KARMA—THE LAW OF FREEDOM
Eugene Del Mar
Inherent in the Substance of the Universe, and constituting its very Essence, are the Principles by virtue of which it lives and moves and has its Being. These Principles constitute or guarantee the Freedom of the Universe.
The Principles by virtue of which the Infinite brings forth existence and manifestation from seeming void, are those which operate now. It is impossible to conceive of any others. They always produce Results in exact correspondence with the Causes the Infinite provided for them to work upon. Nothing else is imaginable.
These Principles are changeless and ceaseless. Always they accept that which is offered, and transmute it into an exact equivalent. They convert raw material into finished products, and vice versa. They are impersonal, universal and inevitable. They are neither deceived, bribed nor coerced. They neither punish nor reward. In their dispensation of infinite love and wisdom, they constitute the “Workshop of the Gods.”
The only creative agencies man can employ are the Principles invoked by the Infinite. There are no others. The only methods whereby Man can secure Results through the use of these agencies are those adopted by the Infinite. There are no others. The terms upon which Results were obtained by the Infinite are those under which Man must secure results. God and Man are One and inseparable; and in their very nature, the Principles of the Universe must respond to Man exactly as they do to God.
Man must create as God does. He must make use of the same Principles, and feed to them Causes correlated to the Results into which they are to be converted. Machinery is of value only as it is furnished with material upon which to work; and to feed a machine with material that will produce previously determined Results requires intelligence.
Man thinks; and thinking, he creates! Man thinks; intellectually his thought is given form and direction; emotionally, power and intensity are conferred upon it. Man thinks in his brain and in his heart, and creation follows the conjunction of masculine and feminine thought. Man thinks spiritually and mentally; spiritually, thought transmutes the invisible into visibility; mentally, thought translates one form into another.
It is a contradiction of thought to suggest a limit to the power of the Infinite. It is unthinkable to place a restriction on the universality or inviolability of Principle. Impossibility has no application to the Infinite, which is the synonym of Omni presence, Omnipotence and Omniscience. And God and Man are in the same image and likeness!
Man the microcosm is but a replica in miniature of God the macrocosm. The One Mind—God, the Infinite—is in complete consciousness of its Divinity and Perfection, with absolute power of Selection and Initiative. Individual. Mind—Man— possesses all of the qualities or attributes of the One Mind, and through the same agencies unfolds gradually from an utter un consciousness of its Divinity and Perfection, to an ever complete realization of it.
This gradual unfoldment of Perfection diverts the individual consciousness from the personal to the impersonal, from selfishness to altruism, from egotism to egoism, from diversity to unity, and from the recognition of the smaller self to that of the larger Self; and it opens up a continually increasing conscious appropriation of the content of the conscious, subconscious and superconscious realms of the mind.
The Freedom of the Universe has been conferred upon Man in his power of thought and his privileges of initiative and selection. Silently, smoothly and lovingly, if relentlessly, the Universal Principle fashions whatever are presented to it, the frictionless spiritual ethers working them out in exact accord with the impulses that man imparts to them.
Upon Man has been conferred the powers of God. He can do nothing except as he uses these powers, nor may any limit be ascribed to what it is possible for him to accomplish through their use. He cannot us these consciously and to a definite purpose except as he understands them, and has faith in his ability to use them. As his knowledge of Principle and faith in the Self intensify, Man increases in power and freedom; and with perfect knowledge of Principle and absolute faith in his Divinity, Man has at his disposition that degree of power which is the synonym of perfect freedom.
The gifts of Divinity are at the command of Man. Of himself physical man is utterly impotent; but Man—the image and likeness of God—has potentially all the powers that he ascribes to God. Fundamentally, Man’s conception of God is his intuitive glorification of the Self; the Universal Ideal of the individual idea he represents. Man’s increasing realization of his own divinity is always attended by his higher idealization of God.
The Universe accepts the individual at his own estimation, and responds to him in kind. It grants its powers as the individual becomes qualified to use them. It reveals its secrets as he becomes receptive to them. It unfolds to Man as he unfolds to it. Through wisdom and love, the individual may attain that degree of understanding and harmony that qualify him to exercise powers which appropriately may be designated as God-like.
In the absolute freedom of Man, not even the Universe may invade the sanctity of his domain, or compel his acceptance of that which he does not desire. Man is so completely free that he may enslave himself to any extent he pleases. He may hold himself in bondage for as long a time as he wishes. Also, he may free himself when he will. No one ever was or ever will be enslaved or bound except by himself, and no one ever can free one except himself. Man’s freedom is absolute, even in his complete self-slavery!
It is through Self-control that Man attains control of all else. It is in harmony with Principle that he dictates results. “Nature is conquered by obedience,” and Man’s freedom is measured fundamentally by his disposition and ability to manifest his highest ideals of love and wisdom. It is to the extent that he expresses his Divinity that divine powers are placed at his disposition. It is in the degree that he manifests his God- hood that he is invested with the powers of God.
Man has always been the arbiter of his own fate. He has seldom directed it consciously and intelligently. He has per mitted the deliberate processes of evolution and natural selection to dictate his exceeding slow rate of progress. He has left it to the compulsions of pain and suffering, and the pressure of ad verse circumstances and conditions. In his ignorance, credulity and superstition, he has bound himself with amazing ingenuity, and has hypnotised himself to regard his bonds as an inseparable part of himself.
There is no destiny to which man may not aspire and reach. There is no obstacle that he may not overcome and conquer.
There is no fate that may not change and alter. There is no condition he may not meet and transmute. There is no circumstance he cannot circumvent and transcend. There is no problem he cannot analyze and solve. There is no vibration he cannot harmonize and control.
Man is essentially free. He always has freedom of choice and the power of initiative. He can always neutralize a condition or a circumstance. Or he can intensify it. Or he may let it work itself out as it will. He is as free to permit himself to be dictated to as he is free to dictate. He can stand secure and erect on his own feet or stumble on another’s. He can stand straight and strong, or he can lean crooked and weak. Man is free to be Master or slave, and that which he manifests indicates the choice he has made.
Man, claim your Divinity. Know thyself; and know that all that is and ever will be, is dormant within you, ready and willing to be awakened by your magic touch. With thought definite and exalted, emotion controlled and refined, and energy con served and responsive to command, Man is prepared to meet, and to overcome, assimilate or harmonize with whatever may meet him on the path of life. He has been furnished with the equipment of a Conquerer.
Man is Divine! He is living in eternity now. Whatever he shall ever manifest, he now Is. Whatever he dares to do, he already Is. It is through the alchemy of Thought alone that his Being may be expressed and manifested; and in the full realization of his inheritance as a Child of God, he shall rule as Master over his illimitable Kingdom of Thought!