Ram Dass – Existing Beyond Conditions – Unconditional Love – 3-24-15

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Existing Beyond Conditions
Excerpt from Grist for the Mill: Awakening to Oneness  –  By Ram Dass
Web Source: www.ramdass.org/existing-beyond-conditions/
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The optimal strategy in behavior change, with yourself and every other human being, is compassion. That means, as far as I understand it, the ability to see how it all is. As long as you have certain desires about how you think it ought to be, you can’t hear how it is.

As long as I want something, I can’t really understand it, because much of what I can see are just my own projective systems.

You must come to see every human being including yourself as an incarnation in a body or a personality, going through a certain life experience which is functional.

You allow it to be just the way it is at the moment, seeing even your own confusion and conflict and suffering as functional, rather than as dysfunctional.

The greatest thing you can do for any other being is provide the unconditional love which comes from making contact with that place in them which is beyond conditions, which is just pure consciousness, pure essence.

That is, once we acknowledge each other as existing, just being here, just being, then each of us is free to change optimally. If I can just love you because here we are, then you are free to grow as you need to grow, because none of it’s going to change my feeling of love.

We’re used to having these special role relationships, thinking certain roles apply to one, yet not to another, because we’re very attached to externals – do you touch somebody, do you sleep with them, do you control them, do you collaborate with them, do you support them, do you pay them, do they pay you?

That’s all stuff of the vehicle of the interaction between two beings; it isn’t the essence of the matter.

As you work on yourself through your daily life, more and more you see your own reactions to things around you as sort of mechanical rip-offs. You get much calmer in the space behind it all, and you’re able to hear more how it all is, including your own personality as a part of nature.

The deeper you are in that space, the more there is available for everybody you meet who is capable of coming into that space. You are the environment that allows them to do that – and from within this space all change is possible.

The minute you identify yourself or anyone else with models, roles, or any characteristic, any individual difference, change is really fierce. Once you live in a universe where you experience even your living and dying as relative rather than in absolute terms, it’s all free to change.

There’s nowhere you have to go to work on yourself other than where you are at this m

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Ram Dass – See Everything as the Mother – 2-0-15

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See Everything as the Mother

By Ram Dass

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Excerpt from, Be Love Now
Web Source: www.ramdass.org/see-everything-mother/

At one point Maharaji said, “See everything as the Mother and you will know God.” What was he talking about, seeing your mother in everything?

We Westerners have our share of relationship complexities with our mothers, with interpretations galore courtesy of Dr. Freud.

The view of the mother in India is different. The country is called Mother India. A Western devotee once told Maharaji he hated his mother, and nobody understood what he was saying.

The concept didn’t make it across the cultural barrier. In India the mother is so deeply respected and revered, there was no way that statement could be understood. There is an Indian saying that there may be bad children, but there are no bad mothers.

The Divine Mother, the Goddess, has many dimensions. In the broadest sense consciousness and energy, eternal spirit and matter are male and female. Out of the One in the first glimmer of duality comes purusha, the formless spirit, and prakriti, the cosmic energy that coalesces into form.

As God and Goddess they are Shiva, who personifies pure absolute consciousness and the seed of procreation, and Shakti, who manifests infinite forms.

Seeing the world as the Mother, seeing everything as her manifestation, involves a shift in perception.

The way you go about your daily life may be the same, eating, sleeping, defecating, reproducing, socializing, gratifying your senses, earning your livelihood, solving problems, contributing to society, relieving suffering.

But you see it all as a child sheltered in the loving arms of your Mother, who is all creation. The blue sky is her mind, the green leaves pulse with her blood, the wind is her breath, the rain, her water of life. She is Gaia, the Earth Mother, but also subtler than that.

By telling us to see everything as the Mother, I think Maharaji meant us to use every detail of life as grist for the mill of our spiritual development.

Every experience is a mirror reflecting where we are in our consciousness and our work of the moment. In the compassionate embrace of the Mother the layers of old habits, preconceptions, and residues of past experiences can dissolve in the ocean of maternal affection.

 

Source:http://lightworkers.org/wisdom/ram-dass/210490/see-everything-mother

Journey of Awakening – Ram Dass – Audio Book

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Ram Dass – Journey to Awakening – The Flow – Lena Jacome Blog – 11-20-13

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“There have been moments in your life when you were pure awareness. No concepts, no thoughts like “I am aware” or “That is a tree” or “Now I am meditating.” Just pure awareness. Openness. A spacious quality in your existence.

Perhaps it happened as you sat on a river bank and the sound of the river flowed through you. Or as you walked on the beach when, the sound of the ocean washed away your thinking mind until all that remained was the walking, the feeling of your feet on the sand, the sound of the surf, the warmth of the sun on your head and shoulders, the breeze on your cheek, the sound of the seagull in the distance.

For that moment your image of yourself was lost in the gestalt, in the totality of the moment. You were not clinging to anything. You were not holding on to the experience. It was flowing–through you, around you, by you, in you.

At that moment you were the experience. You were the flow. There was no demarcation between you-sun-ocean-sand. You had transcended the separation that thought creates. You were the moment in all its fullness.

Everyone has had such experiences. These moments are ones in which we have “lost ourselves,” or been “taken out of ourselves,” or “forgotten ourselves.” They are moments in flow.

It is in these moments of your life that there is no longer separation. There is peace, harmony, tranquility, the joy of being part of the process. In these moments the universe appears fresh; it is seen through innocent eyes. It all begins anew.”

Ram Dass

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Ram Dass – Awakening to Life Through Truthful Relationships

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How to achieve deep connection and harmony in our relationships through the practice of openness, honesty and letting go.

Ram Dass presents some powerful wisdom that can help us heal or evolve any kind of relationship. Especially useful for breaking out of the kind of stagnation that often dulls human relationships. Putting this wisdom into practice however is often a challenge that requires courage. Well worth the effort.

http://www.ramdasstapes.org
http://www.ramdass.org
http://www.mademyselfup.com/2011/04/r…

Ram Dass – Awakening to Life Through Truthful Relationships

Saattya·60 videos

How to achieve deep connection and harmony in our relationships through the practice of openness, honesty and letting go.

Ram Dass presents some powerful wisdom that can help us heal or evolve any kind of relationship. Especially useful for breaking out of the kind of stagnation that often dulls human relationships. Putting this wisdom into practice however is often a challenge that requires courage. Well worth the effort.

http://www.ramdasstapes.org
http://www.ramdass.org
http://www.mademyselfup.com/2011/04/r…