By COLLEEN CREAMER
The ruling king of metaphysics, Dr. Deepak Chopra, will speak in Nashville tonight on his new release The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire a brilliant but sometimes daunting book on harnessing the unsung power of coincidence. Dr. Chopra is the author of How to Know God and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success both international bestsellers.
The new book maintains that when a person lives with an appreciation of coincidence they can connect with an underlying field of infinite possibility, a state Dr. Chopra calls “synchrodestiny,” which, when applied, allows us to see connectedness in the world and to choose the shape and scope of the kind of life we want to live. The City Paper interviewed Chopra before his visit.
CP: What inspired you to write the book?
DP: My own life, you know? And the way it evolved through a series of improbabilities. As I look back upon it, it seems that there is a story. Then at a certain stage I started to look at the coincidences, and I started to imagine the story and then I started to live the story, and here we are.
CP: For those who may find the more scientific first half of this book difficult, can you tell us why it’s important to get through it to the second half?
DP: I, for one, think that if you want a real transformation, then you must not base it on some kind a belief, because belief ends up being a cover-up for insecurity. Some of the most fervent believers in the world wind up being religious fundamentalists and they are killing each other. The world is such a mess, you know? Now we are in a time in our evolutions as a human species where belief is not enough. We want to know and in order to know we must understand. It has to make sense to us. Science is telling us there is a higher dimension that there is something else behind the appearance of everyday reality, and in that reality everything is connected to everything else.
CP: Are we evolving into a culture that relates from spirit-to-spirit rather than from ego-to-ego, and won’t we have to do that in order to survive?
DC: Yes. We need to have a critical mass of people who actually become what they want to bring about. If you want to bring about the change, then you have to be the change, and I think if we have a critical mass of people then the world will transform.
CP: People will naturally want some “either or” understanding of synchrodestiny, to know if it is “out there” and can be tapped into or whether it is created by the observer.
DC: I think the first part of the book is meant for that, the whole understanding of non-locality, the technical word for the dimension, which is also called Minkowski’s eight-dimensional hyperspace, where everything is inseparably one, space, time, energy, matter, information and all resolve into pure potentiality. The distance between objects becomes zero. The distance between events become zero and everything occurs synchronistically. If there weren’t this synchronistic intelligence, we would all fall apart. This is today what science calls non-local correlation, the same thing as synchronicity.
CP: You refer often in the book to the soul. Do you think we, especially in the West, have lost the meaning of soul?
DC: Yes, we have, and in the world we have lost the meaning of soul. That is why we have the devastation out there. It’s the result of the rift in our collective soul.
CP: You talk in the book about attention and intention being important in using coincidence meaningfully.
DC: Think of attention as energy and intention as information and energy and information as the raw materials of the universe.
CP: You make the distinction between getting a coincidence later and being able to use it as it happens. I think you are asking your readers to be “more present” in their lives.
DC: Yes, more present to the mystery of their existence.
CP: But that takes a stemming of our egos. What would you advise people to do to begin that process?
DC: Number one: take the time to be silent and engage in a deep listening of your own soul. What do I want? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Number two: experience what it is to be intoxicated with love. I have a grandchild with whom am I am totally intoxicated, totally besotted.
CP: I’m trying to imagine Deepak Chopra making baby noises.
DC: I do, and not only that, she’s only 21 months old and she leaves messages in my voice mail, and I listen to the 30 times a day. Number three, try and think with an attitude that you are an instrument for a higher intelligence. Four, don’t be offended. People spend their whole lived being offended.
For The City Paper