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Is Karma Real?

Is Karma Real?

If you’re like me, and try to be a good person, then you have probably felt hopeful that the answer is “Yes”!, particularly when you think of someone who deserves a heaping dish of it, served up hot on a silver platter. But that would be a waste of your valuable energy and life, and that thought process is karmic in and of itself so not worth it. The first action of simply be good, do good, is far more likely to bring you joy and happiness in your life.

Karma is a concept found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism that refers to the belief that one's actions in life can affect their future experiences, both in this life and in future lives. It is often described as a form of cause and effect, where one's actions, intentions, and thoughts have consequences that will be experienced at some point in the future.

Haven’t you met someone who spent time talking about a past memory of someone or something specific (usually a regretful or unresolved memory), who they treated a particular way and wondered if karma is hitting them squarely between the eyes?

Whether or not karma is "real" depends on one's belief system. There is no scientific evidence to support the existence of karma as a metaphysical force that governs the universe, but it remains a deeply held belief for many people. Without therapy or a personal growth spurt of self realization, people don’t change drastically from who they fundamentally are, so whatever energy caused the karmic event with one individual is likely to repeat in some way in the future with another.

Some people may find that living their lives as though karma is real helps them to make better decisions and lead a more ethical and fulfilling life, while others may find the concept of karma to be irrelevant or even harmful, and carry on without any conscious thought to their actions. Ultimately, the reality of karma is a matter of personal belief and interpretation.

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