Karma is a wonderful controversial topic which often spawns colourful and varied debate whenever the subject matter arises.
I can’t help but feel that karma has had it’s definition twisted in so many different ways that people don’t really understand what it is any more.
I’ve also heard people only offer a one sided translation to the results of karma, to a me a very dangerous mistake to make.
There was even an article recently about a UKIP politician who claimed that all the recent storms and flooding in the UK was as a result of gay marriages being allowed and because ‘God was not happy’.
The thing that made me giggle about the story was that it he was discussing a very ancient eastern concept in a predominately western culture that doesn’t really believe in karma.
Karma is often viewed in two ways.
- It is a retribution applied God
- It is a natural law of the universe which cannot be escaped.
To be quite frank, I personally don’t believe karma is either of those two and I especially don’t believe that karma is retribution.
I was speaking with a friend sometime ago and she was telling me about something that happened to her friend. Her friend had been mugged for his phone. Her response was ‘I hope those muggers get their karma and get what they deserve’
‘Wait, what if your friend was receiving karma for a previous event or for some hurt he caused in a previous lifetime?’
It is of course a valid point and one she couldn’t answer.
Another aspect to this of course is, people often only say that bad things only seem to happen to good people.
Why is that?
My interpretation of karma has always been that it’s is not a payback for actions, but a payback for intention.
Buddha’s translation of karma was ‘intention’, or in other words, a term we’re all too familiar with these days, the law of attraction. When you set fourth an intention, that is what you will get back.
To me, that seems to fit in more with what I see in the world as opposed to just the theory of what karma is. Hindu’s believe that in a future life you could be a tree or an earthworm. I don’t believe our consciousness is literally transferred into a tree and we sit there in the tree wishing to be human again.
I do believe that our physical make-up does transfer into various forms, but human consciousness remains as that.
Another question often posed to me by my coaching clients is whether the state of their life is as a result of their karma. Your life is not in the state it is as a result of any kind of punishment. I believe that where we are in our lives right now, is simply the result of a collection of choices and the overall results.
Should you require a different set of results, look at your intention and make a different set of choices.
Situations may unfold the way we wish them too. You have the power to create intentions and visions of what you really want along with the power to choose how you respond to events.
Karma is not something that can be blamed and used as a reason that your life is not the way you would like it.
We have the power of free will to mould our lives into the way that we would like. God is not stopping you, neither is your karma. There is only one thing, and that is you!