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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Donna Mitchell
Donna Mitchell3 years ago

intersting thoughts

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago


Nils Lunde

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

Miranda Parkinson

How very true is this! Very!

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider3 years ago

Only too true. Thanks. :-)

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen3 years ago

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

Rosie Jolliffe
Rosie Lopez3 years ago

thank you!

Elsie Hovav
Elsie Hovav3 years ago

The wonders and mysteries of life.

Dot A.
Dot A.3 years ago

- 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,....