The Real Will Never Stop Existing

Four conditions must exist if you want to find reality: Contentment, Inquiry, Self-awareness, Strength. Four ordinary, somewhat innocuous words.

Contentment. This is the quality of restfulness in the mind. Someone who is content exists without doubt and fear. Doubt is a constant reminder that there is no answer to the mystery of life, or that all answers will turn out to be untrustworthy. Fear is a constant reminder that you can be hurt. As long as either of these beliefs exist in your mind, resting easy in yourself is impossible.

Inquiry. To get real, you have to question the unreal over and over until it disappears. This process is a kind of peeling away. You look at something that seems reliable and trustworthy, and if it betrays your trust, you say, “No, this isn’t it,” and throw it away. Layer by layer, you keep inquiring until you reach something that is completely trustworthy, and that thing must be real.

Self-Awareness. This quality tells you where to conduct your inquiry–not outside in the material world, but in yourself. Turning inward doesn’t happen as a single step. For every challenge there are always two solutions–inner and outer. Only by working through every reason to look outward are you left with why you should look inward.

Strength. Because you are looking inward, no one from the outside can help you. This implies a kind of isolation and solitude that only the strong can accept. Strength is not a given. Your inner strength grows from experience. You test what you find out until it feels secure. The journey itself makes you strong.

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


heather g.
heather g5 years ago

Thank you, Deepak, for the reminder of what is essential on our journey through life.

Zee K.
Past Member 5 years ago

I guess I'm just old and that's ok.

I'm not on the lookout for something new.
I like the familiar.
My little nest of an apartment is just the way I want it.
My routine is loved and keeps me purring.

I'm open to new ideas, I scrounge for them,
but for me that's an old familiar habit.

My teddy bears I sleep with are old but loved.
They are filled with vibes, my vibes,
my familiar vibes.

I think I've become predictable.
Well, others may not think so.
But I am, yawn, stretch,
oh so comfortable
being me.

Dot A.
Dot A5 years ago

we can believe in anything we want to believe in, - and maybe the cultural obsolensce of today's society fit perfectly for those who choose

however, it seems that there is a continuum of reality, and that this continuum could actually be based in energy of the benign manner

so i choose it, the way of love

Gaby D.
Gaby D5 years ago

Goodday Deepak and Soular Energy friends, I needed to re-read this today. It's interesting to read the comments form yesteryear - including my own - and see how we proceed through time. I do notice that whenever I for whatever reason tend to 'get away' from regular meditation, yoga, or even pilates, reading these posts and comments, or other spiritually inspiring texts - in other words - whenever I fail to connect with the 'inner me'. Whenever, life seems to get so 'frantic' that you think you are too busy to take the time to connect - those are the times that I start losing my cool! I become more frightened, anxious and stressed!
Now that is something that I find to be REAL, trust me I've fallen of the 'band wagon' often enough...simply losing my routine that I need to 'be the very best I can be'.
This time, even my pjueter seemed to be in the mix of factors to keep me 'of track' - fortunately, I have found a bit of time to get back on track - today is the day for contentment, inquiry, self-awareness and strength. Thank you Deepak and all that cared 2 comment leaving me with food for thought and meditation. Namaste.

Penny C.
penny C5 years ago

Some interesting comment,thank you all.

Zee K.
Past Member 5 years ago

You seem so demanding that we respect your reality, while you are so angry that we have our reality. Something like a child who doesn't have a toy so she trys to grab her sisters toy away from her and throw that toy away.

Sort of like, "If I can't have it, you can't have it either."

Suggestion: If you are so unhappy with your own reality, create a new reality.

My reality works for me. I shall continue to manifest it better and better.
I am happy.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Unfortunately for spiritual leaders, shaman, priests, monks, evangelists and all other cultists,
some of us have bullshit detectors. Wes is right, all people experience the exact same fears and doubts. But only the ignorant and uneducated worship fairy gods and buy snake oil. It tickles me how Catholics laugh at 72 virgins in heaven, yet pray to a dead "virgin" and dead "saints" and nonexistent imaginary gods. On top of that they have to BUY their way into pie heaven where their nonexistent "body" will sit on a cloud and play a harp with nonexistent hands. This hogwash is pure insanity.

Zee K.
Past Member 5 years ago

Sadly, there are those who do not have the brain ability to perceive the REAL if that REAL is abstract though it still exists and creates effects.

So many of our scientific advancements have come about from those who could perceive that not yet clearly delineated..

There are near sighted and far sighted eyes.

There are ears that are tone deaf.,

There are brains that cannot percieve any unfamiliar reality.

Do not blame them. Believe for their healing which, at this time, they are also unable to perceive.

Wes Giesbrecht
Past Member 5 years ago

Reality is wash the floor and do the laundry.

Ron B.
Ron B5 years ago

Some of the latest studies of black holes have revealed the intriguing conjecture that everything in the known universe may be nothing more than holograms possibly projected inward from the outer brane of our universe. Who's to say what's real and what isn't? For that matter, just what is reality?