Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want

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The author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and Ageless Body, Timeless Mind now presents a guide to using spiritual alchemy for awakening the magic in everyday life.
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Overview

The author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and Ageless Body, Timeless Mind now presents a guide to using spiritual alchemy for awakening the magic in everyday life.
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Library Journal
Returning to the themes of alchemy and wizardry he introduced in The Return of Merlin (LJ 7/95), perennially popular author Chopra here articulates a 20-step guide for discovering the wizard within and taking control of the spiritual journey of one's life. Beginning with the proclamation that the omniscient wizard is within all of us, Chopra uses a weird and eclectic combination of Zen koan, Jungian analysis, Hindu mythology, and alchemy to lead seekers in the way of the wizard. Chopra's thinking and writing is replete with the fuzzy mysticism and superficial spirituality that characterize his other works. Although Chopra's faithful followers will likely demand copies, the book is not recommended.
Ilene Cooper
Chopra is big. His message about attaining joy and fulfillment by recognizing the mind-body connection has struck a chord that's reverberated beyond New Agers into the general public. Still, he basically has only one message, leaving him no choice but to try to jazz it up with each successive book. Recently, Chopra ventured into the world of fiction with mixed results. This time, he blends a bit of folklore into his "lessons" about 20 principles for reintroducing magic into one's life. Invoking the Camelot legends and using Arthur and Merlin (also the focus of his novel, "The Return of Merlin" [Je 1 & 15 95]) as metaphors for the eternal seeker and inner wisdom, Chopra gives readers the tools to find the enchantment in their own lives. He did this succinctly and plainly in his recent best-seller, "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" (1995); here, unfortunately, the jaunt through Camelot obscures the basic message rather than enhancing it. Nevertheless, Chopra is a brand name by now--demand will be heavy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517704349
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 216,183
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Deepak Chopra
Bestselling author Deepak Chopra is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of holistic medicine. His belief that the mind, body, and spirit are closely interknit has won him legions of followers.

Biography

The practice of holistic and mind-body medicine has long been a controversial subject among medical professionals. Some view it as a healthy and natural alternative to chemical pharmaceuticals. Others see it as a system of placebos and new-age chicanery. No matter where one stands on this issue, there is no denying the influence that mind, body, and spirit practitioner Deepak Chopra has had on the world of medicine.

Chopra's bestselling books on a variety of topics have been translated into 35 languages. His lectures, seminars, and learning materials are immensely popular, as are his television specials for PBS. In addition, he has founded his own medical center called the Chopra Center for Well Being and has won fans amongst celebrities ranging from Prince Charles to Mikhail Gorbachev to Demi Moore to David Lynch. When financier/philanthropist Michael Milken was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he claimed that Chopra's holistic methods shrunk his lymph nodes by 90%.

Chopra's interest in alternative medicine initially grew out of concern for his own health. After moving from India to set up a practice medicine in Boston some 25 years ago, Chopra succumbed to many of the stresses that plague medical professionals. As a result, he guzzled coffee, chain-smoked, and drank heavily. Once he began studying eastern philosophies by way of Krishnamurti and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he became aware of medical practices outside of the sometimes limited western perspective. This awakening changed his life.

While Chopra is viewed as a major proponent of the role of Eastern philosophies in healing, he does not reject western medicine. In fact, what makes his approach so unique is the way he incorporates the best aspects of western medical research into his theories. This amalgamation of medical philosophies is at the root of self-help volumes like Restful Sleep, Perfect Weight, and Boundless Energy. Elsewhere, Chopra has addressed such diverse issues as reversing the aging process (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind), perfecting personal relationships (The Path to Love), and achieving capitalist goals via Eastern philosophies (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success).

Chopra has also become concerned with the causes of war and violence and the principles of Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, and his books on these subjects have garnered praise from such major international figures as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali. Consequently, Chopra continues to play a significant role in world health and world politics in spite of detractors and skeptics. With an immense body of work behind him and more volumes of wisdom sure to follow, he continues to preach the simple philosophy he is certain is the key to understanding ourselves, mentally and physically: "We're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, it's the other way around: we're spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences."

Good To Know

In 1999, Time magazine named Chopra one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century.

Chopra's father was a prominent cardiologist and an anglophile who distrusted Indian philosophies and alternative medical practices.

Despite his reputation as a serious-minded intellectual, Chopra describes himself as "playful" and "carefree."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Deepak Chopra M.D.
    2. Hometown:
      La Jolla, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Delhi, India
    1. Education:
      All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2000

    Changing my life......

    I read this book when I began studying magicks and other pagan/occult matters. What I found inside this book truely changed my life and outlook on things. I read this as often as I can and always learn new things and to see things differently...I highly highly recommend this book to everyone of every religion and belief system.In this book the ways the author explains follore lessons and intergrates it into real life is remarkable and everyone can learn from it. I myself have again found my innocence....

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    Posted December 11, 2000

    To know your soul

    This book was among the greatest created to lead me on my journey to know my soul.

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    Posted May 27, 2012

    Sadly, Chopra needs to spend some time in a physics class before

    Sadly, Chopra needs to spend some time in a physics class before he's qualified to make any pronouncements about the nature of humanity or the universe.

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