Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Authors at Google: Dr. Deepak Chopra, "Spiritual Solutions"

There is a lot that I do not like about Deepak Chopra's philosophy but, as Ken Wilber used to say, no one is wrong 100% of the time. In his new book, Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges, Chopra suggests we look for spiritual solutions to life's challenges - that the solution rarely comes from the same level as the problem.

This is part of the publisher's blurb for the book:
In this groundbreaking book, Chopra shows you how to expand your awareness, which is the key to the confusion and conflict we all face. “The secret is that the level of the problem is never the level of the solution,” he writes. By rising to the level of the solution in your own awareness, you can transform obstacles into opportunities. Chopra leads the reader to what he calls “the true self,” where peace, clarity, and wisdom serve as guides in times of crisis. For Chopra, spirituality is primarily about consciousness, not about religious dogma or relying on the conventional notion of God. “There is no greater power for success and personal growth than your own awareness.” With practical insight, Spiritual Solutions provides the tools and strategies to enable you to meet life’s challenges from within and to experience a sense of genuine fulfillment and purpose.

As long as we don't see this approach as the only solution, it's useful advice. If we try to make this the only solution, we will become lost in spiritual bypass - and I suspect that is where this books leads.

However, I know some readers here value Chopra, so I offer the video in the spirit of a truly inclusive perspective.

This video is part of the on-going Authors@Google series.

Authors at Google: Dr. Deepak Chopra, "Spiritual Solutions"
In his latest book, Spiritual Solutions, Dr. Deepak Chopra explains how many of life's challenges can best be addressed from a spiritual perspective. "The secret is that the level of the problem is never the level of the solution," he writes. In this interview at Google, Dr. Chopra talks about how we can expand our awareness to address difficulties in our lives.

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