The law of karma says that every action causes a reaction. However, because of the complicated nature of the universe, it is impossible to predict what that reaction might be. It is like the Butterfly Effect, the scientific theory that when a butterfly flaps its wings the action can, in the end, influence the weather on the other side of the world.
Although we cannot predict the reactions of Karma, we can influence how Karma acts in our lives. Any action has a certain energetic vibration and karma will react with the same vibration. For this reason, it is important to understand the potential consequences of our actions so that we don’t invite negative reactions.
If our actions are harmonious, compassionate and loving, the karmic reaction will cause these kinds of energies to come back to us. However, if our actions cause harm, exploitation fear or hatred, we can expect karma to respond in kind.
Karma is often misunderstood as a kind of God who deals out punishment for misdeeds in this life or the next. This is completely untrue. Karma is not this personal. It is more of a state of nature like magnetism. Like attracts like. But like the butterfly effect, karma works on a huge scale. For this reason, giving away money will not necessarily result in receiving money, especially as it depends on the energy behind the gift. If money is offered for the selfish reason of desiring to receive, then the karmic energy being sent out is actually selfishness, and it is on that level that the karmic energy will return.
Our intentions and actions are not meaningless, but every single one influences the world in some way. This is important because it changes the way we do things. For example, if we want to bring peace to the world, we might think we need to argue our point and make others agree with us or even fight for what we believe in. The laws of karma suggest that actually if we want to see more peace in the world, the best way to bring this about is by acting peacefully ourselves.
The twelve laws of karma can guide us to achieve the life that we desire:
1. The law of cause and effect
This is probably the main and the most well-known of the laws of karma. In essence, it says that whatever we put out into the universe comes back to us. So if we want peace, joy and love we need to give out peace, joy and love.
2. The law of creation
Life requires our active participation. To get the life we want, we have to actively create it rather than just waiting for it to happen. Begin to take actions in small ways to achieve the life you want and these actions will return magnified.
3. The law of humility
To grow, we must accept what is, rather than arguing that is shouldn’t be. When we judge others, we judge ourselves. To reach a higher state, we have to stop judging and accept life, while still taking action to make the world a better place.
4. The law of growth
The only way to change the world is to change ourselves. We should not attempt to control the behavior of others. When we change who and what we are within our heart our life begins to change too.
5. The law of responsibility
We must accept responsibility for our actions. When something is wrong we should look at ourselves rather than try to blame others. What surrounds us is just a mirror of ourselves.To change the outside world we must accept responsibility for what we have created and change ourselves for the better in order to see that change reflected in the world around us.
6. The law of connection
Every action we take contributes to the whole. Therefore, actions are neither big nor small as all actions influence the whole.
7. The law of focus
You cannot think of two things at the same time. When our focus is on higher values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.
8. The law of giving
You must live by the values that you hold dear. It is not enough to talk about patience, love, and harmony while acting from impatience, hatred or fear.
9. The law of here and now
If we live in the past or the future, we are unable to take action in the only moment that action can be taken, which is NOW.
10. The law of change
History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path in life. In order to move forward, we must accept the past and learn its lessons. Only then can we move forward.
11. The law of patience and reward
We must consistently take action towards creating the life that we want and the world that we hope for. Rewards may not come instantly, but we must not give up. In the end, doing work that is meaningful to us and that we love is its own reward.
12. The law of significance and inspiration
You get back from something whatever you have put into it. The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.
If we follow these laws of karma, we can be assured that our contribution to the world will be a positive one. We will also reap the rewards of peace, love and happiness in our own lives.
H/T: India Times