Karma is both the idea that we create our own reality through our actions and is the law of moral causation. It is the reality we cultivate through our thoughts, words, and deeds that leads to the physical reality of our life. It is the way in which our thoughts, words, and deeds manifest and the way that they are received. We get an equal amount of what we put out to the world.
The idea that our thoughts create our reality has strong roots in the Law of Attraction. Our thoughts are more powerful than we give them credit for. Our thoughts have the power to create vibrations that are sent out into the universe and come back to us in the form of physical manifestation. If we can analyze and consider our thoughts and actions we can understand how our vibrations are being received and how they are being manifested.
This however, is only a small part of Karma. Any kind of intentional action that is created in the thought in our mind, the words we choose to express ourselves, and in the physical actions we take can be used in Karma. So it covers three phases: thoughts, words, and deeds. Any good and any bad action creates Karma. So good thoughts, words, and deeds will cultivate a good reality, but bad thoughts, words, and deeds will create a bad reality. So moral and immoral violations are all included in Karma. Any action that is done unconsciously or without intention aren’t considered in Karma because it isn’t considered a violation. The way to get rid of the negativity is to eliminate ignorance and selfish desires and cravings within ourselves. Be active in working towards wellbeing and happiness.
Karma encompasses past and present actions. We are the result of what we once were. The actions we do today will result in who we are tomorrow. In short karma is the law that governs the universe. It is cause and effect in the moral and ethical sense.
Think of Karma like a shadow. Something has to create the shadow in order for it to be present. It was created and it reflects back the action. So just like every object has a shadow, and is accompanied by the shadow, so is every action accompanied by the complimentary effect of that action. Karma is like the fruit of tree, and is up to the grower to decide which tree to cultivate. Karma begins at the mind and manifests itself in our day-to-day lives. Just the way that Karma can be good or bad so can the fruit be good or bad. So according to the seed we planted in our thoughts, words, or deeds we will experience that Karma back through happiness or misery. We reap what we sow, in other words.
“According to the seed that’s sown,
So is the fruit you reap there from,
Doer of good will gather good,
Doer of evil, evil reaps,
Down is the seed and thou shalt taste
The fruit thereof.” -Samyutta Nikaya
Karma is a law by itself. It is not a punishment per se. It is operated by itself without aid. In other words it is a natural law and a natural justice system that exists. The idea is that each act has its reward and punishment by whoever chose that act. It doesn’t require that other humans know the act that was done and act upon that knowledge. The law is natural and is carried out regardless.
We are sometimes born in a place that we did not intend. This is not our fault, but we do have a choice and how we choose to handle our circumstances, and what we choose to do with them. We are currently in the state that we created for ourselves, but by using our efforts and self-directing them towards positivity we have the possibility of creating our reality. We can create a reality that is fresh, new, positive and bright. By carving out good positive Karma every day we can direct our lives to the place we want to go and create abundant bounty.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
Karma therefore is not a fate, or the predestination by the universe, there is no place that we are meant to be in, only the reality we created for ourselves. Karma is flexible and we are allowed to change the course when we choose to do so. You can change the course as freely and as big as you want. You can choose to go into the exact opposite direction if you so choose. Whatever you’re current reality, don’t blame yourself for it. Accept your current reality and work with what you have. Aim to not stay where you are, and to move towards a more prosperous and happy life regardless of your humble beginnings. The point is to acknowledge how much power you have over your life and accept that you alone can turn things around in your favor. Only when we accept and rejoice at our power, can we begin to use our power to carve out our dreams and our path to a better and more meaningful life.
Because our thoughts, words, and deeds are always changing, so is our reality. You’ll notice that no matter how much our life appears to stay the same, when you look back at the past you’re always amazed at how much has changed. This illustrates a fundamental truth – change is gradual. It happens over time through consistent effort. By cultivating good Karma consistently and with good intentions, thoughts, words, and deeds we can create a change in our life that is entirely life altering.
“You can’t escape karma … It is what it is. It doesn’t judge, it’s neither good nor bad like most people think. It’s the result of all the actions, positive and negative–a constant balancing act of events–cause and effect–tit for tat–reaping and sowing–what goes around comes around … However you phrase it, it’s the same in the end” – ALYSON NOËL, Shadowland