The Twelve Laws of Karma

The Twelve Laws of Karma

 “… Now Karma is the great law of nature, with all that that implies.  As we are able to move in the physical universe with security, knowing its laws, so may we move in the mental and moral universes with security also, as we learn their laws.  The majority of people, with regard to their mental and moral defects, are much in the position of a man who should decline to walk upstairs because of the law of gravitation.  They sit down helplessly, and say: “That is my nature. I cannot help it.”  True, it is the man’s nature, as he has made it in the past, and it is “his karma”.  But by knowledge of karma he can change his nature, making it other tomorrow than it is today.  He is not in the grip of an inevitable destiny, imposed upon him from outside; he is in a world of law, full of natural forces which he can utilize to bring about the state of things which he desires.  Knowledge and will – that is what he needs …” ~ A Study in Karma by Annie Besant

Karma, or the law of action, is part of the scope of the superior laws of The Universe.  It is not punishment, as most believe, but awareness and expansion of consciousness that manifests in our lives through direct experience.  Karma is a collection of lessons we came to learn in this lifetime.  As a superior law, karma has 12 sub laws that may facilitate the understanding of such a complex concept.

1 – The Great Law:  We harvest what we plant.  “As you sow, so shall you reap”. It is the aspect of cause and effect.  Many religions acknowledge this aspect of Karma through the practice of the golden Rule.  Do into others what you wish to be done unto you.

2 – Law of Creation:  Life does not just happen – it requires our participation and interaction.  We are intimately connected to The Universe both inside, and outside of ourselves.  Everything that happens outside of you has an origin in your internal world.  We must make happen inside, what we desire to manifest outside.

3 – Law of Humility:  Whatever we refuse to accept will continue to exist in our reality.  The world will always continue to reflect our internal realities, much like a mirror image of ourselves.

4 – The Law of Growth:  Wherever we go, there we will be.  To grow in Spirit we must be willing to change ourselves, not the people around us.  When we change inside, the reality changes outside.  The eye of the observer changes the reality of that which is observed.

5 – Law of Responsibility:  Every time there is something wrong outside, there is something out of alignment inside of us.  We need to take responsibility for the intensity of our feelings and the way we react, instead of just acting.  Mastership of our actions and emotions can greatly improve our internal and external condition to live in peace.

6 – Law of Connection:  Even when something comes to manifest in our world that seems to be disconnected with our reality, we must understand that everything in The Universe is connected.  Each stage of life is directly connected with the next stage.  Past, present and future are all one when we are expressing our internal world through correct action.

7 – Law of Focus:  We can’t focus in two different realities at the same time.  This is described in the Christian Bible where it says that a person cannot serve two masters.  When our focus is to improve ourselves spiritually, we can’t cultivate habits, thoughts and feelings that are not in the same vibrational frequency of the intended level we are determined to reach.

8 – The Law of Giving:  If we believe something is truthful and benevolent, we will be called to be examples of that truth.  This is the equivalent of saying that a person must “walk their talk”.  Teaching by example, and giving honest testimony of our truth is part of the scope of karmic and dharmic patterns.

9 – The Law of Now:  When we concentrate on past actions, constantly reevaluating facts and circumstances, we are impeded from looking into our present reality with clarity of purpose.  Old systems of belief, old thought patterns, and old desires and dreams hamper new perspectives. You cannot expect to gather different results when you are continuously doing the same things.  There is no future in the past!

10 – Law of Change:  Impermanence is a valuable concept.  Nothing stays the same.  Nevertheless, history will repeat itself until a karmic lesson is learned.  Reality will change in its conceptual form when we assimilate the teaching, and amplify our consciousness and understandings.

11 – Law of the Patient Reward:  All rewards are the fruit of continual, constant work.  Nothing manifests out of nothing in a material universe.  Persistence, tolerance, and fortitude are vital when working toward the liberation of karma.  Cultivating these qualities in ourselves is very important, indeed.

12 – Law of Meaning and Inspiration:  The value of something in your life will be directly related to the amount of energy and intention applied to it.  Each personal contribution to life is also a contribution to the collective.  One loving inspiration not only adds meaning to individual existence, but also contributes to the ascension and inspiration of the whole.  We are ONE.

Therefore, karma is as eternal as the Universal Self. The interrelation of everything always is.  It never begins; it never ceases to be.

“… The unreal has no being; the real never ceases to be.  Nothing exists isolated, alone, or out of relation.  Karma is the interrelation of all that exists.  It is manifest during the manifestation of a universe, as regards that universe; it becomes latent in its dissolution …” ~ A Study in Karma by Annie Besant

Lesson Seven ~ The Healing

Reiki Hand Positions 
Traditionally many Reiki practitioners give a whole body treatment covering all the hand positions. This method gives a very good overall healing effect and can be recommended if in doubt about the cause of the problem to be treated. Since the Reiki energy is ‘spiritually’ guided, or said another way intimately connected to everything else, it will in the end go where it is needed. As it passes through the healer they too benefit. Many practitioners have found that by being guided by their intuition they can reach even better results.

Personally I have always found that this is the case. In other words the clearer of a channel you are, the stronger your Reiki will be. Again, as I have said so many times before, there are those Reiki healers who insist that because Reiki is guided on a higher plane it shouldn’t matter, but should or shouldn’t, in the real world, it seems to. This has been proven via Kirlian photography or Aura Photography where people emitting strong Reiki can be distinguished from someone emitting a weak stream of energy. However, as a Reiki healer, the more you heal others, the more Reiki that moves through you, raising your own vibrations & healing yourself. It’s a Pay It Forward thing & generates, really good ‘Karma’.

The effectiveness and ease of use in the Reiki system is based on the hand positions. The Reiki hand positions we use in the Western world probably come from Mrs Takata. According to new findings Mikao Usui and Dr. Hayashi seem to have mostly worked with the head and directly on the problem area.

The traditional Reiki hand positions cover all the important major chakras and quite a few acupuncture points. Traditionally it is also common to give a whole treatment which will take just over an hour and give a very good overall balancing effect. The healing begins with a proper set & setting. Comforting music, incense, candles, and crystals all can add to the overall ambience & effectiveness of the healing simply because it puts the patient or receiver at ease: Though I have done Reiki at car crash scenes on busy highways with sirens blaring & people yelling with an equally powerful effect. Ideally you would then conduct a brief interview, first explaining what Reiki is to the potential receiver, if they need to know & answer any appropriate questions they may have. Next ask them about what they hope to get from the healing; understanding that some people can be uncomfortable talking about their ailments. Knowing this can be helpful but it is not necessary by any means. Basically talking to the Reiki receiver also has the effect of putting them at ease.

The more relaxed the receiver is before the session begins the quicker & more powerfully the session will be. I want you all to download this great treatment guide with a picture of the different hand positions, make sure you print this up & put it in your binder we spoke about earlier. You need Acrobat Reader 4). Here’s the link for the guide.


Lesson Three~Energy

Understanding Energy 
All energy starts as consciousness, a self awareness that nearly every religious explanation & every scientific theory believes had to have stemmed from nothing. Nothing being a place where our consciousness drops off a big cliff, it is of course, Unconsciousness, unknowable by its very definition. But then as this awareness, born from nothing, gets focused on one thing over another, energy is created. Concentration creates energy. Where we place our focus becomes our reality. Energy flows where concentration goes… It’s a miracle, like childbirth, only more subtle.

Energy is energy, yet energy has different intents, or natures. We can see this to be true by looking at all the many expression of matter there is in our world. Energy in its most subtle expression is not self aware, it is pure awareness, or Pure Consciousness. From this we can see that matter follows consciousness & believing is seeing, not the other way around: Energy flows where attention goes & this is how Reiki works; you must have concentration & increase your level of awareness of subtle feelings as they move through you. Something we are all capable of. Then when you call Reiki to you with great concentration, you step out of its way & trust that the universal flow of energy in the very universe you reside in is intelligent because its connected to all other things. Many people have a difficult time accepting this because they see only those things which separate us, which explains war; as such many people are not Reiki healers.

So how can something come from nothing? The best way I can explain it is this. Nothing, like everything else has a nature. It holds within it its own eternal & infinite nothingness. By this very nature the potential for everything exists within it, even to become, something. So in this sense it was inevitable that something was bound to come into being, that this vast emptiness holds within it all possibility for all expression of life.

You may ask where does God fit in? The concept or reality of God doesn’t have to fit in for this to make sense, yet it is clear that if there is a God, in whatever way you believe this entity to exist, that he too spawned from the Nothingness, as the very first, thus most powerful consciousness that ever was or ever will be. Most Eastern Religions see things this way. Or you could see that God, Is this very Nothingness that we speak of: Vast & Unknowable.

But we are now approaching ground that is beyond the scope of this course & certainly not necessary for you to be successful Reiki healers. I encourage you to fit all this information, somehow, into your own ideas of Spirituality. I assure you that whatever you believe is right for you so long as it has enough flexibility to include Reiki & is allowed to grow & evolve as you live & learn from life. Your own unique views on life, love & spirituality are a welcome addition to the Reiki community.

We are three part being, this we all know: In our bodies all energy begins as this Pure Consciousness which upon co-mingling with our own experiences or subconscious held thoughts becomes mental energy, now focused on one thing over another, this energy ‘pools’ & often gets amped up by an additional dwelling & concentrating on it while it is waiting to be expressed & released. This is called Emotion or Energy in Motion. This makes up your Emotional or energetic Body. The movement of this is a conscious or semi conscious act we call motion, or the physical expression of energy. Many have come to see that the Physical Body we reside in is really just a collection of these very emotional & mental energies that vibrate so fast that they become a solid, or matter.

So in summation, we are three part beings, & each part has its own make up, or body, we have a physical body, an emotional body & a mental body. Reiki works as we align these three bodies, when our thoughts are aligned with our emotional intent & we place our hands upon another transferring the energy from the Universe, through us & into another.

Let’s examine how this is possible. Nothing, by its very definition is unconsciousness. Yet it is within this very medium that a conscious energy exists & can move freely from one person to another, across great distances, the phone, into the past & future as time exists only as a concept, agreed upon by consensus reality. The only moment that is real is this one right, NOW. Thus the past can be changed & healed by affecting that change now. The future can be altered by applying the right energy to it now. So Reiki works to heal the past, present & future & is not limited by time or space, distance or element. Meaning it works underwater Lol.

But we do know a little about nothing because it is represented as the space between things. We have air, water & even fire sometimes, various elements less dense than solid matter yet allow for the passage of matter through them. We have various gases in the atmosphere that are so subtle they are invisible. Then we have a vast expanse of outer space that proves to us that life on Earth is truly a rare &, therefore in my mind, a special case in the universe. Consider this, a mountain is not known to us because of its mass, rock or ridges, we know where a mountain begins & ends because of the space around it. As Michaelangelo once said, an artist need only visualize what’s inside matter then carve out everything that is not that.
Quantum Physics is the branch of science that has already done studies which have shown many of these ‘spiritual’ concepts to have a real basis in science: That the space between us is not empty at all, just less dense. Also the more empty the space, the more clarity that space contains, as evidenced by it being easier to meditate with your eyes closed or concentrating on a single fixed or flickering object. The emptier the space, the less resistance the space contains, as evidenced by the atmosphere vs. outer space.

If the space between us is not empty then it is only a small matter of belief to see how we are all connected, by energy: Connected, far more intimately than anyone of us previously imagined. We may call this energy anything; I choose to call it Unconditional Love: Unconditional being the word that explains why good things happen to bad people & visa versa. Unconditional is the Karma of energy that everything that comes around, goes around. Karma is simply an explanation for the movement of a connected energy coming back into balance with itself. So a nuclear explosion, a lover crying over a broken heart, a stabbing back pain from over exercising & an orgasm have much more in common then we previously thought!

The reason why I choose to call this love is because this is something that I feel deeply. I know that this love stands on 4 pillars, Humility, Gratitude, Patience & Respect, & these are the very values which allow for everything to be separate, yet co-exist & coalesce. All creation occurs in an act of exchanging energy that all humans call love, or love making. This need not be your name for this Universal Energy; many simply call it the Source. I just wanted to share my own view at this juncture. As I said earlier, it is more important that you formulate your own ‘flexible’ & ever ‘evolving’ belief system then it is to adopt anyone else’s.

Other forms or names of energy, Prana, which is a Hindu-Yoga understanding of the life force in air, it enters us through our lungs & vitalizes all things. It is understood that our ‘spirit’ is connected to the very air we breathe, just try not breathing! Then there is Chi, as understood from Chinese medicine since 2000 BC. Used & effectively applied in Acupuncture & Tai Chi as an energy force that runs through our meridian system, recently accepted by Western Medicine as more subtle, yet as real as our Central Nervous Systems.

Then there’s Kundalini, an energy that runs up the base of the spine through our Chakras. A very powerful expression of emotional energy that has the power to release & clear all blockages, fears & resistances, quite forcefully I might add. I have come over the years to understand that this energy is still, all Reiki: The terms Prana, Chi & Kundalini may very well describe the method of travel of this subtle energy, rather than being a different energy altogether. The only exception is that Kundalini is so amped up that it can even be dangerous when released prematurely. So another difference is that energy can be powerful or weak. This is true even of Reiki Healing. You can be a powerful Reiki Healer or a barely effective one.

“As energy travels different pathways it takes on different characteristics. Just as one man who spends his life climbing mountains will have a different nature than a woman who spent her life sailing the oceans”.

I share this because back when I first got certified as A Reiki one I struggled with a way of understanding how Reiki works. At the time I did not understand the nature of magic so I doubted it. Now I see how magic is no less ’magical’ when there is an explanation for it.