Karma in Action

Finding Meaning, Making Choices

Non-Fiction - Memoir
118 Pages
Reviewed on 01/01/2018
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Author Biography

How do some people create the life they want here and now while others feel stuck in whatever life they think they were given? My curiosity led me to years of studying both Eastern and Western teachers, as well as to a PhD in psychology—material I draw upon for quotations and examples I hope are intellectually stimulating as well as entertaining.

Given my interest, real life characters appeal to me more than fictional subjects. Fortunately, I find inspirations within my own family.

Karma in Action: Finding Meaning, Making Choices explains that karma is neither a religious term nor a past judgment. Rather, karma is a tool for action to create positive change--if we know how to use it. My husband Ed and I had instinctively followed the twelve basic laws of karma on two separate occasions. The first time was after a traumatic accident in 1978 left him with limited use of his hands. The second time was in 2003 when he was diagnosed with third stage lung cancer and refused chemotherapy and radiation, instead following Dr. Tom Wu’s Different Approach in Natural Healing: Conquer Cancer and Other Diseases with Simple Foods, a book in Mandarin I later edited into the only English edition. (Both of these experiences are included in Karma in Action.)

My previous book, Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back against Alzheimer’s for Her Mother. . .and Perhaps Herself, is also a memoir –this time, a dynamic fusion of my mother’s story and science.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers' Favorite

Told through a fascinating series of life-experience anecdotes by psychologist Constance L Vincent Ph. D., Karma In Action (Finding Meaning, Making Choices) is an expertly researched and masterfully explained book detailing the twelve laws of Karma. The concept of Karma - the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences – comes to us from Buddhist teachings, but the overriding principle is paraphrased in many of today’s religions (e.g. Christianity’s golden rule).

In Dr. Vincent’s words: “Karma is not only about unraveling the past to find clues that explain the present or future. No one has to wait until old age to become enlightened.” And it is on this basis that she takes us through many of the life lessons she has learned over time and relayed them back to one of the corresponding twelve laws. There is something to be learned by every reader in Dr. Vincent’s teachings - whether religious or agnostic – as she cleverly links together the spiritual aspects of karma with a solid basis in psychological theory, thereby helping us to fully understand the cause and effect of one’s decision making.

A cynic may conclude that it would take an extremely brave – or foolhardy - reviewer to rate a book on karma anything less than five stars, though I would be the exception to that rule. I fall squarely on the agnostic side of the ledger when it comes to matters of spirituality, and have been called far worse than foolhardy. That being said, I found Dr. Vincent’s Karma In Action a fascinating read and well worthy of a five star rating.