Onalaska I saw a funny bumper sticker: “Don’t call it karma if it happens because of your own stupidity.” How often have I heard that dodge to poor decision making? 

http://skywaysmedia.co.uk/websites/consilium/ The law of karma is real, but it’s no excuse to indulge in complacency by ignoring the role our thoughts, words, and actions play in shaping our lives. It’s not like karma is something we have no control over. It’s just that we seldom see our relation to it. 

Bichena Few people seem to understand the law of karma. We aren’t “victims” of karma. It isn’t punishment meted by a man with a beard living on a cloud. It isn’t always negative, either. Sometimes it’s gloriously positive and pleasant. Karma is simply whatever action or intention we have sent into the world—in this lifetime or previous lifetimes—returning to us like a boomerang. 

http://champex-immobilier.ch/officessales_2x/ Those who think karma is punishment and reward are projecting. They are stuck in an archaic concept of justice that originated with cavemen and became cemented in our collective unconscious through the Abrahamic religions.   

Karma doesn’t work like this. Again, it might be pleasant or painful, and it might come from our current lifetime or a past lifetime, but there’s no judgment in it. The law of karma is as emotionless as Newton’s third law of motion. 

What makes karma difficult to accept is suffering. When our present suffering seems unrelated to anything we’ve done in our current lifetime, it feels unfair, and we’re tempted to adopt a victim attitude. This disempowers us and deepens our suffering further. 

This is when we need to remember that karma is not victimizing us. It’s teaching us. It’s simply a mechanism to help our soul experience life from every angle, so we can expand the library of our knowing.  

If we understand this, then we start to recognize the value of facing our karma with courage and we get busy learning what we can from it. We don’t do this to be “good” or impress anyone. Karma doesn’t care about “good.” We are simply learning to live in harmony with a law as inexorable as gravity.

We are learning not to touch the stove when it is hot. We are learning that if we spend our entire paycheck on cigarettes and beer, we won’t have money for groceries. We are learning that love and compassion serve us better than hate and cruelty.    

Yogic meditation is useful in this learning. Regular practice frequently reveals the meaning and purpose of our karma and even its origins. It can even provide insight into how to resolve and overcome our karma. This accelerates our progress toward full realization of Spirit.

If we don’t believe in past lives, then it makes no sense to believe in karma. However, if we believe that we’ve been here before, then it’s safe to assume we’ve been fools and sages and heroes and villains at various times. Consequently we shouldn’t be surprised that our lives bring mixed fortunes, even hell on earth in some instances.

Some of us may appear to get more than our fair share of difficult karma. If we adopt victim mentalities, or encourage them in others, we only worsen our suffering. It might feel emotionally gratifying but it leaves us in a hole. 

To free ourselves from karma, we must engage in right thought, word, and action. By doing the right thing for months, years, and lifetimes, we gradually release the chains of our past. At the same time, if we do inner work to realize our true Self, we also liberate ourselves from the burdens of future cause and effect as we go forward.   

None of this is easy. Mastering right action is difficult and realizing God Consciousness even more so. But karmic law is stubborn, so we might as well choose progress.    

 © James Andrew Grove

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