New Age thinking today relates primarily to H.P. Blavatsky’s Theosophy movement of the late 1800s. I have always encouraged my Professional Hypnotist Training graduates to study the writings of Blavatsky, Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater so they will fully understand the roots of their belief system and how to deal with unique situations one can encounter when directing past-life regressions. Modern Theosophy is a synthesis of occultism, Buddhism, and the essential truths of religion, science and philosophy.
In “Theosophy Simplified” (1979) by Irving S. Cooper, the author speaks of the purpose of experience: “We measure life by false standards, by pleasure and pain and not by growth. If life is pleasant we bless destiny, if unpleasant, we curse it, never considering in either case whether we grow through the experiences which come. Destiny is Nature’s plan of education; she is not trying to please us, to kill time, to furnish a continual round of pleasure; she is endeavoring to teach us. That is why we must work, endure hardships, struggle for what we get. Rugged lessons truly, but wonderfully effective in their results, for such teaching as we receive on earth produces strong men and brave women, not weaklings. Even though lives are spent in learning lessons, they are eventually mastered, for in this world-school are no failures.
“Destiny, however, offers many problems, and the greatest of them all is to find the cause of the fate which brings us to our parents, determines our opportunities, gauges our faculties and molds our lives.”
Cooper goes on to explain various views of destiny, but as I conclude in my new book, “Soul Agreements,” destiny is based upon our karma. He says, “... man, an immortal soul, is the molder and master of his own destiny, because he has started and will start all the forces which mold the circumstances in which he lives. This is the point of view accepted and taught by Theosophy.
“It tells us that no one is to blame except ourselves for our birth conditions, our character, our opportunities, our abilities, for all these things are due to the working of forces we have set going either in this life or in former lives. Thus all existing conditions are due either to the immediate or remote past, because, to use a luminous simile of St. Paul, we are reaping the harvests which have grown from seed we have sown before¾‘Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reap.’
“Karma is not fatalistic in the slightest. Fatalism always implies that we are bound on an iron wheel of circumstances from which no effort of our own can free us. Karma, on the contrary, says that while in truth we are bound by what we have done in the past, yet each moment we live we are molding and modifying the future by the decisions and choices we make. Free-will certainly does not mean that we are free to change the conditions of nature in any way that our whims may dictate, but that we are free to choose what we shall do WITHIN those conditions.
“One of the conditions of nature is, that when we choose, we must abide by the result of our choice. In this way we learn wisdom. If we decide to jump off a wall, it does not stop our fall for one instant, to wish, when we are halfway down, that we were on top again. If we jump off we must strike bottom as cause is always followed by its effect. We are wise we think before we jump.