Do good things happen to people who think nice thoughts? Do nasty people eventually get punished in the end?
It sounds good in theory, but how do you explain all the rich jerks in the world?
I believe that one of the reasons were still talking about Karma is because we see increasing evidence of its truth.
It doesnt always work fast, and it doesnt always work perfectly, but I think its real.
People can read your vibe.
Social science reveals that as much as 93% of our response to other people is to the unspoken messages they give off. A mere 7% of our response is to the actual words they say. The rest of our response – consciously and unconsciously – is to their vibe, their inner script and emotions being revealed by their facial expression, tone and body language.
If a person walks into a room angry, excited or sad, you mentally prepare yourself to deal with them, before theyve even said a word. Youre either bracing your gut for their anger, wondering what theyre excited about or reaching out your arms to console them in their pain.
Daily examples may be more subtle, but whether we realize it or not, people are always responding to the unspoken messages we give off.
Thats where Karma kicks in.
Your inner thoughts and words create your reality. They set the tone for your interactions, and your interactions set the tone for your life.
For example: Can you tell the difference between a teacher, trainer or boss who is delighted to help you learn versus one who thinks youre an intrusive pain in their backside?
Of course you can, and it affects the way you interact with them.
Heres where it gets even more exciting (or scary depending on your perspective).
The brain is like any other muscle. The parts you use get stronger, and the parts you dont use begin to atrophy.
If you make enthusiasm, happiness and grace a habit, those neural pathways strengthen and over time they become easier to access and use.
If anger, criticism and judgment are a daily mental habit, those pathways get stronger. And if you shut down the neural pathways for compassion, goodwill and humor long enough, you get to the point where you cant access them even if you want to.
So while it might seem like youre in a bad mood because you work with a bunch of jerks, over time you become the person youve been acting like.
And the world responds accordingly.
It doesnt matter whether or not you believe in the spiritual aspects of Karma. The science is clear. If you continually think bad thoughts you literally change the chemistry of your own brain, which changes the way people respond to you.
Can a person get rich thinking evil thoughts? Of course you can. But your daily existence will likely be joyless because you wont be getting a good vibe from anyone.
All the great religions have some version of Jesus words, As ye sow, so shall ye reap.
Science tells us that for every action, there is a reaction.
Karma, its the cycle of cause and effect. Its real, and its powerful.
Lisa Earle McLeod helps organizations win the hearts and minds of customers and employees. She is the author of three books included the best-seller, The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Large and Small, A Washington Post Top 5 Book for Leaders.
She is an international keynote speaker and consultant who has been seen on The Today show and featured in Forbes, Fortune, CEO Read and The Wall Street Journal. You can reach her at www.LisaEarleMcLeod.comwhere you can read hundreds of free articles.