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November 2014 Book of the Month

“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.”

Deepak Chopra

Every semester I read a list of “unexplained facts” to my students.  The list is taken from my favorite of Deepak Chopra’s books, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Life. My favorite mystery: “Fireflies in Indonesia numbering in the millions are able to synchronize their flashes over an area of several square miles.” And, while there is no denying synchronized fireflies make for a pretty good visual, my students always love the idea of several million horseshow crabs meeting on the beach for one night under a full moon to mate. Chopra’s impetus for sharing these mysteries is to inspire the reader to consider the underlying intelligence of a universe capable of producing such wonders.

I believe that a spiritual journey involves both the transcendent and the immediate.  In fact, the relationship between the two might be referred to as the bridge to heaven. It is for this very reason that I include meditation training in my class. Sitting in silence enlivens and expands consciousness. A true seeker, however, often needs more than just meditation. He/she needs guidance, validation and support on the path to enlightenment.

While I have read several of Chopra’s books, The Book of Secrets remains my favorite. It combines both practical knowledge and ancient wisdom. Reading spiritual literature serves as a practical step to support your awakening. This book offers the reader the evidence that there is more to life than the surface value of the everyday experience. Fortunately, it also inspires the passion required to go in search of unlocking these hidden dimensions.