Dr. Steven Hairfield on The Sacred Principles of Karma      
If you are an angry person and you’re always putting forth anger, what you are going to find around you all the time is angry people, angry situations, situations that magnify the anger that you already have, alright?

Halo, brilliant viewers, welcome to Science and Spirituality on Supreme Master Television. Today we are delighted to present the first in a three-part series featuring an interview with our esteemed guest, Dr. Steven Hairfield from the USA who is a Zen priest and an author of six books on various spiritual subjects.

As a young man, Dr. Hairfield was in the military and was sent to Âu Lạc (Vietnam). His yearning for inner peace and wisdom guided him to a Zen Buddhist monastery in one of the southern provinces, where he studied the purpose of life. After returning to the United States, Dr. Hairfield enrolled in a university and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

With an urge to expand his search for the Truth and Divine Self, he embarked on a journey to India, Nepal and Tibet. There, he lived as a Buddhist monk and discovered through his research that Jesus Christ spent a portion of his life in South Asia. Coming home to the US once again, he completed a master’s degree in religion and theology and a doctorate in metaphysics.

Dr. Hairfield now lectures about spiritual topics such as the power of thought and the benefits of meditation as well as writes books and is dedicated to helping those who are in search of their original Self- Nature.

Our Supreme Master Television correspondent had the opportunity to conduct an enlightening interview with Dr. Hairfield on his latest book: The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma, which addresses the different aspects of this universal law. We began by asking what motivated him to write this text on karma.

The reason for it is extremely interesting. This part of the world (USA) knows very little about the idea of karma. We hear the idea of “law of attraction” but we don’t really know how it works. The whole idea even of creation is you could say the human is a karmic effect of the Divine. In other words Divine is cause and we are the end result of that cause. What we don’t understand is, is in each and everything that we do, we create the same things.

We are the cause in our lives and our lives are the effect of what we indeed have created. So I wrote it because it’s a real important idea in the Eastern world. I wrote it with the Western mind in the way that we view things, so that people could understand how they could truly become empowered in their own lives. And karma can help one do that. People don’t realize that it’s a very genuine idea in life because we have an effect in everything that we do.

Look at Newtonian physics, Newton and his third law of motion verifies the idea of karma for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And if we thoroughly understand our own actions, we know exactly what the return result is going to be. That’s what karma is about and that’s why I wrote it.

To many the term “karma” is associated with a system of rewards and punishments and Dr. Hairfield wishes to inform the world that the meaning of this word is much deeper.

Actually, karma is the catch-all word and it breaks down into some 12 operating principles within the idea of karma. The first thing I think a lot of people have to understand is, is karma is not a punishing idea, it was never intended for that, and we tend to think that it is.

Karma has its basis in everything that you do. The first principle of karma says, “What you sow so shall you reap.” “What you sow so shall you reap,” is what you plant in your life is what’s going to come back to you. So we can look at karma as an equalizer, not as a punisher.

Karma is the very thing that makes sure that the playing field of life stays level and equal in all things. No human is created better than another human. Race, creed, color, any of that has nothing to do with it because when the Creator created life, it created equality built-in to it and karma is just the insurance policy. It’s going to make sure it stays the same.

How does the law of karma operate and thus affect our lives?

If we fully understand the total implications of what karma’s going to do to a person; I am very genuine and sincere when I say we would not do half of what we do. One of the things I point out in the book is if you think someone is a bone-head, a very short time after that you’re going to have your own personal bone-head experience, because that’s what you thought of that person. That is a seed that you planted, it came to fruition and it came back to you.

If you look at a person that steals something, I can promise you karma is going to strike them in a variety of ways. One, they’re going to have things stolen from them, two, their trust is totally gone because now they can trust no one. All of those are simply results of karma.

If we learn to appreciate the attributes of karma and realize that it is just a simple thing that keeps the playing field level, then we would keep it level on our own. In a monastery, when a monk does a thing, no matter what it is, they already know the end result and they’re simply there to greet it. They know always what’s going to occur because of what they do. Now if we all had that knowledge, it would make a different world which is what I’m after.

Once we have created bad karma, is there anything We can do to counteract it and avoid Its eventual results? Here is Dr. Hairfield’s perspective.

You cannot run from karma. It is not possible. You see, there is no good, no bad, no right, no wrong, that’s all human illusion. That’s what we determine it to be. It’s bad because we don’t like it. It’s good because we do, but does that make a difference?

You’re going to have the experience based on what you’ve sowed and now you have to reap, and that’s your karma coming back at you. And people just don’t like that karma coming back at them, but there’s no way anybody can get around it or away from it.

Like the law of avoidance, the essence of it, is: ‘Wherever you go, there you are.’ We spend more time not acknowledging ourselves, attempting to avoid ourselves, as opposed to accepting who we really are. But that principle of karma is always reminding you precisely who you are.

So the cliché, “When bad things happen to good people,” is that cleaning up karma from a past life?

Actually you could say that. I share with people all the time, people that are very spiritually-orientated, very spiritually- minded, that I I found well over 90% of them had really horrendous or extremely difficult childhoods. Everything from sexually molested to physically abused, mentally abused, emotionally abused, you name it.

And what they don’t realize is, is they were getting all of that historical karma out of the way when they were children, but what most of them have failed to do is let it go. They still hold on to it, and they remember what all of that was, and they don’t realize that what they’re doing is constantly repeating it in their present.

Doppler radar is a weather forecasting tool and this technology involves radio waves bouncing back to an antenna after hitting objects like raindrops. The time it takes for the waves to travel back and the frequency of the returned signal helps scientists determine in what ways weather patterns are developing. Dr. Hairfield says a scientific principle known as the “Doppler Effect” and the karmic system have much in common.

Actually the Doppler Effect has its basis in karma. When Dr. Doppler was working on the Doppler radar system, which is what we use to determine our weather patterns today, he was stumped. And he took a walk, he’d sat down on a park bench, and he began to pick up pebbles and he would throw them into a a pool and he would watch them.

He would see these ripples go out and he thought, “Well, they seem to go out just a certain distance. What happens to them?” So he went back into his lab and set up under controlled means the effects of what happened with all of those ripples. And here is the intriguing thing, and this is how Doppler radar came about, wherever you threw that pebble into that pool, the ripples would go out to each of the sides, all the way to the bottom, and they would always return to the same spot where the pebble entered.

So it’s not that they disappeared. In other words the ripple effect just became so subtle it was lost to the naked eye. But under controlled means and computer monitoring, they always return. No matter where it hit the water those ripples would go to every place and come back.

In the Biblical text Christ said, “Whatever you put forth returns unto you ten-fold.” Now let’s look at karma. Your act is the pebble that hits the pool of life, and it spreads everywhere, goes in all directions. When it finds all of its like kind that matches your thought, it comes back to you from all sides and all at once.

So you could say Doppler Effect and karma are identical, but Doppler demonstrated in a physics lab how karma actually works. What you think, what you feel, what you do and what you say. Every one of those plants a seed of Doppler coming back to you as an example.

Our appreciation Dr. Steven Hairfield, for sharing your time and wisdom with us regarding the concept of karma and for providing clear illustrations of how this universal law works. Wise viewers, please join us again next Monday on Science and Spirituality for part two of our interview with Dr. Hairfield when he will further elaborate on the sacred principles of karma.

For more details on Dr. Steven Hairfield, please visit CDs and books including The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma by Dr. Hairfield are available at the same website

Thank you for your presence today on our program. Coming up next is Words of Wisdom after Noteworthy News. May all lives be forever blessed by the Divine.
Halo, conscious viewers, welcome to Science and Spirituality on Supreme Master Television. We are pleased to present the second in a three-part series featuring an interview with Dr. Steven Hairfield from the US, who is a Zen priest and an author, about his most recent book entitled The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma.

Dr. Hairfield regularly lectures about spiritual topics such as the power of thought and the benefits of meditation and is dedicated to helping those who are in search of their original Self- Nature. Last week Dr. Hairfield described how the law of karma can be explained through 12 equally important principles. He says these principles serve as a road map in helping us to realize the essence of life and once we fully understand these different aspects of karma, we can be truly empowered in our lives.

The 12 principles are: The Great Principle Creation Humility Growth The Mirrors Synchronicity Direction and Motives Willingness Here and Now Change Patience and Reward Value and Upliftment Today Dr. Hairfield will introduce some of the core concepts of karma as discussed in his book beginning with what he calls the “Great Principle”: “As you sow, so shall you reap.”

If you understand the Great Principle, then you’ll easily understand the rest of them. If we looked at every single act, action, thought, or word, or emotion that you have as a seed so to speak, and you plant that seed, what do you want to harvest? What do you want out of that crop? You plant in the present, it grows tomorrow. It’s your garden and you are the only one that can harvest in it. No one else can.

The Principle of Creation

The Principle of Creation, that’s the power that we all have. You have created every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day of your life in exactly the way that you want it. The concept behind the Principle of Creation is also personal ownership of what you have created. “I cannot blame you for anything, I can only own what I have created, own what I feel, that’s not up to you to control.”

So if a car, a bank account, or a house makes you happy, if your children, or your husband makes you happy, you do not have any control of your happiness at all. Zero. Everything you feel, everything you think is a result of a karmic return. I am the one that generated it in the first place. See, when we have events that occur in our life it’s to educate us. Only you can change the circumstances.

The Principle of Humility

The Principle of Humility is summed up in this phrase “What you resist, persists for you.” In other words we create our own difficulties, in particular through negative thoughts or emotions. Dr. Hairfield learned the lesson of humility while he was a monk in a Tibetan monastery. There he was made to confront his greatest opponent – fear.

I’ll share the story of the tiger; how he and I met. I was out in the fields one day, and Master Lobsang said, “Young man, what’s your greatest fear?” And I said, “A slow agonizing death.” A few days later, the Rinpoche or Abbott of the monastery, sent a runner out into the fields to have me come and see him, and he wanted me to pick up some spices and thread and buttons from the village. I went out the front door of the monastery and I was about 20 feet away from the door and there was this Bengal tiger just standing in the middle of the path, and I froze.

I was 20 feet from the door; he’s almost 100 yards from me so I could have made it to the door very easily. And I want to tell you something, I could not move. And I thought, “Well, if I stand here frozen, he won’t see me, and I’m looking down this path and all of a sudden he starts moving very slowly, one paw at a time. And then he started going a little faster and a little faster, and I still absolutely could not move.

And the last thing I remembered was seeing this cat just springing into the air. Now, I weigh about 168 pounds, this tiger was about 400 pounds and he landed right on me. I’m screaming and hollering, this cat is licking my head, got his teeth on my skull and I never realized he wasn’t biting me.

And then all of a sudden I heard laughter. And I get this cat off my head and I turned around and looked, and there was Lobsang, the Lama Kiela and two other monks. They were just laughing hysterically. And when I was down at the river washing out my robes, you know what happened, Lobsang and the tiger walked down, and Lobsang told me the story. The cat’s mum had been poached, and they found him at the front door of the monastery, and they raised him from a two month old tiger, and all he knew was monks.

But I had the best friendship from that day on with that cat. And I was cured totally of death, and especially a slow agonizing one. So what is that have to do with karma? Karma or fear is the biggest holdback in karma, and what it will do to you ultimately. Now, if a person lives fearfully, then they will always bring to themselves things that create fear within them, and everything becomes magnified.

The Principle of Growth

The greatest level of growth happens internally and not externally. The Law of Growth is getting a person to move forward in their lives. Instead of looking always at things you don’t have, why not appreciate what you do have? That’s where your growth will actually occur of the greatest (degree). We are divine creatures.

An angry person cannot shift the anger until they recognize the fact that they are. So the Law of Growth is about making sure that we do change.

The Principle of the Mirrors

This principle says our life experiences always reflect back to us exactly who we are in any given moment.

The fifth principle, where you have the Law of the Mirrors, that’s actually broken down into seven different reflections. Life is always showing you exactly who you are, which is why blame is an exercise in futility. There is no need for conflict. Why? You have your experience, I have my experience. And we all look at life through our historical experience. What has happened before, determines how you see things today.

And if we don’t like our lives, all we have to do is shift our perspective, our actions and our activities into a different dynamic. And when we do, and we do it with intention, our entire lives change, there’s no way around that at all! And here is the funny thing: You can work out karma in this lifetime, or the universe will wait, and you’ll work it out in another lifetime, or another, or another.

The Principle of Synchronicity

Synchronicity is about living in equality, peace and harmony.

I think the greatest interrupter of synchronicity is judgment. The Law of Synchronicity is more about the idea of something we chatted about earlier, and that there is no good, there is no bad, there is no right, there is no wrong, there just is life, and it’s all in how we tend to see it. Synchronicity is the true harmonic of life. Synchronicity is not being owned by anything outside you, is not ever attempting to prove yourself or to be something that you’re not.

And most people, especially in this part of the world, are always attempting to be who they aren’t as opposed to who they are. The Law of Synchronicity is more about truth and error and when you’re walking on the path of truth you have synchronicity, and when you walk on the path of error you have struggle. And all error is a steering mechanism to take you back to synchronicity.

The Principle of Direction and Motives

And can you elaborate on the Principle of Direction and Motives?

That’s more about intention. If your motive wasn’t of the deepest of integrity, your direction is going to change into a direction that you didn’t anticipate. The intention that you’re putting into a thing is the seed that’s going to create the direction.

The Principle of Willingness

How about the Principle of Willingness? The 12 principles, they get more subtle as they go along and in the Law of Willingness basically it’s being willing to face yourself. You planted the garden. Now you’ve got all these weeds in that garden. It’s required for you to remove them; are you willing to do that? Are you willing to change routines of your own mind? Are you willing to shift your emotions to bring you a greater experience? I can promise you one thing, whatever you’re unwilling to do; it’s going to be constantly in front of you until you do it.

The Principle of the Present Moment

If you can learn to master the idea of keeping your mind and thoughts right behind your eyes, you’ll never worry again. What causes worry is when we look into the future or we look into the past. But if you learn to stay in the present moment there is never anything to worry about.

The Principle of Patience and Reward

The point is whenever you’re impatient about anything, that you will always be faced with impatient situations, it becomes more and more magnified. But the more patient you are about any and everything, the more rewarding life is. It’s amazing at how much impatience actually blocks almost virtually any event in your life.

A lot of people are impatient, they want to have love in their life so they get in a hurry and they get in a relationship that turns out to be the worst nightmare. Well, there’s no reward in that. If you’re patient in all things, it’s always much more rewarding, much more healthy in your mind, in your emotions and in your body, at the same time.

The Principle of Value and Upliftment

The essence of it is every person there is value, and it’s our function to always lift people by being in service to people, not taking from. I mean if I’m walking down the street and I see somebody in tears, it’s always my desire to only help them, if I can. If there is some way that I can, then I will. I just won’t walk by. I just won’t leave them there. That’s the value of upliftment.

We thank you Dr. Steven Hairfield for sharing your wonderful life experiences and deep knowledge about the workings of karma. Gracious viewers, please join us again next Monday on Science and Spirituality for the conclusion of our interview with Dr. Hairfield.

For more details on Dr. Steven Hairfield, please visit CDs and books including The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma by Dr. Hairfield are available at the same website

Thank you for your presence today on our program. Coming up next is Words of Wisdom after Noteworthy News. May the Providence shine the light of wisdom and love on us all.
We can’t get away from ourselves. We cannot get away from cause and effect. But what we can do is live in a loving manner, as that loving cause, and then have love return to us, because that is the only thing that can happen. We have that much direct influence in life. We are the sole reason that our lives are the way that it is.

Halo, tranquil viewers, welcome to Science and Spirituality on Supreme Master Television. We are pleased to present the conclusion of a three-part series featuring an interview with Dr. Steven Hairfield from the US, who is a Zen priest and an author.

Dr. Hairfield regularly lectures about spiritual topics such as the power of thought and the benefits of meditation and is dedicated to helping those who are in search of their original Self- Nature.

Our Supreme Master Television correspondent had the opportunity to discuss with Dr. Hairfield some of the topics addressed in his latest book: The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma.

Dr. Hairfield says the law of karma can be explained through 12 equally important principles and they serve as a road map in helping us to realize the essence of life. Dr. Hairfield dedicates The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma to all truth seekers and writes: “Living the Divine being within you is your destiny, the underlying reason for life itself.”

We thus begin with the concept of fate. Do we really have freewill in our lives or is everything set by destiny? Dr. Hairfield shares his nuggets of wisdom.

My teachers one day started explaining to me about destiny. We think we have this thing called freewill. What we have is choice, and we tend to confuse choice with freewill, because if there is a destiny or a fate, how does freewill fit in that? It doesn’t, because you are going to live that destiny in this lifetime or another one, and it’s just up to you when you decide to do it, it’s as simple as that.

We are spending years going, “There is no way I am going to do that.” And yet all the circumstances led up to me doing exactly what I do today. So we all have a destiny, we’re all going to live that destiny, sooner or later.

Many people fervently search for their soul mate, believing this person will make them happy in life. Dr. Hairfield cautions that there is a world of difference between a soul mate and what he calls a “twin flame” or someone who loves us without judgment and for who we are.

If you look for a soul mate you could find your worst nightmare, and you are attracted to this person, and all of sudden it turns out to be the worst relationship you’ve ever had. What you don’t realize is you played the karmic debt out; there is no longer a karmic debt between you two.

I asked one of my teachers in India one day, about relationships and the idea of love, and his answer was beautifully simple. He said, “Steven, love does not know time nor does it know distance, it only knows itself. That when you find that true partner, that true flame, you will know it within a matter of seconds and then you will spend the rest of your life learning to know each other.”

And that to me is the difference between a soul mate and a twin flame. A soul mate could be your worst nightmare, and a twin flame will never be that.

We also asked Dr. Hairfield about the nature of consciousness and its different aspects.

How about consciousness versus clarity of consciousness? You mention a little bit about clarity of consciousness.

We all have consciousness; we just don’t use it. Clarity of consciousness is where we no longer have old baggage that we hold to which shades, shapes and jades what we see. You talk with a lady as an example. Let’s say she’s had difficult experiences in relationships, so today she has a hard time trusting a male. How can she ever have a fulfilling relationship as long as she cannot trust that male?

And here’s the funny thing, because she doesn’t trust the man, she’s always going to attract men to her that she can’t trust in the first place, until she gets over it.

That’s an unclear consciousness. Once she steps into clarity of consciousness, she trusts individuals just for who they are, and not for who they aren’t. We all look at potential when we look at people instead of the reality of the person. Potential is only potential until it’s realized and lived, other than that, it’s chasing an illusion. So clarity of consciousness is living in truth and chasing nothing, and allowing life to come to you because it does and it will.

How about the global pool? What is that?

Global pool, that’s every single thought that every single human that’s ever lived has put out into consciousness.

Every single one?

Yes ma’am. Here’s the interesting thing. That once you think a thought it stays out there in consciousness until it finds its like kind and then like the Doppler effect, it returns to you. So the collective pool is all human consciousness. Consciousness can be used for communication just like you and I are doing right now. And it doesn’t matter where in the world you or I sit, we can still link consciously. So once we become aware of consciousness as a vehicle and as a mechanism, we can now use it for that mechanism.

I mean the sole reason I ended up in India was from that vehicle. So when we look at the world today and collective consciousness today, that consciousness is in turmoil. Why? Because humanity is in turmoil. And if people aren’t careful they are going to allow themselves individually to get into greater turmoil. Why? Because right now, most people are unconscious of that connection with it.

People that are otherwise very peaceful are becoming very violent today. Why? Because of them, or because of consciousness? It’s a reflection of one to the other, one to the other, which one is in dominance? So, conscious clarity would be knowing who you are.

Being conscious that we are connected inside to the rest of humankind and the universe is part of a journey to self-mastery. But what constitutes full self-mastery? Dr. Hairfield shares his view.

Understanding and implicitly accepting yourself. Self-mastery is removing all illusion and living authentically within your own self, within only who you are. When we were on the way to Tibet, one of my teachers said to me, 14 of us in a single file (line), “Steven, you sound like an elephant stomping through the jungle. Come up here.”

And he said, “Do you know how you walk?” And I said, “Yes.” And he laughed and said, “No you don’t. How do you breathe? How do your feet touch the ground? What’s your stride? How do you move? What are your arms doing?” I couldn’t answer any of those. And he said to me this, “Move back in line and pay very close attention to all moves you make and remove all wasted movement.” And about an hour later, I heard from up front, “Good.” I no longer sounded like an elephant.

But when you say what is self-mastery? It’s knowing yourself implicitly in any and everything that you do. How you move, how you think, how you feel, and allow nothing to be in control of you in any of those moments. Nothing! And if your emotions and your mind are always the same, life no longer has a hold on you, then you’ve mastered you.

What is the relationship between bad karma and illness? Dr. Hairfield teaches that disease is an outward manifestation of the fact that one’s inner life is not in balance.

In some parts of the world the closest thing you are going to get to a doctor is a monk, and they are wizards when it comes to herbs, so to speak, but they also understand the metaphorical representation of the body parts. Lungs represent the ability to receive; liver and kidneys are the filters; the intestines are to digest foods.

What we as humans don’t realize is, is every cell in your body is controlled by your mind, and your cells resonate and vibrate to what you think and feel. So if you do not like you, you are already in the process of destroying your own self, because you don’t like you. So when we look at illness, that’s a culmination of karma based in that part of the physiological aspect of that body. The fastest transmuter of karma actually happens to be cancer.

Why do woman get cancer, breast cancer, cervical or uterine cancer? Where do people store guilt in their bodies? Usually in the area that determines their gender. Testicular cancer is in men that feel guilty and don’t know how to handle it. They don’t know how to release it, how to get rid of it but that’s the result again of karma showing up in a physiological sense in the body, it’s an accumulative effect of what they’ve done.

So karma will show up in your body (Oh, it does) it’s not just events?

It’s a universal truth so it will show up anywhere. It can show up in events, in people, in words, thoughts, deeds, actions and in your body.

Finally, Dr. Hairfield wishes to offer these parting thoughts to our viewers.

It’s not about what people have done to you; it’s about what you do for others, and when you learn that the greatest value that you have is sharing the truth of you, not your perceptions, but the truth of who you are, with any person that comes along. And when you open your heart and you share that loving heart that you have, people cannot resist it. They just cannot.

Find peace within you. It is never outside you. Whatever you seek it’s always within you, never away from you. Look in there first. And then share what you find with all people. That’s what I would say.

Our sincere appreciation and thanks Dr. Steven Hairfield, for taking time to introduce us to your most recent book and providing understandable, real-world examples that help clarify the workings of the law of karma and other metaphysical principles. We wish you every success in your future noble endeavors.

For more details on Dr. Steven Hairfield, please visit CDs and books including The Twelve Sacred Principles of Karma by Dr. Hairfield are available at the same website

Loving viewers, thank you for your presence today on our program. Coming up next is Words of Wisdom after Noteworthy News. May we all be conscious of the daily choices we make in life.

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