Tag: Karma

A Karmic Crusade

I don’t make it a practice to share bad things about anybody. However, when I don’t understand why someone treats me or someone else poorly or even an animal without respect, I will make it known to that person. If he or she won’t respond, I’ll ask others about the problem—usually a close friend first. I don’t think other’s bad behavior should be kept inside, lest we end up swallowing people’s sick spiritually for dinner and get an upset stomach for dessert.

I have a dear friend who lets me know—mostly with his eyes and with silence—that I have crossed some sort of social boundary when I go this route. He responds with an aggravated tone, “Now, Bo, you know I can’t answer that. I would be breaking my oath to not share inappropriate things about others. And besides, you know you have lost a few friends by speaking out!”

Really? A friend is upset. You know why. And you won’t tell him what the problem is. What kind of friend are you?

I touched a bit on this when I put a message on Facebook recently that read: If you knew your best friend’s partner was having an affair, would you or would you not tell him/her and why?

I was very glad to read that most of my friends would tell me if my partner was seeing someone else. I would definitely, unequivocally want to know if that were true, but I probably would want you to corroborate your story with evidence. Only one person answered my query to the contrary. He said that he wouldn’t tell, because the affair was that person’s business and karma, not his.

I started to think about that. Does the karma of one person actually change when you poke your nose into his/her business? That’s a very good question.

I would say that you mentioning anything to your friend about the affair probably doesn’t affect that person’s karma. By definition, Karma means “the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences and in this life. So, I believe that person’s fate and karma is already playing out whether you speak out or not.

But that is neither here nor there. The only person we should be concerned about affecting in life is our own human existence. We can’t control anyone else’s behavior. It’s impossible to be selfish when you look at life through the eyes of karmic behavior. Even Jesus said, “Give and it shall be given unto you.” I don’t believe that the Master’s statement just refers to money or tithes.

This is spiritual law. If you give poor behavior, you will also receive that same behavior, in kind. It might not be tomorrow. It might not be next year. But, trust me, karmic spiritual law will find you. So, by being concerned about your own karma, you help the world, not hinder it.

The older I get, the more I understand that if I stand in the rain, I’m going to get wet. If I stand in the thunderstorm, I may get electrocuted. If you believe in karma, you believe there is a reason for all that happens to you. But if you don’t believe in such things, then you might as well stand in the middle of the road and take your chances on getting run over.

When you are around bad behavior, it tends to touch you, like rain and lightening. I care about one spiritual law more than any other: what comes our way is in the perfect timing of God and is for our own spiritual good. To me, it doesn’t matter if what brought the experience was karma or another person’s meddling.

Even if what expresses in our lives is horrible, our hardest and best lessons are at hand. I’m here to tell you, that by virtue of experience and many bad situations, I am a better person, a stronger individual, and a happier person having gone through a tough life.

If it was karmic debt I was paying back, does it really matter? At this point, the only thing I really can do is my best to not bring anymore bad behavior into the world and hope that my good will grow exponentially.

So, when you doubt that your judgment and divisiveness won’t come back to you, think again. Remember Jimmy Swaggart and others like him who have preached one thing and have done another? Life has a way of taking back what you owe it.

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Instant Karma

Many belief systems exist out there, which one do you prescribe to?

Samsara, meaning continuous flow, reflects the belief of some Asian religions such as Buddhism, Sikhims, Hinduism, Doaism, Yoga, and the belief of the Ayervedics, who originated yoga and most holistic practices. Reincarnation is the recycling of spirits through death and rebirth. Most religions reflect the idea of Karma as they teach about reincarnation, which means that what you have sown in the past life you must deal with in the next. The belief system has dated back far past the Jewish and Christian bibles and evidenced in the Christian bible when John the Baptist was asked, “Are you Elijah or one of the prophets?”

My personal belief about Karma is that if you clean up your past debts in this life, you will enter into a life of complete synchronicity and in the flow of God, being able to be utilized by Spirit in all ways without hindrance. I think Jesus came into his life with Karma, because in Corinthians 15, the bible talks of his presence in Adam, saying he is the second Adam. This, perhaps, could mean that all life proceeded from him when he was Adam and in Adam’s sin, and now Jesus had come back to redeem the lost and give them a way back to truth.

When I look at those scriptures, it looks to be the perfect example of Karma. I don’t think you have to be a nonChristian to believe in Karma. Karma exists in every moment according to Jesus in his words, “What you sow, you will reap.” This is definitely the concept of Karma.

So, what kind of life are you living that could possibly come back to haunt you? For instance, if you smoke cigarettes, there is no judgment spiritually from God. There is simply Karma. If you hurt your body by smoking, your body will get cancer eventually. God isn’t trying to inflict pain on the innocent. God is trying to help you understand the spiritual concepts of life that work with everyone, not just believers.

For instance, the Law of Mind is “that which you can believe can actually express itself in life.” It is a law of creation, as in the story of creation in the bible and also Jesus’ story about the fig tree withering and dying.

There are spiritual laws that govern the world, and I’m thankful for it. I believe we all are. It is in our DNA to want the bad guy in a movie to die and the person who has given his/her life for good to gain the prosperity of the world. The antagonist always gets what he comes to this earth for.

But the protagonist doesn’t seem to always get what he/she wants on the way to the end prize.

I believe this is where most people stop believing in the power of Good. They think, she is a good person, why is this happening to her? But we never take into account that we have no idea what her past life had been in this body or in the last. We sincerely don’t know what anyone is going through mentally or physically. It is never for us to judge or assess anyone. We are to take careful note of our own lives and “judge not” others. That is the law. And if we stay within the law, we are careful not to have others judge us unfairly and create more bad Karma.

Every day I sincerely work to undo any bad or wrong I have ever committed. Someone recently wrote to me a very nasty note, anonymously, saying very hurtful and painful things about what a hypocrite he thought I was.

Instead of being mad, I understood that his hurt was just expressing itself as in a mirror onto my life. I simply apologized for anything I may have done that could have caused him to feel that way and asked him if he wanted to talk about it. I’d be open to making amends. The person never wrote back.

It is impossible to go through life without affecting other people negatively. The best we can do is try to always be prepared to make amends. It is okay to say, “I was wrong,” even if you didn’t intend to hurt someone. Staying in this mindset is a good way to live your life without heaping more Karma onto your life.

Keep reading this week. I’m going to be talking more about Karma and Eastern religions.

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Bo Sebastian is a Hypnotherapist and Life & Health Coach, available for private sessions to QUIT SMOKING, Lose Weight, New Lap-Band Hypnosis for Weight Loss, CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! at 615-400-2334 or www.bosebastian.com.

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Karma-logically Speaking

Karma-Logically Speaking

The dictionary defines Karma as:

(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.

The informal definition is: destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.

I find myself thinking almost daily, I wouldn’t want to bring that fate (or karma) on myself, so I really shouldn’t do a certain act.

For instance: I wouldn’t want to have someone talk behind my back, so I try not to speak poorly behind someone’s back.

Contrary: I WOULD  want someone to support my business, so I do my best to support my friend’s businesses.

This is karma in our day-to-day lives.

But I think that the original belief of karma was that if you killed someone in this lifetime, then in another lifetime, you would probably have to suffer that same fate. But, clearly you would have to believe in reincarnation to care about that sort of thing. So, we westernized the concept and kind of made it similar to what Jesus said: “What you sow, you reap!”

Either way, the concept is a great way to live you life. If you truly believe this kind of spirituality, your life does change for the better—if not with the negatives negating themselves, but more with the positive exponentially rewarding your life with more good.

I watched my life completely transform financially when I began to give without restraint, as if my resources were a well that would never run dry. I might add that I also listen very closely to what I’m supposed to give to in my heart. Most times it isn’t what you’d think. I don’t usually give to the beggar on the corner or tithe (give 10%) to church. I give a gift to church, but not usually 10%. Sorry, tithe teachers. I’ve done that, and it just doesn’t let me flow with the spirit!

My giving is usually to someone who appears in my life with a specific need that only I can fulfill. Or a financial calling that I get that I don’t expect, and it’s usually close to home—like a close friend or relative needing help.

There was a time in my life when I had no real understanding of how to give. I gave from guilt. Everyone who needed something was a reason to give. And, yes, I have to admit that even church giving felt like guilt. I actually stopped giving to church until the guilt went away. I didn’t want to give one single cent out of guilt. I wanted to give completely with love. It’s the only way to give. Really. Guilt giving is not a good thing. Case and point in the story below.

One day, on the streets of NYC, I learned a heavy lesson. I stopped to give to a woman who had a blanket spread on the street. She was lying there with a sign painted on cardboard in lipstick: SICK AND HOMELESS. Her clothes were torn and face dirty. I bent down to put some money in her bucket and to my complete surprise, recognized her.

She was someone I had worked night shift with as a word processor making $23 an hour at a major bank just six months before. I knelt down on my knees with even more compassionate now. “Honey, what happened?” I reached into my pocket to grab all the last bit of money I had to give her, when she shook her head. “No. It’s okay.”

I read in her demeanor what she meant. She wasn’t doing this because she couldn’t work. She was doing it because it was an easy way to make money. I was completely disgusted. COMPLETELY!

I shook my head in disbelief and walked off. Talk about karma. I wonder what karma will do with that one.

The truth about karma is: We have an unlimited God with unlimited resources! We can let our human minds act from the fight or flight mode of the brain and believe that there is only enough for this week or this month, or we can live from the frontal cortex of the brain and imagine more wealth than we know what to do with. When we give with love; we get with love. When we find the restraint to refrain from doing things that will hurt our spirit, we protect others and ultimately ourselves from the same behavior.

When we live according to karma AND live in the part of our brain that co-abides with our spiritual self, we create abundance in every area of our lives. It’s a win-win scenario for you and for everyone in your life!

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