Karma is Complicated
Karma is a very complicated topic that is easily misunderstood by western people with their Judeo-Christian mindsets. It is a concept to help us deal with and understand our own personal lives. I don't think the idea of a God sitting up in Heaven waiting to strike people down for wrong doings has anything to do with Karma. Karma is about the energy we create in our lives. It's all well and good to help an old lady cross the road but if you act badly with your nearest and dearest and the same time, do you have good karma? Yes a good deed is a good thing but if you do it to take away your guilt about other wrong doings and not dealing with the situation where you know you are doing wrong, it is of little good.
Karma is not about looking at other peoples actions, judging them, or hoping and wishing bad things upon others. This sort of mentality will only hurt your own karma.
Karma is a tool to help us
We all have a moral duty to be the best person that we can be. As well as opening doors for old ladies we need to work to improve ourselves on a spiritual level.
Taoism and Karma
Cultivating virtue energy
The word Karma is from the vedic tradition in India. The Taoists who are from China would speak of the importance of cultivating virtue energy. This is the first step in any of their practices. This is why it is important to practice the Inner Smile Meditation and Six Healing Sounds to balance your emotions. If you don't, as you increase your chi with other practices, you risk amplifying negative emotions. To find out more about exercises to cultivate virtue click here
Taoism is non-judgmental
Taoism is non judgmental in the sense that if a person is angry, rather than judge their anger as is common in our society, the attention is to the cause of the anger, which would be an imbalance in the Liver. This would be viewed as an issue to be dealt with by an acupuncturist or better still, through Inner Alchemy meditation. Anyone can feel anger, but it is our choice what to do with it. If you vent it at others causing harm, this will create a certain karma. If you realise you have a problem and seek treatment, that is good karma because you are making an effort to improve yourself. If you learn Inner Alchemy and transform your emotions and your personal energy for the better, that is the best karma and you will reap the rewards because you will be in control of your life, your time and space.
A well balanced person will act in the right way. Sometimes we are out of balance, maybe it's an effort to do anything right. When we get ourselves into a state of balance everything will fall into place around us easily. That is good Karma that we have created. Mantak Chia says that there is no point in trying to save others or the world before getting your own body into balance. When you are balanced, full of virtue energy and Love, this will overflow into the world around you and this is the only way to effect positive change.