Ram Dass – Here and Now – Ep. 234 – The Awakening of the Soul

In this potent talk from 1976, Ram Dass explores the channels of perception of individual differences and how every experience in life is grist for the mill of the awakening of the soul.

“But what we are meeting as are these entities, or souls, or essences, that are passing through a set of experiences. And we are sharing consciousness as to the nature of these experiences and what their significance is to us as souls. And from that point of view, everything in your life is grist for the mill of the awakening of your soul out of its attachments to either the body or the personality or the astrological identity.” – Ram Dass

Straight from 1976 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Ram Dass explores:
  • The journey of awakening and the predicament of how we perceive ourselves and others
  • The different channels of perception of individual differences, from the physical level to the astral planes and beyond
  • How everything in our lives, including all the joy and all the suffering, can be used for the awakening of the souls
  • How a truly conscious being experiences all the different channels of perception simultaneously
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“For there is something in us that knows, that knows the harmony, the flow, the total participation in the universe that a tree and a river and snow are all part of. And we know that when we transcend our separateness, the illusion of separateness, our intellect, that reality, we flow. There’s a place that yearns for that, and we look for methods. And we know that when we’re in the middle of a trip – cooking a bouillabaisse, knitting an Afghan, whatever that trip is – we can get moments of that flow.” – Ram Dass

Listen to more episodes of the Ram Dass Here and Now Podcast:
Go back to the very beginning of the journey as Ram Dass talks about his early years in life and the psychedelic experience that changed everything in Here and Now Ep. 1.
How does our perception shape our experience of suffering? Ram Dass investigates the many roots of suffering in Here and Now Ep. 132.
We all touch states of transcendence. Ram Dass explores how we can come into contact with the path of awakening in Here and Now Ep. 164.
Ram Dass breaks down the history of psychedelics and helps us understand the risks and rewards of these consciousness-altering chemicals in Here and Now Ep. 183.