Many people think of karma as something we did to someone else … killing, cheating, hurting them in some way … and we will get the same thing back for ourselves. From my experience, this is just a small part of the karmic energy we carry.
For most of the people I have worked with, the karma that needed to be cleared was from a past event where they needed to forgive someone or themselves for something that had happened.
Any energy that holds you in a low vibration of pain, guilt, anger, grief, or feelings of not being good enough or unsupported … anything that creates an energy of separation rather than wholeness … will create karma for you.
This energy can then create karmic patterns that keep recurring lifetime after lifetime.
An example of this would be a soul who incarnated in a lifetime with the purpose of bringing forward a new way to help others heal their physical body. Perhaps their family or the institutions at the time did not support them and they were thwarted in fulfilling their soul purpose. The soul ended up dying alone with feelings of hopelessness and despair.
The energy that is created over a lifetime and is unresolved when we die, creates a karmic energy. That energy is stored and is reignited when the soul reincarnates and begins living their soul purpose. The old feelings of not being supported or not being good enough start showing up and if this continues to happen over several lifetimes, it creates a karmic pattern.
When you begin to understand that what is playing out in your life is karma or a karmic pattern, it is much easier to begin clearing them.
Another aspect of individual karma is the emotional or mental energy that was created in response to an event.
One lifetime I needed to clear was from a lifetime of living my soul purpose as a teacher and member a spiritual community. The spiritual community was persecuted, I went into a deep fear. The energy of fear I created in that situation stayed with me my entire life and I allowed it to stop me in my own spiritual evolution. The energy of fear surfaced when I began teaching again in this lifetime. I recognized it as karmic energy, however, and had the tools to clear it. Over a few years, I was able to move beyond it and am living my soul purpose as a teacher in this lifetime.
When you see a pattern of responses to certain situations in your life, these are karmic patterns at work. The wonderful thing is that you can clear this energy and move beyond it to a life filled with more ease and peacefulness.