Do you feel completely loved and completely lovable?
In this episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses why we need to look past the limited views of ourselves to feel completely loved. When we look in the mirror, many of us see flaws and limitations that keep us from viewing ourselves as completely lovable. But the truth that endures despite all of life’s traumas and hurts is that we were born to love and be loved.
Underneath it all, there is a measure of innocence that is still in tact. The key is to understand yourself as more than the sum of your experiences. In spirit, you are unbounded by time and space and untouched by experience. In spirit, you are pure love.
In the latest episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses the seven stages of consciousness and how they lead to enlightenment. Which stage of consciousness are you at currently?
Reality is entirely dependent upon perception, and perception occurs in consciousness. That is why reality may be different in the seven different states of consciousness (the first three of which we are most familiar with):
Soul consciousness – In this state you become aware of yourself as the observer of reality. Who is listening? Who is watching? Ask yourself this right now, and see if you become aware of a silent witness: your core consciousness – or soul.
Cosmic consciousness – This is to be in the world but not of it. Your silent witness – or soul – has awoken and is alert in all states, including deep sleep and dreaming.
Divine consciousness – You witness the universal in the particular. All of existence is present in every manifestation of creation.
Unity consciousness – The personal witness merges with the universal witness, and you experience the whole universe as your own extended body. In this state, your inner being radiates passion, love, and ecstasy.
So, would you like to make the journey to enlightenment?
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In this episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra explores the relationships between addiction, health, and the search for higher consciousness. There are many different forms of addictions, from drug addiction, to thrill-seeking, to clinging to toxic relationships. Some seek adventure, others security, pleasure, numbing, or energy. In any case, as Deepak relays, an addiction entails not getting enough of something you really don’t need in the first place.
By bringing attention to our own dependence on certain substances and sensations we may begin to extricate ourselves from these unhealthy patterns. Setting an intent for real growth and healing is the perfect place to start.
How do we recall a memory and where does it disappear to once we’ve remembered it? Do we exist in our brains or are they tools of our consciousness? In this week’s episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra explores the mysterious world of our memories and where they live in our brain.
So, do you remember what you had for dinner last night? How about the house you lived in as a child? Or the way you felt the first time you heard your favorite song? If these memories exist as waves of potential, there for us to recall at any moment, then our entire past, present, and future may be more simultaneously interwoven then we thought.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
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How do you keep your creative spirit alive even as you progress further into adulthood? In this week’s episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra explores the dynamics of a creative life and the relationship between age and creativity (we don’t have to lose our imagination as we grow older!).
Imagination and creativity are pinnacles of human experience. Children seem to know this innately, effortlessly, but adults are just as capable of playfulness and innovation. When was the last time you sat down with your paints, invented a game, or made up a new recipe? Whatever it is for you, take some time today to let your imagination run wild. And remember that every day, in every moment, it is within your power to practice creativity and let life be your canvass.
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Imagine a world in which a tiny minority owns the majority of the wealth and resources, while billions of others are impoverished and disenfranchised. Sound familiar? Human beings are no strangers to disaster and despair, and if any apocalypse comes our way, it will likely be by our hands.
In this week’s episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses how humans’ abuse of the planet and the consequential climate change may cause the end of the world as we know it. Is there a way to reverse the damage or has our society already condemned human evolution to move backwards? Watch the episode and let us know what you think:
Climate change may be a ticking clock, but disaster is not inevitable. It in in human beings’ hands to change our ways and chart a course for the better. The planet will continue, regardless. And hopefully we, too, will persist for many ages to come.
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The philosopher Nietzsche wrote: “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” Beauty can grow out of destruction; order can spring from disarray. In the latest episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses the intrinsic relationship between order and chaos, so fundamental to our Universe.
Imagine the electrical storm within our brains, the constant activity of neurons and synapses giving birth to thoughts, feelings, and impulses in every moment. Consider the erratic and seemingly random movement of ants in a colony or birds in migration, who in spite of chaos adhere to organized, pragmatic patterns that serve their communities’ needs.
Chaos and order go hand in hand, even promote and uphold one another. All of Nature knows this truth, yet for some reason human beings constantly struggle against it. We create unnecessary boundaries to contain and compartmentalize life, suffer anxiety when things are messy, broken, or unpredictable. If, as Deepak suggests, we can accept and give into the flow of life, we will be accepting what is real. And we will live in peace and happiness.
What, if anything, sets human beings apart from other species? More and more research in anthropology, primatology, and zoology points to the fact that, biologically and even behaviorally speaking, there is very little that defines humanity. Even empathy and altruism, characteristics formerly believed to be singularly human, are now known to manifest in many non-human species. In this week’s episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra explores this fascinating question about the uniqueness of the human species. Perhaps consciousness, alone, is not the answer to the riddle, but rather the remarkable way in which it functions in human beings.
As Deepak describes, consciousness sleeps in minerals, dreams in vegetables, wakes up in animals, and starts to become self-aware in humans. In word, action, and intention we have the limitless ability to reflect and consider chain reactions. Other barriers may otherwise inhibit us, but no one can curtail our inner freedom nor the self-awareness that generates infinite vision. When we ask ourselves questions like, “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” we turn the mirror back on ourselves and see all dimensions of our existence. We can play with new identities, experiment with different lifestyles, and experience the whole spectrum of sensations, while simultaneously knowing that identity and experience don’t constitute the Self. We are so much more than the sum of our parts, AND we have the ability to recognize this fact.
Now, of course we don’t know that other animals lack this trait (and even if they do, it doesn’t make us “superior,”) but you have to hand it to human beings for really making the most of our consciousness. Let’s be sure to live up to the name.
Our brains are designed to continue learning and growing throughout our lives, but it’s up to us to keep them stimulated. Now in the age of technology, though, we consume information more quickly and on a wider spectrum than ever before, and our brains catalog it all with the ease of, say, a computer. In this week’s episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra takes us into the inner working of the global brain, shaped by social networks and technology.
Every time you learn something new online or connect with another part of the world via Facebook or Twitter, your brain paves fresh neural pathways. It restructures itself according to the information you accumulate, the habits you form and break, and the skills you utilize most regularly. On another level, though, our collective consciousness – the “global brain”, as Deepak calls it – is also changing rapidly. Our global village coheres today in a way it probably never has before. Of course there have been other eras of vast trade and communication: the Silk Road, the introduction of the printing press, colonization, to name a few. But today we can experience practically every corner of the globe with the click of a button. We can weigh in on any issue under the sun by commenting on news and blog sites, joining forums, and posting to our own social media outlets. Our loved ones are only as far away as our phones and Skype accounts, and many of our relationships exist entirely online, anyways.
What does this mean for the future of our global village? We are witnessing the era of Wikileaks, the “Arab Spring“, and social media-driven presidential campaigns. We can at least expect media and technology to maintain a powerful role in global politics and culture, and they will likely continue growing exponentially in the years to come. Culture influences social media, but the opposite is also true (if not more so.) We may witness more and more of the latter: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and future platforms driving culture and social norms.
This may be a healthy evolution or a destructive one. If dictators and hate groups dominated media culture, we would be in grave danger of watching our global village fall down a path of decay. But hopefully this will not be the case. As Deepak urges, “The destiny of the whole planet depends on reaching beyond the narrow interests of rich nations and multinational corporations. A community of humanity needs to be formed.” Why not make the conscious decision to use social media as a tool for spreading love, wisdom, and positive transformation? The power is in our hands.
A good story is the story of the hero’s quest, and a hero’s quest begins with a dream. This is why all great leaders are visionaries. They ask themselves mythical questions: Who am I? What do I want? Who are the heroes and mentors our society can learn from?
In this week’s episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra explores the key elements of visionary leadership. History traffics in myth-making, which is based on personal charisma and uses spin to evoke an aura of destiny. But it is alarming to witness how often leaders come to power through the force of arms and money. When the strong and ruthless rise on the world stage, we find ourselves led by kings and generals, autocrats and dictators, power-hungry premiers and presidents. Leadership of this sort is flawed. Power and prestige do nothing to ensure leaders like this will actually improve the lives of those who follow them.
A truly successful leader, Deepak suggests, learns to cultivate her power as the result of being tuned in to her inner voice and guided by intuition. The inspired leader walks a path laid out by her own soul, characterized by love, creativity, and intelligence. In her core self she strives for alignment with the greater, collective society she serves. In this way, listening comes first, followed by comprehension, empathy, and, finally, action.
In the midst of chaos, certain individuals step out of the shadows in order to lead society in new directions necessary for further evolution. Only a truly great leader will find wisdom in the face of mythic-proportion challenges. And only a leader who operates from the soul level, with vision, creativity, and love, will be remembered as such.