|Kali, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver tree of life, owl, and body, soul, spirit charms|
Ram Dass' teachings aren't new, but what's most interesting is how he takes fundamental wisdom and applies it to concrete issues that aging people may face: holding onto power, retirement anxiety, dependency, disease, sexuality, and preparing for death.
Our curriculum of conscious aging requires that we get as close as possible to Kali [a Hindu goddess referred to as "She who destroys"], and the thing that's scaring us, in order to reveal our attachments, and to experience the serenity that comes with letting go of them.
Facing dread of the future is an excellent vehicle for entering into the spiritual dimension. We must be willing to open to all that the moment contains, including that which seems most threatening. But how do we do this? By cultivating fearlessness and familiarizing ourselves with our demons.
|Kali, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry)|
I'm guessing it's not something we are most naturally going to do, but it seems to be a necessary step in becoming more conscious about life. Just sitting with fear, listening, and not doing anything about it moves us to a place of acceptance. The best part about the message Ram Dass delivered above is that this fear is our invitation to cultivate a spiritual relationship, a blessing that we may over look.
The next time fear sits down with me over lunch, I'm going to try to say "hello," and remember that I've just begun a spiritual conversation that's leading me to the undiscovered dimensions within myself.