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Break Free From Bad Karma

Updated on October 30, 2013

Are you conscious right now? How truly focused are you in your moment to moment actions? Many of us tend to drift through the day lost in a never ending stream of thought.

We are planning dinner three hours from now, or worrying about what someone said at work yesterday. We jump to conclusions about current events, and make snap judgments about the people around us.

All the while we are unaware of the lurking dangers of our misguided actions.

Our actions cause events

The word “karma” is derived from the Sanskrit word “kri” meaning: action. We are constantly creating these actions in everything that we think, say and do.

And since all actions have an equal and opposite reaction according to Newton’s law, then even the smallest of actions produce a ripple in the universe. Karma works in a similar way. In this sense, nothing just “happens”.

There is always a cause and effect to be found.

How many times have you turned on the news and witnessed a story so terrible that it makes you question God and the meaning of it all? A six year old boy riddled with bullets and killed when caught in the middle of a drug deal gone wrong.

Surely a boy that young had not deserved to die. How could a person that age have possibly acquired enough bad karma to meet such a doom?

This is where we see that karma is often times complex. And a karmic event may also involve the paths of multiple people and their actions. For instance, let us examine the players from the above scenario.

What caused these fellows to turn to drugs in the first place? What was their upbringing like? Why the guns and violence? And who was responsible for the little boy?

Quite possibly there were many years of negativity and bad karma brewing. Maybe even generation after generation. But one thing is for sure: there was a definite cause and effect for every incident in that story.

Actions cause karmic events. And the laws of the universe are not there as punishment, they’re just doing their job.

But isn’t karma our fate?

As we begin to understand the principles of karma, we realize that our destiny lies in our own hands. We have the ability through our actions to affect our future, both good and bad.

Karma is similar to the laws of physics in that it does not judge. It is simply an energy or force or magnet seeking balance. And it will bring this balance in due time.

We may not be able to stop it, but we can use it to shape a desirable future.

The dangers of wishing bad on others

We get what we put out. It is not only physical energy that results in a karmic event, but our thoughts and mental energy too. You may be sitting on the couch thinking that because you are doing nothing, you are affecting nothing. But there is more at work here.

How many times have you put out nasty thoughts silently in your head towards someone on the television? You think: they can’t see me or hear me, what’s the big deal, right? But here again is an example of the tiniest of actions causing a ripple. And as we know, every action regardless of how big or small, has an equal and opposite reaction.

In today’s world with the advent of texting and computerized social networks, it is becoming easier and easier to put out hurtful energy with only the click of a button.

How many of us have written something in a text that we would never have said to someone’s face? Gossiping is certainly nothing new, and will likely never go away. But if you engage in this behavior and find yourself struggling in life, facing the same troubles over and over again, maybe it’s time you asked: is this my karma?

Beyond that, there is also a belief known as the Law of Attraction that claims we receive what we think or focus on. Think positive thoughts and you will attract positive results. Although there is no scientific proof for this claim, the concept of influencing future events with our thoughts has intrigued humans for years. And who knows? Maybe you can influence a change in the people around you.

Can we ever become free of karma?

In karma, all must be balanced. There may be times when we see someone, or know someone who does all sorts of bad things and yet, nothing bad ever seems to happen to them.

Do not waste your energy by praying for justice. Remember, karma is a natural law. It is unbiased and ever-flowing. As long as karmic energy remains “stored up” you will have to work it out. It is a cosmic debt that will be collected or paid.

We may not be able to live in such a way that we affect absolutely nothing in the universe. But as I stated, we can use karma to bring about positive things in our lives. So rather than escaping karma completely, which would be extremely difficult, let us work on ways to free ourselves from “negative” karma instead.

One thing to consider when looking at negative karma is that there is no one but you to blame.

If you find yourself stuck, there is a good chance that you are struggling to let go of painful emotions or beliefs. Look inside and see if there is something you could let go of to receive a little freedom.

Try forgiving someone next time you find yourself ready to lash out or take revenge. Forgiveness is a powerful tool in the process of self-healing. Say it out loud; it feels good!

How often do we find ourselves fighting tooth and nail over some completely pointless just to feed our ego? Find freedom in surrender and you will begin filling your journey through life with positive, loving karma.

I believe my thoughts can affect an outcome

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      4 years ago

      Very nice blog. Thanks for your writings.

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Right now I am feeling the need for some positive change myself. Glad to hear I'm not alone. As John Steinbeck once said, "What pillow can one have like a good conscience?"

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Came back to read because I am trying to do some positive change. And this will be the first time i integrate the notion into process. I am not so concerned with notion as to make it in control, but I think I have learned it is definitely part of the process.


    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      FlourishAnyway, so nice to hear from you. Thank you for the wonderful compliments. I think most people forget that their bad karma came from a ripple effect. Some people walk around thinking that bad things just always happen to them. Thanks for stopping by.

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      4 years ago from USA

      Terrific description. We tend to get what we give on balance. You are an excellent writer and can step the reader right through an idea with examples and questions that truly resonate.

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Mathira, your compliments make me blush. Perhaps in a past life I was Indian...who knows? One day all will be revealed, right?

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      5 years ago from chennai

      Brian, as an Indian I feel very happy that you have written a comprehensive hub about karma which we believe in and you have done an excellent job of it. Have you come to India? How come you are so knowledgeable of things which we too do not know in detail.

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Thank you for the comment. Now let's see, your great karma must surely yield some positive results. I suppose it is quite possible that you have a past life event that may be haunting you today. Have you looked into that? You can always ask for forgiveness. Sounds simple, but it works.

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      5 years ago from United States

      I have this terrible problem of transference. It always happens that I transfer my great karma to others and end up taking their bad karma on myself so my life unfairly suffers while theirs unjustly prospers. I think I must have been a martyr in a past life.

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Thank you. You get that positive feeling about Eric too, eh? I remember seeing "PIPO" in a recent hub of yours. I can't preach that good word enough! Some days I have to remind myself that I can't fix the world, but I do try to plant the seeds. Stay strong!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry it took me so long to stop by. If Eric is here then it must be a good neighborhood to hang out in. :)

      I strongly believe in the power of positive thinking...I call it PIPO...positive in/positive out. It's worked so far for me and I see no reason to stop.

      Well done my new friend. Love the message!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nicely done friend. Much to absorb and ponder. thanks


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