New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. How does one do this? By becoming metahuman.
To be metahuman, however, isn’t science fiction and is certainly not about being a superhero. To be metahuman means to move past the limitation constructed by the mind and enter a new state of awareness where we have deliberate and concrete access to peak experiences that can transform people’s lives from the inside out.
Humans do this naturally—to a point. For centuries the great artists, scientists, writers, and many so-called ordinary people have gone beyond the everyday physical world. But if we could channel these often bewildering experiences, what would happen? Chopra argues we would wake up to experiences that would blow open your body, mind, and soul.
Metahuman invites the reader to walk the path here and now. Waking up, we learn, isn’t just about mindfulness or meditation. Waking up, to become metahuman, is to expand our consciousness in all that we think, say, and do.
By going beyond, we liberate ourselves from old conditioning and all the mental constructs that underlie anxiety, tension, and ego-driven demands. Waking up allows life to make sense as never before. To make this as practical as possible, Chopra ends the book with a 31-day guide to becoming metahuman. Once you wake up, he writes, life becomes transformed, because pure consciousness—which is the field of all possibilities—dawns in your life. Only then does your infinite potential become your personal reality.
Notes from Deepak Chopra’s live lecture on October 7th, 2019 in Seattle, introducing his new book “Meta-Human: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential”:
- Every experience in life consists of sensing, feeling, perceiving, and thinking. In this way, we know the world and ourselves.
- All of the above are modified or excitations of awareness.
- Humans turn the direct models of knowing – sensing, feeing, perceiving, etc. – into concepts. This is how the mind, body, and the universe become objectified and separate. We constructed them that way in our own awareness.
- Behind the constructs that humans call mind, brain, and body, are still the direct models of knowing that came first. They are undisturbed by being turned into “things”.
- Your mind, brain, and body don’t happen to contain awareness (by the luck of evolution). Rather, they are experiences in awareness, which came before mind, brain, and body.
- Because the very first experience that is possible is awareness knowing itself, this never changes. No matter how complex your everyday experience might be. It is just a modification of awareness.
- There is only awareness, endlessly modifying itself like white light breaking up into countless colors that can paint infinite pictures.
- Awareness has no form, again like white featureless light. White light contains the potential for any and all pictures. Likewise, formless awareness contains the potential for all forms and phenomena. Before there are many, there is one.
- Being formless, awareness isn’t “in” space-time. Having no dimension, awareness is nonlocal.
- All forms are phenomena endlessly arise and subside as modifications of awareness. Thus, creating is a process, not a thing, a verb and not a noun.
- Awareness is present in every form and phenomenon as knower, knowing and known. This is the apparent state of separation, dividing the domains of “in here” and “out there”. But this appearance is illusory. Awareness never loses its wholeness. This is also true of human awareness.
- Knowing yourself as timeless awareness unbound by space-time frees from arbitrary constructs such as mind, body, universe, birth, and death. This is the liberation of awareness – enlightenment.
- Reality as formed awareness is inconceivable – you cannot have a model, image, or concept of wholeness since it encompasses all that is or can ever be. But reality is knowable as the feeling of “I” that roots us as individuals in the vastness of existence.
- Freedom is this “I” when it reaches self-realization. Then there is no need in small, isolated “I”, which is replaced by the unbounded universal “I”