This first law is better known as “The Great Law. ” It is also characterized as the “Law of Cause and Effect. ” It is the embodiment of the principle of Reciprocity, which is what “Karma” is really all about. Our attitudes and actions impact the universe about us. A pebble dropped into a still pond causes ever expanding ripples. In time our actions come back to us! We reap what we sowed. Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us. If what we want is happiness, peace, friendship, love… Then we should BE happy, peaceful, loving, a friend. Negative energy sent out to others will come back to you 10 fold.
Law Two — You attract what you are, not what you want. This is also known as the “Law of Creation. ” With whatever you surround yourself; the space you create within which to dwell in this life; declares who you are and one tends to attract to oneself those of like disposition. If your focus in life is on evil, for example, you will most likely attract evil persons as companions and find yourself within evil scenarios more often than not. One may say they desire to live righteously, but it takes far more than empty words and faint desire to lift oneself out of one’s circumstances.
One must actually begin to BE, if one would ultimately BECOME! In other words, we create both our circumstances and our destiny by who we choose to be in our journey through life. Our surroundings are strong clues to our true inner nature. In other words, life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation. We are one with the Universe both inside and out. Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state. BE and DO yourself what you want to have in your life. Law Three — What you resist, persists for you. This is the “Law of Humility.
” You can learn a great deal about who someone is inside simply by observing those things and those persons to which or to whom he objects. If one refuses to embrace the poor, for example, this speaks volumes about the condition of his heart, and that heart condition persists as long as he continues to resist acceptance of and association with and assistance to the poor of this world. The path to enlightenment and liberation, is the path of humility. If everyone who differs with us on some issue is viewed as “the enemy,” then we are in a persistent state of enmity because of those whom we wrongfully resist.
This is not the pathway to higher planes of existence. Simply, what you refuse to accept, will continue for you. If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence. Law Four — Wherever you go, there you are. This is known as the “Law of Growth. ” True change must begin with yourself. Wherever you may flee to in life, in order to escape some situation, is pointless if the problem is you. Wherever you go, YOU will still be there and with all the same dysfunctions.
Human nature suggests that we change everything and everyone around us; this law of Karma suggests we change ourselves. This is the source of genuine growth toward enlightenment and fulfillment. It is easy to change one’s outward circumstances in the hope of finding greater peace and joy, but the reality is that genuine peace and joy come when we ourselves are transformed (from the inside out, which in turn will impact our external circumstances). Wherever you go, there you are. For us to GROW in Spirit it is WE who must change and not the people, places or things around us.
The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES, and that is the only factor we have control over. When we change who and what we are within our heart, our life changes too. Law Five — Whenever there is something wrong, there is something wrong in me. This is the “Law of Responsibility;” also known as the “Law of Mirrors. ” Simply stated, we must take full responsibility for our lives (both the good and the bad). It is easy to blame others when things go wrong, or perhaps not quite according to our expectations, but to determine where the real blame lies may require us to look intently into a mirror.
There stands the one responsible. Are we part of the problem, or part of the solution? The answer may well lie in where we place the blame for the former. Whenever there is something wrong, there is something wrong in me. We mirror what surrounds us and what surrounds us mirrors us: we must take responsibility for what is in our life. Law Six — Whatever you do may be insignificant, but it is still important that you do it. This is the “Law of Synchronicity;” also known as the “Law of Ultimate Connection. ” Everything in the universe is perceived to
be connected, thus there is no action performed that is truly insignificant. What you and I might perceive as inconsequential, may actually, in the grander scheme of things, prove to be extremely consequential. Thus, we must learn personal discipline and humility, and fulfill our individual tasks in life with a sense of purpose and even pride. We each matter; no one is insignificant. Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected. Each step leads to the next step and so forth and so on. Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.
Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance-they were both needed to accomplish the task. Past, Present, Future… they are all connected Law Seven — You can’t think of two things at the same time. This is the “Law of Focus. ” Some also refer to it as the “Law of Direction and Motives. ” We must possess a singleness of purpose; a spiritual focus; if we would achieve enlightenment. We must set our minds on things above, and not try to be “double-minded. ” Hidden agendas and motives are not conducive to spiritual liberation. We must be pure of thought and intent.
You can’t think of two things at the same time. You should climb up a ladder one step at a time. When you lose your focus you let in insecurities and anger. Law Eight — If you believe something to be true, then sometime in life you must demonstrate that truth. This is the “Law of Willingness. ” (Also known as, The Law of Giving and Hospitality. ) In other words, if we profess belief in something, then we must be willing to personally invest ourselves in sacrificial service to that to which we affirm belief or faith. A life lived apart from visible demonstration before others of our convictions is a LIE.
If one doesn’t practice what one preaches, is such a one truly convicted of his or her beliefs?! If you believe something to be true, then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that truth. Here is where we put what we SAY that we have learned into PRACTICE. Law Nine — You can’t go home again, but you must try. This is the “Law of Here and Now. ” One cannot relive the past, although one can learn from it. Thus, we must “revisit” the past for the purpose of learning, but we must never seek to “return” there for the purpose of dwelling in it.
The “what IS” will always suffer if we are fixated in the “what WAS,” and we will never move forward into the “what CAN BE. ” Someone once said, “Dwelling on old dreams prevents you from having new ones. ” If one chooses to “live in the past,” one forfeits the future! Looking back to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW. Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior, old dreams… Prevent us from having new ones. Law Ten — The more things change, the more they stay the same. This is the “Law of Change.
” History will continue to repeat itself; the cycle of rebirths will not end until we learn to make the necessary changesthat will liberate us. Thus, it is not the change that occurs all around us that is critical. In point of fact, there may be great change all around us, yet still nothing is altered with respect to our karma — rather, it is the change that occurs within us that is critical, and will ultimately make the difference in realizing our ultimate destiny. History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path. Law Eleven — When you focus on your life, good things happen.
This is known as the “Law of Patience and Reward. ” Anything that is good, anything that is worth having and of lasting value, requires patient, persistent effort. It also requires the proper perspective on one’s life, and right priorities. Those who focus only on the rewards, may come up lacking; those, however, who focus on living their lives according to spiritual priorities, will experience the rewards of such living in due time. Cause and Effect. Focus on your life, and you will be rewarded; focus only on the rewards, and you may end up losing life itself.
All Rewards require initial hard work. Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent work. True joy follows doing what we’re suppose to be doing, and waiting for the reward to come in it’s own time. Law Twelve — What you put in, you get back. This is the “Law of Value and Upliftment;” also known as the “Law of Significance and Inspiration. ” Your contribution is of worth, and it will bring about a result. If you contribute something positive, you may expect a positive return; contribute something negative, and what comes back to you may not be as pleasant.
Cause and Effect. Karma! Reciprocity. What you put in, you get back! One’s contribution to something will either uplift it or decrease it, depending on the nature of the contribution. You get back from something whatever you’ve put into it. The value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it. Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole. Lack luster contributions have no impact on the Whole or work to diminish it. How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.