Are You Cutting Yourself Off From Awareness?

Pure being: When this door is closed, we exist in separation. There is underlying dread of death, a loss of connection, and the absence of any divine presence.

Conditioned bliss: When this door is closed, life is joyless. Happiness is only a passing state. There is no opening for peak experiences.

Love: When this door is closed, life is heartless. We feel isolated in a gray world where other people are distant, detached figures. There is no sense of a loving hand in creation.

When this door is closed, life loses it subtlety. The person lacks insight, has no flashes of brilliance, no exhilarated ďAha!Ē moments. The subtle web of connectedness that holds the universe together is completely hidden form view.

Imagination: When this door is closed, the mind is devoid of fantasy. We see everything in literal terms–art and metaphor count very little. Important decisions are approached with technical analysis, and there is no hope of a sudden creative leap.

Reason: When this door is closed, life makes no sense. We are ruled by random impulses. No course of action can be followed to its conclusion, and decisions are made irrationally.

Emotion: When this door is closed, feelings are frozen. There is little or no room for compassion and empathy. Events seem disconnected, without flow, and other people present no chance for bonding.


Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).


Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

heather g.
heather g5 years ago

I feel at one with the world - but admittedly, I wince when I hear loud noise....

Damoris T.
Mori T5 years ago

interesting article - I feel I need to reread the article a few times, but do love the message and what it can potentially offer when we do open the door.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Dot A.
Dot A5 years ago

Interesting question - > the concern as to 'how do we know when we are closing doors,... ?'
If I may offer some ideas:
I think a metaphor of being in a gloomy room without windows for a cheery light and only a single door as the passage out may help to give the feeling of 'the emotional closed door.' There are times in life when we see the world as bleak. In those times sometimes we don't detect a sparkling glass window with gentle sunlight to warm our flesh. Sometimes we don't see the room around us with anything comforting. And lastly, we can't even think of letting in any more gloom and sadness, and we keep the door closed so as to not let any other 'dark and hopeless' energy enter our space. In our defensive mindset, we actually block the new light from entering,... What may have been a 'sad' day can now become an extended phase of suffering. Let the door open to the next ray of light, the next smile from our friend, the next hug from a carrying human being is our link to the joy that still waits to be expressed. It's perfectly normal and healthy to take a time-out from stress occasionally. But when our inner 'room' is left to only dim light and stale living we snuff out our own spirit. The open door, is a 'brave heart' and a belief that all of our experiences flow into greater understanding and stronger love for all of our common and individual set of circumstances. We embrace one another's humanity - as we leave 'the door open' to get to know more

Cindy B.
Cindy B5 years ago

A few little questions: So, what constitutes a "door being closed?" What are the emotional and behavioral clues and correlations? How does a person recognize that a "door is closed," and more importantly, how does one go about opening it up? What factors might create "closed doors?" How and why would that happen? How would one go about achieving more control in these situations?

"Closed doors" are not solitary phenomenae; many things combine to create these situations. Might the answers to these questions render the situation a bit more operationalizable? A bit more solvable?

Once again, Mr. Chopra drops inscrutable pearls of deep and abstract wisdom into our midst with barely if any extra explanation or discussion. As a counselor this does bother me.

Here's one way I tend to define and discuss "isolation:" When we are isolated (those closed doors), we have terrible problems "seeing" ourselves clearly and thus being able to moderate or direct our behavior and self-presentation with confidence. Why? Because we see ourselves ONLY as reflected in other people's responses to us, in the ways we compare ourselves to others, and the results of our interactions with others. People considered mentally ill have terrible problems with isolative behavior, and it's really a chicken-vs-egg kind of situation. When we are able to decrease the isolative behaviors, there are very predictable positive results.

Miranda Parkinson

Why wouldn't anyone "open up"?

Angie B.
Angela B5 years ago

Thanks for a very thought provoking moment!

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Lenee K.
Lenee K5 years ago

Awesome ----------------- mine are mostly closed without knowing or life had brought forth, thanks so much for this wake up call !