The other night I was at a friend’s house and, while we were looking for something to watch, the film ‘Due Date’ caught my eye. I thought that it looked similar to the ‘Hangover’ films, so I thought that it would be a good idea to watch it.

Over all, I would say that it was an entertaining film; there were moments when we both laughed and found it hard to believe what was going on. However, there was a part in the film that made me step back and reflect.

After The Car Accident

Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) and Ethan (Zach Galifianakis) are left without a car, and this was due to the fact that Ethan fell asleep at the wheel and ended up crashing the car. Soon enough, Peter’s friend, Darryl (Jamie Foxx), arrives to pick him up.

At this point, Peter is more than happy to leave Ethan behind; he has had more than enough of him. Yet, Darryl says that this would lead to bad karma and says that he should go and get him.

The Right Thing to Do

Peter soon comes to the conclusion that Darryl is right and ends up telling Ethan that he can join them. Ultimately, Peter believes that something bad will happen to him if he turns his back on Ethan.

It could be said that they both believe that it is their action that have the biggest effect on their life. Therefore, if they do ‘good’ things, it will stop them from having to experience ‘bad’ things’.

A Common Outlook

This way of looking at karma can sound fairly accurate, with our actions being the only thing that have an effect on our reality. The key is then going to be for someone to make sure they do ‘good’ things and to make sure they don’t do anything ‘bad’.

What this doesn’t take into consideration, though, is that it is not just what we do that influences our life; there is also the effect that our thoughts, feelings and beliefs have. Additionally, if Pieter is only doing something to avoid bad karma, he is clearly coming from a place of fear.

What You Resist Persists

Another way of looking at this would be to say that it is what is taking place in our body, as opposed our mind that defines our life. Someone can then do something and say to themselves that this will be bring them good karma, but at a deeper level, they can be sending out another message – a message that is fear-based.

And what will have the strongest affect on what actually happens won’t be what they do; it will be what is taking place in their body. It is then as though one is trying to deceive themselves and the universe, but while they will be able to deceive themselves, they won’t be able to deceive the universe.

It’s Always On

Ultimately, it is their feelings that have the biggest effect on their reality and not their thoughts. So, if one is only doing something to avoid something else, it would be for better for them to stop what they are doing and to take a different approach.

What this comes down to is that one’s being is constantly communicating with the universe; this is not something that can be stopped. When someone doesn’t understand this and they do ‘good’ things, it can be hard for them to understand why ‘bad’ things would happen to them.

A Closer Look

Going over this reminds of the conversations I have had over the years with a friend of mine called, Wain Gordon. This is someone who is curious about his own motives and the motives of others.

He has spoken at length about how important it is to look into the reason/s why we want to do something. The reason for this is that if we don’t do this, it can cause us to not only attract what which we are trying to avoid, it can send us down the wrong path and to expect things that can’t be provided.

Final Thoughts

This is just a film and, if these actors were asked to share their thoughts on karma, they might have something completely different to say. Even so, it can be easy to accept something just because it was in a film.

So, regardless of whether we watch a film or read a book, for instance, it is vital to question what we are told. And if you would like to find out more about Wain, and the serves that he offers, please to go -

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