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
About Ram Dass:
Ram Dass’ spirit has been a guiding light for generations, carrying along millions on the journey. Ram Dass teaches that through the Bhakti practice of unconditional love, we can all connect with our true nature. Through these teachings, Ram Dass has shared a little piece of his guru, Maharajji, with all who have listened to him.