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Experience the Unknown, the Very Essence of Life

Experience the Unknown, the Very Essence of Life

The present contains the fullness of the world and the fullness of spirit at the same time. But the present is elusive. We all lead our lives by remembering the past and anticipating the future. Therefore, the real and unreal are inexorably blended. They are so entangled, in fact, that the present must be retrieved piecemeal; you cannot leap into it all at once.

The only way to retrieve the present is to clear out the past, which means whatever is routine, dull, knowing, calculated, anxious, and traumatic. You cannot manufacture innocence, for example, but by removing its opposite, knowingness, you leave space so that innocence can express itself once more.

Right now, the present moment is full for you, but in an unreal way. It is full of memories, expectations, projected beliefs, and past conditioning. The present moment could be full in a different, far more real way. You must challenge yourself to move from the unreal to the real.

When confronted with someone you think you know very well, whose behavior is predictable, don’t react at first. Leave a place for something new in your perception of this person. Ask a new kind of question, agree where you would normally disagree, without judgment, and see what happens. The same process can be applied to every other quality of the present moment. Distance yourself from past expectations, and in that way something unexpected can emerge.


Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).

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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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2:42AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thank you :)

2:22PM PDT on May 11, 2013

Quite so! thanks

10:25AM PDT on May 10, 2013


5:08PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013


3:13PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Clear the mind. Be the now.

1:13AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thank you for the article.

10:03AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

This is why children are such a gift to us, such teachers, because they live in the present. It is also life-affirming to know that we were all once kids who also lived in the present, and somehow lost that beautiful way of being along the way. It gives you hope that you can reach back and touch a memory, and maybe spark the same joyful sensibility again, even if just for a moment.

8:45PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012


3:28PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Easy way to make things work better. Thank you!

3:53AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012


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