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Insecurity vs. Oneness with Ram Dass

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The more insecure people get, the more they’re frightened by existing conditions.

Unless they are aware of this and can transform the fear, they will contract, and they will build an “us vs. them” mentality. They will create a boundary and see an enemy. And that’s really the history of our country. It has been so focused around having an enemy, whether it’s drug lords or Hitler or whatever it is. In a way, you can abstract it into the preoccupation with the plane of polarities, the plane of two, the plane where there is good and evil, dark and light, positive and negative, yin and yang, whichever it is. That it’s in the two, that the “us” and “them” exist.

How you respond to that world of two has to do with your consciousness, whether you choose to live in the world of two, or if you live in the world of one.

When you can enter into group identity with the ability to be in it but not in it, that’s a value to everybody in that group, as well as everybody that knows you, or knows about it. It doesn’t seem to me that it’s possible to be an incarnate without being a member of a group or groups. I think our identity in society is through our complex reference identity through groups. We’re part of families, ethnic groups, race, sexual identity, economics, and so on.

So the question is whether our action of being participants in these groups creates an exclusivity in “us” and “them,” psychologically, and it depends on where your head is at, as to what the act you do creates. Now, if you join an exclusive country club that has a very strict membership policy, then you are feeding into something at that point. Your action is feeding something that is divisive. You’ve gotta look at whether within the nature of the group itself, there is exclusivity. See, that’s an interesting one.

-Ram Dass

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People and Trees with Ram Dass

I think that part of having less self-judgment is observing oneself more impersonally. I often use this image:

When you go into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees… and some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens and some of them are – whatever. And you look at the tree, and you just – allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is, you sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way, and you don’t get all emotional about it, you just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that, and you’re constantly saying, “You’re too this,” or “I’m too this,” or – that judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees, which means appreciating them just the way they are.

— Ram Dass

Lovingkindness with Ram Dass

 

Concentrate on your breath.

…In, Out

…In, Out

Maybe the tip of the nose will be the place where you will do that.

Now keep that concentrated —  concentration.

 

Bring it to the middle of your heart space.

…And that point is loving awareness.

…And that loving awareness is you.

It’s the real you.

 

Where you are.

Awareness.

 

Now

…you can omit

…you can be aware

…of your eyes and what they see

You can be aware of the ears about you..about what they hear.

…what the skin feels.

You can be aware of your mind and your…and the river of thoughts come out of your mind.

…Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts.

 

Some of those thoughts are positive, some are negative.

Some are about you…and about others.

Some of them are judging thoughts.

But you will stay identified with loving awareness in your heart

…in the heart center.

 

I am loving awareness.

I am loving awareness.

I am loving awareness.

 

When I am loving when awareness is not a thing.

We can label it but it is not the words.

 

You are loving awareness

…So is Christ

…So is Krishna

…So is Buddha

…So is  Maharaji

They are loving awareness.

And so are you.

 

One loving awareness.

One loving awareness.

 

In each of us is a finger of the hand of loving awareness.

Loving awareness is in everybody.

Everybody is in loving awareness.

 

Or in disagreement,  in states, that’s the games….that’s the games we play.

Yet we are loving awareness.

We are individuals but we’re not.

We are the whole.

We are all God.

You are an individual and you are part of the whole

loving awareness.

 

When you finally get to be

be loving awareness,

be loving awareness.

be

be.

 

We are all beings together,

one consciousness.

We are a satsang.

 

We are

we are

those who seek the truth.

…seek the truth

…seek the truth

 

Namaste

Namaste.

Lovingkindness with Ram Dass

We are

Immersed in love.

Outside and inside

And you can radiate love and be it, you’re inside.

 

To all of us

To the planet

To the universe

Every one of us counts

In this effort

 

The love inside is radiated outside

love yourself

And love universe

The love inside of all of us is love.

 

We each translated …translate that love

according to our lives

no matter how thick is the filter of your karma

you radiate the the love of the one.

 

And now let us, a group effort, to love our planet

 

Now we are…we are love itself.

We are love.

We are loved.

We are love.

We are love.

We are love.

 

Be love.

Be loved.

Be love.

 

Namaste

Lovingkindness Meditation with Ram Dass

 

Just resting in your own being

Aware of all the body sensations…

…sounds

…no trying. no trying

…just being, just being.

 

Taking a deep breath…

…and as you let it out just let go of all of that kind of agitated, confused, worried feeling that you’re separate from something…

…just let it go and just come into a deeper sense.

In appreciation from within of all of the qualities of your being

…just the way they are

…imagine at this moment you are just the way you are

… and you are totally loved

…feel what that feels like

…not for how you wish you were or might become.

…But just the way it is

…you are loved

…you are allowed

…you are acknowledged.

As if the music was saying “I love you”

…and every protest you put up saying, “But if you really knew who I was how could you love me.”

…the music is saying, “I know who you are, and I love you.”

Now bring to mind other beings with whom you’re close or interact with in a relationship

…and see them with that same single eye that looks through the veil

..and sees another being of love manifesting.

For it is the heart of God that touches your heart

and it is your heart that touches another’s heart.

Work with the breath

…in and out

…right in the middle of your chest

Let it soften and inform

…the sweetest most gentle flow

Each breath opening your heart just a little bit more.

If there is sadness let the sadness come out

If there’s joy, let the joy bubble over.

If there is a quiet deep space of love, let it rest in its deep silence.

Resting in love…

…resting in love

…softer

…just a bit softer

…open your heart just a bit more

…come out and play

…I’m right here in love

…a little bit more

…let’s be together in love

…not later

…right now

…each breath

…soft so sweet

…nothing to do about it

…all the sharp edges have become soft.

Finally, even as the heart is this open

it becomes more and more open.

You learn that you can live life right in the middle of the marketplace

…with your heart this open

…buffeted and pushed and shoved

…and treated violently.

The compassion in your heart

allows the beloved in all the forms of action.

Maharaji said, “A mother is so much like God because she so forgiving.

Her love doesn’t waiver.”

And finally you are the Mother of the Universe

…and everybody you look upon is your child.

 

“Everyone You Meet Is Your Guru” with Ram Dass and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The particular sadhana that I perform in relation to my Guru involves seeing that every thing that occurs is a direct teaching from him. Flat tire, coffee pot. And everyone I meet is my Guru.

Not only am I seeing the one in everything but seeing the teachings in each thing.

It’s a totally ego-centric space — if you will. It’s saying the entire conjecture of form is all designed for my enlightenment.