On karma… January 17, 2018 by Jamie WestermanI saw that – Karma Did you know that the word karma literally means “action?” The theory of karma focuses on the cause and effect of actions. In other words, the force of our actions or intentions bring results that are either good or bad. Do you believe that to be true? There are certainly a million quotes to support karma: “You get what you give” “What goes around comes around” “Everything you do will come back to you” Does this mean bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people? We all have experiences or know of stories that contradict the theory of karma. This leads me to believe karma isn’t necessarily about actions. That there isn’t “good karma, “bad karma,” “your karma,” “my karma.” Everything that happens to us cannot be boiled down simply to karma as it is defined. Karma as it is, certainly can be useful. We’ve all thought, “karma will get that one,” or “they’ll get theirs.” It’s a great tool to make us feel better when we are wronged, and I must admit during my divorce, I was waiting for a giant karma boomerang to swing by and put my ex in place! (I’m guessing he was thinking the same). And there are instances when my brain automatically goes, “yup, that’s karma for you!” But is karma really like an overbearing power watching you, waiting to scold you for your misgivings? Or is it simply energy and attraction? What if karma is not something you DO, but something you ARE? What if karma is inside you? Our intentions rule. If you feel guilt about something you did, chances are it was wrong. The “punishment” karma brings is not a sentence FOR the crime but BY the crime. It may not be the action you suffer from, but your own knowledge that the action was motivated by your own greed, jealousy, or animosity. And the “karma” of negative energy spirals. I know damn well when I have messed up. I think at our core, most of us do even if we don’t outwardly show accountability. We have anxiety about it. We obsess over it. We worry and second guess. The people around us may have adverse feelings as well. In other words, we create a serious amount of negative energy around our bad choices. My thought is that cynical force leads to actions which create life experiences you may not desire. Like the karma boss putting the smack down on your screw ups. The same is true when we act with love, generosity, and kindness. Think of the light feelings inside of you when you do good, when you ARE good. And the domino effect that follows in other areas of life when things are “going your way.” The thoughts, the feelings, the positive energy that attracts more connection, more opportunity, more prosperity. So maybe karma is not something handed down by the cosmos, by Buddha, or your higher power. Maybe karma is self-induced. Maybe it is even a choice. In that case, I choose compassion over hate. I choose generosity over greed. I choose abundance over scarcity. I choose love over fear. I choose to make my own karma.