Karma is often spoken about as if it’s some magical force. We’ve all heard stories about people who have done bad things and “paid their karmic debt” by having something terrible happen to them. But what exactly is karma? Is it real or just a myth?
The concept of karma comes from Hinduism and Buddhism, which refers to the idea that our actions have consequences. In other words, good things will happen to us if we do good deeds, but if we do evil deeds, bad things will happen to us. So far, so good. But how does this work in practice? And is there any scientific evidence to support the idea that karma is real?
Let’s take a closer look at the concept of karma and see if we can get some answers to these questions.
What Causes Karma?
There’s no simple answer to this question. To truly understand what causes karma, we must first understand what karma is. In Hinduism and Buddhism, karma is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, often viewed as determining their fate in future realities. The effects of good or bad deeds in past lives can carry over into present lives, either rewarding or punishing the individual accordingly.
Karma isn’t just about cause and effect; it’s also about balance. What goes around comes around—that’s the basic idea behind karma. When we do something terrible, it will eventually come back to us (albeit maybe not in this lifetime). Similarly, when we do something good, that goodness will be returned to us later on down the road.
So what exactly causes karma? It’s difficult to say for sure, but some believe that our thoughts and actions create our karmic debt. Every time we act, positive or negative, we create more karma (both good and bad). Over time these accumulated karmas start to take on a life of their own, dictating how lucky or unlucky we become throughout our lives.
It’s important to remember that karma isn’t some cosmic punishment or reward system designed to keep us in line—it’s simply a natural law of cause and effect. We reap what we sow; nothing more and nothing less. So if you want good things to happen in your life, make an effort to put positive energy into the world!
What Are The Consequences Of Karma?
The consequences of karma are both personal and impersonal. On a personal level, our karmic debt can impact our health, wealth, relationships, and overall happiness. If we’ve done evil deeds in the past, we may struggle with numerous challenges in our present life. We may be poor or unhealthy, surrounded by negative people, or just generally unhappy.
Conversely, if we have good karma from past lives (or even from this one), we’re more likely to enjoy good health, financial stability, and satisfying relationships. We’ll be happier and luckier than those with lots of awful karma weighing them down.
On an impersonal level, the consequences of karma affect humanity as a whole. The collective energy of our actions creates powerful spiritual currents that shape the world around us—for better or worse. When large groups of people focus their energies on positive goals (like world peace or environmental protection), it creates a ripple effect that makes these things more likely to manifest in reality. However, when people put their energies towards negativity (such as hatred and violence), it also impacts the world at large—often quite destructive.
So while we each have our karma to deal with, it’s also important to be aware of how our actions can impact humanity. What we do does matter—not just for ourselves but everyone else on this planet.
How Can I Calculate My Karmic Debt?
If you’re interested in calculating your karmic debt, you can try a few different methods.
One popular method is to consult with a psychic or medium. These individuals often can see past lives, giving them some insight into your current situation. They may be able to tell you what actions from previous lives are causing problems for you now and how best to correct them.
Of course, not everyone believes in reincarnation (the belief that we all come back repeatedly), so this method isn’t for everyone. If you’re a skeptic, there are still ways to calculate your karmic debt using more down-to-earth methods.
For example, many people think that our birthdate and karma are connected.
According to this theory, each number vibrates at a particular frequency, some higher than others, and these vibrations impact our daily lives.
You can learn more about your potential karma by using numerology to identify the numbers connected to your birth date and understand their importance.
Another way to calculate your karmic debt is through astrology. This ancient practice looks at the alignment of the stars and planets at the time of our birth (or any other significant event) to determine how they impact our life journey. Many believe that specific planetary alignments indicate unfinished business from past lives that we must deal with in this lifetime—in other words, karmic baggage!
There’s no one right way to calculate your karmic debt; it depends on what belief system(s) resonate most strongly with you.
The important thing is that if you feel like something from your past is holding you back in your present life, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. There are lots of tools and resources available that can assist you in transforming negative energy into positive strength, allowing you to move forward on your spiritual path with greater clarity and purpose.
Is There A Way To Avoid Karmic Debt?
There is no surefire way to avoid karmic debt, but there are certain things you can do to reduce the amount of negative karma you’re accumulating.
One thing you can do is be more mindful of your actions and their consequences. Every thought, word, and deed has an energy attached to it—positive or negative—, and this energy eventually comes back to us somehow. So if we want to avoid bad karma, it stands to reason that we should try our best to focus on positive thoughts and deeds as much as possible.
It’s also important not only to be mindful of our actions but those of others as well. Just because someone else hurts us doesn’t mean we have permission to hurt them back; two wrongs don’t make a right. Getting caught up in cycles of revenge/retaliation just throws more fuel on the fire and keeps the negativity going strong.
Finally, one fundamental way to balance good and bad karma is through atonement or reparation for past misdeeds whenever possible. If we’ve harmed somebody in any way (through action or inaction), the ideal situation would be to apologize and make amends if possible.
Sometimes that isn’t feasible, though, due to unfortunate circumstances beyond our control (like death). In cases like these, “karma yoga” can come into play; this involves selflessly performing good deeds with pure intentions to offset any preexisting negative Karma we might have incurred. (Doing good for its own sake with no expectation of reciprocity or reward.)
Of course, ‘you reap what you sow isn’t always fair or deserved, but it does tend to get results, so eventually, things will even out…at least from a larger cosmic perspective!
No matter how we feel about it, karma is a genuine concept. It is commonly believed that the whole of our past and present deeds will determine how we will manifest in the future.
Finally, wherever possible, making amends for past misdeeds is essential for balancing good and bad karma—the act of doing good purely out of compassion and without any thought of reward or reciprocation. Although the saying “you reap what you sow” isn’t always accurate or deserved, it does tend to result in outcomes over time. At least from a larger cosmic perspective, things will even out!