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Thank you so much @deepakchopra, for the motivation. I am definitely going to try cognitive therapy and also incorporate mantra into my meditation. Hoping to win over my mind and realize my true self.
Gratitude to you!
Shivansh (I pronounce it as ‘shivaansh’, haha!)
What a magical response!
Now, I watching this response today is yet another synchronicity! Haha! Looks like all that you said was meant to heal my confusions. Thank you so much.
I have been struggling somewhat to get rid of my mental cage that always gets me thinking way too much and ‘intellectualizing experience’ as you said. I respectfully acknowledge how ‘human constructs’ are the root cause to anxiety and obsessive thought and hence, conundrums. I can understand this from my own experiences. I have a tendency to that as well. Nevertheless, I practice to feel my way and not think of it too much. But sometimes I find myself thinking about even staying in the ‘now’, and it gets crazy. So, I try to rejuvenate my mind from my experiences in meditation. Also, I remind myself to stay strong, overpower my mind, embrace uncertainty and work with compassion towards my dreams. I hope to reach the state where I think only when I want to and cease any thought when I don’t want to.
Thanks again for this timely reminder. This ends my day on a happy note. Keep inspiring always!
Much gratitude to you for this fantastic response Dr. Chopra, for taking out some valuable time from your schedule in Riyadh. Also, my apologies for looking at your response a tad too late.
I am now more confident that these so called ‘coincidences’ represent the extension of my personal self to the cosmic self (though essentially both are one). My body, my senses, my thoughts, my emotions and my experiences are all part of my ‘human universe’ and hence, coincidental phenomena are evidences of that. Interestingly, this is what ‘You are the Universe’ teaches me- oneness of the conscious universe.
Also, I have made note of the 7 steps to magnify my conscious experiences that you suggested in the video. These are precious suggestions for me. Thank you for motivating me to keep moving on my spiritual journey. I hope to keep in touch to discuss more experiences and feedback in future.
Lots of love,
04/19/2017 at 4:18 pm in reply to: Authors Ask: Your View on the Origin of the Universe? #5571
Here, I am a believer of GOD- the ultimate source of all that exists. I hope you agree with me on that?
I am not an expert now, but I want to try sharing my opinion. I feel that specifically in discussions in spirituality, words can be easily misunderstood or not even understood. But shouldn’t we be mindful of the fact that after all, they are ‘words’? I think that confusion or words or contexts must not invade a discussion which is driven by ‘purpose of words’ and not just ‘words’ themselves. So, you should not feel bad about such mere use of words which is bound to vary across cultures. Don’t you think that already our world is suffering so much from tensions and disputes just because someone said something which they should not say? What I want to say is that instead of feeling unpleasant with the use of words used in context with God; you, I and we all should rather feel the love and bliss of God, ultimate reality or pure consciousness (different Words for same “____”).
Also, you said that you don’t wish to read the book as you don’t feel comfortable with the title. My friend, unless you don’t experience others’ experience, how can you even talk of their viewpoint? I am sure that reading about view points other than your own, won’t affect the strength of your belief. Please don’t judge without experiencing. I have nothing and don’t even wish to argue against your belief. I can feel the truth in it!
May God bless you.
04/19/2017 at 3:10 pm in reply to: Authors Ask: Do We Live in a Participatory Universe? #5570
Thank you @Aurora 🙂
My answer to authors’ prompt-
Universe and Us are indeed merged in a cosmic communion that is ‘participation’. The preface of ‘You are the Universe’ immensely stimulated both my thought and inner self to feel that the entirety of our experience, physical interactions, and actions in our lives are always in participation with the universe. The thought that all of reality that we can ever experience is confined within the our human senses and faculties gives me goosebumps.
But the good news I feel is that this participation is even beyond the physical, in the cosmic consciousness. Though alien to many humans on earth, the idea of cosmic mind which is the ultimate reality having no form, experience, space or time, is a blissful reality one experiences (though without any experience) in meditation.
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That is deep. Reading from the book, I infer that experience is all about ‘pure consciousness’ manifesting itself. When there was no experience, consciousness was ‘being’ ( and is still being). That dimension of pure consciousness is seemingly out of human mind perceptions. To ‘experience’ something is using the senses and the mind to process the stimulus. So I think experience and mind go hand in hand.
But as consciousness expresses into the ‘mind’,it creates experiences for us or ‘qualia’. What ultimately exists is consciousness, while experience is just a manifestation. However, I believe that one can grow out of sensual experiences to the level of not really experiencing but just ‘being’ in pure state of consciousness- the ‘Ah ha’ moment.This post has received 1 vote up.
04/15/2017 at 2:41 am in reply to: Authors Ask: Do We Live in a Participatory Universe? #5510
I believe that being present in the universe and not participating in it has no real meaning.
Reading ‘You are the Universe’ stimulated my insight into this belief a lot more. I feel that human species and other life forms, and in fact all the matter as perceived in the physical world has to have a role in the matrix of the universe. On a physical level, we participate in the universe through interactions in the biosphere and also through space exploration. Whereas on a spiritual level, expressions of love, peace and compassion reflect through vivid transformations in one’s life and thus, make us active participants of the universe. I have strongly fell in love with the idea presented in the book that the only universe we can ever observe is in our human experience or ‘qualia’. I cannot agree with this more both on an intellectual and spiritual level. A clear testimony of our participation in the universe is the ‘observer effect’ from Quantum physics. If all observations in this moment have their existence depending on our mere act of observing, then we hold the trump card in the universe. Though this may feel scary or hard to wrap our heads around, in a spiritual experience this appears to be a joyful reality.This post has received 1 vote up.
I am so much mesmerized by your experiences. Sorry for being so late to respond. At first, after reading your story with numerical patterns, one may think of it as a hoax or an exaggeration. But I am not at all in that group. I can relate to your experiences so well, that I definitely believe these happening in your life. I am so happy that I’ve heard from someone like you about synchronicities that happen to me all the time. When you said that you think of a person and then meet him or her later that day, I can say that precisely similar experiences happen with me as well. Few months back, I was anxious about productively spending my summer after the freshman year in college. I was seeking a summer research opportunity. So I thought of asking my research professor, in whose biochemistry research lab I was working since 3 months from then as an undergraduate researcher. Now considering the fact that I often tend to overthink and worry myself, I was really uneasy those days. But I constantly reminded myself to be hopeful and to embrace the wisdom of uncertainty. Then one day, when I came back from winter break, at the end of the very first day of work in my lab, my professor himself asked me what I planned to do over in summer. I was a bit startled in that moment, and I hesitantly said- I am thinking to find a research opportunity. And my professor instantly asked me to apply to a summer team research project in his lab, that would pay me a scholarship and he would right away take me on his team. I was so delighted that day. More than being able to find a summer research opportunity, I was surprised by this yet another phenomenon of coincidence (or as I would call it now- Synchronicity)- a big one this time! These days I am happily working on this research project.
So Suzie, even I think of these experiences as a sign of connecting to my deeper true self, and creating my own life myself. These are qualities of ‘awarefulness’, as Dr.Chopra always says. And even if we are connected to that conscious core, it would take a lot of compassion and devotion to reach that ultimate conscious self where there is no struggle. I can understand how confusing it can get when we think about being connected and still not being connected. On such occasions, I just remind myself that I don’t need to overthink because ‘thinking’ with my ‘human brain’ is unlikely to lead me to spiritual wisdom. What we need is the ‘cosmic brain’- what we essentially ARE.
Dr.Chopra and Dr.Kafatos have beautifully discussed this in the book.
Thank you 🙂
I am curious to know more about your experience. Can you elaborate a little on your coincidences with numbers?
Also, in regard to your question, I wonder if it’s ‘life within coincidences’ rather than ‘coincidences in life’!This post has received 1 vote up.
Thank you Dr. Kafatos for this lovely answer. I like the use of the word ‘synchronicity’ over ‘coincidence’ now.
I definitely can relate when you say that the meanings of the coincidences become obvious later. It happens that way very often, which in fact motivates me to practice gratitude for my life. I’m glad to getting assured by you that these ‘experiences’ are ‘intelligent’ reflective of the conscious universe. Thank you so much. 😀
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04/20/2017 at 2:36 am in reply to: Authors Ask: Your View on the Origin of the Universe? #5580
Thank you for responding. I do understand your point of view, and to me it seems that you consider the title of the book saying ‘You Are the Universe’ to be a disrespect to the Ultimate Creator of the universe. Correct me if I am wrong.
I would humbly request you to consider this for a moment- There are people out there who believe quite confidently that the words such as Atman, Brahman, Parmatan, and other words of wisdom as preached by the Gita do no more than to confuse people with false believes of spirituality, and rather Bible is the only way to God. They don’t want to even acknowledge the belief other than their own. In this case, the wisdom in Gita is considered nonsensical. And I have experienced hearing this myself. So, would you call those people right to say that?
What I want to clarify here is that it appears that you are literally judging a book by its cover, my friend. Even if you don’t think the ideology and the paradigm of this book is not what you believe, you may read it to analyze deeper into what actually the authors wish to convey through such a title. That is definitely not going to stifle your rich beliefs; you know that and I am sure too. But if you read, then we all can have a deeper and more meaningful discussion over the book. Personally, from reading the book, I can say that what’s inside is far more deeper in meaning and context than the title itself. If you choose to read it, you will have a beautiful experience.
Thank you for considering to read my suggestion.