You’re Twistin’ My Melon Man

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So we are again back in this space. In the light of my recent postings today, should you consider me an enemy or a threat, then maybe it might be worth considering again, if I am actually an enemy or whether somebody has been twistin’ your melon…

I guess it is up to you to decide…..

Even though it is not Monday I am happy enough either way…let your heart guide you…

Wittingly or Unwittingly?

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We are all prone to temptation and have our own little weak spots, our doors by which the darkness gains entry. And by and large the glamours of the physical plane are amongst these. These are the domain, the dominion, of the dark brothers, many of whom hold physical plane power.

As a little exercise have a look at this text:

The dark brother recognizes no unity with his species, only seeing in them people to be exploited for the furtherance of his own ends. This then, on a small scale, is the mark of those who are being used by them wittingly or unwittingly. They respect no person, they regard all men as fair prey, they use everyone to get their own way enforced, and by fair means or foul they seek to break down all opposition and for the personal self acquire that which they desire.

The dark brother considers not what suffering he may cause; he cares not what agony of mind he brings upon an opponent; he persists in his intention and desists not from the hurt of any man, woman or child, provided that in the process his own ends are furthered.

Do I know anyone who fits this description?

Do / did I succumb to them wittingly or unwittingly?

What was it about them that was so attractive, so beguiling to me, at least at first?

Danger from the Dark Brothers

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Danger from the Dark Brothers

August 4, 1920

I think I gave you earlier practically all that I can as [131] yet impart anent the Brothers of Darkness, as they are sometimes termed. I only want at this point to lay emphasis upon the fact that no danger need be feared by the average student from this source. It is only as discipleship is approached and a man stands out ahead of his fellows as an instrument of the White Brotherhood that he attracts the attention of those who seek to withstand. When through application to meditation, and power and activity in service, a man has developed his vehicles to a point of real achievement, then his vibrations set in motion matter of a specific kind, and he learns to work with that matter, to manipulate the fluids, and to control the builders. In so doing he encroaches on the domain of those who work with the forces of involution and thus he may bring attack upon himself. This attack may be directed against any of his three vehicles and may be of different kinds. Let me briefly point out some of the methods employed against a disciple which are the ones which alone concern the student of these letters:

  1. Definite attack on the physical body. All kinds of means are employed to hinder the usefulness of the disciple through disease or the crippling of his physical body. Not all accidents are the result of karma, for the disciple has usually surmounted a good deal of that type of karma and is thus comparatively free from that source of hindrance in active work.
  2. Glamor is another method used, or the casting over the disciple of a cloud of emotional or mental matter which suffices to hide the real, and to temporarily obscure that which is true. The study of the cases wherein glamor has been employed is exceedingly revealing and demonstrates how hard it is for even an advanced disciple always to discriminate between the real and the false, the true and the untrue. Glamor may be either on the [132] emotional or mental levels but is usually on the former. One form employed is to cast over the disciple the shadows of the thought of weakness or discouragement or criticism to which he may at intervals give way. Thus cast, they loom in undue proportion and the unwary disciple, not realizing that he is but seeing the gigantic outlines of his own momentary and passing thoughts, gives way to discouragement, aye even to despair, and becomes of little use to the Great Ones. Another form is to throw into his mental aura suggestions and ideas purporting to come from his own Master but which are but subtle suggestions that hinder and help not. It takes a wise disciple always to discriminate between the voice of his real Teacher and the false whispers of the masquerading one, and even high initiates have been temporarily misled.
    Many and subtle are the means used to deceive and thereby curtail the effective output of the worker in the field of the world. Wisely therefore have all aspirants been enjoined to study and work at the development of viveka or that discrimination which safeguards from deception. If this quality is laboriously built in and cultivated in all events, big and little, in the daily life, the risks of being led astray will be nullified.
  3. A third method frequently employed is to envelop the disciple in a thick cloud of darkness, to surround him with an impenetrable night and fog through which he stumbles and often falls. It may take the form of a black cloud of emotional matter, of some dark emotion that seems to imperil all stable vibration and plunges the bewildered student into a blackness of despair; be feels that all is departing from him; he is a prey to varied and dismal emotions; he deems himself forsaken of all; he considers that all past effort has been futile and that naught remains but to die. At such times he needs much the gift [133] of viveka, and to earnestly weigh up and calmly reason out the matter. He should at these times remind himself that the darkness hides naught from the God within, and that the stable center of consciousness remains there, untouched by aught that may betide. He should persevere until the end, – the end of what? The end of the enveloping cloud, the point where it merges itself into sunlight; he should pass through its length and out into the daylight, realizing that nothing can at any time reach to and hurt the inner consciousness. God is within, no matter what transpires without. We are so apt to look out at environing circumstances, whether physical, astral or mental, and to forget that the inmost center of the heart hides our points of contact with the Universal Logos.
  4. Finally (for I cannot touch on all the methods used), the means employed may be to cast a mental darkness over the disciple. The darkness may be intellectual, and is consequently still more difficult to penetrate, for in this case the power of the Ego must be called in, whereas in the former frequently the calm reasoning of the lower mind may suffice to dispel the trouble. Here, in this specific case, the disciple will be wise if he not only attempts to call his Ego or Higher Self for the dispelling of the cloud, but calls likewise upon his Teacher, or even upon his Master, for the assistance that they can give.

These are but a few of the dangers encircling the aspirant, and I hint at them solely for the purpose of warning and guidance, and not to cause alarm. You can here interpolate the earlier letter with the rules that I there give for the assistance of the disciple.


Letters on Occult Meditation – Letter V – Dangers to be avoided in Meditation

Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul


  • In respect of the above I can recommend “Psychic Self-Defense” by Dion Fortune as an introductory text…unless you know what you are doing do not dabble..instead meditate….pray…meditate… find clarity, always clarity.

The Dark Brotherhood

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The Dark Brotherhood

September 25, 1919

Today I seek to speak to you on The powers of the Dark Brotherhood. Certain laws that govern their actions, [134] certain methods employed by them in work need to be realized and certain methods of protection apprehended and utilized. As before I have told you the danger is as yet inappreciable to the majority, but more and more as time elapses shall we find it necessary to teach you, the physical plane workers, how to shield and guard yourselves from attack.

The Dark Brothers are remember this always – brothers, erring and misguided yet still sons of the one Father though straying far, very far, into the land of distances. The way back for them will be long, but the mercy of evolution inevitably forces them back along the path of return in cycles far ahead. Anyone who over-exalts the concrete mind and permits it continuously to shut out the higher, is in danger of straying on the left-hand path. Many so stray… but come back, and then in the future avoid like errors in the same way as a child once burnt avoids the fire. It is the man who persists in spite of warning and of pain who eventually becomes a brother of darkness. Mightily fights the Ego at first to prevent the Personality so developing, but the deficiencies of the causal body (for forget not that our vices are but our virtues misused) result in a lop-sided causal body, over-developed in some direction and full of great gulfs and gaps where virtues should be.

The dark brother recognizes no unity with his species, only seeing in them people to be exploited for the furtherance of his own ends. This then, on a small scale, is the mark of those who are being used by them wittingly or unwittingly. They respect no person, they regard all men as fair prey, they use everyone to get their own way enforced, and by fair means or foul they seek to break down all opposition and for the personal self acquire that which they desire. [135]

The dark brother considers not what suffering he may cause; he cares not what agony of mind he brings upon an opponent; he persists in his intention and desists not from the hurt of any man, woman or child, provided that in the process his own ends are furthered. Expect absolutely no mercy from those opposing the Brotherhood of Light.

On the physical plane and on the emotional plane, the dark brother has more power than the Brother of the Light, – not more power per se but more apparent power, because the White Brothers choose not to exert Their power on those two planes, as do the Dark Brothers. They could exert Their authority but They choose to refrain, working with the powers of evolution and not of involution. The elemental forces to be found on these two planes are manipulated by two factors.

  1. The inherent forces of evolution that direct all on to eventual perfection. The White Adepts cooperate in this.
  2. The Dark Brothers who occasionally employ these elemental forces to wreak their will and vengeance on all opponents. Under their control work sometimes the elementals of the earth plane, the gnomes and the elemental essence as found in evil form, some of the brownies, and the fairy folk of colors brown, gray and somber-hued. They cannot control the devas of high development, nor the fairies of colors blue, green and yellow, though a few of the red fairies can be made to work under their direction. The water elementals (though riot the sprites or sylphs) move on occasion to their assistance, and in the control of these forces of involution they at times damage the furtherance of our work. [136]

Oft too the Dark Brother masquerades as an agent of the light, oft he poses as a messenger of the gods, but for your assurance I would say that he who acts under the guidance of the Ego will have clear vision, and will escape deception.

At this time their power is oft-times mighty. Why? Because so much exists as yet in the Personalities of all men that respond to their vibration, and so it is easy for them to affect the bodies of men. So few of the races, comparatively speaking, have as yet built in the higher vibration that responds to the keynote of the Brotherhood of Light, who move practically entirely on the two highest levels (or the atomic and subatomic subplanes) of the mental, emotional and physical planes. When moving on these subplanes the attacks of elementals on lower planes may be felt but effect no harm, hence the necessity of pure living and controlled pure emotions and elevated thought.

You will notice that I said that the power of the Dark Brotherhood is dominant apparently on the physical and emotional planes. Not so is it on the mental, which is the plane on which the Brothers of the Light work. Mighty dark magicians may be located on the lower mental levels, but on the higher, the White Lodge dominates, the three higher subplanes being the levels that They beg the evolving sons of men to seek; it is Their region, to which all must strive and aspire. The Dark Brother impresses his will on human beings (if analogous vibration exists) and on the elemental kingdoms of involution. The Brothers of Light plead as pleaded the Man of Sorrows for an erring humanity to rise upward to the light. The Dark Brother retards progress and shapes all to his own ends; the Brother of Light bends every effort to the hastening [137] of evolution and foregoing all that might be His as the price of achievement – stays amid the fogs, the strife, the evil and the hatred of the period if, in so doing, He may by all means aid some, and (lifting them up out of the darkness of earth) set their feet upon the Mount, and enable them to surmount the Cross.

And now what methods may be employed to safeguard the worker in the field of the world? What can be done to ensure his safety in the present strife and in the greater strife of the coming centuries?

 

  • A realization that purity of all the vehicles is the prime essential. If a Dark Brother gains control over any man it but shows that that man has in his life some weak spot. The door whereby entrance is effected must be opened by the man himself; the opening whereby malignant force can be poured in must be caused by the occupant of the vehicles. Therefore the need of scrupulous cleanliness of the physical body, of clean steady emotion permitted in the emotional body, and of purity of thought in the mental body. When this is so, coordination will be present in the lower vehicles and the indwelling Thinker himself permits no entrance.
  • The elimination of all fear. The forces of evolution vibrate more rapidly than those of involution and in this fact lies a recognizable security. Fear causes weakness; weakness causes a disintegration; the weak spot breaks and a gap appears, and through that gap evil force may enter. The factor of entrance is the fear of the man himself, who opens thus the door.
  • A standing firm and unmoved, no matter what occurs. Your feet may be bathed in the mud of earth, but your head may be bathed in the sunshine of the higher regions. Recognition of the filth of earth involves not contamination. [138]
  • A recognition of the use of common sense and the application of this common sense to the matter in hand. Sleep much and, in sleeping, learn to render the body positive; keep busy on the emotional plane and achieve the inner calm. Do naught to overtire the body physical, and play whenever possible. In hours of relaxation comes the adjustment that obviates later tension. [139]

Letters on Occult Meditation – Letter V – Dangers to be avoided in Meditation

Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul

Being More Real

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Before I begin, for those not used to UK kid’s TV, I need to make an introduction… Laa-laa meet everybody… everybody this is Laa-laa…

People are so throughly caught up in playing games of one kind or another, they find it incredibly difficult to be real. There are all sorts of games; dating games, power games, political games, relationship games, one-upmanship games, Top Trumps and games of process. People seem to love these games, in fact they fear anything else. I think it accurate to say that most have real difficulty being real. And so they could easily skip along hand in hand with Laa-laa…

People are so very accustomed to playing games…strip them of their games and they really would not know what to do with themselves. People do not yet know how to relate as real authentic beings.

The first step towards being real is to acknowledge when you are playing games of one kind or another and then to stop it…

Do I play games?

Wot me, surely not?

Have my games ever caused me problems?

What are the natures of my games?

Why exactly am I afraid of being real?

Somewhere, maybe

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The snake-oil shines
in that excusable night
so easy to explain,
harder to bear

That feather-pillow muffle
squeezed hard down
to smother, to cover
and expire

And all the pretends in China
cannot it gloss
the stubborn rust of it
prevails

Oh that terror sublime
the exquisite trembling panic
so near the edge
so real

Its thinnest edge
must not me pierce
my alligator skin
my scales

For that virus, real
tears control asunder
and lays waste
to all my calculated reason

Must fend and parry
or my world collapses
into
smithereens

That real
must not me violate
against my wishes
and thence me seed

As all the decades pass
somewhere, maybe
I might not
a figment be…

My Salacious

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Oh my sweet salacious
I am here again
watching

Oh my quickening pulse
I could almost touch,
you

I know you feel me
my eyes
upon you

My prison slats
my bulging album
your words

My heaving breast
that sweet and sour
so piquant

The luxuriant black
the velvet cloak
of my darkness

My awesome power
your naked
vulnerable, quiver

And all those leagues
between us
yearn

As I tap my veins
for you
My salacious

I pull the leather strap
tight for you
My salacious

I flick the drops
off the needle

oh my…

Naught Else

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deep in the well-spring
achingly arid
those sanguine drops
lie clotted

in the hurly-burly
not even a tear
could wet
this lead-heavy-lead, ennui

a flock of a thousand whys
heads north for winter
the formation
axe-cuts
and cleaves the sky

the brick-red pretence
the planks of reason
hold back the earth

and rent
it cries silent
sobbing, dry

all those clever
the cunning spades
hast dug this trench
this abyss
this chasm

under the sparky flint
and cloying clay
naught else
but the brimstone of my pride….

Memento Mori

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I can still smell
that infectious cordite
  as we hunted you
with our whispers

As we boldly corralled
and chased
and hounded
with our magazine of justifications

And as you ran
so erythrocyte scented
the mantelpiece called out
of its gaping vacuum

How proud we were
at your stumble
your quiver
and your fall

What brave
how powerful
and magnificent
we are

And now the cabinet
collects a sepia dust
that shine, that tarnish
our Albatross slain

And Now

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and now we walk

fearful of those conspicuous whispers

so absent between us


that unquenched silence

ardent thirsty for a word

and we dare not look


eyes fixed ever onwards

for to chance e’en a glance

might us shatter


the cloying

unmentionable ghosts

surround us

always


you and I

conjoined by a chasm


and now,

we walk

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