In a living universe, we do not have to answer any questions about who the creator is. At various times, religions have named a single god, multiple gods and goddesses, an invisible life force, a cosmic mind, and in the current religion of physics, a blind game of chance.
Choose any or all of these because whatís far more crucial about genius is you. Can you see yourself as the point around which everything is now revolving?
Look around and try to view your whole situation. From the viewpoint of a limited self, you cannot be the center of the cosmos. But thatís because you are looking at karma. Your attention is going to bits and pieces of your situation Ė a current relationship, events at work, finances, perhaps tossing in a vague concern with some political crisis or the state of the stock market.
No matter how many of these ingredients you try to comprehend, you arenít seeing your whole situation. From the perspective of wholeness, the universe is thinking about you. Its thoughts are invisible, but they eventually manifest as tendencies and sometimes your attention feels the larger design at work because every life has inescapable turning points, opportunities, epiphanies, and breakthroughs.
To you, a thought is an image or idea floating through your mind. To the universe Ė and here we mean the universal intelligence that permeates the swarm of galaxies, black holes, and interstellar dust Ė a thought is a step in evolution. Itís a creative act. To truly live at the center of the one reality, evolution must become of primary interest to you.
The noncritical events in your life already run themselves. Think of your body, which operates with two separate types of nervous system. The involuntary nervous system is automatic. The other, voluntary nervous system relates to will, or volition, and this system carries out desires.
The universe reflects the same division. On one level, natural forces need no assistance from us to keep everything regulated so life can be sustained. Ecology is self-balancing. The second half of the universeís nervous system revolves around desire. When your brain carries out a desire, the universe is carrying it out at the same time.
Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).