I am not what most would call a particularly spiritual or religious person. I tend to stick to more practical explanations to life’s great wonders and believe only in things that are tangible and measurable. I do not think I am right in this line of thinking, or that anyone who is religious is wrong, this is just what makes the most sense to me based on my own human experience. With all that in mind, I do believe in energy, because it is something that can be measured. We can literally power machines with the energy of the sun, so why is our own human energy not transferable as well? Einstein said energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be transferred or changed from one form to another, and Newton claimed for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. They both seemed like guys much smarter than myself so I trust their judgement. It is for this reason and based on personal experiences that I firmly believe in the power of karma.
Everything we do attracts energy back into our lives. This line of thinking is the basic idea behind “The Secret;” that we can manifest anything into our lives simply by “thinking” it into existence. There’s a lot more to it, but essentially the things we focus on is what we bring into our lives. So if you’re constantly focused on sickness, sadness or negativity, you are going to subconsciously attract more of that into your life. While on the flip side, if you already see yourself having the things you want and focusing on health, happiness and positivity, you will in turn naturally harvest more and more of those things.
In my lifetime I have done things I am not proud of and have wronged people, some of whom I didn’t know. I have also been very wronged by others. Some people were strangers on the phone who cursed at me violently when I was 17 years old and just trying to make money as a part-time telemarketer. Another was the person I loved and trusted more than anything who, over the course of a year and a half, repeatedly lied and deceived me and intentionally destroyed every aspect of my life. For both myself and everyone else, you don’t get away with this type of behavior. The things you do eventually come back to you, whether they are good or bad. Karma is not always immediate, so it’s sometimes missed and goes unnoticed. But believe me when I tell you, these things always are repaid to us.
This week I saw that a person who hurt me a great deal was receiving some pretty public negativity. My first reaction was to be petty, to gloat to anyone who would listen that this individual who hurt me so badly was finally getting served an ounce of the pain they had inflicted on me. Thankfully, I stopped myself and really thought this through. Someone else’s hardships are never anything to rejoice. As soon as you take pleasure in the anguish of others, you are inviting the same into your own life. And trust me, I don’t care if you are Mother Teresa, there are always people out there who want to see you fail. I also realized that the Law of Karma doesn’t affect the offender exclusively, so oftentimes innocent bystanders suffer alongside them. When it comes to matters of business or family, the bad deeds of one can sully the name and reputation of the entire group. Or as they say, one bad apple spoils the bunch. Most sad of all, sometimes the worst people never fully reap the karma of their behavior because their narcissism doesn’t allow them to ever accept any responsibility in wrongdoing. Instead they just continue to never learn from their actions, repeating them over and over, and the people around them suffer instead.
If someone hurts you or vice versa, take comfort in knowing one day, that hurt will return. They or you will one day suffer that same amount of hardship. It’s so important to try and offset these incidences with positive karma. To fill our lives with as many good deeds and positivity as possible, not only because it will selfishly improve the quality of our own existence, but will also just make the world a better place in general. Sometimes it’s difficult not to dwell in negativity or wish bad things to people, especially when we don’t deserve the deeds they’ve dealt us. But in those cases where you cannot find it in you to forgive, do everything you can to forget. Forget about that person and let the power of the universe take control. Forgive, forget, do whatever you have to do to lift the burden of their actions because it is only serving to weigh YOU down, not them. Think about it, when you’re carrying the weight of another person’s bad behavior, you’re making it lighter and easier on them. Dump all that responsibility on the rightful owner and focus on moving forward, because when all that comes back around, they alone will have to endure the karmic repercussions.
I wish all of you nothing but the best this upcoming week and hope it’s filled with nothing but karmic blessings!