Deepak Chopra: The 5 Simple Steps That Will Make Your Mind Limitless! | E241

Last updated: Jun 2, 2023

The video features an interview with Deepak Chopra, who discusses the importance of taking time to be unoccupied, the impact of childhood experiences on how we perceive situations, and his mission to reach a billion people for personal and social transformation.

The video features an interview with Deepak Chopra, a health and wellness expert and author of 93 books. Chopra discusses the importance of taking time to be unoccupied and reflect on one's purpose in life. He also talks about the impact of emotions and consciousness on our biology, and how negative news and emotional responses can lead to inflammation and disease. Chopra's mission is to reach a billion people for personal and social transformation towards a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, and joyful world.

  • Stress and problems come from our inability to sit quietly and do nothing.
  • Every experience shapes our biology.
  • Deepak Chopra's mission is to reach a critical mass of people, ideally a billion people, for personal and social transformation.
  • The mind cannot be localized to just the brain.
  • The idea of a separate self is a socially induced hallucination.
  • Identity is a key factor in personal and social transformation.
  • Modern technology has made the impact of violence and turmoil more intense.
  • Wisdom traditions teach that suffering can be overcome by understanding reality.
  • Advice for suffering less includes taking time to be unoccupied, understanding childhood experiences, realizing suffering is universal, practicing self-education, and finding ways to connect with others.

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The Importance of Being Unoccupied

  • Stress and problems come from our inability to sit quietly and do nothing.
  • People need to take some time every day to be unoccupied and ask themselves who they are, what they want, and what their purpose is.
  • Many people only know that they suffer and want an immediate solution, such as an antidepressant.
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The Impact of Childhood Experiences

  • Every experience shapes our biology.
  • If parents were complaining, condemning, criticizing, or playing the victim, their children will see every situation as an adversity.
  • Studies have shown that happiness is determined by a formula.
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Deepak Chopra's Mission

  • Deepak Chopra's mission is to reach a critical mass of people, ideally a billion people, for personal and social transformation.
  • The mission is for a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, and joyful world.
  • Everything Deepak Chopra does is under this umbrella.
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The Relationship Between Consciousness and Biology

  • Deepak Chopra trained in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, neuroscience, and neuroendocrinology.
  • He saw the relationship between consciousness, emotions, and biology.
  • Giving information to a patient affects their metabolism.
  • Bad news and emotional responses to it can cause inflammation and a propensity to disease.
  • Deepak Chopra realized the power of words and emotions on biology when he gave a nurse to a patient and then immediately realized he made a mistake.
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The Mind is Relational and Embodied

  • Every experience we have activates neural networks in our brain.
  • The mind cannot be localized to just the brain.
  • The mind is both relational and embodied.
  • Our fundamental identity as a separate self creates anxiety, anger, and depression.
  • Going back to wisdom traditions that emphasize inter-beingness can help shift consciousness towards a more peaceful world.
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The Dangers of the Separated Self

  • The idea of a separate self is a socially induced hallucination.
  • The separate self creates anxiety, anger, and depression.
  • Anger is the memory of trauma, hostility is the desire to get even, and anxiety is the anticipation of trauma in the future.
  • Guilt leads to humiliation, which can also contribute to depression.
  • The isolated, fearful self has created the trauma and danger we see in the world today.
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The Mission for Personal and Social Transformation

  • Deepak Chopra's mission is to reach a billion people for personal and social transformation.
  • He was a founder of the Alliance for a New Humanity, which aimed to reach a critical mass of people for a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, and joyful world.
  • The organization faltered due to power struggles and selfishness.
  • Chopra continues his mission on his own.
  • Shifting consciousness towards inter-beingness can help create a better world.
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The Importance of Identity

  • Identity crisis is a major issue today.
  • Identity is the story we tell ourselves about who we are.
  • Our personal identity is based on the separate self, which creates anxiety, anger, and depression.
  • Shifting towards inter-beingness can help create a more peaceful world.
  • Identity is a key factor in personal and social transformation.
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The Impact of Tribalism and Medieval Minds

  • Tribalism and nationalism cause separation and disconnectedness.
  • Human history is one of violence and power struggles.
  • Modern technology has made the impact of violence and turmoil more intense.
  • Medieval minds and modern capacities are a terrible combination.
  • Everyone is suffering in some way.
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The Five Causes of Suffering

  • Not knowing who we are.
  • Not knowing the nature of reality.
  • Clustering and grasping at experience which is ephemeral.
  • Confusing ourselves with our ego identity.
  • Fearing death.
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Wisdom Traditions and Self-Education

  • Wisdom traditions teach that suffering can be overcome by understanding reality.
  • Self-education is the key to finding one's true self.
  • Yoga is a form of self-education that teaches union with the self.
  • The eight limbs of yoga are intended to help individuals find their true selves.
  • Principles of social and emotional intelligence, physical posture, and breathing techniques are all part of yoga.
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Advice for Suffering Less

  • Take time to be unoccupied.
  • Understand that childhood experiences shape how we perceive situations.
  • Realize that suffering is a universal experience.
  • Practice self-education and seek wisdom traditions.
  • Find ways to connect with others and combat tribalism and disconnectedness.
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Section 1: Yoga and Transcendence

  • Withdrawal of the senses focused awareness meditation Transcendence.
  • Transcendence is the key to finding out who you really are, the self which knows the self not bamboozled by social constructs.
  • There are five aspects of yoga, and Transcendence is one of them.
  • When you reach Transcendence, you experience love as the ineffable interconnectedness with all that exists.
  • People have those experiences with psychedelics these days, or you can actually give somebody an experience like that with even VR.
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Section 2: Not Doing Reality

  • Reality is not local, it's infinite.
  • To avoid suffering, you need to understand that reality is not localized, and therefore, you are infinite.
  • You experience love not as a sentiment but the ineffable interconnectedness with all that exists.
  • People have those experiences with psychedelics these days, or you can actually give somebody an experience like that with even VR.
  • Reality is not what you think it is, and it's not what you perceive it to be.
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Section 3: Clinging and Grasping

  • Every experience is ungraspable, so the awareness of an experience is not the experience.
  • The awareness of a thought is independent of the thought.
  • If you identify with the awareness instead of the thought, you don't attach yourself to it or identify with it.
  • It takes training to identify with the awareness instead of the thought.
  • Your thoughts are not your production; your thoughts are socially constructed and recycle through you.
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Section 4: Childhood Trauma and Memory

  • Identifying with experiences and thoughts can lead to attachment and suffering.
  • Epigenetically, trauma can be intergenerational, and descendants can experience physical symptoms like diabetes.
  • Memory is not localized in the brain, but in consciousness.
  • Consciousness cannot be localized, and brain injuries can cause memory loss.
  • The instrument is not a reflection of the user of the instrument.
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The Brain and Consciousness

  • The brain is not the same as the mind or consciousness.
  • The brain is just an instrument that processes neural correlates of experience.
  • Neurological diseases like Alzheimer's are caused by identifiable factors like genes, lack of sleep, inflammation, stress, and diet.
  • Mainstream science cannot answer the hard problem of consciousness or where experience happens.
  • Medical science is focused on gene editing, lifestyle epigenetics, and machine learning in artificial intelligence to predict and prevent diseases.
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The Five Clacias

  • The five clacias are recoiling from experiences that we interpret as unpleasant, grasping for experiences that we interpret as pleasant, identifying with the ego, fearing change, and clinging to life.
  • Observing experiences without identifying with them frees us from suffering.
  • Death is a mystery, but the body dies and memory is recycled through collective consciousness.
  • Consciousness is not subject to time, only the experience of time is.
  • The body-mind is a process in consciousness.
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The Importance of Unoccupied Time

  • Unoccupied time is important for creativity, intuition, and insight.
  • Unoccupied time allows the mind to rest and rejuvenate.
  • Unoccupied time helps us connect with our true self and purpose.
  • Unoccupied time can be achieved through meditation, mindfulness, and other practices.
  • Unoccupied time is essential for personal and social transformation.
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The Impact of Childhood Experiences

  • Childhood experiences shape our perception of the world and ourselves.
  • Childhood experiences can lead to limiting beliefs and behaviors.
  • Childhood experiences can be healed through awareness, forgiveness, and self-love.
  • Childhood experiences can be transformed into opportunities for growth and empowerment.
  • Childhood experiences can be transcended through spiritual practices and connection with higher consciousness.
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The Experience of Time and Dealing with Stress

  • The experience of time is born from the subject-object split.
  • Stress is resistance to existence in the moment.
  • Embracing suffering is a natural process with a life cycle.
  • Recoiling or denying suffering creates more stress.
  • Shifting from experience to awareness of the mind is a step in awareness.
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Shifting Identity and Fundamental Self

  • Shifting identity from assumed self to fundamental self is a process.
  • Fundamental self is infinite, without cause, and not subject to birth and death.
  • Shifting from experience to awareness of the mind is a shift in identity.
  • Shifting from experience to awareness of the mind makes you independent of it.
  • The eight limbs of yoga are about a shift in identity.
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Avatar and Creativity

  • Increasingly becoming avatars makes it hard to look at the projection of yourself.
  • Creativity is the opposite of determinism.
  • Creativity is a disruption in the algorithm and a discontinuity.
  • The worst use of imagination is stress, and the best use is creativity.
  • Original creativity is a disruption in the algorithm.
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Living in the Present Moment and Choosing Creativity

  • Animals have an advantage because they live in the present moment.
  • Humans have an imagination that can see into the future and regret the past.
  • The worst use of imagination is stress, and the best use is creativity.
  • Original creativity is a disruption in the algorithm.
  • Every moment, you have a choice to repeat the past or be a pioneer of creativity.
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The Nature of Reality

  • The physical world is not physical, but rather made up of scattered dots and spots with random electrical discharges.
  • Boundaries are perceptual and do not exist at the most fundamental level.
  • Spiritual ecstasy is ineffable and breaks from ordinary reality.
  • Recent resurgence in psychedelics is interesting because it takes you away from your identity of being squeezed into the volume of a body in the span of a lifetime.
  • Peak experiences, such as near-death experiences, psychedelic experiences, and athletic or musical performances, are ineffable and healing.
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The Five Points of Suffering

  • The five points of suffering are birth, aging, sickness, death, and confusing your selfie with yourself.
  • The ego identity is not the true self.
  • Transcendence is the solution to finding out who you are.
  • There is no system of thought that will get you into knowing true reality because systems of thought are just that, systems of thought.
  • The eternal quest in spiritual traditions is to find out what gives rise to thought.
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The Spiritual Experience

  • A spiritual experience involves transcendence, emergence of platonic values, and loss of the fear of death.
  • Transcendence involves finding your identity beyond space and time.
  • Platonic values include truth, goodness, beauty, harmony, love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.
  • Loss of the fear of death is a common theme among luminaries in spiritual traditions.
  • Reflect on questions such as who am I, what do I want, what is my purpose, and what am I grateful for to begin the process of transcendence.
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The Importance of Being Unoccupied

  • Take some time every day to be unoccupied, even spiritual pursuit is an occupation.
  • Humanity's problems come from our inability to sit quietly and do nothing.
  • Reflect on questions such as who am I, what do I want, what is my purpose, and what am I grateful for to begin the process of transcendence.
  • Ultimately, you realize you are the awareness in which all experience happens, but you are not the experience.
  • This requires a different kind of education that is not part of our culture.
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The 5 Simple Steps to Make Your Mind Limitless

  • Sleep is the number one daily habit that is important for health and creativity.
  • Practicing meditation, reflection, contemplation, or simply sitting quietly and watching your breath can quieten the mind.
  • Exercise, including yoga, martial arts, and breathing practices, can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and promote self-regulation in the body.
  • Your emotional and physical environment, including toxic relationships, can cause physical toxicity.
  • Nutrition is important, and organic, farm-to-table, and plant-based foods are recommended.
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The Importance of Facing Mortality

  • It is important to face mortality head-on, even when you are healthy.
  • Childhood experiences can impact how we perceive situations later in life.
  • Deepak Chopra's father passed away suddenly when he was six years old, which had a profound impact on him and his family.
  • Chopra's younger brother started losing his skin after their father's death, and it was later discovered that he was missing his parents and feeling vulnerable.
  • It is important to address emotional needs and vulnerabilities in order to maintain physical health.
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The Flaws of Ancient Civilizations

  • Ancient civilizations, including the Greeks, had flaws such as slavery, sexism, and human sacrifice.
  • Modern society still perpetuates some of these cycles, such as with cheerleaders being called "virgin vessels of the past."
  • It is important to acknowledge the flaws of the past in order to move forward and create a better future.
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The Mission to Reach a Billion People

  • Deepak Chopra's mission is to reach a billion people for personal and social transformation.
  • He believes that personal transformation is necessary for social transformation.
  • Chopra believes that technology can be used to spread knowledge and promote personal and social transformation.
  • He encourages people to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.
  • Chopra believes that everyone has the potential to be limitless and achieve their goals.
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Early Life and Career

  • Deepak Chopra had an existential crisis at the age of six when his brother was healed.
  • He became a doctor but struggled with addiction and crises.
  • He realized that medical school taught him to see humans as anatomical structures rather than processes in consciousness.
  • He had a pivotal moment at six years old that brought him profound questions about the nature of life, existence, and love.
  • He believes that love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
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Belief and Faith

  • Deepak Chopra believes that belief is a cover-up for insecurity.
  • He defines faith as the knowingness of the invisible without which there is nothing visible.
  • He prepares for death by knowing and experiencing his non-local self.
  • He believes that the dream continues in a different frequency domain of consciousness after death.
  • He emphasizes the importance of authentic spiritual experience over self-righteous morality or jealousy with the halo.
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Childhood Experiences and Perception

  • Deepak Chopra's childhood experiences had a significant impact on how he perceives situations.
  • He believes that childhood experiences shape our perception of reality.
  • He emphasizes the importance of taking time to be unoccupied and observe the world without judgment.
  • He believes that we can change our perception of reality by changing our consciousness.
  • He aims to reach a billion people for personal and social transformation.
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