Karma is the Sanskrit word for action and is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction.’ In other words, what we think, speak or act we initiate an energy that will respond accordingly. Imagine a boomerang, what we cast out will come back to us. The flip side is if our actions cause harm then we can expect karma to respond in the same form.

Lee Carroll who has channeled an entity known as Kryon, defines karma as, “the energy of in-completion” where it’s about the group of people we are around, situations with other humans and unfinished business with our soul.

Have you ever felt like you were being pushed to a certain person or place? That was karma! We no longer get to play the role of a victim and there are no more ‘accidents’ because these places and people are for our own good, our ‘spiritual evolution.’

Life lessons on the other hand, are far more personal. Our trials, defeats and challenges help us to become the person we were born to be. Whatever the lesson may be, it will follow us until we solve it, then the lesson goes away for good. We do have a choice to work out our lessons or not.

Do you know someone who has the same issue over and over? Maybe they can’t get out of their rut or they enjoy the drama of their life not working out. If we choose to work on our lesson, we will see changes within ourselves. Like changing careers, friends and our life will feel more balanced.

Karma and life lessons can go hand-in-hand so here are ten principles when applied can guide us to achieve the life that we desire:

1. Cause and Effect: What goes around, comes around. If you desire love, you must give love.

2. Creation: You need to participate in your life and not wait for it to show up.

3. Humility: Judging others, you judge yourself.

4. Growth: Wherever you go, there you are. When you change yourself, your life begins to change as well.

5. Here and Now: Regrets from the past and focusing on the future robs you of the present moment.

6. Change: History repeats itself until you learn the lessons that you need to change.

7. Patience and Reward: When you focus on your life, good things happen.

8. Focus: You can’t think of two things at the same time.

9. Responsibility: Whenever there is something wrong, there is something wrong in you.

10. Connection: Everything in the world is connected no matter what degree or size.

When you apply these principles to your own life, you can be confident that you will reap the rewards of a life greater than you could have imagined and that your gift to the planet will be a positive one.

Melissa A. Woods is the author of Getting Past Anxiety, an inspirational novel to reclaim your life (Aviva Publishing, 2017). Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter. For more information and strategies on anxiety visit her website at www.gettingpastanxiety.com.