See Through Matter

The most important step in gaining the experience of ageless body is to unfreeze the perceptions that have locked you into feelings of isolation, fragmentation, and separateness.

Look at your hand and examine it closely. This is the hand your senses report to you, a material object composed of flesh and blood. In this first exercise we will attempt to “thaw out” your hand and give you a different experience of it beyond the reach of your senses.

Holding the image of your hand in your mind’s eye, imagine that you are examining it through a high-powered microscope whose lens can penetrate the finest fabrics of matter and energy. At the lowest power, you no longer see smooth flesh but a collection of individual cells loosely bound by connective tissue. Moving closer, you can see separate atoms of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and so on, which have no solidity at all–they are vibrating, ghostly shadows revealed through the microscope as patches of light and dark.

You have arrived at the boundary between matter and energy, for the subatomic particles making up each atom–whirling electrons dancing around a nuclear core of protons and neutrons–are not spots and dots of matter. At this level you see that all things you once took to be sold are just energy trails.

Now you start sinking even deeper into quantum space. All light disappears, replaced by yawning chasms of black emptiness. The blackness closes in, and you are in a place where not just matter and energy are gone, but space and time as well.

You have left behind your hand as a space-time event. There is no such thing as “before” or “after” in this region. You are everywhere and nowhere.

Has your hand ceased to exist? No, for in crossing the boundary of the fourth dimension, you didn’t go anywhere; the whole notion of place and time simply doesn’t apply anymore.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2007).

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Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen3 years ago

i'd rather not and save myself from a panic attack, of "like woah" feelings. the mania and overwhelming feelings.

to profound to go when you are the black hole of mysery and nothing.
i am woe and suffering and self loathing.
and bad at writing stories. my one character might be good at this. or made out of a quantom folly of one's journy though a dredfull cycle of experance of existing. to bad he is a ragy fellow who is uncommunitive with me.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Alan M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Its mind over matter - if you don't mind it don't matter.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Well. A black whole is the same thing. it's not a whole, its a mass of pure energy. That absorbs everything..we know this because a black whole spins..only a mass can spin another mass...The other stupid comment someone made on being free and being a rebal is you know how stuff works, you don't need make your own get an is is everything....stupid people people make their own stuff...thats why they have the money...MONEY GROWS ON IDEAS...NOT TREES

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Myriam G.
Myriam G.4 years ago

Energy... and Peace... and thankfulness

Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi4 years ago

thanks for the article

Pollyn L.
Pollyn Chan4 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful insight. Will have to get hold of the book!
Becky, I like your poem, thank you.

Geetha Subramaniam

Thanks for posting.

Sarah n.
m m.4 years ago

This is a great book , one of my favourites, READ IT ALLl!!