I’ll start by saying that it is perfectly okay if you personally believe in Karma, The Law Of Three and whatnot. Whether we are speaking about this terms as a way to regulate your magical practice or as a principle to live by, if it is working for you, then go all for it!
I would like to speak, though, of those who don’t adhere to these principles, and my own personal thoughts regarding this matter.
My experience and personal thoughts on this go by the hand with my rejection for unhealthy optimism and the “Love&Light” culture. Hey! There’s nothing wrong with being optimistic! However; I’ve seen it go to a point of victim blaming and complete avoidance of any negative aspect of life, which to me is unacceptable.
So is the idea that Karma will make it all right. It won’t necessarily. We live in a world in which people get their way for better or for worse, and only by acknowledging what is unfair and taking action, change will occur.
Waiting for Karma to fix it all is the spiritual equivalent or looking the other way. It’s like saying “This action doesn’t require a reaction, because the Universe will magically put it all into place.”
The issue that I see with a blind belief in Karma or The Law Of Three is that it is very disempowering, and at the same time, it cultivates an attitude of collecting “good person points” that eventually cultivates frustration, bitterness and entitlement.
I have read countless posts on Facebook or have had conversations with people saying “I am a good person. Why oh why does this happen to me?” Well, shocking news! There are messed up things with this world – as well as there are the most wonderful things! – and there is not necessarily a prize for being decent.
Besides, what is the point of a moral belief that doesn’t come from within? I have lost count of the witches out there that are concerned about the effects of their workings. “Will it come back to me?” “How can I avoid bad Karma?” and also, I’ve seen many witches avoid a determined working, not because they believed it was a wrong thing to do, but because they were concerned about a divine punishment.
To me – again, personally – a decision made based on fear of retribution or the expectation of a reward doesn’t hold much value. Is it a good deed if you’re doing it to collect good person points? Does it count that the reason why you are holding back from doing something is that you might be punished instead of a genuine conviction that it is not right?
It feels like doing the “right” thing because somebody is watching, and makes me wonder whether or not we are truly giving thought to our personal morals and ethics or if we are just scared of the energetic police.
For this, my advice and my personal principle – which again, you don’t necessarily have to share – is: Be honest with your decisions, and make sure that they truly align with who you are and what you want. Be aware that the prize for being a good person is that you are a good person, and if that is not motivation enough, perhaps it is time to reorganize your priorities and act accordingly with your genuine self.