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Dharma Journal | August 2017

Knowing the Ever Healed

Dharma Journal teachings from Aaron channeled by Barbara Brodsky.

Video is closed captioned.
Aaron channeled by Barbara Brodsky: ,June 6, 2017.
Monthly Dharma Talk

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My blessings and love to you all. I am Aaron. We are actually recording August right after July so the allergy symptoms are still here. I wish I could report to you it’s a month later and it’s all healed. You’ll have to wait until next month for that. But it will happen.

Last month I spoke about the relationship between contraction and body diminishment, illness, aging, and so forth. When I say contraction, I mean held contraction, not the balanced contraction with which the body must live. Once the body ceases to lodge itself regularly in unbalanced contraction, it can not only heal back to where it was before the present distortion occurred, but it can heal beyond that back approaching its wholeness.

There’s so much that your bodies can do; you have no idea. If you’re not able to heal in that way, you are not a failure. The original intention was only to use these challenging catalysts as learning experiences.

But the body can heal. I want to use Barbara as an example, here. I don’t want to bring her back into the body to talk, so I will talk for her, for a few minutes. When she first lost her hearing, the nerves that were damaged were the nerve from the ear to the brain that carries sound impulses, and also nerves in the semicircular canal in the ear that control balance. Since those nerves were destroyed she had no balance.

For those first months in the beginning, she literally had to crawl from one room to another in her house. She could not stand for the first several weeks. Then she got to a point where she could stand up and hold onto something. Eventually she developed a very stiff-legged gait, like you see sometimes in a toddler who is just learning to walk. Body tense. You can’t see my feet here, but the feet pointed out, with(demonstrates) a lot of tension with each step. This is 45 years ago. The body had decades to move into this unbalanced distortion, and I’d really say, fear of falling. So she developed a habitual mode of walking that held the pelvis locked in, the knees locked in. She turned her feet outward, what you might call a duck walk, so she wobbled from side to side when she walked. This was her way of coping with imbalance.

It did not occur to her to relax and find the balance right there with the imbalance. This is true whether we’re talking about balance or lack of congestion in the sinuses, or finding the freedom from allergy right there with the allergy. Whether we’re talking about grief and finding that which is not filled with grief right there with the grief; that which is not afraid right there with fear. We are not getting rid of anything. To get rid of something carries aversion and contraction. Rather, when we note with real honesty and compassion, here is fear, here is grief, here is anger, here is lack of balance, here is body pain, and then we ask the question, right here with the pain, where is that which is not in pain? Right here with imbalance, where is that which is balanced?

Some of you have read in Barbara’s book Cosmic Healing her story of being on retreat in Canada, at a place where there was a lot of snow. During the night I asked her to dress warmly and go outside with her walking sticks to help her balance. Then to lay her walking sticks aside and stand. Her balance is from her eyes and from her feet on a firm surface. With the snow, there was no firm surface. In the middle of the night with thick snow falling, there was no visual balance. She said, “Aaron, I’ll fall.” I said, yes.

She accepted my suggestion; went out into the snow, and put her walking sticks aside. Snow about thigh deep. She plowed through 10 feet of snow from her door into the trees, laid her walking sticks aside, and fell. Of course, it was soft. I knew she would not hurt herself. She picked up the walking sticks, got herself standing again. I said, “Now do it again.” Falling, falling.

She began to see, after some repetitions of this, that falling was not the problem but letting herself fall. What does it mean to fall? To let go of control? To simply allow the body to be as it is? Falling. She knew she was not going to hurt herself. She knew she could get up okay. The fear, as she started to see it, was a very old fear of needing the be the one who was upright, who kept control of things, who could handle things. She saw that the deafness and the lack of balance led her to a place where there was fear, “I won’t be able to handle things. I won’t hear what’s said. I won’t have balance. I won’t be able to walk.” And that rigidity impaired her ability to truly listen. The deafness was not important. To truly listen. To move freely, relaxing the contraction.

As she lay there in the snow after the 6th or 7th fall, just crying for a while with compassion for this human, who had found it so hard to be a human who could fall, who had to remain upright, to take care of herself and others, with that realization, two things happened. She began to hear people in a new way, lip-reading as she had before but without the contraction that said, “Am I getting it all?” Just hearing, just present. She was more able to be present with herself, too, and with her emotions. Her balance began to improve because she was no longer afraid, “What if I fall?” It wasn’t a fear based on fear of physical injury but on concept; not being the one who would fall.

Fast forward, now, perhaps 30 years. Again, practicing being present in the already perfect body, and looking at the stiff, awkward gait that she had, how much body pain it brought. She had the good fortune to connect with a very skillful teacher of Feldenkrais method, but he goes way beyond that. His name is Dale Jenson, and I mention his name because with joy I share with you that Barbara, Dale and I will be co-creating a workshop through Deep Spring on September 23 on just the topic I’m talking about today. Coming to know the inner balance and perfection; to allow the body to recognize and rest in that which is ever-healed. And then to allow that inner, ever-healed to teach the outer body to live the ever-healed. I’m very much looking forward to the workshop, but I will not talk further about that today. I want to stay with this topic, knowing the ever-healed.

So, Barbara began to see the ways she was habitually, unmindfully self-correcting the lack of balance with tension, and to ask, how else can I invite balance? With our friend’s guidance, she began to see the ways the body could move more skillfully. To begin to find the innate balance in the body. Certainly, having Dale there was helpful. It’s very helpful to have such a skilled guide with whom to walk this path. But for those lacking such guidance, mindfulness is your guide. Become mindful of the contractions in the body. Begin to ask – whether it’s imbalance or chronic body pain in some part of the body, or whatever the ailment may be – right here with this particular ailment, this pain in my neck, shoulders, back, this lack of balance, this anger, right here with this, where is that which is free of this distortion? How can I more fully center and rest in that which is free without so much identification with that which is caught?

You can do it. I promise you, you can do it. There’s a beautiful quote form the Buddha, from a sutra in which he’s addressing some monks. He says, “Abandon the unwholesome. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it. Cultivate the wholesome. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it.”

Please take that into your hearts. Begin in this next month to look at some area of the body or mind which is caught in some unwholesome habitual pattern that causes pain for you and others, without trying to fix it. No fix-it; no fix-it! Just heart open to it. Right here with this chronic pain, where is that which is not in pain? Right here with this ongoing impatience, where is that which is patient? Right here with anger, where is that which is not angry? I’m not saying get rid of the impatience, get rid of the anger, get rid of the pain. No. Hold space with compassion for these, and instead of focusing only on this discomfort, while it is here, where is that which is not in pain? Turn your head from staring at the pain and anger to looking at that which is free of pain, free of anger, which is joyful and openhearted. Even just for a moment, begin to see how it feels.

The second part of my instruction today, and I think we’ve covered this in a past dharma dialogue but I’ll touch on it again, the beautiful practice of clear comprehension. I’ll introduce only the first parts of this practice.

Clear comprehension of purpose. Ask yourself, “What is my highest purpose?” Here is the anger and here’s that which is free of anger. Is my highest purpose here to perpetuate this anger, or to begin to open to that which is not angry? Is my highest purpose to perpetuate this terrible pain in my body, or to open to that which is free of pain?

Be honest with yourself. Sometimes there is an intention to hold onto the anger because it seems to give you power. Sometimes there is an intention to hold onto pain, for whatever reasons. But once you know your highest purpose is to release these, then the second step is clear comprehension of suitability. Ask yourself, “Is what I am about to say or do resonant with that highest purpose?” If it’s impatience and I’m building on the story, my mind repeating over and over, impatience or anger, and my highest purpose is to be more loving, to open my heart, then repeating the stories is not conducive to opening to the highest purpose. It’s as simple as that. If the highest purpose is to be free of body pain, then contracting the body in this way is not conducive to releasing the pain in the body.

Clear comprehension of purpose. Clear comprehension of suitability. And then we look at what choices we have. Remember, you can stay fixated on this, even trying to fix it as a way of being fixated on it, or you can change your focus to that which is innately whole and radiant and say, “I choose this.”

Then ask for help. You may ask your guides for help. You may ask your friends. You may ask those who you see for different kinds of emotional or body healing. “Help to support me in releasing that which I know is negative.” But at this point you’ve made a clear decision, “I’m ready to release it,” or at least I’m beginning to be ready to release it, rather than, “No, I need to hold onto it.” It’s that “I need to hold onto it” that holds you back from opening to the innate healing and the experiencing of wholeness, which is your birthright. And I wish this for you, to know your wholeness. You are love. You can do it. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak with you today. I hope to see some of you at our live  and on-line workshop on Sept. 23.

Human

Human
by Aaron, channeled by Barbara Brodsky

Human by Aaron

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“As I go through the Aaron material, I am struck by its sophistication and its lightness, it’s clarity and its beauty.” – Ram Dass

Barbara Brodsky is a dharma teacher who leads meditation retreats and spiritual inquiry workshops worldwide. She is also the channel for the spirit, Aaron, and, with him, has offered personal spiritual direction sessions, classes, meditation retreats and group workshops since 1989.

In his final human lifetime in the 1500s, Aaron tells us he was a Buddhist meditation master in Thailand and found liberation in that lifetime. However, he emphasizes that he is not Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or any other, though he has participated in all of these traditions. He speaks from the spirit core of his being, from Pure Awareness. Ten books of Aaron’s teachings have been published.

One summer morning in 2000 Aaron said to Barbara, “Let us write a new book,” and proceeded to dictate “Human,” offering one page a day through the summer. It is almost untouched from that original dictation. Each day he picked up at the next word, wherever he had left off, sometimes mid-sentence.

“Human” touches the non-dual heart of Aaron’s teachings. It has been the most beloved of Aaron’s books, but only available in a spiral bound format. We’re delighted to offer this beautiful and accessible new edition. Michael Forster Rothbart’s powerful photographs enrich the presentation.

Adventures in Healing

Adventures in Healing
Close Encounters with John of God and the Spirit Brothers of Brazil
by George SanFacon

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A word from the Author

This writing is centered around a month-long visit at John of God’s spiritual healing center and sanctuary – the Casa de Dom Ignacio or just “the Casa” – in Brazil during January 2011. While I journeyed there with close friends and acquaintances, I recount here only my own, direct personal experience, starting prior to the actual trip and ending several months afterward. What follows is no so much a travelogue or road journal, but a summary of the most significant experiences, healings, and insights I had at the Casa and afterward. While these occurred within the contaxt of what is called “Spiritism,” they have universal application regardless of the reader’s faith or denomination.

Forty Seven Stories of Jesus

Forty Seven Stories of Jesus
You probably have never heard
by Aaron, channeled by Barbara Brodsky
edited and arranged by William Atork

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For everyone who has ever said or wondered, “What wold Jesus do?”, here is your answer. Pure and unblemished true-life examples of how Jesus felt about and treated other people, exactly as He encountered them during His time spent living among us.

These stories offer insight into the purity, love and selflessness with which Christ lived. As you read, you can easily plant yourself into each story, and you will be asking yourself not what Jesus would do, but what would YOU do in that situation. You will be awakened to your own divinity and challenged to treat all people with greater understanding, love and compassion.

William Atork

Barbara Brodsky is a dharma teacher who leads meditation retreats and spiritual inquiry workshops worldwide. In Ann Arbor, Barbara is the founder and guiding teacher of Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry which offers non-denominational spiritual teachings and practice. She has been practicing meditation since 1960 and teaching since 1989. Her teaching draws from dual roots in the Buddhist and Quaker traditions. Her Buddhist training is in the Theravadin and Dzogchen traditions. She became totally deaf in 1972; living with silence has greatly influenced her life and teaching, as have years of active involvement in nonviolent action for social change. Since a surfing accident in 2004, Barbara is blind in one eye.  Barbara is also the channel for the spirit, Aaron, and, with him, offers personal spiritual direction sessions and group workshops. Eight books of Aaron’s teachings have been published. The newest is, The Aaron/Q’uo Dialogues: An Extraordinary Conversation between Two Spiritual Guides.

Barbara has been featured in two episodes of the NPR radio show, This American Life Miracle Cures, episode 262 and The Other Man, episode 212 . She is a contributor to numerous anthologies and journals. She was also one of the featured teachers in the internationally acclaimed documentary, One, the Movie, directed by Ward Powers, 2005.

Aaron / Q’uo Dialogues

The Aaron / Q’uo Dialogues
An Extraordinary Conversation Between Two Spiritual Guides
by Barbara Brodsky and Carla Rueckert

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Developed from the transcripts of nine weekends of joint channeling, The Aaron Q’uo Dialogues emphasizes, “living, thinking, and acting in service to others,” and avoiding the “negative polarity” of focusing exclusively on service to self.

The Aaron Q’uo Dialogues shows how fear – fear of being too human, fear of death and dying, fear of failing to change with the times – holds us back, limiting our full potential and enjoyment of life.

Addressing questions from a wide range of spiritual seekers who attended these sessions, Aaron and Q’uo answer a host of fundamental questions for living with more awareness and compassion. With warmth and humor, these conversations offer the spiritual seeker a valuable template for living a life of selflessness and spiritual peace.

Barbara Brodsky is a dharma teacher who leads meditation retreats and spiritual inquiry workshops worldwide. In Ann Arbor, Barbara is the founding and guiding teacher of  Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry which offers non-denominational spiritual teachings and practice. She has been practicing meditation since 1960 and teaching since 1989. Her teaching draws from dual roots in the Buddhist and Quaker traditions. Her Buddhist training is in the Theravadin and Dzogchen traditions. She became totally deaf in 1972; living with silence has greatly influenced her life and teaching, as have years of active involvement in nonviolent action for social change. Since a surfing accident in 2004, Barbara is blind in one eye.  Barbara is also the channel for the spirit, Aaron, and, with him, offers personal spiritual direction sessions and group workshops. Eight books of Aaron’s teachings have been published. The newest is, The Aaron/Q’uo Dialogues: An Extraordinary Conversation between Two Spiritual Guides.

Barbara has been featured in two episodes of the NPR radio show, This American Life Miracle Cures, episode 262 and The Other Man, episode 212 . She is a contributor to numerous anthologies and journals. She was also one of the featured teachers in the internationally acclaimed documentary, One, the Movie, directed by Ward Powers, 2005.

What People Are Saying:

I am struck by its sophistication and its lightness, its clarity and its beauty.
Ram Dass, spiritual teacher, author of Be Here Now, Still Here, and other books 

These conversations between Aaron and Q’uo offer a unique and valuable perspective – rich in wisdom and compassion – to the central issues facing everyone who wants to realize his or her potential and embody the best of what it means to be fully human.
James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy

These dialogues are like being in a cozy living room with grandparents who only have your deepest interests at heart. Deeply loving, wise, respectful, and funny, what they share is not only pertinent and intimate but evolutionary.
Ajahn Thanasanti Bhikkhuni, Spiritual Alliances and co-producer of documentary, Theraveda Buddhist Nun, founder of Awakening Truth

Filled with love, wisdom, practical advice, and Divine perspective … helps demystify what the process of channeling is about, while at the same time allowing the reader to appreciate the efforts needed to channel with integrity.
Josie RavenWing, author of The Book of Miracles and Casa Guide

Brodsky and Rueckert are two of the most gifted channels of our time. In this magnificent book, they combine their considerable talents to create a vast treasure trove of wisdom.
Robert Schwartz, author of Your Soul’s Plan.