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Are You Learning to Listen?

Are You Learning to Listen?

There are no accidents, despite what you believe. There is only cause and effect, and when the cause is far away in time, the effect returns after you have forgotten it. But be sure that everything that befalls you, good or bad, is the result of some action in the past.

These mishaps are like an echo. If I shouted yesterday and the echo waited until today to come back, I might have forgotten all about it. Then how am I learning to prevent theses delayed reactions, if Iíve already forgotten about them? By being more alert.

Actions return to us over and over from different directions. So many kinds of cause and effect are working all around us that one must be very alert to see them. Nothing is random in the universe. Your past actions are not returning to punish you but to catch your attention. They are like clues.

You are not who you think you are. You live in many layers of reality. One of these we shall call spirit. Imagine that you do not know yourself as spirit but that your spirit knows you. What would be more natural than it should call to you? The clues that fall out of the sky are messages from spirit, but you must be alert to catch them.

Spirit is difficult to heed. If you are getting better and better at avoiding disaster, you are learning to listen.

Adapted from The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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6:13AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Listening is the start of communicating

9:24AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

what goes around, comes around???

9:24AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

what goes around, comes around???

4:25AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Thanks for the article.

8:40AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Grazie.

8:40AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Grazie.

12:01PM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Thank you.

12:00PM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Thank you.

4:40AM PST on Feb 3, 2011

Thanks for the info.

4:09PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

always something to learn from you and Deepak;)

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