Today I’d like to introduce you to a bonus ‘F’
– an ingredient that I highly recommend incorporating into your journey and your life if you’d like to enjoy more good luck and good fortune.
(As well as better health and more inner calm.)
A few years ago, I was part of a university study into the nature of luck.
It was an interesting experience and it did teach me a good deal on the kinds of actions, habits and mindsets that lead to what’s commonly referred to as good luck.
Did it make me luckier?
I believe so!
And actually, that’s part of the magic – because the biggest takeaway from the course was:
People who believe they are lucky tend to be luckier than those who don’t.
It’s our old friend The Power of Belief again.
So, it seems there are steps we can take to influence our luck, or at least, our perception of luck (which often leads to the same results).
And ever since my involvement with the study, I’ve had my mental radar tuned to mysteries of how luck works and what makes us luckier.
I’ve been asking questions like;
What is luck?
Why do things go well when they do?
Is it chance?
Is it purely random or subject to the laws of the universe?
Do we make our own luck through our cocreative actions and attractions?
Or are we subject to the whim of fate?
And what determines our good luck?
Who decides our fortune?
What forces decide that things will go our way?
Those times, when things could have so easily gone just a little differently, when events could have swung the other way, when circumstances could have played out in a totally different direction – what is it that determines the cards fall in our favour?
They do say seek and you will find, and so I’ve found some clues and developed a few ideas about the nature of luck – and how we can use these insights to create the life and career we dream of.
And since I love to experiment with theories in my own life, I’ve been practicing and tracking and testing what works, for me.
Today, I’d like to share with you one of my favourite working theories – a powerful ingredient that I believe clears the way for more good fortune to find us.
To begin, we first need to explore the fascinating concept of karma…
“How people treat you is their karma;
how you react is yours.”
In Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – the book that lit the spark of dharma in my heart and led to this work – the third law is The Law of Dharma, or Cause and Effect.
“Your future is generated by the choices you are making in every moment of your life.”
So how can this help us to be luckier?
Even though I believe we humans are far more powerful than is commonly believed, I also believe that we are players in a larger picture.
Even though we can do much to create the version of life we envision and dream of, there are forces at play beyond our immediate control.
We live a sea of other energies, we are subject to certain universal laws – both material and spiritual.
And yet, we can align with these laws, we can learn how to work with these forces so that we enjoy more of the results we do want to see and fewer of the instances of ‘bad luck’.
And this idea of karma can help us.
If karma is simply the consequences of our actions – then, in theory, we have total control over it!
Because, we have, in theory, total control over our actions.
But as the perfectly imperfect humans that we are, we don’t always think, speak and act in the ways that lead to beneficial ripple effects.
We may create consequences that are less than our desired vision for our lives.
We may do things that return to us in less than auspicious ways.
This may happen in obvious ways – we react in anger and reap the consequences.
But according to The Law of Karma, very often the ripple effects of our actions return to us at a later time, in the form of ‘chance’ happenings.
And if we would like more of those so-called co-incidences to be to our liking, then we can take greater steps to be more of the person we want to be, the person who receives good as a return on all the good we have given.
In this way, karma plays a large role in our ‘luck’.
Our karma influences how things turn out, whether they go in our favour, or not.
Throughout this journey, we’ve embraced many aspects that generate only positive ripple effects in the world; joy, purpose, service, positive intention, helping our fellow humans, striving for peace and harmony, uplifting and inspiring others through our work.
And I believe that these positive actions and intentions are causes that lead to effects of increased success, enjoyment of life, fulfilment, satisfaction and aliveness.
And by the law of karma, these rich rewards find us automatically, as natural by-products of the vision we are cultivating.
This is the idea behind automagic success that I shared in The Joy Of Dharma.
Our good works are creating good karma, that will return to us in myriad beneficial ways and happy outcomes that others may perceive as luck.
But there’s more that we can do to shift the scales of fortune in our favour.
Even beyond our creative contributions, even beyond our striving to live our best lives, do our best work and be our best selves, there is a way to mitigate any past actions that may result in bad luck, or things not going the way we hoped.
Beyond good works in the present and the future, there’s another way to influence karma – to reduce the negative effects or ‘burn karma’ from past mistakes.
My Working Theory of the Karma-burning Power of Forgiveness.
“Let go of the littleness.”
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
From my studies of spiritual laws, I’ve come to understand that we receive what we give.
Maybe you’ve heard the expression; We reap what we sow.
And so it follows that as we forgive others, we will be forgiven.
As we release resentment and anger, we receive a spiritual blessing in the form of a cleaner slate.
As we let go of negativity, we create an energetic vacuum that is replenished with positive energy – and all the subsequent beneficial ripple effects of that.
So, in forgiving others, we help ourselves.
And I believe that developing this instinct will shift the balance of karma in our favour.
Forgiveness clears our frequency, it transmutes any less than desirable karmic effects.
And by reducing ‘bad’ karma (and increasing good karma) : we become luckier.
Of course, with such abstract ideas as luck and karma, this can be a tricky theory to prove scientifically.
But I can vouch for many happy benefits of this practice in my own life.
Whether these are real or a result of my belief in this theory – does it matter?!
If I believe this practice makes me luckier, and that belief then influences my good fortune (as the university study suggests) – then it works!
I can also reference this idea of the power of forgiveness in many of the world’s faith systems.
For example, from my own Christian upbringing, the words “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those” were included in the ultimate guide to divine living, The Lord’s Prayer.
But aside from any theological evidence, my recommendation is that you discover the truth of this practice for yourself – if you like the idea of feeling luckier, as well as enjoying more inner peace and physical wellbeing.
Because the effects of forgiveness go beyond improving karma and inviting good fortune.
Forgiveness actually makes life more fun and rewards you in many ways:
When someone annoys you, you can train yourself to react with a forgiveness instinct – and the intention and challenge of this can actually make you smile!
When you see/hear/receive offending action or words, you can pause and silently be grateful that this is an opportunity to burn some karma!
You can then feel thankful towards the person – they have just helped you improve your life and get luckier!
So you win, because you turned around what could have been a negative and irritating incident into a positive one. (And all the ripple effects of that both saved and received.)
Your forgiveness has just burned some of your bad karma meaning a future incident that could have gone badly will now go in your favour.
You have increased your odds of good fortune and good luck.
And you not only burned some karma from past actions, you also saved self future bad karma that would have resulted from reacting in anger or resentment.
You also avoided the need to apologise which is never fun and can often impact your sense of self.
So, you get to feel good about yourself because you are a kind and forgiving person – good fodder for that all-important self-image which improves your life.
You also win because you have one less grievance in your life.
The other person wins too, because they don’t receive anger and resentment from you.
If this is a person you love and care about, you improved the life of a loved on, so you win again.
And the whole world wins when there is more forgiveness, compassion and peace, and less friction, anger and negativity.
And since you live in the world – you win again!!
There are so many benefits to embracing the intention to forgive more – perhaps this is why it’s a cornerstone principle in the world’s faith systems.
“To err is human,
to forgive, divine.”
So, there you have my theory of how to become luckier:
Embrace and cultivate a forgiveness practice.
I appreciate you may need to see the effects and benefits of this for yourself, so I heartily recommend you give it a go – what have you got to lose?
By sowing this seed of an idea, I hope that you’ll at least see it as an option in future moments of potential fury, helping you to pause, even if only for a second, to consider an alternative response.
This practice of training yourself to delay hotheaded reactions or release brooding resentments is a powerful spiritual tool.
And a habit of calmer, more loving, generous and forgiving responding is not only good for your future good fortune – it’s beneficial for your relationships, your inner calm, your self-esteem and of course, your enjoyment of your life experience.
But what has this got to do with Your Creative Dharma?
I present all these benefits of cultivating a forgiveness habit because, as well as the lovely life-enhancing effect of being luckier in general, I believe this strategy can help us enjoy more success with our work and our vision of Your Creative Dharma.
I believe that by aligning with the side of grace, we’re paving the way for the success of our own efforts, in particular, our grand vision of a joyful creative career that serves the world.
This kind of good fortune shows up in the form of Career Karma, Commerce Karma, or Success Karma.
And it explains why some people effortlessly progress in their careers or sell their work while other people struggle.
From my studies, I’ve learned that there’s more to success than simply the ‘right’ actions.
It’s a more complex blend of self-image, intention, belief, faith, frequency and… karma.
So, by incorporating this element of forgiveness into your life as a spiritual practice and a new intention, you can enjoy the benefits in your work life as well as your inner world.
Forgiveness as a practice (and it does take practice!) can be a supportive strategy for Your Creative Dharma.
The ripple effects of becoming a more forgiving person will probably benefit you more than anyone.
And I’m sharing this bonus ingredient as part of this course because those happy benefits will go along way in supporting your work in the world and your enjoyment of the journey.
Letting go as a strategy for fulfilment, satisfaction and success.
Forgiveness as a route to good fortune.
I hope my little theory – and the many proven benefits of forgiveness – will inspire you to give it a go.
“Forgiveness is the attribute
of the strong.”
So, I hope you enjoyed this bonus training on how to become more aligned with the forces of luck and good fortune.
Enjoy playing with this idea!
I would love to hear how it helps you.