There are several familiar expressions with which humankind uses to describe the same outcome. Whether it be “Live by the sword, die by the sword” or “what goes around, comes around”, they converge on each other and intertwine to form a common thread that we all weave into our lives. That common thread is called Karma.
Karma is part of the law of cause and effect, and it chooses how and when to seek its retribution. It may come back to haunt you in a swift and effective charge, it may linger in the shadows and creep in when you least expect it, or, if you believe in reincarnation, it may wreak its havoc in your next go around. Regardless of when it rears its ugly head, it will seek you out and serve up a dish of revenge that is best served cold. It is calculating and it is manipulative, but those adjectives may best describe the actions that led Karma to finding you in the first place.
Karma is not a superstitious hypothesis. I believe we each create our own luck, be it good or bad luck. Karma is energy, a life force that gets its momentum from the vibrations we put out into the world. And it is not just about negative energy and paybacks. Karma works just as well on the opposite side of the energy spectrum. Good deeds done selflessly tend to have Karma smile favorably upon us as opposed to hunting us like wounded prey and going in for the kill.
The Golden Rule, or as I discovered another name, The Ethic of Reciprocity (which sounds way more fun) -is this - do unto others, as you would have done to you – such a simple string of words with such a profound outcome. You’ve seen it in action on the smallest scale when you give a smile to a stranger and they immediately smile back. Positive Karma results from positive states of mind and positive actions.
As this is the year that I vowed to keep a positive attitude, I am putting my good karmic vibrations into the atmosphere. Maybe, if we all focus enough positivity into the atmosphere, a small trickle of good energy can transform itself, one person at a time, and gain enough momentum to become a waterfall.
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