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How To Be Spiritual?

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 can’t understand why everyone isn’t outraged by what’s 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 aren’t 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 there’s going to be a turnaround in 2012–I’ve 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, I’m 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).

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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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1:34AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:38PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:52PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

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.

12:31PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

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.

7:55AM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

Hehe, really Chopra...!

5:01PM PDT on May 31, 2010

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.

9:02PM PDT on May 30, 2010

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.

2:27PM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

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

9:41AM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

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

8:45AM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

thank you

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