Being in the Dharma

If you look carefully at the critical turning points in your life, you’ll see how closely you were paying attention to your spiritual evolution:

• You were ready to move forward. The experience of your old reality was worn out and ready for change.
• You were ready to pay attention. When the opportunity arrived, you noticed it and took the necessary leap.
• The environment supported you. When you moved forward, events fell into place to ensure that you didn’t backslide.
• You felt more expanded and free in your new place.
• You saw yourself as in some way a new person.

This set of circumstances, both inner and outer, is what Dharma provides. Which is to say that when you feel ready to move forward, reality shifts to show you how. And when you aren’t ready to move forward? Then there is the backup system which moves you forward by repeating those tendencies that are embedded in you from the past.
When you find yourself stuck and unable to make any progress at all, the following circumstances usually apply:

• You aren’t ready to move.
• You aren’t paying attention.
• The environment won’t support you.
• You feel threatened by the expansion you would have to make.
• You keep seeing yourself as the old person who adapted to an old situation.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2004).

25 comments

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Thanks.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

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Ajla C.
Past Member 4 years ago

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Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for this article.

Krista R.
krista b.5 years ago

as usual-great info. i can completely see these patterns in my life.

Gaby D.
Gaby D.5 years ago

Goodmorning Deepak...thank you for this post!
I had a little chuckle as I read this post: "This set of circumstances, both inner and outer, is what Dharma provides. Which is to say that when you feel ready to move forward, reality shifts to show you how. And when you aren’t ready to move forward? Then there is the backup system which moves you forward by repeating those tendencies that are embedded in you from the past"
The 'fun' part is that when you are ready to move forward...but don't know how...reality shifts to show you how. Well.......there is truth in that most definitely, yet.....the shift in reality may feel pretty uncomfortable at first - and for a bit you still don't know how. It's not all roses!

Indeed, looking back over my life this has been true....especially the part where you somehow see yourself as a 'new' person. In those crucial turning points of my life....there was a redefinition of my 'self'. Liberating me in some way of 'old stuff'. Now.....as I am writing this that those 'turning points' didn't so much change who I am.....cause that is in essence the same.....deep down inside....I always felt the way I do now....nothing changes...yet what has changed is how openly I am willing to 'be myself'. To let my 'truth and true self and beliefs' be heard. No matter what the 'world' may think....to thy own self be true! This is why I love Care2 and Soular Energy it strengthens me and it's so good to be with kindred spirits.
Namaste.

Sarah n.
m G.5 years ago

Sandra these are just points to explain why you can't move forward. Don't use them as an excuse not to move forward. Also, you could try and find a supportive environment. If not then move forward on your own, no excuse...good luck.

thank you again Deepak. This is appropriate for me at this time.

Kathy K.
Kathy K.5 years ago

Thanks.

Sandra L.
Sandra L.5 years ago

What if the environment never seems to support you? What do you do then? What if you're more than ready to move on, but can't get the environment to support that move?