Karma is misunderstood more often than appreciated. Simply because the information spread about this Universal-governing law is usually half-baked. While eastern holy scriptures like the Bhagwat Gita emphasize on the importance of the law of cause and effect, there is a need for an even simpler introduction.
So, here’s my small attempt to redefine your perception and hopefully help you develop a higher regard for this mystical law.
What does Karma mean?
Karma comes from the Sanskrit word, karam, or action. The Law of Karma talks about the consequences of our actions. Or in other words, cause and effect. You may or may not call it karma, but for most of us, we have one of the following ideas already implanted.
- You reap what you sow;
- What goes around comes around;
- You get what you give;
- Life always come “full circle”;
Just the sheer fact that this philosophy is shared across multiple religions, makes it all the more palpable. But as much as you and I want to believe that Karma is real, it seems to fail us when we need it the most.
What’s missing, and how can we understand Karma, if it’s real to begin with?
#1 – Understand that Karma isn’t always the bad guy. It is in fact, absolutely unbiased and balanced. Set yourself free from this myth.
I’ve said this before when talking about the Divine Laws of the Universe, and I say it again. Karma is a neutral law.
We, as humans, are the ones that make it seem good or bad. But the truth is, that there’s nothing personal about what’s happening.
We can like it, or throw a hissy fit about it. But whatever needs to happen will happen. And we take up short soul contracts to help the Universe expand its consciousness, while we face our karmic debts. It’s a part of the bigger picture.
The Universe doesn’t indulge in favoritism, doing more good for one soul, and worse for another.
So, you won’t get any more troubles than you deserve, and you won’t get more happiness than you deserve either. If you keep holding onto the fear of Karma, you can never work with it.
#2 – Begin to clear your debt with grace.
Any hardships are not the time for you to ask “why is this happening to me, what did I do to deserve this”.
We as humans might think we are entitled to all the answers. However, just like you cannot teach calculus to a first grade kid, we cannot comprehend the complexity of how the Universe works.
Ofcourse, we can try. That’s why we have so many metaphysical books out there. But spending too much time worrying or resenting about what’s already happened is futile.
Instead, start seeing problems as your opportunity to clear your Karmic Debt rapidly. The bigger the problem, the bigger is your clearance! But if you’re asking for God to ‘slow down’ on you, it’s like saying you want the band-aid to be ripped off slower and with longer-lasting pain.
#3 –You can’t be ‘jinxed’ out of something you deserve.
The idea that somebody can jinx you out of what you deserve is not only fear-inducing and disempowering, it’s wrong. Worst comes, something you deserve will be delayed, but it will be rerouted to you, and never deprived.
Know now that the Universe is always self-correcting. Which means that whatever is meant for you, will get to you.
This also means that if it isn’t already there, also means that it may not be the right time for your journey. Or may not be palpable within your current karmic debts.
#4 – You are NOT a victim to your karma.
Fill every moment from NOW-on with good Karma.
EVERYTHING you do in the present is always building for your future. And if you can do good enough in the present, you don’t need to worry about the future, because you’ll start to override the consequences of your past too!
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#5 – Don’t try to even the score, chances are you’ll make it worse.
Like I briefly mentioned before, we are assigned spiritual contracts with the people around us. Through them, we sign up to clear our karmic debts.
When we undergo uncomfortable situations in a relationship, there are only one of two possibilities.
- One, they are clearing their debt to you,
- OR them creating their own hard fate for the future.
SO, DON’T GET INVOLVED. Don’t go on plotting your next revenge! Either way, you make it worse for yourself.
Do I mean don’t fight for your rights? No. Ofcourse not. Save yourself as best possible, but don’t adopt vengeance along the way.
Get out of toxic relations if you need to.
Limit yourself from people that bring out the worst in you.
Stay in the truth and awareness that nothing can be “taken away from me”.
Because as a soul, you are imperishable, cannot be destroyed and cannot be deprived of anything.
So, do NOT take Karma in your own hands. Your objective is to clear what you have, not add more to your plate.
#6 – Don’t wait around for Karma to hit somebody.
While we’re talking about getting even, let’s also talk about wishing for Karma to hit someone. In this era, we might find ourselves silently stalking and then fuming at their happy social media posts. Thinking we had the unfair end of the deal.
It all comes crashing down someday. But while you’re policing it, the law will not be set into motion. You have to EXIT that loop, that confining energy, for the law to generate the ‘bill of debts due’ in this ‘transaction’.
In the meantime, focus on what this relationship was meant to teach you, spiritually speaking. Here are 7 possible karmic lessons involved in such relationships.
#7 – If you want big Karmic changes, take big steps.
Instead of fearing or succumbing to the law, WORK WITH IT.
Go all-out on taking control of your present moment actions.
Don’t act from a small place, it won’t bring results fast enough. After all, the harder you spin the wheel, the faster it will go.
Can Karma Justify Everything?
Sensitive topics, like rape, untimely death, murder, etc can provoke a lot of bitterness in our hearts. Using any philosophy at such a time is detrimental to our grieving period. Whether it’s you or a loved one, give yourself time to accept the loss, without rushing yourself into the confusion of getting answers.
You may not resonate with the idea that everything does come full circle in life. And you don’t have to, atleast not immediately.
But there is one book, called Journey of Souls, which I’d recommend to anyone trying to investigate Karma and Soul Contracts deeper.
This is only scratching the surface when it comes to understanding the nitty gritty of cause and effect. You can explore more nuances through the various questions I get asked on Quora.
Karma can you teach you detachment, acceptance, present moment awareness and help you connect the dots over, and over again. It may not make sense in the moment, but in retrospect, everything will always be more appreciable.
If you can see yourself as a student of this law, the more practical and useful it will be in consciously transcending your life!
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