I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “What goes around comes around.” It’s a statement about many things, depending on who is thinking or saying it. Sometimes it’s in reference to what people believe about a concept called Karma. First you need to know that Karma is actually more complicated in its origins than people generally understand. Some assume it’s purely about cause and effect; if you do something good today, good will come to you the future. Same for bad actions; bad deeds done will equal bad things coming your way later on. Some religious traditions assume a divine role in karma, while others simply believe it is the natural order of all things, no deity or human connection per se, and that any causation we suspect is simply more akin to us swimming along in a vast moving river – we think we’re moving it when the opposite is really the case.
There are many interpretations of karma but most hint at the same magnificent possibility: that we have some say in how our life can be in what otherwise seems to be a crazy world far beyond our control. So if you believe as I do, that our thoughts and actions help create our future and that today’s karma is with you, in part, based on what you created or that transpired in the past, then perhaps it’s time to consider what you are actively thinking, deciding, and doing today that will create the future you want tomorrow. Maybe, if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll see ways you let yourself down before you even get started, in your mind, and decide to get your karmic act together. Hopefully this article will serve as a little tune-up for you to shape at least a part of your own personal cosmos in the year ahead.
In 2010 I bought a journal at a local bookstore which had the words “Good Karma” written across the front. I decided for the coming year I would maintain the intention of writing from a more positive perspective so that I might create the seeds for new and hopefully good karma in my life. In the front of the journal I found a list of statements with the promise that if I started saying them to myself I would install them as part of my daily mental health repertoire and they would become embedded in my natural way of being. And then with practice the positive outcomes I desire would more regularly show up in the various ways they each portend.
While I can’t say each and every one of these necessarily corresponds to something specific in my life since I took notice of these, and I forget to practice with the intention I strive for fairly often, I can vouch for their inherent goodness and high aspiration. They are worthy and helpful to many clients I work with and their value can extend to all of us. Reading and contemplating these (or similar) affirmations can go a long way to help anyone check-in on their own attitude towards life and decide how and in what ways they can enhance how they show up in the world.
Affirmations for Good Karma
1. I show compassion and patience in all that I do.
2. The more I have, the more I have to give.
3. I can have anything that I truly desire, if it is for my best interest.
4. I always say the right thing at the right time.
5. I complete all that I start easily and enjoyably.
6. Every day, and in every way, things improve for me.
7. I help and treat others as I would myself.
8. I enjoy myself today and have fun with everything I do.
9. I don’t have problems, just opportunities.
10. Everything that comes to me is for my best and highest good.
Think of this as your goal list for a great New Year. You won’t need wrapping paper or waiting until a certain date or month to open these presents. They are gifts that give as soon as you read them. Just pick one and begin rehearsing it today within yourself and see what karmic response it brings. Remember, Karma isn’t just about what externally – or what things – might come your way. Karma doesn’t start with a self-centered desire to “get” something back for you…or to satisfy a desire for anything at all. The greatness in this ancient concept of karma, and these affirmations more specifically, is that they can bring many wonderful ways of being and contentment to you, on the inside, the moment you express them. And from within you can grow more good things in the world beyond yourself.
Whether from biology, theology, or psychology, the power of positive belief is well documented if not always understood. This coming year, whatever you believe, believe in a positive way that you will make good things happen. And like magic, I promise, you will come to find the greatest karma for you comes about when you add to the lives of those around you.
Living for the love of it,
Dawna Grigsby with Alan Daigneault
Ribbon of Worth project for positive individual karma.