The Word Wizard Speaks
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 02/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Deepak Chopra has developed a unique approach to healing. He is famous for mingling modern theories with the timeless wisdom of ancient cultures.
This DVD has two programs. In the first presentation, Deepak discusses the true meaning of success. He creatively defines success as a "progressive realization of worthy goals." Deepak explores the journey of success and not just the materialistic destination. He also explains the basic human needs.
Deepak presents the "Seven Spiritual Laws," which include the law of "Pure Potentiality," "Giving," "Karma," Least Effort," "Intention and Desire," "Detachment," and "The Law of Purpose/Dharma."
If you have experienced these laws in your own life, you will recognize the truth in each law and also question other aspects until you experience them yourself.
When you listen to the section on "Least Effort," you may start to question this law. Still, I think this law is true when you are looking at "success" from Deepak's perspective. If you are trying to attain "material" success, I think you still have to mix "work" with "inspiration," to achieve your goals.
Deepak does seem to want to cocoon the listener in a peaceful stillness or guiltless existence. If you listen to the surface ripples, you will hear things like "you can obtain all pleasure without pain or guilt," "success can come to you without effort." Look deeper.
While he discusses a quote by Jesus Christ, he doesn't discuss Jesus in the light of being the Savior and if there is no evil or sin, why would one need a Savior? To me, this is the secret to getting out of this world alive, because without Jesus Christ, it seems eternity is a tormented separation from the Creator. To not believe in evil would seem to me to only be a beautiful prison that is quickly shattered by one casual glance at reality.
The second program is quite entertaining and is called: The Crystal Cave: Lessons from The Teachings of Merlin. This section includes: Summoning Our Inner Wizard, Seven Touchstones, Living Beyond Boundaries, The Silent Voice, Pure Awareness is Love, The Wizard's Reality, The Timeless Spirit and The Spark Within.
Martin Sheen plays the part of Arthur, Robert Guillaume is Merlin and Johanna Cassidy is the narrator. The dramatic reading alternates with Deepak's engaging thoughts to leads you into the Crystal cave of your own awareness.
Deepak Chopra presents his thoughts in an elegant, yet playful style. Deepak is definitely a Word Wizard and a master teacher who enchants you through his engaging style and keeps your mind active by challenging your belief system. His thoughts will inspire you to take many paths in your own thinking.
Deepak has some rather intriguing puzzle pieces, but his thoughts about finding eternal life by dying daily seems to ignore the concepts of grace, forgiveness and a Savior. With that said, this DVD gave me a renewed confidence and hope of attaining my own goals.
~The Rebecca Review"
A Way of Life
Lynda. Fitzgerald | Atlanta, GA | 07/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Deepak Chopra's Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is not a book you read once and say, Hmmmm...good book. It's truly a way of life, of thinking and believing. His words are clear and logical, but his concepts come to be understood at a level beyond words--not as something we don't already know at some level, but as something we need to be reminded of frequently.
He tells us that everything we wish is possible for us if we only live according to the laws of the universe, understanding that we are made up of energy, pure potentiality. He reminds us about the law of giving and receiving (which are one in the same thing), the law of intention and desire, the law of least effort (how to let the universe do the work), the law of detachment (how to let the universe show us the way to achieve our goals). He reminds us that we can find joy by asking the universe How may I serve rather than What's in it for me. His words are truly inspiring. Anyone following these laws cannot help but to become a better human being: more loving, kinder, happier.
After reading the book, I purchased the audio version which I play each day on the way to and from work. It's a wonderful way to get my thoughts on track for the day ahead.
Of all Deepak Chopra's works, and I've read most of them, this, to me, is the clearest and most practical. I can't recommend the book highly enough."