by Scott Petullo
First, let’s define karma. Karma is energy, intent, and
action. It’s put into motion in the present and you feel
the effects now of the karma you’ve created during many,
many, many past lifetimes. Karma is a spiritual law that
affects everyone, just as gravity is a physical law that
affects everyone. It’s not something you can change
immediately, just as you cannot alter the path of an
Instead, everyone has free will to react to karma. Plus,
doing the “right thing” in all situations will prevent
incurring additional negative karma.
Some people claim to be able to alter or delete karma
without having to directly balance it. We would like
to believe it’s possible, but conclude after 24+ years
of study in this area that it’s impossible, and we’ve
never seen anyone actually accomplish this. We’re
not talking about frivolous things, such as deciding
to avoid a main highway during a rush hour snowstorm,
thus skipping two hours of anguish. We’re referring to
key life circumstances and events, such as relationship
and money issues. We’ve asked people who make such
claims exactly what the karma was that they altered or
deleted and how they knew it was their karma to begin
with, and we have yet to hear a reasonable,
It’s very important to note that just because you don’t
get what you want in a particular situation, it doesn’t
mean you have “bad” karma. Fate determines how your
life unfolds. You then have free will to make the most
of all situations.
How you perceive situations can make a big difference.
For example, if one of your daughters didn’t get into
a college that she applied for, you might say it’s “bad
karma.” Instead, it could be viewed as something that
wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps she was meant to follow a
different career path.
Many kids encounter difficult circumstances like romantic
interests treating them poorly, personal attacks from other
students at school, or the countless other challenges that
they have to work through. The traditional meaning of
karma supports the idea that there are no victims, and though
it’s true from a spiritual viewpoint, that may sound a little
harsh to a young person. Alternatively, while providing
emotional support and guidance, suggest they consider that
the challenges they work through now will help make them
stronger, if you’re not already doing this.
The best approach may be to allow your children to hold
whatever beliefs about life they choose, yet also occasionally
make helpful suggestions and offer guidance when
Finally, try to encourage them to get in touch with their
inner-selves through the practice of meditation (or artistic
hobbies or cardiovascular exercise, to name a couple more
ways). Becoming more aware of their inner guidance will
help them be more aware of their optimum choices in all
situations. Handwriting analysis is also a very useful tool
to help identify hidden, subconscious fears and defenses.
Self-knowledge does wonders for improving one’s life.
For the skeptics, even if karma and reincarnation didn’t
exist (these concepts have yet to be proved invalid),
encouraging kids to act as if they do helps them to
understand the importance of taking responsibility for all
their actions and doing the right thing in all situations.