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Die to the Old Every Day

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).

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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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2:44AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thank you :)

4:20AM PDT on May 7, 2013


4:58AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

thanks for sharing

7:11PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

"Once you label me you negate me".
Soren Kierkegaard

7:51AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Jesus say it You must born again! It isn't new!

8:29PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

very tought provoking, thx

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1:25PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

love it thank you!!!

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