Which Reality Is Real?

Your task is to make wholeness more real in your life. As long as you remain on the level where change is dominant, there is no possibility of truly becoming new.

Duality maintains its operating system from moment to moment, and as long as you are plugged into it, that system seems real, workable, reliable, and self-validating.

The other operating system, the one based on wholeness, works far better than the system you are used to. Wholeness is also real, workable, reliable, and self-validating.

Wholeness is safe; duality isn’t. Protection from external threats is permanent when there are no externals but only yourself unfolding in two worlds, inner and outer, that completely mesh.

A skeptic will protest that this new operating system is only a matter of perception, and that just seeing yourself as the creator of your reality doesn’t mean you are. But it does. Reality shifts as you do, and when you change your perception of being separate, the one reality responds by shifting with you.

The reason everyone doesn’t notice this is that the ego-based world with all its demands, pressures, drama, and excesses is highly addictive, and like any addiction it needs a daily fix as well as denial that there is any way out.

By giving your allegiance to the one reality instead, you won’t end the addiction immediately, but you will begin to starve it. Your ego and personality, which give you limited awareness of who you are, will be put on notice that clinging and grasping must come to an end.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

LM Sunshine

thank you for sharing and interesting comments.

William K.
William K.3 years ago

Classic dualism posits that the mind is separate from physical reality. Much of the classic religions are steeped in dualism. This is contrasted with physical materialism in which the qualia that we experience are inseparable from the physical body.

Now, there many directions in which the philosophy can go in a non-dualistic mode of thought. At one extreme, we have solipsism, which states that there is no reality beyond that which is in our (individual) minds. There is nothing but the self.

Another view is put forward by Alan Watts, who argues that there is essentially no separation between an individual's mind and the physical world which it perceives. You are aware you (your self) and you perceive the world around you. That world is not separate from you, it IS you. As are all the other people in it. I think that it is in this vein that this article speaks. This strain of philosophy, in which your actions in the world are actions on your self (not externalized objects) should really give one pause about how they comport themselves in the world. It should cause one to reflect on their own actions, but should also open one's eyes to a wider world of possibilities.

Here is a bit enjoyment presenting the ideas of Alan Watts.

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Maybe reality is non-existent... except between our ears!

Jane H.
Jane H.4 years ago

Didn't quite understand this.

Uma Chernoff
Judith Shafer4 years ago

Nothing with describable attributes is permanent,all that is nameable is subject to change.Only the indescribable first cause is changeless all Creation proceeding from it. If there could really be such a thing as stagnation the entire creation would collapse. Transience only is the source of pain when there is attachment to form. Consciousness is the permanent part of creation. At the root of all that is, when asking one's self the one important question "who am I?" and all the what's disappear; all that remains ,permanent, indestructable, changeless , is the awareness of being and bliss.Instead of higher and lower meaning up and down in space they refere to speed of vibration, the gross material is always proceeding from the subtle not the other way around. Instead of upper and lower imagine that like a set of Russian dolls it's all in one form with the fastest vibrating (highest) being the core. The entire being and world are present at once in the totality, the experience is different in each level, awareness varying according to attention but we are in all of them at once . This plane is one of the slower moving outward ones and it's dualisim is an aspect of our experience seemingly taking place in a line between birth and death. When at birth we sink our entire attention into it and at death remove ourself we still exist in all the levels.All the worlds are "real"; we can in full awareness multitask intradimensionally rather than "either/or" limitation. Purrs !

Carolina Amena
Carolina Amena4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!!!!

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

It appears that a few readers have taken issue with this excerpt from "The Book of Secrets". Perhaps if it were to be read within the context of the book, it would read more easily.
I also found it fairly confusing viz. "As long as you remain on the level where change is dominant, there is no possibility of truly becoming new."
Blame it on my Mom who brought me up with the reminder that "there's nothing as permenent of change."