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Your Spiritual Journey

Your Spiritual Journey

If we wanted to map the spiritual journey to God-consciousness, its contours would be different for each person. Nothing is more intimate and personal than our own awareness; we each relate to God on our own terms. But we can describe the general outlines of such a map.

At the outset, our primary perception is of a huge chasm between ourselves and God. On this side of the abyss lie error and confusion, inner conflict and suffering. On the other side is the promise that all can be healed. The duality of darkness and light will shape your experience at the beginning of the path.

We catch occasional glimpses of higher reality. The kinds of deeper experiences that are relevant cover a broad range, but they fall into a few simple categories: thinking, feeling, acting, saying, and being.

At any given moment a person might experience God on one of these levels, seemingly at random. Momentarily the gap between illusion and reality closes. The source of thinking, feeling, acting, and saying is consciousness, the ground state if existence. The fifth level, being, is consciousness itself without any mental activity.

At the turning point a critical event shakes the soul. Everyday life is interrupted, either by as crisis or by a sudden epiphany, or by both, in what is described as “the dark night of the soul.”

At this moment, something profound happens. It feels like being reborn, not simply because the old self drops away, but because the world shifts like a kaleidoscope. Your eyes register brighter colors, and a hidden light seems to be trying to break through the thin membrane of the world. Sounds become sweeter; nature seems to sing. Ordinary sensations acquire a delicious texture, like velvet or warm liquid, suffusing the body.

To an outsider the whole experience sounds dubious, like some kind of hallucination. Salvation is a glimpse of reality; perception begins to detect illusion.

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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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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10:29PM PST on Nov 17, 2014

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10:43PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Thanks, Deepak :)

2:02AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

thanks!

12:15AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

We have all (unless you are the exception) wandered the wrong way.

We need correction, to find our way out of this maze of ungodliness.
That is the purpose of the negatives we call pain and ouchy! and
G-D, how could you!

Correction will direct the way back to Ain Sof, where we shall be as gods
creating something of our choosing from the vast oceans of possibility.

For some, it is a short journey. For some it is a long journey.

Me, well, I'm not leaving these lower worlds until all souls, animal and
human, can come with me. So I have determined. So shall it be. The
fun is in the sharing of the light. What fun!



6:43PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

The first paragraph says it all for me...and is why anytime someone starts 'preaching' at me I find someone else to talk to! "It's my way or the highway" tells me all I need to know about that person's contribution to my spiritual journey - which is only that their 'way' is what I need to avoid in my own life!

6:27PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

For me, Dr. Chopra hit the nail on the head. A Crisis or an epiphany seems to be what moves me onto the next level, and the epiphany is exactly like Dr. Chopra discribed it. Everything is clearer, brighter and more pure.

5:05PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Ron G., you took the words right out of my mouth! AMEN!

2:22PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Harley W., you are satisfied with your belief and you have no curiosity or spirituality to search for more knowledge or meaning of life. You are fortunate that you can just believe in the Bible even though there are contradictions throughout it. I have read the Bible many times and have even taken college courses in understanding the Bible. There are many people that want to know more and are searching for guidance to learn more. Please don't close their door as you have with your own door in wanting to learn about spirituality and life.

2:09PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Now there's a thought..." we each relate to God on our own terms " .In other words,we are dictating to God what our relationship to and with Him should be. Well,straight up...that WON'T work.Our relationsip is entirely dependant on His terms....and so it should be...He created us for a purpose which is to have an eternal relationship with Him.

1:36PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

REGARDLESS OF HIS 49 BOOKS, THIS INDIVIDUAL IS ''HIGHLY-OVERRATED''...

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