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Friday Inspiration - 6 June 2008
By Melissa Bult

 
Understanding Karma
 
Last week I was most intrigued when I read about some comments made by the actress Sharon Stone regarding the earthquakes in China.  The following is what she is quoted as saying:
 
"All these earthquakes and stuff happened and I thought, "Is that karma?" When you are not nice, bad things happen to you. I'm not happy about how the Chinese are treating the Tibetans, I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. They're not being very nice to the Dali Lama, who's a good friend of mine," she said.
 
As a result of this there was a massive outcry from the media in response to this, the Chinese people got very upset and Christian Dior dropped her as a spokes model.  She has since made an apology.
 
Her comments got me thinking because I certainly did not think she was being mean by what she said and understood where she would have been coming from.  Unfortunately it was taken completely the wrong way (as these things usually are) and I think in part this has to do with a lack of understanding about Karma and what it is all about.  So I have decided to write today’s inspiration about the subject of Karma.
 
The word Karma is thrown around a lot but how many people really understand what it means.  I found the following meaning at Wikipedia –
Karma (Sanskrit: kárma , kárman- "act, action, performance"; Pali: kamma) is the concept of "action" or "deed" in Indic religions understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) described in Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist philosophies. 
 
Meanings can vary but the general meaning is that all deeds will create your past, present and future experiences.  We are responsible for our own life and whether we create a painful or pleasureful life for ourselves and others is up to us.  This fits with the ‘Law of Attraction’ concepts which have been highly promoted in the last couple of years but much of it is largely misunderstood.  The old adage of ‘What you give out, you get back’ is something I personally have always lived by and has always been part of my understanding of the Karmic principle.  Karma is to experience. 
 
Now of course this is very simple and begs the questions what about child abuse or in the case of the comment by Sharon Stone innocent children who have nothing to do with the Tibet issue, these young people can’t possibly have created this situation for themeselves or brought this upon them.  Of course they did not, however we have a whole wealth of other things to understand in order to conceive how those things occur such as past lives, soul charts, learning experiences and teaching opportunities of the soul.  Like the law of attraction it is not quite as ‘simple’ as it sounds.
 
It is true that if we are the cause of something of a lower vibrating nature or we participate in some way in something unkind or ‘bad’ then we can draw those experiences back to us because life is like a mirror.  If for instance you gossip about people on a regular basis then people will most definitely be gossiping about you!  Or if you steal from others then you will very likely have things stolen from you.  The thing about Karma is there is no big judge sitting up in the sky handing out punishments, it is simply that like energy will attract like energy.  In my understanding (and I could be wrong) if you happen to be living in a country that has created undesirable energy for itself then you might just wind up getting caught in the reverberation of that energy.  Again I want to make sure it is understood it is not a punishment handed out like we think in human terms and there is much more to it in each individual case than we could possibly know. 
 
In the case of an earthquake there could be many different reasons as to why it occurs.  If we look at it metaphysically (as the earth is a living entity) then the earth shaking symbolizes a country being on shaky ground or some form of necessary upheaval.  Just as our bodies reflect our thoughts and emotions, the earth can reflect the feelings and emotions of the people living in that area.  
 
So Karma is not cut and dry however it is important to remember the old saying ‘treat others as you would have them treat you.’  Also remember that if you give out the good stuff and treat others well then you will attract that back and you will also feel good doing it! 
 
Have a wonderful weekend.  An abundance of blessings to you all.
 
Love and light
Melissa x
 
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