Karma is the law of cause and effect. This cause can be set in motion by an individual, a group of individuals, or by the planet as a whole.

The effect can be both “positive” and “negative” depending on the cause we set. So even though most people speak of karma as being “bad karma”, there is also “good karma.”

Karma is the ultimate teacher of lessons. If we set a “negative cause” and experience, as a result, a “negative effect,” we are learning that if want to have positive experiences in life, then we need to set positive causes (by thinking and acting positively).

If we judge, condemn, misuse, take advantage of others, and so forth, then we will be judged, condemned, misused and taken advantage of by others. This is the Golden Rule that Jesus spoke about when he said, “Do unto others what you want others do unto you.” So even “bad” karma is a gift, not a punishment. It is a gift in the sense of teaching us an important lesson we need to learn.

Ideally we learn by grace or the easy way, instead of the hard way or school of hard knocks that forces us in a less gentle way to learn the lessons of life.

The Integrated Ascended Master looks at every situation in life as a gift, blessing and opportunity to learn – never as a punishment. God does not punish His Sons and Daughters. Punishment is a projection of man onto God. It is an illusion of the negative ego mind.

Author's Bio: 

Dr Joshua David Stone was one of the most influential Spiritual teachers, leaders and forerunners of our time. He had a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and was a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in California, USA.
He served as Official Spokesperson for the Planetary Ascension Movement and made his mark in the Consciousness Community as a prolific writer, authoring the 15-volume Easy to Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path, published in several languages, as well as eight major Ascended Master Training Courses and several comprehensive Training Programs ranging from channeling, the psychology of astrology, the Book of Life of God, to his legendary 2,000 page Counseling Manual, and much, much more.
Today, the I AM University is the one and only Integrated Ascended Master Training Facility in this world. It stands firmly on the foundation of a comprehensive and ever-expanding curriculum which Dr Stone dedicated his life creating.
In 2005, Dr Joshua David Stone passed over to the Spirit world where he continues to Spiritually support the expansion of the I AM University the continuation of which he entrusted into the hands of Gloria Excelsias, his long-term personal assistant and protégé.
Dr Stone is one of the most widely read authors in the New Age Movement and known as the world’s most trusted source for integrated Spiritual development. http://www.iamuniversity.org

Gloria Excelsias is the President of the I AM University, an educational institution with focus on Spiritual and psychological development that was founded by the late Dr Joshua David Stone in 2004 and handed over to her care and leadership in 2005, at Dr Stone’s passing. As Dr Stone’s personal assistant, close friend and protégé, she received ongoing personal training in applied transpersonal psychology and integrated ascension which would prepare her consciousness for her later service work as the University’s President. Having moved the I AM University from California to Salzburg, Austria, her native country, she is now passionately dedicated to running and evolving the I AM University as an inspired writer and speaker, placing thematic priority on Spiritual psychology, the re-integration and updating of ancient occult teachings and the overall unfoldment of human consciousness.

Some of her service projects include:

Planetary World Service: www.PlanetaryWorldService.org

I AM Tunes – Spiritual Audio Download Library: www.IAM-Tunes.org

I AM YOU Foundation - Charity Project: www.IAMYou-Foundation.org

Ascension for Beginners – 365 free articles, 25 mini-courses and 25 meditations for newcomers on the Spiritual path: www.AscensionForBeginners.org