What is Karma?

You don’t have to be a religious or spiritual person to understand the concept of Karma. The principle goes, the more good you do, good shall follow or the more bad you do, bad shall follow. It’s a philosophy that dates back thousands of years into Buddhism, but every major religion has it’s own version of Karma.

Although it sounds pretty straightforward and a principle you can easily live by if you choose, my only problem with the definition above is how Karma is only dictated by our actions or our deeds.

I am sure you know of relatives and friends who are good people who do good things, but just can’t seem to stop attracting misfortune and bad luck onto their lives. This leads me to believe that Karma is not necessarily defined by the good deeds we do.

Karma in Action

Karma is a way of thought and a view of the world. A lot of us give, give, and give with the intent of being seen as a good person or in some instances we give to bargain with the universe and karma to deliver/return our favours.

However, just by having an expectation or an agenda for giving, we are actually building bad karma. As mentioned, karma is a way of thought and the feelings we receive from the good deeds we do.

When we give from our hearts without expectations and the appreciation for making someone else feel just a little bit happier, that’s when we truly build good karma, and goodness shall follow.

According to science this is labeled as Reticular Activating System or confirmation bias, but either way, just by focusing on the happy feelings and the goodness in the world, we are attracting/noticing experiences that allow karma to work in your life.

So Is Karma Actually Real?

Well that depends… How do you see the world? What is your definition of life and why we are here? Personally for me, ABSOLUTELY! Karma is real. We are the creators of our realities, and our willingness to provide value for others is a reflection of the lives we shall live; not just materialistically, but also mentally. Our biases, desires, fears, and beliefs all shape how we view the world, and that in turn shape how we act in this world.

If you’re serious about making a difference within yourself and for others, my best recommendation is to research Tony Robbins, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Abraham Hicks, Eckhart Tolle, and many more.