Karma

Karma follows the laws of actions followed by consequences, and is often associated with Hinduism, Buddhism and new age thought. In its simplest form it is the universal law of cause and effect. Karma takes into consideration past lives and therefor explains the reason for reincarnation. Following the principles of Karma people are the results of their past experiences, relationships and deeds. Everything that happens in a past or present life effects the outcome of the next in terms of challenges or accomplishments. The earth plane is said to be the classroom in which we undertake the lessons that we need to learn to re-dress imbalance created in a past life. This is not to be interpreted as punishment or reward, but in the sense of personal and spiritual growth towards enlightenment or oneness with the God or the Universe.

Karma is the Sanskrit word for "deed". It is the balancing of energy in terms of ones accomplishments, successes, failures and positive or negative experiences. As well as individual Karma, there is cultural or national Karma in which societies need to work towards redressing balance and harmony. In many respects what we put in is what we get out in all our words deeds, thoughts and actions is common to most cultures. Karma is a sum of all that an individual has done, is currently doing and will do. The effects of all deeds actively create present and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and the pain in others. In religions that incorporate reincarnation, karma extends through one's present life and all past and future lives as well. Not all karma rebounds immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other births.

In Hinduism the Bhagavad Gita describes the original concept of karma in which Arjuna is preparing for a battle, when he then realises that the enemy consists of members of his own family and decides not to fight. This was later enhanced by several other movements within the religion, most notably Vedanta, and Tantra.

In Buddhism, karma is strictly distinguished from "fruit" or "result". Karma is one element in a chain of cause and effect. Any action is understood to create "seeds" in the mind that will sprout into the appropriate result when they meet with the right conditions. Certain types of karma, with good or bad result, will keep one within the wheel of others will liberate one.

Those who believe in Karma understand that while we may be a product of our past- life experiences, we can also shape and alter our present life and become the creator of our present and future. The future is not cast in stone or deterministic. God gave us all the ability to choose, and it is through free will that we can redress any in-balances in our lives. The Christian belief that " As ye shall sow, so shall ye reap " or the concept of God's relation to 'good works' has it's similarities, but most modern Christian philosophies discount the belief in Karma.

The new age or metaphysical belief and one that most psychics believe is that, because karma is a force of nature and not a being capable of making value judgements, karma isn't about good and evil deeds, but about positive and negative energy, where negative energy can include things not seen as "being bad" like sadness and fear, and positive energy can be caused by being creative and solving problems as well as by expressing love and doing virtuous act. It is referred to as "omniverse karma" or "omni-karma" a concept originally from Carl Jung, and ideas from quantum and theoretical physics.

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