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Dear Yogis,

Each day brings us closer to what we used to think of as “normal”.  The question is, do you want to go there?   I am hoping that my newsletters will cause you to move forward in a yoga way.

We we speaking about CAUSE AND EFFECT.  Karma.  That everything you think, say or do has a consequence now,  and into a future you cannot even imagine.  These actions produce a karma greater than the action. Scarey yes? An action that is strong produces an imprint that is even stronger.  Love, hate, anger.

What would happen karmically if you did NOTHING?  You plan to hurt someone but don’t get around to carrying out the action.  Suppose you do this action in a moment of strong emotion, you do the deed but the person doesn’t die?  Is then the seed of killing another person implanted in your mind?  Not necessarily.  According to the Dalai Lama’s teachings, for an imprint to be perfect, for a seed to be planted perfectly (not just sit on top of the ground), it needs to be planted perfectly and deeply to grow into a perfect plant.   We must have a clear intention, and a steady emotion as we do the deed and then complete it as we desired, be aware of the completion and take ownership of the deed.  When all these conditions are met we will have a strong seed.  No matter what we do  seed is created.  How it grows depends on how it is planted.

Remember in the ‘Gita.  Arjuna and Krishna are on the battlefield and Arjuna is conflicted about fighting and karma.  Krishna tells him that they must fight, but it is how they fight that is important.  The battle has been fought many times before, it is HOW the battle is fought this time that is important. The enemy (in this case their relatives and friends from neighbouring villages)  has called the terms and is determined for war. Negotiation has won nothing, and now because Arjuna and Krishna know their “duty” (The Purushatras),  they must fight WITH LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING not with hate, knowing that this battle will be fought again in the next life.  We have time to get it right.

How are we going to deal with all these seeds we create every milli-second?  In the space of a second we have so many negative and positive thoughts, only a small fraction of which we are aware of, but ALL OF THEM are creating imprints.  The task seems impossible if everyone of them is precisely recorded in our consciousness.  On that basis we would all be doomed to an eternity of suffering, even if we only had to deal with the thoughts from this lifetime.

There is a way to clean negative imprints and we have talked of it before, whereby the imprint of killing a  person resulting in seeing oneself killed many times over many lifetimes, is reduced to a small headache.

The first step is grounding yourself in goodness.  There is a reason that Ghandi for instance chanted continuously the Name of God – lived in a constant vibration of his mantra.  Bring to your mind constantly the Enlightened Beings, your Heart Teacher, and by rededicating yourself to their care, bringing to mind constantly the lessons they have taught you, and remembering that by true service and compassion to EVERY LIVING THING (a virus is a living thing), you should for yourself master the path to freedom, and as a part of this service you will be able to show others the way.  (Covid?  Building your immunity is karmically better than killing the virus).

The second step, is to consider everything thought, word or deed, and remember the harm that it is doing to you.  The pain you are bringing upon yourself and others.  Think carefully before you bring any negative karma towards yourself, and cause the planting of negative seeds.  This a very subtle thing.  The effects of just one word for instance.  For instance, when people continuously swear without thinking,  just imagine the seeds piling up, that all have the possibility of growing into negative results many times bigger than the original seed.

The third step, is to VOW NEVER TO CONTINUE THE THOUGHT, WORD OR DEED, that would cause negative seeds.  This in itself is dangerous and difficult because none of us are evolved enough in our spiritual life that we could keep it, and to lapse would itself cause negative seeds and compound the problem.  Set an easier task.  A time frame, a curtailing of a certain action.  Saying “I promise I will not  swear for the next 24 hours (the “F” word?)” or “I promise I will not reply to…………….in anger for the next 24 hours”.    Something like that.  Difficult but achievable with honest effort.  Just imagine that every time, EVERY TIME, you said “F>>” you are piling up negative seeds,  which EACH have a result way in excess of the original seed.  Not smart.

The fourth step is to learn, to study yoga, contemplation and meditation, which will encourage you to dedicate yourself to a life of kindness and compassion to every being. To know what you are doing when you do it which allows for change.

The Dalai Lama demonstrates this every day.  If you think life for you is hard, watch the DVD “Kundun”, the early life of the Dalai Lama.    No matter what happens, he has kindness, compassion and trusts that all is as it should be.  That is why he is always happy no matter what happens. He controls his mind.  He knows how imprints work, and the relationship  between the imprints and emptiness.

Imprints do exists, they are what drives your existence and create your world, and to a great extent they can be removed or lessened depending on your motivation.

It is up to you.  Your life now and in the future, and the lives of others WILL BE changed by your actions. Even if you do nothing.  Now you have read this, you have an option… this in itself causes karma.

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

NAMASTE.  JAHNE

 

Dear Yogis,

What is it that runs the world?  Have you ever though about this? What causes it to be like it is?  The answer I believe is BAD THOUGHTS.  Not just thoughts but bad thoughts, and the actions they cause.  First one thing followed by the other. It has been some time since you watched this video. It’s time to be changed.

 

At the beginning of it is the thought.  Thinking is where it all starts.  How many thoughts do you have?  Not just simple snapchat thoughts, but questions, decisions, statements, beliefs – larger thoughts.  The thoughts that can move you enough so that you take action in a moment of weakness, anger or passion.  My teacher told me that we have sixty-five of these thoughts in the time it took him to snap his fingers.  Sixty-five.  Do you understand that every single one of those thoughts leaves an imprint clear and lasting on the screen which is your mind!!  That is a BIG THOUGHT is it not?

These imprints CREATE YOUR WORLD.  These imprints cause you to do every action you do, see every person you do and the details of your life  down to the minutest item imaginable, every minute, every second of every thing you will ever experience in your lives.  THESE THOUGHTS CREATE YOUR WORLD, and every other world you may inhabit in every lifetime and every parallel lifetime.!

Every thought plants a seed, and when seeds grow they make plants.  Good seeds make good plants, bad seeds make bad plants.  From this we can say with a fair amount of certainty (and from a Buddhist point of view – although I think Jesus spoke of it, but more obscurely), that if we have a harmful thought no good can come from that, and it could never create something pleasant in your life.  Conversely good thoughts produce fine results. (“As a man thinkest, so is he” – The Bible)

You have to take into consideration that a watermelon seed for instance once planted produces a plant which produces millions of seeds.  Mental seeds are the same as physical seeds.  If that watermelon seed was not a good seed would it produce even hundreds of good seeds?  No. If we think of this in terms of our mind and our life, the tiniest imprint creates results maybe millions of times bigger than the original, and is responsible for major events in our world and in our lives which we had not anticipated and may not welcome.

Another thing.  From a mental point of view,  once a seed is planted the result is inevitable.  Good seeds get good results, bad seeds get bad results and seeds always grow into something bigger than themselves.  Once planted and nourished they grow.  Painful things in your life come from something painful you have  thought, spoken or done to another being.  Not some painful thing, every painful thing.

Sometimes these seeds ripen within the mind and cause us to experience things in this lifetime, but sometimes we carry these seeds with us through death and beyond.  So this life you are now experiencing can be the result of seeds you planted in many previous lifetimes.  We call this cause and effect KARMA.

This is a huge subject… to be consumed in small bites, and to be continued…..

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

NAMASTE – JAHNE

Dear Yogis,

Unfortunately we don’t have weekly classes anymore.  We used to, but life got busier, and the classes became smaller until we don’t have them, so this newsletter is the only way that I can reach you regularly.  No matter what I speak to you of, it is inspired by Spirit.  I can’t sit down and write without the help of spirit – I would just be sitting with an empty mind.  I know that feeling really well when I try to force things, or write what I think you should know – EMPTINESS.   How could I do it EVERY DAY? Not the same message daily, but a new message every day.

Today is a let’s do the “everyday” paying attention time.  I don’t know how these messages will match up, but I do know they will.  I am not determining the messages, so pay attention, and just keep them in the back of your mind.  Today. Covid and Extraterrestrials.  Firstly we are going to talk about what you can do to change your body in this time of covid.   The following is research gathered from what science is saying about Vit D3.  It is not the only change you should make, but it is a change you would be smart to make.

COVID

There are many people analysing what is exactly happening in this pandemic.  Things we personally can change.  By analyzing publicly available patient data from around the globe, scientists have discovered a strong correlation between vitamin D levels and cytokine storm — a hyperinflammatory condition caused by an overactive immune system — as well as a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and mortality.  It appears from current research that the majority of people who die from covid,  die from this cytokine storm, not the destruction of the lungs from the disease.  By taking appropriate supplementation, we could (according to research in this direction), cut the mortality rate in half.  It won’t protect people from catching the virus, BUT, it may reduce complications and prevent death.  It may also may explain mysteries such as why children are less likely to die – their immune system is not fully developed and they are less likely to overreact as ours do.

PLEASE NOTE: you should not take excessive doses of vitamin D, which might come with negative side effects. There is much more research to know how vitamin D could be used most effectively to protect against COVID-19 complications. Science cannot tell us the best dose, but they do know that we should have an appropriate supplementation.

EXTRATERRESTRIALS

If you name something, you will find it.  Before it is named you don’t know what you are looking for.  It is a bit like Poirot going into a house for a clue in a murder.  If he doesn’t have an idea that he is looking for a murder weapon will he find it?  Sometime detectives say “when I see it I will know it”.  You might find something, it could be the wrong thing which fits with a current hypothesis however, it must make the search a whole lot harder (this is a little of what is happening in Covid, right?)

An amazing step forward in extraterrestrial exploration happened this week, and you may not have noticed – Researchers,  supported in part by the NASA Astrobiology Program have proposed a new vocabulary for astrobiology research concerning the search for life beyond Earth.  By looking for “LYFE” instead of “LIFE”, they have expanded the search to include the possibility of something we haven’t seen before.

The search for life in the Universe is one of NASA’s primary goals, and a key element of this endeavor is to understand what we are looking for. Life as we know it on Earth shows a remarkable amount of diversity, from microorganisms to multicellular animals. Yet every living organism on Earth today can be traced back through history to a single common ancestor. In this way, terran life provides only one example of biology.(Not many have accepted that the Covid Virus is LYFE, and deserves to live as much as we do – we have to learn how to SHARE the planet with the virus.  We do not need to kill it, and we should protect against it killing us by strengthening our resistance). 

In painting a more general picture of what life is, the researchers developed the term “lyfe” and outlined ‘four pillars’ of the term’s definition. These four pillars (dissipation, autocatalysis, homeostasis, and learning) can be used to identify any system that could be defined as living. Based on this criteria, the authors discuss Life (e.g. life as we know it on Earth) as a single instance of the broader phenomenon dubbed Lyfe. The terran example, Life, uses a set of molecules and reactions that are specific to our planet, but are not necessarily the same ‘toolbox’ that Lyfe could employ beyond Earth.

The NASA team believes that this new classification system could be used to more clearly define the questions that shape astrobiology research, from origin of life studies to the search for habitable exoplanets. They pose the questions, 1.  are astrobiologists “developing a historical narrative to explain the origin of life (on Earth), or a universal narrative for the emergence of lyfe,” or/and 2. are they “seeking signs of life specifically, or lyfe at large across the Universe.”

This photo to the right,  is one I took of “ORBS” on an Ancient Aboriginal Site in Queensland.   I have had many such visitations, but this is the only time I was carrying a camera.

I hope these musing keep your mind busy today – goodness (Spirit)  knows what tomorrow will bring.  I am really looking forward to our first Teacher Training next week.  

 

“LIVE LONG AND PROSPER”  (Dr.Spock – Star Trek….)

NAMASTE – JAHNE