Like so many big concepts in my life, I learned the word “karma” from the Beatles, in their song, “Instant Karma.” I didn’t bother to find out what karma was. Considering the amount of fear I carried around as a child, I only knew that if it was gonna get me, I probably didn’t want to get too close to it.
Even the Bible’s version of this was frightening and ominous: “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7)
There are other places on the internet and in books where you can read all about karma. The manner in which I am using this word is similar to the idea of sowing and reaping, and has to do with the energetic connections of our actions.
What I was taught was that bad things happen to good people, and while I don’t disagree with that, there is great power in giving out compassion, kindness, goodness, patience, love, peace and joy to the world. When we are radiating these types of characteristics, we are going to draw those same things to ourselves.
I see it again and again. When I approach people with a smile, and a genuine caring heart, they are much more likely to be open to me, to help me with what I am asking for, and to take in the positive “vibes” I am giving out. I’ve seen the opposite as well — when I’m resentful or already angry before I come into contact with someone, the interaction is of a complete different quality.
So, I’ve accepted it. I love knowing that the energy I give out has an impact on others, and also impacts what comes back to me. This belief motivates me even more to come to people and situations with an open heart, as a perpetual beginner, and a lifelong learner.
How do you experience the concept of sowing and reaping in your life?