Chart Courtesy of Owen Cramer.
What the Teachers call the “Wheel of Karma” or “Karmic Wheel” is a much larger concept than the “Wheel of Karma” that’s spoken about in philosophical literature. In common parlance the “Wheel of Karma”, like the Sanskrit word “samsara”, refers to being tied to a reincarnational cycle of births and deaths until one has “paid one’s dues”, so to speak.
What the Teachers call the “Karmic Wheel” might be more understandably termed the “Cyclic Phases of Creation”.
There are 12 phases, the first 6 of which comprise “involution”, and the second 6, “evolution”. That is to say, first things take shape, then they become specialized and complexified to the extent that they have a new function, and, perhaps a new appearance, and the twelve phases begin again at a new level. And, as they say, “Your mileage may vary”. The time spent in any of the phases depends upon awareness and action required to move to the next phase.
The teachers indicated that this applies at both a microscopic and cellular level in the development of an organism and at a human level where we develop as a person and take our consciousness to higher levels.
As you can probably tell, this overview is just the tip of the iceberg on the subject. And, as I have alluded to before, the Teachers have their own definitions to all these words, and I will address them in future blog entries, under the category “Karmic Wheel”. Of, course, if you can’t wait, you can go to
http://templeteachings.com/Search.aspx , enter Karmic Wheel and read to your heart’s content. 🙂