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Karma = Energy Returned
Karma = Energy Returned

Karma = Energy Returned

The Wheel of Karma

Karma is not fate because humans have free will thus creating their own destiny. Karma is also not punishment or retribution for one’s deeds. Karma is the expression, or consequence, of natural acts; thus, “good karma” and “bad karma” are simply energy returning to the host.

Many belief systems, including the Hindu Brahmin, believe that karma is part of the cycle of reincarnation, and it accumulates over several lifetimes until the life form realizes it is the wheel of karma instead of turning upon the wheel of karma. Once one realizes the identity with God, immortality is achieved.

In Buddhism the law of karma is:

‘for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.’

Skillful events are not accompanied by craving, resistance or delusions;  unskillful events are accompanied by any one of those things.

Newton’s third law of motion is probably the most famous: ‘To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction…’

A more direct translation of the law is as follows:

LAW III: To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction: or the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts. — Whatever draws or presses another is as much drawn or pressed by that other. If you press a stone with your finger, the finger is also pressed by the stone.

Just as we are able to tie Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation with the science of astrology, his laws of motion are quite easily seen within the truth of karma. If I am putting something out into the world, something within the world is pushing back. We know that like energy attracts like; therefore, it only makes sense that one would want to put good things out into the world. Because while karma is not always instant, it is a Universal Law known in our world through Newton’s understanding of physics.

The New Testament in the Christian Bible tells us in Luke 6:

31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

This is a classic lesson in karma. Why would you treat somebody in a manner that you wouldn’t want for yourself?

Judaism also teaches of karma through the Chapters of the Fathers. Chapter 4, verse 2 tells us we should ‘Run to perform even a ‘minor’ mitzvah, and flee from sin; for one mitzvah (a religiously good deed) leads to another mitzvah, and one sin leads to another sin; for the consequence of a mitzvah is a mitzvah, and the consequence of a sin is a sin.’

מצוה גוררת מצוה ועברה גוררת עברה

Click to enlarge, so that you may see the “Golden Rule” value in the major religions and belief systems of the world.

In the tarot’s major arcana, Justice is the card of Libra. Libra is represented by the scales. The scales are balance, and understanding that Nature will always balance out in the end. Justice is absolutely karmic in its very nature. The word Justice means fairness, equitableness, the administering of just punishment or reward. I know many Libras who eventually learn a hard-won lesson in karma.

Since we know karma is energy returned to us, then we must always be aware of the act of repentance. If a person regrets a deed, and then changes their conduct purely out of love (for the God within themselves and others), their misconduct can be spiritually erased. This kind of energy is like dousing a fire with life-saving water before it gets out of control. It requires an understanding that one must master their words and deeds to avoid hurting another. An abundance of good acts can heal a misdeed like a bandage covering a wound.

Just remember that the greater the misdeed, the more energy will be required in honorable action to heal the karmic conditions you have created. Why not just be a good person in the first place? It seems a lot easier energy-wise.


  1. Jordan

    Free will is not spoken in any religion, karma is like fate. If what one does is based on ones actions why are our thoughts based on what has happened to us? We are an expression of our karma or our expirences, all of our “choices” are based on what we have expirenced. The idea of freewill is what gives one the right to judge another, no everyone i where they are suppose to be… Freewill is not in any religion! The bible state, “i chose you, you did not choose me”.

    1. elizabeth

      While I respect your personal belief structure, I also respectfully refute your ideology within the context of my own perception. First, the article was based on the idea of karma; which is primarily understood through cause and effect. It’s more than a religious understanding, cause and effect is also bound in the universal laws of science. Had you read through the entire post, you would have found many examples noting the understanding of karma within many different faiths including Christianity (as seen in the Luke 6 quotation).

      The idea of free will in this post implies that we have the ability to make choices in our lives. Are you telling me that, when you walk into a store, you don’t have the choice to steal or purchase? Your choice to purchase IS free will. Your choice NOT to kill is free will. Your choice to follow your religion’s 10 Commandments (or not) IS free will. Your choice to be a good (or evil) person IS free will. Free will is not something that “gives one the right to judge another”; though, I daresay, we have the choice to do so in this plane of existence. Judging another isn’t necessarily the right thing to do; however, it IS a choice to do so.

      I, too, believe that everybody is where they are supposed to be in this lifetime, but that has nothing to do with what I’ve written here. There can be a fated set of circumstances that we are faced with in our lifetimes, but that doesn’t negate karma or choices (as in “free will”) when dealing with those circumstances. To believe that someone has been given a crappy life by some old man in the sky, and no matter what they do, they will always have a crappy life is complete nonsense. Do good things out of love, and good things will come to you. If you haven’t seen it for yourself, then I must question your life choices thus far. Furthermore, I am sad for anyone whose faith leads them to worship, and believe in, a vengeful creator.

      When commenting here, I appreciate reason and logic. So please feel to continue reading and commenting on my blog. Just make sure you thoroughly read and understand the concepts discussed. If you don’t, I am quite happy to offer further explanation.

      Peace your way…


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