Understanding Karma: The Spiritual Schooling System

???? Karma is a spiritual educational system that allows us to experience consequence. Learn more about this governing energy here.

Karma is one of those things that you hear so much about, but probably know nothing of. Do good things and good things happen to you, right? Well, it’s not that simple.

The idea of karma isn’t as linear as do good things, and good things happen. If that was how it worked, everyone would be doing good things. There would be a direct association between the quality of a person, and the quality of their life, which isn’t necessarily true.

Karma is a whole lot more complicated than that. And more intelligent than any of us could ever comprehend.

But here’s the framework.

What is karma?

Karma is a neutral governing energy that acts as a spiritual educational system. Karma refers to the universal law of cause and effect, of action and consequence, which is tied into the reincarnation process and the evolutionary process of your soul.

Look at it this way. You’re here in this body to have the experiences you’re having, and to learn through it which creates soul growth. Karma is the orchestrating energy that paves out your soul journey, based on the experiences it has had.

Karma is the reason we experience the lives we were born into, whether it’s one of poverty and injustice, whether it’s with wealth, prosperity, love, or influence. The life you’re experiencing right now is the result of karmic energy that you’ve inherited from previous cycles, as well as the effect of your own making from this life.

Perhaps your life has been generally good, but then you hit a series of extremely difficult events that shook your life up. This series of events was based on your karma. You were supposed to experience this and grow in some aspect through it.

I’ve learned a lot about the karmic cycle through my journey of healing, living in various cultures, and exploring some of the unique spiritual pathways this world has to offer.

First, you should give yourself a pat on the back for coming here. Welcome to the life program. Still in the developing stages, lots of bugs, and weird things happen here. But it’s also a privilege.

So enjoy it. Make the best of this life, and all the crazy experiences that karma has handed you to work with. At the end of the day, you’re exactly where you need to be in the grand scheme of things, regardless how painful, or wonderful it is.

Hopefully, this clears up a little ambiguity surrounding the topic, which guides you to make better, and more empowered decisions in your life.

How does karmic energy work?

Wallpaper with yin yang symbol

Karma (कर्म) is a Sanskrit word that originated in ancient India. It refers to the spiritual cycle of cause and effect. You can look at it as a law of consequence, that all energy circulates and returns in various forms, to teach certain lessons.

Think of your karma as a seed. Depending on the energy you water that seed with, it produces the fruit that sustains you.

The fruit of karma is called Vipaka, and it comes in the form of wealth, health, relationships, abundance, and prosperity to name a few.

Learn more about Vipaka here.

We put labels on this energy from our limited understanding, that it’s good or bad because that’s how we perceive it. But energy is energy. It all serves a purpose in the grand scheme of things.

Karma is a prominent concept found in Eastern religion and a cornerstone of both Hinduism and Buddhism.

Even though karma is mostly associated with Eastern religion, the same universal law is present in all religions and spiritual belief systems. It has just been interpreted differently.

Christianity teachings state that in order to get to heaven, you need to be a good person. If you do harm, you will be punished. Likewise, the bible mentions that you reap the seed you sow.

Karma is the same concept in a different style wrapping paper. That’s why omnists believe in karmic law, because the same idea is found in all religions.

Speaking of sweeping generalizations, I would argue that most people who have spiritual beliefs believe in karma and the cycle of reincarnation, while many spiritual teachers, shamans, monks and yogis also hold the same beliefs.

So what does that tell you?

The idea of heaven, bliss, nirvana, paradise, or whatever name this divine state of light is given is tied to the same idea of enlightenment, in which karma is the road to reach it. Reach that high vibrational state of love and service, and you’re on the right track.

What is Saṃsāra?

Saṃsāra is the cycle of rebirth, learning, and growth that all souls go through to reach liberation and enlightenment.

Souls go through cycles of rebirth to learn certain lessons through the experiences of the organism. Your soul is essentially putting a part of itself into this particular container (the organism), where it acts as a sponge for all the juicy lessons it can learn in this physical dimension.

As souls go through Earth school to learn how things work all over again from different angles until they finally get it, Saṃsāra can be seen as an endless loop of lessons and learning until the soul learns how to transcend the cycle and level up to the next chapter of its existence.

When this vicious cycle of reincarnation ends and your soul breaks free from the karmic cycle of rebirth, moksha is achieved.

Karmic entanglement

Karmic entanglement is the process of matching different souls together based on their karmic prints to undergo particular experiences together. Look at it as a soul contract that is orchestrated by your matching karma (like 2 jigsaw pieces connecting).

Let’s say a lesson you need is to learn how to empower yourself because you have a string of lifetimes where you have been taken advantage of. Another soul needs to understand the consequences of an abuse of power.

Perhaps in your lifetime, you get into a relationship with a narcissist. The relationship ends in a nasty way where you redeem yourself and go on the attack. Suddenly the narcissist winds up in jail after having lost someone he loved. You both learned valuable lessons from the karmic experience you had together.

What are the different types of karma?

During my time backpacking South America in 2016/2017, I met a woman in Quito, Ecuador, who spent some time studying yoga in the mountains. We were talking about karmic energy, and how the phenomenon works.

We can break karma down into three distinct energies. Positive karma, negative karma, and neutral karma. Here we’re going to look at these different types of karma and how they work.

Good karma

Good karma is gained by raising your vibration, and acting, behaving, and thinking from the higher-self, which serves, helps, and protects other souls.

We gain good karmic energy by intending good things.

Good karma generally manifests in a way that we perceive as desirable, good, or positive. 

For example, treating people with love and respect because you know it’s the right thing to do generates good karma.

Vipaka may manifest in the form of good connections, healthy relationships, meeting other people or feeling supported, because you’re showing the universe that you are responsible, so the fruit of karma provides gifts, rather than painful lessons.

Neutral karma

Most people think that neutral karma means there’s no good or bad energy.

Neutral karma is actually the best form of karma to have.

You gain neutral karma the same way as positive karma, but without having any intention to do good. You just do it naturally without even thinking about it.

This is the best type of karma as your energetic outlet is the most pure. You’re not trying to be good, or trying to do good things. You’re just doing them because it feels right.

For example, an elderly man who genuinely wants the best for his grandkids, and is always there for them because he loves them, is gaining neutral karma.

The result of this may be reciprocated love and support from the family, while just experiencing that love and generosity is also a reward in itself.

Bad karma

Bad karma is gained by being unconscious in your actions, behaviors, thoughts and decisions, which causes pain, hurt and suffering to other people.

Bad karma is when you do things that either deliberately, or vicariously harm others.

It’s gained through self-service and a low vibrational outlet, rather than serving others which aligns with a high vibrational outlet.

Someone who screws over other people to get ahead in their business, is gaining bad karma which will have consequences, and lower the person’s vibration further.

Otherwise if you hurt someone, bully them, degrade them, or prevent them from expanding on who they are, this is going to generate negative karma, through the negative energy you’re creating in other people.

How does karma work?

Tree of life

Let’s really break it down.

Negative experiences, in whatever form they take, indicate that there is work that needs to be done on a soul level.

You manifest these negative experiences as a way of saying ‘oh shit, this doesn’t feel right. I know to NOT go down that road, because it sucks’.

In this sense, karma is like a compass. When you veer of track and start experiencing things that really aren’t aligned with your higher self, karma is that force that redirects you towards your higher purpose, and pain is the medium to do so.

It’s not like big daddy karma is punishing you for being bad. It manifests painful experiences related to your own wounds and blocks, which incentivizes you to actually look at the issue, and work on it.

If you have a lot to learn, you’re going to have some pretty tough experiences here.

For example, if you have a wound of betrayal, you’re going to continue having different experiences related to this particular wound, until you learn from this painful pattern, and transcend the deep-rooted cause of these experiences.

That’s why it’s important to identify reoccurring trends and patterns in your life, and the most difficult blocks you’re trying to overcome.

Learn how to do that in this article.

These cycles of pain, suffering, injustice, and hurt are karmic. You’re experiencing them for a reason, because you have to understand that pain for your own evolution.

Part of your reason for being here is to continue experiencing pain related to these wounds until you gain enough knowledge, experience and wisdom to transcend them.

Karma orchestrates the experiences you have

Karma is a powerful and prevalent energy, in the same sense that love is an energy. Karmic energy is responsible for balance, equilibrium, and education of the soul.

Energy transmutes, changes, manifests, but it can’t be destroyed. This means that energy is recycled into itself in different forms and figures, to have different experiences, for the soul to grow and expand.

Everything is rooted into karmic energy, and this determines what you experience, how you experience it, the people you meet, the struggles you have, and what sort of life you’re reincarnated into depending on what your soul needs to learn, and where you are in the cycle of samsara.

When people die, their soul moves on, but the karmic energy is carried with it. Your soul is then projected into another container which is guided by its karmic energy, and tries again in a different way.

Souls will continue repeating the same lessons in different forms, again and again, until they learn how to transcend those problems, and evolve to a point where its divine nature is realized, and it no longer needs to be sent to this three-dimensional school yard.

This spiritual educational system is there to help souls reconnect with that dimension of divine love and singularity, which is the source of all existence.

But you’re not just going to jump from being a broken and wounded person with a lot of issues, straight to moksha. The soul needs to work it’s way towards that state, in which this education is necessary to understand and access it.

So let’s put it this way. If you’re generally a shitty person, you’re veering off the track of growth and conscious expansion. Therefore, due to the karmic balance, sooner or later, one way or another, this negative energy you’re projecting will come back in some form, whether it’s through the consequences of your actions, difficulties that are going to manifest.

In a way, by being a shitty person you’re already suffering, as happiness is directly associated with a high vibration, and suffering is directly associated with a low vibration.

If you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about, let me dive into it a little.

Vibration is the language of karma

So first of all, to get a grasp of how karma works, you need to understand how vibration works.

The higher your vibration, the more positive energy you experience. This energy comes in the form of pretty much anything we consider ‘good’ or desirable.

A high vibration corresponds with the higher self, positive emotions, productive thoughts, empowering beliefs. Things like happiness, love, generosity, gratitude, compassion, and all these qualities and traits we like, are associated with a high vibration.

A low vibration is the opposite. It’s associated with misery and suffering, and anything that resonates with it. Limiting belief systems, destructive qualities and characteristics, greed, jealously, hatred, fear, the list goes on.

If you want to learn more about vibration, read this article I wrote about the topic.

Karma runs off the paradigm of duality, that ‘bad’ people are suffering as their actions, attitudes and behaviors are manifestations of their misery. In general, ‘good’ people are happy, and attracting more positive things because they have a positive energetic outlet, which is tied to good karma.

When people are in high vibrational states, they act in union with it. Therefore someone who is truly in a highvibrational state, and experiencing genuine happiness, has no desire to hurt, be selfish, or be anywhere near these low vibrational constructs.


Because it makes them feel miserable!

Nobody wants a lowvibration, but we all need to work our way up from there.

So when someone is a genuinely happy person, they become a better person, which in itself is cause and effect. When you go into a lowvibrational state, you start suffering as a low vibration is associated with negativity.

You can have very successful people in lowvibrational states. Don’t be fooled by their social status, as they’re probably not very happy people, and gaining bad karma from not only their vibrational alone, but their actions, behaviors, and influence caused by their vibration.

When someone is experiencing lowvibrational energy such as anger, greed, bitterness, cruelty, selfishness, you can bet they’re not actual happy, otherwise they wouldn’t be acting this way.

A healed person does not hurt others, so this tells you something, and in a way that’s already karma at play, and the person will need to deal with this negative energy at some point, as it needs to be corrected if they are to eventually transcend the cycle of samsara.

Karmic energy is there to help people find that alignment with the light. Being destructive and lowvibrational is not sustainable. So somewhere along this soul journey, they’re gonna have some tough lessons, which will become louder and louder until they finally get it, and reconnect themselves.

The way I see it, the people who are successful and lowvibrational, the elite running the world, the corrupt politicians who put their greed over other people’s livelihoods, those who create misery and negative ripples across the globe, they have a lot further to fall.

These people are going to have a lot of resistance to change, so the process is going to be very painful for them when karma starts sending them these lessons and breaking down their cycles of pain and misery that they’re causing.

Just because you see bad people in good positions, doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way. Karma wants alignment, karma wants you to evolve, and there’s only one way to go.

It will chew you up and spit you out. If you refuse to learn, you’re soul is heading down a dark path which will only darker and darker until until it becomes too much to bare, and you’re left with no choice but to move towards the light.

How does karma teach souls?


Karma teaches souls to evolve.

If you’re experiencing hatred, or maybe resentment to a former lover who hurt you, who is really losing?

You are, because you’re fostering those negative feelings. So in this case, karma is that wisdom which you gain through that particular experience, which tells you to let it go, perhaps have more compassion.

Maybe it’s not the lesson you were looking for, but in this case it’s the only way to release the pain, and evolve your consciousness towards better attitudes and mentalities.

Karma pushes you to be in service, to serve the light, or to present the consequences of following a darker path.

Through karmic principles, you inevitably learn that the spiritual path and the path of growth is the only way forward. So if it’s not in your line of sight, it’s time to start working towards that future.

If you have spent your life as a good person but always struggled with money – in which you didn’t overcome this obstacle in this lifetime, perhaps you’re going to be born into poverty next lifetime.

Your slate isn’t wiped clean, just because you died. Since you never transcended that poverty and the misery surrounding it, you’re going to be given another chance to try.

On the other hand, since you don’t have issues around generosity and being friendly, perhaps you will have good social relationships, and have no issues in that arena since you don’t really need any lessons there.

If you’re in pain and are in a lowvibrational state, you’re going to keep experiencing lowvibrational lessons. The lessons are going to get louder, and louder, which can create a vicious cycle if you aren’t learning from it, or it can force you to take action and make changes in your life.

You don’t get an interdimensional hall pass when you die. Karma works with vibration, meaning if you’re in a highvibrational state which is related to all the good things like love, joy, compassion, generosity, etc. You’re going to manifest more positive experiences, which lead to higher states of consciousness that you want to experience.

But the issue at hand has just manifested in a different way. So you will get another opportunity to work on this wound, which is going to be a little louder, a little more difficult, to force you to do something about it. But let’s say you still never broke out of that cycle.

So in your next life, you will have another shot. Maybe this time, you will be born into extreme poverty, where the issue has now become the entire focal point of your life.

The universe is ramping up the pressure, and forcing you into an experience where it gets so bad, that you have to figure out how to get out of this cycle of feeling powerless and completely unsupported by the universe, you have no alternative.

If you live your life the same way, you will be given another chance, and another chance, and another chance to uproot and end this vicious cycle. Every time you get another chance, the universe is going to ramp up the pressure, because you’re still not getting it.

Otherwise, imagine you’re coming from a place of insecurity. You might have a long string of partners who treat you crap, because you’re insecure, you don’t value yourself.

Therefore you haven’t learned your lesson yet, so karmic energy orchestrates these sorts of people for you to connect with, as they are essentially teachers. The worst kind of teacher, but also the most important.

Karma’s not going to say Aww, you deserve to be treated better, so here’s a guy that’s going to treat you better. Nope. Karma is a pretty merciless teacher. It’s going to keep sending the same sort of experiences, again and again, until you learn from this painful cycle, look at why you’re attracting these experiences, and work on it.

What can you do to improve your karma?

What you want to do to improve your karma is to move more into your higher self (which is really the purpose of karma), and raise your vibration. As your vibration is associated with positive energy, you should make sure that you have the cleanest and most positive energetic outlet as possible.

Your energetic outlet involves things such as your intentions, actions, behaviors, attitudes, feelings, thoughts, words, mindset, and perception.

This translates to how you treat people, what you’re trying to achieve in this life, the things you do, the decisions you make, and the lifestyle you have. So karma really works on every level of your life experience, and as a collective, your life experience becomes what it is.

You want to work on yourself as a whole. Focus on the areas that you notice negative reoccurring patterns or trends, and the areas that you’re really struggling in. If you are lonely, you’ve been taken advantage of, and have a lot of issues around people, then you probably have some karma that needs to be worked on, in that particular area of your life.

So work on your wounds, take steps to evolve past those patterns, and evolve yourself to a better understanding and capability.

Otherwise, if there’s no particular area of your life that you think needs work, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your karmic footprint.

Die at peace

As the dying process is heavily linked into karma, when your time comes, leave with peace, curiosity, love, and by looking back on your life and smiling. For this to happen, you need to live a life that your future self will be proud of!

Provide positive emotions

Karma is linked into the the energy you create in others, not just yourself. So make sure that every person you meet, they are at least just a little better off having met you in the first place.

This could be by lifting their spirits, inspiring them, educating them, healing them, providing companionship, helping them become better people, and stimulating positive emotions and feelings (positive energy)

Raise your vibration

Being high-vibrational creates good karma, while being low vibrational is both a cause and result of bad karma.

So research how you can raise your vibration, experiencing more positivity in the world, and open your mind to a new, higher level of consciousness.

Be as grateful as you possibly can

Gratitude is a very powerful energetic outlet which is associated with a high vibration. The more gratitude you feel, the more positive karma you gain.

Therefore be as grateful as you can. Use every experience, good or bad, to cultivate an appreciation of it, and what you learnt through it. Take time to really appreciate what you have, and to just be happy to experience this life.

Set your values and intentions

Your values in life really dictate what you do, and how you do it. That’s why you need to reprioritize your values, and what is actually meaningful to you in this life experience.

Instead of chasing money and ‘success’, you can still do that, but think about why. Why do you want money, why do you want influence? What are you going to do with it?

Make sure that if you do go after these things, it’s for a good cause, such as being a positive influence on people, or using the money to help change people’s lives.

Live life with ethics and morals

By living your life with high moral and ethical standards, you’re keeping your karmic footprint pretty clean, as you’re conscious about hurting others or being a bad influence.

So just be a good person! treat people with respect, care about them. Avoid supporting destructive companies and entities, as you’re vicariously gaining negative karma by doing so.

Be aware, and live consciously. This is the best way to clean up your karmic footprint, and make sure you’re doing good to the world.

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