The Truth about Karma.

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For years I was led to believe, either intentionally or unintentionally, through books, spiritual teachings and religious offerings that karma was delivered by the universe as a form of punishment or appreciation for whatever form of energy I sent out.

These beliefs send out the message that the universe revolves around a single individual and subjects them to the universal divine Law of Karma.  

While I am a great believer in energy and that all energy is interconnected, I do not believe for one second that the universe is judgmental and rewards or punishes me or anyone else for thoughts, intentions, feelings or our expressions of these things.

However, I am a great believer that we can judge ourselves very harshly. And I also believe that we relentlessly punish ourselves too.

I also believe in the Law of Attraction which holds the principle that like-attracts-like and that there will be consequences for actions.

Although, I’ve also discovered that these consequences are attuned to how I feel.

For example, if I feel terribly guilty or ashamed for saying something out of turn to someone, I will hold that low vibrational energy within my energy field and I will then attract something externally that returns the vibration by confronting me with something that confirms exactly how I feel.

If I am genuinely sorry for my actions and sincerely apologize to the person and do whatever I can to make amends for my behaviour, the vibration dissipates and is transmuted to a positive forgiving, compassionate vibration that goes on to attract similar loving, accepting high vibrations.

It got me thinking about those who don’t take responsibility for their actions and it made me question why many people don’t seem to learn from past experiences as they don’t seem to change their ways. Or, if they do, it is only when things become increasingly uncomfortable so they have no option but to face up to the circumstances they created.

I know myself that whenever I try to deny my role for something that has gone wrong or if I attempt to blame someone else for my situation, it lingers inside me and causes irritable, painful sensations. These sensations then play out in my daily life until I am forced to do something about them.

If we totally reject or avoid responsibility, as we have created layer upon layer of self-protection around ourselves so that nothing internal leaves and nothing external enters, it is almost impossible for the Law of Attraction to work and provide us with invaluable insight. How can we change if we are not willing to see any errors we have made and what we must do to fix them? 

It then becomes clear to see why some people seem to get away with causing devastation while others suffer relentlessly until they deal with any guilt, blame or shame by acknowledging, processing and repairing it.

In my understanding of karma, it is intrinsically linked to consciousness.

If I am absolutely aware of the energy I send out, I will be aware of the cause and effect of it too. I am then in a position to try to redeem myself by accepting my role and making alterations so that not only am I authentic when I rectify any difficulties I have caused, but I can also ensure that I have learned from it so that I don’t keep behaving in ways that create the same errors time and again.

If I try to deny the energy I have sent out, I will be repressing the associated sensations. The dense energy will remain clogged somewhere in my subconscious simmering away and sending out vibrations that are strong enough to magnetize other dense and heavy vibrations towards me to confirm how I feel. I will attract people or situations towards me that keep reminding me of my behaviour until I accept it. That is, until I decide to acknowledge its presence, consider it thoroughly and clear my conscience by appropriately rectifying the situation with a thought out heartfelt response.

If I have no awareness about the harmful energetic vibrations I am sending out, the majority of the vibrations will leave me as I will have associated them with other people and denied all responsibility. However, residue of the energy will sit somewhere in my unconscious mind as I am aware of my behaviour, I just am not willing to own it and be accountable for it. 

This theory may seem as though those who completely deny their behaviour also never have to own up to it.

That is not quite the case.

Our unconscious mind is not as unimportant as this explanation may have made it sound. The unconscious mind is full of irrational, unorganized, undisputed feelings, emotions and beliefs. It is the place that emotions and feelings erupt from uncontrollably whenever something triggers it in the external world.

When we are continuously adding to it, it becomes unbalanced and volatile. Whenever we hear or see something that we recognize, it reminds us of whatever is stored there and we will react from an unconscious level and our very low vibrational energy will explode and spill out. We will be recognizing and reacting constantly to anything that we have previously denied, although, we will refuse to accept that the reminders are due to how we would think, feel or behave. We will be permanently wired, judgemental, critical and full of accusations for how other people live and we will ultimately feel “better” than everyone around us. (Imagine a well-known political candidate right about now.)

We will not treat people appropriately or respectfully, we will unlikely hold down friendships or relationships for long and we will have a sense of superiority and entitlement as we believe that we can behave however we want without having to accept responsibility.

It doesn’t take long for people to see through this, as when we are operating with an unconscious mind that is brimming to the top, we will have very little control of whatever is stored there and our unpleasant emotions and feelings will be the ones with all the power and control.

On the surface, it may not seem as though we are attracting karma, as day to day we are functioning obliviously unaware to how we are perceived. Externally we appear to be attracting how we feel consciously, not unconsciously, so it might seem as though all is well to the naked eye. However, we cannot possibly have inner peace, harmony, fulfilment or be living a high vibrational, emotional and physically healthy or happy life when we are in denial of almost all of our true self.

It usually takes a huge shock to the system to shake this latter experience to the core.

While it isn’t always easy to own our sh*t, if we don’t we will either self-punish by attracting karma through being aware of our actions and refusing to rectify them, or we will eventually end up miserable, unhealthy and possibly even lonely not too far off in the future. Even if we have people around us, the relationships won’t be based on mutual love and respect as it is not possible to truly love when we are absolutely rejecting our true self.

We can try with all our might to go around refusing to face up to ourselves, or we can take a look in the mirror, own any mess we create and fix it in whatever ways we can. It isn’t always pretty at first but it is absolutely worth it.

Karma, in my belief, is self-punishment. We can own it or deny it. Instant inner peace or eternal emptiness and misery?



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Alex Myles

Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person. The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. Alex’s bestselling book, An Empath, is on sale now for only $1.99! Connect with her on Facebook and join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people.

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anonymous Jan 29, 2016 3:54pm

Great article. All this stuff is happening in my life right now, and it is nice to have positive affirmations about it. Thanks for this blessing

anonymous Jan 27, 2016 4:48pm

Thank you Alex for such a fantastic article. I have always taken the stand… ‘Karma…pffft… It’s made up bahooey!’ But your statement: ‘Karma, in my belief, is self-punishment. We can own it or deny it.’ – really got me thinking. That is EXACTLY how I feel. Its the constant energy around us of either happiness or self wallowing. Happiness truly is what makes the world bright and karma-beautiful.

anonymous Jan 24, 2016 10:36am

But why does it seem that the people who cause the most damage to others and place themselves on the highest pedestal go through life far less emotionally scared than those that constantly make the effort and put other peoples well being ahead of their own.I stuggle so much with my jealousy towards people who rarely help others or do anything that does not benefit them and seem to have it all. It would be so much easier to go through life like that, and even if they do know on a subconscious level it's wrong the people I know like this seem no less happier because of it…*big sigh*…

anonymous Jan 24, 2016 2:28am

Your explanation of taking responsibility for our actions, words, etc., is called Humility. It’s one of the core spiritual principles for living and from most religions. I believe whatever we don’t get right this time we will get another opportunity to learn it again. I believe in some cases negative energy over time can pile up and cause illness in our minds and bodies. I don’t believe I have all the answers. I sure as hell don’t blame any one person for my life. It always reminds me to your point that people just can’t see their part in anything let alone apologize. It’s always someone else’s fault or doing. I’m the victim of some politician or political opinion. Nice article. I got what you meant. The article called out narcisissism at its finest. I enjoyed the article and now I’m off to blame the president for my karma.

anonymous Jan 23, 2016 6:53pm

Are you talking about trump?!

anonymous Jan 23, 2016 12:15pm

My God this is so well written. The words used are so clear. Thank you so much for this.

anonymous Jan 23, 2016 10:18am

You are correct about one statement. The someone we all know in politics who thinks he is better than everyone. Mr Obama

anonymous Jan 23, 2016 9:05am

You are right about someone we all know thinking he is better than everyone.

Our President. OBAMA!! He can’t leave too soon…

anonymous Jan 22, 2016 9:05am

Incredibly accurate article in my opinion. Something I’ve experienced recently because of my own poor choices. Their are those that will go to their graves with the lies they tell themselves to justify what they’ve done that negatively effected others. I see it in my sister and ex husband. They deny no matter what

anonymous Jan 22, 2016 12:58am

Karma is much deeper and complicated than just “self punishment”.

To understand karma, you must realize that thoughts are things. Everything in our physical universe, in the final analysis, is composed not of matter but of consciousness. Matter responds, far more than most people realize, to the power of thought. Will power directs energy and energy in turn acts upon matter. Matter, indeed, is energy.

Every action, every thought, reaps its own corresponding reaction.

Human suffering is not a sign of God’s, or Nature’s, anger with mankind. It is a sign, rather, of man’s ignorance of the divine law.

If you view karma as punishment/appreciation, then you’re not understanding karma. That way of thinking involves the ego. Karma is not about consequences. It’s about balance.

This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning.

Also, karma is deeply rooted in the belief of reincarnation. You can’t fully accept one without the other.