What is Karma?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about karma how it can be a useful way to make sense of life experiences, thoughts and events.

If you are not familiar with the word Karma you may recognise some of the following statements (or even have your own ways of saying the same thing).
 
You reap what you sow
 
You get back what you give
 
It will all come home to you
 
Treat others as you wish to be treated
 
Do unto others what you you would like others to do unto you
The concept of karma is central to the Hindu and Buddhist religions who believe in reincarnation as the means to spiritual renewal.  Karma is a Sanskrit word that means action.  It is neither judge nor jury.  It is simply the universal law of cause and effect that says every thought, act, word or deed carries an energy in the world which affects our present reality.  For example, if we say something hurtful to another person they will feel the negativity of our words.  If you give encouragement to another then they will feel valued.  If somebody speaks badly of you then you might feel upset or confused too.
Karma is the stone that causes future ripples in the soul’s life stream and the fruits of karma may be seen immediately or may take time or even many cycles of reincarnated lives to manifest.
There is both positive and negative karma and we are all responsible and accountable for the karma we create for ourselves which can relate to spiritual lessons from our past and present lives.
The working out of our life involves our understanding of how we relate to ourselves and others and how our karma comes back to us depends on our actions.
When we take a positive approach to life, acting with good intention, not holding onto negativity or resentments but moving into forgiveness and acceptance we are offering ourselves an opportunity to clear bad karma.

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