Master Djwhal Khul* Oct. 2008 Lesson Plane-to-Plane Memorandum

Plane-to-Plane Memorandum


October 2008 Lesson



Beloved Students:I greet you once again as we enter the month of October.  As the seasons show their changes, pay particular attention to the type of beauty Nature shows you.  Those of you living in the northern hemisphere have opportunity to be awed by the dazzling colors of autumn – however it presents itself in your region. Those of you living in the southern hemispheres will be enjoying the softer colors of springtime.  Never miss the wondrous signs that Earth is alive and always offering some type of beauty for the awakened eye.  Celebrate your planet daily!

How quickly our year of great potentiality is flying by!  A number of you are having some issues with the whole matter, aren’t you?  Some of you are feeling that, if this year goes by without your having realized your enlightenment, then, you will have failed in some way.  I would like to caution you a bit here.  This is a slippery slope to negotiate, for while you may have missed some of the opportunities that were available to you this year, still, thinking yourself a failure truly works against you in a very big way.

While it may feel great to believe you have managed to position yourself auspiciously enough to have seen every spiritual opportunity present within a given year, it may also be a little act of ego aggrandizement.  Some of you are actually thinking that if you hurry up and get at your spiritual practice before the year is up, you can enter 2009 feeling better than you are feeling now.  What are you going to do – meditate faster? 

While I heartily recommend that each of you deepen your practice and increase your mindfulness, this is one area in which “hurrying-up” will not get you to the finish line any faster.  The energy many of you carry in your bodies while “stressing out” about what you have not gotten done is really quite remarkable.  Yet all that “stressing out” does not serve you in any constructive way.  You may make yourself depressed, irritated, or grumpy, but accumulating stress, and engaging in obsessive mind actually takes you farther from your goal of spiritual accomplishment.

Now I do realize that many people are literally driven by stress.  They have difficulty appreciating the happy moments in their lives because the internal pressure they feel keeps them perpetually estranged from the present moment.  The Monk of Obsessing Mind steps to the forefront and takes control.  There is no relaxing when that taskmaster shows up!  No part of the psyche is spared, and a critical stance is applied to all – both inside the self and out.  How is it that the precious mind (that vehicle of consciousness that will realize your enlightenment) has come to this?

Perhaps, as 2008 dies, it is time to let the internal taskmaster die, as well.  Now for those who think such to be a ruinous proposition, let’s explore a bit further.  Those of you who have very active task-masters may actually think s/he helps you in some way.  After all, you might not get anything done if suddenly the taskmaster were to die.  You have become so accustomed to that taskmaster running your life and mind that you not have not the vaguest idea who you would be without him/her.

 You allow your precious bodies to be filled with tension and unconscious holding patterns, all for the sake of the taskmaster.  You simply accept the physical punishment (what else could tension be?) because the taskmaster just seems to have come with your “package” this time.  Now I realize that not all of you have such a mental tyrant within you.  Indeed, some of you could probably use a bit more of a task-master to keep you on track.  However, I do think it is important to revisit the ways in which your own psyches drop “fire and brimstone” on your heads.  This is true whether you have the taskmaster of obsessing mind, or that of lazy mind.  Either way, you are paying a great price for the presence of that inner force (or lack thereof).  Either way, you feel tension, and in both cases, you can never get to a place where you feel accomplishment — neither as regards your spiritual progress, nor from those matters that require all your time, talent and energy.

The most important message I can give you here is that tension is your greatest enemy in the process of realizing your enlightenment.  Stress has never pushed a person through illusion to enlightenment.  In fact, stress takes up precious internal “space” that could be inhabited by Essence Mind, or your spiritual teacher.  In the September teaching, I gave you the formula that I was given to achieve balanced and effective meditative states:  25% mindful awareness, 25% vigilance, and 50% relaxation.  It is the last part that is most difficult for Westerners in today’s world, and, it turns out to be 50% of the process!

It is important for you to recognize that relaxation is a conscious act, while tension is an unconscious response to stress.  Recognizing this truth is important, since all unconscious movements of the mind and body drain your energy.  Thus, living mindfully requires that you become aware of the points of unconscious movement in your life.  In fact, what is the state of being awake other than having your attention under control and located in the here and now?  Truly, such is what being “awake” is all about.

If you slip off the “now,” you can fall into the great void of “hypertime,” which is where stress arises and causes tension in the body.  When you come to understand the mysteries of time and space, you will ultimately know that space divides people, while time unites them.  If understanding of that statement eludes you at the present, let yourself contemplate it over and over, until you have one of those “light bulb” experiences.  In truth, when you find those areas wherein the mind does not serve you, perhaps your best course of action is to simply allow that part of your mind to die.  You might even want to “lose your mind” so that you can come to your senses. 

Find those attributes of mind that no longer serve you, and let them die.  You must, indeed, ask yourself whether you are willing to be in some other way than that which you have identified as “me.”  Are you willing to be “not me?”  This is important because the “old me” is a victim – whether of circumstance or of something you regard as a power over you.  Your “new me” lies in purpose and intent.  Indeed, creating the “reality” you want is an option.  In order to do so, you must be able to envision what you want, and you must take responsibility for creating it.  This is as true in affairs of the mind as with affairs of money, position, and/or influence.

You must lead yourself to a new personal reality.  As a leader, you must have a vision of who you really are – not simply continue blindly following the “who” you have previously assumed yourself to be.  Actually, the vision part is an application of head energy.  However, true leaders have not only a vision, they are able to communicate it with passion – a heart energy.  If you want a better life, or a better world, that is indeed possible.  You must realize, however, that the “better life” or “better world” is created first in your imaginal realm.  Thus, what are you willing to let die to get to that “better life?”  If you truly want a better life, then you must put some creative energy into it by first imagining it, and then stepping into it.  Create a picture of the relationship with your mind that you want, and put some real energy into the project.  There is, of course, another ingredient, and that is taking action to bring about what you want.

If you want a life without the taskmaster ordering you around, or punishing you, then you must take steps to accomplish that goal.  While it may seem overwhelming at first, you must take a long, hard look at how your mind manipulates you.  You must identify the obstacles that impede your creative process.  For most Westerners, creating a chosen life comes down to using time well.  If you do not take control of your own time, believe me, the taskmaster will!  Once again, perhaps it is time for the taskmaster to die.  If this is true for you, you must envision freedom from that internal monster, and then, live as if you have already mastered the monster.  Let the monster die, and then reframe your new life.

Please join me this month in considering deeply the lesson, Releasing the Fear of Death, my teaching for you for this month.  You may want more than a single hearing to grasp it fully.  Of course, there is first the conceptual level to handle; but if you are to truly recreate your inner life through the death of one “reality,” and the vivification of another, then you will need to understand this material at several levels:  conceptual, creative, and active.  Perhaps you will want to become the “new creature” of which St. Paul spoke.  Hurrying-up, however, will only offer you more stress and tension.  Recreating yourself from inside out will yield a much more favorable result.

    May you realize the force and power of your mind, and may you consciously choose to utilize that power to create what you want – rather than succumbing to those habituated patterns of thought, feeling and reaction.  In recreating yourself from the inside out, you can lay to rest those old victim patterns.

Your loving teacher,


Djwhal Khul



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