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The Vision That Already Unites Us

The Vision That Already Unites Us

Do you want to see the oceans free of pollution? Do you think America should lead the Third World to achieve sustainable economies? Do you defend freedom of religion and an end to religious fanaticism in all its forms? Do you want full equality of rights for immigrants? Do you want to see an end to all nuclear stockpiles? Do you want to see America become less militarized? Do you want to see an alternative to fossil fuels developed as quickly as possible? Do you believe in the equality of women in every society?

Decades of striving may lie ahead before these goals become reality, but as accepted beliefs they are already alive and vital. Millions of people who have no identification with the New Age, who have never marched in a demonstration for equal rights or against corporate pollution, who regard themselves as centrists in social policy, are in fact part of a majority waiting to recognize itself.

The way of peace includes all these objectives, since each one falls under the category of service for the common good, a shift in self-image to a higher level, or erasing differences to bring about a new human community.

People feel timid about stepping out from the crowd and being labeled as different, and thereís a dread of being isolated when you cannot find others who believe as you do.

Set your timidity aside for a moment and realize something thatís surprising but true. Materialistic obstacles are beside the point. They exist at a level that may be convincing in appearance but has little effect on our hearts and our deepest desires. You are potentially more powerful than any weapon. I realize that this is a great leap for people to take.

The secret strength of peace is precisely that it isnít materialistic. If you commit yourself to having even a fraction of extra confidence in the future, you will stop feeling weak and alone.

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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11:35PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Peace. Thanks for Sharing.

3:05AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Deepak Chopra, you are SO right on......The way of peace includes all these objectives, since each one falls under the category of service for the common good, a shift in self-image to a higher level, or erasing differences to bring about a new human community

In this new community we will all have learned to receive to share. We each have something to give. We each want to receive. Creator made us a vessel IT wanted to fill with infinite delight. But, as being sparks of Creator, we aren't happy with just receiving no matter how many millions of dollars or level of power we may achieve. We want to be like Creator and bestow. We want to be the giver. Yet, many of us have not yet realized....the joy is in the sharing.

2:59AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Happiness, joy, peace comes when we say "No" to a demanding ego and stop wanting to receive for self alone.

Our lesson, at this time in our evolution, is to learn to receive to share. Then there will be plenty of all the good things for humans and others.

The G-D in us is primarily a giver.....at cause.....bestowing to others.

To receive to bestow is a great secret of higher living.

And we can and we do this giving to bestow on others, animal and human, right here on Care2. That's what we're all about. We give to the all without demanding for the self. Truth is, we are a vital part of the ALL.

6:38AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Yes! We can!

7:25PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thank You!

7:30PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

I think most people want peace, but some will always want to start conflicts. They just can't stand for others to think differently. And they seem incapable of understanding that their personal opinions do not always depict an accurrate assesment. To hope for a mostly peaceful future requires looking foreward into the unknown, instead of backward at what you think is and has been.
Some of us have visions and solutions and we will keep moveing foreward.

10:31AM PST on Nov 27, 2011

I sure am with you on this one, Deepak!

1:34PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

What a fantastic message! I love the idea of a Human Community. Not a community of nations, of religions, of races, or any other petty thing that we sometimes allow to separate us. Once we set aside our petty differences we can unite in a way that has never before happened in human history and create an incredible future beyond our most beautiful, peaceful, and joyous dreams.

12:40AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Well, to end religious fanaticism, religions will have to end, because they are all fanatics. When people kill each other in the name of fairy "gods" and dusty old history books, that's nuts and that's "fanatic". Children shouldn't believe in Santa Claus past nine and neither should adults. There is absolutely NO proof of any "gods" whatsoever, they were all made up thousands of years ago to explain natural disasters. It was also a good way to control women and a good excuse to steal other peoples' land. That people still cling to these outdated "religions" is backward and superstitious. And pollution will never get under control if Republicans take over our government. And BIG OIL runs our government right now so I don't see America going green any time soon as long as they are in POWER. Us little people can dream of pie in the sky all we want and it won't make one bit of difference. The people who run our government and the people in POWER are going to be our future because they do whatever THEY want. THEY have all the MONEY and we don't. So I'm watching THEM to see what they're gonna do.

8:05PM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Ahhhh, Steve R: looks like you're having a badddd day.....hope you feel better soon. There's nothing wrong in having visions of good things, not bad....maybe, just maybe we CAN change things for the better.....like give peace a chance.....maybe some of the bad guys will hear it some day.

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