Thursday, December 23, 2010

Seven Ways to Know "Who Am I?"

Adapted from Life After Death, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).

Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, a best selling author, and founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.  He has more than 55 books, including 14 bestsellers on mind-body health, quantam mechanics, spirituality and peace. Here is a little advice from his book Life After Death.

Below are seven ways to help you define who you are.

1. What is your story?
Your story is more than just a list of events in your life. It is about your self-image, how you see yourself, what shaped your mind, which memories imprinted themselves on you.  Taken altogether, your story tells you where you are in the cycle of life.

2. What are your expectations?
Expectation are seeds.  Once planted, they manifest into those things we gain from life, or lose.  When you become aware of your own expectations, you discover the unspoken limits you have set on yourself.  There is a huge difference between those who expect great things and those who don't.

3. What is your purpose?
This is the meaning you are trying to find.  Purpose runs deeper than the superficial things we hope to get, which mostly center on money, possessions, status, and comfort.  If you know your purpose, you know the deeper project to which your life is dedicated.

4. What is your destination?
This is about fulfillment.  Human goals are endless; they unfold, not like a road that has an end but life a river that flows to join the sea, merging with ever larger possibilities.  If you know your destination, you can envision your highest fulfillment.

5. What is your path?
Having identified your purpose and your destination, there must be a way to get these.  "Path" has been adopted as a spiritual term, but in fact everyone, spiritual o rnot, follows certain ways to get where they want to go.

6. Who are your adversaries?
Forward motion is never without obstacles.  On your path you will find yourself blocked.  At times the adversary is external, but if you examine yourself deeply, you will find it is always internal as well.

7. Who are your allies?
We all bring others with us on our journey.  Just as your adversaries did, you may identiry these allies as
external, but they only reflect your own inner strength, just as an opponent reflects your inner vulnerability.

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