What You Do Is What You Get
There are lots of definitions for Karma: You reap what you sow. The law of cause and effect. If you want more of something, do that. What goes around, comes around. I like “what you do is what you get.”
Karma works – really, really well. The problem with Karma is we don’t believe it. Or, we choose to live our lives as though we don’t believe it.
If I want happiness, then I choose to express happiness in my life in all my interactions with others. Even when I’m alone, “don’t worry, be happy” as the Bobby McFerrin song said. Or, if I want inner peace, I choose peace in all my thoughts, actions and words. If I want good health, then I choose a healthy life style. You get the picture.
Isn’t it crazy we say we want good health and then work too much, stay in a state of constant stress, push our bodies too far, don’t get enough rest, eat and drink in a non healthy way and lots of other examples you surely can identify in your own life. Then, illness happens. Or, we say we want a deep, loving, spiritual relationship and then constantly take our partner for granted, use them, project all sorts of our own stuff on to them, don’t honor our commitments and all the other myriad ways we are pretty much harming them. Then, one day they are gone. So, we say we believe in Karma – what you do is what you get. And, then live our lives as though we don’t believe in Karma at all.
We are each the chooser in our life. Karma rests on this principle.
Karma also has to do with past Karma. What have I done in the past that must be balanced out in the present? If you believe in past lives, what have I carried into this life from a past life that is to be balanced? Actions we label “good” and actions we label “bad” are both Karmic. We can and do bring good Karma forward, as well as bad.
Good Karma brings us ease in this moment, joy, happiness. Bad Karma, not so much. We pay back our Karmic debts – consciously or unconsciously – they are cleared and balanced out. There may be suffering. Or, any time you ask yourself: “What can I learn from this experience? How can I help others by learning this lesson?” you are balancing Karma. And, of course, meditation. Going into the gap or the stillness balances Karma. It’s like going into cleansing waters where spirit, source, the universe shifts us in unnamable ways. Myths are filled with cleansing waters. Here the cleansing is in the stillness.
What do you want to get? Choose that!