Posts Tagged ‘Ram Dass’

Routes Up the Mountain

May 19, 2011

My previous post about people wanting the taste of things , combined with some reseach I am presently doing, reminded me of this quote that I thought very apt.

“There was a little old woman, about 70, sitting in the front row of one of my lectures. She wore a little hat with strawberries and cherries on it, a black patent-leather bag, and oxford shoes. The audience was all flower children. I thought somebody brought their grandmother. I would tell a far-out story, I would look over, and she would be nodding yes. So I would get a little more outrageous, testing my limits, and she kept nodding. I thought maybe she had a neck problem. At the end, I egged her to come up, and I said, ‘What have you done in your life where you know this stuff to be true?’ She leaned forward very conspiratorially and said, ‘I crochet.’

It blew my mind. Up to then, it was ‘you meditate in Burma sitting on the full moon on your head after fasting.’ And she crochets. I finally realized that there are lots of routes up the mountain.”

-Ram Dass

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Be Here Now

June 8, 2009

I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone describe how I experience the world so succinctly before.

The form of the video is just as important as the literal message, though I think it will probably be lost on the majority of those who don’t already understand. For those who are reading this that didn’t understand, but wish to, there are many kinds of mind and awareness. This is a completely obvious statement. Ask anyone and give them a minute to figure out what they think and they’ll probably agree. The problem of understanding arises in that we don’t act like there are many kinds of consciousness. We treat consciousness like a box for information. The information is the important thing and it just always happens to come in a box, but to use a cliche, playing with the box can be much more rewarding than playing with what came in it.

The video begins with a long musical pause. This period is present to allow the background chatter of the mind to subside. Most people I know have armor plated background chatter and would just find this period an annoying waste of time or pleasant, but pointless. After the musical pause Ram Dass begins a process of further consciousness alteration. The point of letting go of the past and future is not to convey an idea, but to alter your consciousness in such a way that you can enter the realm where you can experience your own soul.

Ram continues to speak very slowly and clearly so as not to break or disturb the inner lucidity he as hopefully allowed into being. When I am tuning into my soul, or the universal healing energy, or my other guides, this is often how I talk. It is a process of allowing the the words and what you actually think and feel to form and express itself, not of grabbing it and pushing it out into the world.

Suffering

June 8, 2009

I still struggle with this. I suspect everyone that I’d really like to meet still does.

We all dance to the music of our true homes, and mine comes from there (open energetic reality).” – Chris, The Big Picture

To speak very metaphorically, suffering drowns out the music from outside.