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Intention, imagination, insight, intuition, inspiration, meaning, purpose, creativity, understanding, all these have nothing to do with the brain. They orchestrate their activity through the brain, but they are qualities of the non-local domain, which is beyond space and time.

Still, their impact is felt very strongly. Once they enter our minds, we have to do something with them, and what we do with them determines, in part, who you define yourself to be. That’s because we have rational minds, and we tend to create stories around these thoughts. You create rational stories around these thoughts, and then you create meaning out of them.

Our stories are derived from relationships, contexts, and meanings triggered through memory, arising from karma and experience. As we live out these stories, we start to realize that they are not original. Although the details of the stories vary from individual to individual, the themes and motives are timeless, basic archetypes that replay endlessly: heroes and villains; sin and redemption; the divine and the diabolical; forbidden lust and unconditional love.

These are the same themes that keep may of us fascinated by soap operas, gossip columns, and tabloids, where we see them expressed in slightly exaggerated form. We’re fascinated because we can identify some aspect of our souls in those stories. These are the same archetypes that are represented in exaggerated form in mythologies.

In nearly everyone, this participation in the stories of our lives is happening automatically, without awareness. But when you get in touch with your soul, you see the whole script for the drama. You understand. You still participate in the story, but now you participate joyously, consciously, and fully. You can make choices based on knowledge and born out of freedom. Each moment takes on a deeper quality that comes from appreciation of what it means in the context of your life.

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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5:06PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thanks, Deepak :)

4:05PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Very good to know thank you.

7:25PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

The point of this article is very excellent and I, almost,completely agree with Chopra.

You are not your brain. You are your mind.

If you doubt this, imagine looking at yourself from across the room right now. Do it, close your eyes if you need to. Do you see yourself reading this post on the computer? Can you see yourself arguing with another person in third form(as a bystander observing)?

This is your mind. Your brain cannot do this in and of its own accord. It(brain) is the primary tool your mind uses for everything.

Got it?

I don't agree that our story is already written though.

4:18AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

the point of this article doesn't seem so clear

10:27PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Thanks.

10:14AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

The main idea is that our humanity shares common themes throughout our lives, and when we learn of someone else's revelation, we have an opportunity to apply it to our own 'story' of life.

8:20AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

I really don't understand what this article is saying.

5:14PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

These are the same themes that keep may of us fascinated by soap operas, gossip columns, and tabloids, where we see them expressed in slightly exaggerated form. We’re fascinated because we can identify some aspect of our souls in those stories.......


well for me is purely entertainment beside I am too lazy to read so I watch t.v....


But when you get in touch with your soul time to watch GHOST STORY...funny!

2:13PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

THE ARTICLE READS - '' WHEN YOU GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SOUL, YOU SEE THE WHOLE SCRIPT FOR THE DRAMA ''... UHHHH, WHAT'S HE GOING ON ABOUT ?? DOES NOT MAKE MUCH SENSE TO ME... LOOK, YOU LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME, AND THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS BESTOWED UPON YOU IN YOUR LIFE.. VERY SIMPLE...

12:37PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Helpful. Thanks.

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