A woman with a conscience, having realized a fortune in the clothing business, knew that much of the finery we put on our backs is made under sickening conditions in the Third World, where children work sixteen hour days for pennies. Having seen these conditions firsthand, the woman became a dedicated activist. “I canít understand why everyone isnít outraged by whatís going on.”
In this case, the woman with a conscience thought that the highest form of spirituality was humanitarianism; to her way of thinking you arenít really spiritual unless you help the poor fight injustice and inequality.
I met her opposite in a man who performs healing at a distance. “Changes are about to happen on the astral plane,” he said. “Science has been in power on the material plane, but thereís going to be a turnaround in 2012–Iíve been told this by my spirit guides. From that year on, science will decline, destroyed by its own excesses. Then spirit will return to the planet.” Instead of a passionate humanitarianism, this man advocated detachment and withdrawing from the material world.
I agreed with both the woman and the man. What they represented was a secret: Each of us lives in multidimensions. When I speak of other dimensions, Iím referring to domains of consciousness. Consciousness is the maker of reality. We can choose where to focus our attention, and wherever that focus goes, a new reality opens up.
Even though they disagreed with each other, both of these people were trying to solve the same problem, which is how to be spiritual despite the demands of materialism. The answers they found are both viable, without either one being the answer.
Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).