Elizabeth Clare Prophet teaches that the best way she can explain the descent of karma is that each day our karma comes down to us in a little brown paper bag. If we can rise early and give our prayers and fiats quickly before we go to work—or whatever is on our schedule—we can get a great percentage of that day's karma out of the way.
However, a portion of the day's karma that is sent our way may be from actions dating all the way back to our lives on Lemuria and Atlantis. If we don't clear it, it just sits on us all day long and piles up in our electronic belt.
Without being too concerned about it, we can accept that each day we are going to have a certain amount of karma returned to us because we asked for it and set ourselves on the path to the ascension. Our karma is also returning to us more speedily than to those not on the Path, but by the grace of God and by the mercy of the violet flame we can daily transmute it if we will.
Freedom from the bondage of karma can come only when the law of cause and effect has been fully worked out. Jesus himself revealed this law when he said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away,” and “One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled.”
By divine mercy and grace, individuals have had hidden from their eyes the extent to which they have lowered their standards throughout their lifetimes. Mercifully, we have had a veil of forgetfulness placed over our eyes at birth. Thus, we do not remember the things we have done in past lives when we didn't know the law and didn't realize what we were doing.
Think That Your Karma Is Light
It is better to think that one's karma is light rather than heavy. For when people think they have a heavy karma, they become worried or depressed about it and become lethargic, almost unwilling to begin paying off the karmic debt, feeling that it is too overpowering to contemplate.
If we feel we have a heavy karma, we may say, “What is the use? I just can't do it. I have so much going against me that there is no use even trying.”
When individuals believe their karma to be light and they begin to release it swiftly into the sacred fire, a great feeling of joy sweeps through their being. Joy has the ability to cause us to relax and it can free us from problems that we may have carried for centuries.
Some people may shrug and say, “Well, it's just my karma” and stop trying. They just accept karma as extra weight without realizing that God offers us his mercy and grace to help us surmount it. Unfortunately, the karma is there—it's a fact. We cannot ignore it, for we created it in the first place.
However, there is another side to this equation: We can't just slide along day by day either, making little effort to balance our karma because we think everything will turn out all right in the end. Remember, we have been told that the ascension is not an automatic process. We have to work for it!
We have been given the knowledge of the violet flame to transmute our karma—all the misqualified energy in our electronic belt. And this comes not by our merit but by grace, by the love of God. It is his gift to us!
We have a choice. When we realize we have sent forth injustice and by cosmic justice that injustice will return to us, will we endure this karma forever? Will we multiply it again and create a bigger injustice because we are resentful? Or will we call upon the Lord, invoke his Holy Spirit, his violet flame, and ask that all life that we have ever wronged anywhere, anytime, be blessed and freed from this burden?
In our discussion of karma we must include the concept of grace. There is a way out and grace is a great part of it! I am sure that none of us could ever make it by ourselves. We try and try as hard as we can, and then the grace of God takes over and carries us the rest of the way home.
A song that you may have sung in Sunday school is called “Amazing Grace.” One of the verses says, “‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.” When you look back over all the millions of years of embodiments, see how wise it is to hold on to that concept of grace, for it can sustain you through many a dark day. Nevertheless, we have been offered our freedom at last and by his grace we will make it.
Excerpt from The Path to Your Ascension – Rediscovering Life's Ultimate Purpose by Annice Booth, based on the teachings of Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet.