I am transported into a much larger picture
As we ponder our current state in the pandemic crisis that is gripping Earth, I think we being called to move into a larger perspective than our normal egocentric focus. Oh, yes; we must still attend to the mundane parts of being in physical bodies, but our standard social proclivities are now altered, and we must discover who we are without our previously standing “normal” social exchanges. For most of us, the pandemic stories we generate and experience are often fairly solo. The mind goes to “my issues with restricted mobility, my physical needs, my likelihood of contracting the disease, my boredom, the increased stress in my family relationships,” etc. Here in the U.S., the number of police calls for domestic violence have risen, which seems to indicate that a lot of people are not doing so well in the face of this global crisis.
There is so much chaos and suffering to experience and integrate. Yet, when I look at such inspiring images as the one at the top of this post, an immediate calm floats over me. I am transported into a much larger picture, and I realize that it is probably a better part of wisdom to pay attention to the compelling nature of such imagery. Somehow, when we view matters from the perspective of our planet, we are graced with a reality so much larger than sickness and death. Indeed, we are offered a moment of perfection in an otherwise imperfect global experience. While viewing this image changes nothing in the due course of the pandemic or the looming financial and economic crises, something does change: me. I am expanded subtly, but palpably, and I somehow take encouragement from remembering I am an offspring of this beautiful planet. Perhaps it works that way for others of you, as well.
So, with the intent of opening to a little inspiration, here is a link to a remarkable video, narrated by Carl Sagan some 25 years ago. The link below was recently forwarded to me by the kindness of Swami Chidrupanada, and although I remember having seen it a number of years ago, it spoke to me in an entirely new manner, given the stresses of planetary life at the current moment. Click here to re-experience a NASA moment, when a spacecraft with camera was exiting the solar system and the camera was turned back for one last look at Earth across the incomprehensible expanse of space. Enjoy, and be inspired!
Visualizing A strong bridge of Glorious Rainbow Light
Hi Everyone: I am Chari, one of Master’s students who agreed to “Commit to Sit” to saying the Meditation for a New Age both morning and evening for the first three months of 2020.
One problem: my ego!
I had awakened one morning from a terrifying dream. My home was completely destroyed in some sort of catastrophic disaster along with everything I owned. I could find no one left alive to help me, no food, no supplies. I was destitute and paralyzed with fear.
When fully awake, I was extremely sick to my stomach (I normally have the stomach of a goat, minus the tin cans). I was having the most negative thoughts zoom through my mind at top speed, and I couldn’t stop them – in short, I was out of control. I realized I had to change my thoughts and behavior in case these deadly new emotions could actually become a reality.
I had just re-read the Six Perfections the evening before, and realized I was coming up short on two of them, self-discipline and concentration. I revamped my daily prayers and determined that I had to change the way I listened to The Meditation for a New Age, a pivotal piece to give me the faith to get me through uncontrollable times. My ego would give me myriad reasons not to pay attention to this meditation – back pain, cattle prod to the feet, and whining about the background music were only a few.
So now, instead of me listening to the words of the meditation as they are spoken to my Present self , I now see through the eyes of my Future self , who is standing on a threshold above the earth with a huge gathering of other Future selves. They are looking down on their Present selves and radiating such love and gratitude for them, for they are living in the world which the Present selves have manifested for them by saying the Meditation for a New Age morning and evening daily. These future selves of ours are visualizing all the actions and emotions that the meditation asks for, knowing that visualizing it will help us merge with them sooner, and we will live as One in this peaceful, happy and just world we have manifested together.
A fairy tale? Not for me! The act of visualizing the meditation through my Future Self’s eyes for my Present Self’s benefit allows me to have the faith that there is a strong bridge of glorious rainbow light between the two selves, and I and all the other devoted and disciplined people who are meditating to help ourselves get through this chaos are already on it, and each of us has a very special Being to greet us with love on the other side.
Thank you VFF member Carol G. for the wonderful rainbow photo
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and
rested, and exercised, and made art,
and played games, and learned new
ways of being, and were still. And
listened more deeply. Some
meditated, some prayed, some
danced. Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living
In ignorant, dangerous, mindless,
And heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made
new choices, and dreamed new
images, and created new ways to live
and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.
A Complete Rebalancing of the World
This is Gilles. I greet you, dear Ones, and bow to the Divine energy present in all of us.
I was reading a post by Anna Merkaba this evening (March 15) and a piece of it caught my eye. Here are Anna’s words. “I feel that this virus is just the tip of the iceberg; it is here to point us to that which is beneath, that which we cannot yet see, but are being forced to pay attention to. As terrible as this virus may seem, it is really here to assist us in awakening all of humanity.”
Personally, I [Gilles] feel that this virus hasn’t accomplished much yet; perhaps it is preparing us for what is yet to come, but it hasn’t achieved anything in terms of rebalancing the forces of power that dictate how we live and how we breathe.
What I am referring to are the so-called most powerful countries in the world, as defined by their economic performance, the G7, the G20, or the G-whatever. Did any of you have a chance to reflect on who’s been affected by the pandemic that is bringing all that s… out of humanity?
Mostly countries in North America, western Europe and a few influential countries in Asia, starting with China.
I have a friend who lives in Ivory Coast. I asked him last week how badly his country was affected. He responded, “We have one case and it is under control. It is the same in Senegal and I also heard about one case in Gabon.”
It is not about geography, dear Ones, it is about power. Power and arrogance. What I call “rebalancing of the world” is about re-equalizing the power structures in the world, and it is obvious to me that the countries that are affected first and foremost are the most … arrogant. And the most powerful as well.
I was browsing the headlines of a North American media this evening and it read, “What are we going to do when the Earth reopens?” Fifty countries are under duress and that is the whole world that is suffering. Ego, self-importance. We are the world. The rest may not even exist.
Another recent example was offered by a candidate in the democratic primary in the United States. This person entered the race late and spent five hundred million dollars in advertising to end up nowhere. Did he think one minute that this money could have been better employed by feeding the malnourished and taking care of the frail people all over the planet? All this money that went to waste, that only served an “ego purpose,” disappeared in less than two months.
How many people do you think we could feed, and for how long, with five hundred million dollars?
Arrogance, self-importance, economic power and a sense that one country (or a few of them) must, or have to, lead the world; these are the causes of this whirlwind of mental and psychological disarray.
What is needed is primarily a readjustment of what has been damaged and sabotaged over the centuries—the human spirit. The world as we know it could be divided between the ‘haves’ and the ‘haves nots,’ knowing that millions of people in the world do not have enough money to feed their family on a daily basis.
It is this kind of economic injustice that needs to be addressed; in fact, that needs to be crushed, and a ‘resilient virus’ that sadly killed 10,000 people may not do the work. In fact, it simply cannot, because people are not seeing these causes for what they are; they are not waking up, and it doesn’t seem to bring decision-makers to reason properly. Just the contrary, thereby creating more fear and chaos.
What we need is what I call a “spiritual earthquake;” one which will crush those economic egos and bring everyone to a level that feels—and is—more egalitarian.
The time is now, dear Ones. The storm is beginning, I shall say, and it must engulf everything that needs to be overhauled, destroyed, or shattered. A Phoenix cannot rise out of crumbling structures; these structures have to be down to the level of ashes, to the level of dust.
And it seems that we, as a human race, still have some way to go before we get to that place where we can call for a “true rebirth.” A rebirth of the human spirit, a rebirth of every one of us, in the depth of our lives.
Then, perhaps, we will see with fresh eyes what this new world is about. Peace, love, fraternity, compassion and a genuine desire to support one another, without expecting anything in return.
A world where we are One.
A Daily Spiritual Practice
Once again Master is offering guidance around the importance of having a daily spiritual practice. His current focus draws aspirants from around the world to join in group spiritual practice based on the Meditation for a New Age, which can be downloaded free from the MasterDK.com website by clicking here. Participating with a group of meditators is valuable because it connects one’s individual spiritual practice to a vaster field of consciousness.
This guided meditation is full of words and phrases that fuel the mystery and make me continue to wonder how Master keeps coming up with all these teachings that inspire the development of human consciousness
There was a time when I marveled at how Master could continuously offer meaningful teachings year after year. I often wondered: How does He do this? It was a mystery my mind sought to unravel. One answer seemed to be related to having access to ancient wisdom teachings. What He is offering is rooted in truth passed down through the ages.
Just as Earth’s beauty and sunshine excite the senses with their beauty and mystery, the messages coming through Master’s words also sooth and embrace my mind and calm the chaos of the emotional realms.
One feeling of consistency I can count on from my reflections around Djwhal Khul’s teachings is peaceful moments. Over the years, I have noticed different teachings each seem to generate a similar inner state of calmness. This ongoing contact with Master’s teachings has provided my inner mind with a vocabulary of phrases to recite that help me focus. They all seem to evoke echoes of both ancient wisdom and guidance for the survival and evolution of living beings going forward.
One moment the mind seems to be caught up in a noisy, rush hour traffic intersection. Then very suddenly a phrase arises that is clearly one I have heard previously from Master. Seemingly, out of nowhere, some part of my mind is reciting “Om Mani Padme Hum;” “May you be happy;” “Doesn’t this seem real?” – to name a few. Since starting the “Commit to Sit” Meditation for a New Age, daily spiritual practice there are new phrases sprouting up among the others.
Meditation for a New Age is filled with seed thoughts, thoughtfully scattered to root, grow and blossom in the time/space of human consciousness during the Age of Aquarius and bring limitless joy to all of creation. Are there any phrases from the meditation that have a special impact for you? Please share your experiences in the comments area below this article, which is on the Vajra Flame Website Blog page.
May WE create well this new age.
Former VFF Board Member
WE ARE ALL ONE...YES INDEED!
This is Franci. Like most of you, I have been listening to the exploding news about the coronavirus with a cacophony of emotions including fear, disbelief, and a generalized disorientation. Just three weeks ago I was visiting friends in Palo Alto and having a wonderful time. Now that city is on quarantine, along with the whole San Francisco Bay area.
Flying home from San Jose was an uncomfortable experience as I was vividly aware of all the coughing and sneezing around me, emitted by individuals who were totally preoccupied with their smart phones and largely oblivious to the impact they were having on others in the cramped plane environment. I couldn’t wait to return to the safety of my small town in the Colorado mountains away from any large city.
However, shortly after my return I learned that a tour group of several young people from Australia had visited Aspen a few days before and spent several days there having fun. One of them, after returning to Australia, tested positive for the virus, and now, just two weeks later 13 of her group are quarantined in Aspen and have all tested positive for Covid-19. Yesterday, the first case was confirmed in my town of Glenwood Springs, some 40 miles away from Aspen. The victim was a young woman who went to hear a band perform in Aspen that several of the visiting Australians also attended. Upon reading the news that the Australian woman had tested positive, she tried to get tested right away, but it took her several days to finally convince someone to give her the test. And there you have it!
In the last few days, most schools in Colorado have been dismissed, all public gatherings banned, ski areas closed, all athletic clubs and hot spring pools closed, and yesterday the Governor of Colorado announced that all restaurants would be closed except for some take-out! Very strict “social distancing” guidelines are in place which are largely being respected. In only a few short days, I have watched my community go from largely scoffing at the restrictions, to disappearing from the streets. Like most places in the country, toilet paper, disinfectant, and similar items are nowhere to be found. Entire aisles in the grocery store are completely stripped as people are engaged in panic buying and stockpiling a month of food supplies.
The S&P 500 fell over 20% in fifteen trading days, which is twice as fast as happened in 1929. As they say in the conventional reality, “all bets are off.” Almost instantly entire industries were shut down: airlines, cruise ships, shipping, restaurants, sports, live entertainment, and conventions, to name just a few.
Today several states are supposed to have primary elections where voters choose a candidate to run for president. But people, especially the elderly, have been told not to go out in crowds, so there is much consternation regarding if, when, and how people will vote. In the midst of all this, our country is trying to go forward with a presidential election in November, but do so without rallies, public gatherings, or shaking hands, which heretofore has been standard fare.
During my many years as a practicing psychotherapist, one of my favorite theoreticians was Kazimierz Dubrowski, a Polish psychiatrist and psychologist who developed the Theory of Positive Disintegration. Unlike other theorists, such as Abraham Maslow, who felt that levels of human development were hierarchical building blocks, Dubrowski surmised that tension and anxiety were the drivers for human growth and development. This stress led to a complete disintegration of the person’s previously held worldview, and from this disintegration, a new integration emerged, sort of like the phoenix rising from its ashes.
It seems to me that this process of positive disintegration is well underway on a societal level, as our current understanding of boundaries, healthcare delivery, financial well-being, individuation and interconnectedness, and even safety are all up for major redefinition. We are all witnesses to the disintegration, but not yet sure where this whole process of evolution is headed. These “liminal” (from the Latin word limen) times can be quite frightening, especially when our everyday life is changing so rapidly, with no assurances whatsoever about the future.
Personally, I am being grounded at this time by Master’s Meditation for a New Age. I listen to it first thing in the morning, and also just before going to bed. I also find the mantras that Master recently gave us to be incredibly soothing and often play them in the background during my work. I would like to extend special thanks to Swami Chidrupananda for providing us with links to sung versions of these mantras, which I find truly helpful.
I feel so incredibly grateful for the years of training that I have had as Master’s student, which are truly helping me maintain equilibrium during all the chaos. We truly are “the fortunate ones,” as Master instructs, “who have come seeking liberation for humanity.” Let us all dedicate ourselves to creating a healthy planet where there is safety and security for every living being. We truly are all One experience.
President & CEO,
Vajra Flame Foundation
Since so many of you have inquired of Master for information on the new coronavirus that is making its way around the world, so-called, “COVID-19,” I have excerpted a segment from the recent Q & A session Master held for VFF’s Perpetuity Partners wherein He talked about this virus. Of course, knowing Master, you will not be surprised that He was able to speak even to the spiritual evolution of viruses! Click here to hear the excerpt.
This is a shortened version of His message, since we are limited to about 11 minutes for technical reasons. The main parts cut are Master’s chanting of the two mantras He recommended. One is for healing the planet, and the other is for personal healing, or staying healthy. After the video-conference, Swami Chidrupananda researched both mantras and found Youtube recordings of each. A cosmic embrace of gratitude to Swami for his kind thoughtfulness!
The first, a mantra to the Celestial Healer, Dhanvantari, can be found when you Click Here. Use this mantra for bringing healing to the entire planet. Chant it reverently and with fervid concentration.
Click Here for the second recording, which is a beautiful, and truly calming Sikh mantra for healing. Use it for maintaining health, vitality, and a pure energy field, as well as potentiating one’s connection with the Divine Essence that is, and has brought forth, the Cosmos. I think you will all find this mantra to be an uplifting musical prayer that fosters entrance into a state of receptive healing as one goes to sleep. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I am.
At a practical level, beyond washing one’s hands numerous times per day and taking large doses of vitamin C, Master also recommends the use of a neti pot for cleansing one’s nasal passages. As you will learn from this teaching, it is most important to refrain the ego mind from projecting fearful thoughts and emotions, since both make one more susceptible to the virus.
May we ever dwell in Master’s field of wisdom and grace,
This is Dale. As a member of the Vajra Flame Board of Directors for many years, I am delighted to see the responses made to Kathlyn’s blog article concerning Master’s “Commit to Sit” challenge. One of the problems with running a virtual organization is finding ways our spiritual community, which is incredibly spread out around the world, can stay in touch and share their spiritual growth experiences. I believe this challenge is crucial to our movement as we enter the Aquarian Age, as well as for taking our commitment to Master’s work seriously.
When Master asked us to “Commit to Sit” twice daily and listen to his guided “Meditation for a New Age,” I was truly excited. I knew this was a no brainer for me. You see, I have been listening to this meditation almost daily since we received it at our Annual Peace Convocation and 7-day Retreat back in 2013. With all the chaos on the planet at this time, this meditation has truly been a lifesaver for me. As the craziness in the world has continued to explode all around us since the date Master release this meditation, I have sometimes needed to listen to it four times a day to remain grounded and in a balanced state.
Over the course of this journey, I have realized how important it is to “seed the field of collective consciousness with the grains of possibilities,” so we can “create well the age that is now before us.” Surely, we dare not shy away from this precious assignment. I continue to learn just how important this practice really is, and to see chaotic events confirming the viability of this wisdom over and over again. It is all truly amazing to me!
How fantastic it would be for us all to apply Master’s grace, and “join our hearts and minds in a shared focus of wonder and gratitude.” I am envisioning that with Master’s help, we will make a successful transition into the Aquarian Age.
If you have not already done so, please join our Vajra Flame Family in participating in Master’s Commit to Sit challenge. I think you will be happy you did, and I, for one, plan to continue using this meditation for years to come!
On another note, please respect the blog site for what it is, a format for sharing spiritual insights and personal growth experiences related to this beautiful meditation. It is not a social media platform for meeting one another and sharing personal information. That can be done using our Face Book page, Master Djwhal Khul - 21st Century. Thank you so much for honoring this request so that we can keep the blog site free of diversionary content that could detract from the importance of our work with Master.
With Many Blessings,
VFF Board Member
Master never fails to amaze me (possibly you, too) with the timeliness of His assignments and, yes, “spiritual challenges.” In His recent new teaching, A Brave New Reality, Master addresses the astrological influences now affecting Earth. His comments, coupled with the utterly chaotic nature of unfolding events in the world, revealed the wisdom – utter genius, really – of His “Commit to Sit” challenge. He is showing us how to protect our precious minds in chaotic times when it can be tempting for them to be consumed with worldly events, political stresses, and fear for the future.
What I find so moving and poignant about Master’s “Meditation for a New Age,” is that by doing it early each morning, my mindset is anchored precisely as it should be for beginning a new day. By doing it each night before going to bed, my mind is calmed and I am reminded of what is truly important. Besides that, I simply sleep better. As Master notes in the recent teaching, the gift He gives us each time we do the meditation is a taste of enlightened mind. Dare we pass up this remarkable opportunity to find enlightened mind in the midst of all the chaotic influences, and energetic storms that confront our precious minds on a moment-to-moment basis? I think not!
I hope all of you are taking fresh inspiration from these little sacred moments we offer to Master, and by which He graces us with the “purified thoughts” that generate “kind words and caring actions.” This blog is being opened at His request as a means for us to share our experiences with this incredibly beautiful meditation. I hope you will respond below with your comments about, and insights into, the articles written by Master’s students that will be published in this blog. If you would like to submit a blog article, please send an article to email@example.com for sharing.
Also, be sure to invite others to join in this spiritual challenge. If you have done this meditation, you can appreciate that it is set in a manner that does not appear to be channeled from an Ascended Master. At the time, I simply turned on the recorder, and Master spoke to us as if He was still in human form. I can imagine one of His teachers giving a similar meditation to Him in one of His physical incarnations. Perhaps it was given to Master as a young monk by a realized Being Who humbled Himself, taking on the innocence of an aspiring novice. Or, perhaps Master is simply putting in very down-to-Earth terminology the remarkable nature of enlightened mind. Either way, I am utterly grateful that He shared this with us, so that we may know how the mind of enlightenment moves as it compassionately embraces the human condition.
If you have not as yet downloaded this meditation, you can do so free of charge from the MasterDK.com website as “Our Gift to You.” If you have not as yet taken up Master’s Commit to Sit challenge (doing “Meditation for a New Age” for 90 days) please join those of us who have been doing this meditation since the first of the year. You will surely realize a positive outlook and a sense of purpose to your spiritual practice.
May you be filled with wonder and great peace,
This Web site is dedicated to the Ascended Master Djwhal Khul (variously spelled "Djwhal Kuhl," "Djwal Kul," or simply "DK"), also known as The Tibetan, and to His students simply as the Master DK.