The Dharma Trail is a trail of going from segregation to integration, from unconsciousness to consciousness, from Assumptions to truth, from suffering to happiness. This trail is followed by your Intention, not your plan or desire to be free, but from you heartfelt intention that will moves you into uncharted territory of your mind. Plans want to get to something you know: Dharma is unknown, so you can’t plan to get there. There is no way to plan to the unknown. Which way do you go? What do you take? You don’t know?
Moments of Joy are the contact points of the Dharma Trail, overlooks where the clouds clear and you see the panorama, moments of spontaneity when you just connect with someone, but these moments are not planned are they. They just seem to happen. When you intentionally follow the Dharma Trail, these moments of joy happen more often. The gap between them decreases, so that is a clue you are going in the right direction.
The Dharma Trail is like Roy Rogers and Happy Trails to You with the singing cowboys, and the American cowboy is metaphor for a person free from civilization and its boundaries. The mythic cowboy fights Evil, the black hats of Ego and greed. But on the Dharma Trail the black hated bad guys are your assumptions. This is a battle between awareness (white hates) and unconsciousness (black hats). Be a singing cowboy.
It is not easy on the Dharma Trail to trust that you Intention is carrying the day, that you Intention is your secret guide. Our perspective on the trail is always clouded, always obstructed by trees and rocks, so it is punctuated by overlooks where you get a moment of seeing the world as being an integrated whole, and they you go back to the trail cutting through the forest. The overlook is now just a memory, but you move on, trusting that you are still on the trail.
What is your guide when you can’t see the whole? You heartfelt intention. Trust that.
The movement of life is from separation to unity. This is why our current President is awakening a Life Movement because our hearts know this movement towards the Wall and separation is the wrong direction. Trump veers off the Dharma Trail and takes us in the wrong direction; we feel this. You can’t restore America, you create America through inclusion instead of exclusion. This is why I always see Trump and current politics metaphorically, as a reflection of our inner trail, our Dharma Trail that is subjective, your trail, your path. To me Trump is like what not to do, a personification of Ravana, of the Hindu epic, the Ego blown up on its own power.