Power, Freedom, and Grace

Power, Freedom, and Grace

Living From the Source of Lasting Happiness

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Your essential being is the source of all being-the field of pure consciousness that manifest as the entire universe. In this very moment, pure consciousness illuminates and animates your mind and body, and it is powerful, invincible, unbounded, and free.
When you know yourself as this field of consciousness, you have power to manifest your desires, you have freedom from fear and limitations, and you live in grace, which is that state of consciousness where things flow and your desires are easily fulfilled.
Joy and sorrow, happiness and suffering, are the play of opposites; they are transient because they are time-bound. Spirit, the essential you, is independent of the play of opposites; it dwells in the silent bliss of the eternal. That's why the key to happiness is to identify with the unchanging essence of your inner self - to live and play in the field of intelligence that is beyond positive and negative. This field is your source, and it is magical, holy, joyful, and free.
To experience lasting happiness, you have to go to a place beyond thought and experience inner peace. It's not that you have to maintain a positive attitude. It's not that you have to shed your sadness and bring in happiness. You have to go beyond the world of duality to the field of pure potentiality and live from your source.
Happiness and sadness are different faces of infinite consciousness. Both are transient, and you are neither because you are not a state of consciousness. You are consciousness itself expressing all of these states. Why would you want to identify with a wave on the ocean or a mere drop of water when you are the ocean? You are not the ever-changing behavior of the ocean. You are the water-i-ness of the ocean, and this water-i-ness doesn't change.
Vedanta declares, 'Know that one thing by knowing which everything else is known.' For one who knows the Self, the limitations of the world disappear.
In POWER, FREEDOM, AND GRACE, Deepak Chopra considers the mystery of our existence and its significance in our eternal quest for happiness.
Who am I? Where did I come from? Where do I go when I die? Chopra draws upon the ancient philosophy of Vedanta and the findings of modern science to help us understand and experience our true nature, which is a field of pure consciousness. When we understand our true nature, we begin to live from the source of lasting happiness, which is not mere happiness for this or that reason, but true inner joy.
When we know who we really are, we no longer interfere with the innate intelligence of the cosmos. Instead, we allow the universe to flow through us with effortless ease, and our lives are infused with power, freedom, and grace.

Publisher: San Rafael, Calif. : Amber-Allen, c2006
ISBN: 9781878424815
1878424815
Branch Call Number: 294.54 Cho 3558ad 1
Characteristics: ix, 220 p. :,ill

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twasau
Jan 07, 2017

For those who have read the book. It is now 2017. What impact does the book have on you now a few years after you read the book, if any?

Thank you.

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vfaine14
Dec 10, 2016

This book is extremely powerful. While Dr. Chopra is a genius, he explains the topic comprehensively. What stands out for me is that it provides answers that immediately connects the reader with her true self--Soul, ( A stepped down version of Absolute Reality or God or universal consciousness). After such awareness--I realize that I do not want to continue associating with ego, which is a daily struggle. Soul, my true self, is understanding and patient. I realize the saying--I am always becoming--is so right on. I was always on the path (the right one) leading me to Soul.

This book helps with winning the battle, overcoming the ego, the worldly perception of self. However, it takes getting use to relative to living as Soul. There is this tug-of-war--but, Soul wins each time. It really is about surrendering and saying yes to everything, so that my life flows with Universal Consciousness.

This book is beyond religious constructs, which is why it liberates. It allowed me to answer complex questions, e.g. are all souls on the same playing field? Dr. Chopra says no, because "our inner world and outer world interdependently co-arise depending on the level of vibration of our spirit." But, once we begin living as Soul, we can begin to live the life according to the plan of Universal Consciousness.

Again, while Dr. Chopra explains the concepts of universal consciousness brilliantly, making it comprehensible, they may be overwhelming and hard to accept. But, I recommend reading the book, and then allowing your Soul to guide you.

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akinom6
Dec 17, 2012

A beautiful book

abkeller Dec 02, 2012

True happiness is found from within. That is the essence of this book. If we place blame upon outside sources, we become victims of our own destiny. Whatever happens in our daily lives, good or bad, is a part of us, as we are a part of the greater whole.

Meditation is one way of dealing with stressful situations and meditating about two times a day can actually lower blood pressure, increase job performance and lengthen life expectancy. Tune into the rhythms of the cosmos and allow them to flow through you to give you power, freedom and grace.

Chopra cites to the philosophy of Vedanta and to numerous scholars and prophets, such as the poet Rumi and theoretical physicist John Wheeler. Stress in our lives can be caused by worrying about the past or the future. By dwelling in the “now” and realizing that everything has a purpose, one can relax a little and achieve a sense of calm. This transfers from everyday life into higher tasks, which are then accomplished with greater ease and efficiency.

I learned a lot from this book, including viewing life as an active participant in the cosmic consciousness as opposed to being a “victim”. This is not to say that one should label every occurrence as a positive force, but it does give one the chance to “do” as opposed to being “done to”. I cannot say that I embrace all of the aspects of this book, but it does give me some interesting alternatives - very interesting indeed.

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