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"Dealing with your own energy is the
most effortless way to heal yourself,
because you're going directly to the source.
When a distorted energy pattern returns
to normal, the problem disappears," he
writes in Reinventing the body.
This is an individual journey, which
begins with self awareness and will most
likely last a person's entire life. Dr Chopra
simply presents his ideas as a map to a
different possibility, warning us gently
that the map is not the territory.
"If you want to change your body, a
change in awareness must come first," he
advises. "Between them, awareness and
energy are the most powerful healers in
Such daring ideas imply, of course, that
over the years we have played a bigger
role in inventing our bodies than we may
feel comfortable about. Any perceived
flaws are the result of choices made,
consciously or unconsciously. By the same
token, we also have the choice to change
whatever we feel dissatisfied with. It may
sound mysterious, even implausible, but
there are numerous people who have
achieved just that.
Dr Chopra urges us not to under-
estimate our potential, saying, "At the core
of your being, you're a field of intention."
A sensible person will realise that not
every whim and fancy will come to fruition.
The secret lies in clarity of intent. Clear
intent requires mastery of ourselves, as
it's easy to be distracted by material
rewards and impractical dreams.
You can't force clarity of intention,
but you can search for it. It requires the
patience of someone panning for gold,
carefully sifting through confusion, passing
notions and short-lived schemes till "a
spark that refuses to be extinguished"
"Knowing exactly what you want to
do," Dr Chopra explains, "is the spark
that generates everything else, including
the big ideas and the great rewards."
Perhaps NOVA readers, like me, will
find the bigger picture most attractive.
What would our world look like if
individuals began intentionally reinventing
their bodies at the energetic level?
Would this increase personal happiness?
Consider then the power of happy people
to influence their communities, their
economy. Would ripples of change spread
across the world? It is a well known fact
that when groups of people meditate
together, the crime rate in that area goes
down. What would this mean for world
Such possibilities are exciting, but Dr
Chopra has an even larger project in mind.
It is the ultimate quest, restoring the bond
between the body and the soul; returning
If our own happiness isn't enough
reason to consider Dr Chopra's ideas, he
offers an even greater motivation: "Your
body is nothing less than a universe in
motion. "Reinventing the body means
changing the whole universe."
Reinvent Your Body
From Page 7 The Flow of Intention
From Page 9
Freezing rain slants in. The déjà vu is
still with me. Could it be a genetic reminder
of my long-ago Scandinavian ancestors, or
simply that we are all descendants of the
Stone Ages and those times are close at
In a moment of clarity, I notice that the
rainwater flows over the massive stones
and trickles into the Loch below. Slowly it
dawns on me -- here's my sacred gateway.
This is the place to fill my bottle with water.
I feel a rush of gratitude for this
harsh, difficult place. It's already given
me something special, a deep sense of
connecting with my own distant past.
I look at the towering stones. One
catches my eye and I walk towards it
carrying the water vial. A plaque at its base
says that it was struck by lightning in 1880.
Half still stands and the other half is almost
buried in mud and heather.
My shamanic practice teaches me to
seek completeness in the balance of the
elements. Lightning brings the element of
fire to the giant stones of earth, the water
of rain and loch and the relentless wind
driving the clouds across the sky. Beyond
these four is the space that has made me
so uncomfortable; the void filled with
Slowly my thoughts expand. Intention
must be matched by receptiveness, so that
there is openness as well as focus. Chaos
theory tells us that even minute changes in
the vast world of potential can bring balance
and order. The re-enchantment of water
will come from the creative energy of love. I
feel a shift throughout my being as I release
the need for any certain, special water that
my mind has attached itself to, and allow
the decision to come from beyond me.
Somehow I know what to do. I place
the bottle of water on the lightning stone
and solemnly walk a circuit of the Ring. I
sit in a patch of damp heather and gaze at
the stones. My ears ring with silence. Time
flows by, centuries pass, future ones loom
close, forming themselves from spirals of
light. The Old Ones seem to stir in their
It is said that each intention contains
the means of its own fulfilment. I leave
Orkney with a bottle of water -- not from the
source I struggled for, but this water is what
I've been given. It has emerged from the
universe of light and energy, been energised
by each of the elements, witnessed by the
ancient inhabitants -- perhaps even given
That's enough for even my demanding
'The re-enchantment of water will come from the
creative energy of love.'
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