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  • Writer's pictureGladys Agwai

Are you reaping what you have sown?

“How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.”-Wayne Dyer

Most people only feel responsible for some but not all their actions. You may consider yourself responsible for the good deed that brings your team together. But not responsible for hostility between you and a co-worker. You boast of a loving relationship but when the love seems over, you blame the other. You claim successes.

But if you cheat and then caught, you blame anyone but yourself. It is a fact that each of your actions affects you in ways that may not be presently known. Everything you do creates a corresponding energy that comes back to you in a positive or negative way. Your every thought, feeling, and action are motivated by an intention and that intention is a cause (breakup boss’s marriage) that aligns with an effect (broken relationships in your life) called Karma. Karma is impartial, indiscriminate, and governs your life by a system of cause, effect, action, and reaction impacting your future. As you sow, so shall you reap. Every action you take, is like a tiny seed you plant. The seed will grow with some seeds flourishing more quickly than others and others taking decades or lifetimes. For certain, the seed will ripen and bear good fruit or bad fruit - your results.

Your world is the result of your previous actions, words, and thoughts and your future will be the same. Often you cannot control what is happening in your world, but you can absolutely control how you respond to what is happening. This is challenging when in the heat of a disagreement, or when you experience rejection. But, if you can become aware in that moment, stop any negativity, and respond with wisdom, you can save yourself from a long cycle of pain and loss. Whether you believe in karma or not, it is affecting you.

Judgment of others will bring negative karma to you because you cannot know what their karmic experience must be. If you see someone homeless, you do not know the underpinnings of why they are experiencing that situation. You can respond to their circumstances with compassion but not with judgment, even for those who are selfish, hostile, or negative. Anyone engaging in violence is hurting deeply because

their soul is incapable of harming another. Everyone is responsible for their actions.

You see yourself as superior when judging with indignation, righteousness, or victimization. Karma will come and you will miss “your” lesson from the experience resulting in repeat performances of the experience as many times as it takes to learn the lesson. From your heart, feel compassion and love. Christ did not judge and asked God to “forgive them for they know not what they do.” This is non-judgmental acceptance and justice which allows you to see everything in life, but not engage negatively. Understand and know that nothing escapes karma – you will reap what you sow. By releasing judgment and showing compassion, you will become unobstructed and empowered to experience the flow of love, compassion, and growth. Be aware of your intentions that inform your experiences. Sort them out and choose the intentions that will produce the results you desire. Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, licensed psychologist, says, “Karma is a philosophy of how to live your life so you can truly become the best version of yourself and live your most fulfilling life.” You can course correct your path by choosing right intentions, thoughts, feelings, and action now. It is not about being perfect but unraveling to become who you really are. Follow these principles as your daily guide:

• Cause and Effect: Whatever you put out you get back. If you want love, be loving to yourself.

• Creation: Release what is not good to have room to create what you want that helps others.

• Humility and Responsibility: Accept that you are responsible for your status.

• Growth: It begins within you, over what you control, and your reaction to what you cannot control.

• Connection: Everything in your past, present and future are connected based on your actions.

• Focus: Concentrate on the right thing - love and peace over anger and resentment.

• Giving and Hospitality: Be what you believe in. Want peace cultivate peace for others.

• Here and Now: Embrace the present by letting go of negative thoughts or behaviors.

• Change: Change gives you a new path so that you can create a new and better future.

• Patience and Reward: Set goals, be consistent to reap the benefit.

• Significance and Inspiration: Share your unique gifts, mission, and purpose for the world.

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”-Buddha

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