If I am at one point, when something happens in my field, my environmental field, that’s negative, what I say is, “That brings me down,” meaning it caught me in its model of how it all is. When I am able to transmute energy, I can take that energy that was connected with that act itself and I can move it up my chakras and get high from it. Right? Not only can I get high from it, but I can give back a place which frees the other person from it as well. That is, if you come up to me and go “R-r-r-r-r” I can be busy going “R-r-r-r-r,” see, or I can see you going “R-r-r-r-r” and say, “Yes, and that too is life and here we are and that’s the way it is.” And then I can look at you and be with you in a certain way where I took all that energy you fed in and it just pulled it up my spine and here we are in this new higher place together which then frees you from the place you were stuck in before as well.

Now, for example. every night for three weeks, I gave darshan in New York City in a sculpture studio for about two hundred people and more people kept coming and they kept coming back and more kept coming every night and it was just like a curve, a geometric curve, and just more and more we were getting higher and higher together. But the place was next door to a fire house and usually you could count on the fact that at least once or twice a night the fire engines would be called out. And we might be in the middle of chanting a love song to God, you know, in this very intimate sound and suddenly “R-r-r-r-r-r” and you’d look out into the audience and everyone was going through that pained “Oh, they’ve loused it up and we’ve lost our moment.” And I looked at that and I thought, “Wow, isn’t that far out?” Here all these high beings are being brought down by a fire engine.

What I do is, I see the fire engine is merely free energy the city of New York  is giving us if we know how to use it, and I’m getting stoned out of my head, getting way up into these higher chakras off the fire engine. And I’m saying, instead of seeing life as full of impediments to doing what your pre-run tape says you’re supposed to do, see all of it as part of the here and now moment. There’s the fire engine and that’s the way it is. You’re only bugged with it if you’re still living a moment ago where you were busy not having the fire engine. At the moment, here’s the fire engine. If you can live in the here and now, you should say, “Wow, here’s the fire engine.” Then you’re in a new state. That’s transmuting that energy. In other words, it’s getting high off of it.

– Ram Dass, excerpt from The Only Dance There Is 


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