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Emergent Spiritual Properties

Emergent Spiritual Properties

The key to true transformation is that nature doesnít move forward in step-by-step movements. It takes quantum leaps all the time, and when it does, old ingredients arenít simply recombined. Something new appears in creation for the first time, an emergent property.

The wetness of water is a perfect example of an emergent property. In a universe without water, wetness canít be derived by shuffling around properties that already exist. Shuffling only produces change; it isnít sufficient for transformation. Wetness had to emerge as something completely new in creation.

Every chemical bond produces an emergent property. Your body, which is bonding millions of molecules every second, depends on transformation. Breathing and digestion, to mention just two processes, depends on transformation. Air entering your lungs combines in thousands of ways to produce cells that have never existed before in just the way they exist in you.

The sugar extracted from an orange travels to the brain and fuels your thought. The emergent property in this case is the newness of the thought: No molecules in the history of the universe ever combined to produce that result.

If transformation is the norm, then spiritual transformation falls into place as an extension of where life has been going all along. While still remaining who you are, you can bring about a quantum leap in your awareness, and the sign that that leap is real will be some emergent property you never experienced in the past.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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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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4:18PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

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4:12PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Thanks for the info

5:04PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Interesting. Thanks!

5:12AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:11AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

I think that transformational changes are only observed in retrospect. While we are transforming, in relation to ways we define and experience ourselves, we are totally involved in the motion of it.Then when that level of transformation considers itself complete we notice those incremental gains. All the minute steps in the process that make the whole level aren't observed because our attention must be focused outward so we don't tie ourselves up. A good example of these transformations are the great ones that encompass the life stages. Infant becomes toddler becomes young child, becomes adolescent, becomes adult, becomes old ; only looking back we wonder when exactly these changes took place.

4:52PM PST on Jan 5, 2011


7:33PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Noted with thanks!

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4:52PM PST on Dec 29, 2010

no squantum quantum
be happy

from itsy bitsy
outwardly forever

quantum love
from beginning to the conclusion

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