When my father’s friend’s jewellery business was failing, my father offered to take a substantial amount of his inventory and sell it off for him. Then my father gave it to my mother and asked her to sell it. Which she did, every last piece. Mostly to her friends, who are mostly still her friends, so I’m guessing that they didn’t mind too much.
My parents were always doing things like that. Helping others. My father once bought a mattress for a friend after he went to her house and saw that she didn’t have enough money to purchase a proper one for herself. They exhibited kindness and generosity often. They also received much kindness and attained success in their lives, financially and otherwise.
Well, my father worked very hard for his financial success as well, putting in practically 12 hour work days during the week, often working weekends and attending business events in the evening well after working hours. He gradually but surely climbed his way up the corporate ladder from his starting position as a simple audit clerk to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a multi-billion dollar MNC.
My parents were not Buddhist, and yet they understood and practiced the planting of good karmic seeds. Karmic seeds, as I understand it, is the energy you create in your life with the actions and intentions you have. For example, if you want to make money, you can plant a karmic seed to help this along by giving money to others and sharing generously yourself. If you want to be respected or loved, then you need to show respect and love to others. This may not ensure that you are respected or loved by the people that you respect and love exactly, or that the people you give money to will be the ones who give it back to you, but certainly it will show up in your life. I promise.
I’ve seen it myself, time and time again. It works in the negative too, when you are unkind or treat others cruelly, the energy that you create with your acts, always comes back to you. It’s a very simple matter of cause and effect. Everything that you put out in your life, comes back to you. Everything. The Universe is very precise like that, mathematically so. Even though we may not understand it from our point of view, at some level, there is a balance and symmetry that ensures all you create comes back to you.
This is not to say exactly, that you should feel you are to blame for traumatic events that happen to you or the pain that you feel in your life and difficulties you face. Sometimes there is fate or your beliefs about what you deserve or not that show up to help you understand what is inside of you and give you the opportunity to change the way you feel about life and what you deserve.
I think I deserve something beautiful ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
It’s your choice at this point, after walking through your painful experiences, to then choose differently the next time. Maybe you need to change your underlying beliefs about life and decide that you deserve more and better. To choose to only accept what fits with who you believe yourself to be, and I hope that is someone who deserves beautiful things.
But understanding the power of karmic seeds and how to create positive things in your life by acting in a positive way, has been a very empowering part of my journey of transforming my life to one of peace and purpose.
I especially came to appreciate the power of karmic seeds when I came across the teachings of Geshe Michael Roach, who used the philosophy of karmic seeds to develop a diamond business from a 50,000 initial investment to a 200 million dollar company. He wrote about it in extensive detail in his book, ‘The Diamond Cutter’.
At the time, I was struggling to build my business and afraid to give too much to charity or others for fear of not having enough for myself. After learning that he had not only had enough, after giving to charity and others but that it had ensured he received even more, I finally let go and allowed myself to give freely of my time, money and energy to causes that mean something to me.
Do your thoughts reflect the intentions and results that you seek in your life?
Do your actions follow up and support these thoughts or are they in opposition to what you want to create for your life?
Do your words align with who you truly are and seek to be or do you waste energy in half-truths and irreverent dialogue?
Planting karmic seeds helps you get what you want in life. So plant the right karmic seeds, and watch them grow. Sometimes it takes time to grow and other times, they may not quite grow in the way that you intend them to, but always you can trust that if you are sincere and unwavering in your intention to create something in your life, and you go about planting the right karmic seeds to help this along, you are much more likely to see it become a reality.
What karmic seeds are you planting in your life and how can you plant the right seeds that will grow into the ideal future you seek so that you can get what you want in life?