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Moving from One Level of Reality to Another

Moving from One Level of Reality to Another

There are no guidelines for “normal” experiences of a higher Self.

The image we have of saints suddenly pierced by a shaft of divine light is far too simple; even the greatest spiritual attainments take place within the limits of daily mental life, with its doubts, fears, hopes, and denials. What people need is the same encouraging attention that parents give to a wobbly toddler.

Sadly, our society is bereft in this area, and each of us has to row alone to the foreign shore that is beckoning us across the waters. But what is even more disturbing is that the growing pains of self-awareness might get mistaken for the goal. We make this mistake, our self-doubt echoing a culture that feels profoundly suspicious of spiritual experiences.

I am not just meaning the accusations of insanity that surround anyone who breaks out of the normal ways of thinking, seeing, and behaving–that problem exists in all cultures, unfortunately.

The deeper worry is that our society is so fearful of the Self that we equate it with death and dissolution. When Freud was confronted with the fact that every psyche has a hidden longing for unboundedness, he coined the phrase “death wish” or “Nirvana instinct”–the two were more or less the same in his eyes.

Nirvana is not death, however. It is a Sanskrit word for Being, the primary state of the Self. By and large, psychiatry still ignores this clarification, and the fear persists that total self-awareness is a kind of annihilation. Many, perhaps most, psychiatrists might agree that life’s dilemmas have no solution, only they would not preface their opinion with the words “of course.”


Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).

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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 PDT on Oct 14, 2012

intersting thoughts

8:14AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012


4:31AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Very very true............

10:59PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

How very true is this! Very!

7:55PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Only too true. Thanks. :-)

1:13PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012


6:33AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

could this ever give motion sickness to another? i wonder about that

10:54AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

thank you!

10:11AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

The wonders and mysteries of life.

10:01AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

- con't -
Opening up our reality to the larger life, the sustainer, the source, the carrier, the mover, the re-newer, the healer, the conceiver, the -> whatever is the 'key' of your 'Presence' - then we grasp the continuance of all that we are, in the indefinable journey we take, from one instant to the next instant, and from this Miracle moment - > beyond.
We are social beings, and we like to be with others who are caring. So, we share our thoughts and feelings so as to journey together, to share our joys and our frustrations, as we move forward in this Magnificent Miracle.
being,.... it is a good thing, it is the good news,....

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