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The Seven Karmic Paths

Why are you here?


I’ll look at the different karmic paths and missions that souls undertake in order to get enriched with experiences, balance their karma and raise their soul frequency.
One path is not purer or truer than another. Some are longer and more painful, but they all lead to the same place. One path uses a little more technique, another a little more self-responsibility, another a little more ritual, a fourth one self-sacrifice, etc. But all paths eventually lead to liberation.

The seven karmic paths

1.No Path

Those on this path eventually, through experience and pain, will perceive what has value and what doesn’t. They look at everything from a perspective of self, they are judgmental and often they have difficulty perceiving what action will result in harmony as opposed to disharmony. The No Path people appear to have little sense of balance and are usually unwilling to accept responsibility for their own lives. They often succumb to their thirst for power.

2. Beginning Path

These people are more responsible, but they enjoy having things “handed” to them. They want everything done “their way” and are materialistic and pleasure oriented. Their interests in anything they can’t eat, touch or enjoy are limited.

3. Intermediate Path

Those on this path are beginning to realize that there is an alternate reality. They might become interested in spiritual matters, but tend to be drawn to dogmatic thinking. While they are less self oriented, they usually remain very materialistic and pleasure centered.

4. Balanced Path

Those on this path have an awareness of karma and carefully consider their actions because they are aware of the ramifications. They are beginning to comprehend unconditional love and seek to detach from the standard illusions about reality. They begin to recognize that life can be experienced as a hostile separateness or a tranquil oneness. Those on the Balanced Path don’t repress their natural urges but refrain from excess.

5. Harmonious Path

These people require their outer life to be in harmony with their inner beliefs. They live their spiritual and self-actualized philosophy. They are beginning to incorporate unconditional love/acceptance into their lives and have risen above blame and judgment. They accept “what is” and are well on the road to developing a detached mind. Most of those on this path practice meditation in some form.

6. Force-of-Will-Path

This path incorporates extreme discipline. It is the path of those in Zen monasteries, yoga devotees and some priests ... plus many others who center their lives around their spiritual faith. For many, this means extreme dietary practices and celibacy. The argument for following this path is that it is a rapid way to advance spiritually. The primary argument against this path is that it is undesirable to drop out of the “real” world and to repress your natural urges and desires, for in doing so, they will increase in intensity. Even if you manifest the self-discipline to deal with them in this life, you may generate a karmic charge that will have to be dealt with in a future life. The most balanced way to follow this path is to live among other people but not to succumb to temptations, and not out of suppression but  out of a feeling of it not being worth while or it not leading to anything substantial.

7. Bodisattva Path

Those on this path are beyond seeking. They are truly in the world, but not of it. Only those who are highly evolved are capable of walking this path. They are living examples of a detached mind and are dedicated to assisting others to find their way out of the darkness and into the spiritual light.

These paths correspond more or less to the levels of soul development, but that doesn’t mean they are exclusive. Someone may e.g be on the sixth path but at the same time possess characteristics of all the other paths, in different sectors. An example: You may be extremely idealistic and have an excellent self-control but lack every balance, be totally self-absorbed but help others, not care for earthly pleasures but have obsessions, expect things handed over to you but at the same time fight for what you believe, know that there is something more than material things but remain tied to your logic. All of us are a mixture of qualities and weaknesses and we cannot fit into fixed roles. The paths I just referred to are a mere description of the existing tendencies. Once we go further to the eighth, ninth and tenth soul level, we slowly overcome our remaining limitations, albeit this is never achieved to an absolute degree. Life on earth can make anybody feel anger or fear.

The seven dharmic directions

Dharma is your duty to yourself and to society. This means following a course of action that is right for you. It will be something you do naturally and well. By following your dharmic or self-nature, you will most easily raise your vibrational level of awareness. Your karma conditions you through all your experiences to create the character required to carry out your dharma.

The dharma is something like a mission, but more interior. The mission is something the soul chose to do, something more exterior. We may due to bad influences or dark forces not find our mission, but our dharma comes out in the shape of preferences and tendencies.

The best way to resolve your karma is to follow your dharmic direction -- the direction which is natural and destined for you. There are seven general dharmic directions. It is your purpose to explore one of these paths with a particular soul goal that you chose prior to your birth.

1. Workforce. It involves the largest number of souls. This path encompasses most general occupations including homemakers, sportsmen, businessmen, etc.

2. Military. It includes soldiers, all forms of police and militia, and those who enforce the laws of the country, state and city.

3. Service. It takes into consideration most religious workers, those in medical, welfare, educational and social services, many practicing metaphysicians and those offering holistic health services.

4. Creativity. This includes artists, architects, writers, poets, musicians, actors, dancers, and entertainers.

5. Science encompasses medical researchers, scientists, chemists, space technologists and physicists.

6. Philosophy involves all who present theories about why man does what he does and how he might end suffering. Some church leaders would be included, along with philosophers and some metaphysical communicators.

7. Government includes political leaders, senators, governors, mayors and anyone elected to office or to a leading position.

The seven soul goals

In addition to having chosen one of seven karmic paths and seven dharmic directions prior to your birth, you also chose one of the seven basic soul goals. You may have more than one goal, but one will be most important; the next, secondary in importance, and so on.

1. Attain knowledge: When knowledge is attained in a particular area, once realized on a soul level, it becomes intuition and wisdom. For instance, the study of foreign languages teaches us intuition in what's correct and what isn't and the capacity for analysis and combination of different elements. Knowledge can also be spiritual, e.g. a deeper understanding of dedication, sacrifice, patience, etc.

2. Open spiritually: This goal is to integrate spiritual awareness into your particular dharmic direction.

3. Achieve inner harmony: This goal amounts to attaining balance and peace of mind while fulfilling your particular dharmic duty.

4. Attain fame or power: Both elements of this goal are karmic rewards and represent great challenges but also offer unique opportunities for developing your communication and leaderships skills along with spiritual development.

5. Learn acceptance: This goal can be summarized as an awareness of “what is, is,” for it is our resistance to what is that causes our suffering.

6. Provide support: This goal could range from the encouragement and support of another individual, to helping accomplish a jointly shared dharmic direction, to the support of an ideal, a philosophical or religious belief.

7. Develop talent: Talents are developed over many lifetimes, so the goal could be in the beginning, intermediary or advanced stage of a creative pursuit.

Synthesis and Examples

While there are seven karmic paths to follow, you have the free will to choose a different path than the one your soul planned. Your dharmic directions and soul goals are your karmic destiny. You have free will to fulfill your destiny or to avoid it. The most important thing for soul development is however whether you overcome the challenges that will arise by acting unselfishly and fairly.

As a first example, a man is destined to fulfill his dharma in government. He was born with this dharmic direction and is called to handle it right. Will he become a fair and benevolent leader? Will he help others or will he be carried away by the fame and power he will acquire? It’s a well-known fact that those who are given power are pressured to serve certain interests that affect society negatively. Will he yield to that pressure carried away by material and ego-based interests or will he react with the consequences that this bears (losing his position or even his life)? Or will he evolve so much as to be able to float by learning balance and harmony, thereby keeping his position as long as possible?

Another soul becomes a famous singer thanks to her creative dharmic direction. Will she endure the pressure of her profession? Will she become a role model for young people? Will she help the less lucky ones with the riches that she acquired? Or will she be swooped by material temptations and become insensitive? Or will her ambitions keep her from seeing her limits with the consequence of her turning to drugs? The challenges present in such choices are numerous.

Yet another soul is on the path of workforce and spiritual growth. She builds a family and works on her self-development. Will she be a good mother and wife? Will she overcome her insecurities and limitations? Or will her marriage lead to a dead end? Will she in that case be able to build a new and successful relationship?

Someone else is born with a creative dharmic direction but with some negative karma to balance. He becomes a writer, but his income is limited. He’s called to accept what is and develop his abilities. Will he pull it off or will he sell out and choose another and quicker way to get rich?

Finally, someone else with a lot of negative karma grows up in the midst of obstacles and suffering. Her relationships have failed and she has accumulated negativity. Her dharmic direction is service. She works as a social worker and is called to get over her traumas so as to be able to help others. Will she bring herself to see life positively and enjoy simple things in life? Or will she take her bitterness out on other people?

At this point you have a picture of karmic paths, dharmic directions and soul purposes, together with the challenges that arise within those frames.

So the question is, why are you here?

Inspired by  Dick Sutphen