Just about everyone’s heard of karma. Some people think it’s almost fate. But have you ever stopped to think what Karma really means?
The truth is, most us have it wrong. And this mis understanding doesn’t help any of us.
When you truly understand what Karma means, it can be used as a powerful tool for personal development.
So below, we’re going to explain exactly what Karma means and then we’ll go over how you can use this philosophy to give you more freedom and control over your life.
A Buddhist Master’s Simple Explanation of Karma
To begin with, let’s get one thing straight:
Karma has nothing to do with “fate”. If you do something negative, it doesn’t mean that something negative must happen to you to “even things out”.
Karma is actually based on your actions and thoughts in every single moment.
I love this simple and clear explanation of karma by Barbara O’Brien of the buddhism.about.com blog:
“The word “karma” means “action,” not “fate.” In Buddhism, karma is an energy created by willful action, through thoughts, words and deeds. We are all creating karma every minute, and the karma we create affects us every minute.It’s common to think of “my karma” as something you did in your last life that seals your fate in this life, but this is not Buddhist understanding. Karma is an action, not a result. The future is not set in stone. You can change the course of your life right now by changing your volitional (intentional) acts and self-destructive patterns.”