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NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)
Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges ( AUDIOBOOK Available )  "Great advice directly from the master on virtually any subject, it just doesn't get any better...

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui
ABOUT THE BOOK: Feng Shui is the ancient oriental art of enhancing and harmonizing the flow of energy in your surroundings.  Over the last twenty years, Karen Kingston has pioneered the study...

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)
BROTHERHOOD Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream DEEPAK & SANJIV CHOPRA   “BROTHERHOOD is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite...

Joyful Wisdom

Joyful Wisdom
ABOUT THEBOOK: Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first...

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain...

Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
2005 Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner! New York Times Best Seller! Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets...

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)
Learn about Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center's Super Brain dietary supplement - Ayurvedic Brain Support NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy...

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)
“God is an empty term except through the revelations of all the saints, prophets, and mystics of history. They exist to plant the seeds of spirituality as a direct experience rather than a...

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)
ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

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January 02 2012

A New Year, And Possibly a New World

Category:  SF Gate

It's fascinating, as time turns another small corner, to think of how worlds shift and collide. There is no evidence that a person as brilliant as Shakespeare understood that Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo had already revolutionized the human mind. The same thing may be happening now, and many brilliant people seem unaware of how our present-day world --meaning our conception of reality-- may undergo a seismic shift.


I’m not thinking of fossil fuels and Arab uprisings, not even of the 99% as against the 1%. Upheavals in the outer world are secondary, in the long sweep of history, to inner revolutions. We may be on the verge of such a one. What makes me think so is a trickle of medical articles, now greatly expanding, that are proving troublesome to mainstream medicine. These articles sometimes deal with cancer, sometimes with antidepressants, sometimes with the dashed hopes for gene therapies that seem constantly out of reach.

What these articles have in common is that treating the body like a machine isn't panning out. The next breakthrough in cancer or psychotherapy or genetically-related disorders may come from an entirely different angle than the workaday materialism that "of course" looks at our bodies as physical objects like any other. That "of course" is the mark of a settled worldview. A thousand years ago, God "of course" created the world in seven days and the soul "of course" was more important than the body, which was a temporary shell while the soul worked its way through this vale of tears.

When settled worldviews crumble, we have to reinvent the world. So far, there have been only three categories from which to construct reality from the ground up.

1. Dualism, which separates mind and body.
2. Non-dual materialism, which considers only physical things and excludes the spiritual, mystical, and supernatural.
3. Non-dual consciousness, which traces reality back to mind and beyond mind to the very potential for mind.

Dualism no longer satisfies professional thinkers. Putting mind in one box and the body in another settles no questions about either. We are left with half a loaf, unable to say anything reliable about pure mind but also unable to connect the subtle way that the body responds to thoughts and feelings. Yet curiously, the average person is a flaming, if secret, dualist. We compartmentalize our lives in countless ways. God belongs on Sunday, the material world dominates the rest of the week. We treat our bodies sensibly, yet when a mortal illness threatens, it's time to pray. This kind of compartmentalism is understandable, but in the long run it's frustrating, as witness the countless people who feel anxious and empty in their search for higher meaning.

The same complaint could be aimed at non-dual materialism, but science, which is totally materialistic, has won a resounding victory on many fronts. Therefore, it's an easy slide into believing that the scientific worldview must be correct. Non-dual materialism leaves no room for anything that cannot be turned into data. So it is incompatible with God, spirit, the soul, and even the mind. The average person has bought into the notion, publicized constantly by the media, that the mind is the brain. After all, we can now watch the brain in real time as a person experiences love, faith, compassion, and all other "higher" experiences that once belonged to the mind and the soul. But watching the brain at work is like watching an old tube radio light up when Beethoven is played. It would be naive to say that the radio composed Beethoven's music. Yet just as naively non-dual materialists see no reason to look beyond the brain for an invisible thing labeled as mind.

This is the worldview that is crumbling while seeming to rise victoriously higher. Termites are silently chewing at the timbers. One notices this by being attuned to articles about the failures of the materialistic approach. Contrary to popular hopes, materialism cannot explain cancer or depression. It cannot tell you why talking to somebody can help your free-floating anxiety while tranquilizers may fail. Materialism sidesteps the mounting problem of side effects and the long-term damage to the brain from decades of taking psychotropic drugs. Materialism cannot explain what memory is, where it is stored on the cellular level, or why memories haunt us. There are many, many failures of this kind, and even in a field far removed from medicine like physics, peering into the void that gave rise to the physical universe has posed huge explanatory problems.

Which leaves the third worldview, non-dual consciousness, that is all but invisible on the scene. It has been invisible for a long time, certainly in the Judeo-Christian West, where only a handful of obscure names like Spinoza, Giordano Bruno, and Meister Eckhart flirted with the idea that all is one, and that "one" is consciousness. Today, some farseeing speculative thinkers in physics are coping with the possibility that we live in a conscious universe. A tiny handful of neuroscientists are grappling with the possibility that the mind controls the brain and not vice versa. It's exciting fun to be part of this splinter group, especially if you relish the scorn of experts who inform you that "of course" you are completely off your rocker, a charlatan, or a crypto religionist.

What the scorn masks is that "of course" will be thrown out the window if a new worldview takes hold. That’s what happened to the idea that "or course" God created the world according to Genesis. But the non-dual consciousness that was dominant three thousand years ago in Vedic India cannot return as it once was formulated. The modern world isn't about to throw science out the window. Instead, science must expand, so that we look at cancer, depression, or the Big Bang and say, "Now I see." (In particular, the mind-body connection with cancer needs exploring, as we will do in a later post.) A worldview succeeds when it explains more than the old one, when it opens people's eyes, and when it achieves practical results. In the next post, we'll touch on how non-dual consciousness can do all those things.

(To be cont.)

Published by The San Francisco Chronicle

Top comments

  • I don`t even know what to say in response to this article. I am blown away at the timing of it and how it came colliding into my life just now. I was just about to start today`s blog post on my personal review of 2011, about where I was and where I am now. Essentially, I started in the "dualism" mindset in many ways...but through many experiences and revelations from God these past 6 months....my entire previous foundation has been shaken to the ground, burned to a crisp. As I look around at the world I thought I understood just 12 months ago, today I am now seeing a different world. Twelve months ago I believed in the Christian Rapture...now I have no clue that this is really happening. Twelve months ago, I believed the world was departing further and further into hell and away from Judeo-Christian fundamentals...that the world was getting worse. Now, I am not sure...but seem to think that possibly, just possibly the world is becoming better...that the cynics are all really wrong and that the "hippies" might have more to do with Jesus and loving mankind. To me, this is really radical - has obviously shaken my entire being...not just my faith...but my entire "embodied soul". Yet, in the midst of all this...I find much more peace. Why? Because I feel God ripping out the old judgmental gal that used to feel entrapped by the injustices of the world...and is replacing it with grace and peace and most of all freedom. So, thank you so much for writing on this...for I LOVE this concept that the world is changing...and so desire to be part of changing the culture of our time for the better. My desire is to fully integrate the body/mind/heart into everyday life...and then to turn around and teach others to do this. I plan on taking this into my line of work - at the fitness clubs I teach at and hopefully beyond! That is my concept over at Practice Joy (on FB under this title or for now at www.realmamareallife.com where I am journaling my journey from "dualism" to "Non-dual consciousness".) Thank you again and am really looking forward to your continued thoughts and work on this subject! Blessings, the Joy Gal

    theJoygal // 2012-01-02 13:07:05 // //
  • Happy New Year, dear Deepak! If we would all start from `scratch` again and start to play your game "Leela" we would `heal` the `world` in an instant! Thank you and Harbhajan Sing`s book "Self Designed Universe" that both bring msuch a beautiful vision in the Golden days of Life!

    heartphone // 2012-01-02 05:34:13 // //

 

 

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  • Thank you. More and more every day I feel embodied by All That Is. It is nice to see what I`ve been feeling and thinking put into writing by someone outside of myself. I appreciate your work, and feel blessed to have this validation right now. I know 2012 is a time for change and I`m excited to share the beginning again with those who love.

    raina // 2012-01-10 16:09:17 // //
  • Deepak, I`m a native of India who was born and raised Christian. I agree with you that GOD is not this old man with white hair, white beard who wears a long white robe that most Christian people visualize HIM to be. I say "him" only because there is no construct in the English language to correctly refer to GOD. Yes, my understanding of GOD is more along the lines of Einstein and Spinoza. In your blog piece you seem to suggest that the notion of GOD that existed in Vedic India is a more refined notion. But then I also know that the concept of god visualized by the masses that practice Hinduism in India today is just as flawed as the notion of GOD understood by the Christian masses. Many Hindus I have interacted with (including those that attend services at centers of feel good religions in the USA) seemed to suggest that they are gods themselves just because of this notion that god is only about meta physics and the consciousness of a human being. I refuse to believe that GOD is only about consciousness of a human being much as I refuse to believe that god parades around wearing an elephant or a monkey head. Sorry but I don`t need images of GOD that have human or animal forms. GOD also does not need to have 3 heads, 10 hands and 10 feet. The only truth about GOD is that human beings have too small a brain to understand GOD, Big Bang Theory not withstanding. GOD is also above all religions and no religion ought to have sole proprietorship over GOD. Eclectic Christians allude to GOD as omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Nothing more. Nothing less. I also know that even as there are a lot of Christians who think of Jesus of Nazareth as GOD, he is not GOD for nowhere in the new testament of the Bible does it says he was GOD. Jesus of Nazareth most certainly did not say he was GOD. Also the 2 most basic of Christian prayers (the Our Father, and the Nicean Creed) do not refer to Jesus of Nazareth as GOD. I am a Christian who calls Jesus Christ my "Lord and Savior" because Jesus showed me the path to GOD by way of his teachings, his love and the ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross. I also think of Jesus as a philosopher bar none. Very few have matched Jesus Christ`s words of wisdom. Another distinguishing aspect of Jesus of Nazareth was that he was a prophet. His consciousness was connected with the collective consciousness of the universe in a way that he was able to "see" the future. The only prophesy of Jesus of Nazareth that is yet to come true is that he will come again when the world as we know it comes to an end (not to be interpreted as the end of world like most people do). This prophesy of his returning is similar to the concept of re-incarnation that is central to Hinduism and Buddhism. With the above as background regarding the form of Christianity I follow, I am sure you misunderstand the book of Genesis of the Bible. If your blog piece was the first time you came across as somebody who misunderstands the Bible I would not be commenting here. But I have heard you make comments about Christianity and the Bible on TV at which time I cringed for I could not understand why you came across as being so ignorant about Christianity. One must not interpret the description in the book of Genesis that GOD created the world in 7 days literally. Consider this, GOD works VERY FAST and 1 GOD day could be 1 billion human days. I urge you to elevate your own consciousness and realize that every story in the Bible that does not make obvious sense to you must be absorbed in a way that one translates the literal word into a more educated understanding of the word. Literal translations are for the hoi-polloi.

    roydacruz // 2012-01-06 04:19:06 // //
  • Thank you Deepak for this article. It has been so many years that I have had this intuition that what medicine is doing is wrong in the sense that it is treating the symptoms rather than the root causes. The last link in the chain is the body, expressed in the material world. The body is a feedback source that is precious and that sometimes suppressing symptoms is the worse to do. In the case of cancer, we will understand that the root cause is on a higher level of existence, probably an energetic one. So, we will understand the importance of thoughts on health. The mind power can make us thick and heal as well. Understanding the way we are, who we are will bring health as a normal state of life...

    Denis Gorce-Bourge // 2012-01-05 01:52:58 // //
  • THE KINGDOM/REIGN OF CONSCIOUSNESS IS HERE...IT HAS ALWAYS AND WILL ALWAYS BE HERE. THIS ONE SELF - UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS, ALL THERE IS, IS UNIVERSALLY "ACTING" WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE/INTENTION OF BRINGING ABOUT IT`S FULL REALIZATION AND ACTUALIZATION FOR ALL TIME IN HUMANITY. BECAUSE IT IS OUR OWN DEEPEST CONSCIOUSNESS/SELF...IT IS HUMANITIES DEEPEST DESIRE AND INTENTION TOO, OUR TRUEST DESIRE, TO LIVE UNDER SPIRITUAL POWER.

    Gary Moposita. // 2012-01-03 08:04:06 // //
  • I can feel it already...what an amazing winter solstice :) Such clarity.

    Connie Fawcett // 2012-01-03 07:58:33 // //
  • Beautifully said, science, common sense and intelligence take the discussion beyond the narrow `dogmas` of science and religion!

    Phyllis // 2012-01-03 00:51:06 // //
  • Yes, the shift to non-dual consciousness is occurring and if enough people can recognize and support the shift, the world will be changing in a positive direction in 2012. Please view the Week 1 talks at http://middleway2012.com or read the downloadable transcripts.

    Middleway2012 // 2012-01-02 22:50:35 // //
  • I believe that we are moving toward a recognizable higher reality. The fact that religious practice in America is a clear indication that it no longer satifies the human spirit sufficiently. People now realize that there must be something more going on than what their parents religion taught them. It is inevitable that the human race will evolve into higher beings capable of self healing, love, understanding and compassion. The faith of a grain of mustard seed, in other words, we need to train our minds that the healing power is already inside of us. And we need to carry that understanding consciously during the day, thus allowing it to spread throughout the community. In this way we actually play a role in helping mankind achieve a higher existence. I don`t know if there is going to be an evolutionary leap or not. But I do believe that in time we will be a more spiritual species, and though we may not be able to rush the natural flow of evolution, it is better to be on the right tracks.

    Mark // 2012-01-02 20:17:16 // //
  • When I dream, is it my thoughts that are experiencing the freedom to extend beyond the restrictions of my conscious mind? Is it so difficult to agree that there is a seperate life than that of the physical body and its relation to the physical brain? Are dreams real? Is it possible that every person lives in two (or more) distinct but seperate realities such as a unique world we know as "dreams?" Does everything we experience have to be based on scientific evidence or is there still room to question other possibilities without automatic criticism from people who claim that their way of thinking has to be true for everyone? A brave, New World begins with "not knowing." Because if we did know where the journey will take us, we might change our mind, and not want to go.

    Cheryle Gagnon // 2012-01-02 16:13:13 // //
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    Charms and Crystals UK // 2012-01-02 15:40:35 // //
  • I love reading your posts… they never fail to engender an epiphany in me. As a human who has already made the shift (accelerated by a profound near-death experience 40 years ago), I tend to quickly see the bigger picture, including cause and effect, from science to spirit, in a flash. While reading this blog, I saw the real cause of dementia/Alzheimer`s as the inability or reluctance of a human personality to recognize the dawning of higher consciousness as it is happening. Like kundalini rising, it can be scary to those who are not aware of the signs and symptoms. Instead of a peaceful life review, practicing forgiveness and gratitude, completing one`s "bucket list," letting go of the material world gradually with grace and acceptance, those who are unaware of what`s happening may fall into a deeper and deeper state of depression and confusion about what is real, and shut down as a defense. Instead of reconciling their lives and coming to a peaceful acceptance of the end of their human existence, they revert to childhood behaviors and thinking until their brain cells die off and they can no longer "think." They revert to unconsciousness prior to death instead of enjoying existing in two worlds at the same time, joyfully anticipating the dawning of the Clear Light and returning Home to friends and family. As I enter my 7th decade of education at this University of Life on Earth, I recognize this shift in consciousness in my self as a natural process, not some weird or fearful thing that my ego wants to avoid or fight about. I see education as a deterrent to dementia and I`m so glad we have our dear Deepak to do that!

    TransitionGuide // 2012-01-02 15:15:01 // //
  • @ chainlinks: to leave them in their dignity :) just listen, carefully and know they have their truth hidden deep inside and you already found yours :)

    heartphone // 2012-01-02 15:12:35 // //
  • I loved this article and am excited for part 2! I was in a life threatening car accident about 18 months ago and that experience gave me the opportunity to re-evaluate the direction of my life. Deepak Chopra was one of the first teachers to whom I could really relate with. I frequently find myself engaged in debates with my brother`s wife who is a medical doctor and does not believe in God. I wonder, is there a method that any of you have found about how to have conversations with people who do not believe in spirit about looking beyond the veil, so to speak?

    ChainLinks // 2012-01-02 15:05:42 // //
  • Very helpful article. Stillness, silence, solace, solitude is where true union w/ higher consciousness resides, absent of our self imposed wants, experiences and expectations.

    Jan Gloster // 2012-01-02 14:05:07 // //
  • Our brains are merely receiving, transmitting and switching stations of the greater Mind, the output of which-or perceptions we have-are mediated by our ego, which includes everything that has occurred since birth. This is what Deepak seems to be saying in this article. Correct me if I`m wrong.

    bernadene // 2012-01-02 14:04:33 // //
  • Is there a blog for this specific type of chat? I agree wholeheartedly that we`re moving toward a new zeitgeist or worldview. I am a clinical psychologist. I see many limits to the practices of psychology and psychiatry through diagnostic nomenclature, psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs. These methods are biased toward manipulation of mind and body. The "S-R" (stimulus-response) paradigm from the latter part of the 19th century is still alive and well. Where is the "O" or "organism," or soul/consciousness/individual in all of these methods?! Only meditation, relaxation, cognitive and biofeedback methods, and those like them, seek to put people in touch with their higher selves to solve their problems. Let`s have regular dialogue of this kind.

    Jan // 2012-01-02 14:02:28 // //
  • Is it "dual," "non dual" or simply "being" as a means to higher consciousness? "Being" is releasing all that is outside of pure consciousness. Is it that which is outside pure consciousness the cause of negative thought patterns, human conflict, wars, disease or even aging and death!? Residing within this pure consciousness --or God -- is central to all health and longevity is my way of thinking. The saying, "Let go, let God," has it exactly right. That`s where knowledge and wisdom reside. Science will always be behind God Consciousness because it restricts itself to only that which exists in the physical universe. Consciousness is metaphysical, of course. After all, it`s where science was conceived in the first place.

    Jan // 2012-01-02 13:44:50 // //
  • Thank you Joygal !

    Deepak Chopra // 2012-01-02 13:42:55 // //
  • I don`t even know what to say in response to this article. I am blown away at the timing of it and how it came colliding into my life just now. I was just about to start today`s blog post on my personal review of 2011, about where I was and where I am now. Essentially, I started in the "dualism" mindset in many ways...but through many experiences and revelations from God these past 6 months....my entire previous foundation has been shaken to the ground, burned to a crisp. As I look around at the world I thought I understood just 12 months ago, today I am now seeing a different world. Twelve months ago I believed in the Christian Rapture...now I have no clue that this is really happening. Twelve months ago, I believed the world was departing further and further into hell and away from Judeo-Christian fundamentals...that the world was getting worse. Now, I am not sure...but seem to think that possibly, just possibly the world is becoming better...that the cynics are all really wrong and that the "hippies" might have more to do with Jesus and loving mankind. To me, this is really radical - has obviously shaken my entire being...not just my faith...but my entire "embodied soul". Yet, in the midst of all this...I find much more peace. Why? Because I feel God ripping out the old judgmental gal that used to feel entrapped by the injustices of the world...and is replacing it with grace and peace and most of all freedom. So, thank you so much for writing on this...for I LOVE this concept that the world is changing...and so desire to be part of changing the culture of our time for the better. My desire is to fully integrate the body/mind/heart into everyday life...and then to turn around and teach others to do this. I plan on taking this into my line of work - at the fitness clubs I teach at and hopefully beyond! That is my concept over at Practice Joy (on FB under this title or for now at www.realmamareallife.com where I am journaling my journey from "dualism" to "Non-dual consciousness".) Thank you again and am really looking forward to your continued thoughts and work on this subject! Blessings, the Joy Gal

    theJoygal // 2012-01-02 13:07:05 // //
  • Very interesting Mr. Chopra

    Jose E. Ortega // 2012-01-02 12:55:10 // //
  • Interesting that so much of what is "known" over time becomes the "unknown" and hence makes up the new frontier. Thank you Deepak for keeping the questions alive and for bringing them to the mainstream.

    Sherry Richard // 2012-01-02 12:33:37 // //
  • Happy New Year, dear Deepak! If we would all start from `scratch` again and start to play your game "Leela" we would `heal` the `world` in an instant! Thank you and Harbhajan Sing`s book "Self Designed Universe" that both bring msuch a beautiful vision in the Golden days of Life!

    heartphone // 2012-01-02 05:34:13 // //