Understanding Karma

When we think of karma, many of us think of the saying, ‘What goes around comes around’ or the idea that when we do something good, good will come back to us; when we do something bad, bad will come back. Often, it is used as an excuse when something we believe we have no control over happens to us, like an illness or a loss of a loved one.

“You can’t say that you live with someone awful because it’s your karma,” says Sylvia Browne, author of the Soul’s Perfection. “You don’t have to put up with a rotten kid or mean in-laws or an unsatisfying job, marriage, health or anything because of karma.”

The one obligation you do have with karma, she says, is to face whatever challenges you encounter. “Stop using ‘karma’ as a hammer over you head. I’ve heard people say, “I can’t leave my husband even though he beats me and the kids, because it’s my karma.” Such a person may, in actuality, be karmically destined to grow through the experience of pushing that abusive person out of her life.”

Medium Gordon Smith agrees, “The whole idea of karma is to find the truth, to get to the point. The answer lies in the potential for good that can come as a result of that big karmic event. It’s in the aftermath of a death, no the death itself, that the biggest lessons are to be learned and the greatest amounts of darkness are burned away.”

The important thing, however, is not to see karma as good or bad or as some big debt we have to work hard to pay off. Rather, karma is truly about accountability, responsibility, and consequences. Simply put, every action has a consequence and what you have done is potentially engender consequences for which you need to be responsible and ultimately accountable.

As Browne writes in her book, “The word karma has been bantered around and misused so much that I’m sure everyone has become confused. Too often it is misunderstood to be some tremendous backlash – some kind of wrath from the “Great Beyond.” But that’s not true. Difficult people or situations are obstacles placed on your path for your spiritual development. Karma only means that you’re experiencing for your own soul’s development. As you become more spiritual, people whom you love, who share similar spirituality, will be close to you.”

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8 Responses to “Understanding Karma”
  1. I always felt Karma was our inner spirit or Soul As I have done lots of spiritual work I still feel this to be true but our inner light and heart also is part of our Karma. My intuition feels one’s Karma when they are one on one with me. It is your true heart and soul to me.

  2. Tracy says:

    What goes around comes around is the law of attraction; meaning what we put out there is what we attract. I believe karma’s often blamed when people don’t want to take responsibility. Nothing we encounter is coincidence, it’s all designed perfectly to give us the opportunities to learn lessons & evolve. No good or bad, it just is.

  3. Narelle says:

    Karma is the return of energy, and it’s nature, to it’s originating source…it is there to guide us by reflecting back our actions and reactions to different events in our human life to enable us to learn and grow.

  4. Rebecca says:

    I believe that Karma is the reaction of an action, therefore if the action has been bad you will receive bad Karma back, and if the action was good you will get good Karma in return.

  5. Cory says:

    Karma is like a rainbow, it is light from above split apart. In order to become light again all colors must be balanced. As spiritual beings looking for our other soul half we are challanged and rewarded on many levels. The key is learning to balance these. We have to love ourselves as much as we love our partner, give as much as recieve. Once we understand this balance we can eliminate what people call Karma. Nothing is better than, or worse than. When this is achieved the light will shine again.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Karma is defined in the Oxford dictionary as ‘Buddhist’s or Hindu”s destiny as determined by his actions’. Karma is a belief that if we do good we will receive good, if we do bad we will receive bad. But then when tragic things happen to a person who does only good….how do we define this? I believe karma can be defined as the yin/yang of the spiritual laws. A balance of energy to enhance our spiritual growth. We dont always have to understand why things happen but we do need to accept that all things happen as a means of growth and reflection and when we grow spiritually, we increase our own vibrational energy and therefore the vibrational energy of the entire universal flow.

  7. Karma is simply a lesson. Earth is a learning laboratory for the soul. We come here to experience diversity, challenges, and obstacles, all of which are designed to help us expand All That Is. We come from a state of perfection where nothing changes. After all, how does one improve on perfection? We therefore expand our consciousness into lower realms where perfection has not yet been achieved so that we can experience growth and change. During this process, we encounter many other souls who are similarly expanding reality through their experiences. The conflicts that we experience come from our interaction with others. During said conflicts, we make choices and we observe the consequences. Sometimes those lessons take longer to unfold and so that learning opportunity is logged away for future reference. There comes a point, whether here on Earth or on the Other Side, that we experience the full breadth of those logged lessons. If, for example, we are unable to see the results of our actions while still here in the physical dimension, we will be able to simulate the experience on the Other Side during our life review. If that process reveals to us an important lesson missed, we may choose to come back to Earth in a subsequent incarnation in order to learn the lesson. This desire to learn is karma.

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