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Be Love Now

--by Ram Dass (Aug 05, 2013)


Imagine feeling more love from someone than you have ever known. You’re being loved even more than your mother loved you when you were an infant, more than you were ever loved by your father, your child, or your most intimate lover—anyone. This lover doesn’t need anything from you, isn’t looking for personal gratification, and only wants your complete fulfillment.

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success— none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always  be here.

Imagine that being in this love is like relaxing endlessly into a warm bath that surrounds and supports your every movement, so that every thought and feeling is permeated by it. You feel as though you are dissolving into love.

This love is actually part of you; it is always flowing through you. It’s like the subatomic texture of the universe, the dark matter that connects everything. When you tune in to that flow, you will feel it in your own heart—not your physical heart or your emotional heart, but your spiritual heart, the place you point to in your chest when you say, "I am."

This is your deeper heart, your intuitive heart. It is the place where the higher mind, pure awareness, the subtler emotions, and your soul identity all come together and you connect to the universe, where presence and love are.

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not “I love you” for this or that reason, not “I love you if you love me.” It’s love for no reason, love without an object. It’s just sitting in love, a love that incorporates the chair and the room and permeates everything around. The thinking mind is extinguished in love.

If I go into the place in myself that is love and you go into the place in yourself that is love, we are together in love. Then you and I are truly in love, the state of being love. That’s the entrance to Oneness.

-- Ram Dass, excerpted from "Be Love Now"


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On Aug 6, 2013 George wrote:

 A few months ago I experienced the deepest feeling of love I can remember ever feeling during an early morning dream. It was blissful, and fortunately lingered for several hours after I awoke. Was it Unconditional Love, or the Love that we experience in the Spirit plane? I can not say, but it felt as good as any Love I could hope for.  I have just heard the best description of this Pure Love of the Spirit world in an audio book by Anita Moorjani, "Dying to be Me." It descbes her near-death experience and her miraculous return to health. From what I have understood from her experience is that we, and Everything else, are all One- Love in the plane (or plain) that is not the physical one, but we incarnate to experience that which can not be experienced "out of body."  So while on this Earth we feel the gamut of emotions, from fear and hate to love and bliss, which is the purpose for our incarnation, yet, as we can not remember who we "really" are, we are often searc  See full.

 A few months ago I experienced the deepest feeling of love I can remember ever feeling during an early morning dream. It was blissful, and fortunately lingered for several hours after I awoke. Was it Unconditional Love, or the Love that we experience in the Spirit plane? I can not say, but it felt as good as any Love I could hope for. 

I have just heard the best description of this Pure Love of the Spirit world in an audio book by Anita Moorjani, "Dying to be Me." It descbes her near-death experience and her miraculous return to health. From what I have understood from her experience is that we, and Everything else, are all One- Love in the plane (or plain) that is not the physical one, but we incarnate to experience that which can not be experienced "out of body."  So while on this Earth we feel the gamut of emotions, from fear and hate to love and bliss, which is the purpose for our incarnation, yet, as we can not remember who we "really" are, we are often searching for the way to get back to Unconditional Love.

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On Aug 6, 2013 Mish wrote:

 Ram Dass.....one of my favorites.  Blessed be.



On Aug 6, 2013 a wrote:

 Living within God's presence, we come to "this place" Ram speaks of.  One in Spirit . . . Heaven and earth's truest/ultimate love form and connection!  
Thank you, Ram Dass for your words.
A true blessing this day!
Love
 



On Aug 6, 2013 Craig wrote:

 What a beautiful reminder of what we are, at the core. This whole passage seems itself to be a practice, a meditation, a way. When we all can remember this, wars will end, crimes will cease, and even laws and lawyers will no longer be needed. Isn't all that we desire, and try to get from others—is it not all ultimately about this deep longing for what we already are being given—and always have been? What is it in me, in all of us, that forgets this? Why, when something within us is so all-pervasive and powerful and true, do I live with little or no awareness of this beauty? Is there also some part of our fundamental nature that forgets the gift that is always given? And, if that forgetfulness is also divine, is that also sacred, and worth revering? So that the dramas of forgetfulness—the torn relationships and the wars, small and enormous—play themselves out? Thank you for posting this today. Thank you, Ram Dass, for this reminder so beautiful it should b  See full.

 What a beautiful reminder of what we are, at the core. This whole passage seems itself to be a practice, a meditation, a way. When we all can remember this, wars will end, crimes will cease, and even laws and lawyers will no longer be needed. Isn't all that we desire, and try to get from others—is it not all ultimately about this deep longing for what we already are being given—and always have been?

What is it in me, in all of us, that forgets this? Why, when something within us is so all-pervasive and powerful and true, do I live with little or no awareness of this beauty? Is there also some part of our fundamental nature that forgets the gift that is always given? And, if that forgetfulness is also divine, is that also sacred, and worth revering? So that the dramas of forgetfulness—the torn relationships and the wars, small and enormous—play themselves out?

Thank you for posting this today. Thank you, Ram Dass, for this reminder so beautiful it should be sung.

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On Aug 5, 2013 Kiki wrote:

 This message could not have come at a better time.  Since I woke up my mind has been busy with chatter that is not constructive for me or anyone else.  I would really love to learn how to extinguish my thinking mind.  For me I can relate with the state of love and not thinking, just being and accepting.  when it happens it is often triggered by some positive experience, like right now  I can sense the change in the feeling from anger and irritation and a lot of conversations to calm and appreciation.  Thank you for this gift and the awareness it has brought to me.



On Aug 4, 2013 Thierry wrote:

This passage starts with the word 'imagine' which makes me wonder whether that state of being cannot be somewhat self-induced? The author's approach is not unlike that of sophrology:  taking hold of one's imagination to create a serene climate within. Using the thinking mind to induce a certain state of being. And this is best done when relaxing and sitting quietly.  I am not saying that this is wrong but I wonder if a more direct way is not to deliberately let go of the thinking mind  as one comment suggested. This means accepting being vulnerable in relationship, a very difficult thing to do if one tends to be headstrong. I think this willingness is an expression of love. It creates space for all to flower.  



On Aug 4, 2013 Thierry wrote:

I am clearer after reading this passage from Ram Dass as to the reality that lies beyond the words:'unconditional love'. Such sets of words may sometimes end up sounding like mere incantations, something detached from daily living or somewhat reserved to a few very saintly people. This reading reminds me that such love is not an abstraction and that I have already met its living expression although I may not have recognized it a such.
This passage is very dense with meaning, very accurate in its wording and I feel I may need to spend further time on it before I can fully digest it.

 



On Aug 3, 2013 Conrad Pritscher wrote:

 Truly excellent writing. I often feel like I am in my head but I know it is more than that.  His description of that unity of mind, heart and everything and everyone fits where I am moving toward..  I don't experience that often but as I do a kind act, that  is something like I experience heaven at that present moment.  We can't choose our parents, and I believe the love I received from my mother in particular was so fantastic that I am unconsciously imbued with it at this moment..  Extinguishing the thinking to me means that the thought of love is different from love and some thinking can interfere with loving  Being kind to oneself and others is love.  Being peaceful in the present moment is love. When  I can feel, think, etc .in an openly aware integrated manner, I am more at one with everyone and everything.  The way to develop ourselves to be love is to notice what is happening in the present moment/ being presently aware. &  See full.

 Truly excellent writing. I often feel like I am in my head but I know it is more than that.  His description of that unity of mind, heart and everything and everyone fits where I am moving toward..  I don't experience that often but as I do a kind act, that  is something like I experience heaven at that present moment.  We can't choose our parents, and I believe the love I received from my mother in particular was so fantastic that I am unconsciously imbued with it at this moment..  Extinguishing the thinking to me means that the thought of love is different from love and some thinking can interfere with loving  Being kind to oneself and others is love.  Being peaceful in the present moment is love. When  I can feel, think, etc .in an openly aware integrated manner, I am more at one with everyone and everything.  The way to develop ourselves to be love is to notice what is happening in the present moment/ being presently aware.    As I expand my awareness I move to noticing incomprehensible mystery and not knowing; just being, and that, at times, is just being love.  Thank you for the opportunity to respond.  Warm and kind regards to everyone.

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On Aug 3, 2013 Edit Lak wrote:

Ram Dass… Yep – The imperfections are the perfections of the extension to the man: Love, I agree with you Ram Dass – Be Love Now… Yes..  I think Love is learning and once you lovel-earn, no matter what, you cannot un-love, because even the ‘dislike’ after love, is the love that you remember, so extinguishing the mind may only be a phrase, but the mind lives in memory, hmm it’s all remnants from love – love, or whatever fuels the thought to think and remember.. All I know is I try to smile, be true and be love, I don’t always hit the mark, but as I age, I am more real love, to develop love, true love I think is to just grow and allow everything to come ones life, without experience there is no comparison in anything in life, so experience and live, cry, feel laugh express and try to extinguish love, for love will come in and warm the heart in everything that was lived anyway, even the bad. Love that’s the path I like be  See full.

Ram Dass… Yep – The imperfections are the perfections of the extension to the man: Love, I agree with you Ram Dass – Be Love Now… Yes..  I think Love is learning and once you lovel-earn, no matter what, you cannot un-love, because even the ‘dislike’ after love, is the love that you remember, so extinguishing the mind may only be a phrase, but the mind lives in memory, hmm it’s all remnants from love – love, or whatever fuels the thought to think and remember.. All I know is I try to smile, be true and be love, I don’t always hit the mark, but as I age, I am more real love, to develop love, true love I think is to just grow and allow everything to come ones life, without experience there is no comparison in anything in life, so experience and live, cry, feel laugh express and try to extinguish love, for love will come in and warm the heart in everything that was lived anyway, even the bad. Love that’s the path I like being on  - Jai Jai Love  :-)  <3   Thank You… 

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On Aug 2, 2013 david doane wrote:

To me, " extinguishing the thinking mind in love" means to lay thinking to rest, give it a break, have it not be primary, not be in charge, be in the background, and even be forgotten, and simply be and be one with all that is.  There are brief  times when I have such a sense, and it feels peaceful, special, and even intimate.  I believe our oneness is love and during times when I have a sense of oneness I believe and sense that I am in this love -- but I don't feel loved.  I believe what Ram Dass says, that unconditional love exists in each of us, in our deep inner being, our undergirding, and connects us.  I believe, as I think Thich Nhat Hanh says, that we are interconnected and interdependent, interbeing in interisness.  And I believe and sense that being in that awareness and state of oneness is being in the state of love -- but I don't experience it as my being loved -- perhaps I simply haven't gotten there yet.  I believe that I and we can dev  See full.

To me, " extinguishing the thinking mind in love" means to lay thinking to rest, give it a break, have it not be primary, not be in charge, be in the background, and even be forgotten, and simply be and be one with all that is.  There are brief  times when I have such a sense, and it feels peaceful, special, and even intimate.  I believe our oneness is love and during times when I have a sense of oneness I believe and sense that I am in this love -- but I don't feel loved.  I believe what Ram Dass says, that unconditional love exists in each of us, in our deep inner being, our undergirding, and connects us.  I believe, as I think Thich Nhat Hanh says, that we are interconnected and interdependent, interbeing in interisness.  And I believe and sense that being in that awareness and state of oneness is being in the state of love -- but I don't experience it as my being loved -- perhaps I simply haven't gotten there yet.  I believe that I and we can develop ourselves to be love by growing in and abiding in the awareness that we truly are inseparably one. . 

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On Aug 2, 2013 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

To me extinguishing the thinking mind equals Listening to your heart. Deeply listening. Letting go of the chatter, the noise in one's head that sometimes blocks the LOVE in the Heart. I have felt this love more than I can express. It washes over and it is like a state of bliss. It permeates EVERY part of you. It extends outward and inward at the same time. I believe we can develop this more by going into our hearts more and not being in our heads. Our heart feels this naturally, but sometimes our heads talk us out of it. Wishing all of you to feel this kind of LOVE, it is Beautiful. and Possible. HUG from my heart to yours.