My “battle” with philosophy and trying to be a better person often led me to having a misconception, I think many people will also share.
Karma. Ask anyone what this means and they will say something along the following:
Do good and good things will happen. Do bad and bad things will happen.
Or, to summarise with a more westernised saying, You get what you give.
But it’s not that simple. Karma is not a trophy, a prize or a shortcut to enlightenment. Karma, is merely a friendly reminder – a force to work in harmony with. Because the mistake, I believe most people make, is treating karma as a target to be achieved. Naturally the frustration of tight control over our actions leads us to think we are doing well, yet we see no result. We are left wondering, if I am trying so hard, where is the result I am pursuing? What more could I do?
In the nurturing of certain characteristics that are synonymous with positivity, we miss the corresponding growing characteristics of negativity. These are the greed and selfishness of chasing karma, and she does not take kindly to it. That is why you see no good come from your actions.
While writing I have been reminded of another saying I am quite fond of:
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Perhaps this perfectly sums why many people don’t receive the karma they expect. What I have learned is karma does not want to be hunted. She wants to be used. She is a friend to harmonise with. Think of your friends. True friends have nothing to gain from your relationship. You don’t pick them for money, or religion, or power. Both people work together to bring more love to the world.
Therefore my advice to those, who don’t feel karma trying to befriend them: Walk forth with good karma in your heart and she will be there. Remember, all the world is balanced. Good, as much as bad, resides naturally within you. Have faith that you understand it.