“It takes us a long time, many of us more, longer, than others to come up out of the darkness of our feelings of unworthiness. Of unlovableness. Of allowing that liquidity to happen, of feeling safe to be in the presence of love. When I first experienced my guru loving me my mind kept flickering with the thoughts of ‘If he only knew.’ And then I realized that he did know, and he was still loving me. And it took me through the dot dot dot dot and whatever you are, however you are at this moment… When you can accept that you are lovable then the fear starts to dissolve. It’s allowing you own beauty. It’s allowing the beauty of your soul, which is behind your personality. It’s behind all that stuff. Just another radiant bit of light.” Ram Dass
“When somebody provokes your anger, the only reason you get angry is because you’re holding on to how you think something is supposed to be. You’re denying how it is. Then you see it’s the expectations of your own mind that are creating your own hell. When you get frustrated because something isn’t the way you thought it would be, examine the way you thought, not just the thing that frustrates you. You’ll see that a lot of your emotional suffering is created by your models of how you think the universe should be and your inability to allow it to be as it is.” Ram Dass
I am always in need of reminding of what is important. It is so easy to get caught up in things going on in the world and our reactions to them. It is easy to get caught up in the reactions of those we love and take on their journeys as our own, worrying about the things that happen.
I find it harder because I also believe it is not enough to know for myself. I want to allow other people their own journeys, but I also want to be sure that I am speaking up on important issues, and that I never get so comfortable I do not see the suffering around me and fail to feel anything or do anything about it. Continue reading