By: Tamiya King
Not too long ago, my five-year-old niece asked me what “karma” means. I tried to explain it to her by telling her that life is like a box. When people do good things, good things go into the box. However, when you do bad things, bad things go into the box. The “box” is also for the neutral things we do in life. Karma is the life force that takes things from the box. The more good things you’ve put in the box throughout your life, the greater the chances are that karma will give you good things out of the box.
This metaphor is probably one of the best ways to explain karma to a child. However, karma is much more complex than this, and is a direct response to our actions and choices. There are also 8 laws of karma that are not as widely known If you learn these rules and apply them to your life, you’ll likely experience some significant chances.
1. The Law of Humility
The Law of Humility states that you can’t change what you won’t accept. If you continue to look at opposition as the enemy, you won’t make any progress in life. Tell yourself the truth so you can live your best life.
2. The Law of Creation
The Law of Creation reminds you that you have to actually participate in life. Things aren’t going to “just happen” for you. The things that surround you on a regular basis give you insight into what is actually going on in your life. Surround yourself with the things you truly want in life in order to achieve success.
3. The Law of Growth
If you want your spirit to grow, you have to be willing to change. That’s the law of growth. You have to be the one to change–not your friends, family or circumstances. If you can change your heart, you have the power to change the world around you.
4. The Law of Responsibility
You have to take responsibility for the things that are wrong in your life. Your surroundings are a reflection of you. If you don’t like what’s happening around you, it’s up to you to change it.
5. The Law of Connection
The Law of Connection reminds you that all things that concern you are connected in some way, even if they don’t seem like it. Everything in the universe is intertwined. Even your past, present and future are connected, so remember this when you’re making decisions.
6. The Law of Giving
The Law of Giving is a reminder that whatever you give in life is what you get. If you are selfish with your time, your love, your talent and your resources, you aren’t going to get much back in return. If you want the world to be an open, free and loving place, it’s up to you to make it that way.
7. The Law of Focus
You can’t fully concentrate on two things at the same time. That’s the law of focus. Science even proves that the human brain can only think about one and a half things at once. This ability is what allows us to engage in conversation with others. Part of your brain is focusing on the person speaking, and the other part of your brain is thinking about what you’ve heard so you can formulate a response. That’s why it’s so important to think before you speak.
8. The Law of Presence
It’s important to look at the past to learn from your mistakes. However, the law of presence suggests that you also take time to enjoy what’s happening in your life right now. Don’t be so concerned about the future either, because worry will keep you from taking in everything life has to offer you today.
These important rules can give you a better understanding of karma. You’ll also find new meaning for every part of your life, and will learn to be more open-minded when it comes to make the most of every experience.