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Taking Personal Responsibility for Your Own Destiny

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I am a great believer in Karma, but just what is it? Karma comes from the Sanskrit and ancient Indian Language with the underlying principal that every deed in our lives will affect our future life. For example, if we treat others badly during our lifetime we will have negative experiences later on in that lifetime or in future lifetimes. Likewise, if we treat others well we will be rewarded by positive experiences.

In religions that believe in reincarnation, this belief is very important and forms the foundations of it. In my religion, Spiritualism, we have seven principals we aspire to, one of which is number six: "Compensation and retribution for all souls." This amounts to the same thing as Karma.

It means you are responsible for all your own deeds — good and bad — and there will have to be some payback for all those deeds. Who decides this? Some may say it is God; in my beliefs it is the Universe. It has to be this way. The whole concept for us being on Earth is for us to learn and become better people, and thus closer to God, the Universe, or Spirit.

We are only human. As humans, we mess up. We do it all the time and that is okay, for it is through mistakes that we reinforce the learning process. However, there will be some retribution if we have hurt others. There is no escaping this.

Just how much retribution will depend on how much we have reflected and learned and how much we realize what we have done. Much, if not all of this negative karma, may be cancelled out should we give out care, love, compassion, and understanding to others.

Above all, what is most important is that we realize each and every one of us is responsible for our own destiny. "For what we sow, we shall reap". Karma also transcends time, so if we think we have escaped it in this lifetime, we are mistaken. There is a constant shifting of energy in the Universe, from negative to positive and vice versa.

It is not all doom and gloom. Likewise, if we have cared for, helped, and loved others, we shall be compensated and rewarded for doing so, whether in this life or the next. Always try to put yourself in the shoes of others and try to understand not everyone has had the same life experiences as you and accept this, but always do your very best.

It is not an easy way to live, but the following Reiki principals may help you (I am a Reiki Master):

• Just for today, do not get angry.
• Just for today, do not worry.
• Just for today, be grateful.
• Just for today, work hard.
• Just for today, be kind to others.

You just have to do this for one day, but then tomorrow is another day, so you start over, but by taking one day at a time like this, little by little, it makes it easier to try and aspire to these ideals.

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  • Great article. Sums up Karma very well. I always try to remember Karma everyday. I’m a firm believer in it. Here’s a trick I do when driving. It helps me maintain my happy attitude. If someone is driving recklessly (cuts me off, speeds around me – while I’m going the speed limit, etc.). I don’t get mad, I just smile and think their Karma will catch up to them one day. It really helps me keep my cool when driving. Try it the next time someone makes you mad.

  • I already do Vicki thankyou so much for your comment

  • Jenna

    I really liked this article as it only confirms what Marguerite Manning says in her book about finding your Karma in your birth chart called Cosmic Karma. Like this article it explains that our “karma” is really just being spiritually accountable for our physical actions. Amazing book, everyone should read it.

  • Daisy

    Good article or infor here! I believe in Karma,,,,naturally! smiles. I also believe that we can make mountains out of molehilss as they say or the line. We should also never give away our {power) or (energy) too! ;that is not living healthy! thanks Again for a thought provoking material here.

  • Itumeleng Sekukuni

    Hi, this is such a beautiful piece of article and I for one will aspire to live by that motto. Thanx Reiki.

  • Thankyou for that comment Itumeleng I find it helps me,taking each day and its challenges at a time, for tomorrow is always a new day