The last Path Forging post looked a bit at the spiritual codes of conduct assigned by our various paths. I realized upon looking back at that post, I missed some key points on that post. So, here are a few more things to ponder on the question of violating codes of conduct.
- If conduct violations are punishable in your path, when does retribution occur? Is it immediate or delayed until a set time?
- Does punishment for misconduct extend beyond this life? Is it part of the afterlife? If you embrace the idea of reincarnation, can punishment extend through multiple lifetimes?
- Is there are a way to “work off” the misconduct – some set of prayers, actions, or other means to put oneself in the good graces of those who enforce the spiritual rules?
- Can clergy or other members of your path “forgive” instances of rule violations?