“The only thing that can free you of karma is the arising of Presence.
At any point in the wheel of karma, Presence can come in. It can happen to a criminal in prison, condemned to death. It can happen to somebody who’s never heard of anything spiritual. It can happen to somebody who’s been meditating for thirty years.
Presence frees you from karma. Not all at once. Karma has an enormous momentum. The thought patterns, the emotional patterns, the reactive patterns. As Presence arises, gradually karma diminishes and you will experience a fading out of those patterns. Not that it matters that much anymore, because once you are present, those thought patterns may still arise, but it is no longer problematic. They no longer cause the suffering that they would have caused before, because they are seen in the light of awareness… [and] the patterns no longer dominate your life…
[T]ime does not free you of karma. The egoic mind says, “I need more time to become free.” The only thing that people may need more time for is that they need time to realize that they do not need time. It may be another twenty years of suffering for them to realize that they do not need time… before they realize the power of the timeless. The timeless is, of course, the end of karma.” ~Eckhart Tolle