Tomaso would be 72 years today.
Meanwhile, I am taking an eight week immersion into the life teachings of Ram Dass. What is fascinating to me is how many young people have joined the course.
The teachings include the journey from Richard Alpert to Ram Dass, the evolution from ego to soul, (which we are studying now), the ability to live in the world but not of the world. The influence of of Guru/Disciple is always informing the narrative.
Ram Dass passed beyond the veil 12/22/2019 but is very much present to all of us taking the course.
One of my pressing questions has already been answered, which is, why do I always feel Tomaso around, lovingly so, while others who have loved ones pass never feel their presence?
Ram Dass explains the planes of consciousness:
1) ego consciousness
2) soul consciousness
3) spacious awareness or Atman (God).
Most people live entirely in their egos, doubting the verity of sight beyond the senses. Doubt is the elephant in the room denied by most people. As for why I feel Tomaso around most times is because I, more and more, especially since Tomaso‘s last breath, live in a realm of quiet, solitude and reflection. I live more and more on a soul plane. As the mask mandate lifts and people are swept away by the reuniting of humanity, I stay on the sidelines, fully immersed in a year-long spiritual retreat with Will Johnson and the spiritual teachings of Ram Dass and many others.
The pandemic has opened my heart and my soul. OM