I've sat here many times, waiting for life to kick the butt of the person who did me wrong, hoping that his suffering would make him understand mine, and I could then stop hurting and feel justified. Life really doesn't happen that way. I mean, you may get "lucky" and live long enough to see somebody get their "just dues", but what does that really solve, except to fuel your anger and thirst for vengeance...meaning, you're still suffering?
Karma is different from the Laws of the Universe, such as, if you pollute your drinking water, you won't have clean water to drink. This is just common sense. Karma has more to do with ongoing emotional "punishment and reward" scenarios between people, that continue from lifetime to lifetime. Karma is chosen.
I often get asked by clients what my views are on karma. Here is what I responded to someone today:
"Karma...I have different views probably than most. I don't think life makes us suffer because we did something bad, or rewards us because we did something good. People may tend to do this, but not God or the Universe or Life or whatever you want to call the creative force. I think we reincarnate over and over. We come back in, choosing to suffer because we did something in a previous life that we feel guilty about. So we choose a life to re-live where we suffer a fate similar to our previous victim. We are "atoning" for our "sins" so to speak. I believe this is why we experience deja vu...a feeling like we've been here before...because we have. We live the same lives over and over until we feel we "get it right" or learn the lesson. We also reincarnate with the same people over and over and switch roles. Lets say you had slaves that you starved and abused. You die, and before incarnating again, you may regret what you did and will choose a life where you are in a similar type of situation - maybe you are homeless starving on the streets and get beaten up. Sometimes you will choose a life that you are the victim of the actual person you enslaved. It isn't until we choose to forgive, that we get released from these unnecessary cycles. Forgiving the other people that did you wrong and forgiving yourself. Usually if someone did something to you, chances are you did something to them at another time, or you feel you deserve to suffer for something you did that you most likely don't remember. (A lot of times a Past Life Regression can help you understand and resolve a lot of these repetitive cycles with specific people.) The hardest ones to forgive are the biggest lessons. It may take many tries, or it may take a lifetime to forgive, but we free ourselves when we do this. By understanding and forgiveness, you release yourself from this cycle of suffering."
Forgiveness is freedom.