by Robert Wilkinson
Many times difficult things happen without any apparent reason. Too often I've heard blame or fault attributed to the one who suffers the difficulty, as though they were somehow the reason that such difficulty occurred. This points out a widespread misunderstanding of how karma actually works.
I've addressed this topic in several articles and across many comment streams. Various kinds of karma and good and bad "fortune" have many potential "reasons" for occurring. Sometimes we believe we know a reason, but just as often it may have nothing to do with what we believe.
Since our evolution is endless, and our lives are like ropes woven of Divine Threads, we'll never stop moving through experiences and gleaning wisdom from them. Sometimes these experiences are happy, seemingly forms of "good luck" or "good karma." Other times, they are difficult, seeming to be more "bad luck" or "bad karma." How can this be, if the universe desires only good for all of us?
I wrote some things about this a while ago. What follows is an elaboration on what I offered then, with edits for comprehensibility.
Every so often I get asked if there is such a thing as bad luck. The simple answer is yes and no. Often "luck" is a product of our attentiveness, preparedness, and willingness. We can turn difficulty into triumph, uncertainty into character strengths, and ignorance into wisdom. Who is to say that something that seems to be "bad luck" isn't the perfect opportunity to change our lives to the good forever?
As for bad karma, we all know there is such a thing, but often have a hard time dealing with it, whether our own or another's. Finding a new point of view regarding these things that seem to exist, we find that we have far more power to overcome and transmute bad luck and bad karma than we usually think.
Over the decades, I've observed there are two kinds of karma. These are what I call "big K" Karma and "little k" karma. While somewhat interrelated, they are distinctly different types of karma.
"Big K" Karma is built into our hologram at birth. These are primary causal energies that we must understand as part of our journey of Self realization. They include Sacred Wounds by which we will come to powerful forms of compassionate service for others who suffer the same challenges, as well as those major lessons we must learn in order to move beyond our lesser self.
Every being has at least one of the Sacred Wounds. Some have more than one. Each one cuts us to the core, and by moving into the "underworld" associated with those sorts of Divine wounds and coming back to life in the appointed season, we contribute to the greater good in our world.
These help us serve with authenticity, since no external thing can take away the primal power of the direct experience. Through healing these wounds and learning to live well despite them, we teach a higher Way by example.
Then we have "Little k" karmas. We create these lesser karmas as we move through life experiences, which yield "good" or "bad" results according to what we do or do not do. They are only important in the sense of being markers of greater lessons, or ways to modify our behavior, feelings, and thoughts.
Unfortunately, there is a widespread tendency to attribute guilt or blame when "bad things happen," even if that blame is misguided. These judgments naturally program us to take these on ourselves when "bad things happen," even though taking on guilt, blame, or shame cannot help us transmute much of anything.
Many take the attitude that because it's karma, we have little or no control over what manifests or not. This of course is an illusion. While we cannot do much about causes set into motion in the past, whether by ours or another's actions or inactions, or merely by circumstances, we can always transmute the energies in the NOW.
When we can learn to examine "bad luck" or "bad karma" as indicators of important lessons, and modify our response to better what we can, we learn how to transmute unfortunate illusions, attachments, and aversions into more positive and enjoyable lives. That's why no matter what life dishes out, we can always find a way to use those energies to our good, whether by diminishing the negatives or boosting the positives.
It's the same with "luck." Often "good luck" is merely the circumstance we have prepared for, knowingly or unknowingly. As with karma, we do have major control over what forms of "luck" do and do not manifest. It all depends on our willingness to rise to the needs of the Eternal NOW, and grow into a greater response-ability.
I elaborated more on these rather complex subjects a while ago in the article Overcoming Bad Luck, Bad Karma, and Bad Life Circumstances. Please take a new look at the precepts outlined there, and apply them as needed until you see your luck, or karma, shift to the good. After that comes an entirely new set of lessons!
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson