Witnessing True Reality

Try to see the possibilities in whatever happens. If you don’t get what you expected or wished for, ask yourself, “Where am I supposed to look?” This is a very freeing attitude. On some dimension or other, every event in life can be causing only one of two things: Either it is good for you, or it is bringing up what you need to look at in order to create good for you.

Evolution is a win-win, which we can say not out of blind optimism but once again by referring back to the body. Anything happening inside a cell is either part of its healthy operation or a sign that a correction should take place. Energy is not expended randomly or on a whim to see how it turns out.

Life is self-correcting in just this way. As the choice-maker you can act on a whim; you can follow arbitrary or irrational paths. But the underlying machinery of consciousness doesn’t alter. It keeps following the same principles, which are:

To adapt to your desires; to keep everything in balance; to harmonize your individual life with the life of the cosmos; to make you aware of what you are doing; to show you the consequences of your action; to make your life as real as possible.

Because you have free will, you can ignore these principles entirely – we all do at one time or another. But you can’t make them deviate. Life depends on them. They are the ground of existence, and even as your desires come and go, the ground of existence is unchanging.

Once you absorb this truth, you can align yourself with any possibility that comes your way, trusting that win-win is the attitude that life itself has been taking for billions of years.

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


jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago


Dianne D.
Dianne D6 years ago

I've been using my free-will for many decades and it hasn't gotten me anywhere, so now I'm letting God take the reins, the best I know how.

Kerry Stuparitz
Kerry G6 years ago

thanks for the post

heather g.
heather g6 years ago

An excellent reminder of the consequences of our decisions. I am not alone in trying to work out what certain lessons I was supposed to learn in the past through the decisions I made. Reading books and articles by people like Deepak, Eckhard Tolle, Carolyn Myss and others is of great help with coping and understanding life in general.

Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi6 years ago

thanks for a very nice article

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda6 years ago

Seems like good advice.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam6 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Sue Ritchie
Sue Ritchie6 years ago

i wish.....

Mark H.
Mark H6 years ago

That's what I learned from Tibetan Buddhism: When we strive toward a goal, many obscurations will arrise. These don't mean the goal is off, but that we are being shown what habits, thinking we need to drop, or that we need fresh thinking or knowledge to adopt to achieve that. But all goes back to personal responsibility and learning to see more clearly.

Debbie Wasko
Past Member 6 years ago

A pure and honest look at reality, minus the blame game, can be earthshaking ... and a lifetime of work. Let's keep on truckin'