The Artist of Your World
posted by Deepak Chopra May 6, 2011 5:01 am
Adapted from Power, Freedom, and Grace, by Deepak Chopra (Amber Allen, 2006).
There is an ancient saying from India about the soul: "Fire cannot burn it, water cannot wet it, wind cannot dry it, weapons cannot cleave it. It's ancient, it's unborn, it never dies." The soul is the source of all unreality, but the domain of the soul is beyond your everyday reality. That's why you need to experience the domain of your soul to stay in touch with your soul, to experience the qualities of the real you.
How do you experience the domain of your soul? By spending time in silence, by quieting the time-bound conversation in your head and tuning in to the timeless, peaceful quiet of your soul. When you experience complete silence in your body-mind, then you recognize that you are not your thoughts but the Being who is having the thoughts.
Slowly, by spending time in silence, you notice that the scenery comes and goes, but the seer is always there. You realize that you are not the scenery; you are the seer, the witness of the scenery. As you shift your identify from the scenery to the seer, everything starts to slowly awaken. You glimpse the soul, and you begin to experience more expansive states of consciousness: Cosmic consciousness, divine consciousness, unity consciousness.
You begin to realize that you are painting the scenery. In the past you did it unconsciously, randomly, chaotically. Now, like a great Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci, you consciously create a masterpiece that influences your destiny and the destiny of others.