Home' Nova West : August 2010 Contents year or two. The words "set point" sound
scarily final; however, to my relief, Dr Chopra
indicates that it can be changed through
meditation, for instance, or certain types of
Living conditions account for only 10
percent of happiness. Is this why the feel-
good factor of retail therapy is so short
lived and has to be reinforced so often?
We all know that doing what we
truly enjoy and making other people
happy, whether by kind words or helping
someone out in a time of need, brings us
joy, too. This accounts for the remaining 40
percent in the formula: voluntarily choosing
things that bring us fulfilment and pleasure.
This is also where intention comes into play.
The curious thing about happiness is that
happy people have different brain chemistry.
"A heart that is in love is very different
to a heart that is hostile, structurally,"
Dr Chopra points out. He adds that the
number one risk factor for sudden death
A happy person makes their friends --
and even the friends of their friends -- happy.
And here's the clincher, the happiness of
the people can affect a country's GDP. I
wonder if this is one reason why Australia
seems to have weathered the so-called global
financial crisis so well. Perhaps we are the
happy country as well as the lucky country!
So what does happiness have to do with
reinventing the body? Everything, really.
"You are intended to experience ecstasy
just as much as any saint and when you do,
your cells join in," Dr Chopra writes in his
new book Reinventing the body; resurrecting
This is a truly different -- and rather
exciting -- way to perceive the body.
For years, we have been encouraged to
view the human body as a machine, albeit a
magnificent one. As years go by, individual
parts start wearing out, we sicken and
weaken and our time on this good earth,
generally speaking, depends on how well
we look after ourselves. All in all, this is a
fairly bleak outlook after the wondrous
days of youth have passed. Religions that
teach us to look to the afterlife for reward
tend to reinforce the idea of the body's frailty.
Dr Chopra points out that our physical
evolution ended around 200,000 years ago.
In many parts of the world, particularly
the wealthy West, medical discovery has
contributed to better health and longevity,
but this is merely tinkering at the edges when
compared to what is possible.
Is now the time to radically reinvent
the body? Is the human body truly ready for
the next breakthrough?
Dr Chopra certainly thinks so and
explores this idea in greater detail in his
latest, quite challenging, work. "Once you
stop clinging to the idea that your body
"Happiness is the goal of all
other goals," Dr Deepak
Chopra tells his audience
with subtle emphasis. As
those six words sink in, I notice people in
the Darling Harbour auditorium smiling,
some rather wryly; a few heads nod in
agreement. Have we all not, at some point in
our lives, searched desperately for happiness
or tried to win, woo or even buy it?
Children seem to intuitively know the
secret of happiness, but somewhere along
the road to adulthood it slips elusively
away, only to return in fleeting moments.
We're more familiar with what makes us
unhappy: debt, sickness, loss, past regrets,
uncertainty about the future. Then there are
what Dr Chopra calls existential dilemmas
such as the fear of old age and, inevitably,
Dr Chopra is in Sydney presenting a
seminar entitled, "Reinventing the body;
resurrecting the soul". Wearing a conservative
black suit, he is humble and humorous at
the same time. When he speaks it is with
clarity and a crisp sense of authority. By
© NOVA AUGUST 2010
Is the next great breakthrough yet another
hi-tech gizmo? Or is it how we view the human
body? Nicola Silva takes on the board the latest
revolutionary idea from Deepak Chopra.
lunchtime, almost all his many books and
CDs on sale have been eagerly snapped up.
Clearly, there is a deep thirst for his message.
He has been called a poet and a visionary,
but Dr Chopra is also a scientist, a physician
and an undisputed spiritualist. Perhaps
it takes someone with precisely those
qualities, medical training and insight to
present a radically different way of looking
at our bodies, and indeed our entire reality.
Some years ago, scientists attached
to the US School of Positive Psychology
presented a happiness formula. The
formula stated that happiness depends
on three elements: a set point in the
brain that's determined in childhood
depending on whether those who
surrounded you were naturally optimistic
or more inclined to pessimism; living
conditions; and thirdly, the voluntary
choices and actions made every day.
According to this theory, 50 percent of
happiness, Dr Chopra explains, is determined
by the set point in the brain. Lottery winners
initially enjoy the euphoria of their winnings,
but then return to their set point within a
is a thing, you realise what should have
been obvious: your body is the junction
between the invisible and visible worlds."
This outlook distils the human body,
and indeed the entire universe, to the level
of pure energy. In his wonderfully poetic
way, Dr Chopra says, "The whole universe is
an electromagnetic storm that goes on and off
at the speed of light."
What's in the off? A group of scientists
and sages have concluded that it has six
elements. It's a field of infinite possibilities;
everything is in harmony and synchronicity
with everything else; it is a field of
uncertainty; quantum leaps of creativity
are possible here; the observer's intention
holds sway and lastly; herein lays the soul.
Being neither scientist nor sage, I
understand the level of energy as a place
where healing and change can occur, both
of which are urgently required on this planet.
This leads us to question which is
stronger, matter or energy? Contrary to
conventional theories, Dr Chopra claims
there are strong indications that energy
is more powerful than matter. He points
to studies of people who live unusually
long and healthy lives, which is attributed
to their emotional resilience, not diet or
genes or healthy habits.
Dr Chopra is really talking about a
paradigm shift in the way we perceive the
body. In the past, we were told that our genes
determine everything about us: the colour of
our eyes, our propensity for certain illnesses
and even such things as baldness and obesity.
Biologists thought genes were fixed.
Science has now discovered that genes
only affect us if they're switched on. Identical
twins born with the same set of genes will
have a very different genetic profile in old
age because of the unique choices each
one has made.
Even the brain is not fixed. When a
person thinks and acts differently to what has
been the norm for them, actual changes are
created in their brain. Equally intriguingly, the
brain has no way of preserving old pathways
once new ones have been created.
"How ironic," Dr Chopra comments,
"that the two things that medicine
thought were fixed, the brain and DNA, turn
out to be the keys for reinventing the body!"
If our DNA can indeed be improved,
where do we begin and how far can we take
it? Can we release our bodies from the effects
of time? How do we heal ourselves from
It begins with a different picture of the
body. Dr Chopra compares the body to "a
river that never stays the same, it is a
continuous stream merging hundreds of
thousands of chemical changes at a cellular
He tells us to imagine a whirlpool; it is
water and also the movement of water, or to
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