I think about this a lot and I'm curious as to other people's views and perhaps even experiences with regard to this?
I've always struggled with the concept of karma but I think that might be because I'm not sure I really understand it? Sometimes I think dividing things up into good or bad is a bit simplistic. Sometimes something good comes out of something 'bad', sometimes I've been in a situation that I thought was good but it turned out to be bad, sometimes something's happened that I've felt was bad at the time but looking back I can see it set me on a different path (and one that I feel is better). So I've struggled with understanding karma in the sense of people attracting bad things or something negative because they've done something 'bad'; kind of like a payback system? Also because I know people who've done lots of bad things and don't seem to have suffered at all because of it (quite the opposite) and equally I know people who do a lot of good but seem to have a lot of bad luck.
Anyway, that's what gets me thinking about multiple lives, whether there's some sort of balance book so you come into this life to learn lessons and put right the wrongs of your past, whether you can kind of store up points for a future life that will be better than this one. I look at different people's situations - people fleeing war zones or genocide compared to people who aren't, and there's no personal contribution to that situation, they just happen to have been born in that place and didn't have any say or part in the way their country in general is functioning.
I wonder whether there's a 'meaning' or if we're all just wandering about trying to find a point to it all.
I've had some quite strong experiences when doing 'past life' meditation but obviously I have no way of knowing whether I really have lived before or if I just have a vivid imagination (or was remembering something I've read in a book at some point). If we've lived multiple lives I wonder why some of us aren't a bit more clued up, lol. I do feel dissatisfied a lot of the time but whether that's because I've got some past experience that makes me feel there's more to life than I currently experience or if I'm just bored I don't know.
Anyway - not quite sure why this was on my mind this morning but I'd just be interested to know what other people think about it all