You will never know the damage you have done to someone until the same thing is done to you. That’s why karma is there.

You will never know the damage you have done to someone until the same thing is done to you. That’s why karma is there.

Have you ever had a karmic slap?

I have. And sadly, on many more than one occasion.

Did it wake you up the first time? Mine didn’t. I did not even know what karma was. Even more sadly, it was years after I understood karma, that I made it a point to try to operate my entire life regimen with karma as my arbiter. 

You may doubt that karma exists. I certainly did not readily embrace it. It sounded too eastern mysticism for my beliefs at an early age. I had not been exposed to the law of attraction either. So I lived my life by my choices, regardless of some of the potential outcomes.

As life continued and I weathered one karmic slap after another, I started to rethink my position on this topic. How was this even possible? If I did not believe in a deity that was watching my every move, and rewarding or punishing me, then how might karma actually be a thing at all?

Even as I was dubiously induced into listening to The Law of Attraction, I remained wholly skeptical. That which is like unto itself, is drawn.

For me, it did not become a choice of not believing or believing… it became a choice of why not act in accordance, regardless? It became a choice of reflecting on what is the worst that is going to happen by keeping my behaviors so karmically positive and my mindset so karmically positive that I should (presumably) find similar returning in kind. 

I watched my life continue to evolve in the process. Certain things reduced while others increased. Is it all coincidental? I cannot say with any degree of certainty. Is there any connection between what you do, what you think and what returns to you? Again, I have no scientific proof of any of this. So perhaps I am reading what I want to read into the events in my life that have given me cause to operate in this manner. I would never preach anything, and most certainly anything that is not verifiable. I am just a human on a road of discovery.

The more I focused on positive things, the more those kinds of things seemed to gravitate to me. The more I worked to keep every choice I made as being measured by a karmic set of parameters, the more life seemed to treat me accordingly. 

So, do I believe in karma? I do not think belief has anything to do with it. I use karma to measure my choices. I believe it is a wise choice for me, and I recommend it to you. If you counter every thought of consequence by how you believe it will reflect on your overall life, then, at a minimum, you have given a conscious attention to the impact of your choices as relates to you and others… and if that is the only thing that comes out of using karma as a barometer in your life, then is it really such a bad practice and thought process to embrace?

Happy Sunday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!