Askam Garlick joined the ABA Committee team at the AGM in November 2019. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his years in other professions and his love of the Breath. You are invited to get to know him.
Where were you born?
I was born in Sydney, July 1955. Cancer Sun conjunct Uranus and Ascendent, Leo Moon. Big first house stellium. I went to North Sydney Boys High School, University of NSW and several other tertiary establishments.
What is your favourite thing to do that is just for you?
At the moment, I’m enjoying returning to lapidary, a hobby I had when I was a teenager. I’m now learning how to facet precious gemstones and do simple silver smithing.
What was the last book you read/are reading?
I’m currently intensively studying the Way of Mastery trilogy by Jayem Hammer. I find these channelled teachings of Jeshua inspirational and life-changing. For lighter reading, I’m wading through Richard Tarnas ‘Cosmos and Psyche’, a very academic study of the cycles of civilization related to the movement of the outer planets.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I’m both. I am often awake in the small hours of the night. I do a lot of conscious connected breathing and ‘love’s breath’ between the hours of 2.30 and 4.00am. I find this time to be the most conducive to spiritual practice.
What do you love about Breathwork?
I love and revere the breath. For me, the breath connects universal awareness or Source with the individual bodily vehicle. In this sense, Breath is universal spirit, Sophia, or the Comforter. I find it to be the source of all intelligence.
What do you love about working with your fellow committee members?
I love the contrast. The other committee members are younger, and in the working stages of their lives. Establishing themselves, and breathwork as a respectable profession and their place in the community is central. I, on the other hand, am both a beginning student in Breathwork, and a retired ex-professional. I am definitely post work and post consumer. I have no interest in establishing myself in a profession and hope to grow old disgracefully. I just hope that this contrast is useful.
Are you a mountains or beach person, or something else?
Ridges rather than valley’s, mountains and wilderness rather than beaches and people, dense city life rather than suburbia.
What are you passionate about?
Life, source, allowing and surrender. My relationship with myself, my partner, my tribe and my god.