WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL PATH?


Buddha Tara Kaleidoscope

(Transmitted from Lhamo Dorje and Adrial into Leslee’s point of view)

This road of life follows many paths at once, and each of us finds the opportunity to choose how we travel it.

As these paths present themselves to us, each one glows with enticements that appeal to our senses and sensibilities. We can revel in the journey for its own sake or we can set our sights on Ascension or Enlightenment, and we can switch back and forth between these as we travel.

In any case, we’re on spiritual paths, regardless of whether or not we see it that way. We all are spirits, living – hopefully thriving – within bodies, so how could it be any other way?

That said, how we view ourselves engaging the world and those we share it with tremendously affects the quality of our brief visits here.  We can follow synchronicities that arise for us in many ways. We can watch them with fascination and curiosity, or we can view them as nudges and hints from our Spiritual Guides. We can also view them as random chaotic events, or mere meaningless phenomena, and the list of variations can expand to suit everyone’s experience.

We’d like to suggest that the views can all be boiled down into three categories: spiritual, materialistic, and phenomenal (or any combination of the two).

If we hold our own paths (experiences of this particular lifetime) as being primarily a series of puzzling or fascinating events, and we simply follow along, trying to find happiness, we might say we’re on a phenomenal path – one of phenomena.

Life just beats on, and we try our best to roll with the punches and enjoy the ride.

When our fascination escalates to the point that we begin to look for explanations, develop theories and search for “proof”, then we’ve stepped into a more materialistic (perhaps even scientific) path. Here we search for understanding of the world around us.

Now we can compare notes with others… Perhaps we look for patterns or rhythms that begin to “make sense” to us.

As we travel this path, at some point we may notice we feel we comprehend the physical world around us more completely. New questions may begin to arise. And these questions may seem more mysterious, less explicable.

This curiosity often leads us inside ourselves.

Once we look inside, even for just a brief moment, we’ve danced our way onto a spiritual path. We’ve caught a glimpse of the possibilities that hover outside the grasp of phenomena and materialism.

It’s okay, relax!

Dipping your toes into a spiritual path doesn’t mean you’ve become religious. Religion itself has nothing to do with spirituality. Religion is a human construct, invented by humans out of fear. We won’t go into that right now.

Moments spent on a spiritual path carry us into our hearts, our third eyes, more subtle physical realms, and even the astral planes. It doesn’t matter who or what you choose to guide you. If you intend to elevate yourself and experience your life meaningfully, that intention serves as your true protection and guidance, and whatever spirits, beings, angels or gods you choose as guides are really just your facilitators.

Stepping out of fear is the real goal.

At some points on our path, we may strive out of anger or fear. In these moments, we open ourselves to a greater assortment of “guides”, because our discernment weakens and we look for a quick, “permanent” fix. If we catch ourselves feeling frustrated, afraid or resentful, this is a good time to question deeply the source of our “nudges”.

As we familiarize ourselves more with joy and relax enough to allow our path to flow and teach us, we find more focused guidance.

Focused guidance presents the same puzzles and challenges along our way as scattered guidance. However, focused lessons tend to lead us in a progression along the path, rather than looping us into a cycle where we feel stuck. When we sense that we’re getting the same lessons, fears and frustrations repeatedly, we might do well to examine who – or what – we’re relying upon… if anything.

Finding focused guidance to keep us on a clear spiritual path is actually quite easy in principle. All we need to do is set our intention first, and then request help. Again, our intention protects us. It’s as if Intention conducts the “job interviews” before our guides are granted access to our heart, mind, spirit, or soul.

Sounds easy.

The challenge is to stick with it and be consistent. Discovering our intention may take time and effort. It usually requires meditation in order to develop a mind powerful enough to maintain clarity; self-discipline and steady practice play key roles.

We’ll hand you some encouragement. If you’ve reached a point where you recognize in yourself the wish to experience a spiritual path, you probably already have a good start on the intention, practice, and self-discipline pieces. Usually, by the time we’ve developed some spiritual wishes, they’ve sprung from having grown tired of learning lessons the hard way. Pulling ourselves up out of the mud highly motivates us towards effort. When we feel tired, frustrated or impatient, we can simply recall where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. This encourages us to catch our breath and then forge onwards.

Whatever path we find ourselves on now we can feel assured that in the big picture, we’re moving forward. Sometimes we may feel we’re waltzing around back and forth, or even circling endlessly in a square-dance, but every breath we take keeps us in our bodies, and our bodies carry us ultimately forward.

That’s why we took them. Abiding in the physical may seem tedious at times, but when we make progress in a physical body, we’re moving at a pace much faster than if we continuously hung out in the astral or spirit realms. Here on Earth we’re bombarded by lessons and experiences that force us to choose, discern, and apply effort – quickly – if we want to find happiness. We see graphically, sometimes brutally, how we are connected with one another, and how our actions impact others.

So please try to enjoy even the most confounding and painful moments of your life, by viewing them as stepping stones leading you to happiness.

When you reflect, look for the encouraging and delightful synchronicities. Use them to remind yourself that you enjoy guidance and protection, even when nothing feels very enjoyable.

We wish you many moments of feeling the presence of your guides, and feeling your progress in ways that bring you joy. Call on your guides if you feel alone, and we will be there, without fail. Your progress fills our being with immense delight, and when you smile in your hearts, your world expands into Light.

With much love to all of you,

Adrial and Lhamo Dorje

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01 THE NATURE OF CONTACT


receiving help

(from Lhamo Dorje & Heruka)

1. When beings request help, the nature of the help they receive aligns with their intentions.
a. If your intentions are single-pointed, you’ll receive focused, specific and powerful help on all planes and spheres of influence.
b. If your intentions are confused and scattered, then the help will arise similarly. Inconsistent help often appears to be lack of help.

2. If you wish to receive help on various topics, you need clarity in each of the individual intentions..
a. It may be helpful to make a list or chart as an exercise in working through these wishes and intentions. This may highlight any inconsistencies and contradictions, so you can begin to work through them.
b. For example, if you wish to advance dramatically along your spiritual path and also wish for a companion, please examine the aspects of each of these wishes. In order to make the greatest spiritual progress possible, it helps to be willing to follow your highest guidance regardless of personal conditions or comfort. This may include making choices that conflict with the wishes of others. If you wish for companions, this usually requires compromise, flexibility, and unwavering acceptance. Is it possible to accomplish both of these wishes at the same time? Yes, but it may entail difficulty and periods of loneliness. if you can accept the loneliness and persevere in the wish for spiritual progress, through time and lessons you may accomplish a harmonious blending of progress and relationship. All the while, please keep in mind that often our companions are manifestations of our spiritual guides.

3. Many people understand that help doesn’t always arrive in the form you wished for. When this happens, faith and trust in your guidance make up your greatest defense. Please consider how contradictory it seems, to be asking for help and also presuming to know what kind of help is “best”. If you’re asking for help in order to feel better about yourself and enjoy your situation more, that’s not really part of the spiritual path.

4. Following guidance selectively amounts to rejecting the help people have asked for. Thus dilutes the power if the help sent their way. Their guides still send help to them, as much as they can, but people’s lack of trust and faith are like boulders in the road. Once we feel we need to constantly question our guides, the world appears filled with obstacles and loneliness.

5. When we accept the help we’re given with an open mind, we exponentially increase the amount and power of the help we receive. This acceptance also opens doors and windows for others to receive help, and lightens the world for everyone.

BOOK TWO: chapter nine: the nature and meaning of dreams and visions (part 2)


PART TWO: Biding Your Time

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[from Buddhas Heruka, Manjushri, and Naropa]

As you meditate your way to Enlightenment, you’ll attain a state of mental concentration called Samadhi,  ‘Tranquil Abiding’, or simply ‘Abiding’.

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Many consider this a level of high attainment; the fact is, you really need to get there before you can go anywhere else.

Abiding is the state at which you first really have some control over your mind. Up until then you may always be able to bring your mind back to your object when it wanders, but it still does wander.

Once you arrive at the point of tranquil abiding, your mind is content to stay on its object without getting distracted.

This then frees your mind to get on with its virtuous object/subject of meditation/focus.

You may be wondering why We’re talking about meditation in a chapter on dreaming and visioning. Tranquil abiding, dreaming and visioning share many characteristics. They all require a mind that focuses singularly on its object of concentration.

In meditating, you choose a virtuous object, say ‘Compassion’. Once you get your mind focused onto compassion, you then do a very special kind of wandering in which you explore all the nooks and crannies and ins and outs of compassion, never straying from the boundaries of that concept until you’re done with that meditation (for the time being).

When you’re dreaming and visioning, your mind also stays within certain boundaries – those of your dream or vision world.

For most people, dreams flicker past rapidly. You slip into your dream world for just a moment, until some mental distraction (usually another dream incident) whisks you away. You’re not even able to ‘keep your place’ within the dream world, much less exert any control over it.

The same holds true for visioning: you might catch a fleeting glimpse of something, but then it’s gone before you can really inspect it and make some use of it. As you develop steadier concentration, you’re better able to follow, and later control, your object, dream or vision. Once you reach this point, these activities become much more productive for you.

Now, when We say “productive” We certainly don’t mean to take a work-horse attitude about these activities which may actually give you a lot of pleasure.

You can use meditation, dreams and visions to reach your goals and make your life more enjoyable.

Having an unpleasant experience while meditating, dreaming or visioning results from your karma. If you know how to dream actively (not passively) then ‘nightmares’ might not disturb you, and you’ll still be eager to get on to your next dream. However, if you treat dreaming as work… Well, you know what’s likely to happen. Similarly for meditating and visioning: you want to set yourself up to reap benefits, not discouragement.

So, how do you reach the point of Tranquil Abiding in meditation, so that it can sharpen all of your mental activity?

With a lot of patience.

How to you keep your patience? By not taking on more than you can handle. How do you know how much you can handle? By trying something new, and watching to see how your mind reacts.

For example, if you sit to meditate for twenty minutes and afterwards find that you feel tired, discouraged or irritable, or you experience any other negative emotion, then try only fifteen minutes the next time.

Please note: feeling tired and falling asleep are not the same thing.

Sometimes when you dream or vision, the mind relaxes more quickly than you can keep up with and follow while remaining conscious. When this happens, it’s not wasted effort; it’s just that you’re not training as actively as when you are conscious.

So keep adjusting your time spent practicing until you find a length of time that suits you, and then modify it as you go along.

Of course you may find this challenging if you happen to be participating in a group class and everyone is on a different personal rhythm. You may end up feeling inadequate or superior, and neither of these attitudes is going to help you.

There’s a trade-off that you have to weigh: on the one hand, group practice certainly generates more powerful energy (positive or negative).

On the other hand, when you’re in a group you’re more likely to be faced with distractions.

Practicing alone reverses the effects of practicing in a group, and both of these options involve compromise.

A third option that you might like to try experimenting with is to practice with a small group of people who are at a similar level of experience as yourself.

If you’re fortunate enough to find or form such a group, you may find the best of both worlds.

In any case, if you do group practice, you still need to make time for your individual practice as well. The powerful energy of group practice can help you get a taste or preview of levels you may advance to, but you need private time to hone your skills and gain understanding of where you are on the spectrum of concentration.

Practicing alone takes more self-discipline and strong motivation, but you have more freedom to choose your schedule and meditation object.

The solo-practice scenario parallels more similarly what you face during dreaming and visioning. So, as We get back to our main subject, We can conclude:

A steady private meditation practice may make your dreaming and visioning skills more effective.

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BOOK TWO: chapter nine: the nature and meaning of dreams and visions (part 3)


PART THREE: Some Times You Have To Let Go

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[ From Buddhas Heruka and Naropa]

Whenever you chose a new path, at some points you have to let go of your old ways of doing things. This applies to your dreams as well.

Please note that everything We say about dreams in this book applies to waking visions also.

Many people think there are two ways of dreaming: lucid and non-lucid.

Actually, in general, there are seven kinds of dreams people may have:

  1. Lucid: In lucid dreams you’re constantly aware that you’re dreaming. You might be in control, or not.
  2. Lucid Decision-Making: In this type of lucid dream you find yourself  in situations where you must make a decision; how you decide depends upon how you deal with fear.
  3. Lucid Action-Making: In this type of lucid dream you’re simply acting, and aren’t required to make any major decisions. This type of dream generally doesn’t frighten you, and in them you often interact with others.
  4. Non-Lucid Decision-Making: In this type of dream you also have to make decisions based on fear, but you’re experiencing the dream as ‘reality’. These dreams often frighten you more than the lucid decision-making type, and they more accurately test how well you’ve learned your lessons.
  5. Non-Lucid Action-Making: These dreams resemble most closely your waking life, in that you move through experiences somewhat automatically.
  6. Premonitions: These dreams may be specific or vague, as explained elsewhere in this chapter. They depict probabilities, not inevitabilities.
  7. Special Teaching: These dreams constitute a broad category. An example is Leslee’s dream about the puppet show. When you wake from these dreams you know without a doubt that you’ve learned something. Sometimes you can’t remember these dreams fully, but you wake with a conviction that something important took place in your dream. This means you’re still processing information and lessons. Once you complete the lesson, you’ll have a dream about it that you can remember.

These types of Dreams may occur several times a night.

You dream every night without fail, and Enlightened Beings constantly influence your dreams, just as They constantly influence your life.

Most people don’t remember most of their dreams. Most dreams are not worth remembering, because they wouldn’t make sense to an ordinary, conscious waking-state mind. Whenever you do remember a dream, you can be sure that there’s something for you to learn in it. That’s why We so strongly recommend you to keep a journal. Sometimes dream memories are very fleeting even though they’re invaluable.

Now that We’ve given you some new information about the nature of your dream world, We can give you some tips on how you may operate within that world.

When you go to sleep at night, please think of it as ‘diving in’.

Once your consciousness loosens its grip on your mind, you’re more or less free to go anywhere and do anything you please. If you go to sleep with the awareness that you’re entering your own brave new world, you’ll find that you can make a lot of spiritual progress during your dream-time. Use your dream-time like you use your waking time: it’s an opportunity to learn and help others, and even to become an Enlightened Being.

You’ll learn the most by doing, and when you’re ‘doing’ in your dream-time, it’s also like practicing ‘doing’ in the Dharmakaya.

The Dharmakaya is the Space-That-Is-Not-Even-Space, where the Ultimate Mind of all Enlightened Beings resides. Yes, that mind is singular, with countless aspects. From it may arise whatever may most benefit living beings. When your mind creates worlds in your dream-time, it’s much the same as how gods create worlds and Enlightened Beings emanate appearances.

Anything is possible, and nothing is certain.

Since We’ve touched on this already and you’re probably curious, let’s take a few moments and talk about spirits and gods.

This world enfolds many types of beings, and some of them are invisible to the ordinary human eye. As We’ve said before, just because something is unseen doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Quantum physics and string theory (among other scientific views) offer people exposure to the ideas that objects and principles in this world have both an ‘apparent’ and an ‘ultimate’ aspect. This also reflects a dual state of being. Many people understand the concept of an atom containing far more ‘space’ than ‘matter’, and also that various types of ‘matter’ (and energy) seem to exhibit various frequencies of vibration.

On that basis, please also entertain the possibility that other types of matter and energy exist outside the spectrum that you perceive with your five ordinary senses… or any instruments known currently to man.

If matter vibrates at a different frequency than yours, then it might be possible that other Beings and objects (and entire worlds) might exist in the same ‘space’ as your world.

Let’s also suppose that these ‘matter’ particles do a bang-up job of staying out of your perceptual range, or colliding with your ‘matter’ particles.

If you’re willing to entertain that possibility, then let’s take it a step further and also suppose that beings in those other worlds are able to perceive your world (that’s a bit humbling, isn’t it?).

What would that be like? Well, for an ordinary person, this wouldn’t seem any different than the world as you’ve known it previously.

But when that “ordinary” person – you – become extra-ordinary (in other words, once your pure view kicks in), then your perceptual world will begin to change, too.

With Pure View, your body and mind purify at a faster rate, and your mind (through your three super-senses) perceives things outside of the ‘normal’ range of perception.

You might also find yourself feeling alone during this process.

That’s one of the most challenging aspects of striving towards Enlightenment: you often have to leave friends and loved ones and your comfort zones behind so that you can forge ahead into uncharted territory.

That’s the main reason so many people make such relatively slow progress: humans don’t generally like to forge ahead alone.

What frustrates Enlightened Beings sometimes (yes, We do experience ordinary emotions, too) is that most of you don’t know something that We know about your path: We know that you’re not alone when you forge ahead into uncharted territory; far from it, in fact.

But most of you can’t perceive that you have a huge cheering section following your every moment.

We rejoice in your victories and progress, and share your sadness when you’re met with difficulties. We could ‘hit you over the head’ to get your attention, but you tend to get scared when We do that, and following this path can be frightening enough as it is.

We’ve digressed again, and gotten ahead of Ourselves. So let’s get back to gods and spirits (and Enlightened Beings) and how We all fit into this world together. We’re assuming you’ve followed Our logic so far, so We’re continuing forward as if you’ve agreed that what We’re describing might be possible.

Spirits and gods do exist, in parallel universes, concurrent with your space.

They possess physical bodies, but they’re much more fluid and ephemeral than yours. They’re not bound by time constraints in the same way you are.

Enlightened Beings also exist (generally) unseen in the same space as you.

In Our ultimate state, we don’t inhabit physical bodies at all. Our true nature is purely Mind. However, We may emanate within physical bodies.

When emanate, a part of Our pure mind manifests itself inside a physical body. It stays with that body, just as your mind stays with your body, and oftentimes this emanated mind is oblivious to its enlightened nature. Usually, a recognized Enlightened Being has to ‘tell’ this person that they’re an Emanation, and most of the times they don’t believe the news even when they hear it.

This provides some very effective – and essential – camouflage for that person.

So, technically speaking, emanations are usually not Fully Enlightened Beings. They look and act, for the most part, like ordinary beings, so that ordinary beings won’t find them weird. If they began to act weird, then people might begin to think they’re unbalanced. So, many emanations (unintentionally) go to great pains to seem normal, so they can go about their activities unhindered.

We’d like to explain why We started talking about gods, spirits and Enlightened Beings within a chapter about dreams and visions.

These beings influence many of your dreams and visions.

Now, there’s no cause for alarm. This isn’t a new development, and usually these beings are trying to help you in your dreams and visions. They may show you possibilities beyond your imagination, and beyond your world.

Yes, it is true: there are many beings in this world that may wish to harm others. However, most of them are human, and your Cheering Section vastly out-numbers the few harmful gods and spirits that are able to affect this world.

We explain this to you to put your minds at ease.

There’s also a category of beings that you refer to as ‘Extra-Terrestrials’, and they’re more physically dense than gods, spirits and Enlightened Beings. In many ways, they greatly resemble humans, and their minds more closely resemble humans than otherwise. Of these beings, let’s say that about half are well-intentioned, and about half ill-intentioned, towards both humans and each other.

The narrow margin of good-versus-evil intentions among Extra-Terrestrials is why Enlightened Beings are working so hard to try to contact humans now.

To put it bluntly, We’re trying to shift the balance of power for the better.

So the idea of living in a clearly-defined and visible universe is another human convention that you may do well to release.

The more your minds open to new possibilities in terms of defining and manifesting your world, the more likely We’ll be able to help you attain a New World with which you may be very pleased.

Many of you already see the direction your world is currently taking. There’s still time for a very auspicious change in course, but humans can’t achieve this alone.

Each time one of you becomes more perceptive and aware of more possibilities, the brighter your own future looks.

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