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Excerpted from The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra. Copyright © 2004 by Deepak Chopra. Excerpted by permission of Random House, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
 

"It isnít possible for the self to keep secrets from itself forever, no matter how thoroughly weíve been trained to believe otherwise."

  Deepak Chopra
The Book of Secrets
, Part 3

Ultimately you have to believe that your life is worth investigating with total passion and commitment. It took thousands of tiny decisions to keep the book of secrets closed, but it takes only a single moment to open it again.

I take it literally when the New Testament says, "Ask and you will receive, knock and the door will be opened." Itís that simple. You will know every secret about life when you can truly say I must know. I canít wait a moment longer. Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree and Jesus wrestling with demons in the desert are symbolic of the same drama of the soul that you were born to repeat. Never doubt this: You are the most significant being in the world, because at the level of the soul you are the world. You donít have to earn the right to know. Your very next thought, feeling, or action can begin to uncover the deepest spiritual wisdom, which flows as pure and free as mountain waters in spring. It isnít possible for the self to keep secrets from itself forever, no matter how thoroughly weíve been trained to believe otherwise.

Secret #1: The Mystery of Life Is Real

The life you know is a thin layer of events covering a deeper reality. In the deeper reality, you are part of every event that is happening now, has ever happened, or ever will happen. In the deeper reality, you know absolutely who you are and what your purpose is. There is no confusion or conflict with any other person on earth. Your purpose in life is to help creation to expand and grow. When you look at yourself, you see only love.

The mystery of life isnít any of these things, however. Itís how to bring them to the surface. If someone asked me how to prove that there really is a mystery of life, the simplest proof would be just this enormous separation between deep reality and everyday existence. Ever since you and I were born, weíve had a constant stream of clues hinting at another world inside ourselves. Havenít you ever fallen into a moment of wonder? Such moments may come in the presence of beautiful music, or in the sight of natural beauty that sends a shiver up your spine. Or you may have looked out of the corner of your eye at something familiar -- morning sunlight, a tree swaying in the wind, the face of someone you love as he or she sleeps -- knowing in that moment that life was more than it appears to be.

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