Karma is a frequently misinterpreted term, leading to it being underappreciated by the public. Karma is associated with the Sanskrit word karam, meaning action. Thus, the Law of Karma reflects cause and effect, imploring us to acknowledge the consequences of our actions. This is similar to the following common adages:
- You reap what you sow
- What goes around comes around
- You get what you give
- Everything comes around “full circle”
Likewise, the philosophy of karma is found in an array of religions, which reinforces its importance in our lives. To better understand karma, we must process the following essential truths.
- Karma is always unbiased and balanced
The law of karma is neutral. It is humanity that forces a lens of negativity or blessing on this philosophy. No matter how much we want to believe otherwise, karma never has an agenda. What needs to happen in our lives will happen. We may enter into a soul contract to grow Universal consciousness as we navigate a karmic debt, but that is only a small part of a larger picture. The Universe never has favorites and treats all souls as equals. If you always fear the concept of karma, you will never be able to traverse how it works in your life.
- Gain clarity and be graceful about your debts
People frequently ask the Universe “why are you doing this to me” when they are navigating times of turmoil. Yet, just as a toddler can’t understand organic chemistry, humanity will never grasp the intricacies of the Universe or spirit realm. Of course, we still are eager to try to learn, hence the influx of metaphysical and esoteric texts, but obsessing over what is transpiring is a waste of energy. Instead, use the time to focus on identifying ways of clear your Karmic Debt as soon as possible. The bigger the issue, the bigger the need for release. However, asking the Divine to ease up, is sending the message that you want this cosmic band-aid to be removed more slowly, thus created more lingering pain.
- People aren’t jinxed
The concept of being “jinxed” installs fear and victimization. Worse yet, focusing on this folly could actually delay the opportunities that are trying to be sent your way. The Universe always course corrects. What is meant for you will get to you in due time! Barring any karmic debt, if you aren’t ready for something it doesn’t mean you will never obtain it, it just means you need to do some more work on yourself before the time for it to enter your life is right. If you are faced with a karmic debt you will need to clear it first, before the opportunity can find you.
- Focus on building good karma
Make every action you do to build towards a brighter future. When you do good in the present, you won’t have to worry about the future, because this positivity helps to heal and override the consequences of your past as well!
- Never act vengefully, it will only make your situation worse
We enter this life with spiritual contracts with other people in order to help clear up our karmic debts. These situations will be uncomfortable because it is forcing us to grow by either clearing their debt to you as well, or they’re creating their own destiny. Never seek revenge in these interactions or else you risk making things worse for yourself. Of course, you should stick up for yourself, but act with love in your heart. Get out of any toxic relationship and lessen contact with people that make you feel like the worse version of yourself. Hold fast the truth to live in the moment and known nothing can be “taken away.” Your soul is indestructible and able to be deprived of anything. Therefore, never attempt to take karma into your hands. Your goal is never to add anything more to your spiritual plate.
- Never wish for karma to attack anyone
When you wish negativity on another person you are setting you both up for failure. You will create a toxic loop into motion that will be confining and draining. You will create a series of “debts due” in this spiritual transaction that will linger for lifetimes to come. Instead, focus on what this relationship is trying to teach you, especially in the spiritual sense.
- Make big steps forwards for impressive karmic changes
Don’t fear or avoid karmic law, learn to work with it! Seize the moment to take control over your present situation and actions. Be mindful and diligent with your actions and thoughts. Remember the harder you spin a wheel, the faster it turns.
Karma doesn’t justify everything. Traumatic events like abuse, untimely death, of violence can create bitterness in our hearts. Don’t over philosophize what occurred or else you may prolong your grief. With time and grace, all wounds can heal, at least somewhat. But understanding the cause and effect that governs karma law can teach you vital lessons. By processing skills in detachment, acceptance, mindfulness, and grace you can become more appreciative of why things happen they way they do. You can begin to see yourself as a student of the Universe and this law and find yourself become more practical and transcendent over your various life situations.