You always hear people throwing around the saying ‘What goes around, comes around” but many don’t really dig any deeper into what karma is all about.
Some say that Karma means ACTIONS and some say that it means TO COME BACK. I think it’s both combined; actions coming back. It is like a boomerang. All of your words and all of the actions that you put out into the world will return to you. Whether they are good or bad, they belong to you. You just deliver them to a person, situation or the universe for a period of time. The amount of time for it to return can be eons or a moment; we have all heard of Instant Karma. In fact, John Lennon did a song about that and it is absolutely brilliant. Pay attention to the words when you listen to it.
If it is a short period of time you may recognize it and learn the lesson if it is negative and you may be happy or experience another positive emotion instantly if it was positive.
However, the time may not be instant. It may take years or (according to Buddhist philosophy) lifetimes for you to reap the words or actions that you sowed and if that is the case then you may be confused, hurt or angry at the time if the karma was negative.
I once dated a guy who was Hindu and he grew up with the knowledge of karma. He was going through a horrible situation in his life when we met and when I asked him how he was coping with his situation and why he was not angry as most people would be, he told me that this was his karma and he just accepted it. Wow! That taught me a lot. He didn’t fight back or throw anything negative from his being out into the mix and you know what, it just seemed to dissolve very quickly on its own and it got much better than either of us thought it would. It was incredible and I feel privileged to have been able to have witnessed that side of someone. Acceptance of the situation was not a passive act by him; it was quite the opposite. It took such great strength to do that, to go through something unpleasant and feel the feelings, especially in a world filled with revenge and unacceptance of anything (actions or feelings) that is uncomfortable or negative.
I think that Karma is like gardening. Let me preface this by saying that I am in no way a gardener but I do know that what you reap, you sow. If you plant flowers, you are not going to end up with carrots. Also you will not get 50 carrots if you only plant one seed, right? Again, I can only assume as I am not a gardener or a farmer. Maybe there are trick seeds out there or technology may have evolved. Calling all gardeners and farmers, is this the case?
Let’s just say that that is not the case. You may throw out a whole bunch of seeds and some will stick and grow immediately and some will get blown away. The thing is you don’t know which ones will ripen now and which ones will next season or the season after.
The great thing about all of this is that once you are aware of Karma and its effects, you have the choice to produce positive or negative words and actions based on your thoughts. That is free will. Others may try to persuade or advise you positively or negatively, but when it comes down to it, you alone control your actions.
I love this saying and feel that it sums up everything discussed in just the perfect way. “What someone does to or for you is THEIR Karma; how you react is YOURS”
Throw good stuff out into the universe always. The world needs lots of love and hugs, positive energy and compassion. Then sit back and look at all of the wonderful people and experiences that appear in your life to make it even more wonderful.
Originally published at balanceformaximumwellness.com on September 8, 2016.