causation, or cause and effect

“Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to law; chance is but a name for law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law” ~The Kybalion

“The principle of Cause and Effect embodies the truth that law pervades the universe; that nothing happens by chance. … The underlying principle of Cause and Effect has been accepted as correct by practically all the thinkers of the world worthy of the name. To think otherwise would be to take the phenomena of the universe from the domain of Law and Order, and to regulate it to the control of the imaginary something which men have called ‘chance’. … But a little consideration will show you there can be no such agent as ‘chance, in the sense of something outside of Law. … The existence of such a Something would render all natural Law ineffective.” ~Three Initiates


For many centuries, nearly all people have accepted cause and effect as a real thing. When a mining crew or construction engineer sets dynamite in a location to blow up a rock, he can be reasonably certain that the explosive will cause the rock it is under to explode. It won’t cause a random rock somewhere else to explode. It won’t send out streamer of confetti instead of exploding. It wont turn the rock into an elephant. It’s predictable. It follows laws, specifically the law of Cause and Effect (or causation).

Some have interpreted recent findings in the field of quantum physics as denying the law of causality, but I think this is a misinterpretation. What I have read doesn’t say that an effect does not have a cause, it says that a single event can be both a cause and an effect of another event. This, according to quantum theory, is because linear time is not real, therefore a future event can be the cause of a past effect just as easily as it can be the cause of a future one. So if an event seems to be an effect for which no cause can be found, it is possible that the cause simply hasn’t happened yet.

Just as there are criminals who break man-made laws, there may be rare cases where the law of cause and effect does get broken, but those rare cases do not invalidate the law.

In Spiritual Growth

If causation didn’t work, we would have a very difficult time with spiritual development (as well as with other kinds of development, but not my concern). If there was no cause and effect, people would awaken spiritually and achieve higher states of consciousness purely by chance. This, fortunately, is not the case, yet many seem to believe it is.

True spiritual awakening does have a cause and it is almost always one of these two: (1) a dramatic, life-changing event, often one that leaves the person very depressed and questioning the meaning of life, or (2) a deliberate attempt to try to awaken those faculties by means proven over the centuries by true spiritual and mystical schools.

You can, if you wish, cross your fingers and hope for a “Dark Night of the Soul” to awaken you, or you can be smart and attempt to awaken those faculties in other ways. Specifically, you can, under the direction of a real spiritual teacher, learn how to take in the Light of the Spiritual Sun which will awaken those faculties.


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