Karma is one of those topics honestly not brought up very much in law of attraction circles. It seems to be completely at odds with the philosophy of the LOA.
But it bears considering what, if any, relation there is between karma and the law of attraction. If karma is indeed real, does it mean that we can only manifest what's in alignment with our karma? If karma does not exist, then does that mean that there are no repercussions to immoral actions?
Before writing this post, I did some research on what others are saying on karma and the law of attraction. I saw two general themes:
- Karma doesn't exist, and you can manifest anything
- Karma exists, and those who are successful are successful because of good karma
Seems like a pretty important issue, right? So, I thought it called for a detailed post on the matter.
I enjoy lately taking issues like this and debunking any misconceptions and myths around it. If you know of more misconceptions you'd like me to look at, just send me your ideas here.
First, Does Karma Exist?
Let's get the main question out of the way first, and then we'll go into further detail.
Yes, karma exists.
Well, I should say, it depends exactly how you define it. My idea of karma is significantly different from that of traditional Hinduism or Buddhism, but it also has several similarities, which is why I keep the name “karma”, at least for this post.
The idea of karma, when it comes right down to it, is that it is a balancing force in the Universe. It holds us within the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
The more that you clear away your old karma, the freer you are to realize the essence of who you really are, i.e., achieve enlightenment.
All that is pretty close to the traditional understanding so far. But, here is where I differ.
Is Karma Punishment for Evil and Reward for Good?
The traditional understanding of karma is essentially that there is both good and bad karma. If you perform some bad action, then karma will come back around and bring you some bad experience in kind. If, however, you perform a good action, then that good will come back around in kind as well.
The complication that introduces itself is that there are clearly “bad” people who have many good things happen to them, and “good” people who have bad things happen to them.
And so the traditional explanation is that your karma from past lives also carries over (convenient, I know). So, if you're doing good, and yet have something bad happen to you, it must mean that you had some bad karma from a previous lifetime.
All of the above is completely false.
First, there are some preliminary points to understand:
The Universe Is Amoral
This is a hard one to grasp, I know. But, the truth is that the Universe is amoral.
That means, the Universe knows no concept of good and evil. Good and evil are strictly ego constructs.
If you lie, for example, there is no Universal scorekeeper sitting up there and making negative tally marks on your record.
This one amuses me, because Islam, as an example, believes exactly this. The idea is that there is an angel that follows you around and records all of your actions, good and bad, to confront you on Judgment Day.
This is a hard concept to swallow, because our ego craves “justice”. It wants to know that wrongdoers will get their comeuppance in the end, if not in this life, then at least in the afterlife.
This is only so because the ego does not realize the inherent security of the Universe. It does not know that there are no real threats.
But, the nature of the Universe is non-dual. Non-dual does not mean that the good stays and the evil is defeated. It means that good and evil come from the same source, and are really two sides of the same coin. They stop really meaning anything at all.
As long as you believe in polarities such as this, you cannot really get at the truth contained at the source.
So, What Is Karma?
So, we must remove the labels of “good” and “bad” from karma.
But without those labels, then what is karma for, exactly?
Karma is not meant to reward good actions and punish bad actions.
It comes down to a question of the basic purpose of the Universe. Some believe that the Universe is here to encourage good actions and discourage bad actions.
But that's not it at all. The Universe's primary aim is freedom.
Actually, it is already free. But its primary aim is to help you to discover your own inherent freedom.
So, karma is a system in place to point the way to your freedom. It's nothing more and nothing less than that.
All it is telling you is whether or not you are in alignment with your higher self. If you are, then you are free. If you are not, then you are subject to karma.
What's the Difference Between Karma and Resistance?
This might sound a bit familiar. Much of what I've said above about karma, I've said exactly the same about resistance.
Resistance is, indeed, a synonymous term for karma. Much of what you already know about resistance can be applied to karma, though there is a bit more of an understanding I'd like to discuss in the remainder of this post.
Resistance, essentially, is the degree to which you push against the Universal Flow. It's your disallowance of what is.
And the more you resist, the less that you allow your own good to enter your life.
So, karma is exactly the same.
That's really where the biggest difference is. Karma really has nothing at all to do with actions, even though in Sanskrit it literally means action.
It has nothing to do with whether you perform good or bad actions. It has only to do with your own attitude—your own inner state.
If you resist life, you create karma. If you allow life to flow, then you dissolve karma.
So that means that if, for example, you want to have more money in life, but have a great fear of failure, this is your money karma.
It doesn't mean that you performed some bad action in a past life around money. It just means that in the area of money, you are disallowing your own freedom. You are attached to the outcome, and creating resistance.
It also follows that you aren't stuck in a life of poverty, just because you have “bad” money karma. Resistance is easily overcome, as you know from my previous posts. By simply allowing instead of resisting, that karma will be released, and you can manifest all the money you want.
What About Justice?
I mentioned earlier that the Universe is amoral. It doesn't care what you do. It simply responds to the amount of resistance or flow in your energy system.
It helps somewhat if you replace “karma” with “gravity”. You don't believe that gravity should stop working for someone who's committed murder, do you? Gravity is gravity. It applies to everyone, equally.
So it is with karma and the other spiritual laws. They apply equally to everyone, no matter if they're a murderer or a philanthropist.
However, that doesn't mean that there are no consequences, necessarily. There is always balance, just not exactly in the way you might imagine.
Let's imagine that someone steals some expensive item. The traditional understanding of karma would say that at some point in the future, whether in this life or another, something will likewise be stolen from this person.
Of course, as I've shown above, this is false. But what, exactly, will happen?
Well, let's look at why this person stole in the first place. Did they do it out of joy and happiness? I doubt it. Even if they experience a temporary high from the act of theft, their overall vibration is not a high one.
How much resistance do you think we'll find in such a person? Probably quite a lot.
And so, this is how karma kicks in. This thief clearly has resistance, and the Universe will respond to that resistance in kind. What exactly will happen to them, it's impossible to know, but it will simply mirror their existing energy.
So, yes, it is very possible that some unwanted experience will happen to this person. But it's important to see the difference.
This negative experience does not happen because the Universe is trying to punish them. The unwanted experience happens because the Universe is trying to point out where they are not yet free.
It will start with some negative feeling in regard to steeling. They do it not out of fullness and connection with their true Self, but out of fear and a belief in lack. Therefore, the action is going to feel bad.
If they ignore that feeling and do it anyway, then the resistance will grow, and likely result in some negative experience in outer reality. This will continue to increase until they release the resistance fully.
So again, it is not about an eye for an eye. It is about pointing the way to freedom.
Now, we also have to address the person that was stolen from. Was this “bad” karma? I'd say it was simply a manifestation of some belief about security, most likely.
The thing to understand is that a thief can never steal from someone who's not a match to being stolen from. They have to match up with one another in that regard. Their subconscious beliefs and resistances will simply draw them together in this way, for the thief to steal and the victim to be stolen from.
Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People, and Vice Versa?
This brings up the question, why do good things seem to happen to “bad” people, and bad things to “good” people?
Again, I don't put stock in these labels of “good” and “bad”. But, it is true that you can easily observe resistant individuals still having good things happen to them.
Remember again that karma is not about good and bad. It's about which areas of life you hold resistance, and which areas you allow the Universal Flow.
Let's take the example of someone wealthy who lies or cheats.
It's completely possible that such a person could have very positive beliefs about the ease of making money, while having resistance in other areas of life.
The Universe isn't interested in punishing them for the bad things they've done, by, say, taking away their money. Unless, of course, that would be the best match to their resistance.
The Universe is going to match their resistance in the way that is going to best point the way to freedom. To be sure, the resistance will manifest via some unwanted experience, but it just might not be in the way others would expect.
Similarly, no matter how “good” you are in life, it doesn't mean that you hold a high vibration in regard to money, relationships, or health. The Universe isn't interested in rewarding you for your good actions. But, if the state out of which those actions arose is positive, then good things will happen to you.
But, as above, it's very possible that you have wonderful manifestations in the area of money, but no success in relationships, or vice versa. The Universe will always reflect back to you your own inner state, whether good or bad.
Is There Karma from Past Lives?
This is a rather controversial one. Yes, there is karma from past lives. However, that does not mean that your current life is set in stone.
Let's say that in this life, you have resistance around health. You believe that you are prone to sickness, and so, of course, you are.
If you don't overcome this resistance in this lifetime, what happens? It will carry on into your next life for you to face and hopefully release.
Again, the Universe is interested in freedom. No matter how big or small your resistance, it will be triggered again and again until you release it. If you don't release it in this life, then it'll be carried over to the next.
As another example, if you were born in this life into a family that had a lot of lack beliefs around money, it is probably because you have more resistance in this area to release from a past life.
I just recently did an akashic reading, where my client was a successful business woman in a past life. But, in that life, her business eventually failed. It created the belief that if she succeeded, it would eventually turn to failure, and that belief carried over to this life to be addressed and released.
It may not seem fair, but whatever you hold on to, you must eventually let go of. You must eventually return to a state of complete freedom, and the Universe will do whatever is necessary to help you in that process, including carrying your programs from life to life, and triggering them all over again.
But, this does not mean that you are stuck in this lifetime. You have the freedom to release that resistance, or dissolve that karma, as it were. You have that choice every time that resistance is triggered.
How to Dissolve Karma
You already know the answer to this, if you've read any of my other blog posts.
Wen the Universe does trigger your resistance in some area, the best thing to do is simply to allow.
I've called it radical acceptance, or you could call it mindfulness, or even surrender. The term does not matter.
But, you must find a way to let go, quite simply—to interrupt the pattern of resistance from the past.
I've linked to some posts above that will go into greater detail about how exactly to do that.
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How About You?
Now it's your turn. I know this was a pretty detailed post, but has this clarified the concept of karma for you? I'm always happy to hear your thoughts in the comments, and as always, feel free to ask questions to clarify this post even further.