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The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence Hardcover – October 21, 2003
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There are so many things that I like about this book. Perhaps the most valuable for me is in learning to recognize life's little signals - those messages that show us we're headed in the right direction. It's about awareness, and recognizing that these are not random coincidences, but signposts we should stop and look at.
This book, and "The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success" are two books that I will always keep and refer to often. Thanks, Deepak, for sharing your profound wisdom with us once again!
As I first read the book, and was blown away by how perfectly it filled in the gaps in the picture of life that was forming within me, I also realized "this book isn't for everybody". Read the other reviews and follow your instincts. If it sounds like something that you've been searching for but haven't been able to find ... then I think you'll be delightfully pleased. If it sounds like smoke and mirrors to you, then look for something else. If you're in the mood for an apple, why eat an orange and blame the orange when you're done?
The universe is an on-off phenomenon. The continuity and solidity of the world exists only in the imagination. In reality, we are all flickering in and out of existence all the time. The sensory experience of al living beings is a purely artificial construct created in the imagination. There is a Zen story in which two monks are looking nat a flag that is weaving in the wind. The first one says, "The flag is weaving." The second one says, "No, the wind is weaving." Their teacher comes over and they pose him the question. The teacher says, "You both are wrong. Only consciousness is moving." As consciousness moves, it imagines the world into existence.
Without consciousness acting as an observer and interpreter, every thing would exist only as pure potential. That pure potential is the Virtual domain, the third level of existence. The first two levels are the Physical domain and the Quantum domain. It is nonlocal and cannot be depleted. It is unending and all-encompassing. Tapping into that potential is what allows us to make miracles.
There's a deeper level of reality," says Chopra. Science calls it quantum reality. Quantum in physics defines the smallest indivisible unit of information and energy. So a quantum of light is a photon, a quantum of gravity is a graviton. Our thoughts are also units of information and energy. When energy has a pattern, it becomes information." To improve on Einstein, "energy and matter and information are interchangeable." In the quantum world we are inseparable, interconnected. Gautam Buddha said: "We are inter-beings that inter-arise in the inter-isness." We had known for thousands of years that at another level, the quantum level, we are inseparably connected. We are fields of energy and information in the universe of energy and information, where everything is happening at the speed of light.
When our body cells are caught in the same field of resonance, they are all dancing to the same music. Stomach cells are making hydrochloric acid, immune cells are generating antibodies, the pancreatic cells are manufacturing insulin, and so on. Biochemically, certain changes in our body correspond to the movement of our planet. All of nature is a symphony, and we are part of it. We are all patterns of nonlocality pretending to be people. In the end, it is all spirit.
Considering our physical bodies, we are really, a collection of recycled molecules. We are constantly remaking, regenerating ourselves. Our emotions are just recycled energy. They come and go depending on situations, circumstances, relationships and events. Our thoughts are recycled information. Every thought we have is actually part of a collective database.
We can never understand the how, where, and when of anything, even something as simple as boiling water. We have to surrender to uncertainty, while appreciating its intricate beauty. What we call personality is built on a foundation of relationships and situations.
Meditation happens. Sleep happens. It is the same with intention. Intent is a seed in conscious-ness, or spirit. Intention's infinite organizing power orchestrates countless details simultaneously. We, as human beings, are capable of creating positive changes in our lives through intent. So, why do we lose that ability? The ability is lost when the self-image overshadows the self, when we sacrifice our true self for the ego.
Usually we see only cause-and-effect relationships - linear trajectories. Yet, beneath the surface, something else is happening. Invisible to us is a whole web of connections. Intentions are woven into this web, which is much more context-bound, much more relational, much more holistic, much more nurturing than our surface experience.
Consciousness orchestrates its activity in response to both attention and intention. Attention activates the energy field and intention activates the information field, which causes transformation.
This wonderful book, the New York Times Bestseller will change some skeptics who think that Deepak Chopra is yet another silver-tongued snake oil salesman. Chopra uses his verbal gifts to bring ancient East Indian teachings to a 21st-century audience.
He clarifies many scientific proposals and theories - Minkowski's Eight dimen-sional hyperspace in pp 50.
On pp 49 ff., Deepak illustrates beautifully the fantastic, fabulous and mind boggling experiment of physicists - a charged, unobserved beryllium atom was capable of being in two separate locations at the same time! It is the observation alone that turns possibility into reality.
On pp 52 ff., he describes the Einstein-Podolsky Rosen Paradox which proves that nonlocal communication or connection is a reality.
On pp 99 ff., he illustrates nicely how in the universal "I", everything is not only possible, it already exists, and simply requires intent to collapse into a reality in the physical world.
Part II deals extensively with meditation, mantras and seven principles of Synchrodestiny.
This is one book which I would like to take with me when I shuffle off my mortal coils and leave for another world
The more we are in the flow of the universe, the more often and the more profoundly our inner desires and wishes can manifest into outer realities. This is not to say that our every whim will be granted to us.
This reviewer was concerned at first that Chopra's suggestions could be misinterpreted by readers as an invitation to activating the powers of manifestation for selfish desires. Chopra quickly dissipated that concern.
Chopra presents a helpful series of exercises with each chapter, inviting readers to journey into experiential understandings of synchrodestiny. These include centering, meditation, clearing oneself of negativity that can lead to projections on others, and moving into deeper spiritual awarenesses.
This engaging book is warmly recommended for seekers on the path of spiritual awareness and healing ways of contributing to a world that is sorely in need of healing.