Karma a bit*h? How to cultivate good karma

It feels like I’ve been on a crash course to learn about karma in the last few years and the Universe has shown me very clearly the connections and intricacies of this interesting Law of Karma and how it works practically.

Being an almost instant manifestor, it’s easy to see the connection between what I put out there and what comes back to me and it’s been so interesting to get such an intimate connection to this flow of life and how the laws of the Universe work.

After studying universal laws for quite some time, the law of karma and how it operates fascinates me more than any other universal law.

The law of karma is a sub-law of the law of cause and effect. The law of cause and effect  simply states that for every action, there is a reaction.

This is very similar to Newton’s third law of motion which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. But as you know from reading my blog, I primarily write about spiritual concepts and my own experiences of these concepts, however, when science is able to “prove” or catch up to what spiritual concepts have stated for eons, I love to mention it so that if you’re one of the sceptics who needs scientific proof, you can get something to chew on 🙂

In essence, karma is accumulated action that needs to be balanced out by a reaction. The word karma means action. You cannot escape karma. Every thought, word spoken, action and choice taken creates karma. In fact, as the ancient yogis teach, your crown chakra at the top of your head releases 1000 thoughts per blink of an eye! Most of these thoughts of course, are not processed by your conscious mind as that would be impossible.

The thoughts that are not processed consciously will get dumped into your unconscious mind, accumulating karma. This means that it’s not only what you do that creates karma, but it is also your intentions and thoughts. Conscious and subconscious.

Karma is a way for us to learn from our actions. It is the natural consequence of our choices, good or bad.

Guess what happens when you project hateful thoughts to other people? They will eventually come back to you like a boomerang. It may be from a different person, it may be at a later time, but the essence of what you project out will always come back to you.  It has to. This is law.

The same is true for good intentions and spreading love. What you send out must come back and you cannot escape this wheel of life. However, there are ways to change the trajectory of your karma, and we will talk about that later on in this article.

I believe that a lot of accumulated karma can be one of the biggest internal obstacles that hold well meaning people who are on a personal development journey back. They may have done and tried everything to overcome a challenge, yet it doesn’t seem to go away. You may be dealing with clearing your karma, possibly from another lifetime.

Many people think of karma as punishment; you do something bad to other people and the Universe punishes you. I don’t like to think about it that way at all. There is no judge in heaven looking to punish you. Everything in the Universe happens according to law, and so does karma. You get back what you put out. Good or bad.

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Karma is simply accumulation of actions that needs to be balanced out. Like an accountant balancing out the books at the end of the month to make sure everything has been accounted for correctly, the same is true with karma. Nothing escapes the Universe! Each action creates an amount in the debt column. This debt needs to be repaid at some point.

I think this karmic quote explains the essence of karma very eloquently:

When a bird is alive… it eats ants

When a bird dies…ants eat it

One tree can be made into a million matchsticks…

But only one matchstick is needed to burn a million trees.

Circumstances can change any time…

Don’t devalue or hurt anyone in life…

You may be powerful today, but time is more powerful than you.

(Author unknown)

Just like with the ant and the bird, you may be playing out karma from another lifetime, and you don’t recall what you did to accumulate the karma you’re now dealing with. But remember, your karma is also based on your subconscious thoughts and beliefs, so you can’t possibly be aware of everything you’re putting out there!

What you may not be aware of is that if your parents and ancestors didn’t work through their own karma they may be passing on generational karma to you upon their death. This is how generational patterns continue until someone finally deals with it properly to balance out the karma. I’ve personally experienced this, where I was playing out a situation that was going on between other people in my lineage, and before I understood this connection, I was at lack of words over the drama that played out and how it could even happen in the first place.

Your karma is stored in your subtle energy body, in the archline. Between lifetimes your karma gets downloaded to the earth star chakra and when you are born on earth, all of your accumulated karma us uploaded like a computer software. This becomes part of the standard operating system for your life. If there is a lot of virus in the system, your life may not run very smoothly!

Remember that we are all on a spiritual journey of growth and everyone is at a different place in their development. There is no judgement here. We all have different challenges our soul needs to learn and work through at some point. Or we would no longer be here. The fact that you’re here means you’re not perfect and you still have more to learn. Don’t be too hard on yourself! This article is meant for enlightenment, not judgment.

You can also take on other people’s karma via their energy and spending time with them, specifically if you are intimate. Remember the saying that you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with! This is so true from an energetic perspective. We are not separate and the boundaries between us are blurred when it comes from an energetic perspective. It is an aspect of karma that is less talked about, but important, especially in times online dating and Tinder!

When a woman is having intercourse with a man, she takes on part of his energy or karma. No condom can stop this from happening! So you’d better know who you are sleeping with and know that they are someone you admire and aspire to be like. I believe the saying from the Bible that says “in marriage, two souls become one”, directly talks to this energy phenomena. This is actually what happens from a soul/energy perspective.

If you’re on the path of personal development and you’ve done a lot of work on yourself to clear your limiting beliefs, karma and blocks to manifesting the life you want, you may want to think twice about who you’re hanging out with and especially who you’re sleeping with.

This is not to say to not be kind to people or to judge other people, but to manage your energy with care and to stay away from people, situations and circumstances that energetically feels wrong to you, or bring you down. This is your responsibility.

Your energy is your most valuable asset. But it can also be your greatest demise. Investing in your energy is one of the most important things you can do. Being conscious about your actions is important, and the more aware and awake you become, the higher standards you will be put to.

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Now that you understand the basics of how karma works and how you may accumulate it, let’s talk about what you can do to neutralize your karma or change the trajectory of your life, because it doesn’t need to be your destiny.

I have been doing a lot of work on clearing karma lately, both for myself but also for clients, and the results have been quite interesting and powerful. This work has blown my mind in terms of what it does. Situations, circumstances and relationships that were in complete gridlock transformed magically, and often very quickly. It’s been amazing to witness.

Recently I had a client come to me asking for help. She had a house she needed to sell and her intuition told her to reach out to me. It had been on the market for 3 years with no offers. She was feeling desperate as it was a house she owned with her ex husband and she was ready to cut ties. Nobody had lived in the house for a long time, and neither of them had any intention of moving back in. It was in a nice neighborhood, it was a beautiful house, there was nothing wrong with it, and it was in a sought after city and neighborhood. There was no obvious reason why the house wouldn’t sell…So why didn’t it sell?

I told her that I don’t usually take on this kind of work, and that I had never helped people sell houses before, but that I was happy to give it a try. I told her that the karmic clearings I do are very powerful and always work, so I thought it had to work for this as well. I treated it as an experiment and told her that. She was eager for me to get started.

I started working on clearing the karma of the house and had been working on it in daily increments for about two weeks when I finally felt something shift. The next morning, my client reached out and said they had two interested buyers. A week later, they had signed a contract on the house. After three years and three different realtors, it wasn’t until the karma was cleared that the house sold three weeks after I started working on it.

When nothing seems to work and you’ve tried everything you can think of, clearing the karma often does the trick!

The shifts that happen are almost too good to be true, but they are very real. And they often happen very fast. So, no matter what you’re going through, know that you can shift it. You are not a prisoner to your karma! If you would like to learn more about this or want help to clear the karma that is holding you back or keeping situations in a gridlock, feel free to reach out to me here.

Whether you want a little extra help to shift this or not, there are many ways to neutralize karma and I may create another blog about how to do that at some other time. But first, let’s look at how you can stop accumulating “bad” karma and start accumulating “good” karma first.

As I was going through a situation triggered by the inherited family karma (and drama) I talked about earlier, I was going through a yoga teacher training and reading a book on Buddhism and loving kindness. As I was twisting my mind trying to figure a way out of the mess I was in with a family member, I came across just the perfect information to help guide my actions.

The information is based on 253 Precepts that a Buddhist monk takes on in order to avoid inflicting injury on themselves or others. 10 of these are very helpful and look somewhat similar to the 10 commandments in Christianity.

These 10 precepts are the foundation for ethical discipline needed to protect yourself from harm. This is why, as the book states, that it’s written in negative, or in “do not” terms rather than in positive terms. It’s because they are for spiritual protection.

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I feel that they are so powerful in this context and need to be mentioned here. Many of these may be very obvious, but I chose to include all 10.

Here are the 10 precepts, taken from the book: The Four immeasurables, Practices to Open the Heart by B. Alan Wallace.

  1. Avoid killing, as far as possible.

As the book states, it’s impossible to live without killing anything at all, as we wouldn’t even be able to breathe or eat, but the idea is to be as pure as possible. This may seem obvious, but it isn’t always. I don’t know how many times people laugh at me for trying to save a fly or spider instead of killing it. I think the use of pesticides is another example of this. Pesticide kills the earth, but many people don’t think twice about using it. There are degrees to all of these precepts.

2) Avoid sexual misconduct.

This applies to adultery but also sexual misconduct and using sex to inflict injury. Obvious? Maybe, but what about the fact I mentioned earlier about taking on other people’s karma. Is that not inflicting injury on yourself if you are continuing to be intimate with people who are not good for you?

3) Avoid taking what is not given.

If you take from others, expect that others will in turn take from you. This one may seem obvious as well but I have seen circumstances where people feel entitled to take what’s not theirs. This often is a dark side of lack and scarcity consciousness. This doesn’t just apply to things or money, but also time and energy. Are you ever wasting people’s time or trying to squeeze more out of something than what is inherently given?

4) Avoid lying.

You lie to other people and in return other people will lie to you. Do you think it’s ok to tell a white lie? What might the energetic consequences be of such a choice?

5) Avoid slander.

Do you speak badly of others behind their back? If you do, know that others will probably do the same about you. Where can you improve your thoughts and words about others?

6) Avoid abuse.

This one was very helpful to me as I was going through my previously mentioned situation. These precepts operate both ways. Avoid abusing others but also you need to protect yourself from allowing others to abuse or harm you, no matter who they are. There is a fine line. My new mantra as I was going through this situation was: Do no harm but take no crap.

7) Avoid idle gossip.

This one may be a bit less obvious, but are you consciously choosing what comes out of your mouth or what you are thinking or projecting onto others?

8) Avoid malice or ill will.

Anytime you wish harmful things on others, you are wishing that harm onto yourself. Have you ever wished someone harm?

9) Avoid avarice.

The book states: “Avarice is craving for something that belongs to somebody else, not wanting them to have it because you want it.” For example, if you constantly talk bad about rich people or have judgements towards them, don’t be surprised if you keep living in lack.

10) The final one says: “Avoid what is called false views”. This doesn’t refer to doctrines or religions but to having a mindset that rejects the fundamental truth. For example, a false view is that our actions don’t have consequences or that it doesn’t really matter how we behave. The more aware you are, the more you will be held accountable to what you understand, as you should know better.

I invite you to take an honest look at yourself and what you’re putting out into the world. Not from a place of judgement, as that has no purpose, but from a place of; where can I grow and evolve? What do I need to work on? Are there areas where you struggle where maybe you can see the connection to what you’re putting out there?

Now that we’ve looked at what not to do, let’s continue with things you can do to start producing and accumulate better karma.

  1. Forgiveness

Probably the most freeing thing you can do for yourself is to forgive. Forgive yourself for the wrongs you have done, forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time, forgive yourself for any times you have judged yourself or others. Forgive anyone who has ever wronged you. Your life will transform. If there is one practice that will transform your life, it’s the practice of forgiveness. To learn more about forgiveness, you can also read this post: How to stop recreating your future from your past and set yourself free.

2) Respect nature, animals and yourself

This goes along  the lines of some of the precepts above, but I beleive it’s important to mention in this context.

3) Do no harm but take no shit either

Remember, this covers your thoughts as well

4) Practice compassion and kindness

I believe that compassion and kindness is one of the best antidotes for bad karma. What can you do today to make someone smile?

5) Serving a purpose

You are here to fulfill a higher purpose or mission. Only you know what that is for you, but if you’re not on the right path for you, you will continue to bump into difficulties. When you are serving your purpose, the Universe will give you added support to help you fulfill your mission.

6) Meditate

As with forgiveness, meditation is one of those things that cures all ills. When you meditate and clear your mind, you will see your life from a different perspective. You will hear the nudges of your soul about what to do and you will be more likely to treat others and yourself with kindness, compassion and respect. There are also some kinds of meditations that are designed specifically for clearing karma, such as certain Kundalini Kriyas.

7) Give without expecting anything in return

You reap what you sow. If you want to receive more of anything, give it first. This applies to time, money, resources, kindness, love, attention. Maybe you want to volunteer for a cause you care about?

8) Learn your lessons

Not always easy. This is where people get stuck in blind spots a lot. They cannot see what they need to learn from a certain situation and keep doing the same thing expecting a different result. However, in order to change the trajectory of your karma, you need to make different action to get different results. If you’re not getting what you want, you may need to start doing things differently. What lesson is this here to teach you?

9) Let go of toxic ties

Distance yourself from people who bring more harm than good. To find out if you’re in a toxic relationship and how to deal with toxic people, you might want to read this post: Understanding the emotionally abusive relationship

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10) Take 100% responsibility for your life

You are always responsible for your own reality and through the law of karma, the books will always be balanced. The more personal responsibility you take, the less “bad” karma can affect you.

I hope this article helped shed some light and answer some questions you had about karma. This article could be expanded a lot more given how much there is to this topic. Please share a comment below about your own experiences with this topic.

If you feel you need some support in clearing karma to easier step forward into the life you want, you can reach out to me here.

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I’m Vibeke Schurch, the founder of Success-soul Living® and The 5D Business Model®.

I work with coaches, healers and change-makers to help them grow their business and live life on purpose so they can use their unique gifts to make a difference in the world while creating a lifestyle aligned with their soul blueprint.

Ever since my spiritual awakening many years ago when I healed myself from “chronic” illness in just two weeks, it’s my mission to help you wake up to your inner power and potential. I want to show you how to use your mind to manifest your wildest dreams and create your own heaven on earth while living life on purpose, and serving the people you are here to serve.

In my 20 years as a small business owner, one thing is crystal clear to me: What helps you thrive is not your not your intelligence, level of experience or skill-set, but the programming in your subconscious mind. You can be programmed for struggle and lack, or flow and abundance. In my work, I help you reprogram your mind for success and abundance so you can create a prosperous and fulfilling life living your life’s calling and doing the work you came here to do.