4 Signs You’re In a Karmic Relationship & How to Heal the Old Wounds

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By Bianca Alexander | Spirituality Health

With origins in ancient India, the term karma stems from the sanskrit word for “action, work or deed.” Karma not only applies to tangible actions like our words and deeds, it also applies to unseen energies like thoughts, intentions and emotions. Under the spiritual law of karma, our intent and actions (cause) directly influence our future, and therefore our present (effect). For example, good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness; bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

Though the vocabulary may be different, spiritual practitioners of all religions from Christianity to Islam embrace the universal principle of cause and effect in their teachings. And for most followers of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism, overcoming karma is considered essential for spiritual evolution.

The law of karma can be especially helpful when confronted with relationship challenges. According to psychotherapist Dr. Charles Richards, bestselling author of “Karmic Relationships: Healing Invisible Wounds,” what we think, do, and say when interacting with others helps create our future. That future is either desirable or undesirable based on the quality of our actions, thoughts and how we treat other people. Richards believes each of us has an eternal soul which carries a detailed record of all we have ever consciously or unconsciously experienced in this and past lives. Like Newton’s law of physics, this karmic record reflects back to us whatever energy we have created in the past.

Though it may be difficult to accept, karma helps us recognize that difficulty in our relationships with family, lovers, friends or colleagues at work are never a coincidence. Everything happens for a purpose, a cause that we ourselves set into motion at some point along our soul journey which creates invisible wounds – or blessings – for ourselves and others.

How to tell if you’re in a karmic relationship? Dr. Richards has identified several karmic relationship patterns that can be identified by answering the questions below:


  1. Do you find yourself on an emotional roller-coaster of extreme highs and lows in this relationship?
  2. Have you ended this relationship more than once for good reason, only to get back together and continue the same dysfunctional pattern?
  3. Is one person in this relationship willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice to come to another’s assistance?

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  1. 1665883880348349@facebook.com' Danuška Bartak says:

    Jen Flanagan

  2. 10205136421472100@facebook.com' Billie Mae says:

    Old Wounds, key words 🙂 Edna May Harbin McBride

  3. 10154298757699616@facebook.com' Mandy Wang says:

    Haven’t had highs and lows relationships since teenage years . When mature enough won’t bother to engage in such

  4. 10154336049755931@facebook.com' Cristel Howe says:

    Carey Mastre

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