7 steps of dharma

The first step is Air. We are todlers. We don’t know about air, we don’t know the law, we don’t know dharma. We need it to live. It protects from danger in the form of a protective parent or teacher.

The second step is Cake and Vinegar. We learn as children by punishment and reward. We learn not to throw food on our fellows, skillfully they teach us to share.

The third step is Concrete. The law has solidified, and we play our role in society. We experience the law as something good and necessary, although coming from outside. This law is often accompanied by the mythology of the hero who brought this law to the people.

The fourth step is Steel. We think about the law and its limitations. We interpretfor the better and amend here and there. With the right tools, the law, like steel, can be bend into something more human, less rigid. We start to interpret. The first signs of dharma, of right thinking and doing, appear. Obviously, we need a soundboard for our interpretations. Our thinking is not always right. This soundboard is sometimes called the sangha.

The fifth step is Cotton. The written law disappears. It is still there, but ethics, coming from personal experience take its place. We wear our ethical t-shirt all the time. The 4 noble truths are experienced and tested. We make our own system of what is good. Now we need people around us on the same track, and a good teacher, to steer us into the right direction. Much more than in the former level. An interpretation of an experience is not always correct. We have to be prevented from becoming little hitlers (or the larger form).

The sixth step is Spidersilk. Everything seems to be connected. Every action has a consequence, and every action is a consequence. We see Process and Interrelatedness. We experience it. True Compassion raises its head. Ethics water down to their essence. Duality slowly disintegrates.

The seventh step is Space. Only Compassion remains. No more limits. No more ethics. Only limitless Compassion.

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