Gain and Loss

Death is an ultimate event, but before it happens there are many minor losses along the way. If you take a moment to think about it, you can easily see the pattern of gain and loss that runs throughout your own life. While they are occurring, losses seem painful, and the ego inevitably reacts to loss by wanting to hold on.

Yet moving from childhood to adolescence is a loss from one perspective and a gain from another; getting married represents the loss of single life and the gain of a partner. Gain and loss are two faces of the same thing.

You canít lose anything, because you never had it in the first place. The only thing youíve ever really had is yourself. Thoughts are like quests: They check in and out, while you are still there. Regard objects and possessions in the same way. They come and they go. What remains is yourself.

Life is full of adversity, small or large. It defends you from loss and disaster and fends off the concept of death for as long as it can. But everything in creation is made of energy. After it is created, any given energy form must maintain itself for a certain time. After a period of stability, the life force wants to bring something new onto the stage. In order to do that, old, outworn patterns must be dissolved.

Adapted from The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).


Dot A.
Dot A5 years ago

Always renewing 'divinely' - as we believe~
The Miracle and the mystery unfolding - carried by our blind faith.

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez5 years ago

Interesting post. Thanks for sharing this.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

Deepak, you do have some intriguing ideas. I don't always agree with them, but they certainly are another and unique point of view I rarely see.

Lynette Harrison
Lynette Harrison5 years ago

I can't agree. There have been times in my life when I have had hope, but I lose hope no matter what my age or station in life. Hope is a good thing to have; hopelessness follows all the time. It sucks! And I cannot be the only person who feels this way...?

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Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson5 years ago


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ela V.
Ela V5 years ago


Allison Hayward
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you.

Pat A.
P A5 years ago