Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent

Are we the masters of time? (part 2)

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The mind gives us mastery over our lives far more than people recognize. It’s become unrespectable to make such claims for the mind, because the fashion is to give all credit to the brain. In the first part of this post we argued that the mind, although invisible, is the true creator of reality, including the brain’s reality.
Let’s see how far this bold statement can take us.
There’s no doubt that you possess hidden powers. You have mastered levels of nature you aren’t aware of. When you reach for a piece of chocolate, your desire is carried out by your arm automatically. Yet away from your awareness, the motor cortex in your brain sent electro-chemical signals to your arm muscles. You aren’t aware of this level of nature, but it obeys you nonetheless.
Going to an inner level, brain and muscle cannot do anything without thousands of chemical reactions taking place in every cell each second. These also obey your command to reach for a piece of chocolate. Since cells operate by creating new proteins and enzymes, we can say that you literally create whatever is needed to carry out your desires. There is no gap between what you want and what your body does. (When there is a gap, some disorder or disease process has created damage in the chain of command.) The quantum world, where atoms interact to form the building blocks of life, is open to consciousness.
Once we get to this ultra-subtle level of nature, more is coming into being than just particles and waves, although that is primarily what quantum physics studies. Time and space also come into being. Are they under the mind’s command, also? We speak casually about people who rewrite the past to suit themselves. What if that is literally true?
In the laboratory, isolated experiments have shown that photons can travel from point A to point B without crossing the space in between: this is a rudimentary form of teleportation. In the same vein, when an observer performs the classic experiment that determines whether light will act as a wave or a particle (we discussed this in Part 1 of this post), the so-called observer effect can be delayed. A beam of light can wait until a second observer, using a second piece of equipment, makes a later observation. Then and only then does it “decide” to be a wave or particle.
Without going into complications, what is happening is a rudimentary way of changing the past. By delaying what will be observed, an action in the future is able to change an action in the past. History is literally rewritten. Of course, in both these cases, whether we are talking about teleportation or changing the past, the experiments are isolated and very tiny. Yet speculative thinking carries us to exciting possibilities.
In science fiction time travel is common, but in real life it supposedly can’t exist. Why not? Because time travel runs into paradoxes. Here’s a familiar one: if you travel back in time and kill your grandfather, you wouldn’t be born. Since you were never born, you can’t travel back in time to kill anybody, thereby negating your ability to not be born. A paradox. But in the rich spiritual tradition of India, there’s a way out. One could rise to a level of consciousness that escapes the limitations of time. This so-called state of enlightenment exists in everyone, potentially. If any person is able to master time, by implication there must be a way to explain how it works.
The observer effect gives us a clue. Simply by looking at light in the laboratory, and doing nothing else, an observer can determine whether the light is a wave or particle. There’s nothing special about light being shone in a lab. Ordinary light is affected by the observer effect. In fact, everything you are looking at right now depends upon you to exist.
This includes not just objects and events but time itself. Time didn’t create you; you created time. Other sentient beings would perceive time in totally different ways. Why, then, do two people agree when they look at their watches? Because as life forms, we are set up to repeat the perceptions of our ancestors. Our brains are the depository of all the realities that have been experienced over two billion years. DNA makes us who we are, in terms of brain activity. However, our every action alters DNA at the same time.
In this case, we cannot tell the dancer from the dance, to paraphrase the poet W.B. Yeats. His famous line even implies the observer effect: “O brightening glance, how can we know the dancer from the dance?” Sitting here in the present, you and I aren’t aware of being the masters of time, but if we knew our consciousness deeply enough, we would see it. After all, before the advent of microscopes, no one would have believe that thinking “I want some chocolate” depends upon mastery of quantum reactions.
The latest Nobel Prize in physics was given for the basic discovery of how photons can carry information through fiber optic cables. That represents the state of current knowledge. The late Herms Romijn, a brilliant Dutch neurologist, surmised that photons also carry consciousness. They interface everyday reality with the quantum world and beyond to the realm of intelligence, information, and awareness.
You aren’t aware that you create the scent of a rose by smelling it, or that what you decide today can alter something you did yesterday. None of us were raised to think that way. But as speculative thinkers, backed up by thousands of years of spiritual insight and the most current experimental evidence, we believe that thinking can be changed. It must. As long as we remain prisoners of materialism, destined to obey random events and subatomic interactions over which we have no power, the true nature of mind will be distorted. More importantly, we will postpone the day when we can master every level of nature through no more than the wisp of a thought and the power of an intention.
Published in the San Francisco Chronicle

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posted November 10, 2009 at 6:24 am

Excellent article and being a ( retired dancer ) and a chocolate lover I was drawn to your words on more than one level !
I connect with your words and have thought upon such things myself for quite some time and, agreeing that one cannot seperate the dancer from the dance or the rose from its aroma, there does seem to me to be a’ third’ awarenss in this investigation that creates both the dance and the dancer, which are both dependent upon each other and are as ‘ one thing’ although they appear in this reality as being dual . It is this ‘ third ‘ awarenss that seems to be summed up by the same understanding in that the creator is also the created and which gives us all the Oneness with God realm ?
It is hard to put into words – perhaps impossible ? But I continue to pay attention and be alert as to what is really going on here.. I find it similar to trying to draw a perfect circle.. see how the mind has to pay attention to that – dancing was like that too – perfect attection through every milliesecond / centimeter of movement.. the mind always wants to drift away. I found personally that when the mind is totally absorbed or ‘ loves’ what it is doing it does not tend to stray..

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Luke Anthony

posted November 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I met Keith Blanchard about 20 years ago, and I can say that, in all my life, I’ve never seen such a dramatic change in a person as the one I witnessed in him.
Keith and I go all the way back to the 80s when we played music in rock clubs almost every night, wishing we could become stars and make it big in the biz. After years of fantasizing, I finally decided to let that dream go, but Keith obviously had decided to do what it took to realize his.
The Keith I remember from our early days of knowing each other was a lazy and irresponsible guy, but also very funny and nice. Also, he had a girlfriend named Jennifer and the two of them were inseparable. But shortly after we became really good buds, she dumped him and he fell into a dark pit of depression that made it really hard for all of us who dug him to be around him for very long. He stayed lost in his self-pity for about two years.
Then, one day, I noticed that something had shifted inside of him — or maybe it had broken — and he was no longer the same guy. I didn’t know what it was at that time, but whatever it was sure looked good on him. From that point on, every time I saw Keith, he was growing faster and in ways that I’d never seen anyone do.
After about 3 months of watching him transform into this “new” person, I decided to ask, “What’s with you? You seem to be not only happy again, but happier than I’ve ever known you to be! What gives?”
You’ll never guess what he told me!
“I realized that ever since I was born, I’ve been dying and dying quickly,” he said. “Actually, one day a few months back, I completely died inside and when that happened, I felt very, very vulnerable. That’s when I saw God and realized clearly that from the beginning of my life He’d never left me. So that’s when the real me was born and what you’re seeing now is the real me starting to live, as opposed to just existing. I’ve been spending a lot of my time nurturing that me I’ve just gotten turned on to, and I plan to keep on doing it so that I can make a difference in the lives of everyone I come in contact with.”
Needless to say, I was floored and, I’ve gotta admit, I didn’t know what to do with this “new” Keith, so I didn’t see him much after that until about a year ago.
To be honest, I didn’t quite know what to make of the person I saw before me, because he seemed to be so different than anyone I’d ever known. But after spending some time with him, I realized that he’s just like me — or the me I want to be — free and full of creative fire! I could tell that my friend had taken all the pain of his bad situation and had turned it around into a life of real accomplishment.
Oh, sure, we’ve all heard of other people making some pretty powerful transformations, but I could see the thing with Keith happening right in front of me and, because of that, it really hit home. That’s why I’m telling this story.
What I observed was how Keith had taken himself from being the major victim he’d been back in the day to being a man who is now much more in harmony with God than he ever was before. This time around, when I’m around him, I see that he’s creating and living a better life now than he and I could’ve ever envisioned back then.
I last saw my old friend only a few months ago. That’s when he said, “Remember the time you asked me what had happened to me? Well, it’s still happening, Luke! I’m not at my destination yet, but I’m pulling into the station, that’s for sure. Y,know, it’s not too late for you to get on that same train and get all that you want out of life. I was given a gift, my friend, and the best thing about it is that it was a gift I gave to myself! What happened is that I started being much nicer to myself and others in a very genuine way. Since I started doing that, I’ve literally seen and received God more times than I can count and have had the blessed opportunity to give Him away to many, many people.
Luke, I want you to know that, for me, LOVE has been and still is the path! If you can begin to love yourself, your friends, your family and, in fact, love all people, you’ll be able to get out of the box called the world and get into the God that’s inside of you, so you, too, can move forward and upward. I assure you, friend, when you decide to take this path of least resistance, you, too, will begin to LIVE!”
Even though I haven’t seen Keith for a little while, I’m sure his books and his music will soar forward and upward with only the best. Why do I believe that? Because I’ve never seen a person to literally go out of his way to be so nice to others who may not have it as well as he does. And because he’s a dedicated person, father, friend and guide for so many people.
I’m so glad the day’s finally gotten here that The Divine Principle – Anchoring Heaven On Earth is being published. I can’t wait to read it — and the other books that will follow.
Keith, my friend, keep on keepin’ on!
With all respect and support,
~ Luke Anthony
Exciting news! Keith has a fantastic special offer to introduce you to his book, The Divine Principle: Anchoring Heaven on Earth. We’ve chosen Friday the 13th to launch because of the spiritual power of 13 and we encourage you to check it out right away, because it is a limited time offer. Go here to see what’s happening and enjoy the free gifts on November 13:

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posted November 11, 2009 at 2:42 am

The power of intent is not a thing to ‘ bandy ‘ around though.. because if intent has that much power to control and influence ( and some minds have the ability to use it ) then it is wide open for abuse and misuse. Look here at this very page.. you have one article and it has only two responses and already it has been invaded by an advertisement _ no doubt in a subtle form – but nonetheless, probably by elements of society that wish to make money rather than serious students of research of the mind.
Without a solid base of wisdom to support it then intent can a dangerous ‘ nuclear’ powered mental tool….
It is also a ethical issue whether or not to discuss this in the open public arena – if it is merely a theory then it doesn’t matter, but if it is possible then .. well I leave you all to think of the consequences and a possible staring at goats scenario ?

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posted November 11, 2009 at 5:25 am

But of course the ethical implications of such a theory is a moot point as it is more likely that when one has the mind to influence/ create its own environment/ world it would of course employ all those pure wonderful intents quite naturally because it wishes to live in happiness and peace and thus uses those very actions which bring about such states.. – the very inescapable law of cause and effect ….to wish bad things at this level would be to put the awareness in one’s own hell… Logically this must be so ?
Who would put bad things into one’s own universe at this level of awareness although it may appear possible to those who merely look at it from ‘ the dual perspective ‘ ?
Again quite difficult to express in words for me :)

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posted November 11, 2009 at 5:49 am

But of course the ethical implications of such a theory is a moot point as it is more likely that when one has the mind to influence/ create its own environment/ world it would of course employ all those pure wonderful intents quite naturally because it wishes to live in happiness and peace and thus uses those very actions which bring about such states.. – the very inescapable law of cause and effect ….to wish bad things at this level would be to put the awareness in one’s own hell… Logically this must be so ?
Who would put bad things into one’s own universe at this level of awareness although it may appear possible to those who merely look at it from ‘ the dual perspective ‘ ?
Again quite difficult to express in words for me :)
The bodhisattva intent to bring happiness to others also brings him to that awareness that is within his / her own self – metaphorically the garden of the Arhat but which he leaves to come into the world of less pure intents or unenlightened intents for the search of happiness and which lead to all sorts of negative and harsh effects – for if the cause is not pure neither is its effect.

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posted November 11, 2009 at 5:54 am

I appologise for the repeat of first section of above post… to make it more clear :
If one is aware within a paradise/ pure realm or Arhat realm then how can there be any possibly ignorance or negative intent.. logically the mental sphere
rejects anything that is contrary to its state. Logically one’ own paradise keeps the self seeking intents out –
a type of fail safe mechanism of pure logic ?

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posted November 11, 2009 at 7:32 am

The journey back to primal mind…
Well, surely, there is really no aroma and no one to smell it if one takes it at its face value of just bits of data which the brain and memory process and organize into ‘ things ‘ via a complex processes of the senses. It is almost it is as if ‘ everything’ is already there but as humans we can not organize the information into anything that we can recognise due to the limitations of, or unaccessed areas, of the brain’s ‘software ‘ to process and compile an image or sensory perception

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posted November 11, 2009 at 11:24 am
says it in similar manner in Deepak Chopra’s Beyond

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posted July 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

It is understandable that money can make us disembarrass. But what to do when someone has no money? The one way only is to get the loan or term loan.

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