There are laws in areas where we don't normally imagine there are any. We are familiar with the physical and biological laws, but not such laws that guarantee overall fairness and the like. Society has a legal system for such things, but similar laws also exist in life in general. Everything that people do has consequences. Sometimes it's just so complex that we don't understand or see these connections. The Law of Karma is referred to in the Bible as "the law of sowing and harvesting" However, statements of reincarnation have been edited out of the Bible, making it difficult to understand what is actually meant. There are people who seemingly sow and sow, without getting anything back, or reap much misery without seeing any reason for this. Both the karma and reincarnation thought are needed to explain such things: "What you sow it, you reap. If you don't do it in this life, what's the name of it, it will be in the next life."
The individual plans or at least approves for himself how life will be, what experiences he or she will be allowed to do. On the eve of a new incarnation, the individual fully understands what life will mean. In this phase, the individual has the support of sympathetic, spiritual beings that are likened to a "heavenly council." These can recommend and motivate the individual to deal with certain things. Sometimes you can choose between having a harder or easier life, but the individual may still prefer a life with greater difficulties. She then does this to try to fix "a pattern" that has characterized previous incarnations. So it is not only that each person gets to experience exactly what he or she needs to experience, but we choose it ourselves:
As many people say, life is hard. But you really choose it yourself. There are black and white, and there are possibilities, really, just that you can't see it right now because you're staring blindly at the problem […] As many people say, yes, I've lived in poverty and misery, and I find the wrong partner all the time, and economics and all this. But you choose, and you also control this. So you have an opportunity before you come, to end up with a family that suits you right now.
Life is "a school", with curricula, homework and homework. Suffering is the engine of our development. In the long run, their own experiences provide an ability to experience with others who have difficulty in the same area. Man must dismantle his "ego". This ego can be said to correspond to the "devil" in Christian doctrine, according to an interviewee. It is this ego that makes people do bad things. The view that someone can be a victim, while another is the perpetrator, is misleading. We all suffer from a lack of experience that links us together:
This view that we have in society, that there is a perpetrator and a victim, it is also wrong. Both suffer equally. And it is very provocative, that is, in it, because here there is because in this society everyone wants scapegoats and everyone wants to feel sorry for the victim and so on. And it would be very difficult to say to a rape victim, for example, but I am convinced that it is.
One of the interviewees tells of a reincarnation memory in which a man subjected her to severe abuse. In this life, she has seen this person again and it has been a complicated relationship. However, she would object that she would have been a victim in the past: "And then I meet this guy in this life, and it was HE like. I wonder it went crazy. [Me: The one who subjected you to] He didn't put me through. We exposed each other." One respondent who had a difficult upbringing says that she had chosen it herself, so it was okay. In this way, even innate disabilities and limitations get an explanation:
A lot of people say that you kind of decide for yourself. Now I'm going to do a lap with someone, something you're going to work on… And like, for example, those who are born and are wheelchair users, for example, that they have then kind of decided, that now I will take that match, because then they come through the next life as completely new people… But it's a pretty tough match then.
We ourselves are fully responsible for our fate. The question of how there can be an almighty god when there is so much misery in the world, the so-called theodicé problem, is misresolved. "From my point of view, if I may express myself so presumptuously, there are… There is no malice in the fact that this happens… Seemingly bad or bad things. But there's a reason why evil happens," said one respondent. Several of the respondents point out that this is reasoning that they do not share with anyone as it can be perceived as cynical:
A standing problem, for example, is these extermination camps during the Third Reich, World War II. Jews, gypsies and homosexuals were persecuted and gassed to death and so on. If there is justice in the world, I don't think that would happen. This is the theodicé problem. But if reincarnation is reality, then one can imagine that there is a reasonable explanation. But it is very sensitive. I never talk about it with other people who aren't into these thoughts. Because then most people rage out in anger… bah, bah, bah… So I think you should avoid that. But as an explanation of the theodice problem, it is good enough. I can't find anyone better anyway.
Several interviewees refer to the Christian notion of Jesus' vicarious suffering on the cross. This is referred to as "the greatest error of Christianity". The idea is based on an image of God as primitive and avenging, according to one respondent, because an understanding of things like karma and reincarnation is lacking:
Is God so fucking primitive, that he must be appeased […] God as a primitive and avenging being. If there's going to be some fucking justice in the universe, it's got to be like karma. And if karma is to work, there must be reincarnation as well.
It is only when we have learned and taken the consequences of a wrong course of action and refrain from repeating this that we may experience something reminiscent of the forgiveness or grace of sins: "It is the only grace that exists at all, it is when through development we have come so far that we can no longer do the same act that triggered that karma. Then we're protected. That is the real grace."
In the material there is a tension between severity and fragility. There is what can be perceived as a very ascetic or strict regime: The individual has an "ego" to be driven out. Life is a school with "backlogs". The Bible language "that you sow you should also harvest" is central. The Church's offer of mercy or forgiveness of sins is rejected. At the same time, respondents do not give the impression of being some particularly cynical or insensitive people. Descriptions of the necessity of suffering appear alongside detailed descriptions of the importance of love and compassion. Here, too, it seems that the extremes are meeting.
It is also interesting to reflect on how new age, newness and the like are often described as incoherent or fuzzy worldviews. Many of the ideas in the material have a strikingly rational trait. Life works with millimetre justice according to clear and clear principles. Freud (1927/2008) argued that there was no instance of reason. Religion he saw as a group-level neurosis or delusion that was perpetuated by "detracting from the value of life and distorting the image of the real world, which presupposes that intelligence is suppressed by methods of intimidation" (Freud, 1929/2008, p. 421). However, the people in this study do not seem to be trying to suppress their intelligence. They have great faith in the scientific method and even regard their own worldview as "spiritual science". Perhaps there is something insidious about newness. It cannot be ruled out that the inner coherence of the thought system – admittedly based on fairly simple premises: everything and everyone is connected and everyone is responsible for their own destiny, as an example – may be one of the factors that is responsible for the fact that actual suffering is not experienced or acknowledged and could even be greater (Granqvist, 2004).