“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.”– Pema Chodron.
This quote perfectly sums up the philosophy that underpins karmic lessons. Karmic lessons are founded on unresolved challenges that failed to teach us the lessons we were meant to learn in previous lifetimes. Karmic lessons can bridge lifetimes to reoccur in our current life and teach us some invaluable truths.
From a practical standpoint, karmic lessons indicate weaknesses in our character that need to be dealt with and are important for supporting personal growth. In this article, we discuss the common signs of a karmic lesson. But first, let’s dig a little deeper into the meaning of karma and karmic lessons.
Karma And Karmic Lessons
“When a bird is alive…it eats ants. When the bird is dead…ants eat the bird. Time and circumstances can change at any time. Don’t devalue or hurt anyone in life. You may be powerful today, but remember, time is more powerful than you! One tree makes a million matchsticks…only one match stick is needed to burn a million trees. So be good and do good.”
Most of us are familiar with the concept of karma, which is a spiritual principle based on cause and effect. Simply put, your actions in this and past existence (cause) influence your fate in this life and future existence (the effect).
Karmic lessons represent themes and situations from past lifetimes, which we somehow mishandled in the past, but there were valuable things to learn from those experiences, and hence, they reappear in our present life so our soul may learn what it missed in the past life.
If you’re a believer of karma, you will know that a soul has to learn all its lessons before it is ready to attain Nirvana, even if that means spanning the lessons over several lifetimes. The circumstances we have mismanaged earlier keep reappearing and repeating in our current lifetimes, giving us the chance to learn the lessons that are crucial for evolving into better versions of ourselves. Once we learn the things we ought to, the situations stop repeating, and life becomes more peaceful and fulfilling.
These repeating patterns can sometimes be noticed in relationships too, which are basically karmic relationships, characterized by on and off attachment and facing the same kind of problems.
Each karmic lesson has a unique purpose. Some of the popular and frequently reappearing motives behind these spiritual lessons are:
- Showing us new ways of connecting with ourselves and the people in our lives.
- Teaching us the right ways to love.
- Teaching us how to let go.
- Making us realize our self-worth.
Below, I’ve explained four common signs that you’re undergoing a karmic lesson, followed by 5 ways to include them in your life.
4 Important Signs To Help Recognize A Karmic Lesson
1. You find yourself in repeating circumstances that present the same theme.
The whole point of the karmic lesson is to keep reoccurring in your life until you learn the lesson that you’re destined to learn. So, it’s highly likely that you’ll find yourself having similar experiences multiple times that tug at the same triggers. This is one of the clearest indications that you’re going through karmic learning.
2. Even red flags show repeating trends.
Another easy-to-understand sign of a karmic lesson is that you’re experiencing the same kind of problems in the majority of your relationships, both romantic and friendly. Perhaps you’re dealing with issues like always falling for narcissists, or getting too attached to someone.
When you find yourself experiencing the same red flags; it just means that there is a karmic lesson that you need to learn in order to break the repetitive cycle.
3. You have no choice but to confront your biggest fears.
The karmic lesson won’t let you escape the situations you’re terrified of. On the contrary, you’ll find yourself face to face with your worst fears, like your phobia of commitment, your fear of being alone, and your fear of expressing yourself confidently.
The fact that you’re constantly having to deal with these situations is one of the clearest signs that there might be a hidden karmic lesson that life wants to teach you.
4. You’re overcritical about everything
If there happens to be a karmic lesson you’re trying to escape from, then it will reflect in your attitude towards life. You are likely to become exceedingly critical about all your decisions, habits, and ideologies.
Hence, it is advisable that you embrace these lessons wholeheartedly; don’t try to fight the signs, integrate the lessons in your life for a healthier and more spiritually awakened existence.
5 Methods To Integrate Karmic Lessons With Your Lifestyle
1. Get in tune with your values.
The root cause of the bigger problems in life is that we are not truthful and honest with ourselves. It is a good practice to take total responsibility for your own thoughts, words, and actions. Get a clear idea about what your role is in a particular situation and always stick to your truth.
2. Live for yourself and your happiness..
No one else can choose our path or determine the ideal course for us. We need to understand what works best for us, find our happiness, and create a life we’re satisfied with.
3. Practice self-love.
Practicing self-compassion builds inner strength and makes us stronger mentally. When we have more faith in ourselves, we are able to judge situations clearly, and easily absorb the lessons karma is trying to teach us. We find the courage to not settle for less than we deserve.
4. Build up your independence and sharpen your intuition.
Building up your independence and intuition is perhaps one of the most effective tips to integrate karmic lessons. A stronger sense of independence and a sharper intuition will help you identify and understand the truth more clearly.
You will no longer run in circles trying to understand karma’s message, rather you will face your karmic lessons head-on and break free from the repetitive cycles.
5. Have faith in your journey.
Learning such deep truths about ourselves isn’t easy on our soul, but we need to trust that karma is playing out as it was meant to. Have faith that these lessons are the ones we must learn if we want to evolve into better, wiser people.
Adopt a growth mindset towards life. Think of yourself as a student in the world (your classroom) where you’re constantly learning and developing. Karmic lessons are natural and constant parts of our lives.