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The Universal “I”

The Universal “I”

For every intention, we might well ask, “How would this serve me and how would it serve everybody I come into contact with?” And if the answer is that it will create true joy and fulfillment in me and all those affected by my actions, then my intention, together with surrender to the nonlocal mind, orchestrates its own fulfillment.

There are techniques for discovering the pure and proper intention that is your life’s destiny. The core technique is to start from a place of quiet and settled awareness, to create a proper intention in your heart, and then to let your local “I” merge back into the nonlocal “I,” allowing the will of God to be completed through you. I have taught this technique to many thousands of people and they tell me that it works for them, as it works for me.

Part of the difficulty is forming an intention that doesn’t interfere with the intention of the universal. In developing countries with a food shortage, scientists recently attempted to introduce “golden rice,” a genetically engineered variant that contains natural insecticides so that the rice grows abundantly. But there were problems. The genetically engineered rice doesn’t have natural odors that attract various insects important for maintaining and propagating the food chain. Ecologists fear that this rice might upset the local ecosystem, eventually disrupting the weather, which could have dire consequences for the entire planet.

Constricted or local awareness, looking only at a particular situation, tries to solve it locally. Expanded awareness, the nonlocal “I,” looks at the relationships, the birds, the bees, the squirrels, the groundhogs, and the weather.

A good intention can backfire if the intent of the nonlocal “I” is ignored. The intricate bonds of interconnection require not only selflessness but coordination with all other individual “I”s that stem from the universal “I.”

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

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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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7:58AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

wow--no wonder GMO is a problem!

8:16AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Interesting.

7:43PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

thank you for sharing.

12:01AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

thank you

4:35AM PST on Jan 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:23AM PST on Dec 11, 2010

Thanks for the info.

9:49PM PDT on May 5, 2010

1) Ever wonder why tree paper is so cheap? It's because we are subsidizing the true costs of production by borrowing from our own future and that of our children: imagine a world without trees and you'll realize the full impact, significance, and costs of cheap paper from trees. Hemp, unlike trees, grows to maturity in 6-8 months. There is no need to cut down 100 year old trees to make paper! Not only can hemp provide us with top-quality archival paper that's beautiful & strong and leaves a light footprint on this fragile planet of ours, it can also single-handedly put a stop to Greenhouse Effect, soil erosion, dependence on fertilizers and toxic chemicals, blue baby syndrome, pollution of the air, water, and soil, and so much more!
Hemp can easily replace wood fiber and save forests. Saving natural wildlife habitat as well as producing protection against global warming by absorbing greenhouse gases. Hemps yield is four times what an average forest can yield.
Hemp can be grown organically (it must be certified to the USDA/NOP.) It is naturally resistant to most pests, eliminating the need for pesticides. It grows tightly spaced, out-competing any weeds. It also leaves a weed-free field for the following crop. Because of its unique ability to suppress weeds alone, hemp is an excellent rotation crop, especially in sustainable and organic farming systems.

9:48PM PDT on May 5, 2010

2) Hemp can be used as part of the environmental remediation process to clear impurities out of wastewater, such as sewage effluent, or other areas of land that have been contaminated with toxic chemicals.
The Opportunity
Currently more hemp is exported to the United States than to any other country. There is something quite amiss with that picture. We are importing an incredibly valued renewable resource that at one time in our nation's history it was mandatory that our farmers cultivate, and that and we relied upon for sustenance.
An important step in turning the American economy around will be to support H.R. 1866 the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009" introduced by Representative Ron Paul. This Bill seeks "To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes."
Let's get our American farmers back in the business of hemp, an efficient and economically viable crop. Let's also give businesses the opportunity to expand their Sustainability programs with products using U.S. grown hemp.
Can hemp solve the planets social, economic, and environmental woes? I don't know if any one single crop can do that, I do know that hemp is renewable, fast-growing and could allow the U.S. to reduce our dependence on nonrenewable, constrained resources and move us toward sustainable economic development. GOOGLE HEMP, GO TO WIKIPIDIA

2:54AM PDT on Apr 22, 2010

Interesting!

2:39AM PDT on Mar 26, 2010

Dear Luis: Not one person in this blog or the article itself, is denying anyone anything, but is suggesting caution until better results from tests are in. I suspect this article is referring to the soil bacteria, Bacillus Thuringiensis, a natural insecticide, that is transferred via wind driven pollen grains from some GM crops, to which it has been added, to wild plants and the fear is that, insects will become resistant to Bacillus Thuringiensis which is widely used as a natural pest control, meaning more harmful pesticides to keep super weeds and super bugs in check. The notes of warning from scientists world wide is to do more and better tests on golden rice and other GM crops. In the meantime, the people who are not hungry, have resources to spare, and destroy mountains of food everyday, ARE able to feed those that are hungry and starving if only the will and the motivation were there!

Ultimately Luis debate is a useful tool for open minded people to exchange ideas and facts leading to more informed choices. I appreciate every morsel of information that comes my way. Happy day today for everyone.

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