Karma is your debt to the universe. Without serving your karma, you will be lost in endless cycles of dualism, ego, and suffering (whether it's your or another`s).
The world had to go through a lot of suffering to get here. Some of that your soul has made. Some of that is documented, some is not. Some of it is Biblical in scope. Without attention to karma, the world creates psychic entropy. The soul goes into depression and ennui. Dark Ages are caused by such.
The necessary practices are:
- attentiveness -- you must stay aware as you are about the world,
- compassion -- you have to be willing to learn about and empathize with the suffering of the world,
- effort -- one can't simply rest in one's mini paradise,
- contrition -- you have to be willing to admit that you were wrong.
One can't make the Enlightened Age or enter the future without dealing with the past.