The Needs the Soul Fills

Each of us has developed a strong belief in a false self built up from the ego. Ego is limited, constricted, clinging, acquisitive, closed off and afraid. Just listening to this list makes it hard to believe that anyone would owe their allegiance to these values, but consider how much behavior is motivated by them.

The true self is of immediate value because it can fulfill needs that the ego cannot. These needs are as follows:

  • The need for safety.
  • The need to belong.
  • The need to be acknowledged by others.
  • The need to matter.
  • The need to express yourself freely.
  • The need for love.

Desire and fulfillment are the natural rhythm of life. Each of these needs exists to be met. Your true self is already fulfilled, therefore when you merge with your true self, you will be able to feel completely wanted, safe, worthy and loved. Expressing yourself will come naturally and freely. You will matter more than you ever imagined.

The ego sees the same needs and feels the same desire, but it reaches outside for fulfillment.

Adapted from The Deeper Wound by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).


irene fernandez
irene F5 years ago

This is what I learned from this: Love fulfulls all needs, and the first and only person that can truly love you is you

tajwer Chaudhary
tajwer Chaudhary5 years ago

thanx a lot Chopra

heather g.
heather g5 years ago

Thank you, Deepak, for the wonderful comparison between inner value and searching outside ourselves for fulfilment....

Miranda Parkinson
Miranda P5 years ago

Get rid of ego and you are on an exciting,fun filled journey!

Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

another short, great post. thanks

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Thank you

Ajla C.
Past Member 5 years ago

hvala,i da slazem se

Cheryl T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you, great article.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for this.

june t.
june t5 years ago