As things cycle in life, questions begin to repeat themselves in bunches. This is an excerpt of another article I wrote many moons ago. It is my hope it answers a number of the recent email questions received.
It is interesting to hear perspectives of the Universal Laws of Attraction and Karma. Many seem to have the perspective or the confusion that they are in fact the same Universal Laws. It is true that most truths are perception based. However, the Laws of the Universe are not perception based. They are Laws. This is my truths, my perceptions, my beliefs, and my understandings from my experience, my studying, and my applications in life.
The Universal Law of Attraction. This Law is simple in nature. Whether or not we a person believes in the Law of Attraction, we attract what what we think of. If we think about not having (lack) enough money or love, we will continue to attract not having (lack) enough money or love. If we think about having an abundance of money or love, we will attrack an abundance. It sounds too simple. It really it is that simple. It is a Law that happens every moment of every day while we are awake. It happens regardless of our belief system. It happens regardless of our perceptions.
The Law of Attraction has been described in various ways over the centuries. A simple explanation is that we are much like magnets. We pull, attract, or repel that which we think of. When a person thinks of negative thoughts regarding their own life or the lives of others, they will attract negative to their own lives. When a person concentrates on negative principles and values such as revenge, justice, or resentment, they will attract revenge, self justice, or resentment to their own lives. Yet when a person thinks about love, hope, and healing, they will attract love, hope, and healing to their own lives.
Although this is a very simple idea, it is much more difficult to implement within a persons thought system. A person must be able to be rigourously honest with them selves before they can even begin to work the Law of Attraction within their own lives. When a person can be honest with themselves and evaluate what their thoughts are without perception or justification, only then can they begin to change them. Only then can a person truly begin to apply into thought and action the Law of Attraction.
The Law of Karma is vastly different. First, Karma is action. Yes action. Whenever we think, speak or act we start a force that will cause a reaction. This is a law of cause and effect, this is not a punishment law. Karma is simply for the learning process. The perception that Karma is a punishment Universal Law is unfounded and simply a misconstrued understanding. The second part of Karma is that one must believe in reincarnation in order to believe in the Universal Law of Karma. The Law of Karma is the energtic spirit of a person returning in different life times to learn from previous mistakes and become more aligned with the Universal Life Force Energy that exists.
Within the Law of Karma it is also misunderstood that Karma can be modified. Remember that the purpose of the Law of Karma is simply to grow spiritually. When we understand that our action or thoughts are intentially injuring another person, we must first ask for forgiveness from that person. At the same time we must also forgive ourselves for the intential injury and forgive the other person for any perceived injury done to us. These are musts before we can begin to change our own Karma. These are difficult principles for human ego to do. After forgiveness, one must extend service to others to the point it is a goal in their own life to offer the service. In the same token we must pray to increase our own energetic vibration. Complicated? Well here is the truth of the Law of Karma. This is a Buddhistic Law. This is not a Universal Law.
The perception that when a person does something intentially wrong to another a price will be paid is not soley a Buddhistic Philosophy. The Bible speaks of sin and the process of forgiveness much in the same way as the Buddhistic Laws. The difference is that the Bible speaks of petitioning God for forgiveness and obtaining that forgiveness through the cruxification of Jesus Christ. They speak nothing of the Law of Karma. In most spiritual paths there is a methodology of forgiveness that is necessary for release of intential harm done by or to another. Form the Great Spirit providing guidance upon payment for action to the Bible's clear cut message of petitioning for forgiveness, the key to all path's is that when a person intentially causes harm in thought, action or word to another, that person must petition the other person for forgiveness, their spiritual guide, and themselves before they can be released from the consequences.
The interesting part is that before a person can petition any they must first be able to be honest with themselves regarding the action, thought or word. They must be able to be honest with themselves regarding their motivation, regarding their objective, and regarding their own ethical, spiritual, and moral truths. This level of honesty is not something easily obtained by any. Most can never reach this level of honesty due to their own perceptions. They are unable to see things from an objective point of view thus they can never becone truly honest with themselves let alone others. Whether the reason is perception or fear, unless this level of self honesty is achieved, it is not the Law of Karma that will affect their existence. It is the Universal Law of Attraction that will affect their every breath of existence.
Hopes that this explain's the difference for those that are so very confused in their terminology. It is scary that a "teacher" teaches words they do not understand nor apply. My charge, know your truths, know the differences between your opinions, your perceptions, and your truths before invoking "karma" on another.