Does Karma Really Exist?
Most of us are familiar with the principle of karma. At some point or other in our life we may have considered the karmic repercussions of our actions. So what exactly is karma? Karma means action, word or deed. It also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering. In other words, if you do good you will manifest more good in your life and if you do bad you will manifest negative consequences. What you put out into the ether will come back to you in some way or another, either in this lifetime or in another lifetime. So is this really true? Does karma really exist? Or is this just a good propaganda tactic to scare us all into doing the right thing and being good people? Perhaps the fear of karmic retribution is enough to keep certain people in line. Almost like the fear of going to hell? Obviously the fear of karmic retribution is not really working too well on planet earth right now, otherwise we would probably have a way more peaceful civilization. So is the idea of karma merely just an idea or is karma really justified?
Some of us choose to believe in karma, while others don't. So does it really exist? Here's where things get interesting... I believe the answer is “Yes” and “No.” So you are probably wondering how karma could exist and not exist at the same time. So here's the deal. Our thoughts create our reality. It's called Law of Attraction. So if you believe in karma you will create karma in your life. However, if you don't believe in karma then karma may actually cease to exist for you. Quite interesting, huh? However, this fact may or may not even be a fact based on what you believe because your thoughts create your reality and my thoughts create my reality. So in reality, there are many realities and many truths. So whether or not you believe what I am saying right now about karma or not, you are right! Trippy huh?
So let's talk about my reality with karma for a moment. I personally believe in karma. It has worked for and against me my entire life. It's all based on my thoughts, perceptions and experiences. If I feel bad about something I've said or done, for some reason it seems I will get punished in some way or another for that deed. If I feel good about something I've said or done then I seem to get rewarded. There seems to be some type of rippling effect and synchronicity with all of this too. One good thing can lead to a whole day of good, while one bad thing can lead to a whole day of bad. I'm sure most of us can relate. We wake up feeling bad and then everything seems to go wrong that day. Or we wake up feeling good and the whole day turns out to be one amazing moment after the next. Our thoughts affect all of this you know?
But back to karma...So I've decided since I believe in karma because I tend to experience it (at least in this lifetime), then I should milk karma for all it's worth. So I decided to play a little game called “Karma Points.” The karma points game is a game whereby I search for good deeds that I can perform. Writing this blog is actually part of my karmic ritual. It's good karma points to write articles that can be helpful or inspirational to people. I show kindness to bugs, give face rubs to cats I meet on the street, put fruit out at night for all the hungry little creatures to eat. I give generous tips to restaurant workers... If someone is short on cash at the grocery store I will hand them that extra dollar that they need. I give food and money to the homeless. I leave my coin change in the grocery store for the next person to take. I hold doors for people. I deliver donations to animal shelters. I let cars in my lane when there's traffic and no one else is letting them in. The list goes on and on. And for some reason or another....all this good seems to flow right back to me over and over again! In fact, I believe I've acquired so many karma points now that if something bad could happen it actually won't. You know why? Because karma is on my side! The karma points game actually helps me make up for any wrong doings I may commit. I do however try to keep my wrong doings to a minimum. But hey... life is all about duality. We can't be good all the time as much as we may try. Just make sure you do more good then bad and you'll be ok!
Quick story... I decided one day to take a drive to deliver donations to the local animal shelter. I was so thrilled because I felt like I amassed some major karma points. After I dropped off the donations my friend needed me to mail a package for him at the post office. I was driving over to the post office but was running out of time. The post office closes at 5pm and all of a sudden I have about a minute to get there and I'm trapped behind a slow car that had let the light turn red. I was convinced that the door would probably be closed by the time I got there. However, I then thought...karma points! I collected a really good amount of karma points that day. Perhaps there's a chance that the door will still be open when I get there. Amazingly, I get to the post office 2 or 3 minutes late and the door is still open! After I briskly walk in relieved, one of the workers runs over to the door to lock it immediately. He had forgotten to do it at 5pm. You know what? Karma points! The package got mailed! And even more karma points for doing my friend a favor and mailing his package!
So what's my point? Well, karma can be a real good thing to believe in if you are doing good in the world... and even better if it's used for motivation to do good. Ofcourse, the good feeling that comes from doing good is way more meaningful then simply collecting karma points just for the sake of collecting karma points and hoping that it is reciprocated in the future. However, it is a fun game and does make giving a little more entertaining and enjoyable. So my suggestion? Try playing the game... Start doing as much good as possible, collect karma points and see if karma really exists for you!
Jennie Haiman is a Reiki Master Energy Healer, Co-Founder of Self Saviorz Society California Non-Profit 501(c)(3), Poet, Author and Entertainer with goals to help raise the vibration and consciousness of humanity!