The word karma has become so commonplace today that one runs the risk of trivializing one the most sacred and essential laws of life. It’s amazing to think that not that long ago the term was virtually unknown in the west and now there are coffee shops that bear its name!
What is karma? The word is derived from the Sanskrit root “kr” meaning “deed or act.” Karma is related to action in any form: physical, mental, or emotional. Karma is always followed by its effect. As the term has become more popularized, the entire principle of action and its effect all fall under the single term karma. Intimately linked to the law of karma is the process of reincarnation. Reincarnation offers you, through successive embodiments in physical form, the time to work out your karma and fully express the gift of free will.
Karma is the balancer of life—the harmonizer. The natural condition of life is harmony. God is harmony. When you act in a destructive manner, you unbalance that natural state. Your destructive actions will create a ripple effect against the fabric of life bouncing back as you have put it out. Once this discordant energy has been set into motion, the painful tuning process then begins until harmony is restored.
When you initiate a creative, constructive act, the same law of karma applies but the results are completely different. When you do something that is in harmony with the natural laws of life, this action also reverberates through the fabric of life but instead of throwing off the natural harmony, this “good” energy expands and enhances the ever expanding, creative cosmic process. You are adding to the divine life and this blessing will reverberate back to you multiplied!
Karma is generated with your every thought, word, emotion, act and deed. It can reach into any aspect of your life. You can have karma related to family, money, health, relationships. And there are many different types of karma. There is personal karma, soul karma, mental karma, emotional karma, national karma, race karma and world karma. That’s a lot of cause and effect going on! The law of karma is designed in love to make you a greater being and realize the great goal you have. Karma is designed always to help build you up not tear you down or punish you. Without the laws of karma you could not grow and reach spiritual mastery.
It takes courage to look at your faults and face your karma. There can be a natural inclination is to avoid anything that is unpleasant. One of the hardest things is to realize that as an evolving soul you have done it all. Through your many incarnations, you have done great and noble things and you have done not so great thing things. It’s all part of the growing process and all these things play a role in the karmic pattern of your life.
If you were too passive in a past life, you will have to develop a dynamic will in this life. If you were cruel in a past marriage, you will have to show kindness now. If you were impatient before, you will have to learn patience now and so on. You will find the character traits you express now are as a result of your accumulated past lifetimes of experience.
Your experiences in this life are but one chapter in your book of life. You simply cannot judge or see the whole picture of your life history from the viewpoint of a single lifetime, not matter what that life is like. There will always be good karma that you bring in and karma that you need to redeem. Whatever the karmic slate is, you cannot outrun your karma. Facing and resolving karma is one of the most effective ways to quicken your spiritual development. And avoiding and delaying learning the lessons your karma presents, can slow down your spiritual progress no matter how effective you are in other areas of your life.
Fortunately God gives you the strength to face any challenge. There is no sin past forgiveness and no difficulty so great that you cannot surmount them. After all, God brought you to Earth to succeed. Whatever challenges you’re meant to encounter, you’ve also be given the spiritual tools to succeed. If you have difficult family karma to work out of, maybe you are given extra power to express exceptional patience or a great talent to help you rise above that difficulty. If you have financial karma, maybe you’re given added power to demonstrate a bright keen mind to help you think of ways to bring money in. Whatever it is, you will be given the tools to enhance your natural talents and abilities to work out any difficulty.
You rise above every situation by your attitude. You will not always be in control of the conditions in your life, but you are always in control of how you react and handle those conditions. Spiritually speaking, it’s not what happens to you that matters as much as how you handle what happens. And this is the key to handling any type of karma no matter how severe.
Ultimately, regardless of present conditions, you are earmarked for greatness. You have a glorious destiny. Although you may not fully see the great plan of life, nevertheless you are part of that plan. Let hope live in your heart. Tough times may come but they will also pass and your true destiny will come shining through.
Barbara Y. Martin is an internationally renowned clairvoyant, award-winning author, and spiritual teacher. Dimitri Moraitis is co-author and executive director of Spiritual Arts Institute. Their latest book Karma and Reincarnation: Unlocking Your 800 Lives to Enlightenment is published by Penguin/Tarcher. www.spiritualarts.org. Copyright © 2011 Barbara Y. Martin, Dimitri Moraitis
Affectionately known as “The Mozart of Metaphysics,” Barbara Y. Martin was one of the first mainstream lecturers on the aura and the human energy field, and is one of the foremost clairvoyants and metaphysical teachers in the world. Dimitri Moraitis, cofounder and executive director of Spiritual Arts Institute, is an accomplished teacher and healer. Their award-winning books Karma and Reincarnation, The Healing Power of Your Aura and Change Your Aura, Change Your Life are published in 30 countries.