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Releasing Desires

Category:  Ask Deepak


Some Spiritual writers and advisers advise lifting-up a need or desire to God or The Universal Spirit, entrusting that need or desire to God or The Universal Spirit, and faithfully releasing all attachment to the outcome, trusting that it will be done. Often, these same Spiritual writers and advisers advise that one clearly formulate a need or desire in one's mind, perhaps even to write it down, then to "manifest" that need or desire by meditating on it, by acting as if it were already done, by thinking positively about it, by expecting it to materialize, etc. Is there a contradiction between these two methods? Can one employ them both at the same time for the same need or desire? Should one employ them both at the same time? Thank you for your response.


When we have a desire and then release it to the universe, that release not only implies that the universal intelligence will respond, it also implies that it will respond in the right time, right place, and in the appropriate way most conducive to your spiritual evolution. Universal Being has an intelligence far beyond the grasp of our desiring ego mind. If we desire to buy a home, and exhaustively list exactly how it must look in every detail, we are presuming our conditioned mind knows better about how to fulfill this need than the universe does.


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  • It takes a lot of words to simply say this: "surrender" ~:)~

    heartphone // 2013-10-25 17:24:16 // //
  • Here's a need: more nice, kind, caring, decent people in the world!

    Marey Coates // 2013-10-26 14:02:41 // //



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  • What if your desire is not conducive to your spiritual evolution?

    Lisa Schimanski // 2013-11-11 19:15:57 // //
  • pensamiento, palalbras y acciones un todo que vibran en el universo, pero sobre todas las cosas es sentir el amor y poder divino de dios en nosotros mismos que vive y mora

    Luisa Enriquez // 2013-10-29 14:38:13 // //
  • Thank you Deepak.

    Cecile Cole // 2013-10-27 15:45:18 // //
  • Firstly, we don't even begin to understand our full potential. Secondly, whatever we beseech Source, creator of all that is, must be for the highest good of us all. Given that our imaginations have led us to discover untapped potential and there is a power to positive thinking, I do not see a contradiction but prediction - a thought that can be more powerful than words alone. Our thoughts are vibrations across the universe. That is why unconditional love is so important. Namaste.

    Simon Peck // 2013-10-27 08:35:48 // //
  • Deepak is so......deep!

    Jeff Scott // 2013-10-27 04:55:16 // //
  • Lady cries to God. Why, why God won't you let me win the Lottery? God, tired of her crying: Shouts at her from above: For Heaven's sake Lady: will you go buy a ticket already!Just saying....

    Sonia Finnen // 2013-10-27 00:05:47 // //
  • no, God helps those that help themselves!!

    Sonia Finnen // 2013-10-27 00:01:55 // //
  • yes

    Marty Floyd // 2013-10-26 22:18:05 // //
  • Also you are limiting the outcome based on your ego mind or lower mind as apposed to releasing it to the higher mind with out any expectation and by doing that you release the outcome to one that is higher and beyond the original desired expectation. The Universe knows exactly what to deliver at the specific time/place/origin of what is perfect.

    Nancy J. Cerasoli // 2013-10-26 20:26:37 // //
  • The message is you cannot be specific about that which you want. The Universe has a plan for ALL aspects of your life. You cannot only choose the parts you want most. With the Universe there is only one reality, and you live it, but you don't own it.

    Bruce Ledger // 2013-10-26 17:12:37 // //
  • God is not a necessity for me is our team, our universal law, find us in the, and make us infinite...everything is cuestiom of of God...! can not see it as a theory, because our own life and being, is a manifestation of the, in us..

    Gloria Ruiz Lozano // 2013-10-26 16:52:41 // //
  • In essence, I feel these two methods are doing the same thing. Believing one way or another is all one can do to get past desire. Regardless of what you believe in to do it, your mind is doing the same thing: letting go.

    Ben Shauers // 2013-10-26 16:02:22 // //
  • I do believe in Intentional prayer. That we are all co-creators in this Universe. My question is the WILL of God. To align with the innate design of my individual self is my understanding of Gods will.

    Michelle Lyn Winslow // 2013-10-26 14:54:28 // //
  • Here's a need: more nice, kind, caring, decent people in the world!

    Marey Coates // 2013-10-26 14:02:41 // //
  • I try to use generalisations rather than specifics, trust God, if 'it's meant to be' it will be.

    Denis Kirkham // 2013-10-26 13:38:15 // //
  • I think there is room for both of these methods. Sometimes I use one and sometimes I use the other.

    Joan Coleman // 2013-10-26 13:25:42 // //
  • gracias deepak

    Felipe Bucuru // 2013-10-26 13:24:37 // //
  • deep

    Romin Munshi // 2013-10-26 13:22:15 // //
  • Thank important to remember

    Cindy Rinker // 2013-10-26 13:08:19 // //
  • Neded it to remind me! Tnx a lot my transition guid Deepak!

    Michael Alene // 2013-10-26 12:42:34 // //
  • That was supreme wisdom. People who wish me to do things made me release selfish wants and accept the highest good. When I would pray and not hear back, I would feel a loss of power. That makes me gain weight. Regardless if I seek happiness in food or not. Just blah. So I stopped wishing and began living what I have been given and it is sublime. Love...

    Anna Tetro // 2013-10-26 11:47:09 // //
  • All suffering is manifest as desire. Let go of attachment to desire. Your Inner Divine Father-Mother knows what you NEED to advance spiritually. Pay attention to yourself (mind, heart, body), others & the world around you. Be aware of what serves and doesn't serve you and others. Pay attention to clues about who you really are and why you're here. You will discover the plan the universe has assigned to your true Self: it will not be an EASY path, it will likely not be comfortable, but it will be the most fulfilling, the thing that makes you feel most alive, most whole, beneficial to others and the world (this is your destiny). P.S. Manifesting your desires is 100% black magic and a universal spiritual crime. This is the unspoken truth about "The Secret" is the original, quickest way of selling your soul to the devil (where devil=your ego desire). The science of The Secret literally invests your spiritual energy into material reality & strengthens ego attachments. No one can ascend spiritually while building ego; it is by eliminating ego that we free our consciousness (psyche, soul) from the causes of suffering (desire, devil, ego). Everyone pays what they owe, in this life or the next. Let go and let God (your inner Father-Mother) guide you. It is the only path to lasting happiness, joy and peace.

    Attila Lewis Lendvai // 2013-10-26 11:41:21 // //
  • Deepak knows! Namaste <3

    Frank Hanley // 2013-10-26 11:38:33 // //
  • no, you're asking that your will be done!!!

    Sonia Finnen // 2013-10-26 11:21:44 // //
  • When you release your problems to God you are releasing worry and trusting that He knows what is best and He will act on His knowledge. When you meditate on a need or desire or act positively about it (as if you already have the outcome in your hands) you are taking control of your need or desire and manifesting it in your life. I think they are two distinctly different ways of approaching your spirituality and your intimate connection with the universe. Neither way is wrong but you can't use both approaches at the same time for the same need. They are, by the nature of their methods, opposite.

    RNlightenment // 2013-10-26 10:42:48 // //
  • <3

    Miia Maajaakkola // 2013-10-26 10:35:28 // //
  • I needed this reminder this morn thanks

    Mary Thomas // 2013-10-26 10:13:41 // //
  • What we want may not be what we need. If you must 'pray' for something let it be for your Gods' will & to learn from what comes.

    Yvonne Oechsle // 2013-10-26 09:18:11 // //
  • Ty this was given at the appropriate time.

    Antonella Agostini // 2013-10-26 09:04:48 // //
  • This was a good one

    Scentsy Independent Consultant - Jamie Drew // 2013-10-26 08:37:07 // //
  • thank you for the reflection... it was timely this morning..

    Rick Rosio // 2013-10-26 08:16:02 // //
  • "you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find, you get what you need!"

    Karen Cohn Asbell // 2013-10-26 07:57:59 // //
  • Barbara Clark-Miller

    Danielle Scruggs // 2013-10-26 07:57:48 // //
  • God loves us and wants us to have whatever we want. That's why he gave us free will. And when we express what we want & offer it up to Him, we are saying that we want our will to be His will for us. Also, the more righteous our desires, the more He wants us to have them. Our less righteous desires will end up being a learning lesson.

    Chris Pizzella // 2013-10-26 07:52:04 // //
  • He ALWAYS has such great answers!!!

    Angela D. Harris // 2013-10-26 06:21:58 // //
  • Is love good or bad for life?

    Sudeep Mallick // 2013-10-26 06:09:30 // //
  • God can do anything within twinkling of an eye and much more faster than that without help of anything or anybody.., beyond our capacity to understand..,!

    Mohammad Chowdhury // 2013-10-26 05:55:10 // //
  • Be aware to look for the Right answer, not the answer we want , and than will have your answer. Love.

    Denise Raducu // 2013-10-26 05:33:28 // //
  • Let go and let God/the Universe/Divine Intelligence/Quantum Physics.....however it is defined. It is to let go and TRUST. The answer will be given.

    Gayla Chiriaco Allen // 2013-10-26 05:16:24 // //
  • Namaste

    Blendi Braho // 2013-10-26 04:48:55 // //
  • the desire of God is essential to deliver the love. thank for fhis ,

    Federica Cabianca // 2013-10-26 04:45:20 // //
  • No contradiction. You are merely exhibiting faith that what you have desired will be brought about by God.

    Rosemarie Kaupp // 2013-10-26 03:35:48 // //
  • Lástima que no este en castellano, con lo que me gusta la forma de pensar y que no lo entienda, es una pena que no se traduzca como otros

    Esperanza Maestro Mogrera // 2013-10-26 03:08:29 // //
  • Are you not suppose to focus on what you want while creating the feeling that it has already happening then releasing it? Not dwelling on it? Please let me know. I would like to hear from you. Thank you Mr. Chopra

    Barbara Ianni // 2013-10-26 03:02:02 // //
  • I know it is the Lord.... but everyone can use a helping hand...

    Rocco Tiberi // 2013-10-26 02:56:16 // //
  • The Lords will be done... but we must also act in accordance with our belief to do all we can to see it done...

    Rocco Tiberi // 2013-10-26 02:55:19 // //
  • Love this!

    Lacey ThePink Panther // 2013-10-26 02:53:00 // //
  • "The Secret"

    Flem Peters // 2013-10-26 02:40:31 // //
  • I always Wished I would Meet You One Day ...

    Ursula Becker // 2013-10-26 02:33:57 // //
  • This is so helpful Deepak. I read your books & follow you. This is something I have wondered for years about. Both processes are free to try. But an outcome that doesn't benefit the good of our true purpose for being, to be truly enlightened as a whole, does seem like a waste of the energy, being put forth. Again, thank you.

    Gina Parker // 2013-10-26 02:24:41 // //
  • love it

    Aizaz Khalid Qureshi // 2013-10-26 02:16:52 // //
  • namaste maestroooooooooooooooo

    Susana H Fidalgo // 2013-10-26 01:51:25 // //
  • Que Bien

    Nina Marin // 2013-10-26 01:32:25 // //
  • Love your consciousness Deepak!

    Andrea Schear // 2013-10-26 01:26:51 // //
  • Lacey ThePink Panther

    Myss Mii // 2013-10-26 01:05:11 // //
  • I think therefore I am - René Descartes

    Edgar Alain Flotte Millán // 2013-10-26 01:00:52 // //
  • I adore you!

    Elaine Dudzinski // 2013-10-26 01:00:18 // //
  • Your thoughts, actions and words plants the seeds. That is why we (SGI ) chant Nam Myoho-Renge-Kyo. Many examples. One famous one, Tina Turner's movie about just that "What's love got to do with it".

    Roxiane DeMontaignac // 2013-10-26 00:26:12 // //
  • It doesn't necessarily have to be money we can choose to except in kind ,whatever we value.

    Laura H. Davis // 2013-10-26 00:17:57 // //
  • Just as God took one day of rest after many of work, we must also take a break from our efforts in trying to manifest some result. It is in the resting that our faith is shown.

    Debbie Kukla // 2013-10-26 00:17:44 // //
  • Always act on what is right for you. Do as you would do to others and the Universe will also answer accordingly. This comes always with good or bad consequences, as the saying goes "Be careful what you wish for." As it really does happen & we will always be learning good or bad. Life is beautiful and life can be ugly. The ying and the yang.

    Selina Brown // 2013-10-26 00:14:04 // //
  • So many times people raise question on spiritual enterpreneur and astrologer for their fees. isn't money important to live unless one has complete decided to live a spiritual life away from material pursuits. And money is at the end an energy and if you give some to another being for his knowledge and that thing you gain from him isnt this a part of "Circulation Or Flow of energy" That conversion from being Potential in your pocket to Kinetic (every day life expenses). You become part of Flow and hence you grow naturally.

    Anjum Sharma // 2013-10-26 00:13:04 // //
  • one method is to believe in God and the other method is to believe in yourself. who will you go first fro help? that is the question and answer!

    Joseph Moctezuma // 2013-10-26 00:11:05 // //
  • But isnt writing and dreaming or imagining things to be already done , a way of being attached, mean yes u have sown the seed but talking abt it or thinking, isnt it looking at the seed to grow now and then.?

    Anjum Sharma // 2013-10-26 00:06:54 // //
  • I was searching for the same.Law of attraction! Thankyou

    Jasul Alingal // 2013-10-25 23:58:13 // //
  • Yes

    Joyce Davoren // 2013-10-25 23:49:53 // //
  • If the end result is the same, it doesn't matter... Be Grateful

    MaryAnne Halstead // 2013-10-25 23:49:10 // //
  • A perplexing quandary because so often in life people have a tendency to think or believe that a higher power is responsible for every good or negative outcome, thus taking the responsibility off the table for themselves! When in all actuality everything in this life consists of love sacrifice and faith to gain hope so that things are seen with a more observant eye!

    Jeanie Collitte // 2013-10-25 23:46:44 // //
  • Melody Kruppa and Karen Blake, if Deepak Chopra didn't get paid for this he wouldn't be able to serve a wider audience in an age with a global economy like ours. Then when he gives spiritual advice on prosperity and abundance, we'd all scoff at him, saying, "What right does he have to give spiritual advice on abundance and prosperity when he himself is not abundant and prosperous?" Deepak Chopra deserves to get paid for how he serves us. The people who give him money give willingly and obviously think it's worth it. If you want gurus and teachers who do not charge, there are plenty of them out there.

    Brenda Gimotea Depasupil // 2013-10-25 23:41:58 // //
  • Of course u cann't let go of any control and then specify excactly what u want. If u let go, u are on a higher level and it can come to u quickly in its desired form. On a lower level your fantasy limit the outcome and slows down the creation proces.

    Tina Dahab // 2013-10-25 23:39:48 // //
  • It's ok to be specific with details if it's something that there is a large supply of. As far as a home, you're better off being general. You haven't seen every home and there may be something better for you. The best thing to say is to make basic parameters of what you want that are general and then say, "this or nicer and better for me".

    StevexNew Age Mystic // 2013-10-25 23:25:08 // //
  • Ask and it shall be given!Alignment of your being with your wants,your belief and your outcome ...

    Shoba Ambalika Singh // 2013-10-25 23:18:16 // //
  • What we ask for we receive in accordance with what is right for us.The Divine always provides along with our bidding.

    Cynthia Anne Neil // 2013-10-25 23:17:40 // //
  • The release requires trust and faith, both are powerful. It is the first step to peace.

    Sherry Theall // 2013-10-25 23:15:40 // //
  • I love your beautiful mind!

    Dharmvir Singh Payal // 2013-10-25 23:13:43 // //
  • Thank you for the wisdom.

    Deborah Taliaferro // 2013-10-25 23:12:03 // //
  • Very hard to comprehend

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    Latrice Canty // 2013-10-25 22:47:02 // //
  • I like and agree with the first part but respectively ask how can source bring us what we want if we are not specific. Like a father who waits for the child to make up his mind about which toy he wants instead of getting toys and returning them and exchanging them at the whim of the child source waits until we know what we want then it will bring it if and only if it is in our best interest.

    Ali Farzad // 2013-10-25 22:43:37 // //
  • It is the KNOWING which delivers each of us. Making a choice of only two , leaves many avenues open for choice. Quantum physics gives us endless possibilities, and you will not heed my words, for my name is not Deepak Chopra. <3

    Alan Brunton // 2013-10-25 22:43:02 // //
  • Allright

    Sharon Woodley // 2013-10-25 22:37:42 // //
  • Thnx Deepak

    Afsheen Alam // 2013-10-25 22:37:24 // //
  • Love this! Perfect timing, as well :)

    Summer Holloman // 2013-10-25 22:33:38 // //
  • It's just about awaking apart of ourselves that might not ever be touched without seeking these things out because we have it in all of us. Reach for it to get ur own understanding.

    Stacy Lee Shouse // 2013-10-25 22:31:41 // //
  • I love it! Thank u !

    Trina Carlson-Jeffery // 2013-10-25 22:29:14 // //
  • Yes a lot of times what we desire does manifest but we dint realize that it was the interference of the universe

    Ndabenhle Mabhena // 2013-10-25 22:26:56 // //
  • All depends on the basic core of the two , they have the common item between them both which if applied works and that is "belief"

    GA McBain // 2013-10-25 22:20:44 // //
  • <3

    Silvia Busandri // 2013-10-25 22:18:48 // //
  • I think that employ them both at the same time is recognize and empower God in ourselves. We are all his children, made in his image and similitude...=D Thanks Dr. Chopra!!!

    Marcela Cavallo // 2013-10-25 22:17:02 // //
  • you can't deny your own motives. But, depending upon the source of meditation, it should serve as a means to help you with perspectivity so ss you're not allowing thr matter to control you.

    Maria Metko // 2013-10-25 22:14:45 // //
  • One of the best line I've ever heard

    Jut Rmah // 2013-10-25 22:12:38 // //
  • "The knowledge of the universe is far more than what an egomaniac can grasp". Love it

    Jut Rmah // 2013-10-25 22:12:05 // //
  • Real and true ..thanks deepak

    Federico Irschick // 2013-10-25 22:11:17 // //
  • Karen Blake I agree with you. My one issue w deepak despite his truths and wisdom is that he charges for things, a lot of money , and we don't know if that profit is his which he clearly doesn't need, or if its all used to just cover costs of his products n seminars. :(

    Melody Kruppa // 2013-10-25 22:11:10 // //
  • Beautifuly said!

    Susan Baiocchi // 2013-10-25 22:10:32 // //
  • You are Amazing & that is Amazing.:))

    Colette Curry // 2013-10-25 22:09:27 // //
  • I mean "a part of" and "in other words" not "worldly"

    Melody Kruppa // 2013-10-25 22:08:58 // //
  • any self made guru that charges fess missed it altogther.

    Karen Blake // 2013-10-25 22:08:35 // //
  • how much money do you charge for enlightenment. I think most spiritual entrepreneurs at this point that make helping spiritu

    Karen Blake // 2013-10-25 22:08:12 // //
  • Exactly. We needn't focus on any manifestations of anything except to let go let go and let go. In fact we needn't even send any messages or thoughts to the universal consciousness because we are not separate from it and the wise universe of which we are apart knows what we will ask for before we even ask. I like the quite from Pena chodron. Do what's in front of you. What's in front of you will save you. In otherworldly just live moment to moment ....frugally on surprise.

    Melody Kruppa // 2013-10-25 22:07:35 // //
  • Adoro! :-)) <3

    Antonia Leandra Meskita // 2013-10-25 22:07:16 // //
  • Love you Deepak :)

    Lisa Hancock // 2013-10-25 22:04:55 // //
  • Understand the universe`s language. It talks to us indeed.

    Gaurav_seeker // 2013-10-25 19:28:49 // //
  • It takes a lot of words to simply say this: "surrender" ~:)~

    heartphone // 2013-10-25 17:24:16 // //
  • Perfect answer!

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-10-25 10:00:57 // //