Question: Do you have any articles on karma and law of attraction?
Answer: Here is a ‘reverse’ article on it: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thedailyenlightenment-realisation/message/329 (‘The Secret’ of the Law of Resistance).
Question: Someone I know believes that his ill health is due to bad karma and have been praying and chanting a lot to get rid of this bad karma. What do you think?
Answer: Bad karma is not always in terms of an untraceable force. E.g. bad health can be caused by bad lifestyle habits now, which create and perpetuate the bad karma of bad health. Beyond praying and chanting, it is good to look into the possible need to change bad habits too, if they exist. Also, one can do more good deeds to create good karma to dilute bad karma – e.g. practise animal liberation, go vegetarian, do charity work…
Question: He also believes that positive thoughts attracts positive energy from the universe and he should keep in mind that his health will get better and better by the law of attraction.
Answer: Actually, there are many versions of what the so-called law of attaction is, and criticism on whether it works or not. The most popular version of the law of attraction, that what you think you will get is not exactly true, according to Buddhism. Because the thought of something in terms of intention is just a seed. There are conditions needed for the seed to grow, for fruits (results) to bear. For example, millions of people think and even dream of striking lottery all their lives, but they never win – because they lack the karmic conditions of generosity done in the past to nurture the seed of wealth to grow and manifest this way. Likewise, every ill person who craved to live on indefinitely eventually died when it is karmically time to go.
Question: He is afraid that if he gets better with the law of attraction, he does not deserve it and other bad things will follow. How can I help him with this thought?
Answer: Whatever one experiences in the moment, one always deserves in the moment – because the law of karma is always at work perfectly. This does not mean one who is sick should not seek cure, but that in the midst of seeking a cure, whatever one experiences in the moment is karmic in nature, never due to luck or chance. It is impossible to recover and not karmically deserve it at the same time. As such, his worry of karma being messed up and claiming ‘vengeance’ will never happen.
Question: I’ve search the net for some insights and found that there are many school of thoughts, which made me very confused.
Answer: The idea of the law of attraction working just by constantly thinking of something is a big mistake, as you can see above. Cause + Conditions = Effect. Conditions are crucial and this includes diligent efforts in various appropriate forms.