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Dharma Path – Transcript – Oct. 30, 2018 #5

October 30, 2018 Tuesday Evening, Dharma Path Class
How Do We Come Back Into Balance?

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Aaron speaks of the Mala Recollection from Barbara Brodsky in this class.

Aaron: My blessings and love to you all. I am Aaron. It’s good to be back together. Many of you were at the retreat. There was so much love shared at the retreat; it was very beautiful. Those who were there went very deep and worked very hard. I salute you; I bow in honor to you, for that hard work. The repeated question I heard through the week is, Aaron, this practice is breaking my heart. I am touching places of old pain, or current pain. Read more

Dharma Path – Transcript – Nov. 27, 2018 #7

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November 27, 2018 Tuesday Evening, Dharma Path Class

Aaron: My blessings and love to you all. I am Aaron. Welcome. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. I always smile at the fact that you put aside one day to give thanks! How about 364 days of Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving Day, you say, “Well, we’ll let it go for the day.”?

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The Dharma Path – Transcript – Oct. 16, 2018 #4

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October 16, 2018 Tuesday Night, Dharma Path Class
Barbara and Aaron on Their Dharma Paths

Barbara: When I first met Aaron, the word “dharma” had very little meaning for me. Back in high school I had read The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac. Dharma was an obscure word to me. I practiced meditation, but I had no formal training in Buddhism; I knew almost nothing about Buddhism.

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December 19, 2018 – Evenings with Aaron, Christmas Stories

December 19, 2018 Wednesday Evening with Aaron, Christmas Stories
The Power of the Open Heart to Choose Love

Aaron and Yeshua are channeled by Barbara Brodsky

Aaron: My blessings and love to you all. I am Aaron. Thank you for being here with me tonight. And online, I see your faces here, but I’m to look at the camera’s blue dot. When I’m looking at the blue dot, do you see me looking into your eyes? (yes)

When we started these Christmas Stories 30 years ago it was in Barbara’s living room. By that time, that first year, already a large group of people— 15 or 20 people, sitting around Barbara’s fire. And the next year, probably closer to 30 people. So, we were squeezed in a bit, with the fire burning in the background. The group was all local. The transcripts would be laboriously written by hand. We didn’t have email. The transcripts were handwritten— no computer, either. They were Xeroxed and mailed out to those people who requested them.

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Dec. 19, 2018 – Evening with Aaron, Christmas Stories

December 19, 2018 Wednesday Evening with Aaron, Christmas Stories
The Power of the Open Heart to Choose Love

Aaron: My blessings and love to you all. I am Aaron. Thank you for being here with me tonight. And online, I see your faces here, but I’m to look at the camera’s blue dot. When I’m looking at the blue dot, do you see me looking into your eyes? (yes)

When we started these Christmas Stories 30 years ago it was in Barbara’s living room. By that time, that first year, already a large group of people— 15 or 20 people, sitting around Barbara’s fire. And the next year, probably closer to 30 people. So, we were squeezed in a bit, with the fire burning in the background. The group was all local. The transcripts would be laboriously written by hand. We didn’t have email. The transcripts were handwritten— no computer, either. They were Xeroxed and mailed out to those people who requested them.

This technology is amazing— here you are, right here in my living room! Such a joy to be with you, to feel your energy; to feel your open and loving hearts.

This morning, when Barbara awakened, she said, Aaron, what are you going to talk about tonight? I said, Love. What else is there to talk about? If we’re talking about Christmas stories, we’re talking about love.

Remember that what I say is from my own experience. If it does not accord with your experience, religious views, or any such, let it go. I speak truth as I know truth, but I do not try to push my truth on you. So, if my truth resonates for you at some level, use it and learn from it. If it does not thusly resonate, let it go.

In the beginning there was no beginning, there was simply energy and light. Energy and light that had been and always will be truly the ground of the universe, energy and light, but not yet manifest in any clear way. There was a strong intention from— can I call it angels? Brothers and Sisters of Light is perhaps the best term, very high and loving beings who looked at the balance of light and darkness in the universe and asked, how can light become more fully manifest? Because, with darkness, with negative polarity that breeds on fear and hatred and pain, there is suffering. With positive polarity there is love. There is ease and spaciousness.

So the idea came, to some of these Brothers and Sisters of Light, to take a heavy density planet and help— let me phrase this a bit differently—to take the potential for a heavy density planet not yet existent and create a ground of energy out of which that planet could manifest. There are many stories of creation in different of your traditions, but they all have certain likenesses. God said, “Let there be Light,” and there was Light. And then the Heaven and Earth, the lands and the waters, people and animals. And vital to this creation, free will.

Why is free will so vital? Let’s use the Garden of Eden story. This Eden, in which consciousness lived in a very high, resonant vibration, preceded the foundation of the Earth. This consciousness had no material bodies, no heavy physical/emotional/mental body, just the very fine, high spirit body, that energy. Everything was expressing in a heavenly realm, Eden. But these consciousnesses that inhabited Eden simply were. They did not choose; they received everything they needed and there was no free will choice. There was no separation, me and you, self and other. So, there was no jealousy, there was no pride. There was no anger. It was a high vibration but it could be higher. If there is no anger, there’s no joy. If there’s no selfishness, there’s no generosity. What feeds highest vibration? The intent of the Brothers and Sisters of Light, of which my teacher Ariel was one, their intention was to see how high a vibration could be created. How far could love go? How much can love set boundaries for negativity? Within the whole universe in which there was already strong negativity, how much can love dissolve to negativity?

Humans were given free will to make choices. And, in being given free will they also experienced the ego and the separated self. This was part of the experience of moving into human form at that time, the whole notion of separated self. Of course, we know there is no separated self, but people still experienced it.

The world had many highs and lows at that point, through many millennia. Moving into the experience of separated self, different religious traditions came in to teach that it was wrong to move into the separated self but sometimes with the distortion, “Oh, you’re bad— you’re moving into the separated self.” That kind of scolding doesn’t help the loving heart to emerge.

There were certain traditions that were very beautiful. The Buddha, the whole Buddhist tradition of the possibility of awakening, and the deeper truth: you are already awake— how do you realize that awakening? The Jewish tradition of a loving God. Not many wrathful gods but one loving God. Some traditions in, let us simply say places you have never of and traditions you have never heard of. But spiritual beliefs that were deeply based in love. But these were a minority. On Earth, for millennia, hatred and self-benefit flourished, and people turned their backs on what was for the highest good for all beings— the whole foundation of the Earth. But because there was free will, spirit could not say, “Oh no, you can’t do it that way.” Sentient beings had free will choice. Many just banged their head against a wall incessantly, trying to figure out, “Why am I not doing well? Why is my world not doing well? Why is there so much hatred, so much cruelty, so much war? Why are THEY creating war?” Not, how am I participating in this creation? So, there was a deep need for people to understand there is no me or them. When there is some kind of cruelty in the world you are all always participant in some way, even if just by ignoring the roots of it. In this way, the whole matter of free will choice became vital.

This brings us up to— let’s say it brings us up to Buddha’s time, when he saw the truth of human suffering and concluded there must be a path out of suffering. Not just a temporary path, as was taught by many teachers of his day, where if you experienced high jhana states, deep meditation states, temporarily your consciousness removed itself from the world; but you couldn’t stay there. These people got their fixes of high consciousness repeatedly, but they were not awake. Or, more succinctly, they were not aware that the awakened state was within them, that heaven was within them.

Then came the birth of the one we know as Yeshua. Many generations from the time of Buddha’s birth and awakening preceded Yeshua, much planning from high beings. But always with free will of humans. So, humans were never told, “You should do this, you should do that,” only, “Here are some options for you to consider.”

Yeshua, in his youth, had the opportunity to study with Buddhist teachers. He was, of course, born already awake. Other teachers have been born already awake, too—Yeshua was not alone in that— but Yeshua was the one that is best known. But, even if you are already awake—and all of you ARE already awake— you still have to realize it. So, it was very helpful for Yeshua to have this foundation, to realize how strong this divine essence was within him, and the power of free will to manifest this divine essence on Earth. And to help others also to realize their divinity.

We all know the stories of Yeshua’s life, the Biblical stories. For those who have not heard any of these Christmas stories before, I lived in the Essene community in which Yeshua took birth, of which his parents were a part. I was 6 years his elder and through our youth often related to him as a dear friend. He was wise; he was loving; and sometimes he tripped over his shoelaces, as all of us do.

I remember a time— this with the boy, Yeshua. He was about 7 and I was about 13, give or take a few years— I’m not good at keeping track of your linear time. Some things are just beyond my comprehension. We were walking in the fields outside our community, in the hills and fields, quite a distance away, so that it was not just our community but where our community lands merged with other lands. We heard some noises, some shouting, and quietly crept up to see what was happening, as boys will do. Staying hidden very well, and looking out under the trees, under the shrubs. We saw boys throwing stones at a dog. The dog was yelping. The boys were my age or older, so, bigger than us. Yeshua wanted to rush right in and say, “Stop that!” I was aware they would beat him up. And when I accompanied him in this way his safety was entrusted to me, to some degree, because I was older. So I held him back. “No, Yeshua, you can’t do that.”

Eventually the boys went away, leaving a very injured dog. All we could do was to go and soothe it, give it water. Hold it, love it. The dog was not vitally injured. It probably had some broken bones, some cuts. It whimpered in terror when we approached it. To this day I have no idea why they were abusing the dog in this way. But Yeshua and I sat with the dog— remember, this is a 6 or 7 year old Yeshua. He held the dog in his lap, and said, “I love you, I love you,” repeatedly, and I did the same of course, but it was his power and energy that came through.

The dog was beginning to show more signs of energy— lifting his head, drinking the water we gave him. And then Yeshua and turned to me and said, “I feel so angry at those boys! I hate those boys!” And as he said that, the dog shrunk into himself and began to tremble. Yeshua was speaking quite loudly, really focusing his anger. And I must say, 6 years older than Yeshua, but I was feeling the same thing, just not giving voice to it.

We watched the dog, and the dog’s reaction to our anger and hatred. Yeshua said to me, after a few minutes— my name was Nathaniel in that lifetime— he said, “Nathaniel, we must stop hating.” I said, “How do I do that?” He said, “My mother tells me to find the love within myself, when I am angry.” So, we held hands with the dog between us. I said, “I can focus on the dog and find love. I can focus on you and find love. But if I focus on those boys, I feel hatred and anger again.” He said, “Let us just focus on each other and the dog. I love you, I love you…”

And then— wisdom from a child— after a few minutes of this, he said, “Nathaniel, if they were so cruel to the dog, they must have been subjected to cruelty themselves. I see how I can love them.” Very powerful wisdom, there. “They must have been subjected to cruelty. I see how I can love them.” This is the root of compassion. This is the compassion that he came to teach us, this wisdom from the as yet still very young child. But he remembered who he was, as many of you as humans are trying to remember. He remembered the divine realm from which he came, the realm of love from which he came. So, in this way he was able to consciously choose to let go of the anger and hatred out of his free will choice.

And this is what is so vital for all of you. All of you in this world have things you would attack with anger and with hatred, be it in politics— people whose views are different from your own. Politics— I will not name names, but there is one figure that brings up a lot of negativity for many of you! You are love, and you have come to make the free will choice not to engage in hatred, in negativity, in condemnation of others. But this does NOT mean that you allow others to do harm.

The place of strength in you knows how to say no to negativity, the place of love, for you are love. If anger says no, it’s just more anger. But when love says no, it’s beyond anything, in its power. This does not mean you can’t be killed, right there saying no. But when enough humans say no to hatred, fear, and negativity of all sorts, this world is going to move back into the Eden that it was created to be, but an awakened Eden. One in which you understand your power of manifestation through free will; your ability to choose darkness or light, love or fear. And to bring forth and manifest light and love. It’s up to you.

Now we’re going to fast-forward many years: Yeshua as the young man just barely beginning his ministry. I had the grace to walk with him at times. I was not one of his group of innermost disciples; I was an old friend. But when he was near I loved to go out and walk with him for a few days or weeks.

We were walking through a wilderness area when in the distance we heard crying. Moving off the main path toward the sound, real cries of misery and pain. We came upon a group of lepers. Some large group of very brutal people had come in and stoned them. This was sometimes done to lepers. People were afraid of them, afraid of catching the leprosy. So, people who had learned cruelty— not innately cruel but who had learned cruelty, who wanted to feel big and bold, they would go in with rocks to a group of lepers and stone them.

We followed this path— Yeshua, myself, 2 or 3, maybe 4 others— and came upon the leper colony. People were bleeding from the wounds of these stones. It brought up so much rage for me. I said to Yeshua, “I just want to stone them back! I HATE this kind of cruelty!” Yeshua turned to me and took my hands and said, “Nathaniel, do you remember the boys who stoned that dog, when we were young?” Yes, I remembered. “Nathaniel, did we go after the boys and stone them back?” And I understood it was not just because they were bigger than us. It was because we both understood that love was the way, not hatred. And that we were here on this earth to enhance the power of love, and to shift consciousness literally into a higher vibration through the power of love; that each human comes with that sacred task. Each human will be confronted by the stone-throwers, in whatever form, and each human is offered free will choice: hatred or compassion.

Yeshua said to me, “Let us see how we can help these people.” Remember, this was now mature Yeshua, not a 6 year old. Even the 6 year old’s loving energy had been able to help the dog, who eventually was able to get up and follow us home. Yeshua did not choose to do obviously miracles. In other words, I think he had the power then to just cure people who had been wounded by these stones, and even who had leprosy. But his work was not to make himself some kind of god who could come along and fix people, but to help people to know their own divinity and their own power to heal themselves and their world. Their own power to love.

So, he simply walked around. We found cloth and bandages, washed wounds. I’m sure when he washed a wound, there was a lot of healing energy in it. The wound did not miraculously disappear, but some of the pain went. We slept there overnight, after everybody had been treated, not just those who had been stoned, but he also examined the wounds of those with leprosy. We slept there. People offered us breakfast. Many people who had been wounded came out and said thank you to us for helping them. And we moved on.

Here is a similar result to another story I told years ago. About 10 days later, coming back, we passed near this leper colony, and so climbed up into the hills just to see how they were doing. They came running to us and said, “You worked miracles!” They showed us how new skin was forming over the leprosy wounds, new growth in the fingers. And Yeshua said, “No, I did not do that; your love did that. Your knowledge of your own innate perfection and your ability to heal. If you believe you are inherently wounded, you will continue to enact those wounds. If you believe the power of love in yourself, then everything is possible. Continue to believe in yourselves. Don’t put me on a pedestal as healer.”

This, let’s call it Christ or awakened consciousness, this is in you. This is what he taught, continuously. Not, “I am a living Christ above all others,” but, “I model what you are so you can see what you are.” You are also awakened. You are also love. You also have the power to heal yourselves and to heal this world, to choose love over hatred, light over darkness and negativity. Your choice.

I never returned to that leper colony. I imagine that immense healing continued there, and, as new lepers found the colony, they were taught how also to release some of the disease and heal themselves. And at least to heal the self-hatred that they were lepers.

I want to focus on this primary message that he brought. We are all divine. We are all sons and daughters of the living and loving God, the Divine Creator. We are all sons and daughters of Love. And it is up to each being to embrace that deep truth of themselves and live it as fully as possible, or, out of fear, to deny it.

So often you deny it. Why? I think it’s because of fear of your power. I’ve said this to many of you before. What if you are truly powerful enough to heal the world? To part the seas? What if you truly had that power? But, you have not fully resolved your negative emotions. The conditions that give rise to negative emotion have not yet fully been purified. So, you don’t know what to do with fear, with anger, with ideas of separation, with pride, with greed.

How can you fully invite your power if you have not yet resolved this— I don’t want to call it this negativity, but the seeds for negativity in yourself? Because you are human, these seeds are not burden but are gift. How could you choose love if you only experienced love? If you never experienced fear, how could you choose love? If you never experienced anger at another, how could you choose compassion? By being born into a world in which you do experience negativity, in each of you, when the negative arises you have an option how you are going to relate to it: with love or with continuance and deepening of the negativity. Fear says “negativity”— throw the stones back at them! And love says no. I repeat, compassion is strong— you don’t just say, “Keep throwing stones,” you find ways to stop them from throwing stones. But not through hatred.

Let me think of one more illustrative story, here… Two stories come to mind. Let’s see if we can include them both.

Another time when I was walking with him, with this time a bit larger a group, 8 or 10 people. We were sleeping at night when brigands came into our sleeping area. They stole everything we had, even our sandals (leaving us barefoot), our cloaks, whatever food and water we had. We were awakened by them, of course, but they had knives, so Yeshua said, “Just let them take what they wish.”

When they were gone, we built up the fire as best we could. We had our undergarments, of course, so we were not naked, but close to it. He said, “Trust all will be well. Do not be afraid.” He asked us to imagine these men, to see if we could bring, each of us, one or another face to mind. We had a close glimpse of their faces because they literally came and tore our blankets and shawls away from us, pushed us, knocked us over, punched us. The same thing: he said, “If we go after them with anger, it will just be more anger. Each of you, imagine the one who assaulted you, and really picture that man. Then envision him as a child being hit, being beaten, perhaps starving; told he was not good, was unlovable. Keep this in your heart until you can really see that child that became the man that attacked you and see if you can offer loving wishes to that child, compassion to that child.”

So, we all did this for an hour or two. I suppose the men (were) thinking we were barefoot, we could not make progress quickly, and because they were a greater sized band than we were, that we would not go after them. But after an hour of meditation with Yeshua, he said, “Now, let us walk on down the road.” It was not yet dawn, that very early light of first dawn. So, we walked, and we walked.

We smelled wood smoke. We walked softly. We approached the area where they were. We knew them to be ignorant, people who had been trained in fear. Yeshua had told us his plan. He said, “We’re going to surround them (but pre-dawn they could not really see us), back deep into the brush, and project our voices out, knowing their religious beliefs, ‘I am this or that deity. You have done wrong. You have beaten others, stolen from others.’” Voices coming from all sides of them. We were a smaller band than them, but we had learned to project our voices well.

They became terrified. “What shall we do?”

Our voices continued, Yeshua leading us: “Take all that you have stolen. Take it into the next village and give it to the poor. And do not thusly steal again.”

“Yes, we’ll do it! We’ll do it!”

“Reflect on how you obtain your needs in this life: in honest and loving ways, or by cruelty and hatred? Reflect and remember that you have the potential for your needs to be met without stealing and brutality.”

So they packed up everything. They took it into the next village. They did not have the courage to see anybody— they simply left it there. We saw people come out and take the things, the food, the robes. We didn’t need them. We would be okay without them.

I thought we were done. But Yeshua said, “We have one more step, here.” The men moved out, and we followed them very silently. And the next night, in the middle of the night, we surrounded them again. And with our voices, we said, “You have done good! You have been wise! You have given back what you have stolen, and good will come to you.” We had found some good food and some robes— a few things, not a lot, but some hardy soup and other things. We said, “Do not leave your encampment now, but when light comes, go down the road a mile and you will find your reward for acting in love. Remember this and do not harm others again.” And at daybreak they crept out and down the road and they found the food. “Oh, the gods are rewarding us! It is truly better to give than to steal!”

It was hard not to laugh. Was it okay to deceive them? They could not have been deceived if they were not caught in a negative consciousness. It was their own negativity that allowed them to be deceived. And of course, our deceit did no harm.

It’s very powerful to change hatred and fear, negativity and greed, into loving kindness and generosity, in yourself and in others. This is what your whole world is learning. There are so many pockets of “brigands” killing and maiming others, stealing from others. You’re going to have to be imaginative, here. How are you going to go after them— encircle them and say, “No, you may not do this,” with a compassionate no and not with hatred? Your internet makes the world small. How can you go out and encircle those who do harm, in this ever-smaller world, and truly say no to negativity? Use your imaginations. Listen to your loving heart.

The practice also begins individually with each of you. Think of one person in your life who is a difficult person— maybe a neighbor with whom you have some conflict, a parent or an in-law, a difficult child, somebody in your workplace. Think of one person and envision them as having been mistreated as a child. Try to imagine what made them be the difficult person that they are. Then, looking deeply at them, try to envision the essence of divine love that is their core, and ask yourself, how can I best invite this? Maybe you will want to bring that person a small gift or invite them out for tea or lunch. The difficult neighbors; invite them over for lunch. The people at the workplace, take them out for coffee. Talk to them about their life. You only know them at the workplace— find out who they are. Ask, “What brings you real joy?” Find that from them. “What do you love?”

See what you have in common. Build on that. And if there’s this little voice inside you that says, “But I hate this person! I hate this person!”— Remember, “I resolve not to enact hatred.” Right there with hatred is love. Without denying the negative feelings, can I find that which is truly loving? Perhaps this person brought cookies for the office and is truly a wonderful baker. Tell them how wonderful the cookies were. Ask them if they would share a special recipe. Begin to look for a spark of light in them. That spark of light is in everybody. In this way, practice love, not hatred, to invite a world that evermore fully shines out with love and not with hatred.

This is what you came for. This is why you took birth. These problematic relatives and neighbors, they are not problems, they are teachers. They are wonderful opportunities. You don’t have to like them, but try to love them and appreciate what they came to teach you. No, you don’t have to make them your best friend, but open your heart and watch where the heart is closed. Perhaps above all things Yeshua taught me the value of the open heart, and that each of us carries that open heart, and the power of that heart to love, to compassion, to forgiveness.

I said there were two stories. I’ll end with this one, and, if the energy is available for it, Yeshua will come in and talk for just a few minutes.

This brings us to the end of his life. We were still dear friends. I was not one of his innermost circle of disciples; that was not my role. But, as a friend, he confided in me at times. So, we were together, and he said to me, “Nathaniel, I am afraid of what is coming. This fear is within me. Am I strong enough, do I have enough love, to fulfill what I came to do?” And I said to him, “Yeshua, remember that dog. We thought he was dead and he came back to life. Remember those robbers and how we helped shift them from a path of brutality to others to opening to the possibility of their own divinity.” I reminded him of a number of other examples. I said, “All of our lives together, this is what you have been teaching me. Remember it for yourself: you are love.” And he looked at me and took my hands, and said, “Yes, we are love. And yet it’s still so hard.” Tears were coming down his face. “It is still so hard.”

I want you to realize that he also felt fear and confusion, and other human emotions. He was human. We each have that same core of divinity that Yeshua had. He was more fully realized than most of us. But this divine essence is within all of us.

What he did, we can do, which is to learn and walk the path of love, of forgiveness, of the open heart. And this is literally why you came into incarnation— each of us being given the opportunity by our own free will choice to help raise the vibrational frequency of this Earth, and support the transition of this entire 3rd density Earth into a higher vibration, into an Eden, a place of love. Are you going to do it, or are you going to say it’s too hard? It is very hard.

This one, this instrument whose body I so lovingly use, she has the very hard pain of the major stroke of her husband this year, and that he is now in a nursing home unable to fully use his body, with aphasia and unable to speak clearly. After 50 years of literally sharing a life, day by day, hour by hour, for the first time, really, in all these 54 years she has had to live alone, separate from him. Much grief, much fear: what will become of me? And frequently crying, and saying, “I can’t do it. It’s too hard.” I have lovingly reminded her: this is a teacher. How can you open your heart to this teacher, knowing the grief as real, knowing the sense of loss as real? But also, opening your heart to both what you and Hal can learn and teach others through continuing to hold your heart open to the possibility of love and healing. By healing, I don’t mean Hal is suddenly going to get up out of his nursing home bed and dance out the door, although that could happen. Not likely, but it could.

The important thing, that I’ve told both of them repeatedly is, to remember that love continues. The body is always going to age. Eventually the body is going to die. On this plane, love continues. On any plane where you find yourself, love continues. You cannot lose this love for your beloved because your beloved one is never far from you. You cannot lose that person. He or she lives in your heart. But, if you despair and say, “How can I continue?” then you cannot feel that love in your heart, you cannot keep that person alive in your heart. This is just one more opportunity to remember you are here to learn love. And, you did not come to fail, you came to succeed! You can do it. You are love.

That said— Yeshua, you are here, I can feel your energy. Do you wish to speak? He says yes, he will speak briefly, probably not too long.

(Yeshua incorporates)

Yeshua: Amazing! I laugh. I think of what you call the Sermon on the Mount, with a small group of disciples— hundreds, but still a small group. Well, what if we could have streamed that all over the earth? Would it have made a difference? (laughing)

So, I thank Aaron for these beautiful stories. They touch my own memories, too. Aaron, my beloved brother Nathaniel, of that lifetime, I cherish these memories.

I’m here to speak about something a bit different. You think of Christmas Day as my birth, the birth of the one you called Jesus, the Christ, Yeshua, Yeshua ben Joseph. But this is not the true meaning. It is not ME that was born that day but rather all of you, your souls awakening into that awareness of your own divine consciousness. Each of you growing yourself from the small seed that is not sprouted, into sprouting and growing and opening into the beautiful rose bush or giant redwood. The rose is in the seed. Some of you are still seeds; some of you have sprouted; some of you are beginning to blossom or even fully blossomed.

On this day that you celebrate in commemoration of my birth, let it be a birthday party for yourselves, for the seed, the sprout, to grow and grow; to radiate out, growing out and out and out! Spreading that light and love in the world.

If enough of you determine to do that, not to shrink yourselves back into the sprout, and further back into the protected seed, but to know, “I am love. I am the expression of the Divine here on earth. God created man in his image. I am that image,” what could happen? This doesn’t mean that you have 5 fingers and God has 5 fingers— 8 fingers and 2 thumbs. It means you are the expression of Divine consciousness on earth, the expression of love. What is God, Goddess? What is it to you? Love is the closest I can come to that. You are love.

God/Goddess/Divine Creator gave us the seeds to plant, to blossom into each soul, each consciousness. I use the word soul, but we could call it anything. In Buddhism, we don’t talk about souls, simply consciousness. Whatever your tradition, what is the essence of you when the mind/body/emotions, when they dissolve? What remains? Who and what are you?

Aaron reminded you that you cannot lose your loved ones. What is the essence of that loved one? What is your essence? What is your neighbor’s essence, with whom you have a hard time? Can you see this spark of God, spark of Divinity, in everything and everyone and treat everyone as if it is God?

Of course, there is brutality and hatred in the world. Even the most brutal and hate-filled person may treat their own beloved infant with kindness, may treat their own beloved mother or father with kindness. Your work is to find that small seed of kindness in everyone and ask how to water and cast sunshine on it in such a way that the sprout can begin to grow, that it can flower. If you fail to realize that that seed and sprout are within, can you nourish it? They may not make it easy to nourish; they may throw rotten tomatoes at you, or far worse. Then, as Aaron pointed out, we say no with kindness. We may have to trick them into kindness— that’s okay.

Someone asked me, telling this story that Aaron told, “So, is it okay to be deceptive?” We did not say, “We are this or that,” we just spoke. It was them that deceived themselves. If they wanted to believe we were something other than just a group of men out there, that very group they had just robbed, that was up to them. It was their fear that made us into something other than a group of men. So, I did not deceive them; Nathaniel did not deceive them. Rather, we said, “You may not do that. You will suffer.” Well, this is true. If you keep stealing and bruising others in painful ways, you will suffer. Karmically, you will suffer the results. If you wish to resolve this negative habit, then take these goods to the town and give them to the poor. Nothing deceptive, there. They created in their mind the idea that we were something supernatural. We did not say we were. How do you say no to negativity with honesty and authenticity? If you speak with love, eventually you will be heard. But it is very hard.

Yes, I came to Nathaniel and told him, near the end of that life, “I must do this, must return to Jerusalem. And I fear I will be put to death, will experience something very painful.” I understood where I was going. I had been training for the crucifixion and the resurrection through my whole life. I understood where I was going and what I had undertaken to do. And yet, the human said, “I’m terrified!” Each of you will face death in your lifetime— this is the nature of human experience. You were born and you will die. It’s up to you whether you will be terrified of death, or whether you will use this incarnation to awaken into a deeper truth of who you are, a truth of the divine consciousness that expresses and manifests through you and can never be destroyed. In this way, the essence that you are can never be destroyed, even though the body will die and the personal consciousness, the ego self will die. But love continues.

This, to me, is what the celebration of my birth is about. It is about the awakening in each of you to know the truth of who you are, and to choose of your own free will to manifest love, increasingly, in this world, no matter how hard that is. Remember that I walk with you every step. If you think of me as Yeshua, divine being, that is who walks with you. If you think of me simply as Yeshua ben Joseph, a man born 2,000 years ago, the loving essence of that spirit walks with you. And your own guides, Aaron, and so many loving beings are walking with you. Why would we support all of you coming into incarnation on Earth and then turn our backs on you and leave you alone? We are with you and supporting you.

You have to ask. If you say, “Well, I don’t believe there’s anything there,” that’s fine. Could you just amend that a bit to say, “In case there IS something there, I’m willing to say, ‘Help me.’ Whatever is there— I don’t know what it is—but, help me.” You don’t have to believe anything special. Just, “Whatever is the power of love in the universe, help me to bring forth increasing love.” Just that. And if you do that it will bring enormous joy into my own heart.

I leave you with my blessings and with my love. Celebrate this season with joy. Celebrate yourselves. Celebrate love. Don’t worry about who I am or whether I’m real. Love is within you. Are you real? Celebrate love within yourself, and the power of the human experience to manifest love. That’s all you need to know.

I rejoice in the loving energy in each of you. I love you.

Dec. 24, 2018 – Yeshua Speaks at Interfaith Spiritual Center – Channeled by Barbara Brodsky

December 24, 2018, Yeshua at Interfaith Center Candlelight Carol Service on Christmas Eve
The Year of Love and Light on the Earth

Yeshua incorporates: I am Jeshua. What a joy it is to be here with you tonight. Thank you for throwing a birthday party for me! I love singing, candlelight and cookies! It’s all beautiful.

But I want you to remember: it is not just my birthday you celebrate. Mine is symbolic. It is YOUR birthday, you opening into the true light that you are; remembering who you are. If it was just me, that I came to birth, that I went through my life and did the things I did, the whole power of those words and events would have died away. It is you who, lifetime after lifetime, have been carrying this energy, bringing forth increasing light to the earth.

I know it doesn’t seem to you that there’s more light. It seems like you live in a time of darkness. But, not so. When I took birth, 2,000 years ago, the earth had known eons of darkness. I came forth to help remind you, and the earth itself, that it is essentially of light. It is not a plane of darkness, it is a plane of light. That was the plan.

I was moved just now by the song you sang. (It Came Upon a Midnight Clear)

For lo, the days are hearkening on
By prophet bards foretold
When with the ever-circling years
Comes round the age of gold.

Dear ones, this IS the age of gold. We are coming to it. Are you ready for it? Why stay in darkness? You are light. You are born from light and here to be light, forever and ever. Or, you can stay in darkness as long as you wish. But why would you want that? You are love. You are light.

When this earth plane was conceived, many angels— if I may give them that name— gathered together and said, what if we co-create a heavy material plane grounded in love? How high a vibration could it hold? How could this co-creation bring greater light and love not just to this one material plane but to the whole universe? And others said, yes, let us do that. But this plane must also have free will. Beings must be free to choose light or darkness.

Because there are so many younger beings mired in fear, through the ages people have chosen darkness again and again; those of light have come again and again and said no to the darkness.

This is the pledge you make on Christmas: to be of the light, to say no to the darkness, and hold the promise of love in your heart. This is the song the angels sing. This is the promise.

And the time has come… I’m going to walk a minute (without being near the microphone) because I want to walk around a bit and look into your eyes; because it brings me so much joy to see the light in your eyes, to see the beauty within you and the courage, that you have come forth to remember the light and live the light.

I don’t really need this (referring to the walker), but Barbara says she doesn’t have balance in the dark. Well, I have balance in the dark! Letting go of the walker, He walks around)

…The time has come to live with love; no matter what negativity, what fear, what pain comes to you, to say thank you to it as a teacher, and remember the promise to live with love, to live your true light. In that way, let us celebrate this birthday.
For all of you: (singing) Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!

Remember you are love. That’s really all you need to know.

I cherish you, and the love and courage that brought you here. Let us make 2019 the Year of Love and Light on the Earth; each of you doing your part by saying thank you to the challenges; opening your heart, and asking, right here within this challenge, where is love? Where is light? YOU are the light. YOU are the love.

As a growing boy there were many challenges in my life. It was not an easy world to live in. I was surrounded by loving adults teaching me, but many of them, even these wise adults, sometimes had a narrow view of things. They did not appreciate the infiniteness of our human nature, and so they lived with limitations. They tried to teach me, “Yeshua, there are no limitations, but you can’t do this, you can’t do that!” No limitations. I began to question the adults. I began to break the rules. I was not always a “good” child— I broke the rules! I went off alone when they said I must have an adult with me. I questioned the teachers. I did not simply take what they taught me, because I knew my connection with God/Goddess/All that Is, as you are beginning to know your connections. It was clear to me there was no separation between me and Infinite Creator. There was no separation between me and Love.

I knew what I had come to the earth to do, and I knew it was a hard task. I asked myself, how can I teach love unless I can fully be love? If I cannot fully be loving and embracing of everything, even the challenges, then how can I teach love? So, I understood that I had to learn how to embrace the challenges. The human side of me did not quite want to do that. The part of me that knew who I was, knew my awakened nature, said, “Yes, I can do this. I can do that.” All the way through— each step, and unto the crucifixion, “Yes, I can meet this challenge with love.” But the human sometimes knew fear.

Something wonderful happens when you meet challenges with love: the armoring that you wrap around yourself begins to dissolve, so that the true radiance shines out. All of you have that radiance. You are love, you are light.

So, join with me and let us support this as the year that light reclaims the earth. It will not be easy; there are deep places of fear. Can we love those who are afraid, those who are taught to hate? Can we embrace every human soul, and know that at its heart that soul truly is light, just is slower to awaken to its truth? When we bring that kind of light to earth, something wonderful will happen. And I think this is the time for it. Fear and judgment dissolve. I can’t say this year, but in these times, because the whole earth is going through a transition, and all beings are moving through it. This is why you took incarnation. This is why we celebrate your birthday tonight.

Thank you for coming into incarnation and walking this road with me.
With dear friends, everything is possible. I love you all very much.

Yeshua walks around the room a few minutes, looking into people’s eyes, then lifts his hands and offers a blessing of very high energy before releasing the body to Barbara.

Channeled through Barbara Brodsky – All rights reserved. Copyright: December 24, 2018 (Deep Spring Center). You may freely share this message. Please include this copyright notice with sharing.

Yeshua Dharma Talk | Sun., Oct. 14, 2018 | Oakwood Fall Retreat

October 14, 2018 Sunday, Oakwood Retreat Fall 2018, Jeshua’s Dharma Talk

Yeshua:  I’m Yeshua, and I come to you in love.  My heart is so tender with your efforts here this week…the deep work you are doing to discern the subtle dualities in the self and transcend those dualities.

Somebody made the statement that the saints knew no duality. Of course, these beings that you think of as saints, at some point they were children with a dualistic mind. They had to move past that dualistic mind. The saints as infants were no different than you. The awakened consciousness was present in them. And the dualistic consciousness was present in them. They did the work to transmute that dualistic consciousness and open deeply into the non-dual; to learn how to live the non-dual.

The same is true of me. I was born having previously transcended all duality. And yet, moving into this world of duality, dualistic thought arose at times: anger at somebody, wanting to strike out at somebody. I had to be taught by loving parents and community how to release those dualistic thoughts and come back to the heart of love.
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Dharma Journal | October 2018 | Co-Creation, Opposition and the 2018 Mid-Term Election

Recorded at Evenings with Aaron, October 24, 2018.

Video and Transcript, the video is also closed captioned.


Aaron: It has been such a joy to share these thoughts with you and to see you really taking them to heart, growing, learning— very special. You are very special. I honor you and the fact that you came into this heavy density earth plane to learn, to grow, to co-create the Eden that earth is envisioned to have the potential to be. You were willing to step back from a much higher vibrational level, let’s call it the Garden of Eden, and move into a heavier density to practice free will, to raise your own vibration and that of the world around you, to teach love.

We cannot teach love unless we do it consciously. There needs to be a catalyst that introduces contraction, discomfort, and then the free will choice is made, to deal with that catalyst either with anger and pulling everything to a lower vibration, or love and raising the vibration. You chose love. You didn’t have to do this work; you chose to.

There are many ways to evolve, and this earth plane is both one of the most powerful, for yourself and for the universe, and also one of the most challenging. You didn’t have to come here, but you allowed yourself to do so, chose to do so. And, of course, once you came you became caught up in the earth’s karmic field. Then, you were pulled along with karma, though even then, with free will. You are never forced, but karma can be resolved in different ways. Staying with it on the earth plane, you were working, not just to resolve the karma, but truly to live with and emit a vibration of love. It takes a lot of courage.

For many years I have been hearing one or another of you saying, “Aaron, it’s too hard. Why did I come?” You knew it was going to be hard. The beautiful thing for me is how well you are succeeding at what you are doing; so beautifully.

I want to speak in general terms tonight and also of a smaller picture. In the United States you have your midterm elections in two weeks. I hear many of you expressing fear, concern, and anger about what has happened politically. Many of you are getting out there to do work for the party of your choice, but so many of you are doing that work from an oppositional stance.  “We are right; they are wrong. We’re going to beat them!” I don’t see a lot of deep listening. I don’t see a lot of trying to understand how others are thinking, so much as trying to push your viewpoint on others. Nothing is ever manifest in that way. You hit a dead end.  So, you try very hard to make this happen, or that happen, but, you create an oppositional energy, two waves blocking each other.  If you can picture two tidal waves flowing at each other, neither one has the power to push things in their direction, so they just explode.

My talk tonight isn’t just about the midterm election, but about the whole of co-creation and manifestation, how you came into the earth plane, literally, to co-create.  And, what supports that co-creation, whether it’s in politics, relationships, work, livelihood, or health? What supports it? I suggest you start by looking at your body energy. I want you to think of— let’s use the present United States election.  And, for those of you who are on-line here, out of the United States, think of somebody in your own country, a political leader who brings up discomfort in you.

First, think of that political leader of whatever party, that person’s policies that alienate you and what you would like to see happen politically in your country, or city, or state. Come back then to the image of this person, who is not the person who you want to see in charge, and the anger that his or her statements bring up.  Allow the thought, “I want this person out of office.” There has to be intention. That intention is fine. But, can you see, as you are going along with me here, the contraction of energy in your body?  Can you feel that?

Now let’s try it from a different perspective. Make this political leader, whoever he or she may be, as a one year old, just beginning to toddle around the room to find his or her balance. But see your him or her accidentally falling into a table and a lamp falling off and shattering.  The angry parent saying, “Look what you did!” And you feel him or her recoil with shame and blame. Now apply that one hundred times through the first three years of this child’s life. First, a person starting out, truly wanting to please others, having certain values which may not coincide with your values, pushed on him or her in those early years, and strong messages of shame and badness. See this now three-year-old having knocked over another lamp, sitting and sobbing. Feel your desire to hold that baby, to draw him or her to you and let him or her know, “You are not bad.”

Now we have a different viewpoint, that it’s important to be a little bit careful around furniture, and you keep on doing it.  Help this child to find his or her strength, his or her beautiful attributes and to feel truly happy about him or herself. It’s hard to be angry at that baby, isn’t it? He or she is trying so hard. But we do have different viewpoints, and it’s fine that we have different viewpoints.

Each human that you meet in your life has their own karma, their own life experiences that shape them. People who are prideful, stubborn, confused, angry, sad, with feelings of shame or unworthiness, or ones who must be dominant and in control; as soon as we meet such a person with oppositionality, it’s just two tidal waves. But when we can meet such a person and truly listen and find out who they are we begin to understand what shaped them. I’m not talking about becoming a therapist, here; simply one human heart to another, able to look at this person free of judgment. You still have the right to say no. But that which says no is not another tidal wave. It’s a very different kind of force. The tidal wave will generally keep going until it plays itself out. If you dissipate your energy, as a second tidal wave, you may temporarily stop the opposing tidal wave, but you lose all your energy, too. And nothing happens; just CRASH!  And then the energy feeds away to pick up again, and to come back and crash again.

How can this tidal wave be stopped without you turning yourself into an opposing tidal wave? The tidal wave is consumed with power and it’s working on old energy, building up, building up. Love is very different. Love is not a tidal wave. Clearly, if you have a wall of water, many small points can’t stop that wall of water, but— and it may be hard to understand this at first— if you break into that wall of water with ten thousand points of light, picture the wall of water broken up. It’s no longer solid. It loses its cohesiveness. You, all of you together and even you personally, are ten thousand points of light. You have the ability to address the tidal waves that come at you, whether it’s in politics, or in relationship, or in work. With light, knowing yourselves as light, manifesting that light; from my perspective, it potently reduces the power of the tidal wave. Yes, it will still sweep up onto the shore, but it doesn’t have that power behind it; it, more or less, it just comes up and drops down. It’s a very different kind of movement.

In order to greet catalyst in this way, as the ten thousand points of light, it is very important for you, number one, to know yourself as ten thousand points of light, to know that this is the essence of you.  And second, to know that the opposition is also light. No matter how much darkness there may be in that opposition, it is equally light. Which are you going to speak to— the darkness, hitting at the darkness, or the light, really seeing it, knowing it as light and addressing the light? You may try, thusly, to address the light and feel you have not succeeded, and, that you simply cannot find anything of light in that other being. I beg of you to trust: no matter how dark the other being, light is there. This is the heart of my experience. Light is always there. This is no denial of the darkness, only a deep knowing of the beauty and radiance of the light and the choice to speak to that light.

So, you may address the situation from your own fear, and it is your fear that sees only the darkness; or you may address it from the light that is within you, that can see that very distant and diminished light, inviting it forward.

We have only a few in the room here tonight. I was going to try an exercise and we won’t be able to do it, but I want to share it with you just in words. I was going to have one person be the invitee and three, or four, or five people be the inviters, with the invitee on one side of the room and the inviters on the other side of the room. I was going to ask the inviters to each take a place, and then to close their eyes, so that they could not see what the other inviters were doing.  They could not look with their eyes at the invitee, but they knew where that person would be sitting or standing. Your job is to get the invitee to come to you, as opposed to one of the other inviters. How are you going to do that? I suppose you could dangle candy or a delicious cup of tea. You could stand up and adamantly say, “Come!” You could stand and vigorously ask the person that way. You could threaten, “If you don’t come to me, you’re going to be in trouble.” You could simply sit on the floor and smile. You could think loving thoughts.

Now, suppose you were a shy giant and these people were sitting across the room, speaking to you in these ways. Now, which one of these do you think you would go to?  Maybe you would go to the one holding candy, maybe not.  Do you think you would go to the one who was yelling at you adamantly saying that, “You must come!”? Would you go to the one who just sits on the floor and doesn’t pay too much attention to you, but pulls out a toy, opens their heart and is involved in their own project, but looks up occasionally and smiles, “You’re welcome.”? But not, “You must join me.”

When we offer an invitation in this way, from an open-hearted place, without grasping and need, we experience results. The ability to do that takes your deep knowing of yourself and the place of fear in you that says, “What if I don’t succeed?”

Coming back, then, to the elections, briefly, do you see the fear in yourself, as you campaign for your candidates? “What if I don’t succeed? What if the other side wins?”  It’s not very enticing to the other side, inviting them to come and look at what you offer.  There’s so much fear. When you can truly trust your own vision, what you want to co-create, and simply unfold it and say, “Here it is. If you would like to participate, you are welcome,” then people don’t feel threatened and they’re able to come and look and see what you are offering. It all comes back to watching the arising of fear, grasping, need to control in yourself and finding the simultaneity, that which is not afraid, that which is deeply loving and able to offer without need for the other to participate.

I understand that the way the politics works in this country is that only one candidate will win and carry out his or her policies, but if enough of you envision the beautiful world of light, of well-being for all, free of fear, then that is what you will manifest. And, if enough of you envision a world where you must control and force others and win, then that is what you will manifest. It really is as simple as that.

My blessings and love to you all and thank you for being with us tonight.

The Dharma Path – Transcript – Oct. 2, 2018 #3 Part 3

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October 2, 2018 Tuesday Evening, Dharma Path Class, Part 3

Aaron:
There was a song, I think in the ’60’s:

Be not too hard for life is short
And nothing is given to man.
Be not too hard when he is sold or bought,
For he must manage as best he can.

(Joan Baez, Be Not Too Hard)

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October 2, 2018 Tuesday Evening, Dharma Path Class, Part 2 (lightly reviewed)
The Path of Clear Light

Barbara: (reading questions) “In pure awareness, can there sometimes be no object, instead of a supramundane object?” Let’s call it objectless awareness, but there is always something. It may be light; it may be spaciousness. It may be the experience of the open heart. It may be just a very high vibration. It may be awareness aware of awareness. My own personal experience is that there’s always something.

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October 2, 2018 Tuesday Evening, Dharma Path Class
Q&A on Primordial Purity and All Ground, the Kayas

Aaron: My blessings and love to you all. I am Aaron. Welcome to all of you out there in blue dot land. I’m calling it “blue dot land” because at the base of the camera is a bright blue electric dot, electric light dot, at which I am to gaze. I am told that means I’m looking in your eyes. It doesn’t look like your eyes; it looks like a blue dot! I’ll take their word for it.

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The Dharma Path – Transcript Questions – Sept. 18, 2018 – #2 Part 3

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September 18, 2018 Tuesday Evening, The Dharma Path, Part III
What is the Difference Between Primordial Purity and All Ground? What is the Difference Between Consciousness and Awareness?

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Q: I’m wondering if Aaron could say a little bit more about the primordial purity and All Ground.

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September 18, 2018 Tuesday Class, the Dharma Path, Part 2
Finding the Balance Between Relative and Ultimate

Aaron: Good evening, and my love to you all. I am Aaron. Hello out there, all of you who dwell within the blue dot! (On Zoom- internet) I love this process, and to look into your faces on the screen behind me. Such a wonder that we can all be together in this way— in this, whatever it’s called, this electronic space.

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September 18, 2018 Tuesday Evening, Dharma Path Class
Coming Back to the Experience of the Dharmakaya

Barbara: Aaron has asked me to talk for a few minutes before he starts. In the groups, we talked a lot— in each group, to different degrees— but about the three kayas, and understanding the experience— not the intellectual part or terminology, but the experience of the sambhogakaya bridge. What helps us to stay on that bridge, to connect both the ultimate and relative reality. Aaron will talk more about this, but he would like me to share something.

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Dharma Path – September 4, 2018 Tuesday Class, Class 1, Part II
What is the Dharma Path and Where is it Taking Us?

Aaron: We continue. The three kayas— Dharmakaya, nirmanakaya, and the bridge of sambhogakaya. In the Path of Clear Light, I speak about the radiant essence that is the core of each of you. The Path of Clear Light is basically about knowing this innate radiance of your being; this fully awakened aspect of your being; this unconditionally loving aspect of your being.

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Memorial for Frank Levey – Senior teacher at Deep Spring Center

Frank Levey - Deep Spring Center teacherApril 14, 1956 — August 6, 2018

For those in the Ann Arbor, MI area, a celebration of Frank’s life.

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: Noon
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
Address: 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

For more information please use this link: Frank Levey

From Barbara Brodsky:

Dear friends,
Frank Levey first walked in my door in 1989, curious to attend an Aaron night. He came with a strong background in vipassana, and quickly became a regular, then joined the 3 year teacher training program. He met his wife-to-be, Larissa, in class, and I had the honor to officiate at their wedding.

Frank was a first teacher to many in our sangha, and also a beloved friend. As a teacher he was clear and spoke from his heart, offering his own dharma experiences to encourage and elucidate. As a friend, he was deeply wise and compassionate, always supportive.

He was also a fine builder and carpenter. You can see his craftsmanship in my office, which for some years was our DSC meditation hall and will serve again now as the site for the new Dharma Path program. He was a great environmental champion as well, deeply knowledgable.

Frank, you are beloved and will be missed. Go brightly into this new adventure, carrying all of our love.

Barbara

Dharma Journal | August 2018 | Angels in Earthsuits — Spirits Having a Human Experience

Recorded in Barbara Brodsky’s backyard in June 2018.

Video and Transcript, the video is also closed captioned.

 

Aaron: My blessings and love to you. I am Aaron. I’m sitting here sheltered by a beautiful old apple tree. Everything arises from conditions. Barbara and Hal planted this tree over 40 years ago, just a little sprig of wood. And here it is, giving dense shade on a hot day.

Everything emerges, expresses, and then passes away. Someday in the future this tree will no longer exist. Someday in the future you will no longer exist as you are now. What will the tree have become? Undoubtedly it will have dropped seeds, and perhaps there will be a new apple tree growing. Is it separate from the original tree? It bears the seed from that tree, and yet it expresses as something different.

For you, I’m not only speaking about a transition from this life and rebirth, but moment by moment, day by day, you express as something different. Sometimes you express as the one who is frightened, angry, controlling, or confused. Sometimes you express as the one who is joyful, confident, and at ease. These are all aspects of your being.

The human has the tendency to try to get rid of that which it deems unwholesome, the angry or confused aspects of the self, and to build up what it sees as beautiful aspects of the self. That’s fine, for a while. But after a while, be it years or lifetimes, you do come to understand that you cannot get rid of anything or create anything for the characteristic will continue until the conditions for it are purified. You must go into the core of your being and begin to know who and what you originally were and still are. Zen Buddhism sometimes calls it “knowing your true face”; knowing your true essence.

Last month, I spoke of the dharma path, based on the Buddha’s idea of sila (moral awareness), pañña (wisdom), and samadhi (presence). These are a beautiful path and will lead you to awakening. But some of you have been walking this path for over 2,000 years, and there is still a somebody there trying to fix, to get rid of, or to create.

The teachings do support this idea. “Abandon the unwholesome. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it. If such abandonment created harm, I would not ask you to abandon it. But as it creates happiness, I ask you, abandon the unwholesome.” The scripture goes on to say, “Cultivate the wholesome. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it. If such cultivation created suffering, I would not ask you to cultivate it. But as it creates happiness and good for all beings, cultivate the wholesome.” This is a beautiful teaching. But, if you have been abandoning the unwholesome and cultivating the wholesome for a thousand or two thousand years, and you’re still doing it, something is a bit off balance. Perhaps there is too much of an idea of a central self who must abandon and cultivate.

We cannot get rid of that self— that’s just more abandoning. We cannot create the true self— that’s just more doing. Rather, we begin to use our practice, all of it— the sila, the pañña, and the samadhi, all together— to rest more firmly in — Ajahn Chah, a beloved Thai meditation master, called it “the one who knows”. In the Thai language, pu-ru. To rest fully in the one who knows, first you must acquaint yourself with the one who knows. And so many of you are reluctant to do that, for various reasons; perhaps afraid of failure. But I think for the most part it’s because to open fully to the one who knows means you must release at least some identification with the ego self.

You are ready to do that, or you would not be listening to this talk. But again, I don’t want to suggest a doing, to say “release identification.” Pass through the various identifications you have, that the ego has, and through meditation, open to the fullness of what you are. I have called you “angels in earthsuits”. Sometime this fall, I don’t know the date, (Sat. Oct. 27)  I will be giving an “Angels in Earthsuits” workshop, both live and online, and we’ll go deeper into this idea and into the experience of being the angel in the earthsuit. For now, I just want to remind you, you are not here as humans that occasionally have a spiritual experience but as spirit having a human experience. This line has been tossed around often in the past decade or two. I believe I first said this 30 years ago. You are spirit having a human experience. And you are here to understand the importance of this human experience and to use it, not only for the highest good of yourself, releasing and balancing old karma, not only for the highest good of all sentient beings, but literally to bring this whole Earth on which you live into transition to a higher vibrational planet; to come to know yourselves as the high vibrational being that is the essence of who and what you are. You are love, high vibration, spirit, AND you are here in human form, which must be met compassionately and tenderly.

Are you ready to let go of the myriad stories? “Poor me, why did this happen to me?” “I’m not good enough. I should have done it better. They shouldn’t blame me.” I should, they should, I want, I don’t want. Fine. What has all of that thinking gained you? Anything? The harder you try to push away the human in which you have expressed, to deny it in some way, the less you can ground yourself in the angel. That may sound odd, but only by opening to the fullness of your being can you truly come face to face with this one who knows; and learn to rest in the experience of the one who knows. Emotions will still arise— grief, confusion, anger, denial, grasping, hatred. They will still arise. You’re still here in a human body. If you step on a nail, your foot is going to bleed. You are here in a human body.

But, as I see it, the vital focus of this lifetime is to come to know yourself and all beings as part of each other, and as expression of the one who knows. Let’s call it The One Who Knows, in capital letters, and the one who thinks she knows, in small letters. But where do they merge? At a certain point you stop being the small-letter one who strives after certainty and simply are The One Who Knows.

Here is a leaf from the tree above me. Is it separate from the tree in any way? It has drifted down. I’m going to crumble it up and grind it into the dirt. It will decay there. Its energy will seep into the earth, feed the roots of this tree. Is it separate from the tree? Can anything ever be separate? What do you gain by living with this illusion of separation?

So, you are angels in earthsuits, each come into the incarnation to truly know this angel aspect of yourself; to take care of the human; to use the wisdom and power and the body of the human to co-create what is for the highest good of all on this Earth, without fear of the enormity of the power you have. I think this is the key to it, that at some level many of you, as you grow, have become aware of the enormity of power, but you have not yet fully resolved the ego and the negative emotions. So, there is fear that if you own this power, you could do harm, because you know you have not resolved the negative emotions. This is also a vital part of the dharma path.

In order to fully resolve the negative emotions, we must be willing to acknowledge. We cannot transcend what we do not accept. You must also be willing to acknowledge your power in order to transcend it as personal power and offer it as THE power, the power that can fully transmute negativity on this Earth, and fully transform this Earth, and assist its transition to a higher density planet.

Why do you want it to be a higher density planet? Each of you has been in situations where there was a lot of negativity and fear, a lot of darkness. Was it pleasant? Each of you has been in situations where there was a lot of love, laughter, joy, high vibration, ease. And yes, it was pleasant. The more you open into that high vibrational space, the more you can support that for yourself and others.

Last month you had a glimpse of Barbara’s very small garden here. You saw the high energy of the plants, so surrounded with love. Some of you may have read the book Findhorn, or read about the Findhorn experiment, in which plants were nurtured with love and grew beautifully. Well, this is Barbara’s own small Findhorn. All of you have the opportunity to truly create a Garden of Eden here on Earth. And I’m not just talking about flowers and trees and vegetables.

Recently, a dozen boys and their soccer coach were trapped in a cave, deep underground in Thailand. It was a situation  from which it was almost impossible to envision that they could be released. Rains were flowing, monsoon rains. The only way out was by swimming underground, underwater, through narrow passages. I saw something beautiful happen on the Earth. So often the news shows the negative and plays out the negative. But in this situation, the news demonstrated the love and courage. And around the Earth, literally hundreds of thousands of people came together energetically, envisioning these boys released, offering their energy and love and courage to the boys and to the rescuers. And they were all freed, one man having lost his life. While we lament that one death, it’s quite amazing what this whole world was able to do because they came together with love. If there had been several hundred thousand people saying, “It can’t be done. It can’t be done. They’re as good as dead,” they would never have gotten out. Your energy carried them through.

You have some very unpleasant situations on your Earth, places of terrorism, places where harm is being done. Are you ready to move into knowing yourself as The One Who Knows, and claiming your power, so that all together you can transmit love around the whole Earth? Can transform the Earth and bring it into the higher vibration that is your birthright? This Earth is the Eden that you were promised. But it’s up to you personally to co-create that Eden, starting from within the self.

If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it. Thank you.

Dharma Journal | July 2018 | The Dharma Path — Resting in Your Presence

Recorded in Barbara Brodsky’s backyard in June 2018.

Video and Transcript, the video is also closed captioned.

 

 

Aaron: My blessings and love to you. I am Aaron. Welcome to our summer garden, where Barbara has enjoyed some hours meditating, reading, and relaxing this summer, and contemplating dharma truths such as impermanence.

My topic today is the path of the dharma, dharma path, which is the title of the new two-year class that we will begin in the fall. Many of watching this are already registered. Registration is full. There is a waitlist. We’re trying to understand how we can bring everyone in who wishes to participate, so if interested, please simply sign on to the waitlist. Then hold your heart open with the possibility.

What is this “dharma path”? I want to begin by reading you one verse from the Dhammapada, a beautiful Buddhist scripture, Dhammapada— dharma and dhamma being equal terms in two different languages.

Dhammapada, verse 178:

Better than ruling the whole world, better than going to heaven, better than lordship over the universe, is an irreversible commitment to the Way.

The way of what? To what are you committing? You are committing to know who you are beyond this human body and the small ego. To know the deepest truth of yourself and hold your heart open to that truth. To live that truth, not just think about it.

Twenty-five hundred years ago the Buddha suggested the idea of three segments to practice: sila (moral awareness), pañña (wisdom or more accurately, insight), samadhi (mindfulness, presence, concentration). I cannot improve on that. But I can bring it into this century. What do these teachings mean today, and how can we find true liberation through these teachings?

What I teach, and what I will be teaching in this class, is grounded in Buddhism but I am not teaching it as Buddhism. No ‘isms’ here; just bringing the deepest aspect of yourself into practice and into your pure being.

Let’s unfold this sila/ pañña /samadhi, starting with sila, moral awareness. On a relative level this means to honor the commitment to do no harm to others or to yourself. Notice there is still the word “other”. There is still a thinking from the relative plane of self and other, of doing no harm. Once we are well-grounded in sila, and most of you watching this already are, we move out of the relative and onto the ultimate. But you cannot reach the ultimate level of understanding without the wisdom and presence parts of this tripod.

When we come to a place of knowing that everything is part of the self, there is no longer a self or other. No one to do harm, no one to be harmed. And yet, we must understand that harm still does happen, because you are not completely free, because most of you, at least, still move into the ego self at times and oppose it to the will of others rather than resting in compassion and saying no from that compassionate heart. As long as there’s an ego there, there’s going to be harm.

To find the egoless place you must meditate, which is still a relative practice, a doing, until you come to the place of resting in pure presence, resting in spaciousness, resting in love. Resting in that pure presence, you directly experience that no-self, no-other, and then move out of the karmic field in which harming can happen. But of course, being humans, you slip back into it again.

Then we work with the wisdom practices. At first these are the early teachings. Every conditioned thing is impermanent. Whatever has the nature to arise has the nature to cease and is not me or mine. You begin to see how objects arise out of conditions and pass away; how the impulse to harm something arises out of conditions and passes away. With a strong commitment to do no harm— I’m smiling at the butterflies clustered over the lavender!— with a strong commitment to do no harm, as presence, mindfulness meditation, concentration, as these deepen, you begin to find that which is empty of a self, right there with the ego itself, and to begin to act more from that place; to speak, to think more from that egoless core of being. You begin to know this is who you are.

Then sila deepens. We enter the shift of moving from the relative, heavy vibration human into the true high vibrational spirit cloaked in flesh. That is what you truly are. The identification shifts.

Last week Barbara had a beautiful meditation, and she has given me permission to share it with you. She had an appointment with a well-trusted acupuncturist and was lying on his table, with needles at the various points on her body, knowing she had perhaps an hour just to be there, present, and to meditate. She had been feeling quite overwhelmed with many things in her life. Of course, with Hal, whose condition, a stroke— leads to the need to help him have the proper care; to organize the proper care. Then there is her own time spent with him. She is very busy with the remodeling she is just beginning in the house; the previous weeks, spending many hours a day, with some support, clearing out endless boxes of old books, old things, finding homes for that which needed homes. Recycling the rest. Fifty years of accumulation; a huge task. Hours are spent with trying to understand the home finances and paying Hal’s now $12,000 a month nursing home bill. Worrying, where the money will come from, month after month? She seeks to support her own health, trying to get the proper exercise, to eat properly; failing a good part of the time but not condemning herself, just persisting.

So she was feeling overwhelmed. As she lay on the table, she could feel the places where the body was holding all of this sense of being overwhelmed, all of the contraction. She asked for help. At least she’s getting that much of it; she remembers that she can ask for help! Jeshua came in very quickly. He invited her, “You are still here in the human body, and at the end of this session you will return to the human body. But for now, come with me. Come through this transition portal.”

He took her hand—energetically, I should say— and literally led her— not pulled her but invited her through what would be the transition experience, a simple transition experience. Moving from the heavy density plane into a plane of light. There was briefly a period of fear and of darkness, for Barbara. Then, sensing Jeshua’s touch and presence, and mine also, holding the commitment to move beyond the edges of that darkness and into the place where light and darkness become one, – not separate, no duality – moving into the light. Her energy field expanded, opened; joy arose. Where she rested was so flooded with light, with happiness.

After a few minutes resting there, Jeshua invited her to turn around, literally, and look back at the Barbara lying on the table, filled with feelings of being overwhelmed, with contraction, with fear, with worry, with doubt. As she looked at that Barbara, she saw that all of these myriad contractions, all of these thoughts, that these were all simply conditioned objects, arisen from conditions, impermanent, not of the nature of a self, and that she did not need to identify with them. But she knew that she would need to return to the body and take care of these fear-based contractions held in that body.

She rested there in the spaciousness for about 10 or 15 minutes. And then Jeshua invited her, “Now it is time to return to the body. Look at each piece of contraction literally as a conditioned object, and know it to be impermanent. Right there with that particular contraction, where is spaciousness? Right there with grief, where is love? Right there with fear, where is the one who knows the deep inner clarity and love?

So, she spent the rest of the hour lying on the table, back in the body, looking at each place where the body had contracted with this or that catalyst, and holding the intention, I should not say to release it, that’s too much a doing, but to move into the place where contraction was not. To move into the innate spaciousness of being.

By the end of the hour she had let go of all — let phrase that differently; that’s also too much of a doing— the identification had shifted itself to the spacious awakened spirit that she is, able to approach with compassion the human that she also is right now, and to touch the places of fear with loving compassion, with patience.

Lying there, she recited to herself again St. Theresa’s prayer, that I’ve shared with you before.

Be not perplexed.
Be not afraid.
Everything passes.
God does not change.
Patience wins all things.
She who has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.

Each of you, as for Barbara, must explore what God means in this context. For Barbara, God is Love. It’s as simple as that. Love wins all things. Love alone suffices. The power of love suffices.

She emerged from that room feeling infinitely lighter and more at ease, with readiness to return to the work of her current life; not viewing it as burden but as teacher. How do I bring love more to this, and to that, and to that? Where is the love that is already there? How do I bring the already awake self to this challenge that life presents me now? This, my dear ones, is the dharma path.

For those who are not in the class, and as I said, registration is quite limited, my talks every other week will be available in some way. Not yet understood how, but they will become available. I hope that many of you will choose to follow these talks and join us on this two year journey.

My blessings and love to you. Thank you for being with me today.

One Year Anniversary of Sunday Online Meditation

The One Year Anniversary of WHAT?
by Celeste Zygmont
DSC newsletter, Aug. 7, 2018

My name is Celeste Zygmont, and I’m living way out here near Austin, Texas (Deep Spring Center is located in Ann Arbor, MI). It’s been 105 degrees (Fahrenheit!) the past few days. You can’t touch the metal of cars with your hand, and you can’t walk barefoot on the street. Who would have thought I’d end up here? Not me, but here I am.

I met Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spirituality in the early ‘90s and right away knew I wanted more. Aaron would give his talks, and something inside of me would say, “I know this.” But search as I might through my own memories, I could find nothing related to what I was hearing. So listen I did and practiced and started going to retreats. It’s been an adventuresome road through life and into mind, continually re-applying the teachings I’ve learned these past 25 years.

So now I’m in Texas. Although I go on weeklong retreats twice a year, I yearn for my Deep Spring Sangha to be closer. But how? Then one day I was at a Deep Spring Board meeting. We were all gathered together through the online conferencing program called Zoom. That’s when it hit me. What if we had an online meditation group and meditated using Zoom every Sunday morning?!

I got help setting it up, and – Shazam! – the first-ever Sunday Online Meditation was born. I am happy to announce that this first online meditation took place one year ago. Since then, we’ve met week after week. And now it’s been one year, one year of my heart feeling humanly connected to my dear ones all over the U.S. and sometimes even farther.

We chant and feel the togetherness of our energies. I like reaching out, way out, energetically, and offering any benefit that might come as a result of our meditation to be for the good of all beings. Ah. Then we begin an hour of meditation. Except for meditation at retreats, it’s the deepest meditation I know. For the most part, my family respects this time.

Over the course of this year, it has worked out that a core group of us has formed to meditate this way. We represent the states of Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. What a bond we’ve created between us, just by silently meditating together. We all look forward to it each week. And we say goodbye with smiles and warm hearts.

Now here’s the good part. You are invited to meditate, too! How beneficial it can be for you. Imagine the growth of the heart that is possible! Especially if you feel isolated where you live, please consider committing to this heart time with us.

To sign up, go to the Deep Spring website on the Sunday Online Meditation page. Or try this link: https://www.deepspring.org/sunday-online-meditation-from-anywhere. Thank you so very much. I look forward to meditating with you soon!

Lovingly,
Celeste