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Your Inner God

Your Inner God

An illness is a localized form of unease (as the term “disease” implies), and it is not surprising to find that for many people, a much broader unease underlies it. I try to reveal this very general unease, just enough so that they are not entirely caught up in the narrow boundaries of their symptoms.

It would be foolhardy and cruel to explore a patient’s defenses simply to expose them. These boundaries exist for good reason: the person is trying to salvage shreds of happiness by isolating himself from areas of distress. This is what I mean by saying that we choose to control our unhappiness instead of letting it go.

If, like a cat, we could wipe clean the slate of our memory, then living with guilt, shame, disappointment, and self-recrimination might not be inevitable. As nature made us, however, we turn our distress into ourselves, just as we turn food into ourselves. What can we do but try to devise the best defenses we can?

Each of us is a walking universe. Our inner space spans huge distances, with unreachable horizons in all directions. We contain black holes of lost memory and white holes of erupting joy. A mysterious center of gravity keeps all our mental processes in delicate balance. To change this vast, intricate, ever-evolving system, you must know how to overturn worlds.

The only person who can do that is the god who presides over this inner cosmos. If a person can gain the insight that he is that god, by thinking, feeling, and acting, he is altering the universe that is himself. If a person can gain that insight, even in a brief glimpse, anything in his life can change.

Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).

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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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5:12AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

To each his own inner God.

12:46PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

The article is great but Uma, your comments stir the souls knowledge of self. I believe we choose before each incarnation, into which circumstances we will be born, to continue to learn all that MUST be learned to be our true GOD selves.
Peace, Love and Light :)

1:16PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Conscience is the inner God, telling what to be.

2:53AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Thanks, that was thought-provoking - both the article and the comments...

4:39AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

thanks!

4:56AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

thanks for sharing.

12:55PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

thank you!!

7:16AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

This hits the nail on the head. I'm just worried that people unfamiliar with the concepts might get frightened and turn away. It's easy to understand for those with experience / insights, but not for others.

Deepak, is there any chance you could post a follow-on with tips for the unfortunately very large 'other' field?

6:19AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Me too Zee, I suppose I'm God Drunk and I always have been. It's a permanent part of my nature. I came to this plane to learn and grow and serve like everyone else here. I have chosen materialization for it's pleasures as well as it's lessons and though I am aware of the source, the Great Mystery, the unknowable undefinable first cause, the only permanence there is; I love the dance, the play, the hide and seek game of Divinity the experience of life form and growth. This is only illusion because of impermanence it doesn't discount the constant changing aliveness.The impermanence isn't invalid we only suffer when we try to make it permanent. It's the safety net and expression of the lovely dance of transience from matter to energy back and forth experiencing all that is.When we suffer it's best to remember that impermanence taking refuge in the source but I certainly didn't come here to negate the experience, the unique pleasures and challenges of linear reality.We are simultaneously one with the source and unique in being it's unknowing expressions, playing that hide and seek game for pleasure remembering to maintain that simultaneous awareness of being both;the source and the chosen unknowing, sinking into experience.

2:25AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

I am in love with my God.

We have a relationship.

I like the illusion??? of separation.....just enough so we can talk together and relate.

You want to shed the illusion, go ahead.

I'm going to keep mine!

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