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Do You Mistake the Imaginary for the Real?

Do You Mistake the Imaginary for the Real?

Any ability to command nature is called a siddhi in Sanskrit. The word means “power,” and it refers to powers that have been perfected in consciousness.

Healing the sick is a siddhi, and like the supernatural feats that yogis are supposed to be able to perform – flying through the air, turning invisible, reading the past and future – the key to mastery is a shift in awareness. A person suddenly knows how to do something impossible, as simply and easily as I know how to life my arm.

A shift in awareness does not require force. A person who has achieved the level of consciousness where siddhis are natural can breathe change into things as softly as you or I wish and dream, using no more energy than it takes to stir a thought.

If I see a tree in my dreams, I can jump over it or make it turn blue or fly over it into the sky. What gives me such powers is the dream state. If I had no other state of awareness to compare it to, the dream state would constitute the only reality I know and accept as valid.

On waking up, I find that I cannot jump over a tree anymore, but why not? According to the rishis, what holds me back is not the tree but the arrival of waking-state consciousness. It has propelled me into a world that obeys different laws of nature.

As long as you are in your dream, the tree seems to be outside you, just as it is in a waking state. In truth, what you take to be the only ‘real’ tree should be called a waking-state tree. If you cannot jump over it, perhaps you need to wake up from waking. Then you would discover that this tree, too, was in your head.

This is how reality appears from a higher state of consciousness. The siddhis are an essential part of reaching such a state, a stepping-stone.

Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).

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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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2:57AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

sometimes but the reality is never as good as the imaginery

1:58AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

thank you

7:24AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

I agree with Kate. Huh !!!!

5:20PM PST on Jan 15, 2013

eeerrr, ummm... huh? Maybe I'm just tired right now and am slow to comprehend...but thanks for info

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6:52AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

I hope not, but I have a very vivid imagination and I like imagining things.

6:39AM PST on Jan 15, 2013


11:26PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Fascinating and intriguing.

9:27PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

yeah ..whatever

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Very inspiring :) I think we should be preset in this moment. We should be right here and right now.…

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