When most people think of karma, they think of it in a negative context. However, karma is simply a way to describe the process of energy finding its own state of equilibrium. Try to think about karma as if it is water. When karma is poured into a glass, it sloshes around a little but before finding its resting point.
When we take an action in our life, it is like picking up that glass of karma and jostling it just a bit. The larger the action, the more the karma splashes and creates ripples. This process on its own is neither good nor bad, it is a process of energy searching for its most comfortable resting point.
Therefore, when we take action toward another person, a similar action is taken toward us. Whether that action is considered positive or negative does not matter. All that matters is what we put out is what we get back. We can receive that energy back at any time, from the moment we take that action anytime up to and including future lifetimes (that is if we are to have any.)
So, that means if we need to reach equilibrium now, and we are in our last lifetime, we will experience the resulting actions from any karma that is left undone from our past lives. That is where karma is not all bad news, as more often than not we have just as many, if not more, positive experiences from our past lives than negative ones.
If you have helped others in the past, you will receive help now. If you have cared for others in the past, you will receive care now. Giving equals receiving.
And, just like that glass of water, we cannot suspend karma in midair. If something needs to find its equilibrium in your life, it will. There is no phrase or affirmation that can will erase our karma, just like we cannot suspend a drop of water midway down the side of a glass.
So, how will you know if there is a karmic situation in your life that needs addressing? There are 2 different tools that you can look to for clues. The first is your astrological birth chart, looking at your retrograde planets and your nodes (among other indicators).
The second clue can be found in the repetitive experiences you are having, and connecting those experiences back to your past life patterns. When you know what you have done before, you will have a much better idea of what karmic drops still need to find their way to equilibrium in your life. When you are ready to learn more about the Past Life Patterns you hold (and how to transform them), take the Past Life Quiz.