After years of many past life regressions, we've learned to accept karma as a fact of life, and something that influences everyone, even if they don't believe in it.

We believe that many people don't understand the real meaning of karma, which is a reaction from an action that was most often in a past life. It's not about punishment, but it can be about reward or a lesson.

True or false? Which examples below are truly about karma?

Relationship Karma

Ally dumped her boyfriend Alex for Ted. Six months later, Ted dumped Ally for someone else. Ally had it coming because she dumped someone.

False, it's not her karma from dumping Alex. It was probably karmic that Ted was to end things, but doing so is not karmically related to Ally's previous relationship, but it might be if Ted dumped her for Alex.

Janice gets very jealous and has never trusted Jim to be faithful during their six years together. Jim has never cheated or even flirted with anyone else, and Janice hasn't had this problem in other relationships.

True, this is a karmic situation. In this example of karma, Janice and Jim have shared many lifetimes together in which they've both cheated. Janice is reacting to her subconscious memories, even though she has no conscious memory of her past lives.

Sexuality Karma

George grew up in the 1950s, when it wasn't acceptable to come out of the closet. When his very religious parents found out he was gay at age 16, they kicked him out of the house. He's lived a difficult life, and harbors a lot of anger about such an intolerant society.

True, it's George's tough karma. In this example, the soul that is now George lived a lifetime as a religious leader that persecuted anyone suspected of being gay. George's soul chose a rough incarnation this time not as a punishment, but in order to learn more about tolerance.

Althea is a 17 year-old out-of-the-closet lesbian who lives in NYC with her very supportive parents and older brother. Her sexual orientation has never really been an issue for her, and her parents have always encouraged her to be who she is rather than trying to conform to the expectations of others. She has not been the target of much homophobia, and on the rare occasion that she does experience it, she shrugs it off because she knows she is a mirror for their own insecurities.

False, it's not her bad karma. Sexuality is not a big issue for Althea this lifetime, but it was in prior lifetimes.

Karma Related to Being a Parent

19 year-old Allen broke up with 18 year-old Faye. She wanted him back so badly that when he came back to her for sex she agreed and got pregnant on purpose, even though she knew Allen didn't want to be a parent yet. Due to his new responsibilities, he had to drop out of college and find a full time job.

True, it's Allen's karma. In this example of karma, it is not a punishment for breaking up with her, or for wanting sex afterwards, but karma from abandoning Faye and their child in a past life. Faye, by the way, created some negative karma by deceiving Allen.

How to tell if something is karmic? The best way is to do a past life regression and go back to the "root cause" of the issue, but generally, the lesson is that if something causes you great stress and, or anger, it's probably karmic. The good news is that you have free will to act out of love and make the most of the situation.

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