In my humble opinion, karma is kind of like spots or blemishes on you, and can drastically hinder your spiritual development. How? Because negative karma creates blocks, it ties up your light and your energy, and can affect how you perceive things. In some spiritual communities it is defined as, “energy / consciousness in action.” Every thought, word, feeling, action, and deed that you send out into the Universe will return to you, according to the law of the Universe.

The law of karma is exact, and states that whatever energy is sent out into the Universe will then travel around, gather more of the same, and return back to the sender either as positive or negative karma. Sometimes the return of karma is instantaneous and other times it is not. Because of this it is essential that we learn to properly balance any negative karma we may have consciously or unconsciously made throughout this lifetime or any previous lifetimes. One way to do this is through the path of initiation.

We are all being initiated, or tested, everyday. Many of these tests are the return of karma and deal with everyday things that happen in our lives. Some tests have to do with balancing negative karma made from lifetimes ago and some deal with recent events. Their purpose is to test and strengthen your soul and help you to master a virtue. So, who is giving us these tests? Sometimes it is your Higher Self compelling you to deal with situations that you have neglected or been consciously avoiding. And, other times these tests are given to you by an Ascended Master. It is very important to remember that the purpose of any test is to help you make progress on the spiritual path and that you are never given more than you are capable of handling.

Now, how then can we go about balancing this negative karma?

There are 3 ways that you can do this.

1. Enduring Your Karma: This method of balancing your karma is pretty straight forward. You simply let your negative karma come back to you naturally and deal with the consequences. Most people will choose to balance their karma this way, and it will usually involve a certain amount of struggle or hardship.

2. Service to Life: This method involves reaching out to others and going the extra mile. Helping a sick friend, or giving an elderly stranger your seat on the bus. Or, perhaps you choose to volunteer at a soup kitchen, or homeless shelter. The list goes on and on, and all of these actions create positive karma that will help to balance any negative karma created recently or in any past lifetimes.

3. Transmutation with the Violet Flame: This method is the easiest and quickest way to balance negative karma. You must ask for the gift of the violet flame from the Ascended Masters. Once given this remarkable gift, you must use it daily to transmute, or change the negative karma into positive karma. Over time, the violet flame works to literally dissolve negative patterns and can help you to obtain mastery over yourself and your surroundings.

After all, your sole purpose while in embodiment on Earth is to raise your consciousness and qualify for ascension back to Source.