What is Karma?

Karma is a Sanscrit word meaning action. Karma is a universal principle that states that the universe is constantly seeking equilibrium. If we send a bad thought or action into the universe, the universe will seek a counter thought or action to balance it. This may happen over a few minutes, hours, seconds, or years. Most of us that believe in metaphysical principles believe karma can come round many times and, even, over many lifetimes. 

Hindus see Karma as a bringing upon oneself inevitable consequences, good or bad, in this life or a reincarnation. The Buddhists simply state: Whatever you do comes back to you. Christians may perceive karma as matching the biblical statement “what you sow, you reap”. The bible says each soul shall meet itself. 

I’m often asked “How can I increase my good karma? I see karma storage like a bank in which we make deposits and withdrawals. My top ten ideas for increasing your good karma are:

  1. Offer a compliment: I like to say rather than telling someone “Gee, I like you dress, offer instead, “I like the way you put that outfit together”. Make sure the recipient knows it is about something they are rather than something they have
  2. Make a good recommendation to or for a friend: Once, when I asked a friend where she got her lovely purse she said “at the store”. I further inquired, “Oh, which store”? Again, she answered “At the store”. Clearly she did not want to divulge her special location. Why not instead share great shopping tips and bargains?
  3. Do more than your fair share: I once attended a marriage seminar (though this will apply to any relationship for those who are not married). The lecturer asked the audience members to raise their hands if they thought that they do more than their fair share in the marriage. Many hands shot up. Then, the presenter asked, “Who thinks they do less than their fair share?” Only a few hands reluctantly raised. Clearly, not everyone could be doing more than their fair share. If you think you are doing more than your share, do more. Then, you are probably doing enough. 
  4. Listen: actively and truly listening is so comforting to the speaker. Engage yourself with eye contact and a forward posture. 
  5. Forgive: offer forgiveness, or, at least, do it in your heart.
  6. Find someone a job.
  7. Offer thanks/gratitude. Be grateful for all the blessings you enjoy. 
  8. Give away something of value. Again, just giving away something you don’t want is easy. If it means more to you, it means more to the recipient. 
  9. Teach someone to do something. 
  10. Just show up. Being there is a commitment to you and others that you consider their friendship or mission important. 

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