Karma has been linked in people’s minds to a common explanation for the good or the bad experienced in human life. The word karma itself simply means action. That action can be positive or negative. The acts of today create the fortune or misfortune of the future. The Bible’s words, “As you sow, so shall you reap,” could be the Biblical equivalent of karma.
It has been commonplace in society to say that if a person’s life is going well, it is because of good karma, and if their life is going badly, that person has bad karma. In understanding karma, you should be aware that you are the one who is in charge of creating either good or bad karma in your life. The exception to this is when you align yourself with the Divine, in which case the Divine will begin to remove or neutralize some of the bad karma you are carrying with you, as well as strengthen and/or give more power to the positive karma you have accumulated.
Karma can also be thought of as the law of cause and effect set into motion. The action you take on anything today will set into motion a series of events as a cause, which will bear good or bad tidings as the effect in the future.
The key is to get together with the Divine in your own mind and consciousness to establish positive causes that will produce positive effects or good karma in your future life experience.
Karma is not limited to physical action. Karma may be the act of thought or an act of feeling. It was once implied that a person does not have to perform a physical act, but the very thought of it is as good as having done the act. Thus, karma can often be created by thought and feeling actions, which, while not physical in and of themselves, can produce such psychic energy as to stimulate and produce physical effects. Never think that anyone can avoid the effects of their karma.
Often karma does not have to be experienced at some distant time in the future, but could even be on the same day. Most karma, for that matter, whether good or bad, is experienced in this present lifetime you are leading, rather than having you come back in another lifetime to experience either rewards or consequences.
Generally, the higher the soul, the more quickly the karmic effect is experienced, as higher souls have a greater inner sensitivity, which means they can register the effect of karmic action far more quickly than less evolved souls. Also, because there is more creative energy active in higher souls, the effect tends to be more quickly created and experienced.
The very best way to create good karma for yourself is to be as close to the Divine as possible—to meditatively and prayerfully tune into the Divine’s presence. Tuning into the Divine’s presence causes you to experience the energies of higher consciousness within you that are part of the manifestation of Goodness, Truth, and Rightness.
Having good karma diminishes the number of times you have to physically reincarnate. Eventually what is called the wheel of birth and rebirth is broken, where you have no physically binding karma to the physical plane that causes you to have to incarnate. Incarnation among karma-free souls is a matter of choice and is generally motivated by the desire to be of service to humanity.
As you conduct your daily activities, maintain an awareness of trying to think, feel, and act in a positive manner. Be aware that you are constantly creating the causes for good or bad karmic effects. Be aware that the good or bad karmic effects may be almost immediate, or may be years from now, or even in another lifetime. Remind yourself that what is going on within you, and what you are doing outwardly, are creating immediate or future karma. Whenever you feel tempted to do something wrong, call upon the Presence of God to strengthen you so that you will do what is right.
And remember, too, that a daily practice of meditation invokes the healing energies of the Divine to neutralize, sublimate, and heal negative karmic energies within you, freeing you and your life from such karmic influence.
Dr Paul Leon Masters, The Theocentric Way of Life (International Metaphysical Ministry, 2016)