Karma=cause and effect=not so simple.
You flick a switch, the light turns on. You spill your water, and you get wet. You eat an entire pumpkin pie, and you’re not feelin’ too hot…
Karma is a Sanskrit word meaning “action.” In short, karma is the belief that with every action, there will be a reaction. In scientific terms, it could be understood by the laws of cause and effect.
But what is cause and effect? What, exactly, are the causes, and what, exactly, are the effects?
Between the flip of the switch and the light turning on, something else must occur to produce the effect. Why does spilling your water get you, or something else wet? Why was that something in the path of the water? Who put that thing there, and why?
Life is a stream of events. The past, present, and future are often isolated into separate categories, connected only by the life they represent. Why don’t ya expand your mind for a moment and imagine your life—the past, present, and future of it—not as just a linear arrangement but as tie-dye colors on a canvas. Each of them are interwoven with each other, affecting the shade of the other one and, together, manifesting as one. Every action has a consequence, but the action and the consequence that follows are not isolated accounts connected by some scientific law; the present moment we find ourselves in is the consequence of our prior actions. Think about the past as not some faraway concept, but as all around you, still apart of you, still working with your present to create the next future moment.
People say things like “let go of the past” and “live in the present,” and I agree with them! But that doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with their views of what the past or the present is. To me, the past, present, and future are all working together, sometimes colliding, sometimes flowing in harmony, but they’re all their, somehow a part of us. People like to equate the past with memories manifested by pictures, or writings. People like to view the present as the situation they’re in right now, reading this post. The future is often attributed to our imagination. But don’t you see that memory, action, and imagination are all interconnected? What is reality, after all, except a perception of something stemming from our imagination, which is constantly changing based on the changing internal and external world around us…
The only thing that inspired this post was turning on my light switch, only to have no light. Turns out I need a new light bulb. And it got me to thinking about all the unseen factors that have to come into play to get that light bulb to shine. The atoms at work, the manufacturers at work, the shipping, and the materials—you get the point. It got me to thinking that things aren’t so easy to differentiate in this world… who’s to blame, who’s right, who’s wrong… because everything is so interconnected, so interdependent on each other.
Karma. To say you are where you are today because of your actions, well, that seems too narrow of a view for me to believe. To say you are where you are today because your actions were dependent on other factors which are dependent on your actions that led to consequences… well, that seems really confusing… So just think of the tie-dye, or the light bulb. Think of how interconnected this whole world is, and know that your present situation, whether amazing or shitty, is not a result of who you are/what you chose. It is a result of many choices, of who you were just as much as who you are and who you’re becoming, and it is interdependent on others’ choices that became entwined with your life.
You’re not entirely to blame, and you’re not entirely to praise. But you are entirely in control to make choices, and just know that every action you make will have a reaction that becomes intertwined in this thing called life.
Love & Light,