I say “Kalifornia Karma” because I can’t even describe it as “Hindu” which is so much different, its not even the same; many Kalifornia karma believers aren’t even aware of that. Also, I have nothing against those that believe in this form of karma, nor will I tell them what to, or not to believe. They believe in it, that’s fine with me, and remains fine with me, until some one comes along and pushes it at me, and it’s not fine with them that I don’t believe in it. It is surprisingly common for people in witchcraft circles to not only be not so fine about, or towards others that don’t believe in it, but also bringing it up as a form of advice (well meaning of course) as if it’s automatically assumed to be an every witch’s belief. This is about as annoying as those who approach you assuming everyone they encounter is a Christian, believes in Jesus and tells them “Don’t worry, Jesus will take care of you.”
So back to Kalifornia Karma, in order to talk about why and how I don’t believe in it, it’s important to define what it is. Kalifornia Karma is the belief that there is some kind of unseen force, whether it’s the universe, energy, deity, or a karma god/goddess, who delivers punishments in life to people who do bad things to others. This is a very prominent belief in the western part of the world. It is very common to see other people say things like “Just back off, let Karma deal with that person.” or some variation of that.
To me this even differs from cause and effect, in that cause and effect is a direct link in what some one does that may/or may not effect them. In other words, a person that decides to be a burglar is at a high risk of being caught, and doing jail time. However, there are other burglar’s who don’t get caught for the crime, and perhaps age out of the bad behavior before anything negative happens to them. Another cause and effect, if I am walking around swearing at other people, there’s an excellent chance some one will swear back at me, however, I might swear at people all day, and they might just say nothing, and back away from me. However, with Kalifornia Karma, what’s expected to happen is that some force intervenes at some point, and causes something bad to happen to the person with the bad behavior. I believe in cause and effect risks scientifically and logically, but have excellent reasons not to believe in Kalifornia Karma, with excellent reasons why….
My personal experience……There was a point in time, when I was very young, that I started to buy into this axiom. So many people around me did, it’s hard not to get caught up in it, and start to belief it yourself. There was a very corrupt prosecutor who was responsible for putting people in jail per corrupt means, even if it meant doctoring up evidence, or tainting her own witnesses to adjust their testimony to be more consistent than it was in relation to a defendant. There was so much I could have done in this situation, but what did I do instead? I sat on my magical ass and did nothing, because after all, Karma was going to get her. Karma did not get her at all. As a matter of fact, she wound up quite blessed to eventually be promoted to a judge, an obvious high hike in salary, and lives a lovely life; and she gained all this at the expense of others. In the end, I was ashamed to have done nothing, when I had the skills and means to do so. If anything, if there is a thing called Karma, probably I’d have to owe a karmic debt for sitting on my magical ass and doing nothing all because of the inertia caused by having some kind of belief or faith in Kalifornia Karma. I learned from this, however, and I learned to take responsibility when needed, don’t let axioms or words prevent me from doing or even being a vessel of which due comeuppance is dealt out..
Other people’s experiences……I am not the only one who doesn’t believe in this. Through the years, I’ve met countless others who have similar experiences as mine, or witnessed people who should have, would have gotten karma pay back, but instead, did not and live wonderful lives. So many people that it can’t be ignored. In fact, if karma deities, or some force in the universe did exist on this level, then why is it sleeping on the job so often? Why do so many awful people who hurt many even go untouched by it, and go on their lives as if they were blessed? Seems very unlikely.
My own observations…..Along with hearing other people’s experiences, I’ve also observed either up close or afar, karma doing nothing but sleeping. Some of the situations up close, not a darn thing was done by the so called unseen karma force for so long, that finally, in order for something to be done, I was the one that had to step right up to the plate and do it! Also, I have observed very good people who lived horrible lives who had nothing but terrible things shelled out to them left and right. What is this “kalifornia karma” with bad aim?
The word/phrase itself is an axiom…In the context of this blog, it means some kind of rule or principal widely regarded as true without proof, question or challenge. In other words, it’s believed with out proper criteria of collected evidence for proof, and the believer might not have been questioned or challenged about it. In fact, I have found that when you do question or challenge this belief, many believers get very upset, annoyed, frustrated, or nasty about it. Never-the-less, because it IS an axiom, then this means it can not over rule, or invalid other kinds of axioms either, like oh say, if some one had the belief that karma does not exist in any way, or on any level.
Still…it is note worthy to mention you will always find people who swear by it, and even claim to experience or observe it. Assuming that there accounts are credible, I was of course, left to wonder why many of us never see or experience it, while some others say they have. Then I think of the way magic works. It is possible, and they may not be realizing it, that they are fueling energy against an evil doer, so much, that they are actually delivering something that they are calling karma. In other words, an unintended spell, they don’t realize they and their energy is the link, but it is. It could even be an egregore or some form of it. Even then, it wouldn’t be a universe or deity, it’s actually coming and manifesting from the person towards a target. If you feed something enough, maybe anger against some one who wronged many people, that could take on a form of a egregore, or spell and nail a target pretty hard. Other’s claim that they got some kind of karma retribution for a spell casting they did. In these cases, they already have that belief in their mind, and likely were worrying about it. If you firmly believe that if you do any kind of baneful spell, then you will receive some sort of retribution for it, chances are great that you will, you have witched yourself in this way. This is also why I recommend for people who have this belief, before they set out on doing anything baneful, to reshape their belief system, they need to feel okay with what they are doing before they begin..
So there it is, my reasons for why I don’t believe in Kalifornia Karma. I don’t expect everyone to agree, but rather understand and respect the reasons why I don’t. I am not covering anything to do with Hindu or Buddhist types of Karma, those are specif beliefs for specific religions, and I am not expected to believe in them lest I joined one of these religions. Therefore, I am not addressing Karma depending on Dharma, nor beliefs about karma influencing a later life at all. I wanted to make this very clear so no one wastes any of their time responding with something like “But it happens in your next life so you won’t see it in this life”. Yes I know that that is a belief in an established religion, and it’s still a belief based on faith, which is fine, but still not the karma that I am talking about at all in this blog, so I won’t argue or contemplative it either way.