Master Djwhal Khul June 2008 Lesson

Beloved Students:

Once again, we come together to celebrate passage into a fresh month, as together we celebrate the opening of the month of June.  As most of you are painfully aware, it is a very busy time on planet Earth, and your time may be spread thinly as you negotiate the tasks and responsibilities before you.  May you find inspiration and encouragement as you move into the summer months, and may your spiritual work blossom wondrously in the garden of your heart.

In the recorded lesson for this month, Stepping Beyond the Conventional Reality, you will discover that the focus I set for your consideration lies squarely in that “conventional reality.”  The theme is learning to keep your heart open and nourished while facing such matters as the up-coming elections, even the prophesied recession.  I do think it appropriate to keep a wise eye on your hearts, so that you can fully ascertain where your ego mind “buys into” the conventional reality, and where you are able to use the conventional reality to aid you in cutting through the illusions with which you are continually assaulted.

While cutting through the illusions projected by the collective human expression is clearly the goal, you probably realize by this now that those illusions can be very compelling.  Further, because the levels of collective agreement are so significant as to the appearance of arising events and circumstances, it can be a bit tricky for the mind to accept that these provocative events and circumstances are, after all, merely illusion.  Although illusion, they often arise with such compelling presence that you simply cannot believe they are void of any “reality” of their own.

The moment you plunge into the illusion (often accompanied by a significant emotional charge), it has you.  If you actually happen to believe it has inherent reality, you may find that your mind gives the illusion even more energetic potential than it had in the moment of its arising.  Yet, because you are calling yourself to move to a notch or two beyond the influence of the conventional reality, you may feel a bit torn in the actual negotiating of the events and circumstances making their presence known to you.  How convenient for the Essential Self!  How confusing for the ego self!  Since you are living in a time that is laden with potential points of break-through concerning the boundaries of the conventional reality, you must be ever vigilant in monitoring the mind and catching all its little habituated ways of seeing and perceiving.

    As I have mentioned multiple times this year, 2008 is a year filled with opportunities and break-though points.  On the surface, such would appear to be a very exciting, optimistic matter.  However, when the potential for enlightenment is increased, so is the potential for “endarkenment.”  Remember, all potentiality is artfully strung along an experiential continuum, or spectrum.  Thus, when one end of the spectrum is energized, so must the other be energized.  As the potential for clarity in increased, so is the potential for confusion and chaos. As the potential for planetary solutions is increased, so is the potential for planetary problems.

Perhaps you are seeing in a more complete way the importance of having sound and thoughtful intentions and clear vision.  Indeed, in highly charged times, you will find it all the more necessary to govern your mind.  Your thoughts become the “food” of your inner system, the source of nurturance for your heart and mind.  If you investigate the matter thoroughly, you will discover that you are, in fact, literally “eating” the thoughts your mind creates and projects.  Thus, this might be a propitious time to consider the current diet you are serving up to your inner being.  When you have a fearful thought, you not only think it, you consume it; when you have a hateful thought, likewise, you must consume it.  Digesting the wild array of emotional charges that your mind projects can prove a pretty interesting diet, and not necessarily of the highest quality.

Thus, as we have noted so many times in the past, everything begins and ends in the workshop of the mind.  How can you “feed your heart” when all around you are the negative projections of many who can only approach a national election through bitterness, fear-mongering, slander and/or libelous attacks?  What “delicacies” are placed on the table for your heart by the mind that fears recession, or blames others for the circumstances that present in the course of daily life?

Clearly, your heart is best fed when you serve it a feast of love, generosity, patience, joy, peace, compassion and much, much bodhichitta. It becomes quite obvious here that you cannot count on the conventional reality to supply the ingredients for the heart feast.  But further, when you consider the overall health of the diet you have been feeding your heart heretofore, you may even wonder how that precious heart has survived this long.  Remember, your heart must eat the thoughts your mind generates.  While this may be a rather sobering concept to lay hold of, if you want to strengthen and nurture your heart, it becomes quite obvious that your work begins in the “kitchen” of the mind.

What are you “cooking” these days?  While most of you do realize by now that your diseases and illnesses begin in the mind, you may not have seen as yet the full importance of taking charge of those “mind-less” moments wherein projections of fear, meanness, impoverishment, greed, anger, disgust, contempt, or even anxiety arise.  However, when you consider that these are the food staples you are offering to your precious heart, it isn’t any wonder that so many people have issues with disease and decay in their bodies.  The body becomes the waste dump for the toxic elimination when the heart is fed contaminated refuse!

Of course, most of you do attempt to manage your thoughts.  What you must notice is that there are times when you are quite successful at this, and other times when you realize your past successes do not guarantee continued successes – particularly in those instances when you allow the mind to prowl about unchecked.  Perhaps what you are discovering is that you must be continually attentive to the mind, for while you may care about its thoughts and projections, it does not.  You may hold respectful concern for what your heart is forced to eat, but it (the mind) cares not in the least.  It will think, or project, whatever comes into its awareness

I bring these matters to your attention not to make you feel bad in any way, but to help you understand how important your thought-monitoring activity is.  In the journey to realize your enlightenment, you must acknowledge the power of the forces continually operating in the conventional reality.  These powerful forces result from bakchaks imbedded both in your own mind, and that of the “collective mind” – as well as the myriad projections that follow in due course.  While you can control neither these forces, nor the moments of their arising, you do have considerable input into the relative amount of power they exhibit in your own creative process.  Your precious mind, it turns out, is “fair game” for the playing out of all the distortions and misunderstandings that flow rampantly in the conventional reality.  Thus, what could be more important to you in these transformational times than the thoughts, feelings, projections and perceptions you allow to take up spiritual space within you? 
Since these thoughts, feelings, projections and perceptions become the diet of your precious heart, you surely want to consider carefully just what you allow to be placed before your heart on the “table” from which it dines.  I hope this discussion yields a new, hopefully deeper, meaning to the colloquial phrase, “junk food.”  If you have junk thoughts, your heart is eating junk food.

In times of national elections, a plethora of junk thoughts will likely bombard you from every conceivable direction.  You will, of course, see more and more junk thoughts being circulated by the two political “machines,” as each seeks to install its respective candidate in office this autumn.  But the problem of thought poisoning flows into a much bigger arena.  Negative campaign ads provoke negative mental states for all who hear them.  This is true even when the veracity of the ads are rejected outright.  The ads often create a macabre fascination with the alleged dark side of a particular candidate, and entertaining such notions brings no nurturance to that precious heart of yours.

The same if true for the fear mongering that is circulating in reference to an economy in recession.  These kinds of thoughts do not nurture the heart; rather, they engage the head in a way that often brings forth additional junk thoughts of judgment, insufficiency, arrogance, helplessness and victimization.  Clearly, this is no diet to serve your heart – nor your mind, for that matter.

Of course, there are many other areas in the conventional reality that end up being “proving grounds” for distortional thoughts; these are but two in a wide spectrum of possibilities.  However, I hope these are sufficient to raise your curiosity enough to join me in listening carefully to this month’s lecture.  May the words and ideas contained therein serve you well in this often strange, but powerful, time.  May you see through the areas of distortion that have overtaken areas within your precious mind.  May you categorically reject “junk food” at every level of your being, and may you open to new possibilities – for yourselves, of course, and for the planet.

Your loving teacher,

Djwhal Khul



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