Aderan's Class on the Body


Do you feel the life today, the life energy? There's a lot of it. What we would like you to realize is that there is a great deal of life within yourself. So many people are so busy paying attention to the life, or deadness, outside themselves that they don't feel the life inside themselves. By the way, when we talked about deadness we mean things like watching television as opposed to sitting in the sun. One is directly relating to life, and the other is relating to canned programs, and canned laughter, and eating canned beans at the same time. Some of you may remember our teaching that we prefer people eat fresh food as opposed to canned, and we prefer people have fresh lives instead of canned ones too.

Our request to begin with is to go inside your bodies each of you with your eyes closed. Believe it or not, bodies are generally happy even when bodies are ill, bodies are generally happy. Minds have trouble with illness, not always bodies. We remember telling one of our friends on the Earth who was worried because her son who was a year and a half had a cold. We said to her, "Don't worry about your son, or you'll teach him to worry about himself. If you don't worry about your son, you'll realize he's as happy as ever even though he's sick because he hasn't learned yet from other people to be unhappy with a sick body. Left to their own devices without programming, human beings can be physically ill or physically well and the body's happy, and the mind can take its cues from the body if it would only listen to the body. Bodies are happy beasts. We would like you to tune into your bodies right now. We use the word beasts deliberately. The ironic thing is that you people tend to talk about pejoratively about the "animal" in people when the "animal" in people is the healthiest part of you, to be truthful. It's not the animal that kills another animal in humans, for example.

Feel your body. Feel as if there's a million things going on in it at the cellular level. In other words, feel the incredible activity, and know that your body is always in touch with God. We would like you to hold hands again. We would like you now to let your bodies be the ones that are holding the hands. Again, feel all the activity in your own body and the life force in the hands you're touching. Let your bodies feel the life force in the whole group. Any question or anything you wish to relate to about your experience just now? (J: I felt a surge of warmth inside myself and flowing outward as we were squeezing the hands, I felt real tender. C: I liked that our bodies are in touch with God. That made my being and body and all of me feel really happy.) Yes, it is really true that that's why animals in general are much more in touch with God because they don't have the mind we have, why plants are in touch with God all the time, and why the human body is almost like chanting "Om" all the time.

It is our minds and the feelings generated by our minds, not the feelings generated by our bodies, that make for problems. You may say, "What's the difference between a feeling generated by the mind and a feeling generated by the body?" Let's take, for example, worry. Worry is strictly a mind generated emotion. The source of the emotion is the mind. It ends up having a physical component to it; we're not denying that, but it's origin is in the mind. Take the difference between you walking in the woods and you see a rattlesnake, and your body goes into fear. That's a body reaction. Your body may freeze, your body may pump adrenalin, your body may be flooded by neural impulses. That's a body generated emotion. On the other hand, you're walking in the woods where there are no rattlesnakes for at least a 500 mile radius, and your mind is worried about rattlesnakes. So your body starts getting a false arousal. Your body starts reacting not to a real cue, not to an environmental reality, but to a cue from the mind, and a cue from the mind that is both negative and imaginary.

(Q: How do you account for cell memory; on a cellular level it's in the body?)

Normally there is no cellular memory unless the experience is very traumatic. However, with human beings there can be cellular memory even if the experience isn't as traumatic simply because the mind may interrupt the process the body goes through in discharging the experience. The body is sometimes interrupted by the mind. But let's take the other case where there is a severe trauma. For instance, a dog that's often hit by a human, if they see a human raise their hand, will cringe. We would call that cellular memory. We don't think that's just an intervention of mind, the same with a baby, or human, in other words. There are two things going on: one is what you call "conditioning," a mind reaction between something you see and something you feel, and the other is in what we would call "evoking." The situation sets up the body's remembrance. Those memories can also be erased. The best way to erase them is to be fully in body and allow your body to go through the healing process. The body has its own wisdom. The body knows how to discharge if you can disconnect your minds whether through hypnotherapy, breath practice, exercise, or other surrender practice, you can let the body take over and release the memories its holding. There are ways to decondition the body, not just the mind.

(Q: What if there wasn't a body-mind split. And we were just one body, because it makes me wonder. Mind used to be a verb; it was to mind a child. There wasn't a thing called the mind until a couple centuries ago?) The Buddhists talked about the mind a couple thousand years ago, so it depends on the culture you're talking about. Before there was a mind-body split, to the degree certainly that your culture is experiencing, the experience was much more of waves. Something would come up in the body, wave through, and come out. It was much more like what happens to your dog or cat when the dog or cat is not neurotic, is a normal healthy being. When it has a scary experience, it startles and then it calms down, and the experience leaves the body. We're talking about an energetic passage that happens much more naturally. This is what we say to each of you, if you have a shock to your beingness, don't go on with your business. Do not let your mind supersede your body's process. Stay with it until your body releases it. Hank fell a week and a half ago and hurt himself, and it wasn't until the next day that he went inside in a meditation to channel for someone else and on his way down there, his body discharged its shock over the fall. It took a few seconds, but had Hank not gone in, that shock would have been there for a longer time. You human beings overrule the body, ignore the body much too much. If you want to heal the body-mind split, recognize the body as resonant with God, recognize the body as self-healing, and recognize the body as worth an equal vote, worth full attention when it needs it. Tune into your bodies regularly. Whether you overwork and cut yourself off like some people do, whether you get very ungrounded and spacy, whether you eat too much--these are all symptoms of not being with your body enough. Your body deserves to be'd with, and you will have much better functioning mind as a result.

(Q: I was wondering about the exact moment of the full moon or Equinox or any event like that, how can we use that. Is that important?) If at the moment of a major shift like that, a new moon, full moon, eclipse, equinox, solstice, if at the moment of the onset of a war, the moment of an earthquake or other event (so it's not just limited to the ones mentioned), you give your beingness full attention, you disconnect your mind and be present in the moment in your body, in your heart and just be very present, you may align more fully. You may understand more fully what's being evoked, and you may be in fact therefore in better rhythm with life and make the transition more easily. We wouldn't get paranoid if we were you about the moment. We would suggest if you want to do it, you find out the time and meditate for 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after, so you have a half hour being inside. Can we hold hands again now.

We have a question for each of you to do as a practice? We think the benefits of this practice will be very good. We're going to have several of you be "it" during the practice while an equal or almost equal number of people stand by and channel healing to the person while they're doing the practice. So you'll sort of pair off, although in some cases it may be more than two if there's an odd number. We did not count. The person inside, and we don't want anyone not doing this with someone there. The person going inside says, "How do I need to heal?" We specifically used the word how. We don't want you to use why or where, we want you to use how. You go down into your body, and you ask your body that question. Your mind is not meant to answer it. Your body will respond; it will show you a part of your body. It will show you whatever it's going to show you. While you're doing this, the person or persons working with you will be sending healing into you. You just stay with the body's response, stay with that place, with that feeling or that issue, whatever the body shows you. Is there any question about that? (Q: When you say the people send healing energy, anything more to say about that?) Just allowing the energy to come down from the crown chakra through their bodies, through their arms, holding their arms in front of the person or behind the person depending on where they want to send the energy from. (Just send it into their body?) Yes, just bathe their whole field with that healing energy. (Is this something your body does or your mind and body does--the one sending the energy?) We would say your beingness does, it just allows the process to take place. After the process was complete, we "Omed" from our bodies, from our depths.

Even in channeling, you people think we channel through Hank's mind, but no, we channel through Hank's body, as any good channel does. (Q: What does the term channel literally refers to--is it the spinal column?) What we mean is simply this. The body is the antennae. When we first came through Hank, and we mean the whole body, not one part of it. When we first came through Hank many years ago, as we've told him it was 2,000 years since we'd come through a body because no one's body was the right antennae. So we were both grateful and a little unmindful, you might say, of how to handle bodies, so that when we finished the first channeling, Hank felt like elephants had walked over him. We had used every bit of his body's reserves, and left none for him. We've since then gotten better at the job. But you may have noticed, one or two of you, that Hank sometimes moves his body in the process of us coming through. Because if there are in fact ways in which he has been overruling his body or not residing in his body, inattentive or whatever, we have to straighten them out if we wish to come through fully. It's like you know how you turn the antennae of a TV (when you used to have antennaes instead of cable TV) to get the channel right. That kind of changing and turning his energy field changes our ability to be received and transceived (to come through him). We're telling you this not because we're giving you the scandal sheet version of Hank's channeling ability, but because it's true for everyone here. When your body is aligned, it is easier for you to channel healing energy; it is easier for you to be with your angels; it is easier for you to be creative.

Your society is so mental-centric that you attribute so much to the mind that is not of the mind: creativity, passion, and psychic gifts are body gifts. The mind can assist, the mind can augment, but it is not the original source. We never forget the day when we first came through Hank when he had a terrible cold. He wasn't sure if he should cancel the appointment. We were happy as clams, pleased as punch because his mind was all blurry. His mind was like pablum. We could go f-l-i-c-k and push it away. His body didn't mind having a cold; it was just doing its thing. We came through loud and strong, louder and stronger than usual because the mind wasn't interfering. If anything the mind is a liability in most cases. You don't make love with your mind, or if you do, you're a lousy lover. You don't play an instrument with your mind. If you do, you're a lousy musician. You don't paint a picture with your mind, or you're not a great painter. You don't sing with your mind, as we loved the suggestion that Om be embodied Oms. Did any of you notice any difference in the Oms this time, letting your body do it? Hank certainly did. There was a different level of resonance; there was a different roundness to the "O" because the body knows how to do it better than the mind. It's that simple. You don't have to teach the body. The body already knows.

(N: This particular week I chanted in my car and I noticed something really different about it. Was it just that I finally caught that it was my body instead of my brain?) Probably. Ask your body. We would like you to ask your body regularly, ask your body what it wants for lunch, ask your body if it's full, ask your body if it wants out to play, ask your body if it wants to sleep, even if your mind says I want to stay up another half hour. If your body says no, it's time to sleep, why not listen. Do you understand? What you don't realize is that if you get truly organic, and you people eat organic food, but if you don't live in your body, then what's the point? We'd rather have you eat junk food and live in your body than vice versa. Eat twinkies, for all we care, but check in. The only reason you have to check in is because your mind has such a stronghold or stranglehold, or domicile. Eventually we won't have to ask you to do that. Dancers the same thing, painters the same thing. It's more obvious with a dancer. (N: And bodyworkers too.) Bodyworkers too. If you're busy thinking, where do I need to work on this person next, even hypnotists. You let your body in trance guide you, and you'll do a much better job, because your body is your antennae to God. It's in touch with God.

(Q: What is the distinction between the body and the mind?) The mind's up here. When the locus of your identity and attention is in your head, you're in what's called the "mind." When the locus of your identity is throughout your whole being, meaning you are extending your awareness throughout all of you, the greater to the extent that you do that, the more you are in your body. In other words, what we see as "mind" is narrow awareness. What we see as "body" is expanded awareness. (Q: It includes the mind, does it not?) Yes. But the mind is not the focus anymore. (Q: It's more being.) Yes, exactly. It's a state of pure beingness. (Q: Instead of focused?) Yes, it's almost like the muscles of your mind have relaxed. You're not straining or focusing or clenching or analyzing. In a society that glorifies PhDs much more than anyone physical, except perhaps the star athlete, there is the need to change the priorities.

(Q: I wanted to ask, since I spend a lot of time in my mind, is the best thing to do when I notice that, to stop and ask my body what it needs or to just stop for a few minutes to bring my awareness down into my body as well?) Both. Excellent answer to your own question. We prefer the second, because the first method which is sort of like the mind asking the body so the duality is maintained is certainly better than nothing. We'd much rather you'd do that than nothing, but ideally it's the extension of the awareness, as you said, into the full being.

(Q: I was wondering about feelings and essential feelings, if that comes from your entire beingness?) As opposed to what other feelings? (I guess feelings are feelings, just feelings.) That's what you people don't understand, and you keep missing it, we don't judge you. Picture a sandwich--body and mind. Picture an emotion--body and mind. There's a body component and a mind component. The body component of worry is arousal, physiological; the mind component is all the content. It's like when your body reacts to the rattlesnake, it doesn't think, "Oh, a rattlesnake." It's completely instinctive, it's completely non-verbal. It would happen even if you were five months old and didn't even know the word rattlesnake. That's the body's component; all the rest is the mind. For instance, you hear these songs on AM radio about love, "I just want to hold you or love you." That's all mind. Very little of that has anything to do with body. The body's love is not clingy. The body's love is not tortured. The body's love is peaceful. (Q: We don't have any songs for that, do we?) We think that if there's possibly songs that have a lot of drumming in them that may come closer even if they're not allegedly love songs. Because there's a way in which the drumming, the depth of the drumming, and the sophistication of the drumming leads the person more into their body. Masters of drumming are actually doing it totally from their bodies; their minds are disengaged. Just like Joe Montana of the 49ers; he was clearly in a trance, he was clearly doing everything with his body and that's what made him great.

(Q: Can I ask what precipitated this body-mind split? Why is it that we are programmed as a society to value thinking more than finking?) The focus on the literal, the focus on words, I guess you would call them. The focus on concepts. The focus on trivia. You know the bumpersticker, "The person who dies with the most toys wins." For many years, the real ethic was the person who dies with the most words, concepts, ideas, intelligence wins. It is a cultural value, and it is not in every society as equally to this one. This one happens to be particularly biased. (Q: Is that because it's a young country?) No, we don't think it's youth; we think it's competition. We think the competitive sides of the ego are very high in your country. Competition became competition of minds. (Q: Is the ego part of the mind?) You people have such an interesting language. We would never have posed that question. You have no idea what it's like to hear that question to us. It's like a train crashing into a whale, and that's only a metaphor. (Q: Do you understand what I'm asking.) Oh yes, of course, we just have no idea how to answer it. We're going to ask Juliet. We have been busy tromping on mind, but what we're talking about is really "selfish mind," what we're really talking about is "ego mind," what we're really talking about is the mind that takes charge and the body suffers because of it. When the mind is in fact an integrated part of the body, when one resides in the whole beingness and not specifically in the mind, then the mind as one of the appendages of the beingness is not of ego and not of bias or blindness or control.

We ask you to take the sandwich that we were talking about, the sandwich, when you get emotional feelings, when you get feelings coming up, realize that a big component is "mind-ego- controlling -distortion-making it worse" component. And then there's the innocent body that's been all stirred up by the mind and all the ways that it made the feelings much more complex, confusing, perpetuated, and intense. So if you peel off the body's reaction from the mind's reaction, focus on the body's reaction. You'll be much better off, because the body knows how to heal. (A yawn is heard.) The body knows when to yawn too, doesn't it. Look at that. Your culture takes that as an insult, doesn't it? It's as if you're yawning, you're bored; it's an insult to me. What if it's your body's wisdom? What if once again someone's mind is putting down someone else's body for being natural? You have such a pejorative culture towards the body--get that deodorant on, raise those body parts, get a face lift. (Let's pretend there aren't body functions.) Pretend there isn't a body; that's the bottom line.

If you instead, when you're feeling very emotional, realize the mind component is just fluff; it doesn't need attention. It's the body and the embodied feelings that you're meant to be with, your body will heal itself ten times faster than if you process it at a mental level-- sometimes a hundred times faster and better too. Do you remember the Sufi story about the doctor on the caravan? A doctor was in a caravan and one of the people on the caravan got very, very sick. The doctor was overwrought with worry for this very sick person. It was at night, and the doctor was saying to the person, "I'm going to hold a vigil with you, I'm going to stay with you all night, I'm so worried, I'm so worried you're not going to live till morning, I'm so worried." The sun rose, and the doctor was dead, and the patient was fine. Body and mind, anybody?

(Q: I'm wondering when Aderan was talking about when you get sick and your body knows how to get well, but if you've been raised with a lot of mind factor, a lot of the worry factor, which comes into play when you're sick, or identifying with the sickness, how do you deal with letting that go?)

Aderan: One of the reasons we are speaking today is to re-mind you that this is the season that human beings are most willing to let their bodies be heard. In other words, summer time has come, even in rainy California. It's an opportunity to get more in touch with your body at a time when your body has a chance to really enjoy itself. In other words, use the next few months to forge the link to develop your embodiedness. That's one of the answers to your question, because no matter how much you were taught to worry, no matter how conditioned your mind has been, your body is still wise. If you worry about your mind's inability to let go, don't. That only compounds it. That's why some people meditate, because meditation is a surefire way to blow your mind's fuses, to con-fuse the mind, and de-fuse the mind, and re-fuse the mind. If you need to quiet your mind, do what you can to quiet it--whether that's reading a book that tires it out or focusing on your body or Hank likes that method of counting backwards by 3's as fast as you can from 1,000. That will fry your mind real quick within two minutes (it's a famous hypnosis technique.) There are lots of ways to quiet your mind. What we're saying to you is don't get caught in history, meaning your past. You may have had a history (or herstory) of over -active mind, but worrying about that does no good. Aim towards, not away from. Aim towards your goal: which is to be embodied, not away from getting out of your mind.

We would like you all as a group now to do an exercise. The exercise is for each of you to talk round-robin, any direction you want and share statements about what things your mind has believed that your body knows is not true. (Group sharing takes place.)

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