Instructions from Manjushri
Greetings, dear friends around the world! We are a global network, enriched by our shared concerns about our world. My book What in The World Is Going On? is dedicated to “all those who hold the world in their heart.” That is who we are, and my heart is full of joy to be in touch with each of you.
Though this Teaching is from May, it seems especially relevant now, as we struggle to face a new school year, a paralyzed economy, terrifying political developments, and the “long weariness.”
May 15, 2020
OK, Miss Penny la, you are so disturbed, so off balance. The energies are upending you, seriously. It is not that your days are mis-arranged, not at all. Let us help you focus, so you can receive what is happening around you and transmute those energies into something you can use skillfully.
You sense a great shift all around you. It has been slowly moving into your awareness for several days. Now, it is quite intense. This is not an error on your part. And you are not the only person vibrating from the shift.
It is marked by the sudden emergence of many from their self-organized quarantine. They bring with them vast reservoirs of restlessness, boredom, irritability, low-level anger and frustration, plus, a general mental laziness. It is that last quality that has stopped them from understanding what is at stake here, a laziness and lack of curiosity fueled by great and childish self centeredness. The laziness of a consumer culture which offers the marketplace as the best medicine for all emotional distress.
Now that energy is being released all over the state, and indeed, in most parts of the country.
This requires that those of you who are holding the center must adjust, and you must do that intentionally, with great care. You and your companions have not been aware you have been holding the center, and that is why this has caught you so unprepared. We would like to suggest how you might handle it more skillfully. It is not complicated.
First of all, recognize, that there are many of you, each in your own way, holding the center, holding the circle, however you wish to name it, so that those around you can also find balance and some confidence. Some ease. Second, take some time today and every morning and evening, to consciously agree to deepen the center, expand the circle, and try to welcome even those who are disturbed and erratic at the moment. As you all do this, your circles will intersect, and slowly a new equilibrium – well, perhaps that is too optimistic – but a new calm will emerge.
Third, consciously hold surrender and balance and kindness in your heart and mind, and breathe them out as often as you remember. Give thanks for all who participate in this, in the thousand forms and the thousand homelands.
And fourth, recognize this is a quantum leap, well, maybe, a quantum small step, into the new consciousness that is emerging. Birthing is not a pretty process, and certainly not this one. It proceeds in fits and starts, powerful contractions and then a moment of slide. This is where you all are. Ignore all the voices that would deny or abort the birth. They screech out of fear, terrible fear. Let the wind sweep away their bellowing. It speaks of them, not of the situation.
Hmm. You remind me of a beloved swimming teacher I had at summer camp, when I was ten. She was a Dutch immigrant, and I can hear her hollering over our excited girl voices: “Hold the fort! Hold the fort!” She meant for us to quiet down and pay attention to her instructions. I loved how it sounded in her slightly accented English. And we did as she asked.
Yes. Perfect. To hold the fort is to hold the circle, to enclose all in kindness and attentiveness. To listen.
Last – please do not criticize yourself for feeling upended and unfocused. Use this short Teaching to center yourself and focus. And grow your circle of care, and tend to its center, please. All is well.