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).