Karma and the Law of Cause and Effect

2015-213 Many people who understand the law of cause and effect tend to think of it as one cause and one effect. That one action produces one experience of karma. But this is not the fullest expression of the law of cause and effect. In order to see the full expression, it might be easier for you to think of the patterns or the scripts that you understand as controlling your reactive behavior. When a person repeats a certain behavior, and here, we’re going to call that behavior, the behavior of writing, then the process of writing over time can become what you call a habit or an obsession. But this only occurs when there is a negative aspect of writing or any action that becomes habit. There are also positive results. These actions of doing what you love or what you are inspired to do, every time you do them it is like planting a seed. And after many seeds have been planted, eventually they grow and then there is a harvest. Or you could say that the results of those actions are ripening. Here is another way of considering what I’ve just said: when you are curious or have an interest, and you follow that curiosity or interest, eventually you come to admire the object of your interest. When you admire this object, you are beginning to appreciate the way it appears, and the early understanding that you have of this object’s purpose. Many people are content to stop at this point, and they see the world filled with curiosities. In other words, they see something that looks interesting, they check it out, but then quickly abandon it. When the attention remains, beyond curiosity and beyond admiration, there is an amount of respect that is developed for the object, and this respect is generated because the curiosity and the interest has opened up a part of the person to the object, to the purpose of the object, to how the object functions. We could just as easily be talking about a painting or a work of craftsmanship. So the process is interest or curiosity, admiration, then respect. Many people stop at this point as well. But the steps beyond respect have to do with greater things. They have to do with learning and with faith. When a person moves beyond respect, they begin to understand their own desire to creatively express something in their life. And then even beyond this desire to embody the qualities of the object that they respect and admire, going beyond their interest, they want to know how to make or do or be like the object of their attention. Finally, after going beyond this respect and this desire to embody, there is faith that comes with the complete understanding of what originally held their interest. And so here is a process of ripening, a process that is controlled by cause and effect, and is the manner in which things become manifest when they grow out of a person’s interest and attention over a long period of time. When the person reaches this stage of development in relation to their interest, then their work takes on more power, because it is not only expressive of the ideals and the respect that one has for the craft or the art or the work, but they become an expression of embodiment within the person. This process is very powerful. It can be applied to any aspect of life. It can be applied to a spiritual teacher or an ideal. It can be applied to money or art. It can be applied to business, medicine, anything that a human being finds curious enough to pursue and engage. But everything that follows begins with the interest. This is the process that is related to Swedenborg’s loves, and how a person becomes what they love. This is the same process by which the ideal works during meditation. This is the process that becomes manifest with the work of a writer or an artist.  

[The text above was transmitted during one of Jeff's channeling sessions that we refer to as “the readings.” Excerpts begin with the year in which they were given, followed by the paragraph number. All transmissions are transcribed by me, his wife, Stelli. For more information or to schedule a private reading, please contact Jeff directly by clicking here.]