Reflections on Ram Dass and Be Here Now with Doc Kelley of Psychedelic Sangha
One of My Memories of Ram Dass
One of the most terrifying moments in my life was asking Ram Dass if I could massage his feet. I could feel the desire build as I sat on the ground in front of him. It took me some time to get the nerve. It was like wanting to kiss someone for the first time. And I was desperately afraid of rejection. Who did I think I was? I was obviously in my ego, posing as someone with a modicum of devotion and adequate bodywork skills. A history of tough love informing my nervous system, I was sure he’d reject me, maybe give me a glance that he knew how unworthy I was.
But he didn’t. He said of course, or that would be nice, or something to that effect. No beat was missed, and he continued chatting and beaming and loving and smiling. His total acceptance was so healing. Such a powerful example. He didn’t have any need to look for my problems, or diagnose me, or cut me down to size. He just loved me in a mundane moment that I brought my baggage too. His words, teaching, and presence are the reason why I even have a chance today of being the person that I want to be. Of living in my heart. Of being able to love you (whoever is reading this) and recognize you as God in Drag, as the One Eye Love.
The last thing he ever said to me was ‘I am loving awareness’. It’s also the last thing I ever said to him. He still is, I still am, and you still are. Thanks for the living example of unconditional love Ram Dass, Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Swaha! Hail the Goer!
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