Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Operating System - Principle #7

In Deepak Chopra's "The Book of Secrets," he offers ten principles as a new "operating" system for a life of unity rather than one based on duality. I have committed to looking at one of the principles every day. Here's today's principle from the book, and because this is a tough one for me, I'm including the entire paragraph from the book:

7.  The direction of life is from duality to unity:  Today I want to belong. I want to feel safe and at home.  I want to be aware of what it's like simply to be, without defenses or desires.  I will appreciate the flow of life for what it is--my own true self.  I will notice those moments of intimacy with myself, when I feel that "I am" is enough to sustain me forever.  I will lie on the grass looking at the sky, feeling myself at one with nature, expanding until my being fades into the infinite.

I probably won't lie on the grass since it is covered in snow but I will try to notice my moments of intimacy with myself as I continue my retreat for clarity.  After asking for a "hoshin" question yesterday, I woke up this morning with this question in my mind:  How can I spark light, love and laughter wherever I am, in whatever I do?


  1. Joyce, I am so very grateful for your blog. Reading your contemplations helps me center myself when I can't stop the nagging in my head. I won't get to simply be today, I suppose I could make snow angels though I will be satisfied just using imagery.

  2. Joyce, you spark light by honoring your deep vein of creativity and reflection; love by sharing with us your questions and doubts that are ours also, by creating community with all seeking what Louise calls our "most magnificent" selves; laughter through joy, because joy is infectious and how can we not laugh at our own good luck to experience that?


  3. Doris and Maureen ... thank you for such a lovely comments ... you definitely made my day.

  4. Joyce, I came home from Choices this evening eager to share my journey and the Canada US hockey game was on the TV. I breathed and thought, I need to be vulnerable, to ask for what I want, but what I wanted interfered with the game. I wanted to be without 'desire' and let the game play.

    And I lost.

    My cool.

    My centre.

    My composure.

    Thank you -- I read your words this evening and breathed and reminded myself -- it is okay to be vulnerable and to have desires. I am learning what it is I require in relationship and to be okay with my desires.

    Your hoshin question is powerful -- sometimes for me, the clarity comes when I go through the gale to find my calm on the other side.

    Thank you for your words this evening. you have given me much needed light.