Different traditions use different numbers, but generally it’s called the Rule of Three. What is it, and how does it affect you? Find out more about the Karmic law of balance here.
While many people are familiar with the “Golden Rule,” which states that one should treat others the way one would like to be treated, there also exists a second, equally strong rule that is lesser-known but should definitely be brought more to light.
In this article we’ll call it the Rule of Returns. This is because some traditions say that the number is three, some that it is seven, and some even more, but the main tenet is the same: Whatever you send out will return to you multiple times. If you cast a good luck spell on a friend, that positive energy will return to you in droves.
If you rescue a kitten from a box in the river, that good deed will return to you. However, the opposite is also true – any act of malice, ill-will, or animosity will also be heaped back on you in multiples.
This idea of Karmic balance has been seen in basically every religion that holds its practitioners responsible for themselves. While, for instance, the “absolution”- based religions like Christianity allow their practitioners to simply erase their wrongdoings by saying a few words, traditions such as Buddhism and Wicca expect their practitioners to not do bad things and instead do good things based on the life they are living now, and not the promise of forgiveness and paradise later.
This is not to say that one should do good deeds for the purpose of having those good deeds come back to them plentifully, however. The energy one puts out does, indeed, come back to one, but those deeds should not be done expecting a reward. That is selfishness, and the intention behind a good deed being selfish sort of cancels the good deed out.
This is never more easily recognized than today, with social media like Twitter. Someone will Tweet that they just bought a homeless man a sandwich or whatever, and expect people to shower them in praise. They may have fed a homeless man, certainly, they may have done a god deed, yes, of course – but the reality of that situation is that they did that good deed for the purpose of being recognized.
You are completely allowed to do things for your own benefit. However, it is the intent that the Rule judges. Cast a spell to protect your house, and it sees that the primary intent is self-protection. Nothing done, all even. Cast that spell for another, and it sees that your intention is to protect someone else. Plus one on your score. Demand money for such a spell, and suddenly you’ve gone ten steps in the opposite direction. It is your intent that counts.
So here’s what you can do. The next time you do any magic, consider just briefly your intentions. Follow the Wiccan Rede. Don’t brag about your niceness to others. Be content knowing that you helped someone else out. Sure, the knowledge that it will come back to you is there, but that’s not the reward. Being a decent human being is the reward. Everything else is just frosting.