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A personal note from the author:

Creating a New Self: Smashing the Superstition of Materialism

Dear readers and friends,

In our quest to grow and evolve, we all run into obstacles. We meet
resistance. Change proves stubborn and at times impossible.
Anything that I can do to overcome these obstacles is a contribution
I never wish to pass up.

In my new book I address the most difficult obstacle of all: the


body.

The human body can be a source of the miraculous. The very


minute I write this message to you, someone in a laboratory
somewhere is breaking through old concepts about the body,
discovering that what was once a machine made of flesh and bones is
actually a living process, a river without boundaries. Yet you and I
find ourselves with bodies that wear out, age, grow sick, and
disappoint our highest aspirations for freedom and creativity.

Clearly, the body needs to be reinvented. That's the main theme of


my new book, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. I throw out
every fixed belief about what the body can and cannot do. In their
place, I offer five breakthrough ideas that can completely alter how
you see your body and what you do with it.

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Breakthrough #1 -- Your Physical Body Is an Illusion

Breakthrough #2 -- Your Real Body Is Energy

Breakthrough #3 -- Awareness Has magic

Breakthrough #4 -- You Can Improve Your Genes

Breakthrough #5 -- Time Isn't Your enemy

Each of these breakthroughs overturns an outmoded belief that


turns into a physical limitation. If you think of your body as a
physical object, you will cooperate with aging, because what is aging
but a physical object wearing out? If you believe that time is your
enemy, aging has gained another ally. If you accept that your genes
are fixed, they take away your freedom to change.

What these five breakthroughs have in common is this: you can


change your body through consciousness, because despite its physical
appearance, your body is the product of consciousness to begin with.
There is no difference between a thought and a molecule in the
brain. Each intention sends signals to every cell in the body, causing
the cell to change. Therefore, the most natural way to achieve change
is through the power of intention.

The second half of the book's title, Resurrecting the Soul, extends the
power of consciousness far beyond the physical. The soul is your
spiritual body. It brings nourishment to every cell as surely as
nutrients are brought by the blood. Most people believe they have a
soul, but they rarely if ever feel connected to it. When you reconnect,
a kind of resurrection occurs: you discover that the closer you live to
your soul, the better for your body.

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Health, anti-aging, a strong sense of self, centeredness, spontaneous
right action, the increase of love and compassion -- these are all
united at the deepest level of consciousness. Every cell is aware of
the state of your soul, and vice versa. One consciousness, constantly
moving and evolving, is who you really are.

This conclusion is the most important one I've arrived at after thirty
years of teaching people how to unite body, mind, and soul. Union
cannot be achieved one piece at a time. Even though most people
attack their problems one at a time and have mixed priorities in their
lives, the truth is that wholeness is wholeness. People don't feel
whole because they have excluded their bodies from the spiritual
journey, judging the body to be inferior, defective, ugly, and devoid
of intelligence. At the other end of the scale, they have sent the soul
into a never-never region above and beyond this world.

So as you reinvent your body, which means accepting it as part of


your whole consciousness, the soul must also be brought back into
partnership with it. Five soul breakthroughs are needed:

Breakthrough #6 -- There's an Easier Way to Live

Breakthrough #7 -- Love Awakens the Soul

Breakthrough #8 -- Be as Boundless as Your Soul

Breakthrough #9 -- The Fruit of Surrender Is Grace

Breakthrough #10 -- The Universe Evolves through You

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When you absorb these ten ideas, and follow the practical exercises
attached to each, you will turn the process of life in a new direction.
Instead of being blocked by obstacles, areas of freedom open up
where you never imagined them. I speak personally, because the seed
of this book dates back to my first days in medical school. When I
used a scalpel to slice beyond the barrier of the skin, I gained
scientific knowledge about the body, but at the same time I sacrificed
the body's mystery and holiness.
We need to have both. The reason you can reinvent the body rests
upon solid new evidence about the brain, genes, and lifestyle changes.
Yet those are the windows through which a much greater truth can
be seen, which is this. When the flow of life encompasses mind,
body, and soul, a person has found the easiest way to live. We must
put out of our heads that unity is an exotic, faraway goal reached only
by the spiritually gifted.

When you delve into Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, your
allegiance will shift to wholeness. You won't be fixated on your body,
your mind, or your spiritual path. The three will merge, as they must
in order to be whole. The reunion is the most joyous experience
anyone can have, and happily for all of us, it's also the most natural.

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DEEPAK 0 CHOPRA

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Reinventing the

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Copyright © 2009 by Deepak Chopra

All rights reserved.


Published in the United States by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown
Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.
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Harmony Books is a registered trademark and the Harmony Books colophon


is a trademark of Random House, Inc.

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ISBN 978-0-307-45233-7

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To my beloved grandchildren,

Tara, Leela, and Krishan

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Contents

Introduction: The Forgotten Miracle 1

reinventing your body 5

Breakthrough #1: Your Physical Body Is a Fiction 20


Breakthrough #2: Your Real Body Is Energy 35

Breakthrough #3: Awareness Has Magic 51

Breakthrough #4: You Can Improve Your Genes 73

Breakthrough #5: Time Isn’t Your Enemy 88

resurrecting your soul 105

Breakthrough #1: There’s an Easier Way to Live 127


Breakthrough #2: Love Awakens the Soul 151

Breakthrough #3: Be as Boundless as Your Soul 171

Breakthrough #4: The Fruit of Surrender Is Grace 191

Breakthrough #5: The Universe Evolves Through You 211

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10 steps to wholeness 231

Conclusion: “Who Made Me?” 274

Acknowledgments 277

Index 279

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