A good example of this is a friend of ours who was diagnosed with AIDS over fifteen years ago. He was close to death when he made the choice to change his life. He started meditating, began eating a healthy diet, and made the commitment to eliminate toxins from his life.

Fifteen years later he is feeling completely well and has undetectable levels of the HIV virus in his blood. When we first met him, he was an anomaly, but now we know many more people like him. Our theory of consciousness predicts that if we reach a critical mass of people who have the same experience, then it will become true for everyone.

- from Grow Younger, Live Longer: 10 Steps to Reverse Aging, by Deepak Chopra

People often ask if there is a cure for AIDS. I tell them: yes. There is a cure for every type of malady that afflicts us, but no cure will be found until we begin to shift our consciousness away from self-serving attitudes and begin to appreciate and love each other. The condition known as AIDS, although a horrendous disease, has also been an incredible opportunity for growth and enlightenment.

Previously associated with gay men, it has now reached the general population. People throughout this planet have been reluctant to realize the extent of its existence. However, we are finally becoming educated to the fact that we are all in the AIDS matter together. Because of AIDS we are being forced to learn lessons of tolerance, understanding, and acceptance.

This condition brings out elements of people's personality and character they did not realize as part of themselves. So many of the infected individuals question, among other things, their spirituality, their unique universal existence, their fear of the unknown, and most importantly, the element of love. Our souls grow the most under the greatest stress. This is true not only for those afflicted but their families and friends as well.

During sessions with spirits who have passed with this condition, many gave reasons for having to go through this experience. The spirits prefaced their communication by explaining that their life paths were chosen long before they came to Earth. Many have said that they are helping to balance the negative karma of this planet created by our wrong way of thinking about and behaving toward each other. People who have passed from cancer have told me the same thing.

- from Talking to Heaven, by James Van Praagh

Witnessing a quantum event in the field of light waves may seem comparatively objective, but what if quantum reality were just as present in our own thoughts, emotions and desires?

... If I find a green meadow splashed with daisies and sit down beside a clear-running brook, I have found medicine. It soothes my hurts as well as when I sat in my mother's lap in infancy, because the Earth really is my mother, and the green meadow is her lap. You and I are strangers, but the internal rhythm of our bodies listens to the same ocean tides that cradled us in a time beyond memory ...

Nature is man's healer, because Nature is man ...

All of us can shift the biology of our bodies from one extreme to the other. When you are wildly happy, you are not the same person, physiologically speaking, as when you were deeply depressed ... An Ayurvedic physician is more interested in the patient he sees before him than in the disease.

- from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers by Deepak Chopra

What I hear you asking for [is] not just a cure but a reason why this has happened to you it would be easy for me to claim that your sickness is meaningless, that it is just the result of some random disruption in your body. That is more or less what medical training drums into us ...

Patients want to know why they hurt its deeper implications refuse to remain buried. They are not content just to be told why the stomach, the intestines, or the breast hurts even after you salve the ulcer, unblock the intestine, or cut out the breast tumour, the patient returns with trouble in his eyes ...

There seems to be a hole in the middle of everyday life, as if a rock had been thrown through a plate-glass window ... On the surface, all my patients are seeking help because they are ill, sometimes gravely but what often shocks me is that many seem, in some barely concealed way, relieved {the disease can also open] opportunities denied to him by ordinary life ...

Sickness has always had an element of escapism in it. As children we were coddled by our mothers whenever we ran a fever, and seriously ill adults are given 'intensive care'. But if a terminal illness is seen as escapism at its ultimate, one cannot help but ask, Is this life so terrible that escape is its greatest reward? ...

It is disturbing to think that our culture provides us with so little opportunity to confront the basic meaning of life that sickness and death have filled the void by becoming conversion experiences ... I'd rather live six months with this cancer [one patient told me], than seven years the way I was ...

People have to be transformed before the crisis ... Pain is basically a signal of where healing should begin ... turning inward starts to dissolve that conditioning ...

Although no larger than a man's clenched fist, the heart does enough work in a day to raise a one-tonne weight to the height of a five-storey office building yet, elaborate as it is [it can be] battered by the nothing of a thought ... Perception is the first and most important step in turning the raw data of the universe into reality this 'fusing' of 'me' and things 'out there' is what makes the lens of perception magical.

Michael Crichton writes in Travels: 'These patients were telling me stories of events that had affected their hearts in a metaphysical sense. They were telling me love stories. Sad love stories, which had pained their hearts. Their wives and families and bosses didn't care for them. Their hearts were attacked. And pretty soon, their hearts were literally attacked ..."

- from Unconditional Life, by Deepak Chopra

On a practical level, nothing alleviates suffering like reaching out to another person who is suffering. Go and help, be of service if only in the smallest way. Each of us feels timid about reaching out to others; our society speaks of community but mostly we drift like atoms in a void. It isn't easy to reach over the walls built from around our isolation, but any gesture - whatever you feel safe to do - is a step toward healing.

After the Pentagon and World Trade Centre attacks, thousands of citizens from all walks of life volunteered to assist in search, rescue, support, and other efforts. Hundreds of thousands responded almost instantly to the call for blood donors. It would be impossible to single anyone out, but I was moved by one woman who rode her bicycle down to the disaster site in order to find her niece and nephew, which, miraculously, she did.

The next day, she was drawn again to the site - as so many people said they were - by an invisible force. She found a few other women who also felt the call to help, so they started making sandwiches for the rescue teams, at first a few at a time, but these quickly grew to be hundreds. Within few days, she was managing entire truck deliveries of meals and leading dozens of volunteers.

"I had an extraordinary experience, one that I hope won't be misunderstood," she later said. "This turned into the best five days of my life."

The reason tragedy turned to light for her was that she made a heart connection with others; a human thread now linked her to the life we all share. It is this connection we crave the most. But it is up to us to find the will to weave the first strand."

- from The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, by Deepak Chopra

I also came across a badly marred metal button that a teacher had once given me. on it were written the words, When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

It seemed like I was being left signs everywhere, and I smiled at the thought of just how much lemonade I'd probably be making.

... Source had been teaching me so profoundly, using my life as the classroom. With the tumour: you are not your body. With the fire: you are not your material possessions. With the IRS: you are not your money or your ability to survive. With [my daughter]: you are not your relationships. With [my husband]: you are not the romance or the marriage. You are this love that is present when all else comes and goes.

Bodies wither and die. Possessions leave, relationships leave, lifestyles leave; but you are this love that is present when all else has come and all has gone. Eternal love. The only real love. The only thing that cannot come and cannot go. This was the one beloved worth being true to. This was the one love worth making a marriage with. I made a vow that I would be true to this beloved for the rest of my life.

I would make my life an endless prayer of gratitude in surrender to this love that is here when all else had forsaken me.

- from The Journey, by Brandon Bays

Recently the term PLACEBO was inverted into a new term, NOCEBO, to describe the negative effects of a doctor's opinion ...

[Medical assistance should be associated with healing] If a patient regards any treatment as violence, then his body will be flooded with negative emotions and the chemicals associated with them. It is well documented that in a climate of negativity, the ability to heal is greatly reduced - depressed people not only lower their immune response, for example, but even weaken their DNA's ability to repair itself ...

Doctors push patients into predictable thinking all the time, because medical school training is focused entirely on the horizontal axis.

- from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind / Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra

I've now gone through 29 surgeries. While many have brought a lot of pain to my life, the fact that I have survived them all only seems to reiterate to me that God has a purpose for my life, as well as for every other life. I see my purpose [on Earth as a teacher] being fulfilled one child at a time.

I may not have been a "perfectly normal" healthy baby, but I am ready to take on the world - thanks to God and to people like my mom. The motto she gave me will always be the motto I use in my own classroom: never give up."

- Michael Biasini, Chicken Soup for the Soul

The biochemistry of the body is a product of awareness. Beliefs, thoughts, and emotions create the chemical reactions that uphold life in every cell. An aging cell is the end product of awareness that has forgotten how to remain new ...

Perception appears to be automatic, but in fact it is a learned phenomenon. The world you live in, including the experience of your body, is completely dictated by how you learned to perceive it. If you change your perception, you change the experience of your body and your world ...

A meticulous 1987 study from Yale, reported by MR Jensen, found that breast cancer spread fastest among women who had repressed personalities, felt hopeless, and were unable to express anger, fear, and other negative emotions. Similar findings have emerged for rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, intractable pain, and other disorders ...

You can choose to see the rose bloom and die; you can choose to see the rose as a wave of life that never ends, for next year new roses will spring from the seeds of this one ... No two people experience their bodies in exactly the same way, because each of us interprets experience - including the experience of inhabiting a body - according to his own personal beliefs, values, assumptions, and memories. An aging body involves one style of interpretation; an ageless body involves an opposite style ...

No matter how separate anything appears to the senses, nothing is separate at the quantum level ... Reestablishing the memory of your connection with the quantum field will awaken the memory of renewal in your body ...

Major factors that accelerate aging: depression, lack of daily routine, lack of regular work routine, job dissatisfaction. Minor: inability to express emotions ...

Valliant was among the first researchers to establish that depression often leads to premature aging, chronic illness, and early death. Generally, at the root of depression is a kind of emotional numbness ...

Being holistic, exercise sends chemical messages back and forth between the brain and various muscle groups; part of this flow of biochemical information stimulates the production of catecholamines. Thus, whenever a doctor writes a prescription for an antidepressant, Boritz declares, he is handing out a proxy for the body's own inner prescription, which is filled by exercise.

The basic fuel of the body is glucose, or blood sugar, which is the brain's only food. Burning a sugar cube over a gas flame yields a flash of light and heat and a greasy lump of carbon, but the same sugar burned in the brain produces all the thoughts and emotions we have. The Sistine Chapel and Beethoven's Ninth are accomplishments of burning sugar ... A message is not a thing, and yet your body turns it into a thing. This is how nature operates behind the illusion of physical reality ...

If you hear the words I love you and your heart starts to pound, an ... astonishing metamorphosis has taken place. An emotion in another person's mind has been transformed into molecules of adrenaline rushing through your bloodstream ...

Child psychologists have found that young children are much more deeply influenced by ascriptive statements from their parents than by prescriptive statements in other words, telling a child WHAT HE IS makes a much deeper impression than telling him WHAT TO DO ...

Pain in the present is experienced as hurt. Pain in the past is remembered as anger. Pain in the future is perceived as anxiety. Unexpressed anger, redirected against yourself and held within, is called guilt. The depletion of energy that occurs when anger is redirected inward creates depression ...

The emotions that frighten us are the complex ones, because they overwhelm the natural release mechanism. You cannot simply release guilt or depression. They are secondary formations that arose once you forgot how to release hurt.

Music is metabolized in the same way as narcotics in that it creates the release of endogenous narcotics in the body. Exhilarating music creates natural anti-depressants in the body.

- from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: A Practical Alternative to Growing Old, by Deepak Chopra

From Tony Kushner's superlative Angels in America ...

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