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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.

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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

Aaron Q'uo Dialogues

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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.

Cosmic Healing

Cosmic Healing
A Spiritual Journey with Aaron and John of God

Cosmic Healing by Barbara Brodsky

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Cosmic Healing draws on my life experience, and includes channeled material. It begins with my loss of hearing and how I worked with the trauma. The story unfolds to tell about meeting the discarnate entity, Aaron, and the ways he helped me move past the anguish and isolation of deafness. Writing the book, I have interspersed material from my old journals with the current story. In chapter six I introduce the Casa of John of God in Brazil and the work there, again using journals to describe my experiences.

Early in my deafness I was told the condition was medically incurable. Several decades later I lost vision in one eye, also considered incurable. Later book chapters describe healing, and ask the readers to begin to consider the “impossible” in their own lives; we each set limits that define us and within which we choose to live. Such limits entrap us. We can choose a new paradigm, to live in a higher consciousness, beyond fear and limiting beliefs. This does not mean old beliefs disappear, but we find a greater awareness that is no longer trapped within old limits.

The book transcends the personal. While it is based on my story, it is a journey into non-duality, yet told in a way that makes it accessible to the every-day reader, as well as challenging to the spiritual practitioner. It includes numerous guided meditations and meditation practice instruction that will help the reader apply the story to his or her life situations.

Aaron remains a constant thread as his wisdom continues to guide others and me. The learning of my more than twenty years as a senior Western dharma teacher with a national reach, also runs as a thread through the book, with material related to karma, negativity, energy, consciousness and to presence in each moment.

While the book is channeled in part, it is primarily a story of human growth and discovery. I have deep roots in traditional dharma, but the book also has a far broader appeal, and is not limited to any particular belief system.

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:

As I go through Aaron’s material, 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 

Clear dharma; living non-duality.
Lama Surya Dasspiritual teacher, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and other books.

Cosmic Healing tells the story of a powerful spiritual journey.  Interweaving teachings and experiences from several traditions, Barbara Brodsky opens us to new dimensions of understanding and healing.  It’s a fascinating and illuminating read.
Joseph Goldstein, author of One Dharma and A Heart Full of Peace

There are three distinct adventures woven together beautifully in this story. The first is the extraordinary courage, transparency and transformation into wholeness that has come through Barbara Brodsky’s personal contact with and application of liberating teachings. The second is the in depth exploration of the process of healing itself. Lastly this is a seminal work for anyone interested in knowing more about the Casa of Dom Ignacio and the entities associated with John of God. Independent of whether you can take on board entities, currents and distance healing, this book will take you on an authentic exploration of liberation. It will do well to serve humanity and support the transformation that is needed at this time. Since 1999, I have had extensive, direct personal contact with Barbara and Aaron and deeply appreciate the profundity of their teachings. I’ve consistently found Aaron’s teachings to be kind, respectful, and filled with humility; they are clear, pointed articulations of profound truth. In addition, I have witnessed many of the things described here. I highly recommend this book.
Ajahn Thanasanti Bhikkhuni, Spiritual Alliances and co-producer of documentary, Theraveda Buddhist Nun, founder of Awakening Truth

What a wonderful work! If you have been swept away by trauma, medical calamity, or life not being what you expected it would be – read this book…Use Barbara’s map and you will feel more secure in the steps of your own journey.
Emma Bragdon, PhD, director of the Foundation for Energy Therapies and author of Spiritual Alliances and Kardec’s Spiritism

Barbara is devoted in her service and teachings and a pristine vehicle for Aaron’s essence, love and profound wisdom. Thank you Aaron and Barbara for birthing Cosmic Healing – the message and unconditional love is palpable and will touch the souls of many.
Heather Cumming, Translator; Tour leader to John of God; co-author: John of God: The Healer Who’s Touched the Lives of Millions, Simon and Schuster

There are many paths to enlightenment or union with God. Barbara Brodsky’s Cosmic Healing, better than any book I have read, sets forth the path to enlightenment by means of physical and emotional healing. Brodsky shows how resolutely dealing with illness, whether serious or ordinary, can purify us emotionally and spiritually unto the highest levels of the spiritual life. She also includes a superb description of the various states and stages of the spiritual path. Cosmic Healing is a great gift of love and offers practical methods to bring us into a life of ever-new love and bliss.
Jim Marion, author of Putting on the Mind of Christ

I just put down Barbara Brodsky’s wonderful new book, Cosmic Healing. It is a revelation to hear her story in its entirety, as well as to experience so many other stories of healing and wholeness. This book is a rich treasure trove for those who want to go deeper into healing and the search for personal truth. Are you seeking for more? This book is for you! I laughed, I cried, and I loved it!
Carla L. Rueckert, channel for The Ra Material and other books

One woman’s very personal account of her journey from our collective human outlook on life to the awakening of her divine yet human Self. When Barbara writes of meeting Aaron, her master teacher, and tells of her struggles with fear and anger, etc., one finds it difficult to put the book down. This is definitely a ‘page-turner’ book of the highest degree. Fascinating reading!
Judith Coates, channel for Jeshua ben Joseph; editor, Jeshua, The Personal Christ series

My Love always I give unto you. Within and underlying Barbara’s words is My Love. Take these words deeply within your consciousness and contemplate what they mean. Always My Love is with you, and I thank Barbara for her devotion to our Love.
Jeshua ben Joseph, (Jesus) channeled through Judith Coates

For many years I’ve been moved by the wisdom that flows from Aaron and Barbara. Based in solid dharma, their message is profound, timeless and filled with unconditional love. Highly recommended.
James Baraz, dharma teacher in the Theravadin tradition and author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness

 Cosmic Healing is a striking example of how spiritual truth can make itself known through an infinite variety of ways.  Some receive intuitive flashes, others work with physical teachers and still others awaken through the experience of a significant tragedy in their lives. Barbara Brodsky has been graced with all these experiences in addition to receiving spiritual guidance from sources referred to as Entities. Cosmic Healing is a book that opens one’s eyes to alternative ways of looking at reality and living from one’s own truth. Aaron speaks of his teachings as being similar to a finger pointing to the moon and not the moon itself. However, even his pointing is filled with brilliant illumination.
Matthew Flickstein, Dharma Teacher, author of Swallowing the River Ganges: A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification and Journey to the Center: A Meditation Workbook

 Cosmic Healing exemplifies storytelling as a deep form of healing. Barbara’s is a detailed and easily readable true story about being present with pain, deeply knowing wholeness, learning to change our relationship with what is and more. Each page brought me to a stop, to savor, to ponder, to feel. And what a cast of just plain and ordinary and unusual characters! Barbara unfolds a map of the spiritual journey which transcends any single religion. Words fall short! I will be digesting this book for a long time!
Haju SunimBuddhist Priest

The voice of Aaron is a vessel of wisdom, its current direct from the awakened heartmind.  Read this book–it will give you fresh understanding and faith in the essence of dharma, the truth of your own luminous, loving being.
Tara Brachdharma teacher and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

In this extraordinary book, Barbara generously shares the depth of her experience, bringing to life the timeless and universal essence of dharma. Her courage, authenticity, and wholeheartedness shine through. Within these pages is a profound exploration of the meaning of healing and wholeness, and an invitation into the luminous and ever-present truth of wisdom and love. Over nearly two decades, I have found conversations with Aaron to be inspiring and illuminating, always pointing to unveiling and trusting the wisdom within. This book is a deeply compassionate and human account of the journey of awakening. Highly recommended.
Aura Glaser, Ph.D., Dharma teacher, Clinical Psychologist, and author of A Call to Compassion: Bringing Buddhist Practices of the Heart into the Soul of Psychology

Thank you for the opportunity to endorse this book!  A pleasure to get to know Barbara and Aaron in greater depth!  What wonderful work! If you have been swept away by trauma, medical calamity, or life not being what you expected it would be—read this book.  Barbara gently offers a hand, with profound kindness to your heart.  Her story reveals how she reached the Light through the gradual, essential steps of confronting darkness and fear through mindfulness and opening to spiritual guidance.  Use her map and you will feel more secure in the steps of your own journey. May this book reach many people who need the loving guidance Barbara offers.
Emma Bragdon, PhD, is the Director of the Foundation for Energy Therapies.  She is also the author of Stories about John of God and Spiritism

In this book, Barbara has generously shared with her readers her personal journey.  It is a journey of fear and courage, learning and teaching, pain and healing, and most of all, a journey of love.  Her book echoes my own conclusion – from my life’s experiences and especially from my many years of giving and receiving at the Casa de Dom Inacio – that Love is the most powerful healing force that exists.  May the readers feel their hearts touched, as I have, through Barbara’s story and its healing medicine of Love.
Josie RavenWingauthor of The Book of Miracles: The Healing Work of Joao de Deus,
A Season of Eagles and The Return of Spirit: A Woman’s Call to Spiritual Action

Barbara puts her whole heart into her writing and offers her experiences to help her readers to stretch and grow in their spirituality. We are blessed and inspired by her friendship and her books.
Diana Rose and Bob Dinga, Tour Guides for the Casa de Dom Inacio in Brazil.

Presence Kindness and Freedom

Presence, Kindness, and Freedom
Aaron’s Teachings on Living from an Open Heart
by Barbara Brodsky

Presence, Kindness, and Freedom by Barbara Brodsky

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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.

What People Are Saying:

As I go through the Aaron material, 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

Rich with clear perspectives on living a life filled with peace, love and joy. Perennial questions that have perplexed mankind are answered from a place of deep wisdom and compassion. Meditations that enable the reader to directly realize these essential understandings are included. Aaron speaks of his teachings as being similar to a finger painting to the moon and not the moon itself. However, even his pointing is filled with a brilliant illumination. Matthew Flickstein, Dharma Teacher, Author of Swallowing the River Ganges: A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification and Journey to the Center: A Meditation Workbook

Barbara Brodsky‘s work with Aaron is an answer to the profound hunger that is so pandemic in our society for a spiritual aspect to life. The widespread problems of addiction, divorce, child abuse and abandonment and violence of all kinds point to a loss of hope and of fearfulness to work with life’s difficulties. There is no doubt we have lost our way and need to get back in touch with our humanity. These teachings provide a guide. As a psychoanalyst I have found comfort and healing in my talks with Barbara and Aaron. Muriel Salzman, Licensed and Certified Psychoanalyst

I have found Aaron’s teachings to be kind respectful, and filled with humanity; they are clear, pointed articulations of profound truth. I consider Aaron to be one of my teachers. Ajahn Thanasanti, Theravadin Buddisht Nun

I have come to love Aaron and keenly appreciate his wit, wisdom and discernment. Co-channeling with Barbara is one of the treats of my own channeling life. Settle down with this book and I promise you will come away touched and inspired. This is a true classic. Carla Rueckert, Channel for The Ra Material, The Law of One

Dharma Journal | July 2017

Healing

Dharma Journal teachings from Aaron channeled by Barbara Brodsky.

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

Transcription

Barbara: Hello to you all. For something different today, we’re starting with me, Barbara. I guess I could say, “My blessings and love to you all.” Aaron will say it later. We want to continue with the theme of healing. What is healing? Who heals? If everything is already perfect, why do we need to heal? This touches the whole combination of relative and ultimate.

Aaron asked me to start today because I’ve been sick for the past month with very bad hay fever— allergy, eyes weeping, nose congested, coughing. You can hear it in my voice. Anyone who’s been there will recognize the feeling. It’s a first for me, and I can say I really have sympathy for people who experience allergies regularly.

For some reason this spring season, my body was much more susceptible to the allergens in the air. I became very sick with it; not sick in the way of life-threatening; just very uncomfortable, very unpleasant. A lot of “how do I fix this” thinking. So, it’s been an excellent, though uncomfortable and unloved, teacher. Aaron has been saying that which is unloved comes as teacher; well, this certainly did.

My first experience with it, for 2 or 3 weeks I just kind of left it alone and tried to ignore it. But it kept getting worse, beyond the point where it could be ignored. Finally, a week ago I went to a doctor. This is a month into this allergy. I was pretty sure it was allergy and not a cold, but the doctor confirmed it. She gave me some medicines, which have not done anything. So, 2 days pass, 3 days pass— when is this medicine going to kick in? Healer, heal yourself.

You can hear that my voice is very raspy. I have big circles under my eyes, which are watering. This is how the body is. Sometimes it’s functioning perfectly; sometimes it’s not functioning so well.

I am choosing to work with it with a combination of allopathic medicine and spirit and homeopathic medicine. With spirit’s guidance this week, I’ve been doing several things. Spirit asked me to picture myself under a waterfall. Clear, pure water pouring over my body and in through my head, washing out the sinuses, washing out the eyes, washing all the congestion away, washing all the allergens away. After 10 or 15 minutes doing that, the head is clear. The next suggestion came from my friend Tavis, whom many of you saw with me in the last workshop. Filling these sinus cavities with light, just drawing it up. Now that they’re cleansed, bringing light in. Filling my eyes, all the sinuses, everything, with light.

Then Stage III: Spirit asked me to imagine a veil of mist surrounding me, very radiant, really brilliant, almost light-like mist. Aaron has talked a lot recently to you and to me about the distinction between armoring and shielding. I’ve been watching how I was armoring myself by tensing against the very unpleasant physical symptoms, trying to hold space for them and be stoic. Ignore them; eventually they’ll go away. I saw that I was armoring myself because I was contracting. One cannot ignore something without contracting. When we’re not willing to be present with it, we contract. Staying open, shielding, not armoring, from a very loving place. Shielding myself against these allergies, so that when they hit this fine radiant mist shield they are repelled and go away.

So, Parts I and II are cleansing and healing the symptoms that are there. Part III is not drawing more allergies into the body. Well I’m happy to say finally that for the past three days it seems to be working. It’s helping. We’ll see where it goes.

At this point Aaron will come in and talk. He wanted me to provide you with some background. Thank you for hearing me. I’ll pause and Aaron will come in…

Aaron:

My blessings and love to you. I am Aaron. Barbara has given you the background. Yes, it was a perfect teacher because there was no need for fear. It was unpleasant but she was not going to end up in the hospital with some serious ailment. She’s not going to die from this. She was just uncomfortable. When I say, “just uncomfortable”, I say it with compassion. Uncomfortable is uncomfortable. We don’t want people to be uncomfortable. I don’t want Barbara to be uncomfortable. Nevertheless, she is in a physical body and sometimes there will be discomfort.

I want to start today with one primary idea about healing and wholeness, and about one of the causes for illness. As soon as something hurts, there will be fear and aversion. As soon as there are aversion and fear, there will be contraction. When there is contraction, everything closes down. The whole system closes down.

Picture, I’m trying to think of something that works smoothly with gears… just a wheel. If you put the brake on, the wheel can’t turn anymore. If you force that turning, it grinds as it turns. This is what happens in your bodies when you contract. And all of you constantly contract. Let me clarify this. When I say, “when you contract,” I don’t mean the kind of contraction such as the opening and closing of a hand to lift an object. If I want to put something in my hand, the hand will then contract around it. When it comes in, then the contraction will release. With your breath, there is constant opening and closing of the lungs in contraction. This is what allows the breathing. But it’s a balanced contraction. This is very different than clenching.

As humans, you have the habitual pattern to clench, and that clenching wears down the gears, if I may speak of them that way, wears down all the parts of the body so they age. I’ve mentioned to you that in my lifetime as Aaron, 2500 years ago, I lived over 500 years. The body parts did not age drastically. They aged a bit. I was constantly able to rejuvenate them because I did not pass my time in a contracted state. When something arose that was unpleasant, I knew it as unpleasant. I opened my heart to it. I held spaciousness for it and eventually it would pass. I’m not saying I never contracted and held that contraction, but such was rare.

This is what enabled me and many others like me to live such long lives. Such practice was well-known back in those times. It’s something some of you, at least, learned in Lemurian times. Uncontracted; spacious; to rest in your innate spaciousness, not only of the mind but of the body.

When there is some physical discomfort, the predominant reaction for the human is to contract. Try this. Take your finger and push. Can you push with your finger without contracting? I don’t think so. Now do it again. Breathe and feel the pressure, hard pressure with the finger. Breathing in, I am aware of the pressure. Breathing out, I hold space for the pressure. Feel two different forces; the body pushing, like lungs expanding, and the ego behind the push. See how after maybe 30 seconds or so the pressure shifts to just be pressure. Maybe a little bit uncomfortable and painful, but just pressure. Then let it go.

One can learn to experience discomfort of the body, of the emotions, of the mind. One can learn to feel the original contraction, note the contraction, and come back into the uncontracted, resting in awareness, resting in spaciousness.

Living in this way, the body is less likely to pick up physical ailments. The mind is less likely to go into extreme negative and fear-based stories. This is something you not only can do but most of you came into the incarnation to learn to do this. Why? Why bother to learn it? Because you are here in incarnation to learn kindness and compassion, to learn unconditional love, and that includes love for the being that’s feeling discomfort from this finger-pressing life-style. Uncomfortable. Discomfort from the runny eyes or congested nose. Discomfort from the sadness, or even grief, from fear.

You learn this first with yourself, and then you are able to extend it out into the world. Thus, the ailments of the physical body, and the uncomfortable emotions, these are not so terrible that we seek to get rid of them. They are teachers. Thank you, teacher. (hands drawn together, palms touching) Some of these ailments can be devastating. The loss of a loved one. The being told that you have a probably fatal illness. The extreme fear if you feel your life is threatened, or the lives of your loved ones. We are here to learn to keep the heart open when these objects arise. To note the original contraction and not hold the contraction but invite spaciousness and the loving heart. To invite the return to unconditional love, and trust of your path. I’ll talk more about that in another session. Today I just want to stick with contraction and spaciousness.

When Barbara was first armoring herself, being stoic, it created contraction in such a way that she became increasingly vulnerable to the allergies. So, instead of reducing the number of symptoms of discomfort, it built up on itself. Healing began as soon as she was able to just relax and say, “This is how it is. Thank you, teacher. What have you come to teach me? I open my heart to you,” and to do this without fear, trusting the experience. She was not inviting the experience; not saying, “Sure, come on— more and more allergens.” Just, “I trust the experience and I will learn from it.” Opening. Once she was able to be more open, she able to do the exercises that she described to you. Literally washing out the body. Inviting light to fill the sinus cavities. And probably most important, the shielding. Not inviting more allergens into the system. You can’t shield this way, (demonstrating great tension of the body); immediately you’re armored. Shielding. “I release this. I do not choose to bring this into my body. I release it.”

This is the most important point I want to make with you today. You are not here in a physical incarnation to avoid catalyst but to learn from catalyst. Sometimes it will be joyful catalyst, sometimes painful catalyst. Whatever it is, invite it in.

Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you.
I will close with a beautiful poem by Rumi, The Guest House.

The Guest House by Rumi
translated by Coleman Barks, from The Essential Rumi,
(San Francisco, Harper SanFrancisco) 1995, p. 109

This human being is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.