Contrary to popular belief, Karma is not a bitch, even if it feels like it is. Sure, life often doesn’t seem fair, because it isn’t. In legal justice terms there is some fairness, but not in the way that being a good person means I should get everything I want. Whoever says it is, are likely trying to sell you something. We assume when life doesn’t give us what we want, Karma is to blame – we’ve done something ‘bad’ and are being punished for it. This is not the case.
“Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. Karma means “deed” or “act” and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fated. That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment.” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma]
While Karma may be in play when we don’t get what we want, it is not for the purpose of punishment, but for our growth.
“We, as souls, make an overall life plan prior to birth. Because our ultimate purpose of incarnation is to experience love and to remember various qualities, such as generosity, authenticity, lightheartedness, etc, that enhance love, the plan is designed to promote such remembering (some also call this “learning”).” [Akashic Records ]
The purpose of our life is to learn to be who we need to be, our authentic self, which may have nothing to do no with what we want. Times where our need and want are aligned are wonderful of course and we grow from joyous experiences as well as difficult challenges. Other times the opposite is true where our ‘want’ is not what need or in our best interest. Children may want to eat candy and play all the time, but we know they need nourishing food and to go to school to grow physically, mentally and emotionally I’d may want to drink and party all the time, but its likely I wouldn’t be able to earn an income, support myself or live very long if I did
The learning then, is to not get caught up in judgmental thinking such as “Why did this bad thing happen to me when I’m such a good person?” or “Why do bad things keep happening to me no matter how hard I try to do the right thing?” This is our ego talking, needing to make sense of the world so it matches what we want. I have so been there. To the point where I finally surrendered and simply asked the Universe, powers that be, to please help me see what it is I am needing to learn, that I’m obviously not getting. Surrendering and allowing our soul to be heard, all our experiences, joyous and painful, are exactly what we’ve chosen, what we need not necessary want, to learn and be who we are truly to be. By accepting what is’, mastering what we need to with courage, serenity and wisdom, clarity comes, challenges and problems begin to resolve, then dissolve, leaving us stronger and more authentically who we are then we were before. Cause and effect, action and reaction, the Universe works. Just sayin’ 🙂 ❤
- कर्म Karma (Action or Doing) (senseiriveraosu.wordpress.com)
- Karma, Action Reaction (plakiv.wordpress.com)
- Karma & The Importance Of Time (dharmavada.wordpress.com)