Are You a Result of Your Own Projection?

Vedic rishis said that projection is the mechanism by which consciousness created reality. We are all familiar with this because the movie business depends entirely on projection. A star is an actor who has crossed the dividing line between reality and projection.

Our entire culture has been built upon projection, and at this moment you and I are continuing the process. Projection creates meaning. By themselves, events are meaningless until we give them value.

While we are creating in the material world, we are affecting every level of consciousness and therefore every level of creation. Meaning is never isolated. For instance, angels exist because they have been projected in consciousness.

Projection can get complicated. A society that feels endangered can project wild fantasies. Muslim fundamentalists project a West that is corrupt, unholy, and decadent, while Christian fundamentalists project an Islam that is barbaric, fanatical, and godless in return.

Projection is “successful” when we no longer can see reality but have created a false version based on fear, hostility, anxiety, or insecurity–any negative emotion for which we refuse to take responsibility. Projection can also be positive, as it is when a smitten lover sees perfection in the object of his love, although to friends and family the beloved remains an ordinary creature of flesh and blood.


Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).


Penny B.
.4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

Influential political and religeous leaders really do the world a disservice in projecting all their fear and racism. They are truly irresponsible !

I find it difficult to understand why people don't query the validity of what is being said (or shouted) in their presence.

Miranda Parkinson

Best have a healthy, balanced projection!

Michael Wecke
Michael Wecke4 years ago

Difficult to remain focused though - and not project!

Lin M
Lin M4 years ago

We should project truth but everyone seems to have their own......

Dot A.
Dot A.4 years ago

Which came first?:
the chicken?
the egg?
the hologram of projections
puts it all together
no chicken without an egg
no egg without a chicken
projection projecting projection
-> a wholly project
sometimes i just like to take the light side and smile awhile,....

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Gaby D.
Gaby D.4 years ago


Oh boy, I can't even find the words - I noticed that in 2008 there must have been an entire discussion yet it is not all there today....perhaps that would have helped me find some answers.

Deepak thank you for being so timely ....once again, it makes one wonder ....did i project you writing that article? or Care2 re-posting it? Pheww....chuckle.:-))) Namaste.

Gaby D.
Gaby D.4 years ago

Hellooo goodmorning Deepak, well did it again! The very weekend that I print out the Advaita Vedanta for beginners...., after reading a little bookie titled Enlightenment by Paul Smit, you post an article that goes to the exact question that I struggle with.
For years now, I've been reading and living according to my 'current beliefs' and Advaita Vedanta, non-dualism - is where I am headed or actually am already.

Yet, I struggle to reconcile a few very basic concepts - rationally I could follow, yet emotionally...I am not sure. It is the same question that bothers me in any 'religious / philosophical concept': I am fortunate to have been born in a relatively rich country - so that I - actually have the time to contemplate, and wonder. Whereas many people go to sleep hungry wondering whether the next day will bring them a bit of food? A roof over their head even? Clothes? Medicine for their children - of course, you understand that I struggle with the concept of their projecting this life in apparent misery? It makes you wonder about free will? Do we have free will? Or are we merely being projected? Do we have any responsibility?
I understand that the ego is the I- maker......I can accept that. I understand that it is consciousness that underlies everything - and that wants to experience all that is (projected).

Oh boy, I can't even find the words - I noticed that in 2008 there must have been an entire discussion yet it is not all there....perhaps that would

Leena K.
Leena K.4 years ago

not really.