What Goes Around Comes Around
“Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act non-virtuously, suffering results.” — Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Fleming was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while out working in the fields, he heard a cry for help come from a nearby swamp. He dropped his tools and rushed to the swamp. There, stuck to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.
Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s meagre surroundings. A well-dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”
“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.
At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family cottage.
“Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.
“Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.
“I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.”
And that he did.
In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and became known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.
What goes around comes around.
The Law of Karma
“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.” — Tryon Edwards
For many, the notion of karma is a common theme which permeates throughout their life. The adage what goes around comes around is identified by those unfairly treated. Dishonest acts against others catch up to the offender is acknowledged.
Karma is far more complicated and yet simpler than that. Karma functions within the backdrop of our lives. Newton’s Third Law states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
There is a cause and effect, so that every action creates another reaction, which produces a new counteraction. Thus an endless chain of actions and reactions is created.
In a similar vein to Newton’s Law, The Butterfly Effect by the American mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz affirms: “When a butterfly flutters its wings in one part of the world, it can eventually cause a hurricane in another.” Lorenz unified the theory that events within the cosmos have a ripple effect, which extends beyond the space and time realm.
Closer to home, karma’s actions have a ripple and boomerang effect in your life and the lives of others. Karma is the exchange of energy from one form to another. It should be viewed as neither good nor bad since it allows you to assume purposeful action if wish to balance out karma in your life.
Let Go Of The Past
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” ― Eckhart Tolle
In the same way, karmic clutter represents unresolved matters of the past. If karma is not balanced out, it invites negative consequences of past actions in to the present moment.
To heal the emotional baggage associated with anger, frustration and disappointment, balance is upheld. From this viewpoint, karma preserves balance — no debt goes unpaid, no act of good service is turned a blind eye to.
Your actions are supported within the moral landscape of: “Do unto others what you would have done unto yourself.”
However well-meaning your intentions, upholding your moral duties does not assume others will return your goodwill. You are endowed with free will and how others treat you, becomes their karma. For you are repeatedly writing the script of your karmic destiny through your actions.
In the scheme of things, bad things happen to good people every day. Your obligation is to abide by your highest moral code since it allows us to become a righteous culture. You can become victims of your choices or write an empowering moral script for the future.
It begs the question, “Is the universe vested in goodness?”
I affirm the underlying structure governing universal laws is aligned within the framework of love — the highest functioning order. Good deeds are returned when your intentions are honourable and entrusted with love.
The universe eavesdrops on your actions, intending to balance out the exchange of energy.
It was the Greek physicist-philosopher Parmenides who stated nature abhors a vacuum. Which means, as you let go of the old (thoughts, beliefs, energy, ideas, and toxic emotions), the universe rushes in to fill the void.
As energy is repaid through favourable action, you abide by universal forces when you act in accordance with Nature. Think of universal forces as observing road and traffic laws; everything flows seamlessly in the presence of order instead of chaos.
How To Write a New Karmic Script
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.” ― Confucius
Have you noticed how some people attract their desires in a relaxed manner, whilst others struggle? It might be said those same people are working with the laws of karma in a conducive manner.
On a personal level as I honour my path in life, I harness the law of karma to act in a meaningful way. Wisdom has shown me when I am wronged, rather than seek revenge, I trust karma to balance any improper actions against me or others.
It is not my place to enact retribution or revenge — my karma is to play my role within the function of universal order. It is the late Dr. Wayne Dyer who reminded us to uphold this virtue when he wrote: “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
Life is neither fair nor unfair. To evaluate life according to this way of thinking fails to acknowledge the harmony present when we play by her rules.
You have the wherewithal to change your future karma through awareness gained within the present moment.
Do not be directed by subconscious actions alone. Be mindful, present and aware of your choices.
In closing, I leave you with the aphorism by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu who said: “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”