How To Be Spiritual?

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).

78 comments

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Luna Doula
Luna D.3 years ago

True. Our experience depends a great deal on where/how we hold our consciousness. The lovely underlying implication is that we can choose. We can be in the consciousness of fear/judgment/punishment like Robert D. or in the consciousness of compassion/connectedness/care, like Lorin S. Though both might lead to similar actions, I suspect that the experiences and outcomes are quite different.

Ariana Dapra
Ari D.4 years ago

I know many people whose spirit guides have also told them about a turn around in 2012, and I simply can't wait! Spirituality is our true human nature, and we have lost touch with that. I think it is about time that we come together on this planet and use our spirituality to take care of those in need, ourselves, and the Divine. Things on this Earth have gotten very bad, violent, and inhumane recently. I see this as us nearing a tipping point, once we go over, spirituality and love will lift us up. Then peace emerge.

Bente S.
Bente S.5 years ago

Hehe, really Chopra...!

Robert Dean
Robert Dean5 years ago

After studying the Bible for the last four years one thing is clear we must confess we are sinners, and repent( to turn away from sin). The Bible says we are stewards of the planet and we should look after it, unfortunately, that isn't the case. Each one of us is blinded by our selfish greed we think only of ourselves instead of others less fortunate. God created us and this planet and when we realize this only then will we respect what he has so generously given us. Since coming to Christ I can finally see the truth he has opened my eyes he has changed me and he can do the same for you. I see where this world is heading and it saddens me, I wish people saw the error of their ways. Let Jesus into your life and you will he will open your eyes as well.

Lorin S.
Lorin S.5 years ago

As usual, I don't really understand what Dr. Chopra is talking about but something inside me likes it anyway and I'm grateful for the article.

Just to add to the discussion: I believe that care and attention to life are a high form of spirituality. I've heard it said that in this age, the opposite of morality is not immorality but carelessness, sleepwalking through life. I try to care about the people and projects that fill my days. I'm not sure if this is "living in multidimensions," but it seems spiritual somehow.

Vanessa M.
Vanessa Mitchell6 years ago

People see what you do.....God knows why you do it

Hanan W.
Hanan W.6 years ago

A simple reality...that's much appreciated!

Ellinor S.
Ellinor S.6 years ago

thank you