There is a new conversation popping up all over social media.
In Silicon Valley, it is sometimes called “The Singularity.” In other places, it’s called Trans-humanism. And in others yet it’s called Epigenetics.
So, what’s all the buzz about? What are these strange and unfamiliar sounding words telling us?
Deepak Chopra was sharing these ideas decades ago. I first heard him in his audio series “Magical Mind, Magical Body.” And then, in his NY Times bestseller “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind.”
I’m someone who’s been very curious about our human potential for health and happiness since I was quite young, and that curiosity propelled me towards various teachers of eastern healing and mysticism.
So, it was no surprise to me that it was an East Indian who first popularized the notion in the West, that we are not our age, but rather, we are our energy.
The ancient sister sciences of tantra, yoga, and Ayurveda seem to have been very aware of the mind-body-energy connection for thousands of years, but with the arrival of modern medicine several hundred years ago, these rich esoteric teachings were pushed aside in favor of western scientific modalities.
In the early 1990’s, I had the extreme good fortune to attend a week-long training hosted by Deepak Chopra called ‘Mind-Body Medicine & Ayurveda’. Midway through the week, Dr. Chopra asked the crowd the following question:
“If there was one word to describe what underlies all illness and aging, what would that one word be?”
Words came flying out of the crowd. My fellow attendees were popping like popcorn in a hot skillet. Every one of us was like little school children hoping to land an answer from our esteemed mentor, but nobody did.
Deepak respectfully and patiently wrote each answer on the whiteboard next to him, but in that crowd of almost 400 people, no one came up with the one word he had in mind.
Without peeking any further, can you guess what that one word was?
The word was “Accumulation.”
As soon as he said it, an audible Aha echoed around the conference room. It was as if we somehow knew it all along. We just didn’t yet know that we knew it, until right then. Deepak went on to expound upon all the myriad ways that accumulations of all kinds slow our mental, emotional, and biological operating systems, and take them down.
As I pondered this idea further, I realized that this was not actually new to me. I had just never framed it that way before.
With this idea in mind, our health, happiness, and longevity seem to have a lot more to do with what we are able to let go of, than it does with what we may think we need to acquire.
And one of the most important things we may need a little encouragement to let go of is our ideas about the inevitability of aging. Again, we are not our age, we are our energy.
I love what cell biologist Bruce Lipton, PhD. has to say about this:
“Our beliefs become our biology.”
Let’s believe in rejuvenation and high-level wellness and make it a reality.
With love, all things are possible.