Karma it seems disagrees with you.

Do these seem familiar to you?

“Revenge is a waste of time and resources, Karma will do that much better than you can”

“Dear Karma, I have a list of people you missed”

“No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves and if you’re lucky God will let you watch”

And the classic : “Karma is a b*tch”

Here’s the thing. For some time I used to think that too. When I felt someone had done me wrong or hurt me, I’d take comfort in my anger and think exactly of Karma “coming to my rescue”. I was never so wrong about what Karma actually means.

Karma is the Sanskrit word which means action and refers to the law of cause and effect. It is also represented in the phrase “We reap what we sow”. The thing I think most of us forget is that this places responsibility on us. Not her, him or them. It’s to remind US that our thoughts, actions and deeds have their consequences and that WE are responsible for them.

Sometimes when we are so angry and hurt of what others have done to us, when we become the victim, we react. And in that reaction, with no thought of what we are saying we lash out on others and it seems like we try to put a “curse” on the other. We vehemently wish and hope that Karma will ride in with all its fury and settle our scores for us.

The trouble with this is that we forget the part that we may have played in the situation. We forget to get through the pain and to step back to see what lessons there were for us. We forget that it almost always takes “two to tango”. We go on about our lives refusing to see what wisdom we can take from a situation and instead stubbornly hold on to our anger.

Karma is so often tied in with retaliation, judgement and anger that it’s true meaning is fast getting lost. And when we meet our own Karma we don’t realize it as what it is.

My understanding of Karma has grown from the feeling that these phrases didn’t feel right to a better grasp of its concept from reading the interpretation of the Edgar Cayce readings on the subject.

Edgar Cayce readings on Karma and Grace.

Some other expressions that may give us a better understanding of Karma are “like begets life” and “each after it’s own kind” or even “bird of a feather flock together”. What we put out into our world we get back. If we approach our relationships with anger we get back anger. If we approach it with kindness, we get back kindness. If we approach life manipulating others, we attract those who manipulate us. When we think that we are only worthy if we are needed by someone then we attract those that are needy.

This, according to the readings is a law. It is not moralistic or judgmental but how the Universe works. As we create our lives and “our world” all our thought patterns, believes, actions and motivations not only become a part of our world but it also becomes a part of us. “And since it is a part of our being, it becomes that which must be met if it stands between ourselves and our awareness of our oneness with God / Source / the Divine”.

Karma in other words is a meeting with ourselves.

There is a serious misunderstanding of it as being a debt that we or someone else needs to pay off. It is not. It is in fact an opportunity for us to meet with our lessons again, in different forms, to follow the road leading to our highest good. It is another chance given to us so that we may make the choice to learn our lessons with grace. We have that power. The power of choice is always in our hands and we have the free will to choose that which will being us to our higher good, to the Divine Self.

Meeting our Karma with Grace

According to the readings though the law is to meet ourselves in the form of Karma, we still have the choice on how we meet it. When we meet it with a spirit of grave, then we experience it in an entirely different form. It also tells us that this law refers to quality and not quantity.

Let’s face it. As a race we can be stupidly stubborn. We meet the same lessons again and again either in this one life time or many different life times and yet we either stubbornly refuse to see how we may change for the better or we just don’t get it. But once we do get it, then that one lesson usually works. Maybe it’s because as we meet our lessons and learn from them we become more aware of it. And when we are more aware, more conscious of our actions and choices we avert the same lessons.

In the book The Edgar Cayce Primer: Discovering the Path to Self Transformation, author Herbert B. Puryear writes:

“As we work more deeply with our ideals, spirit and motivation, or as we introduce a high purpose in our use of the life force, then the purpose for which a pattern is awakened leads the expression of that pattern into a different from in manifestation….If a pattern is energized by the purpose of helping others, it will manifest in one form. If the same pattern is energized by the purpose of self- aggrandizement, it will manifest in quite a different form. The same karma is met, but the outcome is different”.

So what does this mean in our daily life?

For me, it means that whatever I encounter in my life I must always remain conscious that it is my responsibility. For whatever reasonย  I encounter a situation, a person or relationship, it is up to me to remind myself that I am not a victim. That there must be a lesson that I have to learn or to understand that will only help me in my evolution. It is a conscious effort and practice to be aware of my spiritual ideal and my attitude. It is up to me to go through the experience and to come out of it wiser and stronger.

What does it mean to you, dear reader?

22 thoughts on “Karma it seems disagrees with you.

  1. I really enjoyed your insight – and thank you for the pingback! One quote that I like to focus on when I am feeling angry or resentful is “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison, and expecting the other person to die.”

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    1. Thank you for the comment Beth and you’re most welcome. I like that comment too and it’s so true. The thing is most times we are reacting to things and people, we tend to forget that holding on to anger hurts us more than it does to the other!

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  2. Love the title Shree, and I agree with your slant on this. As you say takes two to Tango. and the people we meet and greet daily have the same outlook. They feel in the right as do we if there are any disagreements/ falling-outs/differing opinions, and blame is a two way street methinks. Better to be open-minded and try to ‘see’ from both sides, sometimes difficult but can be achieved methinks. Karma, as you say, seems to have changed in meaning, and I tend not to think of someone ‘getting’ theirs type of thing. I personally think that your own karma is yours to coat with love, kindness and consideration to all things, and thoughtful responses to any every daily trial we might face. Inner peace and harmony show in the way we meet adversity, and we grow as we find inner strength. and the ability to understand ourselves and change our attitudes should they need it. (mind you, there are still some out there who’ll drive you crazy with their outlook, but a step aside and refusal to be sucked in usually suffices, if not, I usually just smile a lot) I have not included inanimate objects in this thought, for at the mo am fighting my PC for control password wise, of an old email address, it’s winning by the way!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xPenx

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  3. That’s an interesting look at karma, and definitely different then what we usually hear. I guess it’s the old “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” idea. Which is just as valid today as it has always been.

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    1. Yup it is! It’s always about learning to act towards others the way we would want to be treated. Though at times it does get a little more complicated than that. I sometimes wonder, what happens with those that due to the many reasons find themselves not even wanting to treat themselves right…what then?
      I guess then we have to go back to the other Universal law which is love God with all our heart, mind and soul…and when we love God which is life then we need to learn to love life, and that means our own too. And I think it works for those that are uncomfortable with the notion of God…I’d think they would just remove God from the statement and say..Love life, the life given to us?

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  4. This is a great take on karma. I love how you turned it into something to reflect on.

    By the way, I love your blogs so I nominated your blog for “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” More power to you in all that you do.

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much for dropping by and for the sweet comment ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad that it’s got you to reflect on it ๐Ÿ˜€ Makes me feel that I’ve done some good with what I’ve read..lol.

      Thanks so much for the nomination too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll come by to check the rules out and read some of your posts too! I’m playing catch up with blogs now..hehe

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  5. Shree what a great, great read! I needed that one today, in conjunction with another post I read elsewhere, it really gave me some food for thought. When we are able to transform impressions through different perceptual filters while they are transpiring then we neutralize any future karma from occurring.

    I recall something Baba Muktananda said, and I paraphrase, “The pendulum swings both ways, happiness on one extreme and sadness on the other, but the goal is to stay neutral in the center, neither attached to happy or sad.” That was a total paraphrase because I just remember what it meant when I heard it. lol

    Just this week I personally have been processing a lot of negative emotions, my double Scorpio, menopausal self very affected by this moon, (No excuse.) Old patterns and paradigms pop up in my egoic mind, fear, jealousy, attachment, revenge, not good stuff. Although even in days gone by when I was much less tempered, I would plot revenge but not seek it. (Still just as bad.) But reading this and the other post has helped me to stop and think about my attachment to an idea. I believe I will be able to process this much better than I have this week.

    Thank you sister for an excellent and well timed post.
    โœฟแƒฆโœฟแƒฆ.ยธยธแƒฆโ™ซ*ยจ`*โ€ข..ยธฦธำœฦท โœฟแƒฆ โœซโ€

    Namaste
    Sindy

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    1. You’re most welcome Sindy ๐Ÿ™‚ and thank you for adding so much with your comment! I read your blog post on what you mentioned above and I commented there as well. I too have the same feelings..most times. In fact, I am such a DRAMA QUEEN in my head it’s seriously not even funny any more! Last night as I was driving back from work I was doing the drama queen thing again…in my head. I stopped myself and asked “Why? Why do I cause so much of anxiety to myself by imagining all sorts of negative things happening? Why do I always jump and assume that everyone is out to get me, to hurt me, to make me feel insignificant…when it hasn’t happened yet…when it is not even in existence ?” Then a small glimmer of realization….maybe its my goblins WANTING that attention. It makes me feel that all my presumptions of my unworthiness as a person will be validated IF bad things happen to me, when people are just as bad to me as I expect them to…you see..my goblin needs me to feel this way so that it can survive…!!

      I’m learning to let go too..it’s a process and for now I am happy that I catch myself doing it..because that in itself is a big step ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Very well written Shree!! Karma i feel sometimes is the most misused word!! I hear people blaming their karma for the result of their actions!! they keep forgetting that it is their choices that results in Karma. Karma is represented as Karmaphala – fruits of action. Why is it called fruit and not something else ? Because to get fruits from a tree, you need to plant it, nourish it, and then it will be seasonal also depending upon the tree you have planted. This is to illustrate karma is not a immediate result, it is the result of many actions that has been done in the past!!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

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    1. Hi! Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your comment because it actually tells us so much about Karma in a nice, short and so easily understood manner ๐Ÿ˜€ So thank you for sharing YOUR thoughts, of which I completely agree with ๐Ÿ™‚
      The thing is a lot of us tend to forget that we are truly responsible for our lives..and that every choice we make creates the next step on our path. Even not making a choice is a choice.

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        1. Hmm..you’ve hit on another aspect of making choices! To me as long as it sits well with our True Will, the will of our souls, Higher self, Super conscious level then the choice would be governed by our intuition. Then again the thing is that we need to be sure that it is our intuition and not the voice of our goblins / wounded ego. As for using “having to tell others” as a yardstick…well here it gets a bit tricky, because I find that most of us are still unsure yo even trust ourselves and sometimes it just feels more secure to tell someone our choices, but to someone that we can trust, someone that we know and see from their actions who are living a life that is founded on love, compassion, grace..or any of those attributes.

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  7. Good thoughts, Shree.

    I see Karma as an Etch-A-Sketch recording our actions, omissions, and reactions . . . without allowing us to see the screen (except on rare occasions).

    Itโ€™s a balance sheet in perpetual motion.

    Itโ€™s a dutiful and persistent shadow that marks and mirrors our every move.

    Karma is an invisible cosmic boomerang hurling through space, powered by our thoughts, words, and deeds.

    Whatever we toss out there, returns to us . . . often when we least expect it.

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    1. Very true Nancy. I used to think so too. And further I used to think that Karma is Karma..there is nothing much you can do about it.The thing I learned from reading the book I mentioned is that all hope is not lost because there is the factor of turning Karma into Grace. That it is done on how we choose to act in our daily lives. It actually falls very nicely into another wise adage which is we are all responsible for our actions and this makes us become more alert and aware of how we live our life ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Loved that you directed your reader to this post, which I hadn’t read.. And simply put, Karma is what we give out returns, the saying of ‘What goes around comes around’ comes to mind…
    Living our lives in Balance. doing unto others as you would have done unto yourself… Just trying to be the best we can be, and understanding that its ok to make mistakes along the way, for thats how we grow, and often our paths are directed via a different route because at times we need to let go of the old, in order for the new to enter our lives… Understanding that there is not right or wrong path…. And that ALL paths lead us home, Some just take longer at walking than others! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Very well said Sue. It is “What goes around comes around”…but from what I see on Facebook and on other sites…people attach so much of anger and dislike on that word it’s scary. It seems to me as if people have forgotten that Karma is non judgmental and that a lot of times it takes two to tango ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Yes I agree Shree, thats the whole reason I never joined FB as its a den for anger spats and splits families, I have witnessed second hand what it can do to families as He said she said tittle tackle starts the Anger bubbles rolling…
        And those who respond can not see that they are no better themselves…
        Sad the state of our world…
        I much prefer to Waltz LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Great article. Very informative.

    The word Karma is profound and encompasses several dimensions. Our Karma is a superset of three things Intent, action and outcome. To start with our span of control is maximum on โ€˜actionโ€™, and with conditioning possibly โ€˜intentโ€™. And we have zero control over outcome or consequences.

    As narrated in the Udyoga Parva 93.6, Mahabharat โ€œEven if a man does not succeed, he gets all the merit of doing his duty, if he strives the utmost to his capacity.โ€ Its important we follow up good intent with commited action, which is highly fulfilling. I have faced the effects of Karma in my life and I would definitely recommend everyone to be noble with our actions and intent for a more prosperous life.

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