Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent

Obama Is “Wake Up,” McCain Is “Let Me Sleep”

posted by Admin

The urgency that anyone feels, or doesn’t feel, about the 2008 election rests on the issue of waking up. Over two-thirds of Americans tell pollsters that the country is on the wrong track. Dissatisfaction with government is rife. Looming crises such as climate change and global recession call for quick action. But if the conventional wisdom sees this as a race against time before the clock runs out, conventional wisdom is wrong. This election is a consciousness race. Either you see the need to wake up or you want to keep sleeping, which means giving in to inertia and denial.
I make this point because there is no bigger reason in 2008 to ask for change than in 2004. Resentment ran high four years ago; failed policies were evident; the war was seen as dishonest and fruitless; corruption in Congress had been laid at the feet of a discredited Republican leadership. But causes for discontent aren’t enough. A willingness to change must be found. It wasn’t found in 2004, and the same opposing forces are at work this year. They aren’t the usual things we blame: the Republican smear machine, district gerrymandering, voter apathy, disgust with politics, and cynicism. Those are basically rationalizations and easy excuses.
The deeper truth is that change is genuinely threatening and isn’t accomplished without movement in consciousness. Psychologists are well aware of the threats that change poses.
— It’s scary to give up what’s familiar. Habits make life feel safe and predictable.
–The unknown creates vague, unfocused anxiety.
–Suspicion is aroused by the new and untried.
–Inertia is comfortable, movement is uncomfortable.
–Denial “solves” problems by keeping them out of sight, disguising painful truths.
In the 2008 election, McCain and Palin are pleading to all these feelings of threat and turning them into false positives. The free market, which supposedly heals all problems automatically (never mind the national debt, gross income inequality, runaway foreclosures, the threat of worldwide recession, uncontrollable oil prices, and other gifts of the free market), serves as a model for doing nothing in any area and letting things take care of themselves. It works to promote the appearance of change so long as the same people stay in power doing the same things as before. The right wing has fostered delusional thinking and blocked progress since the Reagan revolution, and it increasingly congratulated itself as consciousness slipped lower and lower. The goal wasn’t a permanent Republican majority so much as a permanent sleepover.
Obama’s wake-up call requires giving up the comforts of sleep, and so millions of voters naturally resist. Reagan showed the way by claiming that he would reduce government and stop runaway spending, while in reality he increased government and the deficit tripled. To counter this reality, the right learned to lull itself with image over substance and falsehoods over truth. Sadly, the tactic worked back then and continues to work today. Which is not automatically cause for gloom. Consciousness does stir at times when history turns the page. The original upwelling of support for Obama came from consciousness, not from issues. In the spring this upwelling seemed unstoppable, but resistance hadn’t taken a stand yet. Now we are witnessing, in the rise of Sarah Palin, the full force of “Let me sleep” when faced with a wake-up call. (She trumps even this level of lethargy by adding know-nothing to do-nothing.) If consciousness wants to move, it will have to push resistance out of the way. That’s what happens when individuals strive for change, and the same thing applies to societies.
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Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 5)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the daily themes for peacemakers, today’s peace practice is:
Acting for Peace
Today is the day to help someone in need: A child, a sick person, an older or frail person. Help can take many forms. Tell yourself, ” Today I will bring a smile to a stranger’s face. If someone acts in a hurtful way to me or someone else, I will respond with a gesture of loving kindness. I will send an anonymous gift to someone, however small. I will offer help without asking for gratitude or recognition.”
Please support my intention for peace by going to Then create your own intention to add the power of your intention toward peace in the world. Share this message with all your friends to create a tidal wave of peace for the planet right now.


Deepak Chopra: How to ‘Be Peace’

posted by akornfeld

In light of International Peace Day, I want to share with you seven techniques for developing peace consciousness.


Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 4)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the daily themes for peacemakers, today’s peace practice is:
Speaking for Peace
Today, the purpose of speaking is to create happiness in the listener. Have this intention: Today every word I utter will be chosen consciously. I will refrain from complaints, condemnation, and criticism.
Your practice is to do at least one of the following:
Tell someone how much you appreciate them.
Express genuine gratitude to those who have helped and loved you.
Offer healing or nurturing words to someone who needs them.
Show respect to someone whose respect you value.
If you find that you are reacting negatively to anyone, in a way that isn’t peaceful, refrain from speaking and keep silent. Wait to speak until you feel centered and calm, and then speak with respect.
Please support my intention for peace by going to Then create your own intention to add the power of your intention toward peace in the world. Share this message with all your friends to create a tidal wave of peace for the planet right now.

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