There are several familiar expressions that 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 & effect” and it chooses how and when to seek its retribution or favor. It may come back to surprise 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 make its presence known in your next lifetime. Regardless of when it chooses to expose itself, it will seek you out and place its law gently at your feet.
It can be calculating and manipulative or favorable when it wants to be, and the words used to describe it may best define 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. Karma is energy, a life force that gains 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 – is this, do unto others as you would have done to you. It is such a simple string of words with such a profound outcome. And, as this is the year that I vowed to give back, I am putting my good karmic vibrations into the atmosphere and have been receiving those positive vibrations back in spades.
Karma has been very generous in its intention to show me that it appreciates my efforts. And I can only continue to grow my relationship with that Ethic of Reciprocity and hope that I can keep paying that generosity forward.