An Inside Story 38
THERE is an old maxim that has been past down to us from ancient times that is known as ‘The Golden Rule’ which goes like this: “Do unto others as you would have others do to you.” How you treat your fellow man results in what is called Karma. This advice is important for us to understand for it is essential if we are going to continue our growth and mental evolution.
Karma means the reciprocal or two-way relationship between ourselves and others. In other words, the way we treat each other will either come back to bite us where it hurts or kiss us gently where it doesn’t. If we treat someone badly, eventually we will be treated badly. The thief will be robbed, the rapist raped, the murderer murdered, the abuser abused etc.
If we could only wake up to the fact that whatever nastiness or torment we inflict on another, we will eventually bring down on ourselves. Conversely, if we treat others with kindness, compassion and understanding, we will be treated accordingly.
Every day, we are confronted with decisions to either be friendly with or unfriendly to someone, the consequences of how we respond, dire or not, falls back heavily on our shoulders.
We cannot do anything to free ourselves of karma, but we do have control over our actions that invoke karma. We can try and understand this by consciously observing ourselves whenever we interact with someone. A good habit is to pretend that we are looking in a mirror. The way we treat them, is the way we are really treating ourselves.
We may become proficient at understanding the maxim’s meaning intellectually but no matter how earnest we are, no matter how much we may see the necessity and urgency to change ourselves for the better, we all flounder on the shores of ignorance.
To be consciously aware before we are about to hurt, chastise, ridicule, abuse or be un-nice to someone else in any way, is the solution, we then have the opportunity to see that the way we are about to treat them, could in time, impose a dreadful penalty on ourselves…
Dan’s Quote: “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”- Wayne Dyer
Inspiration for this article came from the writings of Joel Kramer, Eckhart Tolle, A Course In Miracles, Abraham, Vernon Howard, Others – and life itself.