One can’t really speak of contracts without the topic of “Karma” coming up – they really go hand in hand. “Karma” is sometimes considered life’s “hard knocks” – the many unpleasant experiences a soul goes through here on planet earth. Some others would interpret “Karma” to be “divine retribution” or a punishment from God against those who sin. But by definition, “Karma” simply means the forces of action and reaction – the law of cause and effect. “Karma” is like one of Newton’s laws of physics – every action has its equal and opposite reaction (“you reap what you sow”). All the things you have ever done in the past returns to bite or bless you in the future. In other words, “Karma” is cyclic energy – “what goes around comes around” (harming or praising you). “Karma” is the universal law of justice that balances the energetic forces of your life – there is no escaping it – everyone is a personal responsibility for all that they have ever done. Karma also has no time limits – if in one moment in one life you set in motion a particular act, you may not reap the fruit of it until many years… or many lives later. If one plants a seed in the ground that seed will eventually grow into a tree – this is “Karma”.
I would say that it is the “good energy” we perform acts with that counts as “Good Karma” – not the acts themselves. What is determined as “good” by our ego-minds (and its collective form as societies “norms” and “morals”) is usually a mental judgment, and rarely of the highest truth – as it is said, “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions”? It is also said that we don’t get to Heaven by good deeds (alone). Heaven is an internal place of consciousness – not a material place which we work our way up to by worldly acts. However, if our actions come from the pure energies of our inner hearts (that place in us that is of Heaven) naturally, that’s another matter – then we strengthen such energies in the world, and in ourselves – this is “good” karma.