Much like a multi-faceted crystal collects and scatters light in myriad geometries, the ubiquitous concept of Karma has a layered complexity that is beneficial to study and grasp.
The implications of Karma vary cross-culturally. Some think of it as the instantaneous or cross-lifetime echo of thought and action, i.e. you reap what you sow. Others perceive it as punishment: your karma is the punishment you deserve for past actions. In the communities where karma is perceived as punishment, people in underprivileged conditions, or those born with a disability or illness are stigmatized, “he/she must have done something terrible in a past life, to deserve this horrible condition now.”
For some, karma is as simple as the energy you put out there. As in the law of attraction, you put out good energy, and you create good karma, which creates positive outcomes. You put out bad vibes such as hatred, revenge or betrayal, and bad outcomes follow.
My view remains that the concept of karma is quite profound, and goes way deeper than an understanding of the law of attraction. I conceive of karma as the concept of consequence. It pertains to the wisdom of knowing that our acts always have consequences—both short term and long term. Karma is the principle by which we realize our truth, which originates in free will. As we exercise our free will, we naturally create karma.
For example, you are launching a new business. Your business intentions are aligned with service to the highest good. You are creating good karma. You are devoting some of your profit or time to those in need—thus you are creating good karma. Or, you are working hard to feed your family and/or your community, again you are creating good karma.
Conversely, you may be using money acquired through unethical means, which creates bad karma for your business endeavors. In the short run, you may feel in the clear with stealing money, but you will pay for it in some way—that is the law of karma. Stealing time is another example. You are launching your business with the time or services you stole from others, perhaps by not paying for their labor, perhaps by betraying their trust and putting them in a very difficult situation—you are creating bad karma. In other words, you are cursing your new career or business, because bad karma is a bad foundation, the whole thing will collapse. That is the law.
Karma also teaches us about balance. The balance of good deeds and sins in conventional religions, for example is another face of karma. Having more good deeds, good thoughts and good intentions create good karma. What we call ‘sin’ is bad karma.
Most essentially, we need to focus on the present time karma. We are co-creating our life in each and every moment. It is crucial that we take full responsibility for our actions, being fully aware of the consequences of those actions. What am I doing or saying now? Is it harmful to anyone? Am I ruining something for someone with what I am doing presently? Are my intentions genuine? Am I being honest? Are my decisions affecting others negatively? Am I being kind to others? Am I being kind to myself? These are all important questions to consider before we act on something. This does not mean we value others more than us. However, we simply do not have the right to harm people (their relationships, their careers, etc.) in various ways. We need to do what is good for us, unless we are not making others pay for it with their lives, success, love, health, etc.
Intention setting is a great way of co-creating a life with good karma. These days, while we are all in quarantine, co-creating our life with intention setting can help us a lot. Everyday, I start the day with an intention: Today, I want to see things I would love to see, I want to hear things I would love to hear and I want to experience things I would love to experience with safety, health and joy. I was inspired to adopt this intention by reading Abraham Hicks. You can get inspired by me and start right away. It is important to remember that there is a karmic momentum you have already created. So, start with this intention right away, but expect dramatic changes in your life, eventually, not right away.
In order to create good karma, we start everything with good intentions. I want my blog posts and social media posts to spread love, light and joy. That is a specific intention that creates good karma. I want my blog posts and social media posts to bring me followers more than so and so. That is not bad karma, but not good karma either. However, competitive energy can be destructive, so that eventually does not end up being good for us.
How about past-life karma? How do we clean karma from early life or from past-lives? We need to grasp the concept of energy well to comprehend past-life karmic clearing. Everything is energy. And, energy does not disappear. Whatever we think, whatever we create in our energy field (aura, soul), we carry it with us through lifetimes. So, what we do today has a karmic effect on our future and possibly in future lives. Similarly, what we did previously, has a karmic effect on us in the present.
The easiest and most straight forward way of karmic healing is being aware of that karmic energy. For example, when I do an intuitive healing reading, I look at a person’s energy field. Is that person having trouble creating abundance? Is that person repeating relationship patterns over and over? Why is that person stuck in her career, unable to move forward? The answers to these questions are visible in a person’s aura. A person who struggles with public speaking and who is self-sabotaging every endeavor related to creating a successful public profile, probably has energy blockages in her throat chakra, and possibly around the power chakra—which may be a result of early life or past life karma. Then I can examine the past lives that created this karma, share this with the person, and begin to heal it once and for all.
What else can be done for past life karmic clearing? I believe in surrendering. You can start surrendering your karma related to a present –time problem to the Source, to infinite consciousness. In that case, you do not take an action on it other than surrendering yourself fully with faith.
We can reach the depths of our subconscious and get to know what we have been carrying in our energy field by meditating every day. A disciplined meditation practice often takes us to the dark parts of our consciousness, allowing for healing and releasing limiting karma.
These concepts reveal much about karma, and I will continue on this subject in a subsequent post. Cheers to co-creating our best lives with good karma!