Dean is teaching in Japan, for the month of April 2012. More news (and photos) will be posted here on this page soon, but until then … enjoy the slide show photos of the cherry blossoms of Kyoto! They were past their peak by the time I arrived here, but are still utterly gorgeous.
Snippets of Conversation
Below are extracts from Dean’s recent Facebook postings on Astral Healing & the Barbara Brennan School of Healing
Dean: “Astral healing is a curious blend of actual astral extraction work, the client facing up to hidden forces at work in their lives, and the evolution of that client towards encompassing (rather than to deny or ignore) spiritual realities. I certainly appreciate the option we can take to “fill” any “void” in the client (this Core Star expansion method is Barbara Brennan’s signature approach to Astral work, one she has demonstrated on numerous occasions at BBSH), but I do not advocate that particular approach in my own work with clients. An Astrally-challenged client is not served by having another person (even a well-intentioned healer) “fill” any space within their auric field that is (perhaps) currently occupied by any lower/middle astral being. That is just replacing a malignant invasion (the Lower Astral) with a benign one (i.e., the energy of the well-intentioned healer). The approach I prefer is to support each client to resource the missing or supplanted energy consciousness for themselves, over time: either through personal transformational practices (prayer, meditation) or a creative act such as art or service work. The Core Star approach of “filling” can be kept in your healers toolbox and used for triage purposes only; when there is no other option on the table for a struggling client.”
Facebook post: “…. oh, yeah. I agree with that. At first I was not in agreement but giving the client the power and the responsibility is a good thing. If the client is not ready to deal with the astral being they’ll just attract another one like it. They have got “forever’ to figure it out so let it be on the client’s schedule.”
Dean: (responding to another comment regarding fears about Astral Healing and demons): “Part of the issue over “demons” is the original Christian intention behind that label. A “demon” from that perspective is an astral being without any understanding of respect towards human life and/or God (whereas the pre-Christian concept was more akin to the Greek concept of daemon (which many of us would classify as being middle astral: ethically-ambivalent & intelligent spirit beings). The label of “demon” was originally designed to frighten away god-fearing Christians from meddling with the Astral, including direct/non-Priest-mediated access to spirit teachers. Additionally, if a spirit being “respects” you (i.e., doesn’t invade your boundaries, lie to you, push a hidden & destructive agenda onto you) he is acting as a daemon (Middle Astral). But if you doesn’t respect you, or the value of human life, he is more appropriately called a demon: a destructive and non-life-respecting spirit being only in it for what he can get out of it. So, you can see I don’t see demons (or daemons) as being “cute” or “critters to be removed”: rather, I treat them with respect when they deserve it, and a firm boundary when they don’t respect others, or give them a wide berth/firm boundary when they push their luck, or get destructive. In short: we must respect the Astral, and get to know their true intent. If they, in turn, respect us, you have a daemon. If the Astral does not respect you (or your client’s autonomy) you have a demon. Who must be “defeated” by peaceful warrior means, rather than ignored or minimized as unimportant.”
Facebook post: ” I‘m curious about your observations of the Core Star / 4th level business..
Firstly, I guess they don’t teach it like that any more- we’re encouraged to bring more and more core-star into all of the dimensions and levels, but not particularly to fill voids. But, we are encouraged to fill the gap left by astral extraction techniques with first blue light (to ‘sterilize’ the area), then pink light/love, to support the healing. The idea being that then the client won’t recreate the invasion or trauma with any luck, and a more positive astral experience or energy will then grow into or form in the space. (This may be because Barbara has taken a back seat on the lecturing/teaching process as of recent years, so it’s been the Deans and Teachers who have done the demos rather than Barbara Brennan)
Secondly, from your wording, it makes it sound like a core expansion fills the astral void with core essence (energy, light, essence, whatever you would call it..!) of the healer. But as I understand it, the aim of a core expansion is to fill the void with the client’s own essence. Was/is it your observation that this doesn’t really happen, and that ‘core essence’ is just high astral? Do you work with a ‘monad’ or core essence equivalent in your healing or teaching practice?
Also, I’m curious about how this all relates to the ‘higher astral mitochondrial healing’ that is on the description for part 2 of your Astral Energetics teleclass..! (maybe it doesn’t, but I’m curious about the possibility).”
Dean: “Awesome questions. Just not sure how to effectively answer all your points here on this Facebook thread! But here are some teasers, to get things started:
1) I really don’t know what BBSH (Barbara Brennan School of Healing) PS teachers are currently teaching their students in regard to the Core Star Expansion skill these days, but rest assured this (Core Expansion) technique was BB’s signature response to a client after doing Astral work in all of her stage demos. My personal observations were that:
a) it’s an impressive healing to watch, when done in a group,
b) but it is impractical to replicate in a one-on-one session, unless you can generate significant high-level energies in your healing room equivalent to any BBSH big class teaching event. As the answer to that is “good luck”, I surmise most BBSH grads go on to adapt the skill, and then to add other stuff in. Like, adding in some devotional energies (calling on your spiritual Guru, for instance) or other ways of tapping into high-frequency resources during The Expansion.
2) Putting a nice energy bandage over an extraction can help a lot but only if the astral wounding is dealt with first. Think leaving the thorn in the wound, bandaging it up, and expecting it to heal. Not going to happen, right? Gotta get that thorn out first, and then clean up.
3) It’s true I mostly consider the Core Star Expansion taught at BBSH to be mostly a showcase skill, rather than a replicable and practical skill for working healers. But that’s my personal opinion. With Barbara Brennan teaching less and less I can only imagine the BBSH/BBSHE teachers are doing their 100% best to provide training that works for their students. But I always stress that Astral work is very, very specialized work, and not every healer (or teacher) has the practical experience or personal interest in Astral work to pull it off in a teaching situation. A teacher such as Patricia White Buffalo can do that, and many of the other ex-PS2 teachers can also do a great job, but if a BBSH teacher has mostly worked with higher-level guides (say, in PS3 & PS4) their version of “healing” the Astral using high frequencies may only work well in a BBSH demo situation but in the real world/healing room … not so much.
Again, I hate to generalize, and we have to take each case on its own merits. The bottom line is: do you get consistent results from using this – or any – skill you have been taught? If you don’t, then why do it? Adapt it until it does work, or go looking to find an alternate method. All methods are always evolving, anyway, including BBSH methods. At least, that is what was happening when I was a BBSH Class Dean between 1992-2003.”