Acknowledge Suffering

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One of the things that makes relationships so difficult is the way in which we protect ourselves from suffering — from our own and from each other’s. Because when you love someone you don’t want to lay your suffering on them and your fears. Also you are afraid if you open your heart too far their… Read more »

A Tree Isn’t Frightened

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A Tree Is Not Afraid - Ram Dass

Image Credit: Lydia Eloff Fear is the result of getting caught in the middle. Buddha says that it is the result of ignorance. And the ignorance is that when you start out as an infant with an undifferentiated awareness, and then you are taught who you are, that component, that structure which we call ego,… Read more »

Relationships and Emotions

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From the soul’s point of view, you come to appreciate that each one of us is living out his or her own karma. We interact together, and those interactions are the grist for each other’s mill of awakening. From a personality point of view, you develop judgment, but from the soul’s point of view, you… Read more »

When I Look at Relationships

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When I Look at Relationships - Ram Dass

Question: How can we maintain our own integrity or identity in a relationship, especially a close one, without compromising the integrity of others? Ram Dass: Which you do you want to preserve? Let me play with it a little bit. When I look at relationships, my own and others, I see a wide range of… Read more »

Who Isn’t Uncle Henry?

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You look and you see another person, and you recognize them, and you feel like they are us. Every level below that, you see them as ‘them’ or I see you as ‘her’ or ‘him.’ Now I see you as us. The feeling of us feels extremely fulfilling. But in business you say, ‘well I… Read more »

The Way of the Guru, Part 2

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Read Part 1 I could see that my guru had this power, this peace, this wisdom, this love, but it was hard for me to see it in myself. My neurotic ego didn’t allow me to think so positively about myself. But once I began to see myself through the guru’s eyes, with his grace… Read more »

The Way of the Guru, Part 1

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When I first came back to America from India in 1967 I didn’t really talk much about the guru because it seemed so inappropriate for the west. For one thing, there is always a mixed reaction to surrendering to another person. Surrendering in the west is almost always a negative. We don’t like being told… Read more »

I Am Loving Awareness

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I Am Loving Awareness View the GAIAM Life Article HERE “I have a practice in which I say to myself, I am loving awareness.” To begin, I focus my attention in the middle of my chest, on the heart-mind. I may take a few deep breaths into my diaphragm to help me identify with it. I… Read more »

Dying is Absolutely Safe – Awareness Beyond Death

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Embracing

People ask, “Do you believe that there is continuity after death?” And I say, “I don’t believe it. It just is.” That offends my scientific friends no end. But belief is something you hold on to with your intellect. My faith in the continuity of life has gone way beyond the intellect. Belief is a problem because it is rooted in the mind, and in the process of death, the mind crumbles. Faith, consciousness, and awareness all exist beyond the thinking mind.