What on earth is karma all about?
Does it exist?
Is it some eastern thing?
Is it there to scare us?
Where did this come from?
Why do we have this karma thing?
Could it be possible Karma is teaching us something?
Most of us have heard of the word karma and it is the old saying we all know –
“What goes around comes around”.
So let us explore what this could possibly mean and what it would look like.
Dictionary tells us Karma is (in Hinduism and Buddhism)
The sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as affecting their future fate. (1)
Could it be possible that having to payback what we have done feels a bit too much?
Could it be possible that to re-balance our life, we need to feel what harm we have done, so we do not repeat it again?
Could it be possible that karma is not a bad thing but something that is necessary for us to learn so that we can evolve?
Could it be possible that there is such a thing as good karma?
Could it be possible that good karma is where we leave imprints on this earth that do not harm?
Could it be possible that these imprints of grace add up and our life reflects that back to us?
Could it be possible that good karma confirms we are taking Responsibility for our choices?
Could it be possible that if we took karma seriously, there would be no harm on this earth?
Could it be possible that we want a future that does not hold us accountable for any of our past actions?
Could it be possible that if karma really does exist, then we could be dealing with something in this life that originally came from a previous life?
Could it be possible that karma has been around since day dot because we all need to learn and evolve from where we are at?
Could it be possible that if we thought karma was true, we would need to pay attention to the choices we are making in everyday life?
This may all seem too much or we could view it as something really simple –
What if what we think, say and do comes back to us in one way or another?
What if there is no escaping from this as it is a natural universal law? What if karma does exist but it is more comfortable and convenient to think it doesn’t?
Could it be possible that we do not want to look at this word and think it applies to us, as that would mean we have to take total responsibility for all our actions?
How would karma feel if we were at the receiving end of something we have done?
Example – you commit a crime and you go to prison and do your time – that is the legal punishment. But what if that was not the end and that one day, you have to be at the receiving end of the same type of crime and that is the karma?
What if that is where the true balance is and once this happens, you get to feel what it is like to be on the other side and so you will never ever do it again.
Could it be that simple?
This may sound weird, way out and whacky or totally off but think about it – we live in a world where everything goes around and then comes back. Everything is in cycles – the moon, the earth and the sun.
So what if karma was a cycle and that our actions have a consequence, which has to go around and come back but this time, we are on the receiving end. Then that cycle is closed.
How would we be living our life if we knew that Everything, absolutely EVERYTHING we do has a consequence and what we put out there – good or bad is coming back to us and it is all registered. Whatever you choose to do, even if nobody ever knows or finds out, is recorded by your soul and you cannot get away from that.
How would you choose to live if the above was true and karma does exist?
What if you carry forward into your next life all the karma that you did not clear this time?
Why do we not want to contemplate or consider that re-incarnation exists?
Could it be because it would mean it is the ultimate Responsibility?
Could it be possible we are not really getting away with it even if we like to think we are?
Whatever our view on re-incarnation, would it make sense to start living in a way as if ‘big brother’ is watching every single moment, so we are not able to really get away with it?
What if our actions are in deep regard and care of ourselves and others and every single thing that exists in our world?
Consider what our future karma would look like?
Consider how our future lives would be?
Consider what imprints of grace we could leave on earth?
Consider how our actions could inspire others?
Consider a world where everyone understood karma?
What if we came back into a new life where we no longer fear karma because we took the Responsibility to the best of our ability to not bring harm in any way.
Whatever our thoughts maybe, it is worth considering that what we put out into the world is coming back to us.
Even if we think karma is nonsense and does not exist, would it be true to start living in a way that does not harm self, others or anything on our planet?
Could it be possible that we do not need to worry about karma if we simply live in a way that is deeply caring towards ourselves and others and our precious planet?
(1) Concise Oxford English Dictionary – Twelfth Edition. Oxford University Press. 2011