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 reason 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?
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