What Is Karma?
We've all heard the saying "karma is a bitch." People often talk about karma in the sense of someone bad "getting what's coming to them." But there's more to it than that. Karma means every action you take is a cause that results in an effect that comes from that action. Karma is not an inherently negative force. In fact, it is neutral, something that just exists as a structural element of everyone’s life.
Literally translating to "deed" or "action," karma makes it clear that all actions have their consequences. Sometimes, this happens very quickly, and you can see the immediate effect of your thoughts and actions. Sometimes, though, this happens for years or even lifetimes in the future. Karma has no deadline.
And action doesn't just mean your physical acts. Action encompasses your thoughts and intentions. Your current world is the result of thoughts, words, and actions of your past.
Your Karma, Your Choice
The idea of choice is key to karma because everything you’re currently experiencing is a direct result of a choice you made previously. Past choices manifest in present circumstances. You experience the results in the environment around you, your relationship to your body, and how you understand relationships with others. Indeed, sometimes the present is surprising, and it’s not automatically clear how you chose the result. Karma helps you understand this.
Types of Karma
Additionally, there are three types of karma in Yoga and Vedanta teachings. You experience prarabdha karma during your present life. Sancita karma is the reserve of karma that has not come to fruition yet. Finally, Agami karma is the karma you create in your present life that will come to fruition in a future life.
What does this mean for your existence? It functions through the repeated process of rebirth. Actions, whether they're good or bad, create impressions or habits in your mind. This leads to more action and more karma. The subtle or energy body holds the seeds of karma, while the physical body is the site where karma is experienced. Painful situations in the present are the direct result of bad actions in the past, though the link might not be clear to the naked eye.
What is Karmic Debt?
While we don't always know the karmic debt we are up against, we can keep our karmic balance positive through actions which are kind, honest, and pure in their intention. Keep filling your karmic account with good deeds, and you'll earn it back in positive karma, with interest.
The Spiritual Meaning of Karma
We only fear what we don’t understand, and this fear causes us more suffering than it does the person or thing we are judging. When we can understand why someone has done or is doing something, we can make decisions based on compassion – not judgment. Remember judgment is fear-based and comes from our ego self, whereas compassion is love based and comes from our soul. The spiritual meaning of karma allows us the opportunity to view ourselves and others through the eyes of forgiveness and compassion. This does not mean we allow ourselves or others to continue in destructive, abusive, or evil ways but instead have the self-power to change our behavior or walk away from those who abuse us.
Karmic Life Lessons
She continues, “Karma is not here to punish us. We all are souls made from an all-compassionate, powerful energy of love in its purest form. Although some souls separate from this during their lifetime, eventually they will find their way back to it, even if they are lost souls suffering in self-punishment after leaving this life. Their guides and angels of light are always with them waiting until they themselves realize, that no wrong can ever and will ever not be undone by the power of our truest self – LOVE.”
Karma is Here to Help Us Love Ourselves and Others
“If there is a secret or way to override karma, it has got to be gratitude,” says Psychic Paulina. “When you wish for the pain and suffering to leave you, first take a look at the lesion the feelings have brought you. What have you been able to learn or understand better now that you’ve had this experience? Offer up sincere gratitude for the opportunity to learn, and the situation will fall down and turn to dust.”
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