Much of what I discovered in regard to Karma transcends my knowledge after an “awakening” I experienced several years ago. I have always understood what Karma meant by definition, but it was not until I realized I was living blindly through ego and false perceptions that a new understanding took shape. Having now connected to the boundless vision that is my unfettered heart and mind, married as one; I see life as a learning experience where the common denominator is positive energy and love. Karma is that catalyst that connects actions and thoughts with the quantum ripples of energy that in essence creates this dynamism in life here and hereafter. Knowing this, I carefully execute every action in life knowing how
it can affect me and those that surround me – always cognitive of love and its healing attributes. There is now a fundamental sense of what is right, wrong and what the meaning of life is, sans of religious dogma and cultural trappings.

In Buddhist and Hindu teachings, the law of karma, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, states that for every event that occurs, another event will follow. This second event is the direct result of the first event and will be pleasant or unpleasant depending on its cause. In earlier blogs we already discussed the metaphor of tossing a stone into a calm pond. Our actions whether good or bad are like that stone cast into the tranquil waters of life. The ripples of water are the energy force reverberating outward in every direction. What happens when the ripples reach the edge of the pond? Do they die out? Quite the opposite, they bounce from the edge of the shore and reverberate back to the source. Similarly, karma is an action that brings inevitable results. Much in life is relative and in regard to karma, every action will create an opposite reaction. Its root lies in the universal concept of cause and effect and the principle of rewards based on one’s deeds. Religious quandaries aside, karma can be used as a tool of ethics for any race or creed. If anything, karma reveals a constant pattern of behavior governed by rules of conduct that emphasize right and wrong as well as responsibility for one’s actions. Even as children, we understand the difference between good and bad. Without even involving religion, we can relate to the presence of good and evil in our lives with relation to individual and societal platforms of actions. Unlike other faiths where sins or wrongdoing can be forgiven or admonished, karma is true justice and those that do wrong will be punished. There is no recourse with karmic energy – once an action or ripple of energy is created, there is nothing that can stop the next sequence of events: hence the equal reaction.

The boundaries of religion and blind faith do tend to blur into the concept of karma. Is karma something of fables or ancient parables? Does it require blind faith or can it be proven as a law of nature?  There are many differing viewpoints to this principle. One such principle is the theory of brain chemistry and how it relates to emotions. The human body is considered to be a highly organized population of approximately 50 trillion cells. There is scientific evidence which alludes to actual human emotions like anger and love creating various but independent chemicals reactions within the brain. Imagine the chemicals of our emotions relating to metaphorical weather patterns, which affect our population of cells: Enlightenment and bliss being the most perfect climate for life; with anger and fear being the perfect storm for negativity. The wellnesses of one’s cells are dependent on the climate as dictated by ones actions. Thus more positive actions in life create more conducive brain chemicals geared to pleasure and not pain – a process which can be described as brain chemical karma. So, in essence, our actions in life and the end reaction can register within our brain activating various brain chemical reactions that can illicit moods whether positive or negative. So, in theory, negative actions can create internal suffering and positive actions can create internal feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

There may be peripheral chemical reactions contributing to the science of karma as well. Decades ago, Boris Iskakov a Russian engineer and scientist, suggested that the “Equation of Karma” lies in an invisible “Global Lepton Gas”, consisting of extremely light particles called microleptons. He describes microleptons as much lighter than electrons and capable of freely penetrating anybody and anything in the Universe. The idea of a microlepton gas appears to echo the 19th-century notion of the Universal Ether. Ether or Aether, was the term used to describe a medium for the propagation of light and energy. The concept of Ether has mythological origins and even the ancient philosophers Plato & Aristotle wrote of Ether as a Fifth Element. There are many theories abound in regard to this “luminiferous” energy. Scientists like Hendrik Lorentz have studied this theory and modern physicists have even weighed in on such musings acknowledging that though unproven, current theories of relativity do not fully dismiss the premise. According to Iskakov, such an approach enables scientists to use the mathematical apparatus of Quantum mechanics to describe an information-energy field of interconnections, signals, events, and processes. These actions in life can be carried across paths of light and energy and thus return to the source as karma.

Another concept supporting karma is Newton’s third law of motion which states that for every action, there is an equal opposite reaction. Within an action is energy, always changing form. A human action creates an invisible Quantum motion of force at the subatomic level.  These positive and negative actions and reactions flow through our conscious and subconscious world. Thoughts and feelings are material forces carried by super weak pulses of electromagnetic energy. Visual, audible, and other images exist in the form of clusters of superlight elementary particles. Thus positive and negative actions can be equated with energy which is always in motion. Living elements take in this energy, and our own minds can manufacture it and diffuse it into our surroundings. Einstein described the world as a place of matter and form dictated by a Quantum field of energy that comprises everything. Other notable scientists and psychologists including Dossey, Byrd, Bohr, and Heisenberg, however, have proven that we no longer live in a Newtonian or mechanical Universe. Instead, matter as enormous as a Red Giant Star or as minute as an atom have an invisible energy pulsing through them. Quantum physics shows that startling results are found when we study patterns of energy on smaller levels. Experiments reveal that when elementary particles are broken apart and observed, the act of observation itself alters the results. It is as if the elementary particles are influenced by the positive expectations of the observer. In a mechanical Universe, this theory would not be possible. Such theories within the world of Quantum physics do help support the idea of karma from a scientific view – though there is still much to prove from an analytical and scientific basis.

There are some promising theories that are still evolving to help shape karmic science. Still, karma can exist and be explained from a more humanist or philosophical view point. Yet, there appears to be some misunderstanding in regard to an action and the subsequent suffering or rewards that follow. As an example, if a person creates harm by physically hurting someone, they will not be greeted immediately with an equal karmic reaction – like accidently breaking their own arm. Much like the proverbial stone cast into a calm pond, there is not just one ripple reverberating outward but many ripples. Thus we cannot pinpoint the exact time or actual event in regard to a karmic reaction. Karma can be received in many forms. These could include suffering from the guilt or depression of a specific negative action or reaction to enduring bad luck in an unrelated area years later. There is really no consistent pattern related to karma and how it rewards and punishes actions. Many variables can be associated with a positive or negative karmic reactions:

1.      How will a specific act of karma affect other peoples psyche later?

2.      How will a person’s own psyche affect his/hers own future actions or feelings?

3.      What actions will the victim or recipient take against you?

4.      Will observers react to a specific karmic action or reaction.

5.      How will your credibility be affected by positive and negative actions

6.      How will this action make one respond to future control patterns and ego?

7.      Will a specific action create personal sorrow or remorse?

8.      Will a specific action help instill a higher level of awareness or responsiveness?

9.      Will a specific action fuel further greed and manipulation?

The point is, we really do not know specifically what type of karma will affect us or others as the variables are many. The value of this message is that whether or not karma is born from an energy life force, chemical emotions within the brain or Newtonian  laws of nature, it is prudent to be aware of one’s actions because they will affect others and the action itself can and will affect you. Karma has relatively the same meaning as the “Golden Rule”: “Do unto others as they would do to you”.  Examples of statements that mirror the Golden Rule appear in Ancient Egypt, for example in the story of The Eloquent Peasant which is dated to the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (c. 2040–1650 BC). Clearly this is not a new concept. Because we live in a revolving Universe of matter and energy, where something begins in the world, will eventually be the place where it also ends. This concept supports the mechanics of karma in regard to energy. According to Einstein’s theory of a Quantum Universe, we do not live in a world that expands to infinity. Imagine for a moment it was possible to draw a straight line across the Cosmos, in theory it would end exactly where it began. Stretching this theory further, our actions come back to us as reactions. The law of karma explains just this: Causing positive actions in life will create positive reactions that foster a better state of well-being. What we create will eventually return to us as an equal reaction: Hopefully a positive reaction. Theories in Quantum physics help support this. This theory also supports the realm of the afterlife. As stated before, when we create positive actions such as good karma, this energy that we create is based on existing energy and cannot be destroyed (it can only change form), proving that at some level we are enduring; that immortality is linked to our True Nature which feed on positive karma.

There is some debate as to how negative karma is caused. I believe that negativity is a human invention and does not exist in the Universe beyond our planet. Negative energy is unique to creatures with cognitive powers and rationality.  The Universe is based on Quantum energy and gravitational reactions that cause life and death through a sequence of events. Death itself is not negative; it is a natural part of life. Yet, negative energy does exist here on Earth. It is an energy created only by humans and wielded by humans. We wield the power of God and our actions are more powerful than we know. As stated humans can create a living hell on Earth; just watch the evening news at night and get a taste for yourself. I love CNN but even I need to take a break from the chaos of the world; watching the nightly news can literally be overwhelming and downright depressing at times. You may ask: If Humans are derived from the Universe and its energy, then negativity must be a facet of the Universe?  A facet? Maybe… But negative energy has no purpose within the Absolute Universe. Negative energy can only thrive on Earth. Positive energy is a life source and can thrive anywhere imaginable – Here on Earth, the Cosmos and yes the afterlife.

There are several theories that help explain how a “Karmic Universe” could exist; brain chemicals governing our emotions through actions is one example of internal suffering and wellness. Exterior energies that operate at the Quantum sub atomic level also could carry our actions full circle. There are also a myriad of social responses and reactions that can be products of our actions and thus cause karma. Much like faith, there is a jump across the canyon of what can be proved and what merely speculation is. Still, there seems to be enough evidence of a force that governs moral edicts making that jump in blind faith more of a small step forward instead. Lets face it, we all live in a Responsive Universe…

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own journey in Self-Discovery.

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