On Cause and Effect

If I were to ask someone, if they thought that things they did in life, good or bad, would come back to them in some form or another? Most would probably say yes. But if I asked these same people if they believed in KARMA, they would probably respond along the lines: Oh that’s an Eastern Philosophy. I was brought up in a Judeo/Christian family. No, I don’t believe in that Eastern way of thinking.

The point being that KARMA is simply the term Easterners use to refer to cause and effect and a way to make it simple and easy to identify, because it’s one word.

KARMA is the belief that when a person causes something, it ultimately has an effect which eventually returns to the person who set up the initial cause. It’s also true that this effect can reverberate as additional causes with resulting effects. What is the cause and what is the effect really becomes the age-old question of which came first: the chicken or the egg? The point is, it doesn’t really matter, cause and effect act like a ripple in a pond and where it begins or ends is less important than understanding that it’s simply a way that actions and reactions exist on this plane.

What KARMA means is that each individual has a responsibility for his/her actions. How they conduct themselves with others, will bring about consequences that will eventually boomerang back on them in some form or another.

KARMA is also often referred to as “GOOD” or “BAD KARMA”. But the energy is simply the way we interpret the cause and effect relationship. Whether it’s defined as good or bad is the personal association we place on it because of how the consequences may effect us emotionally and concretely and how we view their meaning. I prefer the terms “difficult” Karma or “less difficult” Karma.

Understanding our KARMA on any level is very difficult to do. It is not easy to identify one effect to one cause relationship, any more than it is to understand how one perception we have as an adult may have evolved from perceptions we had as children. Often one cause can have many effects. Although we may live in a linear universe, many things may not occur in a linear form.

Rather than to understand how one event may have resulted from one cause, it seems more productive to conduct our lives in a more conscious, ethical way, so that the KARMA or KARMA(s) we create, are causes that have “positive” effects rather then impact “negatively” on others or ourselves.

Accepting personal responsibility for our own behavior, is one way. If we are aware that the things we do in life, towards others are beneficent, magnanimous, and which consider the thoughts, feelings and sensitivities of others, then our KARMA will reflect that. If on the other hand we are thoughtless of others, do things out of selfish motives, discount the feelings of others, and don’t pay attention to the obvious effects our actions create, then our KARMA will also reflect that.

In any interpretation one wants to take about cause and effect, the important point is that it returns the responsibility for our own actions to the place it belongs, ourselves! It removes the idea that our sins can be taken away by anyone but ourselves, and it places the quality of our thinking about our purpose and our effect on others back in the hands of the person who is ultimately responsible for it.

If we accept responsibility for our thoughts and our actions, the choices we make will reflect it, and the effects we create will also show our understanding sensitivity, and recognition of that responsibility.

More on KARMA at another time…