The following is an excerpt from a session with Aaron on April 6th, 2009.
"The primary inclination many of you have is, when negative energy arises in you, you condemn yourself for it. “No, there shouldn’t be anger.” How often have you heard yourself say, “I shouldn’t be angry.” Does that come up for you?
"If you were walking barefoot on the carpet here and you stepped on a tack, there would be pain in the foot and a drop of blood. Would you say it shouldn’t hurt? That’s how the body is. Would you say there shouldn’t be blood? That’s the way the body is. But when you stub your emotional toe so to speak, you say it shouldn’t hurt. “I shouldn’t feel angry. I shouldn’t feel jealous. I shouldn’t feel impatient.” And because of your strong aspiration to purify yourselves, you try to scour off that negativity. You grab scouring pads and you scrub and it just makes you bleed.
"We can’t see the windows here but imagine if the window became covered with mud, maybe a heavy rainstorm. So the window is filthy, covered with mud. Would we have to get hammers and tear out the window? No, we wash it off. The nature of the glass is clear. And if it gets covered with mud, there’s no denial that it’s dirty. But the nature of it is clarity.
"So for most of you, and yes, here I’m speaking of part of your intention for the incarnation, is to come to know that clear nature, that innate purity, without any denial of the negativity, without fear of the negativity, and without hatred of the negativity. You come with the intention not to enact that negativity in the world and to keep bringing yourself back to a centered, loving space. You know, as we discussed earlier, that which is aware of anger is not angry. You come to learn to hold space for and to take care of the anger, and to be sure it is not carried out into the world. Anger, greed, fear, jealousy, impatience, doubt, confusion—to find that centered place and rest there, and learn how to live from that space.
"When you stop giving energy to the negativity, you stop feeding it. The more you say, “I won’t be angry,” the more you feed anger. But when you relax and just say, “Ah, so. This anger arose out of conditions. I will hold space for it and take care of it until it dissolves,” then you’re practicing loving kindness. Then you’re practicing the innate clarity."
-Aaron, through Barbara Brodsky on April 6th, 2009.
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