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Payback’s a B*tch…or is it?

By Doris Deits

Most of us have a general idea of what Karma is, even if one has never actually studied the concept. Karma is often thought of as ‘what goes around comes around’ or ‘payback.’ But there’s more to it than that. In fact, with a better understanding of Karma one can work consciously with this system to improve their lives and feel good about themselves while balancing out any past destructive actions.

In metaphysics, the first principle one studies in Karma is the Law of Cause and Effect, where one acquires an in-depth understanding of how their actions affect others and their environment. From an energetic perspective, a negative action can have a far reaching effect, even if unintended. This can be devastating to a caring person as they realize the amount of negativity they’ve generated and unleashed into the world.

Fortunately the Lords of Karma have given us a way to balance out all this negativity, allowing one to redeem or neutralize previous negative actions, thus freeing oneself from a heavy sense of guilt or regret.

From a Karmic standpoint, we are responsible for all our actions and if we make a ‘mess’ by hurling negativity into the world we have to clean it up. But this ‘clean up’ can be a tricky thing – especially when serious or tragic results are involved. Guilt, remorse and regret over our actions can overflow one’s burden basket, creating a paralysis or lack of energetic flow. This lack of flow has a tendency to slow our evolution, which isn’t good for anyone.

The purpose of Karma is to help us understand Life and its process and then move forward. It’s not meant to bury people in guilt, but humans have a habit of being very creative when it comes to feeling badly about themselves.

The Karma board of directors knew humanity would go a little overboard on the negativity, so a system was devised that allows humans to balance the scales in a progressive manner.

Through simple acts of selfless service, one is able to acquire ‘grace’ points that can then be used to offset any negativity we’ve created and are responsible to clean up. The great thing about this technique is that it can be used by anyone, no matter what religion or spiritual practice they follow!

Another really cool thing is that we get to choose which acts to perform. Big heroic acts are not necessary. It can be simple things like opening a door for others, putting pennies in the cups at the register, picking up trash at the park, or even just taking a parking stall at the back of the lot (so others can park closer) when at the store.

These acts of service help us create what is known as ‘grace’ points that can be used for a specific thing or we can ‘bank’ them, saving them for another time.

Kind of like a savings account, accumulated grace points can help us in the future when we are faced with a particularly challenging situation. Based on the Lesson before us and our accumulated grace points, the Karma board can ‘forgive’ a portion of the situation that needs to be cleaned up. Thereby making our ‘lesson’ easier to move through. Woo-hoo!

However, there are two specific requirements for this process to work.

The first is the selfless portion – our actions must be anonymous. Meaning, we don’t receive or seek recognition for our act. If we get an award or our picture in the paper for our efforts, it doesn’t count for grace points.

The second is that we must use our intention. Meaning, we make a clear statement (prior to the act itself) of our intention to either bank our grace points or apply our act to a specific situation.

For example – when I want to get some grace points, I go to the dog park and take a trash bag with me to pick up trash or dog poop (left behind by other dogs). Before I begin, I make my declaration that I am picking up trash and poop to accumulate grace points. I then state that I want these points placed into my bank account – cuz I know I’m going to need some one day.

Other times, I may want the points to be applied to a past situation where I created a lot of negative energy and hurled it at someone (like all the times I tore into my husband out of anger). Then, as I am walking along, I look for ‘grace’ points – which is just trash and poop – the more I find, the more grace points I get and it can be a lot of fun, strange as that may sound.

So whenever you are feeling the burden of guilt or regret, remember there’s a way to balance the scales – play the Karma game! Get creative and find ways to stack up your ‘positive’ grace points to offset those ‘negative’ actions. We help ourselves and our communities by investing in these acts of service.

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