My exploration of scientific metaphysics always gives me new perspectives on books such as Deepak Chopra’s How to Know God: The Soul’s Journey Into the Mystery of Mysteries.
I notice in Chopra’s book, and those of a lot of other spiritual writers, a wavering between duality and the acknowledgement of Infinity, Divinity, Spirit or Oneness. In How to Know God, Chopra describes Divinity as something apart from man, but later he acknowledges God is the source of all that is.
My aim in writing here is in no way to bash Chopra, or any other authors who share metaphysical perspectives. These books only make me want to dig in deeper to my study of metaphysics. .
For me, the book offers a great opportunity to explore what is revelatory and practical in my study of scientific metaphysics. I don’t claim to have the answers by a long shot, but my study has equipped me to define for myself more readily just when there is duality in one’s language and beliefs, and has made me appreciate just how hard it is to describe precisely what reality is, what God is and the never-ending journey of enlightenment.
Don’t get me wrong—I love Chopra and all he’s doing to bring the subject to many readers with a perspective not found in most religious traditions. His ideas prompt me to reflect more deeply on what I know spirituality and scientific metaphysics to be. That’s why it’s a practice—and why humans are always grappling with the beliefs and filters through which we see the world, filters that are constantly changing and shifting our way of seeing. .
Chopra brings up many good ideas. .
He writes, “Redemption is just another word for calling on your innate ability to see with the eye of the soul. Two voices are heard in our heads everyday, the one believing in the dark and the other in the light. Only one reality can be really real.” .
I agree that we call upon our innate ability to see with the eye of the Soul. This is intuition. This is Truth. This is Love. This is God. .
But redemption? This term suggests there is something to heal, to fix, to save. This is duality.
There is nothing “out there” —nothing to fix, manipulate, change. It all is perfection functioning, showing up for our growth and acknowledgement in the best way we can see it. We are the world we walk through. It constantly unfolds as we see it—as we are, not as it is. .
There is nothing from which to be rescued (as the term redemption suggests). That would indicate duality—or a “God” outside our own Being. God, or Source, is not separate from us, any more than the ocean is separate from a single drop of water in it. .
I believe there are not really two “voices” in our heads, as Chopra states, but two interpretations of reality, interpretations with which we, as two-legged animals, are readily provided. One is the voice of Divinity, the All-in-All, the voice of Love, Truth, Spirit. .
It can show up as good, bad, happy, sad, right, wrong. That doesn’t matter. We make choices all the time based on what we think is real. Then we assess, judge, manipulate. “That voice I hear? That voice is Love.” It’s the default of life, instantaneous.
It’s followed immediately by whatever filter we have for the moment. Am I mad about a driver who cut me off earlier? —my filter revenge or defense? Am I upset about being passed over for a promotion?—my filter anger or victimization? .
The only voices I’d like to think are in my head are saying, “What can I do for others?” and “How interesting and beautiful is this planet I have the privilege of experiencing!” .
Do we go through life with the wonderment of a child, open and free, observer, not judge?
What is reality? .
In her article “The Safe and Secure Life,” practitioner and author Betty Albee says, “Scientific Metaphysics teaches that the conscious human individual, living himself responsibly, is forever practicing oneness by discerning the spiritual facts of everything confronting him. Appearances, views of reality, are not separate from the allness of Being.”
Having our Being in Spirit, we experience the physical world in all its beauty and contrast.
I am so grateful to have writings like Chopra’s and Albee’s to read and learn from. There is much value in the different perspectives that prompt me to look, learn and study.