Updated: Jul 8
Karma is an often-misunderstood concept. Many think of it as a form of punishment or reward. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is actually no judgement involved when it comes to karma.
While it may be desirable to imagine a world with a perfect justice system, that’s not what karma is about. It is more about balance and growth than fairness. Understanding this may help you look at your challenges in a new and more empowering way.
What is Karma?
Karma is simply a stage we set to accomplish a particular goal. Our soul chooses to be born into the “perfect” circumstances to achieve the growth that it desires for this lifetime. For example, if a soul wants to learn to forgive, they may choose to be born into an abusive situation. Once in human form, we forget what that goal was and we have complete free will to live our lives as we choose.
Through the choices we make, we may achieve our goal, or we may end up avoiding growth and repeating a pattern. When we avoid growth, we will find ourselves in a similar situation later. The stage will keep setting itself with new players until the desired growth is achieved.
Before our birth, our soul plans our life circumstances along with other souls who will incarnate with us. We plan to mutually support one another.
From a place of pure love, another soul may agree to play the role of a supporter or even an antagonist in our lives to help us achieve growth. If someone is a thorn in your side or has hurt you deeply, this certainly gives you a new perspective from which to view that relationship!
We may choose to be born with a disability or to experience a serious illness. Why would anyone choose a painful or challenging experience? While in spirit, we don’t have the same judgment of a situation as being “good” or “bad” as we do in human form. It is simply an experience that ultimately benefits the soul.
Move through Challenges with Ease
Here are some tips to move through challenging situations with more ease and to avoid creating unwanted karmic energy.
Look for the lesson or blessing in any challenge. This can be difficult to do when you’re in the midst of a challenge but doing so can help you find your way out with more strength. You can also look back in retrospect if it is too difficult in the moment.
Trust that everything is working in your favor. If there were no challenges, there would be no growth. Growth doesn’t happen in your comfort zone.
Give yourself credit for overcoming past challenges. This helps give you hope and strength as you face the next.
Emit the right energy. Although it’s not punishment or reward, our thoughts, intentions, words, and actions do have consequences. These all carry energy that will come back to us at some point. Karma is always working to balance energies. Do your best to come from a place of love, compassion, peace, understanding, respect, and integrity. We can’t be perfect all the time, but we can learn to be aware of our intentions and shift them into a more loving place. As an added bonus, you feel better in the moment sending out these loving energies.
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