The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the hidden dimensions of your life

By Deepak Chopra

ISBN 1-4000-9834-3

Published by Three Rivers Press, 2004

Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, faith, and the most elusive one of all: who we really are. We are still mysteries to ourselves, despite the proximity of these answers, and what we most long to know remains lodged deep inside.  We all want to know how to find a soul mate, what career would be most fulfilling, how to live a life with meaning, and how to teach our children well. We are looking for a personal breakthrough, a turning point, a revelation that brings with it new meaning. The Book of Secrets--a crystalline distillation of insights and wisdom accumulated over the lifetime of one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time--provides an exquisite new tool for achieving just that.  Because answers to the questions at the center of life are counterintuitive, they are often hidden from view, sequestered from our everyday gaze. In his ongoing quest to elevate our experience, bestselling author Deepak Chopra has isolated fifteen secrets that drive the narrative of this inspiring book--and of our lives. From "The World Is in You" and "What You Seek, You Already Are" to "Evil Is Not Your Enemy" and "You Are Truly Free When You Are Not a Person," The Book of Secrets is rich with insights, a priceless treasure that can transport us beyond change to transformation, and from there to a sacred place where we can savor the nectar of enlightenment.  "The Book of Secrets is the finest and most profound of Deepak Chopra’s books to date. Want the answers to the secrets of life? Let me recommend that you start right here." -- Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything.  

5 star must reading.   [The following is what I highlighted during my read of this excellent book -- I recommend it on my Top-ten List of Peace resources.  My purpose in providing them is to interest you, the reader, and hope that you will obtain and read the complete work.  To properly understand the highlights, you need to read the book to put them in the proper context.] 


Introduction: Opening the Book of Secrets

Secret #1: The Mystery of Life is Real

            The Wisdom You Are Already Living

  1. You have a higher purpose
  2. You are in communion with the whole of life
  3. Your awareness is always open to change. From moment to moment, it senses everything in your environment
  4. You feel acceptance for all others as your equal, without judgment or prejudice.
  5. You seize every moment with renewed creativity, not clinging to the old and outworn.
  6. Your being is cradled in the rhythms of the universe. You feel safe and nurtured.
  7. Your idea of efficiency is to let the flow of life bring you what you need. Force, control, and struggle are not your way.
  8. You feel a sense of connection with your source.
  9. You are committed to giving as the source of all abundance.
  10. You see all change, including birth and death, against the background of immortality. Whatever is unchanging is most real to you.

Secret #2: The World Is in You

Secret #3: Four Paths Lead to Unity

Secret #4: What You Seek, You Already Are

Secret #5: The Cause of Suffering Is Unreality

Secret #6: Freedom Tames the Mind

Secret #7: Every Life is Spiritual

Secret #8: Evil is Not Your Enemy

  1. Removing a sense of responsibility
  2. Anonymity
  3. Dehumanizing environments
  4. Peer examples of bad behavior.
  5. Passive bystanders
  6. Rigid levels of power
  7. Prevailing chaos and disorder
  8. Lack of meaning
  9. Implicit permission to do harm
  10. “Us-versus-them” mentality
  11. Isolation
  12. Lack of accountability

Secret #9: You Live in Multidimensions

Secret #10: Death Makes Life Possible

Secret #11: The Universe Thinks Through You

Secret #12: There is No Time But Now

Secret #13: You Are Truly Free When You Are Not A Person

The Source of Happiness is:

Changing your reality to accommodate the thirteenth secret

Secret #14: The Meaning of Life Is Everything

Secret #15: Everything is Pure Essence

Epilogue: Second Birth


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