Karma is a law of the universe, and you can learn to cultivate positive Karmic returns if you follow some time-tested steps.
Growing Good Karma
So what precisely is Karma, and why should I care about it? Several philosophies and religions talk about it, but some don’t identify it by that name. You’ve probably heard the following quotes. They are talking about Karmic returns.
Karma encompasses the concepts of reincarnation, cosmic synchronicities, and universal law. These are concepts weave throughout Eastern thought and tradition.
The universal law of justice. You may not see it happen, but it eventually returns to the sender. It is the law of ebb and flow.
“Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.” ― Dalai Lama, The Path To Tranquility: Daily Meditations
“Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.” ― Sakyong Mipham
“Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can’t get away with screwing people over your whole life, I don’t care who you are. What goes around comes around. That’s how it works. Sooner or later the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve.” ― Jessica Brody, The Karma Club
“…You reap what you sow.” ― Galatian 6:7
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” ― Newton’s third law of motion
Views on Karmic Philosophy
There are two essential mindsets to viewing Karma, love or fear. If you see it as fear, then it’s all about fear dire consequences will return to you because of your actions. So, if you fear Karma, you believe in it; you “just” don’t like it. If you see it as love, then it’s all about being open to receiving any lesson or gift because of your actions. You find ways to grow good karma. You watch for synchronicities and opportunities to spread peace and compassion.
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ― Wayne W. Dyer
Western organized religion has conflicting opinions on the subject. First, Christianity is concerned with the lineage of their sect because they use it to justify the divinity of Jesus. Catholicism worships saints and ancestors. But, they sell the afterlife in heaven instead of reincarnating, which is basically what Jesus of Nazareth did. So, it can be somewhat confusing you are a part of this religion.
So, there is a sense of karmic destiny in Christianity that affects your eternal rewards or punishment. They also hold that nothing happens without some divine reason, which is an unseen cause and effect relationship throughout creation. In the Jewish faith, karmic density is Middah k’neged. Middah translates to “measure for measure.” In other words, what goes around comes around. To grow good karma you must do good deeds.
The Catholic Encyclopedia (1) talks about how Jainism’s doctrine achieves enlightenment, removing one from the rebirth cycle. Being “saved” is, in essence, removing oneself from the process of rebirth, which implies the concept of reincarnation. Jainism, in their view, is somewhere between Brahmanism and Buddhism, which are inferior to Christianity. Brahmanism they brand as pantheistic while ignoring their use of the Assyrian trinity and veneration of saints in their doctrine. Buddhism is “primitive” because it looks for realization through consciousness rather than submission to the divinity of Christ. Both Indian the Buddist thought to presuppose the idea of karma based on observation alone.
The American Psychological Association (2) shows how helping others achieve their goals and overcome roadblocks is a more significant predictor of success than any other managerial technique. And, you don’t have to be a manager to help others. When you hear how your positive actions benefit others, it increases your self-worth. Showing compassion and kindness have measurable results in performance.
Garden of The Mind
Think of your mind and soul as a garden. If you want to harvest beautiful flowers, you’ll need to make sure you have good soil. You’ll also need to water and take care of it.
Like any gardener, you’ll need to start with repairing the soil and taking out rocks and weeds. It’s hard but necessary. You’ll want to do this before trying to plant seeds. To do this, we need to identify the harmful programming of our minds and remove them. Then, you’ll also need to tend the garden by watering it. The last step is applying affirmations and mantras.
“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love, there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Are You Growing Good Karma?
There are four kinds of Karma that act much like a spiritual credit card. If we want to improve our lives, understanding these will help us see where to put our focus:
The sum of all accumulated past actions, the good, the bad, and the ugly. It also includes karma from past lives.
You’ve probably heard of past-life regression techniques where people learn about the previous incarnations. You can do this, but it’s not necessary. After all, we cannot change the past. You don’t need to know what happened before. Dwelling on what can’t be changed is a waste of your energy. All you need to know is that you are here in human form, the highest life form on the planet. Instead, strive to make things better for yourself and the world.
“The karmic philosophy appeals to me on a metaphorical level because even in one lifetime it’s obvious how often we must repeat our same mistakes, banging our heads against the same ole addictions and compulsions, generating the same old miserable and often catastrophic consequences, until we can finally stop and fix it. This is the supreme lesson of karma ( and also of western psychology, by the way)- take care of the problem now, or else you’ll just have to suffer again later when you screw everything up the next time. And that repetition of suffering that’s hell. Moving out of that endless repetition to a new level of understanding there’s where you’ll find heaven.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
Praabdha is that portion of Sanchita Karm that gave you your current incarnation. However, by using the mantras and doing good works, we can alter our hearts and improve our current and future paths.
Here is where some serious inner work can help you pinpoint the roadblocks to your growth. There are several tools you can use to explore your subconscious, your personality, and your soul.
The Enneagram Personality Profile will help you identify any issues that manifest in your personality and instincts. Comparative Analysis is a structured approach to comparative religious studies. Researching topics related to your beliefs will help you approach your sacred ground. The Shamanic Journey is a powerful way to explore your spiritual essence or soul. Here you can also find clues about what kind of ancestral baggage you may be carrying.
Once you identify your roadblocks, you may be able to use a mantra to soften or remove the blockage.
It results from actions in the present life that will impact future incarnations. It’s the source of generational curses. So, many practitioners seek help in breaking these chains now. It results in a better life and pays dividends for all future generations. These curses often show up as addictions.
It is also known as “Immediate Karma.” For example, if you hit someone, they will hit you back. If you speed in your car, you get a speeding ticket. It’s synchronicities that are easy to spot.
Practice being a good person and see what kind of returns your goodwill brings.
Learn How To Repair and Grow Good Karma
1) Identify the roadblocks. Use the tools listed above and find out what you need to repair. Inner work like this is difficult. It isn’t fun, but it’s a necessary step if you want to restore and improve.
2) Remove the harmful thought scripts and negative programming from the cultural narrative. Use the right mantra to soften or eliminate the Karmic effects.
Most healing mantras are general, and you can apply them to almost all conditions. An example is the mantra of Dhanvantre. He is the Celestial Physician, and you can use his mantra to heal any illness.
“Om Shri Dhanvantre Namaha.” This mantra translates as “Salutations to the being and power of the Celestial Physician.”
For many people, the planets of their astrological signs are the key to the right mantra. If, for example, the sun appears in some astrologically negative aspect for you, you may wish to chant the following sun mantra: “Om Suryaya Namaha.” This mantra roughly translates to “Om and salutations to Surya, presiding spirit of the sun.”
3) Reprogram with positive affirmations and positive actions. You’ll need to fix your negative programming before using affirmations. Otherwise, you’ll likely discover they don’t work. You can’t cover up harmful programming with good. The only way to grow good karma is by doing the inner work.
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(1) The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work, Vol. 8 (1907)
(2) The American Psychological Association, www.apa.org/monitor/2013/10/karma
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia