This week we practice the LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT, also known as the LAW OF KARMA. This principle holds that every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind (now or later) . . . what we sow is what we reap. And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success to others and to ourselves.
In our Western society we often hear “this is bad karma” or “this is good karma”. Karma (meaning “Action” in Sanskrit) in Eastern philosophy means “action” and more specifically the action and the consequences of that same action. If the intent of the action is not selfish, but has its root and seed in a good intention, it will create happiness and success in you and others.
It is the action of conscious choice making. We are all constant choice makers. And what is happening to us right now, is the consequence of a choice we made at some point in the past. Oftentimes we make choice unconsciously, or as a reflex, and do not think of them as such – but still, they are choices. For example, if you were to insult a friend, your friend would most likely make the choice of being offended. Or you make your friend a compliment your friend might chose to be flattered. But being upset or flattered is still a choice. But your friend could also make the choice of not being offended, or not being flattered. It is a choice.
However, most of us are reacting in a very conditioned way, unaware that we are making a choice. And hence the circle of unconscious decision making goes on and on and the consequences of these actions as well.
Now, consider stepping back for a moment and witnessing the choices you make as you are making the choice. Just by this act of being aware of the choice while you are making the choice, you empower yourself to make a choice consciously. And this is empowerment, the starting point of conscious karma.
As Deepak Chopra says in his book “When you make any choice – any choice at all – you can ask yourself two [questions]: First of all “What are the consequences of the choice I am making?” In your heart you will immediately know what these are. Secondly, “Will this choice that I am making now bring happiness to me and those around me?” If the answer is yes, then go ahead with that choice. If the answer is no, if that choice brings distress to either you or to those around you, then don’t make the choice.”*
Out of many choice available every moment, there is only one choice we can make every moment that will create happiness or be the right choice in that moment for yourself and others – the “spontaneous right choice”. And how do we know? One of the guiding lights is our body, the sensation in our body: If our body feels a sensation of comfort or discomfort, is a strong indication whether a choice is right or not.
To put the Law of Karma into effect, today I commit to:
“Witness the choices I make each moment. And in the mere witnessing of these choices, I will bring them to my conscious awareness. I will know what the best way to prepare for any moment in the future is to be fully conscious in the present.”*
We are invited to continue to inwardly repeat “My actions are aligned with universal laws” * in our meditation, or a moment of contemplation.
The Purpose of the “Principle of Cause and Effect”
“This principle holds that every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind (now or later) . . . what we sow is what we reap. And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success to others and to ourselves.”*
The Season of Success series
From end of August to beginning of October Tasty6 will focus on the seven spiritual laws (based on “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra), a set of seven powerful principles we can use to fulfill our deepest desires with grace and ease. Each day of the week is dedicated to one of the seven spiritual laws, and they are not difficult or mysterious, but easy to understand and apply.
The Season of Success is a 7-week series of blogs on the seven spiritual laws from Deepak Chopra, focusing on one law per week. Join us on this journey of remembering our deepest truth.
Why do we at Tasty6 feel this is important now? We believe in bringing balance to body, mind and spirit through our products, and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success help all of us do that and much, much more in these challenging times.
With love, your Tasty6 team!
“You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV.4.5 (700 BCE)
* “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra, 1994