So I heard this story yesterday about a man who was unceremoniously sacked from his job. After 25 years labour, he wasn’t even allowed to go to his work station to pick up his belongings. Instead he was disgraced and marched off the premises. I have served enough time in HR to know that the only reasons you can be dismissed in this way is if you a) are drunk on the job b) head butt your manager or worst still a customer c) you are a health and safety risk d) you have been stealing from the company. In this case it was stealing. The company set up an elaborate plan and caught him red handed. Now the reason why this story caught my attention was because I noticed that everyone spoke about what a nice man he was. That he was 58 years of age with little prospects of finding work again. That he had dependents to support. They thought that maybe the big bad company from whom he had been stealing should have been lenient due to his long service. I don’t think that. I think it is a great opportunity to discuss karma.
Many people think that karma is simply a matter of if you do good then good things happen to you. If only! Where this may be the case some of the time it isn’t the case all of the time and it certainly wasn’t the intention of the great thinkers like The Buddha, Mohammad and Jesus who worked with these ideas. In order to understand karma and how it works, first I need to explain the Law of Cause and Effect.
The Law of Cause and Effect is sometimes referred to as the law of laws, because it incorporates all the other eleven laws. The Law of Cause and Effect states that nothing happens by chance or outside the Universal Laws. It states “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Every human thought, word and deed causes a wave of energy throughout the universe. To put it simply “ you reap what you sow”
With every thought of intent, action and emotion that is transmitted from you, you set into motion an unseen chain of effects which vibrate from the mental plane through the entire cellular structure of your body, out into the environment and finally into the universe. Eventually the vibratory energy returns to the original source, like the swing of a pendulum. My friend, a Buddhist nun puts it like this “If you pick up sh** to throw at someone there is a chance that you may not hit them. But you will always have sh** on your hand no matter what.” What you put out there will eventually come back to you.
Cause and Effect can sometimes take years to come back but karma is always right here and right now.
What is Karma?
Karma is an integral part of the Law of Cause of Effect but the emphasis is slightly different. Basically karma is concerned with two things: selfish acts or non-selfish acts. If you do things for personal gain then your karmic fate is sealed. Karma is like a laser beam that looks into your soul and sends whatsoever is there back to you in the form of mental suffering.
How Karma works
Let’s say that a person is money grabbing. Their every waking thought is about getting it as opposed to earning it. The Law of Attraction will bring people into their lives who have money anxiety issues to match their money anxiety issues. Karma will give them mental torture where they can never rest from the constant wheeling, dealing and scheming about money.
Going back to the man who lost his job. The Cause and Effect is an open and shut case. He stole from the company and he got caught and the effect is that he lost his job. The karmic effect is this: From the moment he took money that did not belong to him his mental fate was sealed…never quite being able to relax…never allowing people to get close…constantly looking over his shoulder…suspicious of changes at work…having to be secretive and live with the lie. Now that the Cause and Effect law has come home to roast he must suffer even more karmic effects like shame… depression… disgrace and maybe regret. Karma is the name of his own personal hell right now.
Bad things happen to good people
Bad thing happen to good people because of the intention behind the deed. If you help someone out but the intention behind it is… so that you can look good…or brag about it… or get something in return. Then that is the karma you activate. At the basis of all bad karma is greed and conceit. On the outside people may witness a lovely act of kindness but karma picks up on the motive. That is why they say that karma is a bit**.
Your karmic rating
If you want to rate your karmic score then just take a look at your life right now….the people in it…the abundance…the happiness…the growth…the fun. If you look around you and all is well… then this is your karma. On a scale of 1 to 10. 10 is absolutely amazing. What is your score?
Boost your good karma
-It is important to associate with wise people. If you associate with people who make poor life choices then you are guilty by association.
-Develop mindfulness so that you do not get carried away by situations that could jeopardise your flow of karma. In order to do this you have to be aware….to focus…to be clear about your objectives.
-Clarity provides wonderful karma. Be clear about what you think, feel and do, be consistent so that bad karma vibes cannot stick around.
– Check your motives constantly. Ask yourself if they are a) Selfless…or selfish b) Clear… with no agendas. c) Clean… with no personal gain d) Consistent with who you are as a person.
There is some good news just before you go thinking karma is too harsh. Since karma is only concerned with the here and now you can start to change your karma…right now!
In closing…I like to surround myself with lovely people who uplift and teach me and just this morning when I asked a dear friend how he was doing …this was his reply:
“I am as I deserve to be”.
Perfect karma send me the perfect ending to this blog.