KARMA (again)

Blue and red flames in a circular pattern referencing KarmaKARMA, KARMA, KARMA! I hear that word a lot. I use it a lot. And it seems to me, everybody has a different interpretation of the word. Like oooooh, it’s your punishment for being horrible in your last life! Or, conversely, it’s your reward for being so good!

KAR-MA (noun)

(Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences informal: destiny or fate, following as effect from cause

That works for me. I also like John Lennon’s suggestion of “Instant Karma’s Gonna Get You”. It usually does! Bad things happen to good people. Yes they do and we want to know why. If somebody chirps in with  “Karma” as an explanation, well, it can really tick some folks off. They see that suggestion as direct blame on the person who’s met with poor fortune. Obviously you’re saying they deserve it!

Karma and Spiritual Growth

But I see Karma as a good thing, no matter what… even if what it brings seems very bad. Think of Karma as an impartial tool for spiritual growth, perhaps arranged by our own higher self to give us the opportunity to raise our consciousness and our frequency. Perhaps even to offer a window for others to do likewise. Just a thought.

John Lennon was shot, dead, at the tender age of 40. Did he deserve that? What if it’s not about good or bad, right or wrong? What if it’s about us as spiritual beings? Being shot is bad. We don’t want that for anybody. But what do we know? That was how our favourite Beatle left this life. That was his karma. I don’t even want to think about Mark Chapman’s karma.

Of course, as human beings on this planet, we have to have laws. I’m not suggesting we just sit back and give it all over to karma. Everything we do falls into karmic law, anyway, and we have to do the best we can to maintain some semblance of order and safety. I’m just suggesting that we remove judgement (without removing integrity or empathy) and consider it all a marvellous gift. That gets us back to being thankful… for EVERYTHING (even the shittiest of out-workings). That is really, really hard. But it is liberating, it does lift energy and it does bring peace into otherwise troubled situations.

Sometimes you get to see the gold, even many years later. Oh, I was devastated when my first  marriage broke up. It was the worst thing I could imagine, at that young age. My heart was broken. It HURT! Today, I thank the universe that I got booted out of that relationship. I can’t imagine where I’d be today if I’d stayed. Did I see the gift at the time? No way! Thankfully, I see it today. I wouldn’t have missed this ride, for the world.


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  1. Nancy, how would distinguish the difference between Karma and the concept of predestination?

    • Good question. If I’m right, predestination suggests a set path with set circumstances. Karma is not that, in my view. Karma gives opportunity, but we ultimately choose where we go with it. Make sense?

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