The premise of the Law of Cause and Effect is that for every cause there is an effect!
(This is the 5th article is from a series of 8 on Universal Law. Link to other 7 are at end).
Most belief systems tell us that creation codes were set out at the beginning of the Universe and that cosmic forces are always at play – and that many affect us. Often called the Universal Laws, many of them are similar and/or overlap.
For example, the Law of Cause and Effect is not dissimilar to the Law of Attraction, but it is just a little more specific.
I base the Law of Cause and Effect I am putting forth here on concepts in A Course in Miracles, but it is also deemed one of the ancient Hermetic Laws. The idea is basically the same: for every cause, there is an effect.
For us, the Law of Cause and Effect explains how we can become the cause of our life experiences, rather than at the effect of unconscious influences that run our lives or of the world around us.
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“Your Journey to Peace … “ here for About
“Why We Are the Way We Are” here for About
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The Eastern concept of karma is another well-known concept that offers an explanation of how some of the laws of the Universe, including the Law of Cause and Effect, play out for us.
The Law of Cause and Effect is really just a different way of explaining karma, whose premise is what we send out into the world will be returned to us – good or bad.
Many have confused God’s revenge with the karmic Law of Cause and Effect playing out in our lives.
What we experience are just the creation codes of the Universe playing out.
- Thoughts create attitudes.
- Attitudes create actions.
- For every action there is a reaction.
- For every push there is a pull.
- For every pull there is a push-back.
The Bible tells us that we will sow what we reap – that the quality of what we put out there (cause) is what will be returned to us (effect).
Within complete Oneness there is no duality. No Karma. No Cause and Effect. No Action and Reaction. Because as Arten tells us in Gary Renard’s The Disappearance of the Universe, most of our reactions and actions come from a need to release because the world of duality we live in is characterized by “tension and release.” (1)
Cause and Effect and the Universe
As everything in our Universe is expanding and in a state of flux, something is directing things – causing them to move, change, grow, or come into existence.
Stanislav Grof tells us in The Holotropic Mind that when physicists explored the micro world, they concluded that objects are actually an interweaving “complex web of unified events and relationships.” Something causes something to happen. In science they use the term Causality. Cause = Effect. (2)
Grof then concluded that “consciousness does not just passively reflect the material world; it plays an active role in creating reality itself.” The hypothesis is that there must be a consciousness that is directing – creating. (3)
Cause and Effect and Us
We are consciousness. We are reality. We therefore have an active role in the creation process. In our creation process. Active role = Intention. Intention is Decisiveness. Decisiveness can Direct. We can Direct. We can Direct our Thoughts and Actions at will. We can become the Cause rather than be at the Effect of our unconscious choices or the world around us.
What are the root-causes of our experiences? Are they conscious, or unconscious? Directed, or whatever …? Are we aware? Do we think about it? Do we care? Are we responsive, or Reactive? Do we want to choose our life experiences, or allow them to happen willy-nilly?
Do we want to be the cause of our life experiences, or be at the effect of our unconscious mind or the world around us? The Law of Cause and Effect builds on the premise of the Law of Attraction. We now understand through the Law of Attraction that we bring into our lives that which we ask for with our vibrations.
So, it only follows that if we want a different experience than what we are getting, we need to change our vibrations to reflect what we want. To Direct them so we can be the cause of our experiences.
It also follows that if we act and react unconsciously, unaware of the vibrations we are emitting, we are at the effect of our unconscious – we are not the cause – not the Directive of our life.
To invite better experiences into our life, we do not even have to be aware of this vibrational shift or the idea of cause and effect. The understanding of this vibrational aspect and of cause and effect has not in the past been at the forefront of psychology programs or Western religious teaching. However, in the past few decades many of us have gone searching for truths that were kept hidden from us.
Much has recently been discovered and we now understand that attitudes and the vibrations they give off affect all areas of our life. And any who have made conscious positive shifts in attitudes have raised their vibrations and experienced the benefits of being the cause of new experiences, rather than at the effect of past ones – those that were not giving them what they wanted.
The Law of Cause and Effect plays out in our lives – whether we are aware of it or not.
So, we might as well use it to our advantage – to create the life we want.
When we become conscious of the affects our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors have, or will have, on ourselves, our life, and on others and choose those that will give us the affects we want we are using the Law of Cause and Effect as intended – to be the Directors of our life creations – of our life.
(This article is the 5th from a series of 8 n Universal Laws that I first published in the Starlit Path Magazine from March 2018 to December 2019. Here is the link to the magazine). Links to other 7 are below.
Rosemary McCarthy© first published March 2019, updated May 2020.
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(1)Arten, quoted in Gary Renard, The Disappearance of the Universe, 2002, http://www.garyrenard.com/Preview.htm#law.
(2) Stanislav Grof, The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels Of Human Consciousness And How They Shape Our Lives (New York: Harpercollins, 1993), 164.
(3) Grof, The Holotropic Mind, 6.
Link to posts on the other Universal Laws (some are long, so are broken up into more than 1 post)
Link to full post on Part 1/8 – An Intro – Understanding Universal Law HERE
Link to Part 2/8 – Universal Law of Openness HERE
Link to Part 3/8 – Law of Authenticity HERE
Link to Part 4/8 – Law of Attraction HERE
Link to Part 5/8 – Law of Cause And Effect HERE
Link to Part 6/8 – Law of Balance HERE
Link to Part 7/8 – Law of Expansion HERE
Link to Part 8/8 – Recap of Universal Laws HERE
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