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22: I Am the Universe {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“He who experiences the unity of life
sees his own Self in all beings,
and all beings in his own Self.”
— Bhagavad Gita

Today is the bonus day of our 21-Day Meditation Experience. We are delighted to offer a special meditation to create a reverberation of awakening from your consciousness throughout the universe. This wave of awakening is your recognition that your core existence is the same as the core existence of everything and everyone in the universe. As you wake up to your universal status, you are sending a wake-up call to every sleepy being in the entire cosmos. But unlike a wave traveling outward from a dropped pebble in a pond, this wave of self-realization reaches the entire universe instantaneously. When pure awareness touches the depth of its own Being, it knows in a flash its own universality.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I am the universe.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Aham Brahmasmi
I am the universe.

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Oprah Winfrey:

So, this is our final meditation in the series. We are back for the meditation that connects you to the universal energy. I am the Universe. The law of attraction is as we’ve seen as simple and elegant as it is profound and awesome.  It’s the power that attracts the earth to the sun and the tide  to the shore. It’s the power you have within You to attract the support of the universe, all there is on Your own journey in life.  Why? Because the energy that is You comes from the same source energy that creates all living things. As Deepak tells us, there is no separation between that which is within us and that which surrounds us. As You expand your awareness You become one with the Universe. You begin to understand that you are one with the universe. And you can align your grandest dreams and allow them to expand and deepen as one with the divine. So settle in, take a deep breath and join Deepak on a special journey to become one with the Universe.

Deepak Chopra:

Having a wish for universal love and peace may seem very ideal and abstract. But it is also very human. In the Vedic tradition there’s a declaration from anyone who has fully awakened. Aham Brahmasmi  : I am the universe. Taken in physical terms this sounds like pure imagination. No one is literally a galaxy or supernova, something else is meant. You are the Universe if you share the essence that unites everything in creation, the ground state of being. Spiritually we are the universe when we desire unbounded love and peace.

Those human qualities are also the qualities of pure awareness. So from the level of awareness we live in the human universe, not a vast cold void empty of meaning. The field of pure awareness emerges into existence through you and me and every other person. As creation emerges its sleeping potential comes awake. This potential isn’t neutral. At the very source of creation, there is an intention to evolve and reach perfection, which is why we have those intentions too. We want peace, harmony, love and happiness as part of the universe’s intentions. In an age of faith we’d see ourselves as part of the divine plan. In a secular age that’s much harder to believe. Each person needs to test it personally.

That’s what we begun in our  21-day meditation experience. By mastering the art of desire you call upon the power that upholds creation. And by witnessing what it can do, you move closer to the spiritual truth embodied in  the worlds wisdom traditions. We’d say that we live in a human universe, a place that is our true home. “I am the universe” is the most profound description of who You really are, when viewed as part of the wholeness of reality.  But “I am the universe” is also the simplest expression of what it means to be human. When you see yourself this way, your personal vision will bring you the ultimate fulfilment of desire. You will be a child of the cosmos.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought:
I am the universe.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Now gently introduce the mantra Aham Brahmasmi . This mantra affirms the universality of Your individuality. As You repeat the Mantra feel your essence as the essence of all creation. Repeat it silently to yourself, Aham Brahmasmi,   With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Aham Brahmasmi  Please continue with your meditation, I’ll mind the time and when it’s tie to end, you’ll hear me ring a soft bell. Aham Brahmasmi  Just mentally, Aham Brahmasmi.

It’s time to release the mantra,  continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.   When you feel ready, You can open your eyes.
As you continue with your day contemplate the centering thought.
I am the universe.

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1. As you contemplate the possibilities of this final spiritual realization, formulate a silent blessing you would like to send out to the universe. Write this blessing down in your journal.

2. Remember that while your essence is the same as the essence of the universe, the converse is true as well – the universe is in you. This means that the magnificence of your spiritual status can comfortably and gracefully fit into the commonplace events of your current life: making dinner, getting the mail, driving to work, or calling a sick friend. Enlightened people can be hidden in plain sight around you. Write down some wild speculations on people you know who might be enlightened.

3. Take some time to write about ways that you can continue your daily mindfulness and meditation practice.

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21: Creating Peace {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence
of creative alternatives for responding to conflict.”
— Dorothy Thompson

Congratulations on completing this 21-day journey with us! It’s been wonderful to have you with us, discovering how to use the energy of attraction to create a happy, productive, and spiritual life. We sincerely hope that these days have been illuminating and enriching for you. Today’s lesson is about manifesting the power to create peace in the world. Desiring peace for all is a big desire, and we create that influence of peace most effectively when we desire from our infinite, unbounded self. From that unlimited consciousness of peace and stillness, we simply radiate peace and joy from our Being through, and into, the consciousness of every other Being. You create peace by being the peace that is your deepest self. Thank you for sharing your time with us, and may your light be a blessing to the world.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My presence creates peace.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
I desire peace for all beings.

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Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome, My Friends, to the final day of our meditation experience, Creating Peace.  Isn’t that what we all want!  I hope that this has been an illuminating, soul-opening journey for you.  We’ve aligned our desires with our true nature and learned to manifest those desires with focus and with flexible consciousness, connecting to Source of all things.  We’ve expanded our dreams, knowing there is no distance between our dreams and hopes, and dreams and hopes of others.

Peace – it’s the space where Being is more important than doing, in fact being at peace is being in the place of power and knowing.  So I want you to stop for a moment and take that in.  Peace is the power of the divine. Just by the way you are in the world, you have the potential to bring about profound serenity when you manifest peace in your life, when you become a beacon of calm and tranquility, your presence is enough to light the way for others.  People can see it and feel it in you.  You simply have to hold the intention of peace for yourself and others.  You then attract peace and all that comes with it – harmony, grace, love.  That’s how you live the energy of attraction and that’s how you really make a difference in the world.  So now let’s just relax and take in the transformation that you’ve felt for these past 21 days, and allow Deepak to lead us to that space of peace.

Deepak Chopra:

Every time you experience expanded awareness, you’re getting closer to enlightenment.  What exactly does that mean?  Enlightenment is a confusing concept.  It isn’t a state that the ego can foresee because individual perception is too limited and narrow in scope.  The World’s Wisdom traditions describe enlightenment as something you become, not something you possess.  What this means is personal transformation. Let’s go deeper into this transformation

In an enlightened state, your being is more important than your doing.  As God tells Moses from the burning bush in the Old Testament, ‘I am that I am’.  Instead of working to help others, your very presence uplifts and guides them on the path.  Mahatma Gandhi says, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’.  In enlightenment you can fully accomplish this, thanks to an inner transformation.

When you are truly yourself, quiet inward attention is enough to activate nature’s evolutionary power benefiting everyone and everything.  As the Indian aphorism declares, on spark is enough to burn down the forest.  You become the spark that burns down the suffering and ignorance you see around you.  This may sound like a very grand role to play but in fact, nothing is simpler or more humble than being who you really are.  In living your truth, you stand for Truth.  Of course, one commonly hears that there is no truth with a capital T, but everything changes when you experience inner transformation.  Truth with a capital T is simply expanded truth just as enlightenment is just expanded awareness.

Now you know where desire is actually taking you day by day.  The evolutionary impulse is speaking through you saying grow, live, prosper.  This is the eternal message of life, the reason for being here, the ultimate spiritual secret.  .Congratulations for reaching the end of our meditation experience together.  An eternal message has found a new voice in you.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.
My presence creates peace.

Let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra, Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu.  This mantra is a desire for peace for all beings.  As you repeat the mantra, feel your peace radiating to everyone.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu.   Just mentally.  Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering though,
My presence creates peace.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  1.  “As our desires continue to expand for the benefit of more and more people, we begin to embody the most expansive desire – the desire for peace for the entire planet. Write about how our peaceful presence can generate a peaceful influence for everyone in the world.”
  2. “Describe in your journal what a peaceful world would look like.”
  3.  “Write about the most meaningful experiences you had these past three weeks. What did you learn about yourself that you hadn’t known or experienced before?”

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20: Finding Your Freedom {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“No one else can choose your attitude for you.
Your perspective and choice of attitude
gives you the power to be in control.”
— Irene Dunlap

Today we will learn about playing our role as a creative participant in life from a state of pure freedom. When you become comfortable creating from the silence of your unbounded awareness, you experience true freedom. This is more than the freedom to create whatever you desire – it is also freedom from the attachment to your desires and manifestations.Today’s meditation connects you to this state of creativity in perfect freedom. Each time you meditate, your consciousness expands and you move closer and closer to your true state of spiritual freedom: enlightenment.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I manifest my desires in freedom.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Parameshwari Namah
My true self has unlimited creative power.

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Oprah Winfrey:

Well here we are, Friends, day 20, Finding Your Freedom.  Yes!  In today’s world, what’s yours is yours and what’s mine is mine.  The exact opposite is true in the realm of Spirit.  Everything we have and everything we are is shared because we’re all connected to the same boundless, powerful Source.  We’re like aspen roots.  That’s why there’s no separation between the seed of desire that lives inside you and that same seed of desire that lives inside me and every other human being.  We all want the same things.  That’s why the world seems so out of order when we’re all fighting each other because we all want to experience love and affirmation of what our source already knows.  We all are love.  That’s the truest essence of who we are and why we’re here.  We matter simply because we’re here.   And we’re here to manifest that love.  Recognize yourself as a spark, as an essential part of the magnificent creative force in the universe, an essential part of the grand glory of all that is.  When you can connect to that, you will blossom into your highest self.  You will freely and authentically flow peace and generosity into the lives of others. Knowing who you really are – that which comes from the source of all there is, and embracing that power of who you really are, manifesting your dreams will become easy and you will soar and take others with you.  That is the truest expression of freedom, knowing that we are miraculous beings.  Let’s join Deepak and meditate on that together.

Deepak Chopra:

Many things get turned upside down as you walk the spiritual path.  This is certainly true of desire which in most people’s lives isn’t totally positive.  Sages and seers speak of desire as a kind of bondage.  You are trapped inside the ego and its constricted awareness which can only think about I, me and mine.  The more you want, the more you are trapped.

The worst bondage is associated with compulsive cravings and addiction which are extreme distortions of the natural flow of desire.  When desire no longer traps you but instead flows freely, it helps you to become free too.  This is a spiritual secret that is frequently overlooked, especially when desire is condemned as low and worldly.  Yet such a view doesn’t hold up when you realize that every step on the spiritual path is motivated by desire.

You have to want to evolve, grow and wake up., otherwise you will stop in your tracks.  The key is self-awareness.  Without self-awareness, you can’t connect with your true self.  Your desires control you instead of the other way around.    The beauty of being self-aware is that you know who you are and you see that you are enough.  There is no lack, no judgment against the self, no need for distractions to make you feel better.  Yet, you still have desires.  You long for total freedom and spiritual awakening because you have tasted what they are like.  The path to freedom is always open.  All you have to do is knock and the door will be opened as the New Testament teaches.

When your awareness is permanently identified with the true self, you no longer feel the binding effects of any desire.  The old ego mechanism has withered away.  In Sanskrit, the ultimate state of freedom is called Moksha, or enlightenment.  You plant the seed of enlightenment with every daily meditation because each time your awareness expands you’re becoming that much freer.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  I manifest my desires in freedom.  I manifest my desires in freedom.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra, Parameshwari Namah.  This mantra invokes the sum total of the creative potential of creation.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the unlimited manifesting power of your own consciousness.  Repeat it silently to yourself.  Parameshwari Namah.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Parameshwari Namah.  Please continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Parameshwari Namah.   Just mentally.  Parmeshwari Namah.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day contemplate the centering thought,
I manifest my desires in freedom.

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  1.  “As we master the art of manifesting our desires, we ultimately become free from the grip of desires. Describe any difficulties you have had, or still have, with desires that have become powerful cravings or addictions. These are desires for happiness that got confused and diverted from their source and have become a kind of bondage.”
  2.  “Even desires that don’t rise to the level of addictions can become a constriction of one’s mental and emotional freedom. This is due to the ego identifying with those desires, and therefore one’s happiness depends on what happens or doesn’t happen. Knowing your true self breaks that bondage of ignorance and sets you free, write about an experience of freedom that resulted from realizing something you thought was very necessary was, in actuality, not important at all.”
  3. “Write about an experience in meditation or outside of meditation where you felt your inner self grow stronger, and your ego mind become less important. The key factor to become aware of is that aligning with the power of the universe is reaching the level of self-awareness that pierces the illusion of importance the ego has built up.”

 

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19: Becoming a Co-Creator {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“The universe as we know it is a joint product
of the observer and the observed.”
— Teilhard De Chardin

We learned yesterday that when we desire from our true self, we are manifesting from a state of grace. Today we will move further into this new perspective, so you see your role as a co-creator in life. At your core consciousness, you are one with the creative consciousness of the universe. This means that your intentions are manifested neither solely through your will, nor through being a passive observer.  In today’s meditation, we will step into the role of conscious partnership in creating your life. This state of creativity is humbling, elevating, and blissful, all at the same time.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I enjoy being a co-creator.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Brahma Namah
My Being participates in the creation of each moment.

Day19 Energy

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome, Friends, to Day 19, Becoming a Co-Creator.  We’ve been delving into the energy of attraction for this entire journey and today it’s a good time to revisit the basic law of attraction with a new and expanded awareness.  Today we’re going to again touch on something I hold as one of my deepest beliefs – you’re co-creating your life and this law discovered by Isaac Newton  – for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction – third law of motion it’s called in physics.  I live by that. You are co-creating your life with the Source of all that is.  Your intentions are shaping your every thought, every word, and every action and the universe is responding in kind to every one of those thoughts, words and actions.  It’s all encompassing and that is why you have the reality that you are now living.  You shaped it and you have the power to shape the universe’s response to you.  You’re in a wondrous partnership with source energy.  Nothing in your life is happening out of order – nothing.  It is so simple.  It’s law and it’s also magnificent.  Not only do you have the power now, you’ve always had it.  You’re the master of your fate, you are the captain of your soul, said William Ernest Henley.  Let yourself deeply connect with divine creative potential and the wellspring of possibility for you to co-create is available beyond your ability to see.  So close your eyes and let Deepak show us the way there.

Deepak Chopra:

Yesterday you experienced the possibility of being the agent of your soul, bringing the state of grace into your own life and the lives of others.  Any time you act from deep inside your awareness, you’re expanding your sphere of influence.  You touch more people and the benefit you bring goes deeper.  This is a wonderful development but it’s not the final stage.  As you expand further you begin to recognize the role you’re playing in cosmic terms.  You’re a co-creator of everything because your essence is the one being in everything.  Simply by existing you channel the values that make life worth living, beauty, truth and love.

It takes a shift in awareness to bring this realization because on the surface, it’s not always evident that existence contains love, truth or beauty.  These are things we often feel deprived of but they are our birthright as inner potentials waiting to awaken.  Once you make the shift, you serve the unfolding of creation and this brings humility.  To co-create with God makes the ego shrink away while the true self expands.  Now you have stepped into your highest role on the planet which is to help collective consciousness to evolve.  There is nothing burdensome in this role because it only consists of continuing to fulfill the desires you want to fulfill naturally and spontaneously.

Perhaps your contribution will go unnoticed because rising to a higher state of consciousness is private and intimate.  You are relating to yourself.  Yet in the knowledge that you are a co-creator, there is no need for outside recognition.  Inner fulfillment is more than enough.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  I enjoy being a co-creator.  I enjoy being a co-creator.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Om Brahma Namah.  This mantra engages your true self with the creative power of the universe.  As you repeat the mantra, feel your consciousness attune to the manifesting energy of the cosmos.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Brahma Namah.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Om Brahma Namah.   Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Om Brahma Namah.  . Just mentally.  Om Brahma Namah.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.   When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought.
I enjoy being a co-creator

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  1.  “As we explore the workings of Nature more deeply, we become more familiar with the process of manifestation. What used to feel like an individual effort can be seen as a gift from our true self. Next, we see that our ultimate role in manifesting our desires is to become a co-creator in the world. Keeping in mind the playful, carefree nature of creating, write your impressions of what that kind of life might feel like.”
  2.  “Even though we are speaking of very advanced states of consciousness, it’s important to realize we are only waking up to who we truly are. That realization of being a co-creator is extraordinary, but the rest of our outer, social and professional life can remain quite ordinary. Write down possible advantages to inconspicuous spirituality.”
  3.  “Just for fun, write down how you would have created the universe differently if it were up to you.”

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18: Manifesting Through Grace {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only
enter where there is a void to receive it,
and it is grace itself which makes this void.”
— Simone Weil

As we grow in our ability to manifest from Nature’s realm of all possibilities, something remarkable begins to dawn on us. The personal power to manifest desires through attracting things to us starts to feel more and more like a loving gift offered to us in a state of grace. As our awareness moves into deeper, more universal layers of existence, our perspective becomes less personal and more universal. Instead of seeing desires fulfilled because our individual will attract the resources to fulfill them, we begin to realize that it was the abundant generosity of Nature freely nurturing our desires to fulfillment. This is what it is to manifest desires through grace and gratitude.  In today’s meditation, we will enter that state of consciousness in which self and soul are merged, and embrace our true nature as divine, graceful Beings.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I am grateful for divine manifestations.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Hoom Namah
My divine nature reveals itself as it awakens.

Day18 Energy

Oprah Winfrey:

Aah – Love today!  Manifesting through grace.  Grace – I just love the sound of the word! IT is such a gift.  The unchanging, constant kindness of the universe.  The author, Anne Lamott captured the essence of grace when she said ‘I do not at all understand the mystery of grace, only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us’.  In the most profound way, grace is the deepest energy of attraction because it’s the guiding, abiding energy that is always available as a gift that you can call upon at any moment in any situation.  Being present in grace, desiring it for others with gratitude and loving kindness is the most powerful way to manifest your dreams.  You give – and receive – the energy of attraction with unwavering ease – it just flows.  When you connect with the grace of Source and let it flow through you, you become a graceful being.  At once grounded and elevated at the same time.  You move more deeply and quietly into the energy that makes dreams manifest.  Let’s get quiet and let Deepak guide us toward divine grace.

Deepak Chopra:

If they ask themselves what the most perfect life would be like, many people would say a life lived in grace.  There are moments when each of us feels blessed, touched by grace.  How can these moments be knit together into a state of grace every day?  The answer is to merge self and soul which can only happen at the deepest level of your awareness.  The true self is divine by its nature because it is the source of self and soul at the same time.

What we used to think of as our personal power of attraction is now seen as God’s loving and nourishing support.  If you’re uncomfortable with using religious terms, you can think of support from nature, or the universe instead.  The result will be the same.  At the level of the true self, personal power is uplifted and now feels like a gift or blessing from unbounded awareness.  This is the ground state of existence from which everything in the universe emerges.  The seed of desire, it turns out, is never isolated.  It includes the generosity of the sun, rain and soul, freely giving themselves to the seed.    Whatever is given freely is given under grace.

You can’t really enter the state of grace which has been yours since birth. Instead, you trust in grace through expanded awareness.  This shift creates an upsurge of gratitude and ever expanding wave of love and devotion moving out into the world.  At that point, who you are is the greatest gift you can give to others.  You are the agent and messenger of the soul.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  I am grateful for divine manifestations.  I am grateful for divine manifestations.

Now, let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Hoom Namah.  This mantra invokes divine grace and support.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the transformation of your consciousness as the divine nature of your soul is revealed within your human nature.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Hoom Namah.  With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Hoom Namah.   Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Hoom Namah.   Just mentally.  Hoom Namah.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,

I am grateful for divine manifestations.

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  1.  “Until now, the manifestation of desires has been seen as something we make happen through our energy of attraction. Today, as we delve deeper into the nature of manifestation, it also makes sense to see the manifestation of desires as grace or loving support that is freely given to us. Write about an experience where you desired an outcome, but you were not the one to directly make it happen. It doesn’t have to be a religious experience of grace – it may show itself as synchronicity or good luck—but you feel the universe was assisting with the fulfillment of your desire.”
  2.  “Seeing the fulfillment of your desires as a state of grace means your ego can’t take credit for the good things happening in your life, and you won’t be deluding yourself with false pride. Write down why this might be an important benefit to your spiritual growth, as the divine manifestations coming through your desires become more and more powerful.”
  3.  “Think back to an experience you had that you witnessed grace or synchronicity, and describe in your journal how that felt, and what changed in you after that experience.”

 

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17: Playful Manifestation {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Where there is joy, there is creation.
Know the nature of joy.”
— Chandogya Upanishad

Playfulness, lightheartedness, and joy – this is the spirit from which all creativity flourishes. If we want to truly share the abundance of our manifested desires with others, then we need to create from that place of playfulness within our hearts. When you desire in a carefree state of awareness, there are no ego demands or feelings of desperation about your desires. Today’s meditation is an invitation to join Nature’s play, or Lila, as it is termed in Sanskrit. We will learn to trust the desires and intentions that arise from the freedom and joy of our true self.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Desire is my creative play.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Aieem Namah
My true self is playful and wise.

Day17 Energy

Oprah Winfrey:

Here we are – its day 17 and we want to play a little today.  Playful Manifestation.  Eckhart Tolle, the author of one of my favorite books, A New Earth, and one of the people who has influenced me a lot said, ‘Say yes to life and see how life suddenly starts working with you rather than against you’.  Have you found that to be true?  When you say yes because you are carefree and trust that the universe is working in harmony with you, with intimate knowledge of what you want, you attract even more yeses – more joy, more generosity, more abundance.  Let go of all the nonessentials – the worry, the holding on, the resistance to life and you will attract endless wonder and your energy field will start to light up and get more expansive.  And even though you may not imagine it yet – your power of attraction will be amplified.  So let’s follow that freedom, that bliss into today’s playful manifestation.

Deepak Chopra:

It may sound paradoxical but as you get better at manifesting what you want, you don’t take your desires so seriously.  You realizes that what cosmic intelligence knows, you may not know.  So being carefree means you truly trust the universe to manifest everything that’s right for you, here and now, following the flow of attraction.

Once you’re manifesting in a more playful attitude you are no longer bound by the ego’s insecurities and cravings.  This is in accord with the spiritual lesson mentioned before, the more detached you are from the results, the better the results become.  By the same measure, the more desperate and uptight you are about the results, the more likely that you will be disappointed.  The ultimate power to make anything come true for yourself and others is described in the Bhagavad Gita when it advises, ‘perform action without regard for the fruits of action’.  This is pure play, acting through free will and letting the universe take care of the outcome.

The ego cannot reach the state of pure playfulness because it thinks too much about winning and losing.  Only when you act from the true self is winning not an issue because what you want is also best for you.  In its anxiety about winning, the ego overlooks the greatest prize of all, enjoying the cosmic dance which in Sanskrit is called the play of the divine, or Leela. When you connect with Leela, life is light-hearted, an endless source of curiosity and wonder at the beauty of creation as it unfolds before your eyes.  When you are joyful, your desires cannot help but expand, no longer obligated to the ego’s demands, worries and selfishness.  Every meditation brings you a step closer to the joy of being free.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  Desire is my creative play.  Desire is my creative play.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Aleem Namah.  This mantra activates the creativity within pure awareness.  As you repeat the mantra, feel your playful creative aspect emerge from your true self.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Aleem Namah.  With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Aleem Namah.    Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Aleem Namah.    Just mentally.  Aleem Namah.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day contemplate the centering thought.
Desire is my creative play.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  1.  “Playful manifestation is about being a kid at heart. You are closest to your divine creative source when you are most innocent and carefree. Write about a time when you let out your exuberant playful side and were surprised by the burst of creative energy that emerged.”
  2.  “Feeling lighthearted and joyful in manifesting desires comes in part from knowing your ego doesn’t have to carry the burden of responsibility for determining right and wrong. That is handled by cosmic intelligence through your true self. Write about why letting go of this burden will feel so liberating.”
  3.  “Now consider why this freedom from anxiety and moral dilemmas will make you so much better at manifesting your desires. Write down in your journal what the child in you would like to make happen right now.”

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16: Trusting Nature’s Course {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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 “A thought is a Cosmic Order waiting to happen.”
— Stephen Richards

Today we will learn how to trust in the infinite intelligence of Nature to manifest our desires in the way that serves our highest needs. We will learn to let go of our need to control and the “us-versus-them” philosophy in fulfilling our desires. The easiest way to overcome these mental boundaries is to expand our awareness by experiencing the quieter, more universal levels of our mind. This is where our desires and the desires of others find common ground.  In today’s meditation, we will put our desires under the guidance of our cosmic self, the place where the universe and all individual selves meet. We can trust in this level of life to handle all the details of manifesting our desires because we are really trusting our deepest self. It is the same intelligence that governs and orchestrates all the diversity in creation.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Everyone’s spiritual path is perfect.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Gum Namah
As my consciousness grows, obstacles disappear.

Day16 Engergy

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to day 16, Trusting Nature’s Course.  I hope you know that we’re all a part of this wondrous, colorful patchwork of humanity.  Every person who has ever walked the planet is connected by the same Source Energy because we all are source energy.  In the world of spirit, there is no “I”, there is only “We”.  We are one with the force that creates the rhythms and cycles in nature.  It’s that same extraordinary Force that creates our rhythms and cycles and it is the very foundation of the energy of attraction.  When you open your heart wide enough to desire the same level of consciousness that you want for yourself, you naturally put the energy of attraction into motion  – it’s always in motion, whether you know it or not.  In today’s meditation, we’re going to focus on connecting with others as the soul selves they really are.  Not separate from you but as one with you.  When you tap into that, you strengthen the cycle of energy that binds us all together.  That, My Friends, is the secret of expanding the level of attraction.  Why?  Because it’s a glorious law of nature.  As Deepak is going to show us, the energy of attraction is most powerful when what you desire is the highest and best for others as you desire for yourself.  This would be a good meditation to share with friends, by the way.  So, center your mind on this profound awareness and from this beautiful space we’re going to breathe and then we’ll meditate – as one.

Deepak Chopra:

Everything that applies to making your own desires come true applies when you desire for someone else.  The matrix for manifestation remains the same.  The only difference is that your awareness must expand in order to embrace someone else.  Those whom we love, cherish, appreciate and feel compassion for are being included in expanded awareness.

The people we exclude are being seen through constricted awareness. There is no open line, or very limited communication with them.  Constricted awareness, being tied to the ego, applies to responses that fit only our personal values rather than honoring what the other person values.  You need to respect the path and experiences each person chooses to follow.  In a nutshell, to expand your desires to someone else, you must be free of “us” versus them “them” thinking.  Only then will lines of communication be open between you and the other person.  Everyone has a true self at the core of their consciousness.  This is the ultimate reality no matter how good or bad you think the situation is on the surface.  You can trust that nature’s way of manifesting desires always works but it might not work as fast as you like, or according to your expectations.  Just as we need to be patient and nonjudgmental with a manifestation of our own desires, the same holds true when we want the highest and best for someone else.  Just keep in mind that the energy of attraction is most powerful when what you desire is highest and best, either for yourself or for others.  Our role is to understand and support the path our children, partner, expanded family and friends have chosen and not to impose our path on them.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  Everyone’s spiritual path is perfect.  Everyone’s spiritual path is perfect.

Let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra Gum Namah.  This mantra removes obstacles and hindrances in evolution by creating a larger and stronger wholeness that includes everyone’s needs.  As you repeat the mantra, feel your wholeness expand, overcoming all difficulties and obstacles.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Gum Namah.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Gum Namah.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Gum Namah.  Just mentally.  Gum Namah.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day contemplate the centering thought.
Everyone’s spiritual path is perfect.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  “Trusting the course of Nature means accepting that everything is unfolding in the way, and in the time, that is best for all involved. This can be hard to accept in your own life, but even harder to accept in the lives of others. We often believe we know what is best for them. Today in your journal, write down what you believe a good friend should do to fix an issue in their life – perhaps a relationship problem or career dilemma. Now write to yourself that you don’t really know what is best for your friend, or what the right spiritual growth is for him or her. But you can trust that your friends higher self does know and is guiding him or her, and that is Nature’s course.”

2.  “When you let go of ego control and judgment, not only do your mind and heart open up, but your body and breathing also become calm and relaxed. As you release your ego judgments about your friend’s life situation, notice how your emotions and thought patterns change. Pay attention to how your muscles relax and your breath opens up. Write down any other changes you observe.”

3.  “Envision a mind/body state where you trust that everyone is perfect just as they are and evolving exactly as they need. How would this change your relationships with them? With yourself?”

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15: Sharing Your Happiness {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done,
the zest of creating things new.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Welcome to week three of our Meditation Experience. We are ready to learn how to expand our individual desires for happiness so that they include those around us. We all want the best for everyone around us, and we want everyone to be happy. But it is impractical to try to make others happy by fulfilling their desires one-by-one. However, if we can connect to the fundamental existence of others through experience of our own existence or pure consciousness, then our individual fulfillment and happiness is shared with them at that deep connected level of existence.  In today’s meditation, we will open ourselves up to this core experience of Being, where our inner fulfillment and happiness can be shared with others within the unbounded field of universal consciousness.

CENTERING THOUGHT
The happiness of others is my own happiness.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Brahm Ananda
My happiness expands to all.

Day15 Energy

 Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome, Friends, to week 3, the fullness of intention, expanding your desires to others.  Over the last two weeks we’ve started to understand the power of attraction and the true meaning of desire.  This week, we broaden that awareness and energy – we’re going to focus on expanding our desires to benefiting those we love and the world at large.  Today’s meditation, sharing your happiness, begins that shift.  One of the hallmarks of my life is built on today’s thinking.  Life just keeps getting sweeter when you share it.  I’ve been saying that for years, those of you who watched me on the Oprah Show all of those years know, and I just know this – with every part of my being.  Life is better when you share it.  It doesn’t fail and that’s why I think I’ve been so blessed.  I know my happiness gets greater when the people are me share it.  So focusing the energy of your attention and your desires, to attract goodness that goes beyond yourself ultimately increases the goodness in your own life’s experience.  Through meditation, we get to expand our connection to All.   As we let go of our ego and our separateness and continue to go deeper, we get to tap into the natural desire to share our own light, to expand our desires so that we can attract happiness and fulfillment beyond our own self.  That sharing is one of the highest forms of joy and the power of that – it just brings miracles.  It’s what we’re all here for.  Nobody has a purpose that wasn’t meant to be shared.  Abundance for you comes when you share it.  Abundance for your loved ones comes when you share it which eventually means abundance for the world.  Today, let’s join Deepak as he guides us on a joyful sharing path to expanding the energy of attraction for all.

Deepak Chopra:

We’ve arrived at week 3 where you learn how to expand your desires to include others.  In daily life we all know how hard it is to please some people, how resistant others are to change and how often our desires clash with someone else’s, even someone we love.  To expand your desires to include others is an art but it begins quite simply.  We want the best for our children, extended family and friends.  Here is where the lesson of desire can really be tested.  If you have mastered the art of intention, you can immensely benefit others.  If you haven’t, your desires for them often remain at the level of wishful thinking.  The secret lives in consciousness.  The happiness of others becomes your happiness when you go beyond ego.  There is a merging of me and others at the level of the true self.  The ego isolates.  The true self unites.  When the fulfillment of someone else feels as good as your own fulfillment, you’re reaping the reward of expanded awareness.

In real life, as we all know, egos clash.  There is a gap between the true self and the personalities people use so much energy to defend.  This discrepancy leads to frustration and disappointment if our desires aren’t manifesting in the way the ego craves.  You can succeed at the level of ego even though, of course, there are people we feel happy with or who are happy around us.  Such happiness can easily be taken away, however.  You must release your dependence on the ego’s limited perspective.

See yourself as you really are.  You re someone who can manifest any possibility from your true self.  When you take the entire situation inside, surrendering it to the true self, the gap between you and someone else isn’t there anymore.  The energy of attraction makes no resistance.  All the complaints, demands and criticisms that create problems at the ego level are erased.  In a word, you have left the level of the problem and found the level of the solution.  This is accomplished effortlessly through the expansion of your awareness.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  The happiness of others is my own happiness.  The happiness of others is my own happiness.

Let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Brahm Ananda.  This mantra expands the happiness of bliss of your true self to others.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the joy of your being grow and embrace all around you.  Repeat it silently to yourself.  Brahm Ananda.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Brahm Ananda. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.   Just mentally.  Brahm Ananda.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought.
The happiness of others is my own happiness.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  “We share our happiness with others by expanding our desire for happiness to include them. By transcending the ego, we learn to desire from that place where there is no separation between me and you. Describe a situation in your past with someone you love, in which your desire for happiness was so big that it was also a selfless desire for their happiness.”

2.  “Thinking of that same situation, recall the state of mind and heart you were experiencing at that time. Write down your memories, emotions, and physical sensations. Know that this expanded desire for happiness that includes others is always available to you in the silence of your soul.”

3.  “When those around you are happy, it
increases and expands your desire for happiness even more. Write of a time when you made a child or a close friend happy. How did you feel in return?”

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14: Spiritual Manifestation {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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 “All life is a manifestation of the spirit,
the manifestation of love.”
— Morihei Ueshiba

Congratulations on completing another week of our Meditation Experience. This week we have explored in detail the mechanics of manifestation and the art of desiring. Today’s meditation will explore spiritual manifestation. This means that what we bring forth in our desires is spiritually nourishing to us, and those around us. Too often the tools of manifestation aim no further than getting a better car, house, or partner. But when you learn to desire from your true self, these same desires will also bring you closer to your spiritual aspirations of greater love, joy, inspiration, and spiritual freedom.  Our meditation today connects us to our pure spiritual self. As our consciousness wakes up to its true nature, our mind and emotions begin to reveal their latent spiritual qualities as well: love, compassion, inspiration, wisdom, and peace.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Fulfilling my dreams fulfills my spirit.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Shreem Namah
I radiate spiritual and material abundance.

Day14 Energy

Oprah Winfrey:

Hello everyone.  Here we are – the end of week 2 already.  And may I say again how honored Deepak and I are to have you all share in this meditation experience with us and I hope you feel it too as we gather this tribe of seekers and meditators from around the world.  We continue our journey with Day 14, Spiritual manifestation.  So how do you know when you’re in the flow of spiritual manifestation?  Your desires arise from your core self, a place of pure awakened consciousness.  That’s how.  When you’re manifesting from your true self, you’re deeply connected to what your soul came here to do.  Rather than your desires creating an outcome of constantly doing and getting more and more and more, your desires are in search of being and becoming more and there is a sense of contentment, of joy, of harmony and love that abides in everything that you do.  These outcomes are exactly what the universe is waiting to help us all manifest.  What an extraordinary gift you give yourself, and to the world, when you allow your deepest truest most cherished desires to come alive and flow from you and to you and be realized.  This is what spiritual manifestation is all about.  So today, we’re going to open our heart to everything that’s possible.  Wow.  That’s a big opening – as Deepak guides us into our meditation.

Deepak Chopra:

Congratulation son completely week 2 of our meditation experience.  This marks an important milestone.  Everyone wants to attract better things into their lives but now you’ve gone deeply into the art of desire and you know what the mechanics of manifestation truly are.  This knowledge can benefit you for the rest of your life.

The culmination of week 2 is to manifest your spiritual desires.  These include the desire for inner peace, direct experience of the soul, and connecting with God or however you perceive the divine.  There is a false belief that the soul is separate from the body and that desire is therefore low while spirit is high.  This separation is man-made.  As far as your true self is concerned, fulfilling your most cherished desires is totally spiritual. In fact, this is what the spiritual path is all about.

As you reflect on what you want to manifest in your life think of what you hope to feel when you achieve it.  If you know you’ll feel loving, kind, contented, peaceful, nourished and safe, your desire has its roots in spirit because these are qualities of your true self.  Silently awaiting to manifest.

As your consciousness awakens, the qualities of your true self awaken too. Waking up simply means becoming more self-aware.  It is finding out who you really are.  The process is natural rather than mystical, open to everyone, not just saints and sages.  When you awaken by practicing meditation, you are on the path to fulfilling your spiritual longing for love, bliss and freedom.  Learning to live from this level of pure awareness is known in Sanskrit as Siddhi.  The word may be ancient but the goal is timeless.  It exists for you, here and now.  Encountering your soul happens without effort because your soul is just as eager to connect with you.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  Fulfilling my dreams fulfills my spirit.  Fulfilling my dreams fulfills my spirit.

Now let’s prepare for our mediation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra.  Shreem Namah.  This mantra helps to manifest abundance that brings us closer to spiritual fulfillment.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the integration of material and spiritual abundance in your consciousness.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Shreem Hamah.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations simply return your attention to repeating the mantra.  Shreem Namah.   Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Shreem Namah.   Just mentally.  Shreem Namah.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought.
Fulfilling my dreams fulfills my spirit.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  “For many people, fulfilling desires initially means manifesting the material things we want, and spiritual considerations are secondary. But as we get more of our physical needs met, the spiritual aspect of manifestation becomes more important. Write a little in your journal about the growth of your spiritual values.”

2.  “When we desire from our true self, the entire process of manifestation is spiritual. It begins in pure spirituality and culminates in universal spirit. We don’t have to worry about trying to make our desires “good” or “altruistic” – that is automatically factored in when we find our source of being in cosmic intelligence. There is no clear separation of spiritual and non-spiritual, because all life is lived in the light of spirit. Write a few lines in your journal about how this might change your concept of what spirituality means for you.”

3.  “Did you have any breakthrough ideas or “aha” experiences this week that shifted your views on manifesting desires? Write them down in your journal and include any personal insights that came to you.”

 

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13: Manifesting From Your True Self {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“We don’t wait for the future to come to us.
We give birth to the future.”
― Alain Yaovi M. Dagba

To create your life from your inner core means you are manifesting from the same source and intelligence as the universe – your desires are in tune with the creative and evolutionary forces of Nature. This alignment with the universe ensures that your wishes will manifest at the right time and under the right circumstances for everyone affected by them. You don’t have to try to figure out mentally how to balance your individual needs with the needs of those around you.  In today’s meditation we will start to feel our individual awareness synchronize with cosmic awareness. When you sync your life with the universe, everything is easier and more enjoyable.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My desires manifest at the right time and place.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Sharavana Bhava
My awareness is aligned with the creative power of the universe.

Day13 Energy

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Day 13, Manifesting from Your True Self.  What is your true self?  I love the way author Sue Monk Kidd describes it.  She says “The True Self is not our creation but God’s.  It is the self we are in our depths.  It is our capacity for divinity and transcendence.”  Wow!  That’s a good definition, Sue.  In other words, our true selves are always guiding us toward the wellspring of lasting joy.  Our true self innately knows what we need.  We come hard-wired with a pure awareness that is aligned with the universe in a magnificent and harmonious way.  It’s our choice to connect with this awareness, this cosmic energy source – or not.  It’s always there, waiting for us to tune in and connect from the inside to the universal power of all things and that is why in truth no one is ever alone.  In today’s meditation, we tap into the wisdom of our true self, the omnipresent force that is energetically co-creating with the universe.  This energy supports us in realizing our highest needs, love, truth compassion, creativity, our goodness.  This true self, who you really are, wants you to expand, to evolve, to grow, and thrive.  The more we allow the energy of our true self to rise up, the more attuned we will be to our life’s divine plan.  And the more our desires and the intentions will guide us and attract the energy of the universe to help us to the highest expression of ourselves which is what we all innately yearn for.  It’s what we’ve come here to do.  So let’s listen to Deepak and then we’ll meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

Your true self manifests what is best for you.  It taps into the intelligence of the universe.  This cosmic intelligence creates, governs and controls everything in a balanced, harmonious way.  You always have a choice to align yourself with your true self or not.  According to the choice you make, you tap into cosmic intelligence, or you don’t.  This isn’t an either-or proposition, however.  Cosmic intelligence is always supporting you. Yet, when you become more aware, this intelligence expands as your awareness expands.  I know that this may sound abstract but cosmic intelligence resides in every cell of your body as the memory of evolution from interstellar dust to the formation of DNA and the beginning of life. Your cells automatically use this vast storehouse of knowledge for their own benefit.

But your situation isn’t automatic when it comes to what you want from life.   The world’s wisdom traditions have some advice to offer here.  They teach that the path of pleasure isn’t as beneficial as the path of evolution which brings wisdom.   Desires evolve.  What a child wants isn’t the same as what an adult wants.  Then there is what your true self wants which is to see you expand, thrive and grow every day.  To have this in your life you must first desire it.  Pleasure has its own attraction, of course, and no one is saying you should prefer unpleasantness.  It’s a matter of setting deeper priorities.  Using the energy of attraction to bring you what is best and highest, you will be aiming for the ultimate goal following the highest vision.

Your highest needs receive the strongest support.  Therefore, the ancient sages and seers declare that we should focus first and foremost on our highest needs.  These include love, truth, creative power, compassion for ourselves and others, tending with care to the natural worlds, and waking up to who we really are.

The true self is not available to our limited personal self or ego but once you consciously connect to cosmic intelligence, your desires will be fulfilled at exactly the right time and place.  Your needs will be supported by the universe.  This is one of the great secrets of the world’s wisdom traditions.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.  My desires manifest at the right time and place.  My desires manifest at the right time and place.

Now let’s prepare for our mediation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Sharavana Bhava.  This mantra attunes your intentions with the intentions of the cosmos.  As you repeat the mantra, feel your awareness synchronize with universal awareness. Repeat it silently to yourself, Sharavana Bhava.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Sharavana Bhava.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Just mentally Sharavana Bhava.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought.
My desires manifest at the right time and place.

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  “The intelligence of the universe is there to guide and direct manifestation, if we allow it. Write about a time when you got out of your own way and things turned out better than you imagined.”

2.  “Our ego mind tries to determine what is right, but it doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to balance our individual needs with the entire universe. Write a list of areas you spend a lot of time and energy worrying about. Imagine how much better it would be to let your cosmic intelligence figure all that out.”

3.  “Our ego mind also spends a lot of time trying to figure out the right time for desires to manifest. And when they happen too slowly or too quickly, it feels frustrated or upset. Write about one area of life (e.g. relationships or finances), in which you are frustrated with the pace of change. Then write about how it would feel if you were at peace with the timing of change, knowing it was unfolding at the pace which best serves your highest needs.”

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12: Living Manifestation {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Without desires and dreams,
your thoughts do not  matter.”
— Stephen Richards

These last three meditations have given us the key ingredients for manifesting our desires with awareness that is unbounded, focused, and fluid. This constitutes the art of conscious desiring. When we use this process to manifest our desires, we are supporting our intention from its beginning to its final fulfillment. With this constant connection to the source of infinite energy within, our wishes can be realized easily, without strain or effort.  In today’s meditation, we will begin to experience how the dynamic creativity of our awareness effortlessly moves our thoughts toward fulfillment. If we use any mental strain or effort trying to manifest our intentions, it doesn’t help – the tension will only delay and constrict the manifestation of desire.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I manifest desire easily and naturally.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Samyama Hum
My consciousness is both active and silent.

Day12 Energy

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Day 12, Living manifestation.  We’ve discovered the essential ingredients of manifestation – pure awareness, focused attention and yielding consciousness.  Now we’re going to learn how to infuse those principles into a new way of living.  It’s a conscious lifestyle that will leave you free of obstacles, abundant possibility, and filled with loving kindness.  So this is how it works.  The universe offers free-flowing, unlimited generosity to each and every one of us yet, too often, this magnificent flow of energy is blocked by our beliefs, our own and those of others, that impede our desires from flourishing and dim our inner lights from shining.  As we learn to tap into the source of limitless generosity, our own individual spirit gets awakened.  It awakens to a new level of consciousness, one of universal compassion and effortless magnetism.  You start drawing that which is good into your goodness.  So let’s settle in, take a breath and connect to the sacred space from which all things flow and are possible.  And then we’ll meditate.”

Deepak Chopra:

We are going deeper and deeper into how manifestation actually works.  When all three legs of the tripod are in place, unbounded awareness, focused attention and flexible consciousness, the path is open.  You are the conscious master of your intentions.  The energy of attraction is being activated as you wish.  You have been activating this energy all your life but now you can turn it into a conscious lifestyle.  There are certain things that hinder the manifestation of desire in anyone’s lifestyle.  Severe obstacles are presented by anxiety, depression, slow self-esteem, substance abuse and toxic relationships.  Under the influence of these things, desire doesn’t flow naturally.  It gets tangled up in personal problems, doubts and complications.  Less extreme, but also a hindrance, are any core beliefs that work against you.  If you believe that life must be a struggle, that things are stacked against you, or that desires cannot automatically come true, it’s very difficult to manifest what you want.  Your skepticism will create an inner conflict.  So it’s important to address these obstacles.  You don’t need to be perfect.  Remember that every desire has built into it the capability to manifest.  Yet, cultivating a lifestyle that encourages manifestation really helps.  Such a lifestyle is optimistic, low in stress, open to new possibilities, full of confidence in making desires come true, yet humble in the face of anything the universe sends you.

The single most important thing, I believe, is to live consciously rather than unconsciously.  This makes all the difference since unconscious thinking brings accidents, undesirable outcomes and random events into our life.  Self-awareness is our most precious birthright.  We only have to choose to live by it.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, I manifest desire easily and naturally.  I manifest desire easily and naturally.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Samyama Hum.  Samyama means the dynamic wholeness of awareness that is silent, focused and fluid simultaneously.  This mantra activates these manifesting proprieties of your true self in meditation.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the unlimited possibilities within your expansive awareness.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Samyama Hum.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Samyama Hum.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.   Just mentally.  Samyama Hum.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
I manifest desire easily and naturally.

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  “We have been approaching the technique of manifesting our desires as a special set of instructions to follow in meditation. But that is not our final aim. Over time, we become proficient in desiring from this flexible and focused state of unbounded awareness until this becomes our natural mode of thinking in daily life. This is the state of consciousness we are born to have – the fully developed state of natural human awareness. Write down how this compares with the view of human potential you were taught growing up.”

2.  “Looking at manifesting desires as a conscious lifestyle, we can see that there are some habits that are conducive to this lifestyle and some that aren’t. For example, the habit of meditating in the morning and enjoying a healthy breakfast sets the intention for a day of nourishment and ease. But the habit of rushing out the door in the morning and eating breakfast in the car, or not at all, sets the trajectory for a hectic, stressful day. Make a short list of habits that promote a life of easy manifestation of desires, and those that don’t.”

3.  “Using your list of habits that don’t foster a lifestyle of manifesting easily, write the underlying belief that holds that behavior in place. For example, you might have the habit, “When a friend tells me about their great new job, my first response is, ‘It’s not really as great as they say, and it probably won’t last.’” The underlying belief may be, “Life is a chaotic struggle, and you should expect disappointment.” Now go back and ask if you really know whether those beliefs are true, and whether they are really helping you. Consider letting go of the beliefs that are no longer serving you.”

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11: The Matrix of Manifestation: Flexible Consciousness {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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 “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,
yet nothing can resist it.”
— Lao Tzu

To be receptive to what the universe brings to us, we need to have an open, fluid, and infinitely adaptable awareness. This flexibility of awareness is the third component of the art of desiring. Having fluid awareness means that attention does not get stuck on preconceptions about how the desire is supposed to manifest. By remaining receptive and free, awareness can move and adapt to whatever the intention needs in its development.  In today’s meditation we will cultivate fluid awareness as our mind moves from mantra to thoughts to mantra, without friction or resistance. Flexible attention can move with any expression of the intention without losing focus or unboundedness.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My awareness is infinitely adaptable.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Yoyatah Hum
My awareness is infinitely flexible and fluid.

Day11 Energy

Oprah Winfrey:

Already it’s day 11 and we’re talking today about flexible consciousness.  What this means is that for every desire we move toward, there is a result but that outcome doesn’t always look the way we think it will.  Manifesting the life you want involves understanding that you won’t always see the big picture.  Your story is unfolding, one breath, one moment, one experience at a time.  If you’ve conceived and set your intentions – that’s the key, your intentions, in the Source that creates all things, you can effortlessly rest in the certainty that life’s powerful currents will carry you where you need to go.  You can trust that and go with it.  Receiving what is, surrendering to the flow, staying flexible along your path will lead  you inevitably to the richest, highest expression of yourself.  The universe is unfolding always as it should be even when it is not apparent.  And what I know for sure is that whatever is happening to you is happening for you.  Clear your mind and let go of any attachment to a particular outcome – for any experience. And then as always, we’ll meditate together.

Deepak Chopra:

There are three elements in making a desire manifest in the real world; we’ve covered two so far and both are experienced in meditation.  First you go to the infinite reservoir of pure awareness, Sumadhi.  And then you focus your attention to one point, Dharana.  Today, we’ll over the third leg of the tripod which is flexible consciousness.  This element allows you to receive with an open mind the results that  the universe sends to you. In Sanskrit, flexible awareness is called Dhyana.

The energy of attraction brings a result to every desire but sometimes the outcome is several steps and takes a while to unfold.  Sometimes the result is unexpected or hard to recognize yet it is certain that desire is the input and there must be an output to close the circle.  Achieving flexibility depends not on judging or expecting.  Receiving is a state of openness.  When you’re flexible in this open, nonjudgmental way, you don’t get stuck at any level of the mind. You don’t resist the movement of desire as it develops, in other words, you go with the flow.  Remember you are a creator and you create through desire.  Creation is a dynamic process, always changing and flowing.

You can’t predict where the energy of attraction is going to take you but you know you have set the process in motion and therefore you can flow with it.  When you successfully flow with the energy of attraction, you arrive at full manifestation of your desire.  This takes practice.  During meditation, we develop adaptability by not holding on to the mantra if it starts to fade away or change.  We don’t resist thoughts, sensations or feeling as they arise.  The state of not resisting cultivates a fluid consciousness that can move and remain centered at the same time.  Once you have mastered all three areas of manifestation, you can truly create at will.  In support of your deepest desires and highest aspirations.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, My awareness is infinitely adaptable.  My awareness in infinitely adaptable.

Now let’s prepare for our mediation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Yoyatah Hum.  This mantra awakens the quality of infinite flexibility and fluidity of pure awareness.  As you repeat the mantra, know that your silent mind can flow anywhere without restriction or limitation.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Yoyatah Hum.  With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noise or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Yoyatah Hum.    Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.   Just mentally.  Yoyatah Hum.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My awareness is infinitely adaptable.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  “If awareness is stuck on preconceptions of what manifestation is “supposed” to look like, compared to what it is, then it won’t be able to properly support the manifestation of desire at that stage. Describe in your journal a project or a person you know that was going through a transitional phase of growth that didn’t fit your expectations, which made it difficult for you to support. Describe another instance in which you felt confidence in a project or person’s new growth as a useful step, and remained relaxed and found it easy to be supportive. This is why fluid attention is essential for successful manifestation.”

2.  “Flexibility is important for another reason: to support and nourish our desire, it must be able to penetrate the subtlest, finest structure of our thoughts and feelings – like a super penetrating oil that can get in the smallest of places. Write about a situation where you were able to fully support a person or a project because you were able to stay flexible, attentive, and present all the while.”

3.  “Meditation cultivates fluidity of awareness. Whenever the mind drifts off the mantra and we are thinking other thoughts, we have a choice to continue the thought we are having, or return to thinking the mantra. Going back to the mantra means our attention is flexible and not caught up in the emotion or interpretation of the thought. Give examples in your journal of both situations. Describe times when you got caught up in the thought and kept going with it, and other times where you initially wanted to follow the train of thought, but easily returned to the mantra instead.”

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10: The Matrix of Manifestation: Focus {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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 “Follow your deepest dream,
the one you had as a kid…
but stay focused.”
— Donal Logue

Our meditation today deals with the second element of the matrix of manifestation: our focus of attention. Just as focused light through a magnifying glass becomes more concentrated and powerful, the light of our consciousness also becomes more powerful when our attention is focused. This concentrated awareness awakens the dormant intelligence within our intention. It is like the warmth that helps the seed of desire sprout.  Today’s meditation will show us that the mind can experience deep focus easily, without strain or effort. When the mind is quiet, deep focus comes effortlessly and naturally. Unbounded awareness and sharp focus not only coexist, but they are mutually supportive, and together they form two of the three elements of awareness in the matrix of manifestation.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My awareness is focused.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Ksham Hoom
My universal awareness holds a single focus.

Day10 Engergy

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Day 10, Focus.  Once we recognize ourselves as unbounded awareness, we have this magnificent opportunity.  We can direct that awareness toward life-giving, soul-affirming desires – because what you focus on expands, so what you give our attention to is that which fills you up, that which gives you life, that which connects you to your passion and purpose, there is a whole new dimension of joy awaiting you.  Don’t give your attention to that which you don’t want because the energy of attraction is powered by focus.  Sustained, faithful attention to your vision is what nourishes your desires and allows them to blossom so unbounded awareness reaches out and unites with the infinite magnificence of everything that’s possible.  Pure awareness fused with faithful focus is the magic that creates manifestation.  Deepak takes us to this magical meeting point now, in today’s meditation.

Deepak Chopra:

The second element in the art of desire is focus or concentration.  When a magnifying glass is held up to the sun, all of the sun’s light is focused into a point.  In the same way, when you have a specific desire, you’re focusing pure awareness into a point.

The state of attention focused on a desire is called Harina in Sanskrit.  Once again the word isn’t important; what’s important is the creative power that increases the more one-pointed you are.  In everyday usage, concentrating the mind brings up images of hard work, the struggle to avoid distractions and keep your mind on the task at hand.  But not in this case. If you’re sitting in the silent depth of the mind, focus comes easily.  It’s as natural as any other thought.  The magic is contained in the coming together of two things that seem like opposites.  Unbounded awareness and focused awareness.  But they don’t really contradict each other.

A laser beam is the sharpest, most focused light in existence and yet the power that creates it is generated by the total unbounded field of light.  Now you know that the key to harnessing the energy of attraction requires being unbounded and focused at the same time.  This is what happens in meditation.  Unbounded awareness is the reservoir of possibilities.  A desire is like the water you take from the reservoir, one visit at a time.

Mediation practice trains our attention to return to an easy focus, the mantra.  After experiencing silent pure awareness in the gap where the mantra isn’t present, in time, your mind will have this ability all the time and your thought will  have full creative power.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, My awareness is focused.  My awareness is focused.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Ksham Hoom. This mantra easily collects the diverse tendencies of the mind to a single impulse or point of focus.  As you repeat the mantra, let your awareness easily draw into your silent center of attention.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Ksham Hoom.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Ksham Hoom.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Just mentally.  Ksham Hoom.

 Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My awareness is focused.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  “The quality of focus that helps us manifest our desires is a focus that is easy, because it is enjoyable. Illustrate this to yourself by writing about a time in school where you had to focus on something that was not enjoyable – maybe algebra or statistics. Now contrast that by writing about how easy it was for your mind to focus on something you liked. Perhaps it was a cute guy or new music a friend shared with you.”

2.  “Attention stimulates the development of our desires. Write about three cases when your individual focus of attention made all the difference between success and failure. It could be an experience as a teacher, giving one-on-one mentoring to a student struggling to learn. Or it could be a situation in which you had a personal habit you wanted to change in yourself, but ignored for a long time, and were finally able to change when you gave it your attention and made it a priority.”

3.  “The focus of attention at the deep and subtle levels of the mind is different than the mental focus of the active mind. This vague or subtle focus is similar to a mother’s focused attention to her toddler’s activities and needs, even while she is engaged in other tasks nearby. Write about an equivalent kind of soft focus you have used at work or home.”

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9: The Matrix of Manifestation: Unbounded Awareness {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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I am not absentminded.
It is the presence of mind that makes
me unaware of everything else.” 

— G.K. Chesterton

The skill of manifestation is in using our awakened self-awareness. There are three components to this awareness: expanded consciousness, focused consciousness, and fluid consciousness. The unity of these three creates the matrix of manifestation. Today we will learn about the first aspect: unbounded awareness. This unbounded awareness is our silent, expanded self. It is the un-manifest potentiality from which everything emerges. In today’s meditation, we will open up to this still, pure self and begin to know it as a unified field of infinite possibilities. In time our meditation experience will mature, and we will learn to think and act from this creative silence, while the mind remains quiet and calm. Our awareness stays unbounded even when the mind has an intention or desire

CENTERING THOUGHT
I am pure unbounded awareness.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Hreem
I see the unity behind diversity.

Day09

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome, Friends, to day 9, Unbounded Awareness.  Now that’s something!  From the moment you open your eyes to the miracle of a new day, and every day is a miracle, you are conscious that you really are awake.  You’re aware that you’re breathing and moving and thinking.  The more you know your true self, the deeper your soul awareness, the more powerful is your potential to manifest.  We connect with pure unbounded awareness every time we step away from our busy lives and get silent, give yourself some space just to Be, and embrace the stillness.  This oneness with the source of all things.  Source energy we call it, is the path to manifesting your life so that your soul, your true self, most deeply desires.  Week 2 is all about manifesting this truth.  As your awareness expands, so do the blessed possibilities before you, exponentially.  Know that as far deep and wide as you can imagine, that which created – the universal energy, the divine force source of all Beings – can see and create from beyond.    Beyond actually resides in the center of your soul and from deep within your center, beyond is where the universe is guiding you if you’re paying attention.  So let’s try to go there now and join with the infinite power of the universe by meditating on the miracle of it all!

Deepak Chopra:

The art of desire is the art of using your self-awareness.  The more you know yourself, the more you can manifest what you want.  The energy of attraction fills an infinite reservoir.  This is pure awareness before it flows out into specific desires.  Think of pure awareness as a field of light extending infinitely in all directions.  Here, every possibility can become manifest.  Anything you can imagine becomes real here.

So how do you transfer a desire from this infinite field to your daily life? The spiritual tradition of India, known as Yoga, describes 3 elements that must come together.  The first of these is the ability to go deeply into the mind.  The closer you get to your source, the more powerful your intention will be.  To experience unbounded awareness is called Sumadhi in Sanskrit.  The name isn’t important – the important thing is to realize that unbounded awareness is real and you can contact it through meditation.

When you experience unbounded awareness, it will often seem that nothing has happened because we’re all used to bounded awareness which is filled with the thoughts, feelings, sensations and images constantly flowing through the mind –  between each thought, however, is a gap of silence.  In meditation, you dive into the gap and each time you do, you have tasted the experience of unbounded awareness.  In this silence is the core of your existence.

Pure awareness may be silent but it isn’t empty, and far from blank.  Here, you are united with everything in creation. Here, also, you’re completely wakeful, making you aware of who you really are.  One can call this region of the mind the womb of creation or the matrix of manifestation.

As you say the mantra in mediation, there will be gaps where the mantra has disappeared but other thoughts haven’t entered.  It’s quite incredible from the viewpoint of the active mind that these seemingly insignificant blips of silence contain the true power of mind, but that is what the world’s wisdom traditions teach.  Now you know the first ingredient necessary for manifestation.  Unbounded awareness.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I am pure unbounded awareness.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Om Hreem.  This mantra dissolves the illusion between the self and the object of experience of thought.  As you repeat the mantra, notice awareness becoming alert, still and unbounded.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Hreem.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Om Hreem.   Continue with your mediation for about 10 minutes.  Om Hreem.  Just mentally.  Om Hreem.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
I am pure unbounded awareness.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  Think of an experience you had when you were in nature, when your mind and entire sense of being felt connected to the rhythm and flow of its movement. It could be watching a river, the drifting clouds, or the surf coming onto the shore. Write about this experience in your journal and what that connection to nature felt like to you. This is the experience of connecting to universal self.

2.  Consider another experience in nature, like the one you wrote about above, where you not only felt connected with the movement of nature, but you felt your thoughts, feelings, and actions were also a part of that grand unity – the way a surfer becomes a part of the ocean’s waves as he rides them in. This is what it feels like to think and act within universal awareness.

3.  There are other times in daily life that we can function within unbounded awareness even if we are not in nature. These are called peak experiences and they can happen anywhere, at any time. Athletes may experience them at certain moments in a game when they transcend their normal talents – time slows and they feel calm inside, even with the roar of the crowd around them. Write about a peak experience you may have had in your life and how it impacted you.

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8: The Royal Road to Manifestation {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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 The key to success is to focus our conscious mind
on things we desire, not things we fear.”
— Brian Tracy

Welcome to the second week of our 21-Day Meditation Experience. In the first week we learned the role of desire in our spiritual fulfillment. This week we will focus on mastering the art of desire to manifest the quality of life we want.  We are always creating our world through our desires, but not always as successfully as we would like. That is why we need to master the art of desire. The reason most intentions do not manifest easily and quickly is because our mind cannot remain alert and attentive with the emerging intention, and see it all the way through to its manifestation. To have conscious intention we need expansive, focused, and flexible awareness. Today’s meditation will help awaken this alert consciousness within our desires.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My intention holds the key to fulfillment.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Chit Sankalpa
My unbounded awareness holds my pure intention.

Day08

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Week 2.  We’re ready to master the art of desire.  That’s what we’re talking about today.  Last week we set the foundation for manifesting the life we want by tapping into the truest, most whole intentions within.  During our second week of this 21 day meditation experience we want to shift our focus to shaping our desires and then mastering the creative process of actually realizing your dreams.  There is a key to turning a dream into a reality and that key is having a conscious intention.  In our busy world, it’s easy to slide into a rhythm of being unconscious, going through the motions and moving through the day with little thought about what you’re saying or doing – just getting caught up.  Manifesting desires is about being awake to life.  As your awareness expands, the possibilities of what you can attract in life also expand. Becoming aware of your life, of every moment, every breath, every thought, being conscious about that, will move you closer toward your highest self, that which you were born to be, and that, My Friends, is what it means to be fully present, is what it means to be aligned, and it is the most expedient path to fulfilling your deepest, grandest dreams.  So we’re going to listen as Deepak guides us toward expanded awareness and then we’ll meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

The second week of our meditation experience is about mastering the art of desire.  Both skill and art are involved because even though everyone is born with desires, making them come true takes knowledge and experience.  As we saw in week 1, every intention is tied to the energy of attraction.  Our lives are filled with the things we’ve manifested.  Manifesting is a lifelong process and yet some are much better at it than others.  Society offers various ways to improve your ability to make a desire come true – work hard, don’t give up, nourish your passion, etc.  There are also unspoken advantages such as being born to wealth, or having a high IQ which benefit only a few.

But the world’s wisdom traditions look elsewhere for the secret of manifesting what you want.  Conscious intention holds the key.  By becoming more conscious, we make the creative process more efficient and more aligned to our highest purpose.  It’s all about expanded awareness.  With expanded awareness, you automatically see more possibilities.  You are not constrained by past conditioning, traumas and painful memories.  You rise above the level of the problem to the level of the solution.  Above all, you activate more of the energy of attraction.

It took thousands of years for great sages, seers, guides and teachers to realize what I’ve told you in a few sentences.  You can’t think, feel or force your way into expanded consciousness. Fortunately the path is simple and open to all.  Meditation practice expands your awareness day by day, bringing better results in your outer life.  Once your mediations make you comfortable and centered in silence, you can consciously desire and let go.  Silent mind is where all possibilities are contained in seed-form waiting for the touch of intention to bring them to life.  This is the basis for mastering the art of desire.  You are the creator and your life and fulfillment is your work of art.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.
My intention holds the key to fulfillment.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Chit Sankalpa.  This mantra awakens consciousness within your desires or intentions.  As you repeat the mantra, feel your light of awareness grow brighter and stronger in your thoughts.  Repeat it silently to yourself.  Chit Sankalpa.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Chit Sankalpa.   Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Chit Sankalpa.  Just mentally.  Chit Sankalpa.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My intention holds the key to fulfillment.  

Namaste”

Journal Entries:

1.  We are always manifesting our desires from one moment to the next. Simple acts of eating or shopping show us how a desire leads to action, achievement, and fulfillment. But when it comes to bigger desires, we are often less efficient because the action and achievement are outside our territory of influence and understanding. List three major desires that feel difficult to attain, and because of this you don’t know the intermediary steps to fulfillment.

2.  As we go deeper into our awareness in meditation, we are moving into more expanded, universal values. So as we go within, our territory of influence and knowledge is also expanding, connecting us to those unfamiliar resources and sources of knowledge that fulfill our desires. Write about an experience in which you had a situation that seemed hard to resolve, but after meditation or a period of prayer or reflection, suddenly came together easily after your awareness opened up.

3.  Write about someone you know who has a sense of quiet calm about him or her, and somehow events just seem to naturally unfold for that person even if it isn’t his or her area of expertise. That is the power of expanded awareness organizing life and fulfilling desires from an unseen place.

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6: The Power of Attention {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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 “Attention is vitality.
It connects you with others.
It makes you eager.
Stay eager.”
— Susan Sontag

Today we will learn about the power of our attention and its role in making our wishes come true. Attention is the conscious flow of awareness, and it activates the energy of attraction. If our desire is like a seed, then attention is the movement of nourishment that supports the growth of the seed into a fully mature plant. Our attention at the quiet levels of the mind provides direction and strength to our hopes and desires, so that they can become real.  Our meditation today deepens our attention so that it activates the energy of attraction at the most powerful level of the mind. With continued meditation practice, our attention is able to nourish our desires from inception to fulfillment.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My attention activates my desires.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Hum Sa
Unboundedness is my true nature.

 Day06

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome!  It’s Day 6 already, The Power of Attention.  It’s what we’re talking about today.  The power of attention!  It’s such a perfect name for today’s meditation because attention really is your power source.  Nothing in your life happens willy-nilly.  Creating your own reality by what you give your attention to, and what you give your attention to, what you focus on, expands.  How often have you heard others say, or even said to yourself, “Ah, I’m just trying to make it through this day”.  It’s no surprise that if that is your attitude, that the energy that you bring to the day is exactly what happens, you barely just make it through the day rather than fully flourish.  What we dwell and focus on is what we receive.  So, if you want more in your life – more connection, more meaning, more fulfillment, you have to learn to shift your attention, your power source, to something deeper and truer.  And from that deep and sacred place, you can attract more abundance and goodness into your life.  It’s bigger than any dream that you ever imagined for yourself.  So, let’s focus our attention on Deepak’s wisdom in today’s meditation and watch and see what shows up.

Deepak Chopra:

If you want a dream to come true, it takes more than dreaming.  The mind needs to focus in a special way, using the power of intention.  Electric current in the house can be strong or weak and the same holds true for our intentions.  Whenever there is a problem with your electricity, it can exist anywhere along the line beginning at the power station.  In the case of having an intention that comes true, the power source is attention.

What you pay attention to will grow.  And if your attention is focused from the level of the true self, it can attract anything and everything to you.  In a word, attention activates the energy of attraction.  Every wish or desire is like a tiny seed which contains the blueprint for the tree that manifests from the seed.  The seed of desire, which is also the seed of every intention, needs nourishment to grow.  If you want a desire to manifest, here are some important ways to put the right attention on it.

  • Have a clear intention. Don’t muddy it with compromises and excuses for why it won’t come true.
  • Have positive emotions around your desire.
    Feel how good it will be to fulfill it.
  • Believe that what you want is beneficial for you without any negative consequences to those around you.
  • Be prepared for any response the universe brings and be flexible about how you go from there.
  • Feel confident that hidden forces will come to your aid once your desire is released to the universe.

Being able to use your attention in this way depends most of all on your state of consciousness.  Desires that originate in the true self easily reach fulfillment.  Desires that arise in an agitated, worried or confused mind will struggle to be fulfilled.

In meditation, you expand and deepen your awareness.  The more this happens, the less effort is required to have successful intentions.  When we allow our intentions to flow from the silence that is the basis of the mind, the energy of attraction automatically obeys what the mind desires.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought. My attention activates my desires.  My attention activates my desires.  Now let’s prepare for our meditation.

Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Hum Sa.  This mantra activates the transformative attention of pure awareness.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the awakening of your powerful attention.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Hum Sa.  With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Hum Sa.  Continue with your mediation for about 10 minutes.  Just mentally, Hum Sa.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My attention activates my desires.

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  Attention is the nourishment that makes the seed of our intention grow to fulfillment. But with all the diversions around us, it is easy for our attention to be distracted. Write down some of the typical ways that you get distracted from your tasks during the day. How do these distractions dilute your energy and attention to your task?

2.  Write about a situation in which you were faced with a job that required your full mental focus, and when you were finally able to lock in your attention, you completed the task successfully and efficiently. This is the power of attention that manifests desires.

3.  The best way to increase your power of attention is through meditation. Your attention on the subtle sounds of the mantra naturally expands the range of your attention beyond the superficial layer of the conscious mind. To support our meditation time, it’s important to limit outside distractions as much as possible. In your journal, write about additional ways you can minimize distractions during your meditation. For example, by turning off all phone and messaging notifications, moving your pet to another room, or asking your children or partner not to disturb you while you meditate.

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5: The Fulfillment of Desire {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Creativity requires the courage
to let go of certainties.”
— Erich Fromm

Today’s meditation addresses our sense of self-worth and its impact on fulfilling our desires. Your true self – your core consciousness, is divine. You are pure light, love, joy, and fulfillment. You deserve happiness and the fulfillment of your desires, because happiness and fulfillment are your essential nature.  In today’s meditation, we will experience our inner selves and know our true worth. As our experience of our real self becomes stronger, so does our awareness that we are deserving of all that is good. You don’t have to do anything to be deserving – you already are deserving.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I deserve complete fulfillment.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Shreem Kleem Namah
I attract abundance from my true self.

 Day05

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Day 5, The Fulfillment of Desire.  Worthiness is your birthright and that’s what I’m here to tell you.  I’m here to let you know for sure that you are enough.  You are whole and complete, simply because you were born.  When it comes to manifesting the lives we now most desire, we attract the strongest support from the universe.  When we start from a place of feeling fulfilled and abundant – not from a place of lack.  Think for a moment about how the energy of attraction works.  Like attracts like.  That is the law.  So the energy of deficiency brings you more deficiency.  As you embrace and connect with your wholeness, your true self, you align with the most powerful energy in the universe; that which is the source of all things – I’m calling it source energy which is ready and waiting to flow with you, to help you, support you in all that you desire.  As Deepak leads us into our meditation today, open your heart to the truth – that you are complete.  You are 100% complete, just as you are.  In that knowingness, you can attract all that your complete, true self desires.  Deepak is going to show us how fulfillment is the exquisite basis of our very existence.  And then we’ll meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

We have a desire because we feel a lack.  Just as hunger makes you eat when your stomach is empty, there is a sense of need behind every desire.  Need is double-edged.  If it’s part of growing, expanding and evolving, need is good.  Everyone benefits from the need to explore who they are, to find more love, to reach for the highest.  But the other side of need is feeling that you, yourself are not enough – that you need more things, more money, more food, more distractions because otherwise you feel empty.  The energy of attraction would be weak if this is your motivation; after all, how can a person with a bad self-image harness power?

At the level of your true self, you already feel complete.  You are whole.  The only thing the true self wants is to see you whole which involves growth, expansion and evolution.   Just being yourself, you direct the energy of attraction where it needs to go.  There is no need for massive will power.  Because fulfillment is our true nature, our birthright, the energy of attraction is working for us in a positive direction.  That is its natural tendency.  But we make the decisions – our personal choices define what gets attracted to us.  If you feel unworthy or guilty about desiring good things, it means we do not know our true self.

Once set in motion, a desire brings more than one isolated result.  All desires are woven together in our lives.  A new car, a new love interest, a new faith each speaks to how we see ourselves.  The self we identify with, and that is always changing.  When we desire with conscious awareness, we are connecting to what the true self wants for us.  In a word, the next thing you want is the best thing for you.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering though.
I deserve complete fulfillment.  

Let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Shreem Kleem Namah.  This mantra affirms that you deserve the fulfillment of all your deepest desires.  As you repeat the mantra feel that you’re drawing divine abundance to your life by being deserving, worthy and whole.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Shreem Kleem Namah.  With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Shreem Kleem Namah.    Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.   Just mentally.  Shreem Kleem Namah.

Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
I deserve complete fulfilment.

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  Make a list of the ways you might feel unworthy or undeserving of having your desires fulfilled. It’s not important to know the source of these feelings – just identify the feelings of unworthiness. Now write about how these feelings constrict your spirit and define your worth by your past actions instead of being based on your true nature.

2.  Write about a time when you felt completely in the moment and you knew anything was possible. It could be an experience in meditation, or out of meditation during daily activity. Those feelings you had were from your true self – the self that is not defined by your past, but by your own truth.

3.  In your journal, write the line, “My true self is…” and then add on all the descriptive phrases of what your peak experiences feel like. It could be, “liberating, effervescent, invincible, brilliant, wise, fun…” Then add, “Therefore I deserve complete fulfillment.”

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4: Effortless Creation {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“You can’t use up creativity.
The more you use, the more you have.”
— Maya Angelou

Usually, when we want to manifest a cherished wish or desire in our lives, our first instinct is to act on that impulse. Action of course is necessary, but today we will learn to start with a different approach. To harness Nature’s infinite creative power, we need to release desire into the stillness of our Being. In today’s meditation we will learn to let go of our intention, where it then settles into the field of pure potentiality where all the laws of creation are ready to help manifest it.  This is the most effective way to manifest desires, and the simplest and easiest way to bring your hopes and dreams to life. That doesn’t mean action and persistence aren’t also essential. They are, but they too come in after letting the seed of intention rest into the silence of your true self. This ensures that your actions and focus will be supported and aligned with Nature’s intelligence, not separate from it.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My desires are fulfilled from my true self.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Ahrah Kahrah
My desires have the power to manifest.

Day04

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Day 4, Effortless Creation.  I think you’re going to love this because we all know that wonderful feeling when we’re in sync with the universe, that joyful, energizing space where things just seem to come to you effortlessly, flowing in complete alignment with everything that is.  Now, it’s so easy to slip out of sync with that energy of the universe and when we do, life becomes a struggle.  We feel more depleted than invigorated, and we can lose our way.  When we express our deepest desires, set our intentions, do our best and then let it go, surrender, we can immediately get closer to fulfilling our dreams.  We become magnets for goodness to come to us.  We create openness, our deepest desires to manifest and find ourselves once again.  In today’s meditation, Deepak is going to guide us on how to tap into the truth of ourselves, allowing effortless creation to unfold.  Together, let us hold the intention for what we most desire, then detach or surrender the outcome, allowing the energy of attraction to flow effortlessly through us with grace and ease and from that place we’ll meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

Struggling to get what you want is not what nature intends.  When you let good things be attracted to you, manifestation is easy and enjoyable.  The secret lies in having a desire and letting go.  This is the state of detachment.  Unfortunately, most people try to get what they want by being the opposite of detached.  They have cravings, addictions, obsessions and fixations.  They dwell on what they want over and over again.  This brings up what seems like a contradiction.   You do need passion to achieve your aspirations.  You need action and often hard work to arrive at the goal.  But if you desire from the level of the true self, these things bring you a kind of effortless joy.  You can stand aside and watch the whole process unfold.  Detachment isn’t the same as indifference.  When you let go, you aren’t saying ‘I don’t care what happens’.  You say you’re open to whatever happens and understand you will know the next step to take.

The art of desire can be found in a single verse of the Bhagavad Gita.  “Perform action without regard to the fruits of action.”  This is detachment and joy in one because whatever happens you will always be centered in your true self.  Having your desire at the level of your true self and then releasing it is the key.  Being centered in your true self you experience a quiet relaxed state of confidence.  The ability to manifest what you desire allows you to let go so that your intention can enter the field of pure potentiality.  From there, the energy of attraction naturally flows with ease and harmony.  Manifestation isn’t the same as wishful thinking.  Action is still required to manifest the life we want but we don’t need to lose our silent center in the process.  The silent center guides us into the things we need to do, weeding out the unnecessary busy work and struggle.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought. My desires are fulfilled from my true self.  My desires are fulfilled from my true self.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Ahrah Kahrah.   This mantra awakens the energy of creativity, transformation and materialization.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the activation of the forces of creation and manifestation inside you. repeat it silently to yourself, Ahrah Kahrah.  With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Ahrah Kahrah.    Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Ahrah Kahrah.  Just mentally.  Ahrah Kahrah.

Release the mantra.  Continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes. As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My desires are fulfilled from my true self.  

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  Remember back to a time when you wanted something desperately, and you asked and you asked, but it didn’t come to you. Then at some point you let go or forgot about it and soon after that, it came to you. Even though you let go of the desire, it was still in the back of your mind. As you write about this experience, consider how releasing your desire was instrumental to it manifesting.

2.  We learned today that letting go of desire is the key to effortless manifestation. This is sometimes called detachment from desire. Think of a time when you “tried” to be detached about something you wanted and were unsuccessful.
Now, identify another situation where you wanted something that was not happening and you began feeling frustrated, yet you were somehow able to release the attachment and frustration with ease.  As you write in your journal, compare this kind of frustrated detachment with the natural and easy state of detachment you experienced in the above examples. What was different when you stopped holding on to your desire?

3.  Have you had a meditation experience of inner quietness? Write down what it felt like. During these moments, when your awareness stops thinking thoughts and moves into silence and stillness, you automatically release whatever desire you have – this is true detachment. Write about the same experience in terms of letting go of what you were thinking. This is how you release a desire.

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3: The Source and Goal of Desire {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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Life is about creating yourself.”
— George Bernard Shaw

Your true self is not only the beginning of desire, it is also the end, or fulfillment, of desire. This infinite potential, energy, and intelligence of unbounded consciousness is the real energy of attraction. Today we will discover that we don’t need to do anything, or go anywhere to access the energy of attraction. It is our own true self.  In today’s meditation, we will awaken this energy of attraction within, and harness its power to bring our desires to fulfillment. This activation of desire at its source sets the direction for our thoughts and actions to lead it toward its actualization. Attaining the goal of our desires brings an inner fulfillment and contentment that returns us again to our silent source of awareness.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My true self contains every possibility.

 

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Ananta Swa Bhava
My Being is without beginning or end.

Day03

Oprah Winfrey:

“Welcome to Day 3, The Source and Goal of Desire.  The energy of attraction comes from your authentic self – the part of you that longs for more than just possessions or temporary pleasures.  How can you tell whether what you really really want – what you are craving – is flowing from your true self?  Well, you’ll know you’ve hit your sweet spot when your desires are more about “being” than “doing or getting”.  When you allow your soul, your inner purpose, to be your guide, you put your life on a new trajectory.  One of the most powerful ideas I’ve ever heard came from Gary Zukav in The Seat of the Soul.  He says that “when the personality comes to serve the energy of the soul, that is authentic power.”  That definition of power changed everything for me.  What it really means is finding a way to use your personality to serve what your soul actually came here to do.

If you want to live with the greatest purpose, passion and contentment, your desires have to line up with who  your true self really is – your soul self.  When you are connected to that energy, that is when you are unstoppable.  It is the energy that works together with you to co-create the life you want.  You already have everything you need to begin manifesting the life you want.  It all begins and ends with you lining up with the source of all things.  So join Deepak now in connecting, and reconnecting with that sense of awareness.”

Deepak Chopra:

“The energy of attraction is part of who you are but which part?  The answer lies deep within your awareness where your true self lies.  Your true self is more powerful than any aspect of who you are because it links a desire with the ability to manifest the desire.  We’ve all experienced the difference between a shallow and a deep desire – wanting to catch the latest hit movie isn’t the same as wanting to be a good person.  Wanting a better car isn’t the same as wanting to find lasting happiness.

The secret of the true self is that the deeper your desire, the easier it is to manifest it.  This is because the entire circle of desire is inside you.  The dream begins in the same place where the dream comes true.  When your desire is frustrated, the circle is broken.  This can happen for many reasons from bad timing and wishful thinking to hardships and obstacles in your current circumstances. By meditating, you draw closer to your true self and when you fully identify with it, you will fully experience the circle of desire.  It will eliminate obstacles effortlessly.  Yet even taking the first steps toward your true self will increase the energy of attraction in your life.  Every other means of fulfilling desire is more difficult because you find yourself running out in the world, struggling to make things happen.  As you chase after the goal because it is separate from you.  At the level of the true self, no outcome is separate from you – you are the source and the goal in one.

Realize that the energy of attraction is intelligent.  It is different from other kinds of energy like electricity or magnetism.  The energy of attraction organizes the whole path from desire to fulfillment.  Just as nature fills a seed with everything it needs to grow, your true self fills your desires with what they need to manifest.  In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says, ‘Curving back onto my own nature, I create again and again’.   This is an expression of how desire remains in the self even when outer reality is involved in bringing you what you want.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought. My true self contains every possibility.  My true self contains every possibility.

Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Ananta Swa Bhava.  This mantra awakens your truth to the higher potentiality of your higher self.  As you repeat the mantra, know and feel the unbounded possibilities you hold within your own consciousness.  Repeat it silently to yourself.  Ananta Swa Bhava.  Ananta Swa Bhava.  WIth each repetition feel your body mind and spirit open and receive just little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Ananta Swa Bhava. .  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Anatna Swa Bhava.  Just mentally.  Ananta Swa Bhava.

(after medition)
Release the mantra.  Continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes. As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My true self contains every possibility

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  Imagine three things you truly wish you could have in your life, but believe to be unattainable, so you have resigned yourself to not having them.

2.  Write down the reasons why you believe these desires will not manifest.

3.  Now list two creative ways in which Nature could arrange for you to get your desired wishes. If you can imagine a couple of ways, the infinite intelligence can certainly make it happen when the time and circumstances are right.

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2: The Spirit of Desire {Energy of Attraction Meditation – Chopra Center}

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human being dreams and imagines can be realized.”
— Vanna Bonta

Today we will look at desire as the primal creative energy within us, and at the heart of creation. Desire is the feeling force of life itself. As we tap into this powerful life force, we want to make sure that what we manifest is not only positive and life-supporting in our lives, but for everyone else as well. To do that, we need to create from the level of intelligence of Nature that already upholds and harmoniously integrates all the diversity of the cosmos. This isn’t just the easiest way to manifest desires that are beneficial for everyone – it’s really the only way to create in a way  that is in accord with all the other forces of evolution. Our silent awareness is aligned with the infinite intelligence of Nature, and our small ego mind isn’t. Today in meditation we will contact that source of desire – the source of thought, deep within awareness. Then as desire sprouts from that silence, it will attract all the nourishment and guidance it needs to manifest.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My desires make me feel alive.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Rasa Hum
I am the essence of life.

 Day02

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Day 2, The Spirit of Desire.  You were born to fulfill your destiny, your purpose – and your purpose is fueled by your desires.  From the moment you get out of bed you are fueled by something you want, even if it’s as simple as your first cup of tea or coffee. Having hopes, desires, ambitions is what makes you human.  It isn’t vain or self-centered. It’s part of life’s natural rhythm.   As Deepak will show us, there are laws that rule the universe.  The laws of the universe are neutral.  You can attract negative or positive forces in your life.  Your challenge is to nurture the truest and most authentic desires that are within you.  Those are the desires that fulfill you, expand you, flow through you to impact others for the good.  They are desires fueled by the energy of love, and love has many names. Grace is love, and so is kindness.  Forgiveness, understanding, respect, cooperation, collaboration, harmony, a reverence for life are all love.  Deepak is going to take us to a deeper understanding of the creative life-supporting nature of desire.  And then we’re going to meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

In order to master the art of desire, the first step is to be judgement-free.  Many people feel guilty about their desires or think they want more than they deserve but in reality, desire is natural and necessary to life.  We all want to attract more of the good things in life.  The energy of attraction is neutral – you can attract positive or negative results.  Our goal is to make every result positive, life-supporting and powerful.

The highest desire you can have is to grow and evolve.  Nature is constantly expanding.  An ancient Indian scripture says,
I am one.  May I become many.  May I grow forth”.

The desires, wishes and intentions you have every day are what turn the present into the future, creating new things along the way.  So desire is a creative act.  In Sanskrit, the name for desire is Kama and from the ancient transcripts it was considered neither bad or unspiritual.  The fulfillment of desire is one of the main goals of life; in fact, taught to every child in the traditional Indian household.

Once you stop judging your desires, you will realize that you’re designed to fulfill your intentions.  You begin to ask for what you want.  You do what it takes to get what you want. You plan your whole life around desires.  Therefore, becoming skilled at achieving your intentions is a worthy goal.  It doesn’t make you a selfish or greedy person.

When negativity is attached to desire, intentions can run into trouble.  They become misguided or harmful, desperate, frustrated and unfulfilled.  These problems don’t arise when desire is self-supporting.  Without desire, our existence would be flat, inert and uninteresting.  So the second step in harnessing the energy of attraction is to celebrate the fact that you have wishes, hopes, dreams and aspirations.  Inside your awareness lies the means to make any possibility come true.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering though,
My desires make me feel alive.  My desires make me feel alive.  Now let’s prepare for our meditation.

Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Now, gently introduce the mantra, Rasa Hum.  Rasa is the essential quality or emotional flavor of life.  This mantra connects you with the vital energy of feeling of life itself.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the flavor, feel the aliveness of your spirit.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Rasa Hum.  With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.  Continue with your mediation for about 10 minutes.  Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.  Just mentally.  Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.   Release the mantra and continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My desires make me feel alive.  My desires make me feel alive.  My desires make me feel alive.

Namaste

Journal Entries:

1.  Describe in your journal what your life would look like if you had no desires, no interests, no passions, no hopes or dreams or ambitions. This will help you to see clearly how desires give juice and joy to life.

2.  Make a list in your journal of three situations in where your desire created a positive outcome in your life that was even better than what you anticipated. Write down any ways in which the universe provided that you were not necessarily expecting.

3.  The energy of desire is a powerful force that can develop a momentum and life of its own. Write about a time when you saw this power unfold in your own life. Like other forces of nature, we need to respect its power.

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