Karma: What Is It?

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Karma (in Buddhism and Hinduism): The sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
Oxford English Dictionary


Buddha in Meditation

What is Karma?

Karma is a confusing concept for many folks. You can see karma as the ruler and master of your life. Your present lifetime then becomes a prison from which you can never escape.

That’s a dismally depressing way to live out your days.

What does A Course in Miracles say about karma?

It’s curious that A Course in Miracles does not talk about karma. The course simply says, “This is a course in cause and not effect.”

Karma is about effects

Karma, obviously, is all about effects—the effects of our choices in past lifetimes. or even “bad” choices we’ve made in this lifetime. Choices which we are powerless to change now. Choices which are determining our present lifetime and our future lifetimes.

If we believe that, it’s pretty depressing, don’t you think?


We have said, many times, the present moment is all you have. You can call it, if you like, the “eternal now.”

“Eternal now” is an accurate term because now is all you have, Neither the “past” nor the “future” exist. Those are false concepts your ego has invented.

What you did 10 lifetimes ago, or 10 minutes ago, does not matter.

All your power exists in this present moment. All of it!

However, we acknowledge it can be helpful for some to “cleanse” their lives of what the ego might see as past “misdeeds,” whether in this life or another lifetime.

Anything that helps you to release guilt and return to love, is enabling you to return to the present moment, and reclaim your power.

Then you are back in the eternal now. And that is where, the only where, you can be healed and whole again.




Although this short video has the word “Karma” in the title, it’s a pretty light-hearted take on what’s often a heavy subject.


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6 Responses

  1. John Cali

    Thank you, Tracy.

    Neither do I recall who said that. But it makes a lot of sense. It’s all in our attitudes. In Lesson 304, A Course in Miracles says “Perception is a mirror, not a fact.”

    As you say, all that matters is Now, and Love.

    Love and light to you too, Tracy!

  2. Tracy

    My Mom believed in karma. She’d say she was being punished in this life, for things she’d done in past lives. I don’t really believe in karma, though. It’s just another word for cause and effect.
    I can’t remember who I was listening to (maybe Abraham Hicks) who said: ‘everything is neutral, until we make it otherwise.’ I’ve never forgotten that, and it’s helped me to deal with many experiences! I’m not sure if that has anything to do with karma. Ha ha
    I’m with Spirit on this one. All that matters is right Now. Love your Self, and love one another.
    Love and Light to you, John!

  3. John Cali

    You’re most welcome, Elaine!

    I completely agree with you — it does not matter how our challenges arose. So many folks get stuck on the source of their issues, be they past, present, or future. It’s how we work through them that counts.

    All that really matters is knowing we have to power to meet ALL challenges. We have the power to move beyond them, in joy, peace, and love.

  4. Elaine Joe

    Thank you so much for this post, John. The events that we experience in this life and timeline may be borne of karma or, put another way, be part of this life to work through even as they appear from many previous lifetimes. It’s how we work through them in this life that counts, do you think?


  5. Jean Horn

    I never liked the idea of Karma. What we lived before , in past lives or present one is a learning episode. There is no good or bad, (as I heard some race drivers say) it is what it is. There is only now, we need to deal what is front of us, how we choose to do it isn’t up to what was before or future. If we have learned anything it is to do no harm, love who you are and how you can. We are responsible for our moment now, do what is best for you. Believe in yourself, believe in your power and know no God is judging you we always do it to ourselves. I don’t believe in karma. Be loving to yourself and you can’t help but to be loving to others. Power is yours not karma. Be true to you.

    Great piece John
    love and hugs

    • John Cali

      Thank you, Jeannie. I agree — our “fate” is not in the hands of karma. We’re in control. Like you, I’ve never been comfortable with the concept of karma.

      Love & hugs,

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