Taking on Other’s Karma

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This morning, I contemplated about karma,specifically taking on other’s karma.  How does this happen?  Well, we take on other’s karma through the concept of attachment.  When we help others through attachment, we will take on the karma of others.  Let me explain.

For example, if your child has been punished at school for a wrongdoing, you feel bad for your child, and you go to the school principal to complain.  As a result, your child is excused from the punishment.  You have taken on your child’s karma.  What would appear as love and protection for your child instead results in your child’s failure to learn an important life lesson.

When you look more deeply, your need to protect your child may truly involve your own embarrassment for what your child did, or it may have reflected poorly on you as a parent.  Since your child failed to learn to change this negative behavior, the karma continues with your child and now with you as well.  There will be greater karmic consequences in the future for you and your child because your child has failed to learn this life lesson.

As a Reiki practitioner, I contemplate on why clients seek Reiki treatments from me. For example, a lovely woman recently sought Reiki treatments with me, but I sensed very strongly that she seeks a solution from someone else or something for her life, such as the next new age magical cure.  I believe that she must learn to resolve her karma, and learn the consequences of her decisions and actions.  I referred her to Reiki classes so that she may begin to take responsibility for her own life and healing.

Many people will be angry with you because you refuse to take on their karma, forcing them to face the consequences of their own actions and decisions.  However, on the long run, you have helped them take responsibility for their own lives, decisions, and actions. This may seem cold and heartless, but it is to the contrary. We are all on this earth to learn life lessons, and our failure to learn these lessons simple create more karma and more serious consequences in our future decisions and actions.

My willingness to take responsibility for my decisions and actions transformed me to the person I am today.  I also have learned the difference between compassion and attachment. Compassion is empowering another for their highest good, and attachment is enabling another to become a codependent to you.  I struggle with this daily as a Reiki practitioner as I try to empower those with whom I treat, and will ask clients to leave treatment when I feel they are ready.  (Copyright 2019 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)



Author: Brooke Chang

Hi, I'm Brooke who will be taking you on a healing journey to a more joyful life. I will serve as your guide on this healing journey sharing my insights, knowledge and experiences. I hope you will join me!

2 thoughts on “Taking on Other’s Karma”

  1. Yes, you certainly get “Compassionate Non-Attachment”. Many times people will say that speaking one’s truth to someone lacks compassion and is often termed “tough love”. Hardly. You speak true to offer an opportunity for healing and evolvement.

    “When we talk about compassion we talk in terms of being kind. But compassion is not so much being kind; it is being creative [enough / in order] to wake a person up.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoch

    What could be more compassionate than offering an opportunity to awaken?
    But attaching to what they then do with what you’ve offered, well, that serves no one.

    And you also get the concept that we can “enable others’ dysfunction”, which is not doing them, you or anyone any favors.

    Thanks for what you do and be.

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