Thoughts from Djwhal Khul on Homosexuality

Thoughts from Djwhal Khul on Homosexuality

Leoni Hodgson, Ph.De. Esoteric Philosophy
November 2017

This paper is a response to views expressed in a paper titled “Alice Bailey on Homosexuality: A Personal Response”, written by a brother (on the Path of Spiritual Discipleship), who also happens to be homosexual. The paper focuses on critical remarks made about homosexuality by the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul (DK), in books written by Alice A. Bailey. For those not familiar with these writings, they are Eastern Wisdom teachings on spirituality and discipleship. The paper argues that DK was erroneous in his views on homosexuality.

A very unfortunate result that some homosexual students have experienced from reading DK’s words is that they have suffered guilt and shame. Our brother is a case in point and shares how deeply he has suffered. His paper brought the whole subject into the light and he is courageous and to be thanked for doing so. It is hoped that this response paper will help correct misperceptions and alleviate suffering. Here is a summary of what he said.

There is no justification for the way DK (or AAB) present as “evil” or “perverted” [homosexuality]. These terms when used by DK are moral judgments based on sexual mores relative to culture, upbringing or philosophy. New students to DK’s writings might be turned off to the teachings because of DK’s stance on homosexuality.. may lead them to go down the same road I did: self-suppression (staying or becoming “closet cases” and repressing their sexuality. Students might be caused “unnecessary confusion and suffering”, feel “shame and non-acceptance” and attempt to completely suppress their sexuality or to change sexual orientation and that would lead to “psychological pain and other problems and complexes.. addictions of all kinds (including promiscuity, etc. His statements about homosexuality can lead to or contribute to intolerance and prejudice against gays. Prejudices and assumptions run so deep that even such advanced individuals (as DK) are blinded, or was it a case of having a limited understanding of homosexuality? [PC]

1. The context in which the terms “perversion” and “evil” are used
DK does make moral judgments that stem from the principles presented by the Christ and Buddha. These moral guidelines underpin the spiritual orientation of our race and are the foundation of esoteric writings. However, DK was writing for occultists, who live and work in the world of energies. His primary reason for targeting homosexuality and other ways sexual force is misused is because of the negative and detrimental effect upon our bodies.

A very important point for gay people to grasp is that DK did not say that homosexual people are more “evil” or “perverted” than straight people. He used the same words with both groups – and he was talking about energy and how it was being used or misused, not making a moral judgment about the worth of a person.

Here are 2 quotes to prove the point.

[DK] The physical results alone of sexual intercourse, carried on within or without the legalised marriage relation, have produced not only the world of every-day human life, but much of the disease, the insanity, the evil tendencies, and the perverted impulses which today fill our hospitals, our homes for neurotics, our sanatoriums, our prisons and our lunatic asylums. [1]

Here is another quote, DK was referring to how some men treat their wives.

[DK] .. the mistakes, the evil consequences, the many types of perversion, and the sadistic cruelties which have grown out of man’s misuse of the natural processes and of his mate..[2]

This should lay to rest the belief that DK targeted only homosexuals. He targeted sexual misuse across the board.

However, the major point of contention for gay people seems to be that DK considered homosexuality to be a misuse of sexual force and not a “natural sexual expression” as psychiatry defines it today.

This is correct. This is his view. Although his message was meant for humanity as a whole, DK was particularly addressing students of esotericism, aspirants and disciples, and giving guidance on how to bring their fields and etheric body into alignment with the soul. For aspirants, DK considered homosexuality to be especially retrogressive.

[DK] It marks a point of retrogression, the swinging back into an ancient rhythm, and the resumption of ancient practices… These perversions are ever found when a civilisation is crumbling.. Weak minds succumb to the impulse, or strong experimenting souls fall victim to their own lower natures, and investigate in unlawful directions. [3]

a. Homosexuals from Lemuria
The regressive group of souls referred to in the previous quote, were the advanced aspirants of the ancient past.

[DK] Homosexuality is what you call a “left-over” from the sexual excesses of Lemurian times, an inherited taint. Egos who individualised and incarnated in that vast period of time are the ones who today demonstrate homosexual tendencies. In those days, so urgent was the sexual appetite, the normal processes of human intercourse did not satisfy the insatiable desire of the advanced man of the period. Soul force, flowing in through the processes of individualisation, served to stimulate the lowest centres. [4]

The arising of homosexuality in ancient Lemuria was not due to the race being especially bad, but a consequence of erroneous judgment (so it would appear) on the part of the more advanced souls – the aspirants of the day, men and women on the Path of Spiritual Discipleship. Soul-force was too strong and the sacral chakras and sexual appetites were so overstimulated, experimentation went beyond normal sex. These souls are incarnating today.

This indicates a karmic/ genetic/ DNA homosexual link. Souls from that era are carrying this pattern. The pattern or orientation is likely centred in the Limbic System of the brain, or the “pleasure centres” as this region is popularly called today.

Whatever, this is a temporary pattern and subject to change, as are all karmic patterns we bring through with us. According to DK’s point of view, homosexuals from this era have the task of bringing balance to their sexual natures. Perhaps the best example of the rampant sexual type is seen around public toilets were gay men go for a quick and anonymous “fix”. At the other end of the spectrum, we have committed and long enduring homosexual relationships. We find the same rampant sexual behaviours and excesses across the entire race of course, but DK made the point because this group of souls are amongst us today and quite likely – because they were advanced then, are on the Path of Spiritual Development today. The great service they are rendering to humanity – because of transformational spiritual work they are doing in aligning with their souls, and in the questions they are asking re this whole topic; is to throw light upon the subject and into humanity.

b. Imitative homosexuals
Another group of homosexuals, DK calls “imitative”, a type of “mental perversion”, people who have a “too active imagination, a powerful sex nature, and a prurient curiosity”. Mental perversion refers to a misuse of mental energy. When we use the mind faculty to think of any “forbidden” thing, and then strengthen that thought with a vivid imagination, it is likely that we will act on that. DK is pointing out that some people come to be homosexuals through that process.

c. In summary
That our culture is moderating its views and changing laws to give greater acceptance and legal protection to homosexuals, is a mark of our times and in many cases is long overdue. Time will tell whether homosexuality is a natural sexual expression, or whether the teachers of wisdom over the ages are correct. When scientists can study the etheric body, and how our behaviours affect our energies, we will gain a clearer view. By fully embracing homosexuality as we are doing today, the sooner will it find its natural place within the fabric of humanity – whatever or wherever that may be. Suppression does not resolve anything. It is good this matter is being brought into the open.

2. Homosexuality is a “misuse” of sexual force
Contrary to what our brother says, that:

DK endorses self-inhibition in the case of homosexuals [PC}

DK does not sanction the suppression of desire. We are the expression of energies and forces that galvanise us into activity through the medium of chakras in the etheric body. Balancing this stream of energies rather than inhibit or let them run wild is the advice DK gives. Seven of the chakras are major. Advanced men and women work through the higher 4 centres – crown, ajna, throat and heart; the soul works through the crown, and average or emotional man focuses in the 3 lower centres – solar plexus, sacral and base.

Our sex life, sexual desire, is rooted in the sacral chakra. This centre thirsts for satisfaction and rules those who have their major concentration of life-force there. Our task on the Path of Spiritual Discipleship (because we have reached the point in our evolutionary development when it is right to do so), is to transmute our preoccupation with physical sex and raise and express this force through the throat chakra in mental creativity. This happens naturally when we meditate and incoming soul force inspires us to develop our creative, artistic and healing projects. But force can flux between the two centres for a long time, even across lives. This manifests as an unbalanced sex life and diseases in the organs ruled by these two chakras.

Our task on the spiritual Path is to raise our consciousness, our concentration of life energies, from the lower centres to the higher; to eventually place the centre of control and focus into the hands of the soul, which works through the crown chakra. In the interim, our goal is to incorporate our sexual expression and activities into a life that is balanced – spiritually, psychologically and sexually.

Sharing from personal experience: When I first came across the Theosophical teachings 40 years ago, I was single and had a full social life. I gained an understanding of things I had to do to progress spiritually – meditate daily, practice compassion and kindness, clean up my thought life, balance my emotions and clean up my physical appetites, which included stopping smoking, cutting back on alcohol and moderating my sex life. I assessed my capabilities and identified the one thing on the list that was too hard for me at that time, and that was dealing with my sexual expression. I knew enough to know that to try to force change would be damaging psychologically and physically and anyway I would likely fail, the drive was too strong. I made a decision to delay that task – for another life if necessary, and I was comfortable with that decision. The truth is, due to steady meditation and involvement in many mentally creative projects, balance has come in this life.

Advice for all students of the teachings who are struggling with a powerful sex life of whatever orientation: assess the problem in the light of your soul wisdom, and in terms of energy and not as a moral judgment. Decide if changes are necessary and if so, set out a program and follow it. If you think changes are unnecessary, well and good. If you think that your sex life is not something you can or want to tackle now, then leave things as they are. Accept your sexuality fully and embrace it. Meditate daily and attend to all the other tasks that lead to a pure and kind heart. Then, refinement on all levels – including in the sex life, will come naturally. Be comfortable with your decision and where you are, knowing that it is a temporary station for you – as it is with everyone. You are doing the best that you can and guilt is such a wasted emotion. Just get on with living life fully and without regret.

3.Can homosexuals change their orientation?
Our brother does not believe so. He says:

homosexuality is a biological predisposition, my brain is actually wired that way. [PC}

Genetic inheritance was covered previously. Our addictive patterns lie in the Limbic System, and just as they can be changed (with strenuous effort), so theoretically can any other belief and orientation. All our wiring or patterning is subject to change and potentially within the span of one incarnation. This is what the process of evolution is all about, which means I do not accept the following statement:

changing one’s sexual orientation is impossible.. at least in the cases of true homosexuals – where it is biologically innate.). The orientation is fixed. [PC}

Our Solar Angel is given the task of raising us from being ignorant, blinded human souls to enlightened and illumined Masters of the Wisdom. Its power to bring about progressive evolutionary changes within us is hindered if we believe that we cannot change. Whatever we cling to with steely determination today, in a future incarnation will not even be on our radar. It is best to keep an open mind.

The author had a close friend who made a successful transition from being gay to straight. When he read DK’s work he decided to change, sold the gay bath house he owned (pseudonym for a gay brothel), eventually married a lovely lady. 20 years later when he died (in his 70’s), he was still in love with his wife. It would not have been easy and there may have been slip-ups along the way. But at the end of his life, he was happy – with his decision and how his life evolved. This tale is shared to encourage people to keep an open mind about these matters. It is not an injunction to change sexual orientation. Only you and your soul can determine that.

Finally, from our brother:

The very unfortunate thing about all of this is that because of DK’s teachings, unless revised, gay men and women are doomed to be forever “second class citizens” among their straight peers – “diseased” and “perverted.” According to DK they are whether they are acting on it or not – they have a mental “predisposition” towards an unhealthy preoccupation with sex – “perverted” sex by definition too! [PC}

It is hoped that what has been written in this paper will help change this perception and help homosexual students who are in a similar struggle.

I know many homosexuals who have proudly walked the Path of Spiritual Discipleship while dealing with their “stuff”, just as other people were dealing with theirs. In these souls, it was the soul light, love and wisdom they radiated that brought them into the groups through which they worked; and bound them heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul with all group members. I have never personally heard esotericists refer to their homosexual brothers and sisters in the way described. We were all just brothers and sisters on the Path. If our brother has unfortunately experienced that, I am sorry for him and the fault lies in the perpetrator. If the thought lies within his own mind, the good news is he has the power to remove it.

[1] Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Psychology I, 275

[2] Ibid 271

[3] Ibid 278

[4] Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Healing, 62

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  • The message is gone.
    It was not copied.
    This is unfortunate indeed.
    Perhaps a revisit can be arranged.

  • Thank you my Brother on the Path.

  • Patrick Chouinard

    Leoni, I really appreciate your paper and the your kind and compassionate words about me in regards to this issue. You give wise and useful advice in your paper. What I especially liked about it is your non-judgmental stance and your spiritual pragmatism in relation to the whole subject of sex, not to mention your openness and honesty about your own struggles with sex. Such openness is much needed among students – to lighten the way for each other and to know that we are all human. Furthermore, there is the strength of ”shared weakness” – for discipleship groups their common struggles unite them just as much as their common purpose. You make many important points, such as that a gay person can adapt to a heterosexual relationship if they choose (despite their sexual orientation). Yes, of course, and it may well be their own soul which prompts them to do so (hopefully not because they have been taught and believe they are deviants or ”perverts”). As you say, it is for each to determine what is right for them in terms of their ideals – striving to grow yet not overreaching. Regarding DK ”singling-out” gays as more ”perverse” than straights etc., I can see and appreciate your point. Yes, DK does put heterosexual ”perversions” in the same category, so in that sense or context he does not discriminate, however, he distinguishes gays from straights by labeling gays ”perverts” – having unnatural desires and unhealthy thoughts in contrast to heterosexuals. Actually, his whole premise is that gays are more ”lustful” (excessive and uncontrolled sexual desires and habits) . That is something I cannot agree with. I addressed this here : as well as pointing out several inconsistencies with his treatment of the subject throughout his writings. One of the major problems I think with his whole handling of the issue is that he treats it from a purely sexual angle. Gays are reduced to sex acts. I am not saying DK lacks compassion for gays, but clearly he doesn’t consider being gay in terms of having a loving committed relationship, and how this can be a positive thing for the individual. The gay friend you mentioned who had a gay bathhouse (brothel) but later chose to marry a woman after he got into the teachings, well, I can admire that from a certain point of view, but the example reinforces the idea that the gay life is one of debauchery (though I know the example was not intended by you to give this impression). Anyway, thanks again Leoni for your supportive paper and all your wonderful contributions. 💛

  • Thanks Malvin. Yes – how we use our ENERGIES – which is at the root of this whole subject. A measure of soul alignment, raising energy from the lower chakras to higher is required before people turn naturally to serve. ” Service can be briefly defined as the spontaneous effect of soul contact.” EP II 124

  • The most important thing in the life of anyone on the Path, emphasized over and over again, is how we serve and how effective we are in that service. If sexuality is not an issue in that service, then it is up to the individual to choose how they express it. A single life matters very little in the larger scheme of things (speaking in terms of our soul history), unless the actions of that life affect our soul expression unduly in coming lives. As we hear in Christian terms, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Compassion, towards oneself, toward others and toward our Teachers, is what is required. Our time and our energies are required now in a world that struggles toward freedom and light. What matters most to us? That is the question.

  • Tracey

    Great retorts! M Blavatsky and Rudolph Steiner shared similar views about homosexuality, that of which at judgmental and show the time periods general views.

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