We’ve all experienced the fear and pain that can come from considering our own demise. What is the meaning of life, and how do we rise above the uncertainty of it all? In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses suffering related to our sense of identity in relation to the world – also known as existential suffering.
Does existential suffering arise from awareness of our mortality? What are the causes and how can we remedy this type of suffering? Looking at Vedantic traditions, Deepak’s list of five reasons that lead to existential suffering can be overcome by understanding that our fear is largely a projection of consciousness. Trueconsciousness is an infinite field of creativity, much grander than the confines of our projected reality.
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Looking for participants for the new show “Help Desk” that will air on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)!
If you are working through a difficult issue in your life – such as sexual identity, questioning faith, loss of a loved one, or financial hardship – you may be a perfect fit.
Participants will sit down with Reverend Ed Bacon, esteemed pastor and self-help expert recently featured Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Super Soul Sunday,” to discuss these concerns and receive inspiring advice, right in the heart of Venice Beach, California! Refer to the flier below for application information.
PLEASE APPLY TO: AdviceRevBacon@gmail.com
WHAT: Seeking participants for the new show “Help Desk” for The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
WHEN: Thursday June 6
WHO: Reverend Ed Bacon is a celebrated self-help expert recently featured on Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Super Soul Sunday”. He is the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, a congregation dedicated to urban ministry and interfaith dialogue.
WHERE: Recreation center in Venice Beach, CA
DESCRIPTION: Help Desk is a new television show on OWN that features renowned self-help experts making themselves available in public spaces to provide advice to anyone who needs it. Help Desk is a deeply substantive series that grounds some of the great wisdom provided by today’s top experts and helps people live better and more fulfilling lives. Although the event is public, we are looking to secure a select group of participants who will be given priority to gain a spot to sit down with Reverend Bacon.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:We need people who are seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance.
Below are several examples but we are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss:
Leaving or questioning faith
Dealing with criticism
The stress involved by “coming out” to family and friends
Conflicting sexual and spiritual identities
Loss of a family member or friend
Divorce or breakup
Coping with job loss
Struggling with alienation, loneliness, or existential doubt
Veterans suffering from PTSD
Managing work life and spiritual life
Overcoming specific anxieties or fears
Sex and relationship issues
We need applicants to be available during the day on June 6 at the beach recreation center in Venice Beach, California
Simple description of yourself (age, profession, relationships status) contact information (email and phone number)
Photo of yourself
Single paragraph description of the specific life circumstance that you need spiritual advice to overcome.
Specific question(s) you would like to ask Reverend Bacon
If selected, applicants will need to sign an Appearance Release
Send email with answers to the above questions to: AdviceRevBacon@gmail.com
For all our advances in science, technology, and consciousness, this fundamental question of existence still looms large. It taps into a basic human desire to make sense of this universe we live in and find purpose in our lives. There must, after all, be a reason for the things we experience – the trials, the pain, and the joy, too.
In the latest episode of THE RABBIT HOLE on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra addresses this question, and his answer might surprise you. Most philosophies on the meaning and identity of God throughout history have identified a separation between the divine or cosmic and the human. Determinists believe all events in the universe were set in motion on the cosmic level, making “God” and even humans’ free will irrelevant. Secular humanists tend to think there is no single truth or moral gauge by which the universe functions outside of human terms – what you see is what you get. Monotheists mostly believe that a divine God created the universe and generally oversees everything, like an all-powerful CEO of the cosmos.
For Deepak and other thinkers, there is no separation. All of the visible universe, Deepak relates, comprises less than 1% of what actually exists. If we’re looking for the “meaning” of our lives, the odds seem to be against us. But in truth, matter and energy are inseparable, Deepak says, as we’ve known since the days of Einstein. They are essentially two manifestations of the same thing – waves and particles. Overshadowing all else, as many scientists and researchers are discovering, is consciousness, the ultimate possibility field.
As participants in the universe, we are manifestations of consciousness, Deepak asserts. We also, however, wield consciousness. And it is for this reason that we, ourselves, are God “in drag.”
What do you think? Is God something separate from or interconnected to us? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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There is a way of thinking about all life as a one-way flight (of consciousness). What makes this existential suicide mission heroic or not is whether we choose our own "telemetry." Omon Ra does. Omon Ra, the protagonist of the book, as millions of Russians was born into the "life" simulation of Soviet-style reality that ideologically trained generations for self-sacrifice. Omon Ra is on the absurd path of ideological collectivism: he is both empowered and objectified. Omon Ra escapes the determinism of his heroism – both through an intriguing plotline and through his own search for meaning. Omon Ra is fittingly named: his first name is after the Russian police special forces unit, O.M.O.N., which is, by definition, a self-selected group of trained martyrs; his self-given name, “Ra,” (his self-view), is after the Egyptian god of sun, invoking the idea of the eternal return. The Soviet notion of sacrifice was a kind of Mahayana Buddhism ethic of an ideological bodhisattva (a heroic being that pursues the enlightenment of all). Culturally conditioned for heroism, Omon Ra is ambivalent, but, ultimately, consents to his mission, not out of collectivistic peer pressure, but out of his own dream-fulfillment spirituality – and in so doing, he passes the “reincarnation checks” and chooses his own "telemetry." The book’s last paragraph says it all: "I had to decide where to go <…> and began to work out where exactly on the red line I was." "Omon Ra" is a literary analog to Terrence Malick’s "Thin Red Line." Omon Ra is Private Witt. The "thin red line" – the one-way flight of consciousness we all share…
Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of “Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time” (New Harbinger, 2008) www.eatingthemoment.com