Karmic Partners and Cosmic Souls
What Is Karma?
Most people are familiar with the concept of karma, or the law of cause and effect that people all experience over the course of their lives. This rests on a belief of reincarnation—that each person lives many lifetimes in the pursuit of reaching perfection and returning to their original state of purity.
Goodness, bravery, or acts of kindness result in good karma, and acts of selfishness or causing others to suffer results in bad karma. This is comforting to some, because it explains why bad things happen to good people. Or perhaps somebody has done something terrible that others know nothing about, and their bad luck or bad karma, is the “payment” for their deeds. On the other hand, sometimes good things seem to happen to people who are not very nice. But perhaps these people have quietly committed great acts of kindness or charity, and are being rewarded for them with good karma.
Three Categories of Karma
There are actually three categories of karma, as explained by Ruth Aharoni in her book Karmic Astrology. The first is Sanchita karma. This is the total of all the karma our souls have accumulated over all of our incarnations. Only some karma can be activated in each incarnation in a person’s soul life, because the experience of dealing with too much karma in one lifetime would be very overwhelming.
Prarabdha karma is the fate or karma that must be dealt with in your current lifetime. If at least a portion of our karma can be balanced out in each lifetime, this leaves other lifetimes to work on the more difficult or accumulated issues.
Kriyamana is the karma we create in our current lifetime, whether for good or ill. Think of it as karma going into an “account,” or Sanchita. The purpose or objective here is to try to create as much good karma as possible, and to endeavor to avoid bad karma.
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Why Did We Separate From the Universal Soul?
The Kabbalah states that the reason the individual soul departs from the Universal Soul is because of its strong will. It wants to have achievements on its own merit. The Zohar helps to explain why it is necessary for people to make the spiritual trip back to perfection, which is done through reincarnation.
begins with the premise that before there was anything in the Universe, positive energy or light existed. Positive energy is not love or affection, so that terminology cannot be used. But sharing is an element of positive energy, it wants to give of itself, and there was no vessel to receive the energy the light wanted to give. The Zohar
So, according to The Zohar, a vessel was created, and this embodied a new energy, that of receiving. But there was a duality in the vessel’s nature. Even though it was created to receive, it contained an X-factor of sharing, sort of like a buried biological gene. As the vessel received the light, its dual nature began to grow, and the vessel wanted to be able to express this. It wanted to give as well as get. It wanted to be like the light, and to unite with it. The vessel was ashamed by the one-sided nature of this “relationship.” But the light’s purpose was only to spread abundance, and did not expect anything in return.
Physical and Metaphysical Realities Crossed
So the vessel pushed back against the light, and the light perceived this action as the vessel’s desire for separation, so it withdrew. Now the duality of the vessel had expressed itself. But the vessel really wanted the light to return in a very primal way. It was not prepared for the sudden return of the light in full force though.
When the light reconnected with the vessel (the central event in The Kabbalah) the vessel shattered. It is this writer's belief, that at that instant, the line between physical and metaphysical realities was crossed, for once and for all. The shattering of the vessel is the same thing as the Big Bang of physics. As all matter in the physical world is a legacy of the Big Bang, all spirituality is a legacy of the shattering of the vessel.
This began the cycle of humans spending many incarnations trying to become whole, spiritual beings again. The Tree of Life has its roots in Heaven (or in a state of perfection), and each branch on the tree is a quality or learning experience the soul must master before it may move on to the next incarnation.
Soulmates and Matched Souls
So we all want to find our dharma, or correct direction in life. But this is not easy. It is said that people mostly travel through incarnations in soul groups, and have known each other for many lifetimes, playing different roles with each other. They decide in between these incarnations what each soul needs to experience in the next go around, and sometimes it is something too hard for one of the souls to handle, so they wait until another incarnation. But there are no accidents, all the people in your life are there for a reason, and you have known them before.
Some partners or lovers who have developed emotional relationships or just have an affinity for each other are called kindred souls or soulmates. We feel an instant connection and closeness to a soul mate as soon as we meet. We have an easy time talking and understanding each other. This is because we already have been together before in another incarnation.
Matched souls are well suited for a pleasant friendship or would make good brothers or sisters. They have common interests, can be together or live together in harmony, and often have strong family ties from another incarnation. These can be your friends from school, your room mates in college, neighbors, or people who belong to the same organizations that you care about.
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Twin Souls and Completing Souls
A twin soul is someone whose similarity to us is so compelling that we sense the person is our twin right away. This person can be of the same or opposite sex, or a family member with which there is a strong bond and closeness. The relationship may not always be easy, but there is a mutual emotional attraction, and the two of you have a high level of understanding with each other. Even if you disagree, it will be easy to come to some kind of mutual agreement without too much trouble. You will find you do not really need words to communicate; it can be done by telepathy. A twin soul relationship does not need to be a lifelong one, but the person can come into our lives at an important time to experience something really special with us.
Completing souls are the ones that make you feel like you have been struck by lightning and can’t breathe, the minute you set eyes on them. They are the ones that make your hair stand on end, and make your nerve ends tingle. Each of us has only one of these. Contact with that person leaves a very special energy field which only exists around completing souls. Their souls are in complete synchronicity, and those who can see auras say that the auras of these two people unite to form one energy ball.
We may not meet our ideal mate in every incarnation, and sometimes we will still argue with them and have issues getting along. But no doubt about it, you will know this is THE ONE. The reason you may not incarnate together every life time is because you both still have other issues or lessons you have to work out with others that you knew in different lifetimes. So even if the relationship is not harmonious and strewn with roses all the time because you share past karma, in the end the undercurrent of love you have for each other will triumph.
Our Cosmic Partner
The completing soul is our cosmic partner. This is a very special level of karmic relationship, which you will realize right away. Now, every karmic partner is NOT a cosmic partner, but every cosmic partner is a karmic one. You are two halves of one soul that divided during the Big Bang (remember the story about the light and the vessel)? And each of you had to go your own way. After many incarnations each half of the cosmic partnership must achieve its restored state, so all your karmic debts in all karmic incarnations are balanced.
The separating of genders gives every entity an opportunity to take all the tests of life on Earth. The soul longs for its other half in order to achieve its completed state, and you will do it, as soon as your karmic debts are all balanced.
As you think about it more, we all have somebody who we met at one time and felt thunderstruck. Everyone I know has had what sounds like a cosmic partner. It may have been the love of your life, but for some reasons you were in circumstances that did not allow you to be together for too long in this lifetime. You both had other obligations, or some other insurmountable problems. But you both felt that strong pull, you KNEW, and you will be together again. You both know that too, without speaking of it.
Finding Karmic Partners in Everyday Situations
Not all recognition of karmic partners is that intense, but just a familiar feeling, perhaps a person you just met at work. I had a childhood friend who passed on several years ago, and I know she was my sister in another life, we were so close from the time we were about 9 years old.
I was waiting in my chiropractor’s office a few years ago, and got in a long conversation with a man who was also waiting. We had so much in common, we spoke as if we had been good friends for years. A friend of mine is the receptionist, and when she walked me to the doctor’s room, she said, “How do you know him?” I said I didn’t, I just met him while waiting, and we struck up a conversation. She was shocked! But we must have been something in a different time, maybe next door neighbors, club members, something like that.
Do you ever see someone who looks like your Cosmic Partner, while you are out shopping, or in a crowded room? Your heart starts to pound, and it feels very strange. Then you lose sight of the person quickly, and desperately try to look around to find them. You may look different in other incarnations, but will retain certain basic features, and personality characteristics. Both of you are in different situations now, but you will have your times together again. You can bet on it!
Did you ever read a book and not be able to get it out of your mind? For me it was the non fiction story of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, and of their relationship. But then I realized why I couldn't let it go. I was so struck by the fact that these two were the perfect example of what soulmates really are. Their story started when they began to meet at unexpected times and places. Later they became lovers. They pursued art, Robert as drawings and photography, Patti as poetry and drawings, and later singing. But even as they went on to be with other lovers, they had made a pact to be together until "they made it." I was so touched by their story and by the fact that they were the truest soulmates I ever read about, I highly suggest the book Patti wrote in memorial to Robert, . I was never a fan of Punk Rock, and only vaguely familiar with Mapplethorpe's work, but it didn't matter. Read this and you will totally understand what a soulmate is! Just Kids
Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe—True Soulmates
© 2015 Jean Bakula