In the Vedic times, karma originally meant a "ritual physical offering”. This means every action is an offering to get us closer to God. It did not imply taking action was bad. It is a link. It did not originally mean “action” alone but a very specific one which activates greater freedom and a remembrance of it. Ethos, the original root of ethics, does not mean it is socially imposed from outside of us but called upon from within. Ethics is very radical. It is a tool to get to the root of ethereal where ether or space becomes real and actualized. Our aligned, congealed actions of dharma also draw attention to the Ethereal. The purest dharma does means we do not attach to the result. Can you imagine an action so pure? This also means we are free of the reaction that cycles out, according to Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. That is really far out.
My last trip across the world, especially Morocco was that. I felt I had to really step “out” and consider new ways of being as a woman and a “spirited” being. And I learned a lot. I softened tremendously and developed greater compassion and appreciation to hardship and new ways of viewing God and social interactions. For me, stepping towards the teacher is that same thing, as I am doing now here in Woodstock. Stepping towards intimacy, sentiment and love is that for me too, all important parts to our evolutions. Sometimes, there is trepidation. I find trepidation to be a sign of respect. Fear is different than trepidation because I still move forward. Fear is a sign of stuckness and the false comfort of ego, getting me to further delude. That is when I stopped sharing and it is time for me to check in.
Dharma is a way to get out of ourselves. It extends outward. It is the opposite of being self absorbed, caught and bound by personal gain and motive again and again. Dharma is often not what we “think” so it is not something to think about in order to find it. It will come spontaneously. It is our origin coming out into the world. Upholding it invites us to see the sacred in our daily lives and get the scared parts of us out that are simply not real or true.