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Over the years, I have often heard spiritual leaders asked, “Must I experience my karma? Is my karma fixed”? Every summer at the Center for Spiritual Awareness someone asked Roy Eugene Davis this question without fail. I have heard this same question asked of Swami Rama as well as Muktanada and my observation was that more often than not the question was asked out of fear rather than intellectual curiosity. What they were really asking was “I am afraid to experience the consequences of my past actions, must I?”

The question of karma is not a black or white moral imperative. Black and white are not colors. Black and white is a narrow, ridged, and restricted point of view. The question of karma does not have a black or white response; it does not require a yes or no answer.

A sign of spiritual and psychological maturity is the ability to see in color with empathy. As we mature and grow we develop the skill to accept without judgement that the same challenge confronting different people can have a different yet valid resolution with a very different yet valid outcome. What seems to me to be impossible to resolve may for you seem to have a simplistic solution and what appears to be unsolvable to you may seem effortless to me. The reason for this has to do with the level of identification we have with our specific karmic challenge.

Still, the question of whether or not karma is fixed remains. When I am asked that question, this is how I answer.

The more awakened we are to the truth of our existence-being and the more aware we are of our spiritual reality, the more choice we have.

Having spent time over the years with several people I consider to be spiritual adepts, I also noticed that the more aware of the internal truth they were, the less concerned they seemed to be with the external expression of their karma in their environment. They seemed surrendered and content to allow God and grace to decide the outcome. Regardless of what happened in their external environment, they remained calm and clear. They saw the Lila (Divine Play) for what it is: a play of lights and shadows. They understood that reality lies behind the material world and that what we see is just a dream projection of the mind.

Paramahansa Yogananda described this world like a movie being projected onto a screen. If we only face the screen we cannot see how the dancing figures before us are simply expressions of the light coming from the projector. But if we turn around and look more intently, we can see the reality behind what is being shown to us. The expression of karma in our environment is little more than a delusion caused by our ignorance of the spiritual light behind all things. We need only awaken to the truth to dissolve the false belief that what is before us is an unchangeable reality.

As spiritual beings, our super power is choice. The more awake we are, the more developed is our super power. The more aware we are of our own internal spiritual reality, the more choice we have. The more we abide in super consciousness the clearer our choices become. The more awakened we are to our spiritual reality the more discernible to us is the possible resolution of our challenges, and the less fixed our karma becomes.

To put it another way:

The more awake we are the less fixed is our karma. The less awake we are the more fixed our karma seems and this entire inverse spiritual equation floats in grace and grace has no respect for spiritual mathematics, grace cannot be earned and grace cannot be predicted.