The Truth about Karma

Karma is not an outside force. It is repetitively thinking the same idea about ourselves and about the world and getting the same results. It feels like it’s coming from outside of us. In actuality, we are imprinting our thoughts, attitudes, intentions, and beliefs—whether they are conscious or unconscious—upon the world and receiving them back in return. If we believe that we are fundamentally flawed or inferior, then life will seem to reflect that reality back to us. We will see it in our circumstances, in the people we encounter, and what they choose to say to us. If we are convinced that we don’t deserve, or are not capable, life will seem to confirm that to be true. That will happen again and again until we change the program or the lens through which we are looking. If we feel confident and know that we can achieve our highest goals, our belief and corresponding actions will allow that to be reflected to us in our lives.

Quite often, people come into the New Thought or New Age movement and simply “redress” old concepts and call them new. The idea of a “cosmic 2×4” is a perfect example of this. A cosmic 2×4 is seen as the universe sending us a message or teaching us a lesson when we do not “properly” surrender our individual will. People simply change the name of a punishing God to something that sounds different. I am not saying that life does not present us with growth opportunities in the form of difficulty. I am just offering the possibility that it is not an outside force “doing this” to us. It is more about a way of coming into alignment with our true nature.

Each of us is accountable for how we view our world. Nobody else has the power to change the internal workings of our minds and hearts. However, surrounding ourselves with people who support and encourage our evolving perspective can be enormously powerful.

It is comparable to planting ourselves in fertile soil that nurtures our growth. The world in which we live is a world of our own making. The world does not actually exist “out there.” The relationship we have with our world is the relationship we have created in our minds. No other world exists. The world we perpetuate is the world we perpetuate in our minds. It is also the world we model for others who live within our field of influence.

When we choose to step into the reality of oneness, we immediately inhabit that world of connectedness with all things, based on love. That world already exists, within us, and it is available to us at any given moment. We choose it—or not—moment to moment. We show love by being conscious of the words and actions we use to respond to life, in the present moment. If we are not awake enough to consciously choose our response, an unconscious or automatic response, based on our past conditioning, will emerge and dictate the conditions of our lives.


TJ Woodward
TJ Woodward
TJ Woodward is a bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and revolutionary recovery expert who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. He was given the honor of being ordained as an Agape minister by Dr. Michael Beckwith and was also the founding minister of Agape Bay Area in Oakland, which was the first satellite community of The Agape International Spiritual Center in LA.  TJ is a featured thought leader on along with Brené BrownMarianne Williamson, Dr. Gabor Maté, and Mark Lundholm. He is also the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method, which is a groundbreaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction. TJ is the author of the bestselling books, Conscious Being: Awakening to your True NatureConscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction, and Conscious Creation: 5 Steps to Embracing the Life of Your Dreamsas well as the co-author of their accompanying workbooks.

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