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The Truth About Karma

"Karma" is an age-old spiritual and social concept. It's referenced in religion, pop culture, and literature, and has been the subject of many discussions.

The basic principle is this: what goes around comes around. 

Bad things happen to bad people, and good things to those who do good.

While every human being is pretty much a mixed bag, there's an assumption that either good or evil must take dominance in one's life, and therefore affects how things happen to you. 

But is karma real? A specific force actively working to bring good to some, bad to others?

The answer... it's complicated. 

Bad things don't always happen to bad people. If you've lived long at all, you know this to be true. We all have one or two people who we've seen suffer senselessly, who did nothing to deserve it.  

However, actions have consequences. That's not speculation, rumour, or debate - we as humanity know this to be true. It takes only to turn on the news and see current headlines to see just how failings of an individual or group of people has caused chaos, pain, and oppression. 

If you cheat on your spouse, you'll probably feel terrible about it. It may cause you anxiety, making your behaviour erratic and unpredictable in other areas, which can lead to other issues that seem entirely unrelated. That doesn't mean karma's smacking you in the face, but that you've made your own bed.

Maybe karma's not a spiritual force after all, but a simple law of human behaviour and the way we respond to each other.

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Interesting Fact #1

65% of Americans said they either “very strongly” or “somewhat strongly” believe in karma.


Interesting Fact #2

The literal meaning of karma is “action”. It’s not designed to intimidate, but to encourage good choices.


Interesting Fact #3

Belief in Karma is largely found in Eastern Religions, particularly related to the idea of reincarnation.


Quote of the day

There’s a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.

- Sylvester Stallone

Article of the day - What Is Karma and How Does it Work?

The term "karma" is often used with great casualness, with little understanding of its profundity. People dismissively say "it's my karma," suggesting that their destiny or fate is merely the luck or bad fortune of the draw. This use of the term suggests a lack of personal power or responsibility for being at both the cause and the effect of what occurs in one's life. Using the phrase "it's my karma" suggests victimhood, and karma is anything but victimhood.

In Christianity, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, the term "sin" is commonly defined as missing the mark through "deliberate disobedience to the known will of God." This missing of the mark, also called karma, is the spiritual accountability for our actions. Thus, "karma" is not what we commonly think of as "good" or "bad" fortune, but rather the causal responsibility for those results. 

This deeper understanding of karma rests upon our essential identity as souls -- spiritual beings who are animated by a vital and divine force. As souls we are spiritually held accountable for what we create, promote, and allow in our lives. We are constantly in the process of accruing and/or balancing out karmic debts of responsibility for our creations. Karma is not physical, it is spiritual, and we carry karma forward through time within a given lifetime or, as some believe, from one lifetime until the next. Once accrued, the balancing action of karma plays out on the stage of our everyday lives through our bodies, thoughts, feelings, relationships, circumstances, and experiences. The name of the game of life is to pay off our karmic debts rather than accruing new ones so we can come to know ourselves and others as divine beings and enter into the consciousness of God. 

Just as gravity is a law of the physical world, so is karma a law of the spiritual world. We are held responsible for our actions and, more precisely, for the intention of our actions. This responsibility exists within the context of an individual soul's relationship with God. When one deliberately disobeys the will of God, karma is accrued. It is the intent of one's actions that generates karma. All major religions have some version of the seven deadly sins to caution followers in avoiding yielding to desires, illusions, and choices that take us away from the will of God. The causal relationship between our current actions and future occurrences is referenced in Galations 6:7 (King James Version) "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." 


Spiritually, as well as physically, the type and quality of seeds one plants will determine the quality of the crop to be harvested. As souls, what we do comes back to us according to God's design. If we have imbalances in our consciousness (known as karmic debts), we either find ourselves presented with the same lesson again and again within one lifetime until we gain the wisdom and value of the lesson being presented, or we re-embody, carrying the karma over from one lifetime till the next. Spirit is forever patient with our process of learning. 

Karma is not about retribution, vengeance, punishment or reward, but a reaping of the harvest we ourselves have planted. Through our thoughts and behaviors, we sow seeds that are later harvested. 

When karma comes present in our lives, it is because we are being given the opportunity to reap our harvest. There is no such thing as a good harvest or a bad harvest. It is just our harvest. It is our opportunity to make different choices in life than those that caused our karmic accrual in the first place. Karma is at once the consequence of past actions and the opportunity for healing and balancing in the present. It is a balancing action that offers us chances through life circumstances, situations, and relationships to learn important spiritual lessons. It has been my experience that gaining understanding of how the karma has been manifesting in our lives comes only after the balancing and learning have already occurred -- like a kind of 20/20 hindsight. Understanding these lessons sharpens and clarifies the lens through which our consciousness perceives, and in so doing, elevates our awareness of the presence of Spirit in our lives. 

If you espouse the belief that this world is somehow a classroom and we, as souls, are here to learn, then you probably appreciate the law of karma as an exquisite design to tailor our lessons to our own personal needs. The irony is that the personality and mind of our ego self is subject to a higher authority when it comes to determining the nature of the lessons to be learned and how and when they will be taught.

Question of the day - What do you think - do you believe in karma?

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What do you think - do you believe in karma?