What is the theory of Karma, or Law of Karma?
(This post reflects information found in Chapter 6 of my book, Living on Earth: A Guide To Help You Achieve Health, Happiness, and Sucess)
You are probably familiar with the Law of Karma, very often we hear: “This is the result of good or bad karma.” But, what is the Law of Karma?
Everything we do generates a force of energy that returns to us in the same manner we sent it out.
This is the Law of Karma. It is the rule of cause and effect; no matter what, we reap what we sow.
Lexico, powered by Oxford, defines Karma as (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
Another way to say it, what goes around comes around.
The Law of Karma has been misunderstood.
The universe responds to our thoughts, feelings, and actions, it does not judge them right or wrong, and does not deal in rewards or punishment, but in consequences.
A consequence from our actions is just that, a natural outcome.
You can earn good and bad karma, but the word karma per se is neutral (the same way that the word money is neutral, but you can use it for good or bad).
What is the meaning of Karma
Karma is an opportunity to grow.
It could be equated to the law of gravity; if you jump out of an airplane without a parachute you will plummet to the earth and most likely die. This is a consequence of your action of not putting on a parachute; it is not a punishment.
Karma is the energy carried over from former lifetimes regarding unfinished lessons, plus all karma that we create while living on Earth in this incarnation.
Not every lifetime is of big karmic importance; we have many lifetimes lived as rest periods between the ones that are meaningful.
We have no one to blame or get credit for our karma.
We are responsible for our actions, and we are responsible for how we react to other people’s actions.
Does the Law of Karma work?
Yes. The Law of Karma works.
Everybody on Earth is subject to Spiritual Laws that govern life, including the Law of Karma.
These laws work regardless of religion, beliefs, skin color, birthplace, social status, or any other attribute you might think of. If you are living on Earth, then you are subject to them.
The positive or negative results we seem to experience in our daily lives (sometimes termed as good and bad luck) are natural outcomes of all the spiritual laws, plus the results of the contracts we planned before we came to Earth.
The Law of Karma exists because:
- Our soul needs a just and fair way of understanding its actions. It is the spiritual way of getting things right, of being fair to every soul.
- We need to understand the repercussions of our given free will.
Free will means that we will be able to be, do, and have what we want, and also, we will have the option to follow or not follow our life plan and our agreed soul contracts.
The implications of our free will in our life plan are big because we can divert from the agreed-upon plan as we wish.
We are given the option to not follow through with our soul agreements, and in doing so we create and vibrationally attract experiences with positive and negative consequences.
How does Karma work. Conditions that modify the strength of Karma
Various conditions modify the strength of karma:
1. Persistent, repeated action.
2. Action done with great intention and determination.
If our intent is to harm another, even if eventually we don’t manage to hurt them but we still meant to do it, that intent is registered in our soul and The Field of Consciousness (a web of energy that connects everything in the universe).
The same applies to people with good intent. The old adage, “It’s the thought that counts,” is so true. Whether we mean well or not, it is always registered.
3. Action done without regret.
The idea that karma is always role reversal from lifetime to lifetime, or even while being on Earth, is not accurate.
We don’t always balance karma by experiencing the opposite; killers don’t come back to be killed.
For example, if we have made bad choices and hurt people, we might decide to put ourselves in the same scenario again, so this time we can listen to our intuition and let our conscience rule, rather than letting our emotions, or our ego, get the most of us.
How to evaluate the type of Karma we are creating – The role of our emotions
Our emotions are the key to understanding the type of karma we are creating; they are not meaningless occurrences in our body.
They are the most valuable tool to let us know how close or far away we are from creating and manifesting what we want.
Our soul receives assistance from the connection it keeps to the part that is not incarnated – our higher self.
This is the part of us that remains on the other side of the veil, who knows who we truly are. It is the essence of who we are and holds the accumulated knowledge from all our lifetimes.
Our intuition is our higher self-talking to us via our emotions; it is not generated from the brain.
Have you ever looked at something that gave you the chills, or felt a sudden sunken gut feeling? That is your intuition talking to you, giving you signals as to what you need to know.
Our emotions also tell us if our thoughts at any given moment are a vibrational match to how our higher self perceives us; that is, to what our higher being knows as being the truth.
This is the reason we feel awful when we think, “I don’t amount to anything,” or “I’m so ugly.” Our higher self knows that it is not true, and it is giving us the corresponding emotion of feeling awful so we are able to realize that.
When we think a thought that rings true with who we really are, we feel harmony, joy, love, and a sense of freedom.
When we think thoughts that don’t ring true with who we are, we feel disharmony in our body, depression, and fear.
Our higher self knows our life plan and who we want to become, and via our emotions and intuition it is giving us clues as to which direction we need to follow in order to evolve and achieve our goals.
We use this tool many times, although perhaps unconsciously.
We conclude: “I didn’t do it because it didn’t feel right,” yet we have no logical explanation for how we came to that decision.
From a karmic perspective, when we feel good, our higher self is telling us that it agrees with our perspective; if we feel bad, our higher self is not in agreement.
For example; when we do or think of doing something “wrong,” we will feel negative emotion. Our higher self is sending us a bad feeling to give us his perspective, such as “stealing won’t assist your growth.”
On the other hand, when we help somebody in need, we feel great. That is because our higher self is telling us it is a good deed and we are going on the correct path.
The better we feel, the closer we are to everything our soul set out to achieve in this lifetime.
How do you get rid of Karma? How to release Karma
We create bad karma by making imperfect decisions, which are usually the result of limited consciousness. It depends on our soul evolution. Younger souls tend to create bad karma, and older souls tend to release it.
Understanding this Law and releasing our karma is one of the keys to manifesting our dreams, abundance, and everything we want from life.
We can release our Karma by:
- Consciously following the Spiritual Laws of life (see this post: 20 Proven Tools to Manifest Your Dreams, or my book, Living on Earth: A Guide To Help You Achieve Health, Happiness, and Success)
- Understanding and following our life purpose
- Dealing with the negative patterns that hold us back
We make our lives more difficult when we keep blaming people and events for our circumstances. We release blame when we take responsibility for the choices we are making.
- Practicing forgiveness and doing our inner work
- Seeking to understand our life lessons and ensuring we learn from them
- Making amends, as necessary, with whomever we feel we have “wronged.” A genuine apology might be all that is needed
It is not required that the person consciously accepts it, he might even be dead. If our soul feels genuinely remorseful, the action to make amends and try to rectify the problem proves that the lesson has been learned. Our soul knows not to do that again, and karma dissolves.
We should always seek to rectify any wrongdoings, but we should not feel guilty for what we have or haven’t done in the past. We can’t balance karma by suffering; karma is not punishment.
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What is Instant Karma
The more evolved we are the quicker karma, both positive and negative, returns to us.
This is called instant karma.
Diana Cooper, in her book A New Light on Ascension, explains there are three exceptions to this:
1. We have past life contracts that attract low vibration people or circumstances. These contracts must be honored.
2. We have to face difficult situations or people in order to fulfill our chosen mission. This is why some great spiritual teachers seem to attract awful dramas, like Jesus Christ did.
3. We might be receiving tests of initiation by spiritual masters to strengthen weak areas. These might be presented to us as challenging relationships, financial situations, or difficulties at work.
Cooper’s exceptions to the rule remind me of not being judgmental about people’s misfortunes.
Not every bad thing that happens to people is due to their “bad” karma.
Some things are contracted prior to coming to Earth for a myriad of reasons that are not karma driven but serve the soul in some way.
In other cases, it is just the result of poor understanding of the Law of the Universe, in particular the Law of Attraction.
Do you think karma (good or bad) has affected you in any way? Please let me know in the comments below