Though the word Karma is commonly known and used, it's generally perceived in a negative way. Do something wrong, inappropriate and you'll "pay the price". More fully understood, Karma is cause and effect. Do good and good returns to you in more powerful ways. Karma is a way of understanding that you do have a huge influence over your life. By taking skillful actions issues such as illness can be moved in the direction of health, poverty can be moved into the direction of financial stability, anger can be transformed and one can live with peace and joy.
The principle of karma simply means you can change a situation or condition into another situation or condition. Author Wu Wei explains karma this way: "Because of the law of cause and effect, a rock thrown into a pond makes ripples every time. The bigger the rock, the bigger the ripples. Just as we can depend on that to be true and never disappointed, we can depend on all the causes to produce their corresponding effects every time."