I’m sure that every one of you has heard the word “karma”. Most of you probably know the meaning of karma, and you are mostly right.
When I say mostly, I mean that you probably have heard about it, you know what it’s about, but you don’t know what it truly is.
If the true meaning of karma is understood, it can be used as a very powerful tool for personal development.
What is the meaning of karma?
The word “karma” means “action,” not “fate.” In Buddhism, karma is an energy created by willful action, through thoughts, words and deeds. We are all creating karma every minute, and the karma we create affects us every minute.It’s common to think of “my karma” as something you did in your last life that seals your fate in this life, but this is not Buddhist understanding. Karma is an action, not a result. The future is not set in stone. You can change the course of your life right now by changing your volitional (intentional) acts and self-destructive patterns.
This is how Barbara O’Brien explained karma, and I totally agree with it.
But, how did we get this wrong understanding of karma?
Thinking that karma is a “rule” by which for every our bad deed, we sooner or later will receive it back.
We developed this totally wrong view of karma because we have misguided perspective that we need something superhuman, overwhelming in order to be happy.
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In fact, karma is the total opposite of the statement above.
All we need to live happy is to live deeply in the present moment with mindfulness and discover our true nature.
We shouldn’t worry about the things that happened in the past or the things that are waiting for us in the present. Let’s think about it.
If we continously think about the past, present and future, there are milions and milions of possible scenarios, and given our humman nature, we will most of the time think about the worst combinations.
This will burden our minds so much, that at some point we will “collapse”. It will become too much for us, and we will think about how our live is hard, unhappy, full of dissapointments and challenges.
In fact, I’ve had this same problem not so long ago, and do you know what I started doing?
I started focusing on today, I started focusing on now. When I would woke up in the morning, I stopped thinking about how awful day I had yesterday, instead I was busy with planning what I’m going to do today.
I wasn’t worrying about that driving test, or job interview I will have for 2 weeks, I was focused on what I was doing now.
The results were inevitable, after less then a month, I felt incredible, I didn’t have headache anymore, I wasn’t overthinking things and I stopped worrying about the things in life which I thought are hard, but in fact are fun.
The moral of the story, and what karma is all about is, think for the present. It’s a simple math that if we think about the past, present and future versus if we think only about the present we will burden our minds three times less.
And no, by not overthinking we aren’t only saving our mind, if you start living this way, you will soon notice that your legs are lighter, your hands are lighter, your whole body is lighter.
Hopefully I didn’t get too much carried in the story, anyway what I wanted to tell you is how big an impact can karma have on your life, if you understand it and use it right.
Is karma real?
If you’ve read until now, you can probably answer this yourself.
The existence of karma is undeniable, only not in the sence we expected some time ago.
What I mean by this is, if somebody steals now, it doesn’t have to mean that bad things will happen to him in the future.
In fact, the karma will get back to him in the same minute, meaning that he will be worried if he will get caught, the moment he escapes and goes back home, the thoughts (read karma) will haunt him.
Did somebody saw him? Did someone recognize him? Did someone call to the police?
Karma exists in the form of energy, it’s our intentional thoughts and actions. The energy we create now will effect us.
It doesn’t have to do anything with fate, reward or punishment.
Karma is in our hands, and we are the ones who control it.
How can we control karma?
As we already know, karma is energy that is being created by willful, thoughtful action, through words and deeds.
We are constantly creating karma every minute and that same karma affects us every minute.
If you still think that karma is fate and that it will hunt you for something you or somebody else did 15 years ago or in your last life, you’re wrong.
We all have the ability to change our karma almost instantly, right now.
We can change the direction in which we are headed in our lives by changing our intentional thoughts and actions.
The same goes if we want to change the direction of our bad karma.
So, to make it clear, we can change our bad karma right now if we change our intentional actions.
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Karma as a personal development tool
I hope by now you understood what is karma and what it is about. But, you are probably wondering, how can we use it as a personal development tool?
We all strive to be better persons than we were yesterday, this is all it’s about.
One of the quickest, easiest ways to upgrade ourselves is through understanding of karma.
And hopefully by now, you understood it, but now we have to use what we learned.
Think of karma as a set of flowers for a moment, when we are born all these flowers are still seeds.
If we react with anger, jealousy, desatisfaction all the time, the seeds from these actions will water these bad seeds.
Over time they will outgrow the bad seeds such as love, happiness, joy, and there will not be room for the good ones to grow.
All of a sudden, we find ourselves living mediocre, or maybe worse lives, going miserably through the week waiting for the weekend, over and over again.
But, even if we grew these “bad” seeds to flowers, if we for a moment stop watering them, and instead start watering only love, happiness, harmony and so on, we will quickly notice, that all of the previously overgrown “bad” flowers start to die away.
And this is how we change for the better, by continiously watering the good seeds.
When these seeds overgrow the first ones, you will notice how both you and your life have changed dramatically for the better.
You will experience life in its purest form, you will understand what means to life in harmony, without stress and without so much worrying.
I know this because I’ve been through it, and when I was on the end of my so called “journey” I felt like I’ve lifted up huge weight off my shoulders.
There is one more thing I realised, that I’m solely responsible for my life, everything I accomplished was because of me, and every chance that I didn’t take was my fault.
I quickly realised that the key to fulfulling your goals was working on myself every day.
Quotes about meaning of karma
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Karma isn’t a bitch it’s a mirror.
As she has planted, so does she harvest, such is the field of karma
And for the end, we would like to finish this post with this beautiful quote from Wayne Dyer:
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. – Wayne Dyer
So, what are your thoughts, does karma play a huge role in our lives, let me know in the comments bellow?