Master Djwhal Khul:May 2008 Lesson

Beloved Students:

As we together create the flow of enlightenment by which to bless Earth this year, I greet you in joy and anticipation for what our joint efforts will bring forth. Was there ever a time more exciting than this? I have great excitement – not only for the world at large, but for each of my beloved students, as well. Thus, I encourage each of you to make the very most of all the spiritual opportunities afforded you this year.

I would like to suggest that each of you determine right now to face the remainder of 2008 in a flow of excitement also. As you observe the conventional reality in which you experience, it is probably quite clear that the energies affecting and afflicting most people are fairly intense. Many are experiencing levels of fear and anxiety in their personal lives that is both unexpected and unprecedented. While such offers an opportunity for you to generate much compassion, it also utters a call to go deeper in your own journey.

In truth, you cannot always change the events and circumstances that appear to be causing, or at least contributing to, the cumulative effects of the fear you have experienced (and perhaps continue to experience). This is, of course, precisely as it should be, since your own transcendence has nothing to do with controlling the outer, perceived reality. True transcendence comes about when one sees through the fears, points of anger, levels of greed and other mental afflictive states that arise in the journey of ego dissolution.

The “problem,” if we label it such, is that most people prefer controlling their outer conditions and circumstances rather than putting forth the effort to control how the mind perceives those conditions. Most people attempt to deal with their fear in one of two ways: either they try to alter (control) the perceived outer circumstances, or they use plain old denial as a coping strategy. Of course, neither of these tactics is adequate to cure fear. Thus, they either become “control freaks,” or attempt to live their lives disconnected from their own emotions. Since the tactics are flawed, so are the re-sults, and generally speaking, the perceived “problems” become more pronounced, the suffering increased.

If we investigate the energy that underlies the fear reaction, we discover that it is the same as that of excitement – the only difference lies in the perception and designation the mind applies. Clearly, this is an important matter to understand: the primary difference in “fear” and “excitement” lies in the interpretation of the experience. For example, recall for a moment the free-falling sensation that occurs when riding in a roller coaster car that is speeding down hill on a long and very steep track. To some, this experience poses sheer terror; to others, it is an exhilarating episode of pure excitement. Notice that the two experiences are identical in every way except interpretation.

Since you live your life steeped in, and surrounded by, the conventional reality, you cannot avoid encountering the energetic flow that is facilitating trans-formation on the planet. But also, because others around you react to that energy flow with, and through, fear, you also cannot avoid experiencing the arising of fear within your own ego mind, since all those “other” sentient beings out there are actually only other parts of yourself. Obviously, you must feel what “they” feel. Even so, you can “pierce the veil” of illusion by learning to reinterpret your sensations and perceptions.

Imagine for a moment that instead of being fearful about the current financial picture coming into focus in the West, you could see it as exciting. To do this, however, mandates that you not get stuck in the signals and input your ego mind presents to you. After all, if you persist in your prior ways of seeing, you will continue to feel the prior levels of suffering. If you are unable to view your current national economic situation with excitement, do you think you could at least view it with curiosity? To accomplish this feat, you will need to first enter the “don’t know” field. You can be certain that something is going to result, but you hold off knowing just how bad it will be for you (or others) and take the position of a neutral observer.

Either way, you open yourself to a new way of facing your life, and truthfully, either of the resulting new perspectives you adopt beats just hanging out in the fear, doesn’t it? Thus, you begin to investigate the areas in your life where you experience fear, or chronic worry, and try to see these areas differently. Try on the excitement perspective or the curiosity perspective first, and then look for other interpretations you might adopt, as well. Pay attention to what happens for you when you choose a perspective other than that of fear and/or worry. You might want to even take some notes as you carry out this personal experimentation. The Buddha encouraged his students continually to experiment with their minds in similar fashion. He held that the most important gem is gaining first-hand knowledge. Teaching, he said, is the second to this.

It should be fairly obvious that the goal, here, is to put you in charge of the fear, rather than allow the fear to take charge of you. There is, however, more to this exercise than merely attaining the goal. While attaining the goal will surely ameliorate your suffering with regard to fear, transcendence requires going deeper by recognizing the importance of the process used in getting to the goal. In some ways, the process generated may be even more important than the attainment of the goal. You see, in this case, it is the process (not the goal) that becomes your vehicle of liberation. By transforming the mind, you demonstrate the creative power of using your mind well. This is not only good for fear eradication, it is empowering for you to witness your ability and know that you, indeed, can liberate yourself from the suffering intoxication of fear.

I have used the example of fear not because it is the only emotional quagmire you will likely need to resolve, but more precisely, because of the negative effects fear perpetrates upon the open heart. As you move closer and closer to your awakening, your heart expands, ultimately becoming the “ground” for your awakening experiences. Simply stated, there is no greater threat to an opened (or opening) heart than that of arising fear reactions. Just as the practice of love expands the heart, the practice of fear contracts the heart.

When I mentioned at the beginning of this writing that I am “excited” for the results each of you will create this year, notice that I did not say I was afraid that some of you might not fully utilize the tremendous opportunities that are offered you. While I think it is likely that you will, in fact, miss some opportunities now and then, still, I hold and extend excitement. Please see that what I am putting forth here is much more than merely some form of “positive thinking.” I am holding a rarefied field of creative potential, which I hope each of you will enter and emulate. Clearly, this is quite different from “thinking positively” on your behalf.
I hold that field of potentiality quite consciously, and I am fully aware of what I am doing. This I do because I understand the power of “fields” of energy in the process of manifestation, and I also know the source of those creative fields. However, I bring your attention to my process so as to set an example for you. Surely you can see that it is not less important for you to be fully aware of the field of energy you are generating and holding than for me. To accomplish the highest level of service to/for Earth at this amazing time mandates full attention and application of knowledge. Besides, as you come to fully understand the power of conscious manifestation, you simply will not allow yourself to fall back into those trance states that perpetuate your suffering.

When the Buddha gave teachings for his “time deprived” students of old, one of the key elements he offered them was the realization that they already possessed everything they needed for tapping transcendence. He maintained they had no need of special accoutrements to enhance their spiritual practice, for they had within a special teacher – the breath. He taught them to literally breathe their way through anything. Breathing in, they remembered calmness; breathing out, he taught them to release all stressful mental states. The breath, he taught, is a bridge between the inner and outer worlds, and this is particularly “good news” if you find yourself projecting fear in response to witnessing current conditions in your world.

Rather than contracting in fear (and risk getting stuck in), the muck and mire of the mass projections of recession, economic downturn, housing fatalities, etc., put your energy and focus on prosperity and healthy relationships. You will, of course, need to deal with the challenges that arise for you, but restrain your mind from obsessing on how terrible the next moment could be. If your mind really wants to “get stuck,” let it stick to focusing on prosperity, success, healthy relationships and generating bodhichitta for all who are oblivious to the power they possess.

Using the practices the Buddha gave his “graduate students” is certainly applicable for you. Begin by simply accepting your breath. If you try to accept all the conditions in the world at large, that is clearly too big a task for accomplishment. However, if you attend to the breath and accept it just as it is, you are on your way to profound changes, because you are entering neutrality.

After relaxing into acceptance of your breath, take about 10 breath cycles in which you mentally repeat prosperity affirmation with your in-breath. Then, as your release your out-breath, simply say your name. Try these: “Every day in every way I’m becoming more and more prosperous.” “I am grateful for all the goodness with which I am blessed.” “I am a good money manager and I responsibly handle my financial re-sources.” “The wealth of my spirituality draws prosperity to all areas of my life.” “I am continually attracting opportunities to create prosperity.” “I give my best efforts and focused attention to creating a prosperous world.” “I reject all laziness and procrastination, and I demonstrate to the Universe that I am worthy of prosperity.” “When I need a helping hand, I look to the end of my wrist.” “I possess the ultimate power, the power of choice.” “I choose to be happy, loving and prosperous right now!”

Your loving teacher,

Djwhal Khul



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