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If you have ever felt as though some unseen being was preventing you from succeeding in life, sabotaging every attempt at happiness, then you know first hand how horrible bad karma can be. We’re not perfect, and for that reason, there is no way to avoid bad karma altogether. However, it’s important to note that you hold the powers as to what karma you experience at any given moment.

The theory of karma states that whatever actions you take in this life, you will ultimately either be rewarded or punished. Therefore, if you live a life of goodness, you will prosper as you are rewarded for the positivity that you have introduced into this world. However, if you choose to embrace your darker side, making decisions that may be painful for those around us, or bowling over others in our efforts to obtain true personal gain, prepare yourself.

If you are currently suffering the effects of bad karma in your life, you are likely seeking a solution. Good news. While you can’t undo the errors that you have made, you can take steps to shift your energy and, with it, the karma that you will experience moving forward.

Here are 7 tips to free yourself from bad karma and welcome happiness and positivity into your life:

#1 – Always Be Patient

Look around you for a moment. We have become an ‘instant gratification’ society where everyone expects to receive everything they want at a moment’s notice. This attitude can set you up for failure as your attention is 100% on what you’re hoping to get and how you plan on getting it. This leads you to overlook the here and now, taking the people in your life for granted. Don’t make that mistake. Instead, take a step back, enjoy the present and be patient about what’s to come.

#2 – Say Goodbye to Toxic Connections

Your karma isn’t only affected by your own energy, but also by that of the people that you choose to entertain in your life. For this reason, if you were to allow someone into your life that was highly negative or toxic, they could bring bad karma upon you, even if you were a positive person. Take a step back and carefully look at the relationships in your life. If you are engaging with a toxic individual, it’s time to sever ties and free yourself from their influence.

#3 – Spread Love and Happiness

A good way to determine the karma that one is going to experience is by looking at the energy that we are putting out into the world. If we bring negativity and pain to others anytime we are near, that is inevitably going to bring bad karma. Meanwhile, we can shift that karma by instead focusing on bringing peace, love, and compassion. This is the basis of the ‘Law of Attraction’, stating that whatever you put out into the world is what you will ultimately receive in return.

#4 – Remain Positive

Your mind is the control panel for your life, holding the power to determine how you are going to act or react to any given situation. Therefore, the thoughts you choose to entertain can have a profound impact on your life. If you allow yourself to think negatively, you are setting yourself up to attract negativity, a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, if you are willing to turn that thinking around, you can set yourself up to make smarter, positive choices in life. These choices will ultimately influence your karma.

#5 – Apologize to Those You Have Wronged

Never underestimate the power of a genuine apology. Not one that you say simply because you feel as though it’s the ‘right thing to do’, but one that comes from the heart. Karma isn’t fooled by empty words and meaningless gestures. You need to look deep within your heart and find true remorse for the way that you have wronged someone or the mistake that you have made. Only then will you free yourself from the bad karma that it brought upon your life.

#6 – Perform a Random Act of Kindness

As we previously established, your karma is going to be influenced by what you put out into the world and what you do for others. For this reason, a random act of kindness is like the ultimate act in terms of altering your karma. Not only are you spreading positive energy, but you are using your own resources (time, energy, money) to bring happiness to another. Look within yourself, however, to make sure you are doing this for good reasons and not just to manipulate karma, as that wouldn’t work.

#7 – Always Keep Learning

Everything that we experience in life is a learning opportunity. Your karma is rarely brought upon your life by one random, isolated incident. Instead, it is the product of many wrong choices and ongoing mistakes, with no care for how these choices may bring pain to others. However, if you see every moment as the opportunity to learn yet another life lesson, you can grow and evolve from these experiences. This will help you to avoid making the same mistake twice, as you learned from it the first time, empowering you to turn your energy around. Doing so puts you in the right position to turn bad karma around so as to welcome good karma into your life.