The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering

The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering

by Deepak Chopra
     
 

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The author of How to Know God provides help for healing deep trauma—whenever it arises—so we may find peace in ourselves and in our world.

Terror came from the sky, and afterward the world would never be the same. September, 11, 2001, defined tragedy for a generation. On that day Deepak Chopra found himself driving from city to city, meeting

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The author of How to Know God provides help for healing deep trauma—whenever it arises—so we may find peace in ourselves and in our world.

Terror came from the sky, and afterward the world would never be the same. September, 11, 2001, defined tragedy for a generation. On that day Deepak Chopra found himself driving from city to city, meeting thousands of people who begged for meaning and solace in the face of suffering. In response he has written The Deeper Wound, offering a way of healing as a memorial to the thousands of victims who perished.

The opening section, “In the Face of Tragedy,” defines suffering as the pain that threatens to make life meaningless. When our deepest needs go unfulfilled, suffering begins. We begin to heal when we go beyond personal anger and fear to a realization of our true self, the self that was never afraid and can never be wounded.

The true self contains the light that no darkness can attack. Having described a path of awareness and compassion that leads to the light, the second half of The Deeper Wound takes us there through “A Hundred Days of Healing,” daily affirmations, exercises, insights, lessons, and questions—each a step out of pain toward a higher reality. “We can become living memorials to tragedy by restoring the power of life,” writes Deepak Chopra. “You are that life, you are that power. Let us see if we can find the spark that will make the spiritual flame spring up.”

Healing yourself comes in two stages—first releasing the energy of suffering, then replacing it with the soul’s energy. It is a gentle and fragile path, very much like holding on to a thread as it leads you from step to step.

If you take the time to listen to the voice of silence, you will be astonished at the power you have at your command, however long that power has been overlooked.

A portion of the proceeds earned by the author and publisher from the sale of this book will be donated to the Red Cross to aid in humanitarian relief efforts around the world.

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We may never fully make sense of why September 11th happened. But healing from this national tragedy, on an individual and collective level, is within reach -- and according to Deepak Chopra, there is a way to not only create a memorial but also to eradicate fear and hatred on our planet.

This latest offering by Chopra brings to mind Victor Frankl's inspiring and groundbreaking book, Man's Search for Meaning. The author, after being imprisoned for more than three years in Auschwitz and other concentration camps, conducted extensive research on why some people survived the camps and others did not. His discovery: People need to find meaning in their suffering and to feel a purpose to their lives.

Chopra incorporates this idea into a modern, spiritual context. As we recognize and connect with the inner, eternal nature of our being, we commune with God. This realization of being both inside time and space, yet outside of it, allows us to live with spiritual purpose. "Jesus described the journey with such beautiful conciseness when he said that freedom means 'being in the world, but not of it.' This joy with detachment is the spiritual aim of life." Putting the events and tragedies of September 11th into this context gives us that freedom to live from the level of the soul, which bonds us in love with all of life. In the second half of this book, 100 daily affirmations, meditations, and exercises are shared in order to help illuminate and elevate the soul. (Jennifer Forman)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400045051
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
12/04/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of HOW TO KNOW GOD and twenty-nine other books. He lives in La Jolla, California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
La Jolla, California
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1946
Place of Birth:
New Delhi, India
Education:
All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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