Soma Meditation by Ram Dass



At this moment, just focus in the middle of your chest.

Imagine there’s an opening in the middle of your chest.

And that even though you’re breathing through the middle of your nose and mouth.

Oxygen etc.

With this in-breath you are drawing in something very subtle.

Not even on the physical plane.



It’s been called “Soma.”

It’s been called “Exliir.”

It’s been called “Ambrosia.”

It’s been called “Pran.”

It’s been called “Living Spirit.”

Think of it as a very fine mist.



With each breath, draw it into the middle of your chest and let it pore through your body.

To the extremities.

To the tips of your fingers.

To the tips of your toes.

To your torso.

Your head.

And then in the out-breath, when you’re breathing out through the center of your chest, any stuff in you  that is keeping you from being with the Universe.

The tensions, the fears, the negativity, the doubt. the grudges, the anger, the loneliness, the self pity.

Breathe it out

Just breathe it out.


Let it go on the out-breath.

And then fill, once again with this  healing…very fine mist and let it pore through your body

And las it pores through your body, let it dislodge the tensions that may have settled in your back or your stomach.


The heavy thoughts.

Thoughts of paranoia.

The feelings of inadequacy or doubt.

The judging mind.


Just let it all be loosened, dislodged

And on the out-breath, breathe it out.

Make the breath slow and deep.


And keep that imagery strongly in mind.

That you’re breathing  in a very fine mist, filling your being

And then releasing all the stuff that you don’t need to be in the Spirit.

If there’s a great sadness in you, just let it go,

Breathe it out.

You don’t need it.

If there’s anger, hurt.

If you’ve been hurt.

If you have pain.

Don’t demand that it go away.

You may breathe it out.



And you’ll still feel sadness.

It might be such a deep reservoir of sadness.

But just what you can let go of, let go of.

And then fill with this very fine healing mist.


Now rest quietly with your eyes closed and just listen to me for a moment.

Imagine now — that out before you is all of the Universe of Form.

All of the World as you hear it, see it, smell it, taste it, and know it.

Including yourself.



And now imagine that at the top of your head you also have a hole — an opening.

And that above your head is the Formless out of which Form comes.



There is no Form.

It’s God Unmanifest.

It’s the Unspoken.

it’s the Void.

It’s the One.



Now — you will breathe in through your chest  — when I tell you — suggest you do — just listen now.

Drawing the Universe into your heart — the middle of your chest.

And you will breathe out through the top of your head — going out with your breath.

Go up with your breath.

And go back into the Formless.



And then on the next in-breath, draw the Formless down into your heart.

And then with the out-breath — breathe it out through your heart and re-create the forms which are spirit made manifest.

Then with the in-breath, draw it back into your heart.

Breathe out through the top of your head — going up.

Till you’re resting above your head.



Then draw your breath in.

Come back down into your heart.

And then Manifest out into the world.


So it’s In-up-out-down-in-out.



Do that for a few minutes now.

Start very slow, deep breathing.


So you keep going between Form and Formless.

Between The One and The Many.


Keeping your eyes closed.

Remain resting in the middle of your chest

And listen to me for one moment longer.

Now that you have released what you can of those things which keep you from being a pure instrument for the transmission of Spirit —

And now that you have learned to draw the Spirit through you.

You will find yourself in situation after situation where when you look out on the world you see suffering.



Maybe its someone you love that’s suffering.

The suffering might be physical.

It might be psychological.

It might be spiritual.

It might be somebody that’s a political prisoner.

Someone that’s starving or dying of cancer.

Or just lost in depression.

Or caught with drugs.

Or caught in a painful violence.



Whoever comes to mind — bring their image before you.

Standing or sitting or being out in-front.

With your breath — go up above your head.

Letting yourself go through the top of your head.



Again — bring that fine mist…

That spirit down through the top of your head – the Formless — go  down into your heart.

And then on the out-breath send it to your heart.

Keeping that being in your mind.

And with your mind, imagining — surrounding that being with light.



That is peace.

That is healing.

That is love.

That is spacious.



Then go back up into the Formless until that is just pouring through your heart and out — and  surrounding that being or those beings.

If there is anyone towards you feel anger that you would like to find the deeper space.

Bring that person before you.

And through this light, or this love

See that being in deeper way.



Let your heart open in this process.

Keep going back up into the Formless where you are the One.

And then come back and allow the Spirit come back down to manifest as a healing force.


And the thought is — not that, “I demand this person be healed of their suffering.”

But rather, “If it be in the way of things, let there be healing.”

“Not My, But Thy Will.”



And if it is you that is suffering and in pain.

Imagine yourself standing or sitting before yourself.

And surround that being with that same golden light.


Of love.

Of peace.

Of space.

Of compassion.


Open your heart a little wider.



What more can you do for the world than become a conduit for the Living Spirit to be manifest?




God — I love you.




Experience just how much you actually do love the Universe.

All the Forms coming before your Eye.

As you go back into the One and back into the Many.


See how precious all the Forms are.


Ok — now just come back and rest in your heart.

And open your eyes and relax. And stretch.