There is another way of seeing the dynamics of karma and dharma.
To recap, karma is action, energy. It is doing. The devata do and this creates experiences for us, the experiencers. Our experiences are then processed and digested. If we resist or grasp or otherwise get in the way of the smooth flow of action, we create residues of incomplete action. This is often what people call karma.
Most people are identified with their sense of personal me. This ego-sense lays claim to doing as mine. It grasps at events to say I am, I did, I think, and so forth. And yet the ego knows it’s not the doer. It claims doership to give the appearance of being in control, obscuring our actual role as the experiencer.
Dharma is often understood to mean purpose. It is defined in 4 levels: universal, community, time of life, and personal. However more deeply dharma is that which sustains. From a deep perspective, the world is being created and recreated in every moment. In order for the field of experience to be sustained for our evolutionary unfoldment, there are principles of life that keep the overall world stable.
Dharma includes everything from spiritual practice to community engagement to family obligations to right food. Whatever keeps things going in a harmonious way is dharma.
Our dharma and karma are both built into the structure of our form.
Divine Shakti or power can be said to flow into the field of consciousness, bathing it. Shakti has direction causing consciousness to move in directed ways, to flow. The devata use vibration to create patterns and structures to guide the flow into form. Further Shakti’s steer that flow into these specific structures and thus forms and experiences arise.
From this perspective, dharma is the permeable structures or “walls” that steer smooth flow. Dharma structures harmony and balance into form.
However, when an experience is resisted and is not digested, it leaves residues. If those are not resolved they can causes structures of resistance I spoke of on Deep Patterns. Deep enough and they alter the structure itself. This is a different kind of wall we can call karma – unresolved action. We might call this potential energy but it comes in the form of resistance or inertia. These walls are not harmonious and interfere with flows, creating turbulence, friction, and a buildup.
As Dorothy Rowe observed, the walls of karma block flow. The walls of dharma steer flow but are more permeable and might be called holographic.
Healing resolves these areas of resistance, restores balance and dharma, and brings smooth flow of life. It is opening, freeing, and fulfilling.