Each person is subject to the actions and inactions of every other person and every other creation.
Universal Karma sometimes reaches us quickly and sometimes slowly. It sometimes takes generations, thus it reaches our descendants. Along these same lines Universal Karma might reach us quickly but grow into its fullness slowly. Other combinations occur. Universal Karma is a natural law. It is not a respecter of persons. It is the same thing as cause and effect. (UC#37) Universal Karma is the basis of the Ecosystem. All things within the Ecosystem circulate and recirculate in a continuous process interacting within, without, below and above. (UC#53)
Considering The Universal Karma PerspectiveUniversal Karma tells us we are all in this together. What anyone does or does not do, has an effect on the Ecosystem and Universe we all live in.
Universal Karma shuts off all escape routes for those running from personal responsibility for helping and/or harming the collective, called Creation or The Many or The One.
As a result, no aspect of the Creator or their descendants can avoid the energies circulating in the Universe. We are all in the Universe and every cause is within range of the Universe, thus every effect is within range of everyone in the Universe. No one is too far away or too far removed to not be affected by causes, effects and secondary effects.* This, of course, has its upside.
We all benefit from the Sun and Moon and Water and plants and insects and other workings of Earth and Universe. We all benefit from the good things people do and the bad things they don't do.
Why shouldn't we all experience the negative effects also of things going on in the Universe?
We all benefit and suffer whether or not we are young or old and innocent or guilty. If natural laws operated on their own based on age and character, we'd all be in trouble. The instant we messed up, the Sun would stop shining on us and our body's ability to exchange air would cease. There would be no time for the process of self-correction. Most people would never have the chance to grow old because Universal Karma would take them out. All children, due to innocence, would be protected from harm, thus guaranteed all they needed to develop properly, thus then, grow into healthy adults, thus then create civilizations, not societies. Most of the craziness still taking place today would have been fixed long ago.
Cardinal Principle ComparisonWhat is written above seems to be in contradiction to Cardinal Principle #4 which states, “ The universe is just. Everyone reaps what they sow. Our challenge is to sow only good and therefore, only good must return to us.” Based on initial understanding, this Principle seems to indicate Universal Karma is an individualized thing. I will respond based on that understanding. Universal Karma must have a fixed and variable component, just like Maat. Fixed in the sense that each person does reap what is sown by that person. Variable in the sense that each person also reaps what other people sow. This is the same as having individual and collective responsibility.
If Universal Karma was based on the individual only, then no one could inherit the benefits and harms of others. Each person would have to start over and create their Karma from scratch.
If every person was being harmed and helped in direct positive correlation to what they individually did or didn't do, then everything happening is just as it should be no matter how quickly it happens or how long it takes.
This is what Cardinal Principle #7 states, “Belief that there is an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Creative Life Force, whose nature is love, the source of all good, means everything must be in Divine Order.” Once again, this seems to go against the interrelated nature of the Universe, the interconnected nature of the Universe, the collective nature of the Universe the Ecosystem nature of the Universe and against the body of the Creator context of conceiving the Universe.
If everyone reaps what they sow, then all a person should be concerned about is what they plant because those who are hungry are only hungry because they have not sown.
At what point is a child responsible for sowing and feeding itself?
If everyone reaps what they sow, then even if a person is in balance and others are in chaos, the person in balance would not be affected because they did not plant chaos.
If each person reaps what they sow, this fosters a “to each his own” mentality which is not good for anyone. If Universal Karma is purely an individual thing, then all energies must be perfectly matched up and in sync.
From this then we must conclude that when a person does evil, it only affects another person who has also done evil and deserving of payback and vice versa.
If Universal Karma is purely an individual thing, then the entire body would not suffer or benefit when the brain, made choices. The rest of the body would not die when the heart failed. When one cell mutated, it would die and that would be the end of it. That cell would not be able to cause other cells to mutate.
People who were miseducated would not be able to pass on miseducation to their children.
The notion that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere would be false. Clearly then, the initial understanding of Principles #4 and #7 could not mean Universal Karma is an individual thing unless we begin to approach the ideas that free will does not exist and predestination does exist and that we are actually not in control of anything. Control is an illusion. This is supported by the idea that all is spirit and everything starts as spirit in the heavens above.
If the transgression of Ogo/Yurugu/Set/Satan is now being manifest in various forms in the Universe, then all things are the result of the higher-self and lower-self duking it out in a spiritual war. These two aspects of the spirit of the Creator are using us and influencing us to fight the war in physical form and we are merely chess pieces with different abilities and power who are only able to be moved when the spirit decides to use us strategically. Thus, as in chess, many pieces must be sacrificed and moved around to put the other side in a position where it has no moves left.
This, of course, goes against several other Cardinal Principles, so it also seems unlikely in the complete sense, but likely partially, not just because of the Cardinal Principles but based on what we have observed and experienced in the Ecosystem.
This does coincide with UC#715 which states our lives and destinies are not our own but for the purpose of the Creator.
Switching Gears Slightly To The Reflection In The Mirror ImageIf we apply all the statements and questions above to the non-human Universe, we can balance out our thinking.
We will find that the only reasonable conclusion based on what we can observe and experience from the Ecosystem is that Universal Karma affects individuals based on individual behavior and also based on the behavior of others. One brief example.
What has Water done wrong in the Universe to deserve being polluted by humans? Water gives of itself to keep us alive so why is it deserving of being held back behind dams so it cannot circulate as intended and nourish Earth? *If secondary effects are separated from the primary effects and the cause, secondary effects and later effects can be mistaken as causes that produce effects and mistaken as something separate that comes from a separate source of energy. Instead what we have is one cause that produces multiple levels of effects – the initial effects, secondary effects, third level effects and so on. Out of One Cause comes Many Effects.