Die to the Old Every Day
If being born again is a process, you can contribute to it every day. In fact, this is the only viable way to creatively shape the spiritual path so that it belongs to you personally.
Right now, you accept a fixed set of labels that define you. These include your name, age, family, occupation, and social status. However, none of these labels is the true you; they distract from the reality that you are spirit embodied in flesh.
If you wanted to, you could redefine yourself every day. As the fixed self gives way to a dynamic, fluid self that is open to the unknown, freedom dawns. In that freedom, you go beyond death by discovering that you encompass life and death in a state of pure Being.
Write down the most basic labels that apply to you: name, age gender, education level, occupation. Taking one at a time, consider how each label defines you. For example: Your name specifies the identity of a person with a certain family background, it locates you in time and space, it isolates you from others, and it becomes part of your self-image.
You are attached, to varying degrees, to all these threads of identity. Now consider whether these connections must apply. As you ask yourself the basic questions, you can begin to free yourself from the threads of attachment that keep you from begin “born from above.”
Now you can take steps to redefine yourself. Until you go through the process of detaching yourself from old definitions, you cannot confront the unknown. Spiritual experience is unfiltered; it comes directly and spontaneously.
Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).