You're Going to Reap Just What You Sow

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"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours." - Wayne DyerI never used to believe in karma. Until recently, I figured it was just a bunch of hippy bullshit that didn't fit my self-concept: I was a sceptic, a rational thinker, and didn't believe in anything that wasn't testable, provable, and incontrovertible - especially karma.That belief persisted until earlier this year. I still think "karma" in the way most people refer to it is bullshit. I still don't believe in cosmic energy, or anything along those lines. I still like my rational thinking, and my proof. But earlier this year I read Pema Chodron and Sakyong Mipham. Some of what I read was liberating, some of it didn't fit with how I see the world.But I found out what "karma" really means:It's a result.Literally, it means the concept of "action" or "deeds", much like how Lou Reed said that "You're going to reap just what you sow".That's karma.We earn things.Trust, loyalty, kindness, enthusiasm, curiosity, support, feedback: all these things, and more, we earn.We don't earn them by playing roles, living other people's lives, or denying our needs in order to serve others.We earn these things by being ourselves. By taking a risk and being authentic.By living with integrity, standing up for what we believe in, shunning false beliefs, and living our lives.We're still on the receiving end of karma when we don't do these things - when we're living someone else's life because it feels safer than living our own, when we listen to other people's beliefs because we have more faith in them than we do in ourselves, and when we serve other people's needs while ignoring the parts of ourselves that cry out.We still get karma in those situations, but the results aren't nearly as fulfilling as when we dare to be ourselves. They are more fitting to someone who lives another person's life, acts out their dreams, reacts to false beliefs, and sacrifices who they are.Yes, we still get karma when we eschew ourselves, whatever the reason, but I promise that you can sow seeds that are so much more fulfilling to reap.What kind of karma do you want?**********************************Enhance your karma with 20% off authenticity sessions and packages during June.The popular sentence completion course 12 Weeks to Self-Knowledge is changing soon, so get it on a pay-what-you-want basis while you can.Any questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch. 

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