Dharma Journal teachings from Aaron channeled by Barbara Brodsky.
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Aaron channeled by Barbara Brodsky: ,June 6, 2017.
Monthly Dharma Talk
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…
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.