So, in the last 6 months to a year, I've completely overhauled my personal relationship to the dharma and developed a really deep practice. Between deep philosophical study, meditation, and volunteer work (for a buddhist scholar) I spend at least 4 dedicated hours on it every single day. In addition, I try to chant mantras (Vajrasattva and Medicine Buddha) while I walk or perform menial tasks, and I practice dream yoga (as best I can) at night.
During this time, I've been sick way more than I have ever been before. These are not life-threatening illnesses, but intense colds and flus (including a flu that lasted 22 days and didn't respond to anything.) When negative stuff like this happens, I like to keep the perspective that, at the very least, it's good because I'm burning off negative karma.
What I'm wondering is, can intensifying your practice and commitment (and in turn, deepening your wisdom) cause negative karmas to ripen faster? It almost feels as if negative karmas are just forcing themselves out into my life in benign ways instead of lingering to fester into bigger negative effects in the long run.
Before Ninakawa passed away, master Ikkyu visited him. "Shall I lead you on?" Ikkyu asked.
Ninakawa replied: "I came here alone and I go alone. What help could you be to me?"
Ikkyu answered: "If you think you really come and go, that is your delusion. Let me show you the path on which there is no coming and no going."