Are You Living Dharma or Karma?

While in Austin, I was lucky enough to meet the most beautiful soul, Stacy Davenport! Stacy is a feng shui expert, life coach, Akashic Records consultant (say what?! We’ll get to that in a minute!), hand analyst, teacher, author, and self-proclaimed “ghost buster.”

I sat down with Stacy for a two-part interview to find out how to apply feng shui in your home and simple tricks to help you live a fulfilling life. Part 1 below focuses on how to live vertically, or live out your Dharma instead of Karma. Stay tuned for later in the week when we cover feng shui, exercises to help you find your life purpose, hand analysis and more.

If you take one thing away from this, let it be the idea of living vertically versus living horizontally, or living your “Dharma” instead of “Karma”. Let me explain...

Horizontal living is when we disregard our intuition and personal desires to accommodate the needs and perceived desires of others. Basically, it’s when we’re too afraid to be ourselves out of fear of being judged. As humans, it’s really easy to live horizontally; we’re basically raised to do it.

Vertical living focuses on the bigger picture, paying attention to what we’re really here for. It’s living with more heart and less ego. Allowing your free will to focus on your individual perceptions, understandings and beliefs instead of getting distracted by people and your interpretation of what they think about you, what they are saying and how they are making you feel.

As Stacy explained, “A lot of times, we’re just connected to the horizontal, and in the horizontal connection, we’re trying to get our needs met from the other person. We pass on feelings and energy through the horizontal. That’s why the vertical is so important. We get aligned to the divinity, to a higher vibration.”

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Think about your environment as a grid. A grid that goes in front of you, behind you, and above you.

While we spend most of our time focused on what we can see in front of us, the divine is accessed in the space above, which is often overlooked by us humans. That’s not to say the people in our lives don’t matter by any means. It’s just saying that your bias should be toward DHARMA over KARMA. Vertical living in place of horizontal living.

Here’s a chart that helps explain Karma vs. Dharma:

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Try applying this to your own relationships.

A co-dependent relationship looks like this:

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While a balanced, co-empowered relationship (what Stacy referred to as the “relationship sweet spot”) looks like this:

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Easier said than done, I know! But we can try, right?! So how do we connect to the vertical? Try this exercise everyday when you wake up in the morning or when you just need to reset.

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Stacy says, “Get hooked up every day and start living from that. Ask questions to your divine self, like what should I do here? or what am I supposed to be learning from this? Do it while you meditate. Stay vertical so you can sense bad energy.”

This year, it is especially important to evaluate your life because your choices will have a big impact on your future!

According to numerology, 2018 adds up to 11 (2+0+1+8=11), which is a spiritual doorway. If we create more karma, it’s going to be painful. If we live more dharma, living in free will, we won’t encounter as much struggle.

Maybe Dr. Seuss said it best...

Be who you are and say what you feel, because in the end those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter.

If you're interested in working with Stacy (in person or remotely), visit her website at

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