什么是业力？ 虽然这是一个频繁讨论的话题，但毫无疑问，这也是关于灵魂之旅的最被误解的主题之一。 即使在凯西资料爱好者中，也常常有关于什么是因果关系、它影响灵魂之旅的方式、它与自由意志的相互作用，以及与其他人的关系意味着什么的错误观点。对这类提供给灵魂的经验，许多人经常觉得是一种望洋兴叹的无力感：“唉，这就是我的业力，没法子呀”。然而实际上，凯西解读提供了一个的因果关系独特视角，业力其实既有助益，又可增强我们的力量。 解读认为，业力既不是债务也不是限制，而是在个人内在被激活的、给灵魂灌能的记忆。 此外，这种记忆可能是有益的和有用的，同时它也可能是具有挑战性和有伤害的。
What is karma? Although a frequent topic ofdiscussion, it is without a doubt one of the most misunderstoodsubjects dealing with the journey of the soul. Even enthusiasts ofthe Edgar Cayce information often share mistaken assumptions aboutwhat karma is, the ways it impacts the soul’s journey, how itinteracts with free will, and what it means in relationship toother individuals. Too often the subject of karma has created animpression of disempowerment and futility in regards to experiencesthat are presented to the soul – somehow this is “my karma” andthere is nothing I can do about it. In actual fact, however, theCayce readings provide a unique look at karma that is both helpfuland empowering. From this approach, karma is neither a debt nor alimitation but is instead an energized soul memory activated withinthe individual. Moreover, this memory is just as likely to behelpful and beneficial as it is to be challenging anddetrimental.
On one occasion, a twenty-seven-year-old womanasked Edgar Cayce for information about what “karmic debt” existedbetween herself and a member of her family. In response, Cayce toldher that she, like many individuals, misunderstood the karmicprinciple. Rather than something burdensome, scary, and inevitablethat existed between herself and another person, the readingencouraged her to view karma as simply a personal memory that shehad to deal with. Furthermore, her karmic memory of therelationship she had once encountered with this particular familymember was very likely to be very different than the memory theother individual possessed about that very same past-lifeexperience. Rather than being some kind of debt or tie between herand her relative, in reality the karma in her experience was simplya memory to which she had some kind of personal attachment. To besure, it was a memory that the woman had to work through but thememory was hers alone. Perhaps what is most instructive to personalunderstanding is the readings’ assertion that her present lifeexperience had brought this same individual to her again as a meansof working through her own past-life memory. Her karma was simplyher unconsciousness attachment to the memory of the relationshipshe had once encountered. Cayce told her that there was no suchthing as a karmic debt between people; instead, there were onlypersonal karmic memories in relationship to others.
为了清楚起见，我们来研究两个不同的个人和他们对各自业力记忆的不同面对方法：一个是有益的，另一位可能不那么有建设性。从有益的角度来看，休·林·凯西（凯西的长子）经常分享他经历了很多与自己的父亲困难的业力纠缠。 从休·林的角度来看，他和他父亲在古埃及那一世当中都拥有权威，那是他最具挑战性的业力记忆之一。 除了争取人民的青睐和信任外，在此期间，他们也爱上了同一个女人。 部分是嫉妒，部分出于政治，在那一生中，休·林终于设法将凯西从国内驱逐出境，有效地结束了凯西对人民的影响。
For clarity, let’s examine two differentindividuals and their differing approaches to personal karmicmemory – one helpful and one perhaps less constructive. In terms ofworking with karmic memory from a more helpful perspective, HughLynn Cayce (Edgar Cayce’s eldest son) often shared his experiencesworking through a lot of difficult karma with his own father. FromHugh Lynn’s perspective, one of his most challenging karmicmemories had been created during a period when he and his fatherhad both been in positions of authority in ancient Egypt. Inaddition to vying for the people’s favor, during that period theyhad also both fallen in love with the same woman. In part out ofjealousy and in part out of politics, during that lifetime HughLynn eventually managed to banish Edgar Cayce from the country,effectively ending Cayce’s influence upon the people for atime.
在这此转世中，休·林有效地选择了他之前的对手，作为他自己的父亲。他必须穿越他个人的嫉妒与竞争的业力回忆。有一次，休·林谈到他的这个业绩记忆的经历时，提出了以下几点：“我和爱德加·凯西有过困难的时光。对我来说，他不仅仅是一个父亲（一个非常好的父亲），远远不止是一个好的主日学老师，远远超过了我见过的最伟大的心灵 ...... 他还有很多过人之处，让我不得不面对和处理。而幸运的是，他也是我所知道的最有爱心的人物。而且，因为他所能传达的爱，让我处理我前世所拥有的嫉妒和仇恨，这是非常棒的。这是一个美丽的经历，让我的穿越奏效。我清理了很多东西。“休·林的一生成为爱德加·凯西最强大的支持者、倡导者和推动者，他有效地升华了之前他们之间发生的一切的记忆。
In this incarnation, Hugh Lynn came into the eartheffectively choosing one of his former rivals as his own father. Hehad to work through his personal memories of jealousy andcompetition. On one occasion, when talking about his experiencewith this karmic memory, Hugh Lynn offered the following: “I had arough time with Edgar Cayce. For me, he was far more than just afather (a very good one), far more than just a good Sunday schoolteacher, far more than the greatest psychic I’ve ever seen comedown the tracks … He was many other things, too, that I had to faceand deal with. And yet, fortunately, he was also the most lovingperson I’ve ever known. And it was beautiful to deal with myjealousy and my hate, which I had at that time, in the light of hislove that he was able to transmit. It was a beautiful experience,and it worked out. I’ve cleaned up a lot of stuff.” In Hugh Lynn’sexperience, he spent his entire life becoming the strongestsupporter, advocate and promoter of the Edgar Cayce work –effectively transforming by a new experience his previous memory ofwhat had once transpired between them.
A less productive approach to karma is illustratedby the typical misunderstanding in the life of Pauline. Shedescribed her lifelong issue with personal “karma” by noting how,throughout her life, she experienced repeated criticism and feltconstantly undermined by comments of some of those closest to her.She described her father as a being extremely critical and verballyabusive as she was growing up. In order to escape a disastrous homelife, she married young and soon found herself with a verballyabusive husband. He constantly criticized her and frequentlycommented that he should have never married her. As her childrengrew, so did Pauline’s frustration level, because she oftenexperienced them as being disrespectful toward her. As a workingmother, Pauline now finds herself in an unappreciated clericalposition where her boss “often finds occasion to criticize me infront of the other employees.” With a sigh, Pauline adds that shefeels all of this is “just her karma.”
Obviously, Pauline seems to be viewing karma assomething she must endure and just accept. However, the way inwhich she describes her life story suggests that the issue isultimately about her own feelings of personal self-worth andself-esteem. Contrary to Pauline’s assumption about karma, the lifeevents she’s experiencing are not intended as a punishing lesson,forcing her to endure humiliating rebukes; instead, the perspectiveof the Cayce material suggests that Pauline is encountering thevery same experience over and until she makes a change withinherself! This perspective finds a parallel, by the way, in moderntherapy for recurrent nightmares, which are now treated as adevelopmental blockage. Here the working assumption is that theperson experiences repeated dreamtime exposures to a threateningsituation in an attempt to stimulate an alternative, moreconstructive response from the dreamer. When therapy finallyinspires such a shift in the patient’s awareness of responsealternatives, the nightmare ceases. Applying that thinking toPauline’s “karmic situation,” the challenge she faces lies not inwhat other people say to her, but instead in transforming what shethinks of herself! Upon questioning, Pauline admits that she hasvery little self worth. Perhaps Pauline initiated this self-esteemissue by extreme self-criticism in a past life, and her “karma” isultimately to face and overcome her own personal criticism. As allour life experiences are purposeful, hers seem designed to enableher to finally work through her negative thoughts about herself.Once Pauline is able to do this she will ultimately no longerperceive herself as being surrounded by individuals who seem tothink as little of her as she does.
凯西曾经给出一个比喻，来解释如何最好地去理解业力。 他说这与身体的营养吸收过程非常相似。 身体摄取食物，然后将其分解吸收，或赋予身体力量，或带来不适。类似地，灵魂的身体通过当世其吸引来的生活体验和境遇，来吸收业力记忆。
Cayce once gave an analogy to explain how karmamight best be understood. He stated that it was very similar to thebody’s own assimilation process. In the same way that the bodytakes in food, then breaks it down for assimilation, giving thebody either strength or discomfort, the soul body assimilateskarmic memories by the current life experiences it draws to theperson.
In the case of positive karma, these memories cometo the forefront as life experiences stimulate the reawakening ofthese assets. Examples would include resuming a positiverelationship with a loved one and the rebirth of personal talentsand aptitudes the soul self has formerly mastered. Cayce frequentlydescribed an individual’s past life talents and abilities anddiscussed how those abilities came back into the present. In otherwords, if a person had a talent with music, or child-rearing, orcommunication, or the law, or government, or compassion –regardless of what that talent or ability was – those skillsremained evident in the present as part of the soul’s awareness.From this premise, the stories of child prodigies suddenly makesense! It’s not that any individual somehow appears in life withextreme talents that are impossible to understand; instead, we takeour talents and abilities with us. According to Edgar Cayce’sreadings on himself, it was actually this aspect of positive karmicmemory that had enabled him to be born with such a heightened senseof psychic ability – it was something he had worked with, developedand ultimately mastered in the past.
Negative karmic memory can include such things asunresolved anger, biases, animosities, addictions, and otherunresolved attachments that prevent the soul from experiencingwholeness within itself. These memories must be faced and resolved,essentially creating a change in consciousness or an expandedpersonal awareness. For example, the memory of addictive patternsmight be reawakened with the very first cigarette or the very firstglass of beer. How the individual deals with that reawakened memoryin the present will determine a portion of his or her actual lifeexperience. It is important to point out that even “negative”karmic memories are not inherently bad or good; they are onlymemories. The dynamics of whether or not the memories lead to morepositive or more negative experiences on the soul’s learning agendaremain a matter of free will. In Cayce’s own life experience hestated that the reason he had to go to sleep each and every time hegave a reading was that in a former lifetime he had misused hispsychic ability for selfish pursuits. Although the psychic talentremained a part of his soul self, this time around as a means ofovercoming that former selfishness he had to “set self aside” bygoing asleep each and every time he gave a reading.
To be sure, both positive and negative karmicmemory can affect relationships and experiences in the present;however, free will remains the strongest component in determininghow an individual actually deals with his or her reservoir ofmemory. In fact, on one occasion Cayce told a forty-seven-year-oldwoman that ultimately the course of her life experiences would bedependent upon how she utilized her free will in regards to herkarmic memory. For each individual it is actually the attitude andthe will that becomes the greatest determinant in an individual’slife rather than karma. It was this dynamic that prompted the Caycereadings to frequently use the phrase that life’s experiences couldbecome either stepping-stones or stumbling blocks depending uponwhat the individual did with those experiences.
Although it is a subject onto itself, it isimportant to briefly mention the concept of grace that permeatesthe Cayce information on soul growth. On one hand, karma cansometimes be equated with the Old Testament equivalent of “an eyefor an eye” or the scientific principle that for every action thereis an equal and opposite reaction. Without the intended change inconsciousness or an expanded personal awareness the precision ofkarmic memory can come in to play in a “payback” kind of way. Forexample, you cheat me out of $10 in this life and therefore I amgoing to cheat you out of $10 in the next – just so you’ll “knowhow it feels!” Although that type of exchange certainly expressesthe eye-for-an-eye understanding of karma, it is not actually inkeeping with karma’s principal goal of expanding awareness. Thereality of grace is ultimately the possibility of spiritualinspiration – of expanding consciousness without having to undergoactual reciprocating experiences. It is possible to have a changein consciousness and expand personal awareness without confrontingin experience the specific consequences of the karmic memory thathas been created within the self. That possibility is the operationof grace. In other words, personal attunement and my own growth inconsciousness could pull together life experiences that enable meto understand that taking someone’s $10 falls short of the mark.Through grace, I could gain that awareness without having toundergo the actual experience. Both karma and grace are vehiclesfor the expansion of personal consciousness.
Another component of Cayce’s unique contributionto better understanding the reservoir of karmic memory is thenotion that it is just as easy to reawaken and energize a negativekarmic memory as it is a positive one. It is for this very reasonthat he recommended setting a spiritual ideal. As each individualfocuses upon cultivating the very best that she or he possesseswithin self, negative karmic memory patterns can be eradicated andreplaced with more positive approaches that can help to facilitatepersonal wholeness.
A final example of how karmic memory canunconsciously affect an individual in the present is evidenced inthe case of Max and Judy and their son, Mike. As Max and Judy tellthe story, when their son was about one years old on approximatelya dozen occasions the baby awoke in the middle of the night, pulledhimself up the bars of his crib, and threw himself to the floor – adistance of more than four feet! Once he hit the floor, Mike wouldbegin crying and Max and Judy upon hearing the commotion would runto his aid. This happened so frequently without apparent cause thatboth parents believed their son was either going to break a bone orbecome seriously injured. Not knowing what else to do, one eveningJudy decided to see if she could somehow “tune into” or even“imagine” what it was that her son was experiencing.
朱迪坐在椅子旁边冥想，靠着宝宝的婴儿床，试着清空自己的头脑，有图像似乎显示了几百年前她在法国。 （这个图像片段对她很有意义，因为在她怀孕期间，她曾经看到了在十七世纪一个法国人走出托儿所）。在画面里，她看到了麦克，是一个成年男子，因为诬陷被捕。虽然他反复宣称他的清白，并在这个过程中进行了努力的争斗，他被扔进了一个大的木制禁闭笼，然后被马车拉走。朱迪立即明白，每当麦克在半夜醒来时，他把他的婴儿床的栏杆和那个很久以前的囚笼子的木杆联系起来。 马克斯听到这个故事，他把这个婴儿床的木围栏放下来，变成了一张床。 结果是麦克再也没有把自己从床上了弄下来。 即使孩子半夜醒来，他也只是重新入睡了。
As Judy sat in the chair next to the boy’s crib,the image came to mind that she was in France many hundreds ofyears ago. (The scene made sense to her because during herpregnancy she had seen the image of a seventeenth century Frenchmanwalking out of the nursery.) In her mind’s eye, she saw Mike, whowas a grown man in the scene, being arrested for something he didnot do. Although he repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and put upquite a struggle in the process, he was thrown into a large woodenbarred cage and then carted off with horses pulling the wagon. Itbecame instantly clear to Judy that whenever Mike awoke in themiddle of the night he was connecting the bars of his crib with thebars of that long ago cage. When Max heard the story, he took thewalls of the crib down and made it into a day bed. The result wasthat Mike never again threw himself out of bed. Even if the childawoke, he simply went back to sleep.
Ultimately, we may need to reconsider thedefinition that has long been applied to the subject of karma. Itis not a debt and it is not a punishment. Karma is simply aninteractive, energetic memory that the soul draws upon whiledealing with experiences and relationships in the present. Positivekarmic memories can be helpful in reawakening personal talents andabilities. Negative karmic memories often call for a change inpersonal consciousness or an expansion of awareness. Karmicmemories can definitely influence and shape our actions andresponse patterns but only to the extent that we allow them to.Nothing about our lives and our life experience are destined or setin stone. In actuality, life is an unfolding process of growth anddevelopment connected to experiences and relationships that are aportion of the soul’s ultimate journey toward personal wholeness.Those experiences are not out to get us or set in place to somehowpunish us, rather they are simply portions of a learning agendadesigned to expand the soulconsciousness.