tried to give him another blessing and it was like my lips were almost sealed and I could not hardly sputter out anything positive so I told him that he would have peace of mind.

I felt really bad about that and then he got worse and worse. Then one day I was visiting him with my friend Wayne and he looked really bad and he could not talk and he was just laying on the couch and I could tell he was very uncomfortable and I felt really sorry for him and as I was looking at him the inner voice spoke and said, “this man has suffered enough.” I ten asked my grandmother if we could give him one more blessing.

The inner voice did not tell me what to say but just said that he has suffered enough. Looking back upon it I did not understand karma at that time but now I can understand that he probably paid the debt that he was supposed to pay. So I took Wayne and we both laid our hands on him and I blessed him that he would be completely healed or else he would be taken. I figured that if he had suffered enough then on of those two things was going to happen.

I was in college at the time and Wayne and I went back to college and three days later my mom called me up. Just before my mom’s phone call all of a sudden I felt Uncle Bob’s presence and it was very powerful and he had come to me to thank me. His thoughts went something like this, “Oh it is just so great to be released from that decrepit body I was in.” I did not get the words but I sensed the feeling that he was just so overjoyed and thankful to me for giving him that blessing that released him from the body and he was just thrilled to be there in the astral world.

So my mom called me up and she sounded really sad and she said I have some really bad news, Bob died. I said that is not bad news that is good news! He is just thrilled to be where he is! And she said really? I said he has been hovering around me and he is just as happy as a lark!

But when my mom died I had quite bit different experience, I felt that when she died that she was somewhat confused because I think she was expecting the spirit world to be different. She had a certain idea of heaven would be like and she was quite old and right after she died her spirit body probably looked old and she probably was expecting to look young and vibrant but that takes a period of time for the changes to occur and for three days I had the impression that she was confused and then I felt that she was okay. I was talking to my daughter Elizabeth that I told you about and I told her that and she said you know the same thing happened to me and for three days I felt the same thing you did. So that was interesting that we both had that same feeling about my mom. It was encouraging that my uncle Bob was so thrilled to be free from the terrible disease that he had for over 20 years – he was just thrilled to be on the other side.

What we do here is we create the heaven in the next world with our minds while we are on the earth. Through our mental efforts and calculations we create the heavens and hells that materialize. The heavens and hells in the next world change as the times change and as circumstance changes and technology changes so it is important that you visualize the type of world you might want to live in. You want to make yourself into the type of person that loving people in the spirit world will want to associate with. If I am around people like you in the next world then I would have nothing to complain about. You have been a really good group and you have made a slice of heaven for me and everybody else here so I am really happy to have been with you and I appreciate all your support.

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Copyright 2011 by J J Dewey

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Eternal Lives, Chapter 8

This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Eternal Lives

AS YE SOW…

An important word used in the religions of the East and not generally found in Christendom is “karma”. The word serves a very real purpose for all people and about the closest a Christian comes to sensing karma is when he says something like: “I feel that God has sent me here for a special purpose. I feel like I am to be a scientist or a musician.” That special purpose, which is sometimes good and sometimes evil, is Karma, and it is the result of what we have sowed in past lives.

How else can the scripture be fulfilled? “Every man shall bear his own burden…Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal 6:5&7 Alma said something similar- “For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, AND BE RESTORED.” Alma 41:15 Also: “And ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.” Hel. 14:31 “See that you do not judge wrongfully for with that same judgment which ye judge, ye shall also be judged.” Moroni 7:18 Karma is the result of cause and effect. Just as we have Newton’s law of gravity which says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction we have the law of karma which says that for every good deed we sow we receive an equal good (perhaps compounded by interest) back somewhere down the line. If we sow a bad deed we also receive that back. Karma is nothing new and is found in the scriptures as demonstrated above, the only problem is that the scriptures did not contain a word such as “karma” to define the law.

We find clearly expressed in the scriptures that the law of karma is real, that we will have good and evil returned to us, yet how often have we seen the wicked die without having his evil returned? How often have we seen a righteous man die with great suffering and we exclaim: “What did he do to deserve this?” Surely a lifetime of good works would have brought him more than a horrible death?

Ah, yes, says the authority, but God will fix things in the next world. He’ll see to it that all get their just reward. But will they? Can they??? How can an evil person reap what he has sowed in the physical world in the spirit world??? That would be like buying a house of stone and receiving one of wood. The wood house may be worth just as much as the stone one, but it is not what was ordered.

If someone kicked his brother in the seat of the pants he could receive a punishment in the spirit which may be equally as bad, but the only way such a deed could be equally restored is to have it happen in the flesh. Suppose a man commits the perfect murder and dies undiscovered. How is he going to be repaid in the spirit? Will devils burning him in oil do it? No. He would complain that is too harsh. Would suffering for all eternity do it? Again too harsh. Would feeling sorry do it? No the victim would say: “not enough”. What would be a suitable punishment? Amazingly, the scriptures clearly give us the answer: “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” Gen. 9:5-6.

What could be more just for a murderer than to be murdered himself at some future date? If he were cut off in his prime just as his victim was he would begin to understand just how wrong it is to kill. Alma clearly spoke that we must “acknowledge to our everlasting shame that ALL his judgments are just; that he is just in all his works.” Alma 12:15 If the punishment were meted out exactly as he gave it then who could complain about it? If the murderer’s only punishment was to be in the spirit world, or to be damned for eternity in the resurrection, then I for one would complain that the judgment is not just and the scripture would be broken.

The above scripture in Genesis is used to support the doctrine of blood atonement, but such doctrine is greatly misunderstood. Joseph Smith taught some of the brethren some of the deeper doctrines in private councils and one of them was blood atonement. He was constrained by the spirit from mentioning reincarnation (to all but a few), however, this doctrine is essential to understand fully blood atonement. After Joseph’s death Brigham Young and others taught the doctrine with a great missing piece to the puzzle. Consequently, there were numerous errors in their teaching.

For example it was believed that the only way to atone for murder was to actually have one’s blood spilled. It is from this belief that stems the law in Utah that a person to be executed is given a choice of hanging or being shot so he can spill his blood What sense or justice is this? Only murderers in Utah have the chance for atonement while the other states do not have such a choice and the convict must go to the gas chamber or be electrocuted? Are murderers in Utah more righteous than other states??? Would God allow the sin of one murderer to be forgiven because he was LUCKY enough to have an opportunity to spill his blood; whereas another one gets no such opportunity and gets the gas chamber? Is god’s justice dependent on luck? I hope not.

The true doctrine of blood atonement is exactly as mentioned in the scripture: “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” If a man sheds another’s blood then sooner or later, in this life or the next, his blood will be shed by another man,

“Wait!” says the unbeliever. “The Lord is speaking about what He wants to be done. If man does not fulfill the commandment and put to death the murderer, then there is no way he will have his blood shed.”

This is a fine objection if one doesn’t believe the word of God the way it reads. It reads not as a commandment, but merely a statement of fact. Moreover, the real meaning is verified by other scriptures: “He that leadeth into captivity SHALL GO INTO CAPTIVITY; he that killeth with the sword MUST BE KILLED WITH THE SWORD. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.” Rev 13:10 This is not from the period of the law of Moses as some suppose, but the person speaking here was none other than John the Revelator. He is not speaking of punishments which our civil laws are supposed to deal out, but he is making a concrete statement of fact.

He who commits sin against his fellow men will reap in the same manner that he sowed. If he killed by the sword then he must be killed in the like manner. Yet how many people have killed with the sword and not been killed in the same manner during one lifetime? How many bankers, politicians, and dictators have lead into captivity and died escaping their just punishment? I’ll name just one: Hitler. Hitler killed with the sword and led into captivity, but he escaped punishment anywhere near equal to what he gave out. Because he was responsible for the death of millions he must come back and atone. He does not have to die millions of times for the atonement, as that would be close to impossible. Instead he must develop himself until he is man enough to come up with a program wise enough to be able to save as many people as he previously destroyed. He will probably have to give his life several times in the process. It would be unfair to require a million lifetimes to pay for one lifetime of mistakes, Our karma is like a great balance with the weight of past good deeds on one side and evil on the other. When Hitler was here he created for himself a great overbalance of evil. If he merely leads the life of an average man it will take him hundreds of lives to pay the debt, but if he leads some great heroic life and, say saves the world from something like an atomic war, then perhaps he could pay the debt in one lifetime. Generally, a man like Hitler will suffer many lifetimes: “How oft is the candle (life) of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them!” Job 21:17. “And the earth will bring those long dead to birth again.” Isa 26:19 New English Bible.

The scriptures give us some interesting examples of how the wicked are to be punished in future lifetimes. Interestingly, part of the sealing powers of the priesthood is directed for such use: “And verily I say unto you, that they who go forth, bearing these tidings to the inhabitants of the earth, TO THEM IS POWER GIVEN TO SEAL both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious; Yea verily, TO SEAL THEM UP UNTO THE DAY WHEN THE WRATH OF GOD SHALL BE POURED OUT UPON THE WICKED WITHOUT MEASURE. Unto the day when the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellowman.” D&C 1:8-10

Reincarnation is the only suitable explanation of the above scripture, for we are told that the wicked are sealed “Up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure…” When is this day to take place??? Verse ten indicates that it is just before the Lord shall come so it can only refer to the great judgments which are spoken of in the book of Revelations. Some of these judgments include pollution of the waters, grievous sores upon men, men will be scorched with heat, they will gnaw their tongues for pain, great wars with one army reaching two hundred million men, one third of men destroyed, the greatest earthquake in history, and many others. Read Revelations chapter 16 for example

How is it that the wicked in 1831 when the revelation was given can be here on the earth to suffer the wrath of God almost two hundred years later if there is no reincarnation? If you say the scripture is figurative or speaking of a punishment in the spirit world then how do you explain the next scripture: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book (of revelations) If any man shall add unto these things, GOD SHALL ADD UNTO HIM THE PLAGUES THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK.” Rev 22:18 How could a Jew living in the days of John suffer the plagues which were to transpire nearly two thousand years later? How can one spiritualize this away and say it refers to the spirit world?

The book of Revelations prophecies about earthquakes, pollution’s, and wars on a physical earth, and plagues and deaths affecting the physical body. Plainly, then, he who adds to the book of Revelations must be reborn in “the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world.” Rev 3:10. He then will have added to him the plagues that are written in the book. Paul also mentions this: “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you… Who shall be punished with everlasting (AIONIOS age-ending) destruction from the presence of the Lord.” II Thess. 1:6 & 9. Also: “Behold, I will cast her into a bed and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” Rev 2:22.

Paul spoke appropriately of the last days when he said: “And fire shall try EVERY MAN’S WORK of what sort it is.” I Cor 3:13. The Lord said: “Therefore, inasmuch as you are found transgressors, you cannot escape my wrath IN YOUR LIVES. Inasmuch as ye are cut off for transgression, ye cannot escape the buffetings of Satan until the day of redemption.” D&C 104:8-9 When one is turned over to the buffetings of Satan he “shall be destroyed in the flesh” D&C 132:26 & I Cor. 5:5.

When Nephi was interpreting the filthy water in his vision he said it was “hell”. His brothers then asked: “Doth this thing mean the torment of the body in the days of probation, or doth it mean the final state of the soul after the death of the temporal body, or doth it speak of the things which are temporal? And it came to pass that I said unto them that it was a representation of things BOTH TEMPORAL AND SPIRITUAL.” I Nephi 15:31-32 Here we have it in plain English. Hell is both temporal and spiritual. Men can suffer for their sins both in and out of the body, and since this temporal existence is part of “hell” how are men going to be sent there after they die if they are not born again?

“There cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God; wherefore there must needs be a place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy.” I Nephi 15:34. Nephi tells us that that place which is prepared is hell, of which the filthy water in the vision was a symbol of, and such symbol “was a representation of things both temporal and spiritual”. Therefore those who suffer the temporal hell are sent back to the “temporal” earth.

The Missourians who persecuted the Saints are no doubt in Hell now. Many of them are now on the earth and have been born in very unfortunate situations, for the recompense they were given for their sins in the nineteenth century did not come close to paying for their sins. Of these people the Lord said: “Because their hearts are corrupted, and the things which they are willing to bring upon others, and love to have others suffer, may come upon themselves to the uttermost… Wo unto all those that discomfort my people, and drive and murder and testify against them, saith the Lord of Hosts; a generation of vipers shall not escape the damnation of hell. Behold, mine eyes see and know all their works, and I have in reserve a swift judgment in the season thereof, for them all. For there is a time appointed (A future life) for every man, according as his works shall be.” D&C 121:13, 23-25

The Missourians who persecuted the innocent are sealed up to have the judgments of God to be poured out on them. Perhaps they will join those who are prophesied to be scorched with heat and their tongues will stick to the roof of their mouth that they cannot curse their Lord. Speaking of Joseph’s enemies the Lord said “I the Lord will avenge thee of thine enemy an hundred fold.” D&C 98:45. The Missourians were not even avenged one fold. They have a large payment to make and they completely escaped their debt in recorded history.

The punishment of Cain is interesting to examine. After he killed Able the Lord told him: “A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be IN THE EARTH.” Gen. 4:12 Cain was not a fugitive and vagabond in his lifetime. Instead he dwelt in the land of Nod and built a city called Enoch and formulated secret combinations to get control of the world. It is further stated: “And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass that everyone that findeth me shall slay me.” Gen. 4:13-14 Here Cain seems to fear that he will be slain more than once for he mentions that “everyone” that finds him will slay him. Let us read further: “And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him seven fold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” Gen. 4:15

Has anyone stopped to ask how the Lord will take vengeance of sevenfold on someone who killed Cain? Will such a person be put to death seven times? If he is to be put to death seven times, how can this be without reincarnation? As it is we have no record of anyone slaying Cain at all; so was the Lord merely speaking idle words? Hardly. The Lord does not have scripture written unless the words are to find fulfillment somehow. It’s quite possible that some of the culprits in the Book of Mormon were incarnations of Cain. Akish may be an example: “And it came to pass that thus they did agree with Akish. And Akish did administer unto them the oaths which were given by them of old who also sought for power, which had been handed down even from Cain.” Ether 8:15 Who would be in a better position to revive the secrets of Cain than Cain himself? He would have had subconscious memories of all the secret plans.

The scriptures tell us that not only Cain, but other evil men also keep appearing in history to fight against righteousness: “Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the Saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness.” Jude Verses 3-4. Part of this scripture is badly mistranslated. It should read: “For there are certain men crept in unawares, the judgment of whom has been written about long ago.” Yes the judgments of Cain and the wicked in Sodom and Gomorra and other bad characters was written about long ago and they return to their fate of being fugitive and vagabonds on the earth.

The next verse in Jude is also interesting: “I will put you in remembrance, THOUGH YOU ONCE KNEW THIS, how the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” Verse 5 Here we have an indication that those living in the days of Jude once lived in the days of Moses, for they “once knew” about that time period, but now had evidently forgotten.

The scriptures plainly tell us that the wicked will not always be allowed to incarnate among the righteous: “God shall likewise destroy (overthrow – Hebrew) thee for ever (continually), he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living.” Psalms 52:5

“Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land (In a future life): When the wicked are cut off, THOU SHALT SEE IT.” Psalms 37:34

Speaking of the curse on the wicked the Lord also said: “Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law of the most high LORD, AND IF YE BE BORN, you shall be born in malediction (under a curse – Hebrew), and if ye die, in malediction shall be your portion.” Ecclesiasticus 41:11-12. Here the prophet was clearly speaking of a future birth to those who were presently in the flesh.

One of the ways that individuals are made to pay for their sins is with sickness, disease and deformity in future lives. Can you think of a greater and more effective prison than being in a crippled body for a lifetime? Do you think a person suffers so just because of bad luck? Of course not. There is a justifying cause for everything that happens to us. “But,” says one, “I know this guy who is blind and he’s the sweetest man I ever met. He wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Yes, we all know many people who have their share of problems who are undoubtedly very nice persons, but keep in mind that no matter how nice we are now, that doesn’t mean that we haven’t done evil in the past.

Even within one lifetime we witness many wayward children become solid citizens and the spiritual leaders of tomorrow. Imagine how different you or I or our friends could have been thousands of years ago. Often, when a person commits a great sin he does not have the courage to pay for it in the next lifetime and the payment may be delayed for a long while until the individual develops the “guts” or internal fortitude to atone for his wrongs. By the time the courage has been developed he may have become a fairly nice guy.

The disciples asked Jesus: “Who did sin, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” John 9:2 From this question it is evident that they believed that a man paid in this life for sins in the past.

This doctrine helps us to understand some previously obscure passages: “Guilt was with me already when my mother conceived me.” Psalms 51:5 Knox Translation.

“And I was a witty child and had received a good soul, and whereas I was more good, I came to a body undefiled.” Wisdom 8:19-20 Apocrypha

“All these things God may do to a man again and yet again, bringing him back from the pit (death) to enjoy the full light of life.” Job 33:29-30 New English Version.

Thou, which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up AGAIN from the depths of the earth,” Psalms 72:20

It is obvious that the Jews commonly believed that present misfortune was caused by previous sins. After Pilate had some Galilaeans killed Jesus asked some observers: “Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you Nay: but, except ye repent, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH.” Luke 13:1-5

Here Jesus acknowledged that it was the common belief of the people that the greatest sinners received the greatest calamities. He didn’t say that that particular belief was wrong, but that it was a wrong judgment that those who had recently suffered an untimely death were the greatest sinners. He told them that they were as great a sinner as those who had died and confirmed that the common belief of the people was right by stating that “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” In other words the sins of his listeners were as bad as those who had suffered calamity and that such sins would bring a similar calamity. Then in verses six through nine he gives a parable illustrating their sin. He compared them to a tree which did not bear any fruit, which is good for nothing but to be cut down.

When Jesus healed the man who was sick of palsy he said “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” When the people cried blasphemy Jesus answered: “Whether is it easier to say to the sick of palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?” Mark 2:5-9 Interestingly, Jesus pointed out here that to forgive sins is a similar feat to healing. Jesus healed the man by merely forgiving his sins. The reason the forgiveness of sins healed him is that his sins , probably in a past life, caused the disease. When the hidden guilt was lifted a healing was effected.

Another time Jesus healed a man who had an infirmity for thirty eight years. Afterwards he met him in the temple and said: “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon thee.” John 5:1-9 Plainly here Jesus told the man that harmful deeds could cause an even worse thing than the infirmity he had had for thirty-eight years.
Who can deny and at the same time even claim to believe the scriptures, that sin does produce disease and affliction? If it can produce it in one life then it can cause it in several lives. Modern revelation agrees by stating that to be free of the destroying angel we must be “walking in obedience to the commandments”. D&C 89:18. Speaking of the wicked in Missouri the Lord said: “And I will answer judgment wrath, and indignation, wailing, and anguish, and gnashing of teeth upon their heads, unto the third and fourth generation (Lifetime), so long as they repent not, and hate me, saith the Lord your God.” D&C 124:52

It would be unfair for the Lord to punish the children for the sins of their fathers, but since the Lord could not speak in terms of reincarnation it had to be written this way. As it is, many of the descendants of the persecutors have joined the church and are suffering no retribution. Who the scripture really condemns is not the children, but the actual transgressor, and he is condemned to suffer unto the third and fourth lifetime, or as long as he does not atone for his sins, or have his karma lifted through the power of Christ.

The scriptures even indicate that those who put Jesus to death will be here when he comes again. Their sins were so great that Peter did not offer them baptism, but commanded: “Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus which before was preached unto you.” Acts 3:19-20

These murderers were to have their sins removed when Jesus comes gain. Speaking of these individuals Jesus speaks of the time of his second coming when he personally appears to the Jews: “And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament BECAUSE THEY PERSECUTED THEIR KING.” D&C 45:53. Interestingly, those who will see Jesus come again are the same who persecuted him. This is verified by another scriptural witness: “Behold, he cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him, and THEY ALSO WHICH PIERCED HIM.” Rev 1:7

Isn’t it a fitting masterpiece of the justice of God to have the very individuals who put the Lord of Light to death, for whom he prayed for forgiveness, to have these same individuals delivered by this same Jesus, and greet him with a painful awareness of their sins, yet at the same time experience a joyful conversion? For these people Jesus will have great joy, like that of the Shepherd who found his lost sheep.

Conversely, the rewards of the righteous often extends over several generations or lifetimes. “know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments TO A THOUSAND GENERATIONS.” Duet. 7:9 A thousand generations would be more appropriately translated a thousand lifetimes.

Jesus said: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and SHALL GO IN AND OUT, AND FIND PASTURE.” John 10:9. What does it mean to go in and out of the door? The door is symbolic of the entry way between spirit life and mortal life. Pasture is representative of spiritual meat and drink the righteous find when they use Christ as their shepherd. The righteous will go in and out of mortal life according to their will and have great experiences that will enlarge their souls until they reach the desired pasture of the millennium spoken by Nephi: “And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him THEY SHALL FIND PASTURE. And because of the righteousness of the people, Satan has no power.” I Nephi 22:25-26. Here we find that the pasture is not some nebulous spirit world, but the pasture exists on this physical earth during the millennium of peace.

On this same thought Paul said “And the Lord will keep me safe from every attempt to do me harm and keep me safe until his heavenly reign begins.” II Tim 4:18 (New English). Keep in mind here that Paul knew he was about to die for he said a few verses earlier: “For I am ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand” (Verse 6). How was the Lord to keep him safe? Paul was to go in and out and find spiritual pasture until the heavenly reign begins. During that period he would be reborn and would enjoy the fruit of his labors.

Paul could easily say with David: “Lord, thou hast been. our dwelling place in all generations (From generation to generation New English Bible) Thou turnest men to destruction (Death); and sayest, RETURN ye children of men” Psalms 90: 1&3

Speaking to the Nephites who were present when Jesus visited the New World, Jesus indicated that they would be present when the dispensation of the fullness of times was brought in: “And verily I say unto you, I will give unto YOU a sign, that YE may know the time when these things shall be about to take place.” III Nephi 21:1

Samuel the Lamanite prophesied to the Nephites just before the birth of Christ that they would be the ones to suffer 400 years later: “And in the days of your poverty ye shall cry unto the Lord; and in vain shall ye cry, for your desolation is already come upon you, and your destruction is made sure; and then SHALL YE WEEP AND HOWL IN THAT DAY (400 Years later), saith the Lord of Hosts. And then shall YE lament, and say: O that I had repented, and had not killed the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out. YEA, IN THAT DAY YE SHALL SAY: O that we had remembered the Lord our God in the day he gave us our riches, and then they would not have become slippery…” Helaman 13:32-33

The Lord said that holy men “confessed they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth; but obtained a promise that they should find it (The day of righteousness) and see it in their flesh.” D&C 45:13-14 What good would it do these men to see it in their flesh if they were raised to an immortal resurrection when Joseph Smith said that such resurrected beings “will not probably dwell upon the earth” (DHC 5:212) The real joy and reward would be the honor of being an actual part of that day of righteousness by being there in the mortal flesh participating.

When the day of righteousness shall come the Lord “shall say to the sleeping nations: “Ye saints arise and live; ye sinners stay and sleep until I shall call again.” D&C 43:18 In that day the wicked must stay in the spirit world and only the righteous can be reborn.

To the righteous in 1831 the Lord said: “But blessed are the poor who are pure in heart, whose hearts are broken, and whose spirits are contrite, for they shall see the kingdom of God coming in power and great glory UNTO THEIR DELIVERANCE; for the fatness of the earth shall be theirs.” D&C 56:18.

Speaking to scattered Israel in the days of Jeremiah the Lord said: “And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, EVERY MAN TO HIS OWN HERITAGE, AND EVERY MAN TO HIS OWN LAND.” Jeremiah 12:15. Those living in the days of Jeremiah will again obtain their property, but it could not be as immortal beings, for the immortals will not live here; thus they must obtain their inheritance as mortals. How can they do that if they are not born again?

Malachi gives us another indication as to how the Lord will deal with the righteous: “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord harkened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, IN THAT DAY ‘WHEN I MAKE UP MY JEWELS; AND I WILL SPARE THEM, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. THEN SHALL YE RETURN, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” Mal. 3:16-18 Here we are not only told that Malachi shall return, but that the righteous from his day will be with him and shall be spared the latter-day judgments. Truly did David speak saying that God’s “promises are like metal tested in the fire.” Psalms 18:30 Knox

Speaking of the redeemed, John said: “And thou hast made us unto our God Kings and Priests: and WE SHALL REIGN ON THE EARTH.” Rev 5:10 “And he that overcometh and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them…” Rev 2: 26-27. Is this some nebulous promise that we shall rule from some throne in heaven only? No! If we are righteous God will exalt us as Joseph the son of Jacob was. We shall return and rule the earth in the golden age: “And my people shall be redeemed and shall reign with me on the earth.” D&C 43:29. Then we shall truly realize the promise of the Lord: “For whoso layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again.” D&C 103:27.

Solomon was speaking of past lives and ages of which we have no remembrance when he said: “There is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time which was before us. THERE IS NO REMEMBRANCE OF FORMER THINGS.” Eccl 1:9-11. Moffat translates that last sentence: “There is no remembrance of THE MEN OF OLD TIME” In other words we have no remembrance of the men of old time – who we used to be.

David speaks along the same terms: “I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to REMEMBRANCE my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.” Psalms 77:5-6

Now we have the testimony of Job. The words in parenthesis are clearer meanings from the Hebrew: “For enquire, I pray thee of the former age, and prepare thyself to search of their fathers (consider the fathers). For we are but of yesterday (beforetime) and know nothing (And do not know it) because our days upon the earth are a shadow.” Job 8:8-9 In plain English: We lived in the days of our fathers and we do not know it.

Has anyone stopped to consider the full meaning Of the following scripture: “So the last shall be first, and the first last, for many are called, but few are chosen.” Matt: 20:16. Also see Matt 19:30 Mark 9:35; 10:31; Luke 13:30; Ether 13:12; D&C 29:30 & 88:59. The world has a general idea of the surface meaning which is that many people who expect the greatest reward will receive the least, and many who are esteemed by the world as the first will be the last.

Not all that are presently first shall be last, but “many” Mark 10:31 will be. The many are those who are called and not chosen. Those who are first now and are chosen will continue to be first, but we are told that this number is few.

Many believe that this scripture is only fulfilled in the after worlds apart from mortality. For instance, a man who is a mere church member may rise above the church leader in the day of judgement.

Let me speak to you clearly and give you the true meaning. In the scheme of things man swings back and forth like a great pendulum. In one life he will be poor and spend his time dreaming of being rich. Since the Lord “granteth unto men according to their desire” Alma 29:4 God gives him the opportunity in the next life to be rich. However, the man is careless and abuses his blessing and does not return it to his Lord with usury. Thus the Lord takes his money from him and gives it to another; then in the next life the man is poor again and is again dreaming of riches. Then sooner or later he receives another chance at them. Thus the last become first and the first last, fulfilling the prophecy of David: “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that he may set him with princes, even the princes of his people.” Psalms 113:7-8

Yes, in one life a man will be a peasant and in the next a prince. In one he may be weak and sickly, and in another healthy and strong. In one age he will suffer bad luck, persecution, sorrow, and in the next he will seem lucky, without a care in the world, spreading happiness wherever he goes. If the truth be known, one life in seven is a life of rest where we are blessed with peace and calm to gear up for the trials ahead.

Man must continue to shift from first to last and last to first until he learns to properly utilize the power and authority that comes from being first, Only a very few at a time learn this for “it is the nature and disposition of almost ALL MEN as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will IMMEDIATELY begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.” D&C 121:39. Thus many who hold the priesthood will cry: “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (By thy priesthood). And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me ye that work iniquity.” Matt 7:22-23. When they are told that they have worked iniquity they will be quite puzzled and will wonder how this is the case when they seemed to do so much good through the priesthood. They will be answered- “You exercised unrighteous dominion. You did evil that good may come which is not of me.” When one tries to “exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the spirit of the lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the Priesthood or the authority of that man.” D&C 121:37. For instance, if someone tried to stop me from expressing myself by using the control of the priesthood; God would say AMEN to his authority. Then, since the man would have no authority, there is nothing for me to subject myself to but God only.

For many lifetimes man, then, swings like a pendulum from one extreme to the other, and usually finds himself committing the sins peculiar to each extreme. when he lacks power he envies those who have it, and when he has power he abuses those who do not. We are told that “wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction”. Matt 7:13 This broad way is the broad swing of the pendulum. The narrow way is the balance between the two extremes. This narrow way is what is meant by “salvation” in the scriptures. That is a man finally overcomes his enemies and becomes chosen – or chooses correctly.

He then has the privilege of obtaining power whenever necessary, because he has proven that he will not abuse such power. He becomes the first continually as far as the earth is concerned, but he then becomes among the “last” in the higher worlds of existence. Thus he is able to keep a balance on his humility, for even though he may be perfect as God is (Matt 5:48) and greatly honored here on the earth he is at the same time aware of how far he has to go in the higher worlds.

If a person were the top student in Algebra One and there were no higher courses and he had reached the highest degree of intelligence possible in that area he would begin to take great pride in his knowledge. On the other hand, if the student was aware that there were ten different courses in Algebra and he had mastered only the first, his outlook would be totally different. If he were to talk with others who had mastered Algebra two and three, he would feel quite humbled by the awareness of how far he has to yet progress, even though other Algebra One students think he is extremely brilliant.

This idea gives us a partial understanding to a reference Jesus made of himself: “I am the first and the last.” Rev 1:17. Jesus may be the first among the sons of men here on the earth, but he is “Least in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 11:11. A statement like this, of course, causes those who are ruled by their emotions and believing that common sense has nothing to do with the kingdom of God – to howl for dear life. They think that no one could be greater than Jesus, yet he confessed that he was the least in the kingdom of heaven. Open your Bible and read it for yourself. Just think. If he was the least what would the greatest be like? How do you think Jesus was able to keep his humility? He keenly maintained this awareness that he was the least in the kingdom he was referring to. Jesus may be first here, but in a higher kingdom he is the last, so again we see that the first will be last. This is an eternal principle. Jesus will eventually be the first in the kingdom of heaven he was referring to, but then he will be the last in the next kingdom. This is part of eternal progression. What one accomplishes on a small scale here on the earth he must perform on a greater more exalted scale in the higher worlds.

Isaiah said: “He reduces the great to nothing and makes all the earth’s princes less than nothing.” Isa 40:23 New English. This principle applies whether the man is a prince on the earth or in the kingdom of God. The significance of our smallness must be manifest from time to time or our progression will stagnate. The position of Jesus now is comparable to a person who has completely mastered algebra one and is helping others master it, but at the same time is struggling with his algebra two lessons.

Copyright 1996 by J J Dewey

Christmas Message 2006

This entry is part 10 of 24 in the series Christmas Messages

Ruth asks:

“I wondered what benefit it would be to the Christ or even Jesus to reincarnate into the World again via being born as babies, if they are already working in the World in physical bodies now?

“If they incarnated as babies, then wouldn’t they both have to start from the bottom and work their way up, and yet, they would both still know who they were at a particular age, and then work with humanity at that age?”

JJ:

Whether or not one of the greater lives can work in the flesh with humanity and how they can interplay with us is determined by two things:

1. Humanity’s karma.
2. The readiness of humanity and disciples who will be taught by the avatar.

To openly manifest to humanity would create such a disturbance that this situation is avoided in this age. We are told that the gods walked among men in the days of Atlantis and this may have been necessary at the time to accomplish certain objectives, but it also created numerous problems, which would be amplified today.

One obvious problem would be that those in power and authority would be threatened and would seek to undermine the work and teachings of the Masters.

The coming of Christ will pave the way for the externalization of the Hierarchy so they can work openly with humanity again. My guess is that it will take some time before humanity is ready for complete openness, that it will be first tested among disciples.

In recorded history the greater lives have been born among us when they desire to work directly with us. When one is born as a babe he is much more accepted than a life that may not be seen as a normal human. Sometimes an avatar will be born among us and other times he will overshadow a disciple. The overshadowing has drawbacks as the body belongs to the disciple and not the Master. This gives the disciple full power of decision making and if he does not listen properly or fully cooperate then the work can suffer. Jesus was one that did fully cooperate (as far as we know) and this made his life a great success.

The drawback of the avatar being born as a babe is that it may take some time for him to fully understand his mission and he has to pump into his mind all the data and learning he will need for his mission. The advantage is he can work among us as a normal human without being an immediate threat to the powers-that-be and within the restrictions of karma.

That said, let me wish the group a Merry Christmas.

Again, in history, we are sitting on the blending of two ages, waiting for an avatar, a Messiah, a Christ to come. Inevitably such a life does show up. He will often come in a way not expected, in a situation unforeseen and be a character not like that envisioned. He will teach that which was not anticipated, ignore foundations held sacred and build on others held in low esteem. He will honor those rejected and ignore many held in great esteem.

All true disciples take the path less traveled by when that is the path that leads to the next step humanity must take.

May we all find the Christ giving birth to a new consciousness within us at this time so we can recognize the servants of the Master when they appear.

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”
— Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

Posted on 2006-12-25 05:41:00

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King for a Life

This entry is part 26 of 34 in the series 2010B

Tom wrote:
Can you explain why someone is born rich or born a King, Queen or Emperor?

Not everyone can be born a king out of the billions of lives that inhabited the earth. What makes that person so special? Is there karma behind this?

JJ
You are right in that it is mathematically impossible for all of us to take a turn as a king, a famous movie star or President of the United States. What then is the criterion that allows one to assume a position of power where he can influence millions?

The principle is this. If a person has karma that pertains to millions that were harmed then he will eventually be born in a situation where he can undue that damage by performing a good service for millions. This is true if he seeks redemption and has not taken the dark path.

Let us say that a tyrant who brought suffering to millions has seen the error of his ways and after a series of redemptive lives he finally has an opportunity to pay for much of the damage he did. Because he damaged millions of people he cannot pay off this dept with average lives. He must be in a situation where he can benefit a similar number of people that he previously hurt.

Just as not everyone becomes a king, even so not everyone was a Hitler. Even so, all of us have lived like kings in some lives and in others made grievous mistakes. Fortunately, most of us haven’t done enough damage that requires us to positively influence millions of lives to pay off our karma.

Unfortunately, when the big opportunity comes for the seeker to pay off his karma through a position of power he will sometimes revert to his old patterns and create even more bad karma for himself. The difficulty in paying off great karma is therefore very hazardous and thus the seeker should always do everything in his power to tread the path of harmlessness.

So, was everyone who is now in a position of power paying off a huge dose of karma from being a bad dude in the past?

Not necessarily. Not all positions of power are reserved for working out karma. Sometimes disciples who owe little karma seek and obtain positions of power merely so they can have greater power to serve. Sometimes the need is great and hierarchy supports a karma-free disciple obtaining power so divine purpose can be more easily worked out.

In almost every case and situation general laws and principles apply, but not in the black and white mode with no judgment involved. There are always exceptions to every rule of thumb.

Kalispell Gathering 2006, Part 19

This entry is part 4 of 24 in the series Kalispell Gathering 2006

Why Jesus Should Show Up

Every scripture has about three different meanings. The ancient Jews called them  the body, soul and spirit of the scriptures. And some more devout Jews believe there are as many as  seven or more different interpretations of every scripture. Now I do not believe the righteous are going to be taken in the air but always keep in mind anything is possible. Let’s suppose that we had a nuclear war and it appeared to the powers that be that unless something was done, humanity would be eliminated. If this were the case we may have some supernatural event to save humanity so that we may repopulate the planet.

At the end of Malachi it says the hearts of the fathers must return to the children and the hearts of the children must return to the fathers or else the earth shall be smitten with a curse and it is speaking of the coming of the Messiah. The word “curse” comes from a Hebrew word (Cherem) that means. “total destruction.” So what does this mean? The hearts of the fathers must be returned to the children. This means our hearts must be turned to future generations and make this earth a safe place for the people to live. If we do not do our part in disarming the world so there are no weapons of mass destruction anywhere then the earth will be smitten with utter destruction because sooner or later if everyone has nuclear weapons it is only a matter of time before they use them.

The nations of the world have to lay down their arms and if they do not lay down their arms then we will reach a point where the words of Malachi will come to pass.

My family had a mini family reunion just the other day and Artie and I were the only ones that were not solid in the Mormon Church. My sister said, what do you want to accomplish anyway? And you know they realize I think very different than they do. What they want to accomplish is to be good members of the church.

I quoted Malachi. I said, after I am gone I want it to be said, that I did something to make the world a better and safer place. Then one of the other family members said, well, I just leave that in the hands of the Lord. (Laughter)

And I said, well you cannot just leave this in the hands of Lord because if we had left World War II in the hands of the Lord then Hitler would be our supreme leader right now. Jesus said that we are the hands of the Lord. If you meet someone that is hungry, starving, or wounded by the side of the road and if you just say a prayer for them do you honestly believe that would help them? He basically says, no you are the hands of the Lord. He says you have to help that person and when you help that person, God is helping them. They will give thanks to God that God has helped them but you as an instrument of God were the one who helped; you helped them – this, was your action that accomplished this. It was not because you prayed and God sent some angel to feed, mend or clothe this person. That is just not the way it works.

If we do not do something about all these weapons of mass destruction that are pointed at each other, it says that it is only a matter of time before Malachi’s destruction comes to pass. “Unless the hearts of the fathers are turned to the children and make the world a better place for the children the earth could be totally destroyed. The prime directive of the Powers That Be and the Hierarchy is a little bit like Star Trek, non interference is essential but if it came down to humanity being completely eliminated They may interfere.

It may be possible to do this without incurring any negative Karma. It just depends on how we are about to destroy ourselves. If the Powers that Be in our planetary system look down and say: Well, looks like they deserve to destroy themselves then there would nothing that could be done. If there were enough of us in the state of innocence then it would be within the perimeters of the Spiritual Hierarchy to take action and save humanity. I would give it about a, 75% chance that we move into the new age without a major nuclear war, the way Shirley sees it happening. Let us all hope that this happens and it will happen if each one of us does our part.

What we need to do is sense the responsibility. One of my favorite movies of all time is “Oh God” with John Denver. George Burns plays God. How many saw this movie? That movie depicted God probably more accurately than the religions out there. God appeared to a grocery clerk named Jerry Landers, who is played by John Denver. He says to God, well what are doing are you going to save the world now and eliminate hunger, poverty and war and all that stuff? And George Burns says, nothing, that is up to you.

John says, Up to us! What do you mean up to us? We can’t do anything; it is up to you! And God says, no, it is up to you. If you want to make the world a better place then you must do it yourselves.

Now John Denver was beside himself because he always thought it was up to God to do that and this was a big revelation that came to him – that it was our responsibility to do this. I thought that was a good part and also presented a great truth. I really liked how John Denver was exasperated and surprised by that answer from George Burns because that answer is in reality up to us.

If we look all through history there are periods where can see there was divine influence but nowhere did the hand of God come in and completely take over and do our work for us. God never does work for us that we can do for ourselves. There is only divine interference when we do everything that we can do. If we really need assistance and we have done everything that we could possibly do and sometimes more than what is possible, then that is the time when the miraculous can occur and there can be divine interference.

Outside of this we are expected to do all that we can do and generally there is not Divine interference because all we can do is usually enough to get the job done.

Getting back to World War II again, from about 1939 to about 1942 it looked as though we may not win the war. It looked like everything was against us, but we did everything that we could. We finally got stirred up; and decided to do everything in our power to defeat Nazism our selves. We did not sit around and pray for an angel to be sent from heaven, but using everything within our power we decide to do this. There may have been some divine interference along the way but as it came, we were doing everything that we could do.

That is the way it is in our lives. So many people get frustrated because life is hard and they get mad at God for not helping. This is because you have not done everything that you can do yet. We have to do everything that we can do. A lot of people expecting the Messiah to come back  think that He is going take over and make life wonderful for us. He is going to take the earth and snap His fingers and make it into a Garden of Eden and we will be able sit under the fruit trees and eat fruit and we will not have to work. Jesus is going to appear to us and love us and we will kiss His feet and play some harps and it is just going to be so wonderful! (Laughter)

Audience: (Wayne?) I was ready to sign up until you got the part where you have to kiss His feet! (Laughter)

JJ: What will He do when he comes; is He just going to come here and do everything for us?

Audience: (Suzy) I say no, He is not!

JJ: Why not?

Suzy: Because it is up to us!

JJ: Do you not deserve a reward?

Audience: Well yes, but,

JJ: James has to take care of that huh!

Audience: (Laughter)

JJ: Does anyone remember what it says about Jesus in connection with rewarding us?

Audience: It does not mean anything unless you have earned it.

JJ: That is a true principle but that is not what it says. There are prophecies about the return of Christ and the word “reward” is used in connection with it. Does anyone remember what it says about Christ rewarding us?

Audience: I remember the parable of the talent. And He comes back and says for the work that you have done you will get this reward, or something like that.

JJ: Yes, that is true. Okay here is what it says, it says, When he comes “his reward is with him.” What do you think that means? Susan Carter, you are a student of the scriptures what does that mean?

Susan: I would say the reward is in us as we accomplish things and that is our reward.

JJ: I find it fascinating that no one has ever contemplated that scripture before. It is another one of those scriptures that sometime they even quote in church but never explain. Well what the dickens does that mean? Okay, well his reward is with him. Is He going to come down and bring us a plate of food or what? How can His reward be with him? The reward that He brings in other words, what is it?

Audience: The Christ Consciousness, His Presence, Himself.

JJ: Yes, what else?

Audience: He showing faith that your faith that you have in Him was valid.

JJ: That could be part of it.

Audience: He said the kingdom of heaven is within.

JJ: That is part of it and is there more? Why do we want Him to come in the first place?

Audience: To establish the kingdom of heaven on earth, an outer confirmation?

JJ: Yes, everyone is overlooking the main reason. Okay James, if The Christ was here and you invited Him over for dinner, why would you want Him there?

Audience: To teach us!

Audience: Correct, and what is with him? His teaching’s are with Him and that is the reward for the righteous, He will come and He will teach them.

Audience: So, only the righteous will be taught because only the righteous will be able to recognize it?

JJ: Yes, for one thing, only the people that have soul contact will be able to recognize Christ and not only Him but, His teachings as being eternal words that touch the soul.

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