TESTIMONIAL FROM A CURRENT STUDENT
Aaron was the beginning of a process that has, over the last six
my mindstream such that a very close friend recently said to me with a
smile: “You know, you've become a different Lucas!”
now a more authentic person; I’m no longer perpetually trying to be
something. I feel comfortable being that which I now know I am
also noticed a great increase in my equanimity towards phenomena –
sensations, people, situations – giving me greater calm and clarity
wherever I am about whatever I'm doing.
in turn means I’m much more able to trust myself when making decisions;
especially in that I know I'm making a decision consciously grounded in
was previously extremely caught up in thoughts and beliefs to the
extent that I was on the verge of ruining my life. I’d even been
diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and experienced long-lasting
psychotic episodes (most likely due to past drug use) which still
appear from time to time. The difference is that now, I recognise these
thoughts, these dramas, these psychotic episodes for what they are, and
so am unaffected by them.
for which I can't be thankful enough is that all of this has made me a
happier person. My relationships have improved as a result and new ones
have even formed which might not have, had I stayed as I was before.
It's easier for people to be around me and, therefore, it's easier for
me to benefit them too. While I am yet to achieve any of
the enlightenment experiences mentioned on the Facets Of Being website,
my life really has
changed - genuinely.
Aaron’s personal qualities
process would not have taken place so smoothly – indeed if at all – if
not for the special personal qualities possessed by Aaron. His
behaviour comes as a surprise when compared with that of the average
someone who gives much importance to active compassion. His patience,
his acceptance of me as a person, despite my exhibiting some rather
unenlightened qualities at times, and his genuine energy and enthusiasm
about the process are all unprecedented in my experience.
Looking back I would have thought someone could easily have become very
annoyed with me at different times during the process, in a way that
commonly leads to ending otherwise valuable relationships. However when
Aaron read this testimonial the first time he was surprised I’d written
this, saying he’d never experienced me in such a way at all!
when facing practical challenges in his own life he has dedicated very
generous amounts of time to the planning and development of my
spiritual progress. And, as far as I can tell, none of this is forced.
It's all straight from the heart - selfless.
Aaron can be a lot
of fun too. He’s very openminded and playful and has an outlandish
sense of humour! This
ensures the process doesn’t become overly serious or chore-like – it
feels less like some linear set of tasks and more like an exciting
No doubt these behavioural qualities
can be traced to the wisdom arising from Aaron's own spiritual practice
over many dedicated years.
Aaron’s way of working
Working with Aaron has been like
having my own spiritual personal trainer and ‘spiritual friend’ as they
say. I’ve worked closely with him as an athlete with a
means frequent exchange of information in both directions: regarding
practices; regarding philosophy; pretty much anything in life.
given me specific practices to do, but then I will often approach him
with some kind of question and this will spark a process of
explanation, implementing, checking, adjusting and re-implementing.
This is necessary because every
person - hence, every practitioner - is different. It is as though we
are all scattered across a landscape; to reach the spot marked 'X' we
should each receive advice from the cartographer that takes into
account our current respective locations.
Please also note that, due to Aaron moving away from my city almost
immediately following our first meeting in person, this has all been achieved across
actually met Aaron through a friend three years ago, and we just
exchanged messages online occasionally. Then about 6 months ago I asked
him what his experience with meditation was. When I discovered he had
dedicated a large chunk of his life to studying meditation and to
spiritual practice, I was eager to meet him in person – to make some
kind of connection.
I had thought our meeting would be an unorganised, directionless but
enjoyable chat about meditation... and stuff. What actually followed was
something like a guided tour of the major sites of the human mind (or
!) and indeed, of the cosmos. Aaron took our meeting as an
opportunity for us to do some serious, focused dharma work and I am
forever thankful for this.
Since then he has helped me
on my own path without asking for anything, and our ‘spiritual
friendship’ has only grown in depth and usefulness
I was also
interested to learn recently that he has waited 14 years since he
gained certainty in his own realisations before he was willing to teach
other people formally.
Increased practical faith in the possibility of
to meeting Aaron I was practicing as though, if I simply sat on my
cushion every day and followed the instructions available to me through
whatever channel, enlightenment might come to me – or it might not –
but that my job was more or less to wait patiently. Don't get me wrong
– patience is a virtue – but
I now have more of a sense that I am indeed the captain of my fate. Not
only that, I also feel the wind in my sails!
Through implementing the practices recommended to me by Aaron I
have also developed a deep confidence in my ability to pursue the
spiritual path to enlightenment and indeed, in the value of pursuing
‘Lucas’, Customer Service Officer
SHARING SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE:
turned my understanding of my relationship to the world literally
inside out. I gained a level of confidence in myself and my values I
never had access to before... Amazingly, it all happened during one
conversation. I didn’t just change my beliefs – I
suddenly saw the world from a whole new perspective. It
was a literal change in my perception.”
compassion, humour, honesty and brilliant communication skills bring
enlightenment and clarity to any conversation. Whenever I'm looking for
counselling or spiritual guidance I know I can rely on him for insight
that greatly enriches my life.”
‘Alexander’, Massage Therapist
is effervescent, very wise and very giving. He cares for people a great
deal. He invokes the spark in people.”
possesses a rare blend of love-wisdom, creativity, humour and
understanding. His friendly guidance has provided me with a continual
source of comfort and challenge.”
really admire the incredible commitment he's shown in following his
heart's desire to benefit people in this way. I haven't always agreed
with what he's had to say straight away, but the wisdom in it has
almost always shown itself later.”
openness, his spontaneity and his freedom-of-spirit have been a
constant inspiration to me. He has been a great friend and adviser.”
has shown me the true nature of love and commitment and the amazing
power they have.”