Ram Dass Here And Now

Ep. 226 – Escaping the Prison of Separateness

May 22, 2023

In this potent recording from 1994, Ram Dass talks about the nature of suffering and how we can escape the prison of separateness created by our cultural infatuation with individualism.

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In this episode, Ram Dass explores:

  • The nature of suffering and how we create more suffering even as we try to address it
  • His own journey of somebody-ness and becoming a separate entity
  • The connection between emptiness and compassion when it comes to dealing with suffering
  • The predicament of the personality and how individualism became a cultural infatuation in the Western world
  • How we can ultimately escape from the prison of separateness

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The exercises are to cultivate awareness that is not trapped by the identification with experiences. The exercise is, to the extent that you are dancing in form, to play the most fun game, that is, dancing with the beloved.” – Ram Dass

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