Saturday, 11 February 2017

Calling down all your past Karma

Is it best to call down all your past Karma, so that you can wipe it out in one life?

It is a great mistake to demand that we shall have all our Karma given to us in one life. It is just as great a misunderstanding of the Divine Law and just as wrong as to try to eat at one meal all the food needed for a week. The great angelic Lords of Karma apportion to each Soul exactly what each Soul is able to bear and work out advantageously in each life. Yet the Law is that if we demand and insist we must be allowed to have our demand and by the sad experiencing of that for which we are not prepared or able to use learn our lessons just as we would learn through indigestion not to eat all the food in sight. But we need not have gone through the suffering had we been willing to accept what the Law had apportioned to us.

If we ask for all our Karma to be precipitated, the great load is poured out upon us before we are strong enough to cope with it and we are forced to admit our weakness and turn to the Great Law for help, for we have tried to do in one life that which should have been spread out over many lives as we were ready to work it out constructively and harmoniously. Moreover, by making the demand we have made more Karma.

In a sense, such a demand is an impertinent and conceited rebuke to the great Lords of Karma, for it assumes that Their judgment as to what is best for us is inferior to our own. Also, if our entire time and attention is taken up in fighting and being pushed to the utmost to bear that which was not assigned to us, we have little time and strength left to cultivate the positive qualities of love and joy or to help others. Yet in this world of sorrow and trouble, it is most important that these qualities be definitely cultivated and lifted up and radiated, especially by those who are at all advanced and to whom others may look for help and guidance and example and thus make the world a little less like a purgatory. Therefore, we make a great mistake when we try so to fill our lives with negative Karma to be redeemed that we make our lives joyless.

You will thus see that very often when we think ourselves the least selfish, we are in reality manifesting but a higher sort of selfishness and a sort of personal pride in the amount of suffering we are able to bear. If you do not care for worldly things and it is no deprivation to do without them—hence it is no sacrifice—yet all the time you are ardently desiring other possessions, personal powers, etc., can you not see that when we demand the thing we desire most, we are asking for the gratification of our own wishes just as much as if they were for material possessions, while we should be joyously and happily taking what our Father sees is best and asking daily for strength and wisdom to utilise it wisely and learn its lessons? When we strive to make the Divine Will our will, we have strength to meet and conquer all things and are never overwhelmed.

We tell you plainly that you cannot expect supernatural help to bear burdens which the Great Law never intended you should bear in one life. We have many important things to learn and do in life besides bearing burdens and suffering. And sometimes it is more difficult to turn our minds away from ourselves and our woes and be joyful and radiate happiness than it is to crucify ourselves, for we have to be very far advanced indeed to hang upon the cross and still radiate joy to the world instead of suffering and agony.

Letters from the Teacher, Volume II, Universal Religious Fellowship Inc., Harriette Augusta Curtiss and F. Homer Curtiss, Curtiss Book Company, California, 1924