Deepak Chopra in Nederland

Voor €595,— kan je op 18 april in Almere naar Deepak Chopra en je onderdompelen in:

The Soul of Leadership

Een evenement georganiseerd door Nieuwe Dimensies. Prachtig.

Jammer dat het niet gaat over quantum physics of over The Science Delusion? of over Einstein’s God, or The Hopes for Secular Spirituality of over A CAT-Scan of the Global Brain of over Shift in action of over Richard Dawkins digging his own grave of over The “Soul Hypothesis”.

Bezoek Deepak Chopra’s website.

The “Soul Hypothesis”

Deepak Chopra salvo’s another interesting round of points on religion, science, God, Einstein, and such.

Make room for thougth. A couple of key points:

  • Atheism is a weak position in terms of science simply becasue it lacks any system of proof—trying to prove that something doesn’t exist is nearly impossible.
  • What would it be like to experimentally prove that the soul exists? If you believe in it, start collecting evidence.
  • The list of soul qualities is a familiar one:
    • The soul is your connection to God or the divine—test: Are you connected to God and the divine?
    • The soul is the source of existence—test: Have you experienced your source?
    • The soul is the seat of bliss or eternal happiness—test: Can happiness be reached beyond everyday pleasure and pain?
    • The soul exists beyond death; it is the seed of immortality—test: Is there such a thing as inner being that is beyond death? Am I going to live beyond the body?
  • Faith and doubt, the two forced choices that millions of people make, turn out to be almost equally fruitless.

Make some progress, where spiritual progress is defined more simply and clearly if the following conditions are met:

  1. Your soul becomes more real.
  2. Your soul becomes more useful.
  3. Your vision of transformation is coming true.

And some key differences between the ego and the soul:

  1. The ego seeks temporary satisfaction, the soul offers permanent satisfaction.
  2. The ego seeks happiness through externals, the soul through inner unfoldment.
  3. The ego wants constant sensation, the soul provides silent peace.
  4. The ego desperately wants to survive, the soul knows it will never die.
  5. The ego competes, the soul cooperates.
  6. The ego sees a world of lack, the soul a world of abundance.
  7. The ego struggles, the soul awaits.
  8. The ego seeks protection because of its deep insecurity, the soul needs no protection because it is secure already.
  9. The ego knows how to take, the soul how to receive.
  10. The ego feels separate and alone, the soul identifies with wholeness.
  11. The ego longs for love, the soul is love.
  12. The ego puts the material world first, the soul puts consciousness first. (How “Goswami“)

At this moment, your allegiance is to “I, me, and mine,” and shifting your allegiance to the soul must replace ego demands with something new.

Reminds me of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s videoclip “What About Me?“:

Helping others makes us happy

How coincidental. Yesterday Thomas Herald from Dream Manifesto writes about Longest running study shows helping others makes us happy.

And today I receive Mike Dooley‘s Note From The Universe, stating the same:

First, as a child, it seems like the entire world is there for you and you rush to drink from its every cup, sometimes wondering to yourself how anything could ever be more fun.
Then, as you grow older, if you’re observant, you realize much of what you enjoy was made possible by the contributions, work, and labor of those who came before you, and you’re taken aback, disappointed even , because with maturity you can now see cracks in the façades, imperfections in the details, and 10,000 ways it could have all been done better.
At which point, folks typically choose one of two paths: Spend a lifetime lamenting how far from perfect things are. Or, to one degree or another, roll up their sleeves and pitch in.
And should they choose the latter with gusto, dear Martien, they will come to know, to the core of their sacred being, that the differences they might make in the world cannot be made by another. And then they will discover the answer to their often-wondered childhood question… That the most fun one can have in time and space comes from making such a difference, and that the joy derived from serving is 10,000 times that of being served.
At your service –

The Universe
Oh, no, Martien. This doesn’t mean life becomes all work and no play. It just means work becomes play, no matter what you do, and play becomes ecstasy.

Levende organisaties

Verborgen overeenkomsten tussen het biologische, psychologische en sociale leven. Het starten, groeien en floreren van communities en praktijkgemeenschappen. Kenmerkende eigenschappen verweven in een prachtige pareltaal die je helpen de creatieve en collectieve kracht van gemeenschappen in te zetten voor ‘baanbrekende innovatie en voortbestaan op de lange termijn.

Dompel je onder in levende organisaties.

Brad Neuberg on Inventing with Values

Verbatim copy of EEK’s blog entry. Thanks EEK, for sharing this.

Brad Neuberg on Inventing with Values:

A few months ago, my friend, BradNeuberg, gave the keynote at Yahoo’s internal Front-End Engineering Summit. The video is now online, and it’s worth watching. Brad’s not only a great guy and a great hacker, he’s an excellent speaker. He speaks from the heart with intensity and good humor. ” (ME6)

I want to highlight four things Brad said: ” (ME7)

  • A good way to approach invention is, ‘I Against I.’ (The name comes from a classic punk song from the mid-80s.) Don’t worry about what others will do. Instead of trying to protect your ideas by putting up walls, compete against yourself. If you’re going to be put to pasture by somebody, it might as well be by you. And as Brad points out, no ideas are safe. In this day and age, you will be put to pasture. ” (ME8)
  • Brad’s section on values was tremendous. He cited two techniques for clarifying values. The first was ‘Mob Rule.’ If you were the only thing between an angry mob and some other thing, what thing would cause you to stand your ground? This reminds me of something AlanDershowitz said in the best class I ever took in college. Dershowitz said that he was willing to die for freedom of speech. I was astounded by that statement, and it made me think about the values that I was willing to die for. ” (ME9)
  • The second technique was, ‘The Last Speech.’ Imagine you were about to leave your company and that you were asked to deliver a final speech. What would you say? This actually happened. A decade ago, JamesGosling was fed up with Sun and decided to leave. ScottMcNealy asked Gosling to write a letter before he left, explaining what he would do differently if he were in charge. Gosling outlined a vision which ultimately led to him staying at Sun and creating Java. ” (MEA)
  • Brad ended his section on values with a story about ArchieRand, the famous expressionist painter who was one of Brad’s professors at Columbia. Rand used to walk around the room as his students worked, look at them with his eyes blazing, and say, ‘This shit matters.’(MEB)

Each of these things are worth thinking about and trying. ” (MEC)

(Via EEK Speaks.)