What is Karma and How Does it Work?
What is Karma?
Karma is a strong energy in the world around us that allows us to get back what we put out in life. Whether we act in a good or bad way determines how karma will repay us within this life and the next. This doesn’t mean when something bad happens to you that you deserved it as both negative and positive experiences are a part of life. It does, however, mean that if we live our lives in a negative and damaging way we may find that the spirit world will return these actions and feelings to us. Life is a mix of energies from both ourselves, other people and the universe in general. If we live our lives in a positive manner we may find our luck increasing or positive energies being returned to us from the universe.
What role does karma play in our lives?
Karma can have a profound effect on not only how we feel, but on how life treats us and how we perceive our levels of ‘luck’. The reason I use inverted commas on the word luck is because luck is generally just a combination of good energies and strong karma working in unison. They say bad things happen to good people, but this isn’t necessarily true. When you put out good energies, when you help someone else, when you think with pure thoughts and act upon those you’re earning good karma and you will see this return to you.
What about chronic illness and other ailments?
As mentioned earlier, not everything in life can be put down to karma and we don’t believe that these are the result of bad karma from a previous life. Karma is generally attributed to the nature of our intentions at this exact moment. In Buddhist teachings the word Karma literally translates from Sanskrit to the word ‘action’ but the Buddha often said that karma actually means ‘Intention’. This means that no matter how bad we’ve behaved in the past, or in a past life, we have the opportunity to turn that around with pure and good thoughts, actions and intentions. As an example, somebody holding a knife could have good or bad intentions. They could be freeing an animal from a sticky situation, or they could have a bad intention such as to harm or rob somebody. In essence, these ailments are tied to the physical body and not to the spiritual self. Karma is based more around the spirit and energies than the actual physical self.
Can karma help me win the lottery?
Many people look for material or physical bonuses from karma, however, as mentioned above karma is more to do with spirit and energy than anything physical. It can increase your ‘luck’ or make you feel great, but you can never guarantee (or even wish for!) a physical response for good actions. If we act in a good way solely to get a return then are we really acting out of the goodness of our own hearts? Consider what we said before about intention. If your intention is to receive good karma that’s a selfish way of thinking and means you’re not acting out of truly good and selfless intentions.
Overall, karma is an incredible force within our world and is a brilliant method to reward the good thoughts and actions of many people.