The Law of Karma
The third spiritual law of success pertains to karma, or cause and effect. Every action we take generates a force of energy that returns to us in kind—as we sow, so we reap.When we consciously choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.
Although many people misinterpret the Law of Karma as imprisoning us in a cycle of unending reactivity, it is actually an assertion of human freedom. Karma implies the action of conscious choice-making for we are all infinite choice makers. In every moment of your existence, the real you resides in the field of pure potentiality where you have access to unlimited choices. Some of these choices are made consciously, while most are made unconsciously. The best way to understand and maximize the use of karmic law is to become consciously aware of the choices you make in every moment.
Whether you like it or not, everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past. When you make choices unconsciously,you don’t think they are choices, and yet they are. If you step back a moment and witness the choices you are making, then in just this act of witnessing you take the process from the unconscious into the conscious realm. In every situation, there is one choice out of the many available that will create happiness for you as well as for those around you. And when you make that one choice it will nourish you and everyone else influenced by that action.
Applied to your practice of yoga, the Law of Karma is demonstrated as you consciously move through your postures aware of how there is a reaction for every action you execute. If in your impatience you force yourself into a pose that you are not fully ready to perform, your body mind will react, and the consequences of your straining will generate feelings of strain within you. On the other hand, when you move gracefully into the limits of each pose with an attitude of gentleness and finesse, your body/mind responds with effortlessness and ease.
Notice that by slowing down your movements, you become more aware of the karmic consequences of your choices. If your body is unusually uncomfortable the morning after a yoga session, it is most likely the result of your ignoring the Law of Karma. You probably pushed too hard, making a less than ideal choice, and the karmic cost is your discomfort. Karma presents itself in your present by reminding you of your past. Choosing more consciously from the witnessing realm of quiet awareness, you make karmafree choices.Put the Law of Karma into effect in your yoga practice and your life so that you make the most evolutionary choices.
Commit yourself to the following three steps:
1. As you move through your yoga practice, witness the choices you make in each moment. In the witnessing of your choices, you will bring them into your conscious awareness. Be fully present in this moment and your next moment will not carry the consequences of the prior one. The best way to prepare for any moment in the future is to be fully conscious in the present.
2. As you make your choice about how to move thr ugh resistance in your poses, ask yourself two questions: “What are the consequences of the choice I’m making?” and “Will this choice bring comfort?”When you make your choices outside of your practice of yoga, ask yourself, “Which choice is most likely to bring happiness and fulfillment to me and to those affected by my choice?”
3. Then listen to your heart for guidance and be guided by its message of comfort or discomfort. Your heart is the junction point between your mind and your body. If the choice feels comfortable in your body, move into it with confidence. If the choice feels uncomfortable, pause and see the consequences of your action with your inner vision. Honoring the guidance that is provided by your body’s intelligence will help you make the most evolutionary choices for yourself and those in your life.Become familiar with the mantra whose vibratory qualities resonate with the Law of Karma and repeat it to yourself when you are making karmically significant choices. Thinking the mantra will remind you to listen to your body so your choice will be most likely to provide you with greater comfort and joy.