The ABC's of Dharma

Living in alignment with your true purpose, known as your <a href="http://www.myyogaonline.com/videos/yoga/dharma-of-relationships-align-and-realign" target="_blank">dharma</a>, is a key focus for people who enter the path of spiritual awakening. As an intuitive counselor, this issue is often the number one goal of my clients when we begin working together. It is commonplace to feel disconnected from our true <a href="http://www.myyogaonline.com/healthy-living/personal-development/how-to-discover-your-soul-purpose" target="_blank">meaning and purpose</a> in life.  Growing up, most of us were not taught how to go deep within and explore what we love and what inspires us. Most of us are taught to follow the conventions and expectations of society which follow the formula: go to college, get a degree, apply for a job and work 9-5. Somewhere along the line, we then develop what I call divine discontent. This state of being is usually the motivating factor that sets us in search of deeper meaning. So it is not surprising that many people come to me at midlife with this question: How do I find my true purpose? In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna speaks to Arjuna telling him that it is better to do your own dharma poorly than to do someone else’s well. I interpret this as an opportunity to disconnect from all societal expectations and to follow the path of your own inner drummer, which to me means, your heart. I did this 10 years ago when I left my career as a corporate banker and become an intuitive counselor. I’ve heard it said that only when you figure out what you are uniquely able to do, and carry it out as well as you can, can you truly feel fulfilled in this life. Actually, that’s a tall order. Because if you look around there are multitudes of people offering similar services. Of course, each person’s individual approach and delivery offers a fresh perspective and this is part of our individual dharma. How we do what we do from our unique and personal perspective is key. Differentiating ourselves and our service is becoming more and more daunting in the information-age of Google searches, analytics and the ever-growing website explosion of services, products and causes. Is this what dharma is about? Or is dharma really about living in a certain way, with principles of conduct and integrity as the goal vs. service and product offerings? I had to take a step back awhile ago and ask myself a deep question: how do I live in alignment with my highest truth? And the answer, from the still, small voice within was quite different than what I expected. I heard: you choose to live an ordinary life in an extraordinary manner! This sent me on a new quest. As a result, I’ve expanded from living in dharma to expanding into dharma-kaya. Dharma-Kaya comes from the Triskaya doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism and it relates to the Truth Body. So I was impelled to ask myself, what matters most in living from my <a href="http://www.myyogaonline.com/videos/yoga/live-your-truth" target="_blank">highest truth</a>? And it was not related to my job or my service or my product. I realized it was about my conduct, behavior and integrity. It seemed obvious then to make a contrast between karma, experiencing the cycle of cause-and-effect, and dharma-kaya, evolving beyond this cycle and residing in the truth-body. Listening again to that still-small voice within, I realized that I was being led back to the beginning. As if I were learning the alphabet for the first time. I began to understand the ABC’s of karma-drama (and we all know this well!) and dharma-kaya. So I leave you with my list of the ABC’s of Karma-Drama vs Dharma-Kaya. I believe this is the most important choice that we have the conscious capacity to make. How are we showing up in the world? When we choose the path of Dharma-Kaya, the truth body, it truly does not matter what we do, but only, how we do it. This is living our Dharma to the best of our ability, and the more we stay in the ABC’s of Dharma-kaya vs. the ABC’s of Karma-Drama, the more we are in alignment with our true purpose. The following list is self-explanatory. Whatever you do, choose to do it in alignment with Dharma-Kaya, your truth-body.  Karma-Drama vs. Dharma-Kaya

Karma-Drama

Dharma-Kaya

Agitation

Acceptance

Blame

Balance

Controlling

Contented

Defense

Delight

Effort

Ease

Frustration

Flow

Guilt

Grace

Hostile

Honest

Identity

Integrity

Judgment

Joy

Karma

Kindness

Lies

Love

Manipulation

Mastery

Necessity

Neutrality

Obligation

Opportunity

Projection

Peace

Question

Quiescent

Reactive

Receptive

Selfish

Sacred

Troubled

Truth

Using

Unity

Vindictive

Vitality

Wanting

Whole

Xenophobic

Xenial

Yearning

Yes

Zealous

Zest

Ronna Prince is writer/producer of “Sacred Journey of the Heart,” a film on science and spirit of our connection. An intuitive counselor, sacred site guide, and songwriter, Ronna presents workshops on spirituality and conscious change-creation. She created the step-by-step personal growth process, Modern Mastery™ and is a certified Radical Forgiveness Coach, aura-soma practitioner and licensed teacher of the Institute of HeartMath™.    Website: <a href="http://www.sacredjourneyoftheheart.com/" target="_blank">www.sacredjourneyoftheheart.com</a> Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SacredJourneyoftheHeart" target="_blank">Sacred Journey of the Heart</a> YouTube:<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEniWwx6aLo" target="_blank"> Sacred Journey of the Heart Official Trailer</a>

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