I believe that karma exists in every relationship whether they are karmic relationships or not. Most relationships are karmic relationships in that the purpose of the relationship is to teach us a life lesson or an experience. The worst relationships teach us life lessons, and the bad relationships give us life experiences.
As I progress on my spiritual journey, I become more and more aware of the purpose each person I encounter serves on my life journey. Are they good and best relationships or are they bad and worst relationships? What am I intended to learn from each encounter? What should I take away from these experiences? What life lessons have I learned? On my spiritual journey, I observe my encounters with others as a by-stander watching how these relationships unfold in my life.
I would like to share a story involving my cousin with whom I grew up and is like a sister to me. Her life has been very difficult in that she was diagnosed with schizophrenia in her twenties, and has struggled to have a normal life. She met a man who has emotional problems and problems with abundance in that he cannot hold down a job, although he has a graduate degree.
When they met, he was married with two kids. Their affair broke up his marriage and family. This created bad karma between his children and my cousin. My cousin married this man, but to this day, they have not forgiven her for breaking up their family. Although my cousin is a loving and kind person, his children do not see her in this light, but as a destroyer of their family. This is caused by negative karma.
We can resolve our bad karma with others, but it is with much difficulty and struggle. Once this bad karma is created, it is difficult to undo and mend fences. There is always an undercurrent of distrust, resentment, and suspicion. It is difficult to build a life based on bad karma with others. This is my cousin’s life lesson to learn.
The irony in all this is that karma has less to do with the kind of person my cousin is as she is a wonderful human being, but rather the result of her negative actions that caused hurt and pain to others. (Copyright 2016 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)