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Grace as a Way to God

Grace as a Way to God

Grace offers constant support in everyday life. Grace adapts itself to each person. We make our choices, some of which are good for us, some bad, and then grace shapes the results. To express this another way, each of us does things that have unexpected consequences. Our foresight is limited; therefore our actions are always subject to blindness about what will happen next.

God is inescapable and constant. Sometimes he is felt with ecstasy, but just as often there can be pain, anguish, and confusion. This mixture of feelings reminds us that two entities are coming into conjunction. One is spirit, the other is body.

The body can perceive spirit only through the nervous system. As the intensity of God increases, the nervous system is overwhelmed by it. There is no choice but to adapt, yet adaptation can cause sensations of intense burning, tremors, blackouts, and fainting, along with fear and semipsychotic states. God’s presence overcomes the most intense conditions of pain and suffering.

There is no way to tell whether we are actually doing anything through our own will. An Indian master was once asked, ”When we strive to reach higher states of consciousness, are we really doing anything or is it just happening to us?” “It could be seen either way,” he replied. “You are doing your part, but the real motivation comes from outside you. If you wanted to be strictly accurate, it is all happening to you.”

Whether operating on the level of a saint or a criminal, grace is the ingredient that saves karma from being heartlessly mechanical. Grace is thus linked to free will.

Grace can take the form of a simple thought, or it can be an overwhelming transformation. In either case, the impulse to move toward spirit is the result of grace.

Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).

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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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7:35AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

TY

5:25AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

thanks

10:51PM PST on Dec 5, 2012

When Mankind fell - He sent His Son - Grace.

9:51AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:58AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

worth contemplating

1:08AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

That is a wonderful reminder about the presence of grace in our lives.....

7:57AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Amazing and I agree about grace. It happens to you. You ask for grace and knowledge and direction and if you are lucky or blessed the grace is given to you.
Mary

4:51PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Thanks!

9:07AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. . .


8:46AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Thankyou.

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