Giving to Receive: 10 Practices Using the Law of Karma

By Leo Carver

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Leo Carver

Karma, as a mainstream concept, is often misleading. Though some would limit its meaning to “reaping what you sow” or the universe getting even with wrong doing, Karma actually carries a more specific truth. “Karma” in Sanskrit means “action.” The ancient spiritual traditions of the East speak of life as an expression of consciousness. In this way, life is a result of consciousness fulfilling a desire to experience.

The root cause of Karma is your soul’s attachment to the actions and intentions you choose during your life. As an individual soul, you are a witness to your life, even though you may feel that you are the “doer.” This attachment to action necessitates Karma. In simplistic terms, Karma is the result of your actions and intents.

As the centralized consciousness of your own life, you are not only experiencing, but also “producing” the experience from the world at large. This means that you interpret and manipulate your reality, if nowhere else, most definitely within your Self. From this perspective, Karma is a feedback mechanism for what you do and think. You can think of it as life’s way of guiding you and growing you, hopefully on a good path.

There is a lot that can be said about the topic of Karma, but here are 10 practical uses of the law for your life.

1. Forgiveness

Forgiveness is very important to living a life of positive Karma. When you think about Karma as something good or bad, you miss the point. In truth, all experience is positive Karma because even when you experience harsh or negative circumstances, you are actually releasing the need for those circumstances to occur.

You may have undesirable experiences due to past Karma. This cosmic debt can only be paid once the lessons are learned and experiences have been fully processed. Forgiveness can be a powerful tool for accomplishing this release. First, you must learn to forgive others. When someone does you wrong, try to see them as the messenger of Karma rather than as an enemy. That is not to say that you allow others to harm you, but it is to say that you don’t allow yourself to carry the weight of the action.

2. Detachment

This one is sometimes hard, and actually a huge step on the path to Enlightenment in general. As you go about trying to spread and manifest good Karma, it’s important to keep in mind that you are not the doer. You are a witness of your Self. Therefore, it is important for you to try to act without attachment. The gift of this skill is that it frees you up to be spontaneous. It can be as simple as making a left or a right turn in the road. Your mind will do its job of considering all the possibilities and lurking dangers of either direction. You’ll have all the usual inner dialogue …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra  

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