“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realise that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” -Dalai Lama
What goes around comes around. We’ve heard it all before. But what does it truly mean?; and is it worth it to believe in it?
Karma has origins of multiple religions but appears heavily in Hindu texts and throughout the Hinduism religion. It is the philosophy that whatever you do, will affect you or come back to you in some way, shape, or form. Most notably, we know it as, whatever you put out in the universe, will come back. Karma has also been linked to the idea of reincarnation or rebirth. So, if you evoke positive thoughts and feelings unto others, that same positivity will come back. If you evoke negativity, such will follow in your life. Some believe in Karma because they have witnessed it work on them or someone they know. Others do not believe in it because they do not believe the universe can manifest your actions and create a consequence for them. For example, many do not believe in karma based on seeing good people suffering. But, if the principle of karma is based on rebirth, could it be that this happens based on someone’s actions from a previous life? If that is the case, then karma should be taken into consideration for playing more of a role in life and the future, than we think. This is why many strive to live a life of positivity and love. The fear that the universe is always watching and that consequences come in good and bad forms, may be what some people live their life for.
When you begin to understand karma, you realize you have the control. You are in control of your reactions and therefore, you can sway the way in which karma affects you. For example, if someone gets the lead role in a play and the role you specifically sought out and tried out for and you harvest negative thoughts, you will suffer. Not because you were in control of that situation, but because you were in control of your reaction to the situation. Changing your reactions, will affect future outcomes. Being aware of your thoughts/reactions after a situation can help change your karma. I believe in karma because I believe and trust the universe. I noticed that when I started to harvest positive reactions, I saw greater outcomes in my life and what I had prayed for started to come true. Whether karma is your cup of tea or not, it is affecting you and those around you. Who knows? Maybe you will start to see a shift in your life just by changing your path.