I get A LOT of questions about Karma. Loads and loads and loads. I know that a lot of you have been waiting for this post and it seems that today’s the day that you’re finally ready for it (oh, you thought the timing was all MY idea? No, no my pretties. It’s all you. I’m just the happy shiny and willing (not to be taken the wrong way) messenger. So, without further ado, here’s what I have to say about Karma. But, I’m going to warn you now, I feel an acute attack of sarcasm coming on. For those of you who enjoy that sort of thing, you’re welcome.
Does Karma Exist?
Well, that was easy.
Oh, you want more? Ok, fine. I’ll explain.
When people talk about Karma, they usually mean one of two things:
- What comes around goes around (i.e. if you hurt someone, something bad will happen to you.)
- If something bad happens to you, it’s because you did something horrible in a past life and it’s coming back to bite you in the ass.
These two, frankly bullshit, beliefs are based on two even more bullshit assumptions (oh yeah, there’s going to be cursing in this post, people. I feel strongly about this):
Assumption Number 1: The Cosmic Bank Account
In order for there to be such a thing as Karma, there would have to be judgment, which we know (well, some of us do), is a human concept, not a Universal one. The Universe does not judge you. There is no cosmic moral bank account that keeps track of your actions and intentions from this life or any other, and then seeks to create a balance between the credits (actions judged to be “good”) and debits (actions judged to be “bad”).
First, of all, who could keep track of such a tally? And second of all, who gets to decide which actions go on which side of the balance sheet? Sure, you might say that murder is always bad. But is it? What if it was self defense? What if it was in defense of another? What if the murderer is mentally disabled and had no idea what he was doing? What if it was an accident? What if you lived in an age or area where killing others was a way of life and you learned that it was ok? What if it happens during war? What if you were ordered to do it? Does it make a difference if you know it’s wrong? And we’re just talking about killing here, never mind all the lesser “sins”.
Ok, some might say, the deciding factor isn’t the action, but the intent. If you actually wanted to hurt another being, then you’ve got bad Karma. So… every time you feel powerless about something and it causes you to get angry, and in that anger you want to smack someone, you are adding to your negative balance sheet whether you actually do it or not? In that case, you might as well get to smackin’, you’re already screwed. By the way, can we see where some of the screwed up ideas about negative emotions are coming from?
Assumption Number 2: The Boomerang Effect
Let’s take a look at the idea of “what comes around goes around”. Basically, believers of this adage will tell you that whatever you put out in the Universe comes back to you, kind of like a boomerang. So, if you throw out your boomerang of negative intent, like say, wanting to smack someone (I’ve got a theme going here), you spew forth that energy and after a while, it turns around, comes back to you and smacks you in the face, sometimes literally. But, if you put out a lot of kindness, the energy of that turns around and graces you with lottery winnings. And if you end up losing all your lottery winnings a couple of years later, then the money obviously corrupted you, causing you to create negative Karma, which then came and took all your money.
Why we like Karma
In other words, Karma allows us to explain why bad things happen, and it’s always by assuming that you get what you deserve. When we see something bad happen to someone, we console ourselves with the idea that he must’ve done something to deserve it. He must’ve been a bad person. And well, we’re not bad people, so we’re safe. That thought feels much better than thinking that random shit could just happen to us at any time and there’s nothing we can do about it. Or, to put it more bluntly (and just to amuse myself): We like to think the poop can’t hit us if we didn’t fling it first.
When Karma breaks down
The problem arises when really bad shit happens to really good people. That’s when it gets a bit more depressing. What did they do to deserve this? How could so much pain be showered upon people who have clearly done nothing wrong? It’s easier to use Karma as an excuse when it comes to strangers, but when we know the “victims”, or when bad crap happens to us, the explanation falls short. The best we can come up with then is to speculate that we must’ve been really, really evil in a former life, which is totally unsatisfying at best.
We’ve always had a need to make sense of why bad things happen. The idea that events are just random didn’t feel good (because it’s not true), so we searched for a better feeling explanation (as is our nature). We came up with Karma (I’m going to skip all the stuff about how religions picked right up on the concept and used it to make us feel guilty just for being born and all that). And well, Karma did seem to explain a lot, and when it didn’t, we could tweak it so it did. But when it didn’t seem to apply, we had to admit that sometimes bad stuff just happened to good people and that there was nothing we could do about it. So, when Karma explained things we could feel a bit better, and when it didn’t, the only other option we had was to feel powerless.
A better explanation
Here’s where LOA comes in. Instead of giving you two options – one really crappy one and one slightly better but flawed one, LOA offers an explanation that, if you accept the premise, makes sense. Every. Time. (Notice that I said that you have to accept the premise. People who don’t resonate with the basis of the Law of Attraction aren’t going to resonate with this explanation either. Keep that in mind when you go to correct someone who claims that they’ve been divorced three times because of Karma.)
What about when Karma seems to be working?
One of the most frequent questions I get about Karma generally involves the witnessing of how someone did something bad and almost immediately experienced something painful being done to them. The boomerang effect seemed to be working well and to the great delight of the onlookers. How, pray tell, I’m usually asked, do I explain that if there is no such thing as Karma, eh?
Here’s how: It’s called the LAW OF FREAKING ATTRACTION!
So, there’s evil Bob, doing evil things, and BAM something evil is done onto Bob. Let’s look at what really happened, shall we?
Bob is not evil. Bob is doing evil things because Bob is in a great deal of pain and feels totally powerless and being a sadistic asshole is the only way that Bob knows how to make himself feel better. Having control of others, even for a moment, means having control of something. So, Bob does what he can to relieve the suffering he feels in the only way he knows how.
The vibration that Bob is offering is one of powerlessness. Guess what powerlessness attracts? That’s right, experiences that make Bob feel more powerless; in other words, experiences of more pain. So, while it may seem that Bob is getting exactly what he deserves, Bob is really getting exactly what he’s attracting. There’s a difference.
Now, take Happy Susie. Happy Susie is happy (hence, the name), and spreads her happiness throughout the kingdom. People are always kind to Susie and seem to just give her stuff. Isn’t that Karma? Well no. It’s energy. Susie is happy. She has a high vibration. She’s going to attract more experiences that match that happiness.
It’s not about what you deserve
It’s not about your intent or your actions. There is no judgment. There is no tally sheet. And, there is no boomerang. When bad things happen to you it’s not to punish you and it’s not because you deserved it. When painful events happen, they usually happen for one of two reasons:
- You have massive amounts of resistance, and you’ve had tons of smaller, much less painful manifestations which have been trying to get your attention for eons, but which you’ve ignored. It took something really big to get your attention.
- It’s not about you at all, and you’re in pain because the perspective with which you’re looking at the situation is totally messed up (due to how you’ve been taught to look at it).
It is never, ever, EVER because you deserved it. What’s more, you don’t have to prove your worthiness is order to deserve something good. If you give to charity just so that you can get good Karma points, and you’re not aligning with the energy of whatever it is you want, you’re not going to be reaping any rewards soon. You can’t get in good with the judge if there’s no judge. And, say it with me now, THERE IS NO JUDGE.
Letting the evil bastards off the hook
Here’s another question I get frequently: But what about people who’ve truly done bad things? Shouldn’t there be some kind of universal punishment for them? After all, it feels kind of good when the guy who embezzled millions from old grannies gets cancer of the balls. Can that guy really just repent and/or think positively and wipe the slate clean? (I may have paraphrased a bit, but you get the gist).
Ok, first of all, there’s no slate. I already went over that. And no, he can’t repent, because there’s no one to repent to (no judge, remember?). There’s no absolution because there’s no reason for it. And yes, I know that this is the hardest pill to swallow. The Universe does not judge you. Even if you’re an evil bastard. That’s because the goal is not to prove your worthiness and be the best person you can be, it’s to be the happiest person you can be. And when you’re an evil bastard, you’re not happy, and you’re already punishing yourself by being so far removed from Who You Really Are. You’re already in hell (this is, pretty much, what hell is). What else can the Universe possibly do to you that you aren’t already doing to yourself?
But, can said evil bastard just begin to think positively and manifest loads and loads of happiness? YES! That’s the thing – it is never too late to move towards joy. Not for any of us. No matter how badly you think you’ve messed it up, you can still find your way to Who You Really Are. You get to be happy. All of us do. And if an evil bastard, aka someone in massive amounts of pain, manages to shift all that energy and find their way to Who They Really Are, if that former unhappy bastard manages to find joy, the Universe doesn’t throw down the towel in disgust and yell at the TV about how unfair that is. The Universe rejoices! Just as it rejoices when any of us find our way to higher vibrations.
And yes, it can, theoretically, happen instantly. Practically, it usually takes just a touch longer to let go of that much pain. Moving from evil bastard to joyful saint would be one hell of a quantum leap. People have done it, but they usually fall into a coma or something and make the shift while less focused in this reality. I’m not saying it can’t be done, I’m just saying it’s a big ass shift. The process is a lot faster when done deliberately, but no matter how much pain someone is in, or how that pain has manifested in their lives (actions are manifestations, too. More on that in an upcoming post), they can always make their way to joy.
So, now it’s your turn. Have my sarcastic rants validated what you already knew deep down? Or, do you believe in Karma? If so, why? (No sarcasm and no judgment, I promise. I’d really like to know.) Share your thoughts in the comments!