The Novel Idea of Karma Credits

by heather

Andrew and I went out to lunch today, and after we parked the car and started walking to the restaurant, we started to have an interesting discussion.

I was enthralled with the idea that so many people who live close to a body of water (like the Gulf of Mexico) fish for their dinner.

“It’s like getting something for free,” I said. “No wonder so many people do it. Why buy a fish at the grocery store when you can just go catch it yourself?”

“Well, nothing is really for free,” Andrew said. “The fish is giving its life for you. That’s a debt, like a karma credit. Eating a fish is like 5 karma credits that have to be paid back somehow.”

And that’s when I stopped. “Karma credits?” I asked. “Did you just make that up?”

He shrugged. “I don’t know if I’m the first person to think of it, but I just thought of it.”

A novel concept is born…

I know this may seem like a frivolous idea, but give me a minute here. People always talk about karma, and it seems very abstract. There’s good karma, and bad karma. But wrapping your head around it has always been, at least for me, a bit difficult.

For instance, helping a senior citizen with their groceries creates good karma. But, how much? Conversely, cutting someone off in traffic and then giving them the finger creates bad karma. But, does it put you in the red or the black for the day? Does it take more good karma to offset a lesser amount of bad karma?

I know these questions have no answers. I know that many people don’t even believe in karma. But, I do. I think karma, or Law of Attraction, or whatever you want to call it, exists. I truly believe that your actions, your energy, and your focus have a direct reflection on the quality of your life.

If you subscribe to this belief, it means that everything matters. Your thoughts, and especially your actions. Even the little ones. Like when you go out of your way to recycle that plastic bottle. Or, conversely, when you don’t feel like making the trek out to the garage and you throw the thing away.

In the main, these may seem like little things. But aren’t most of our lives made up of these tiny, insignificant decisions? I believe that this is where we really prove what we’re made of. It’s not in the huge battles that come along once, maybe twice in a lifetime. It’s in the little decisions we make every single day. It’s the miniscule victories and tiny losses that define who we are at our deepest level.

Which is why the idea of karma credits was so appealing to me. Thinking about good and bad in this way was a fun way to measure an action’s weight in my own mind. Even if it seems insignificant, adding a value proves that it’s not. It’s not ever.

We began to have fun with it after we picked up our food, assigning values to things. For instance, catching a fish for dinner is like, -5 karma credits. Helping someone change a tire would be +20, and if it was raining or you were running late you’d get an extra +10.

We also figured that negative karma credits have more weight than positive ones. So if you do something bad, it’s going to take at least twice that amount of positive credits to make up for it.

Anyway, I know this has nothing to do with frugality and going green, but I just couldn’t help but put it up here today. Our conversation made me laugh, and it made me think about something old in a new way. I just wanted to share.


Nick April 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

OMG I came up with this same idea several years ago after I decided to donate $200 on the whim to a charitable cause. One week late I won a free raffle prize with a monetary value of about $200 dollars. I claimed it was Karma from the week before, and got the idea of credits through the fact that I kind of got all my money back in different form. But I named this idea as Karma Kredits cause I like the way Kredits looked. Also I have been using this as my base belief/religion ever since.

Jen November 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm

this is a very interesting concept….I actually googled “karma credits” and stumbled across this blog. i am a big believer in Karma….and believe that we all come into this life with “karmic debt” from previous lives. so it’s not just about what you do in this life….but you might have karmic debt from a previous life that you have to pay off. i have always been someone that likes to give back and volunteer whenever possible, i also go above and beyond to do the right thing and to recycle whenever possible….and it is funny because i have won a lot of things in my life(several trips even)….and people always say I’m so “LUCKY”……but I think i attribute it to my good deeds….and my Karma Credits that i have earned over my lifetime… I never thought about it in that way up to very recently….and it was never my intention of getting anything in return of my good deeds….but it is definitely a great plus!! Interesting stuff though…. 🙂

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