How to Be Free of Karma
“so long as the individual is unaware of the desires of the various thoughts within his unconscious mind, his power to direct his own destiny is sadly limited.”
Whatever you are doing, you feel that something is limiting you and restricting you from becoming yourself.
We know that our karma is limiting and binding us to our past that we can’t get over.
How do I be free of karma?
How do I get rid of negative and bad karma?
Misconception of Karma
There is a popular conception of karma.
Many people think of Karma as some kind of deity giving fortune and misfortune for the deeds we do.
There are countless times I hear the way people speak about karma:
- Karma will get you
- I hope Karma will come for you
- Don’t get revenge, karma will get them better than you do
But the truth is…
There is no one giving us consequences but ourselves.
The other misinterpretation is to think of Karma as a saving bank of good karma and bad karma.
They then aim to repay all their bad karma and make good karma.
But they get stuck on repaying “bad karma” their whole life, trapped in the cycle of repayment.
This system of reward and punishment is not what karma really is.
What is Karma, Then?
Karma means “Deed”.
A deed is an action that you take.
There are 3 karmas: karma of immediate consequence, of pattern, and of mind.
Karma of Immediate Consequence
“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction” – Newton
Every action has a consequence.
If you punch a man, what will happen is that the man will tend to want to punch you back.
If you inflict pain on someone, then that person who felt the pain will want to make you feel what he/she feels.
And if you make someone feel good, then that person would like to be with you more and make you feel good.
What is the consequence of touching fire?
Karma says that touching fire without a safety glove will harm you.
This is the basic law of cause and effect.
THAT is immediate karma, or the actions that cause immediate consequences.
Karma of Patterns
Any pattern that you have results from the conditioning in your life: school, family, culture, habits, etc.
These are the karma that you carry today.
Karma is saying that the actions you have taken carry on in your present life.
Why does a dog bark every time there is a doorbell?
Why is it easy to react than to respond?
It is because the dog associates doorbell with dangerous new people.
And it is easy to react angrily to a negative situation because that is how we are conditioned to respond to that situation.
Unless given awareness, those situations will trigger a pattern in us and our actions will trigger the same outcome.
In short, the things that influenced you create your outcome.
The thoughts, feeling and beliefs of life from a young age are the input that determines the output of your life.
Past Life Karma?
In a movie called “Running on Karma”, a policewoman died by fate because she was a Japanese man who killed a lot of innocent people in her past life.
There are many people whose past lives were horrible but are good people in the present.
Should they, too, have an unfortunate ending due to an unconcerned past life?
You do not need to be concerned with your past life.
Because the lessons you did not learn in the past you still did not learn in the present.
The only way a past life karma will affect you is if you remember a past life trauma you can’t handle.
What if you realize that you were a murderer in the past?
How would you live with such a life knowing your past life?
Our past life memories are hidden in our mind because it isn’t a part of the game of life.
So the past life karma is not something one should worry about because we are given life here to deal with our present deeds.
Karma on the Mind
Karma is the consequence of our actions within our own mind.
The things you do unto others you must first do unto yourself.
If you curse someone, you have to process the curse into your own mind.
Then that curse is projected from your mind.
But the damage has already been done to yourself first.
If you get angry, then anger will consume you and you will lose control of yourself.
And then you have a bad day by the result of losing control of yourself.
You might trip on a rock or get fired from work and say that this is due to Karma!
But the truth is that the unconscious worry and anxiety that comes from past anger follows you through your present.
And then that affects the way you walk or the way you work, manifesting the consequences.
Every action, whether it is mind or physical action, has a reaction on the mind itself.
This is why some honorable men “atone for their sins” because the worry and fearful thoughts kept following them.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – Luke 6:31
The Golden Rule is there to lead us away from karmic bonds and to unite each other in life.
How to Change Your Karma
Being free of karma, of all karmas, is to change the patterns of one’s action.
Look at WHY you do the things you do.
Why am I beating my children?
Well, it is because my parents beat me.
Because their parents beat them…and on and on and on.
You will soon find a chain of patterns that continue to exist in your current actions.
When you become aware of something, you have the ability to choose.
When you have the ability to choose, you have the power to change.
So become aware and ask WHY.
What is this pattern that I am aware of? What pain am I constantly exposed to?
Some spiritual advice will say that to remove karma is to let go.
But if you let go and not understand why something happens, then the karmic patterns will still go on.
To remove the karmic bonds is to learn the lessons in your life, purify your thoughts, and change your actions.
And of course, meditation is a valuable tool to understand your lessons, purify your thoughts and gain insight to change current actions to break the cycle.
But you can also remove karmic bonds simply by observing your experience and change for the better.