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Join Caroline Myss for a “Help Desk” Shoot on March 13 in San Francisco!

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Carolyn Myss

“HELP DESK” with



WHEN: March 13, 2014

LOCATION: Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA (scheduled)

10:30 AM-12:30 PM –     Help Desk Open to Public

2:30 OM – 1:00 PM –       Group Exercise Led by Caroline Myss

What is Help Desk?

Help Desk is a television show on OWN that features renowned teachers, authors, and 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.

Who is Caroline Myss?

Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition.  In addition to her most recent book, Archetypes: Who Are You? (2013), Caroline’s best-sellers include Anatomy of the Spirit (1996), Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can (1998), Sacred Contracts (2002), Invisible Acts of Power (2004), Entering The Castle (2007), and Defy Gravity (2009).


1. Remove any hats with logos

1.  Sit down, introduce yourself!

2.  Give some basic background (age and profession).

3.  Explain your issue/problem and ask your question!

4. After you’re question is answered get up and allow the next person to step forward

5. Share any final thoughts and reactions in our “testimonial area”

What we are looking for: Caroline Myss is looking for people seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance.  Below are a few examples, but we are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss:

-Dissatisfaction with career/feeling trapped

-Questioning faith or belief in higher power

-Overcoming addiction

-Difficulties with weight loss

-Overcoming specific anxieties or fears

-Divorce or breakup

-Coping with job-loss

-Issues revolving around sexual identity

-Financial hardship

-Sex and relationship issues

-Loss of a family member or friend

Stumped?  Here are some sample questions:

(Keep in mind you must briefly describe a life story or circumstance that relates to the question).

I have a deep fear of “…..” .  How do I overcome this fear?

How do I deal with a family who doesn’t approve of me leaving the faith I was raised with?

How do I get over my breakup with my boyfriend/girlfriend?

How do find balance between my family life and my work life?

How do I cope with loss in my life (divorce, financial loss, job loss)?

Can I be truly happy – and what does it mean to be truly happy?

What steps can I take to discover my purpose and find meaning in life?

How do I forgive someone who hurt me?

I keep repeating the same mistakes – how do I get out of an unhealthy pattern?

How do I find passion for life?

How do I reduce my stress level at work?

Deepak Chopra: Creating Your Own Reality

In this episode of “Spiritual Solutions” on The Chopra Well, David is wondering whether we create our reality or if our lives are just subject to chance. Can we create reality through intentions and opportunity? What is the role of randomness and chance? Deepak explores five areas that can influence “randomness” – beliefs, expectations, assumptions, perceptions, and moods.

How often do you feel like you have control – or even input – on your own reality? Circumstances and unexpected events tend to crowd our awareness and our sense of reality, to the point where it often feels like we are just puppets in a random world. The lesson here, though, is that much of what we perceive as “reality” is just a projection from our own consciousness. If we believe the world is out to get us, then 9 times out of 10 it will appear as such. If we, instead, address our beliefs, expectations, assumptions, perceptions, and moods, we may begin to see how much agency we actually have in creating our own reality.

What do you think? Tell us your thoughts and subscribe to The Chopra Well!

Deepak Chopra: Finding Your Path in Life

This is something so many of us struggle with. Who am I? What is my path? In this episode of “Spiritual Solutions” on The Chopra Well, Deepak addresses this major question.

Brian recently dropped out of medical school and is wondering how to find the right path in life. How do we figure out our purpose and what path to take to achieve that purpose? Deepak Chopra provides a few suggestions – by looking at the relationship between meeting our needs and fulfilling a purpose. Needs may include achievement, love, success, higher consciousness, etc. Ask yourself: Who am I? What do I really want?

Are you trying to find your purpose? Subscribe to The Chopra Well and let us help!

Deepak Chopra: Dealing with Anger and Irritability

We all struggle with feeling angry, frustrated or irritable at times, but how we react to these emotions is really what counts. In this episode of “Spiritual Solutions” on The Chopra Well Veronica admits that she often struggles with anger and irritability. How do we deal with anger, she asks? Deepak Chopra offers this response:

Deepak emphasizes that anger is “remembered pain.” He encourages her to get in touch with anger, see where it resides in her body, and write out her feelings in a journal. In the moment, take three deep breaths, observe the feeling, and let it go.

What do you do to deal with anger and irritability? Tell us your thoughts!

Subscribe to The Chopra Well and read Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra!

Deepak Chopra: Facing the Fear of Death

Why are we so afraid of death? Is it the pain? Facing the unknown?

In this episode of “Spiritual Solutions” on The Chopra Well, Nick asks Deepak: Why are we afraid of death, and what can we do to face that fear? Deepak responds that all fear is the fear of death in disguise, which is why death is constantly like an elephant in the room.

Facing our fear of death is all about stepping into the unknown and struggling with the reality of impermanence. We can deal with this fear by moving toward the unknown in some way every day. Take a risk, try something new, challenge a belief you hold dear just to see what that encounter with the unknown does for your consciousness. By creating some distance between ourselves and our routines and static beliefs, we can begin to explore impermanence and get comfortable with the fluid nature of reality.

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Deepak Chopra: What Makes Us Human?

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.

Subscribe to The Chopra Well and check out Deepak Chopra’s book, Spiritual Solutions!

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3 Spiritual Steps for Handling Your Feelings

We all have unique ways of handling our feelings, and sometimes we can let our emotions get the best of us. I’m no exception! I have the tendency to over-analyze, over-spiritualize and overly obsess about my feelings. But we’re not at the mercy of our emotions–we just have to know how to handle them. I recently created 3 Spiritual Steps for Handling My Feelings, and in this vlog I share them with you. These steps have greatly served me, and I hope they help save you time and energy when it it comes to working through your feelings. 

In this video I also announce the paperback launch of Spirit Junkie!

Envy-Free: Start Trusting Your Inner-Guru

Have you ever compared yourself to a friend or peer?

You may have had this experience in school where competition is often high and interpersonal reflection is low. But you may even get the feeling if you participate in spiritual or wellness communities, which often value self-love and non-judgment. Other people seem more centered, more flexible, wiser, or more ‘in tune.’ I tend to feel particularly inadequate in yoga classes, when everyone else seems so strong and balanced, and I’m struggling to keep my muscles from shaking with fatigue.

Taras presents the predicament to Deepak in this week’s episode of The Chopra Well’s SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS. After three years of practicing meditation, he still feels that he doesn’t have as ‘intense’ of an experience as those around him. Though he and his peers seem to be doing the same practice, why do their results differ? Why do others seem to have a more intense experience of meditation than he does? And last, what does it mean when the guru says to ‘be accepting’?

I can just imagine the spiritual teacher saying, “Be accepting of your meditation, even if it doesn’t feel as intense as someone else’s…” The feeling of inadequacy is subsumed by the vague mandate to ‘be accepting.’ But what does any of it mean? Deepak, on the other hand, shies away from the guru-complex and approaches Taras’ questions from a different angle.

Meditation shouldn’t have an agenda. When you sit down to meditate, try to have no expectations. Think of it rather as a process. And don’t feel you need to compare yourself to others. Sometimes, ‘intense’ is just code for ‘melodramatic,’ and there is no reason meditation needs to be overly dramatic. The most important thing you can get out of meditation is to feel centered and sober.

As far as gurus goes, Deepak reminds us that there is no external authority greater than the self. The guru is yourself. Trusting your inner self and inner authority – this is what it truly means to be accepting.

What do you think? How can we come to trust our inner authority? Keep the discussion going in the comments section below!

More Resources:

Thinking of starting a meditation practice? Click here for inspiration.

To spice up your practice, check out The Chopra Well’s show, THE MEDITATOR.

For more help with meditation, check out the Chopra Center’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge.

Tap into your inner guru and start living creatively.

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Is There An Ultimate Reality? Ask Deepak!

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Spiritual Solutions: Does true happiness exist, and where do we find it?

Is there such thing as true happiness?

For Danielle, a young woman we interviewed in Venice Beach, California, “happiness” is a vague and puzzling concept. It seems, she says, that there is no “straight happiness,” but rather continual fluctuation between states. And, unfortunately, at this point in her life many people around her seem to be wading through discontent.

In episode 2 of The Chopra Well’s show, Spiritual Solutions, Deepak addresses Danielle’s question. As a state of being to strive for, Deepak prefers to use the term “fulfillment,” which is much more dynamic. “If by ‘true happiness’ you mean ‘eternal happiness,’” Deepak says, “then you would be doomed to eternal senility.” You would have no drive, no inspiration to take action and “manifest your creativity.” The human experience is characterized by a vast range of human emotions, and it is this complexity that enriches us, inspires us to action, and creates the lush and vibrant tapestry of our humanity. And yes, even sadness has a part to play. This is what Deepak calls, “divine discontent.”

That said, there are things you can do to maximize fulfillment and pursue happiness. Here is the Happiness Formula:

H = S + C + V


Happiness = Set point in the brain + Conditions of living + Voluntary choices

“H” represents happiness, the state we strive to manifest.

“S” is the set point in the brain, how you naturally approach and react to situations. This determines roughly 40% of your overall happiness. Do you see opportunities or do you see problems? (Is the glass generally half full or half empty?) We use the term “naturally,” loosely. You can rewire your brain! First piece of advice: start looking for opportunities. Don’t jump to identify problems.

“C” stands for material conditions of living. Research shows that living conditions contribute only 10-15% of happiness. So pause a moment next time you want to blame your discontentment on the weather or the size of your house.

And last, “V” signifies voluntary choices, like entertainment, exercise, food, service projects, spending time with family …you get the picture. This constitutes about 45% of overall happiness. What voluntary choices do you make? What activities do you choose to engage in?

Watching a movie or shopping may bring temporary fulfillment, but there are other voluntary choices you can make that will sustain you in the long run. These include:

  • Expressing your creativity (Start a project, take initiative, express your true self)
  •  Finding meaning and purpose in your life (Explore, question, meditate, discuss)
  • Making other people happy (Give back, reach out, participate in your community)

More resources on happiness and fulfillment:

Check out #behappymakehappy on Twitter

The Seven Principles of Manifesting Your Desires

The Happiness Prescription

Deepak on Health, Happiness, and Being Present

To explore “spiritual solutions” further, check out Deepak’s book of the same title.

Shake your routine and start living creatively

What is a spiritual solution? How do we find creative solutions to life’s challenges?

These are the foundational questions addressed in the new Chopra Well show, Spiritual Solutions, based on Deepak’s best-selling book of the same name.

I struggle occasionally with loneliness. Even in the largest crowds or among the closest friends, I sometimes feel strangely alone. The dreamy child grew into a contemplative adult, and my peace is often the stillness of solitude. My typical response to this feeling is defiance. “I’m just independent. I’m free.” But by clinging to these beliefs, I’m complicit with the problem. I’m beginning to see that change is, first, an internal process. Some challenges we approach pragmatically require spiritual attention.

“We’ve all got problems,” Deepak reminds us. The difficulty lies in dealing with these problems creatively. We have the potential to experience every possible human joy, pain, and pleasure. That’s what it means to be human. Endless possible problems fall fair game under the umbrella of Life. Of this we need no reminding. We often neglect, however, that infinite solutions exist at our disposal, as well. It’s been too long since we last played, and it’s high time we remembered how to exercise our imagination.

Spiritual solutions derive from expanded awareness. The greater the awareness, the more access you have to creative, alternative solutions to problems you face. On a daily basis, we’re forced to process and react to endless stimuli. Much of this occurs on an automatic level. We learn rote responses to everyday problems and deal with them as they come, in the only ways we’ve learned how.

With Spiritual Solutions, we learn that there are endless alternative paths.

In every weekly episode, Deepak engages with his audience by helping them explore these alternative solutions. No one, not even Deepak, is going to have all the answers. But the goal is to expand awareness and to never give up exploring. Whether he is chatting with people in New York City’s Union Square or responding to videos uploaded by viewers worldwide, Deepak addresses fundamental questions and issues people have. How do I deal with depression or my desire to feel loved? Where is the line between self-care and self-centeredness? Deepak offers tools and strategies that enable us to meet life’s difficulties from within and experience a genuine sense of fulfillment and purpose.

So, how do I deal with loneliness? Maybe the first thing to address is the routine I’ve developed around a sense of independence and solitude. Routine feeds on worldview and belief, so those will need some tough love, as well. Emancipated from habit, I see more clearly. I can then use this expanded awareness to invent new, creative ways of structuring my time and navigating the social world. And, like magic, life becomes a garden and not a prison!

What challenges do you currently face? Consider this: When you next find yourself poised to react to a problem based on deeply ingrained beliefs, pause and consider alternative ways of responding. Even if you don’t change direction, you will have expanded your understanding of the situation. You’ll know that you are never stuck in one course of action.

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