We have all been victimized by it at one point in our lives. It is the unseen or unpredicted rain that spoils our well-planned picnics. This illusory concept rears its ugly head in the form of fender-benders that occur during the cursory daily commutes we endure right at the time when everything else in our lives seems to be going so well. It can find you running into an old friend when we step out of your routine while running errands in a seldom visited part of town. It is even revealed with the discovery of that lost $20 bill that was washed in the pocket of your favorite jeans. It goes by many names but the most recognizable name is coincidence a.k.a. chance.
It may come as a shock, as it did to me but what we know as coincidence or chance doesn't actually exist. There are no accidents. As mind boggling as it sounds, things that just seem to happen out of nowhere, no matter how bizarre, have a cause.This principle called the Law of Cause and Effect as stated in the Kybalion says:
Every cause has its effect . . .
In physicality, this principle seems obvious. For example, the fall following the trip or the injury resulting from recklessness. However, higher planes of causation outside of the obvious and mundane cause and effect relationships we're able to recognize are largely explained away as chance or coincidence. Again the Kybalion reminds us of the law in the definition of this principle:
chance is but a name for the law not recognized ...
To the masses, unaware of divine law at work, these mental crutches of chance, coincidence and happenstance render the majority victims of circumstance and blind to the true untapped powers of their own minds. This and all other divine law, as we have discussed in previous posts, are perpetually and eternally at work and as physical manifestations of these laws, we are divine law at work. Scientifically speaking, our senses (and thoughts) are nothing more than electrical impulses and our bodies are held fast to the earth by magnetism making our physical bodies true emitters and receivers of energy But let's not forget that the law is subject to the law. The law cannot be undone or circumvented only understood by the student, recognized by the initiate and utilized by the master. Understanding this, our comprehension of this principle leads us to yet another profound aspect of this axiom:
there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law.
Between the dual poles of cause and effect, polarity will define how severe the effect based on the severity of the cause. Likewise, the effect will correspond to a specific cause that created it resonating through all planes of existence. Enter duality, and we have the possibility of a negative cause producing an equally negative effect; a positive cause creating a positive effect and so on. The important thing to understand about what this principle reveals to us is that we are the creators of the circumstances that befall us, good and bad. I'm reminded of the "trace your steps backwards" trick my father taught me once when I was searching high and low for an item I had lost. As instructed, I paused, cleared my mind and began to visualize every step I had taken to the present. Sure enough, the location of the item was revealed. As mundane as this methodology may sound, when applied in the context of cause and effect, tracing the effect back to the cause, we are privy to the control panel of life. Ask yourself the question: Does your life reflect causes or effects? The honest answer will be revealing.
The one who embodies the effect mentality may ask the question, "Why do I have such bad luck," thereby exemplifying their lack of control and reinforcing their position as the pawn, which is the least powerful piece on the chess board of life; the piece that is most often sacrificed for the benefit of another piece on the board. The one who exemplifies the cause mentality would likely never even use the world luck and say, "My life is what I make it," thereby dawning the crown of the queen, the most powerful piece on the chess board; the piece whose movement is unlimited in all directions on the board.
The beauty in this understanding and the law itself is that one's position is not static. The pawn can become the queen by enduring the study and practice of the law and crossing life's chess board to take the highest position in life; the position of the controller and not the controlled; to embody the action and not the reaction; to become the cause that defines the desired effect.
"... I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul."