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In Spirit of Hope

In Spirit of Hope

What do you do in a hopeless situation? How can hope come to your aid once again? The way of peace has to answer these questions.

Hope is emotionally necessary in a crisis. Itís one of the chief ways our minds protect us. Yet hope has a hard time being felt when every disaster is instantly communicated around the world. And hope is rarely pure. It is always mixed in the angled hierarchy with other emotions, including those opposed to hope, such as despair, fear, anger, and vengeance.

Because of this tangle, hope has often been a cloak for violence. How many times have we heard politicians, on the eve of war, seize the microphone to express how fervently they hope for peace? One must pay lip service to hope even when an enemy is being driven into hopelessness and crushed without mercy. Violence especially needs to be treated with hope because at bottom a violent person is hopeless.

When hope serves as a means to reach deeper into yourself than anyone could predict, or than anyone believes possible, it is a spiritual force.

There are certain hallmarks of remarkable recoveries: The person is without fear; there is belief in an extraordinary outcome; the search for a cure doesnít depend on outside opinions; often there is an unshakable certainty that a cure will be found. These same qualities apply to any situation that is considered hopeless by the majority of observers. To rekindle hope, one must find a path to the extraordinary.

The trick is not to despair, and yet since we despair so quickly in our current condition, avoiding despair can only happen by going deeper into the spiritual value of hope. This requires a shift in oneself.

Adapted from: Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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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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5:18AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

This is how we can keep going even in the hardest time

10:01AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

worth remembering

4:05AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

hope keep lives go on. thanks for sharing.


10:24PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

I've dealt with varying degrees of depression since childhood,and along with medication,I think a tiny bit of hope somewhere in me is why I'm still alive.Don't know where the hope comes from,I guess it's just a natural part of me.Along with the depression.Screwy,isn't it?

9:07PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

hope keep lives go on. thanks for sharing.

12:42AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Whilst being very pragmatic and told so often lol, I also look ahead and move on and compare my plight to those worse off and am ever hopeful. I'm often asked how I can be so hopeful and I can't respond, it even annoys me sometimes!

Is it genetics? Is it the spirit within? I'm not sure and yet I know for certain that there is always hope.

I'm supposedly getting to the end of the disease I was born with and whilst I know it isn't true others I advise (newly diagnosed) based on my experience, are enveloped by despair often. I stopped listening to tales of doom about my outcome when I was 10 years old and I've lived an outrageous life according to 'experts' and have had an absolute ball.. It's a mystery to me this hope thing, it really is.

10:38PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

thanx for the post.

Hope is what keeps us holding on
And keeps the fire of our inner spirit, inner strength strong

10:25PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Interesting. Thanks.

8:35PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Thanks for posting.

5:54PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Shift...shift...c'mon shift damn it. Sigh...I'll keep trying....

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