We are currently in an upward cycle of time, so evolution is naturally moving things along. But we often get distracted from dharma by the vagaries of karma, ego, and so forth.
What really keeps things moving is the divine. From the perspective of being in the world, we might call this intervention. Sometimes these flows are obvious, like when the divine takes form as an avatar (such as Rama or Krishna) or creates flashy events.
But much more often, interventions are small and subtle. For example, experiences often show up in our lives to help process an unresolved experience from the past. To make it conscious. Similarly, insights and visions may take us to another level. Plus the grace of awakening itself.
We can see unplanned events showing up in our lives as karma; the past showing up to complete. But the integration and breadth of the field of karma is such that it requires profound intelligence. We can thus redefine all of life’s experiences as an intervention.
While life may often not feel very divine, we are immersed in it and never apart from it. Our awareness of that may vary or be absent. That’s what leads to some of the ways people frame their experience of the world – a prison, a hell, a delusion, a mirage…
Such descriptions speak more of the experiencer than of life itself. The divine is seeking to lift us up and illumine us but with choice and our limited awareness, we naturally stumble a little in the process.