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This book is correct in it's assertions
on 24 August 2011
The last Chopra I read was about 10 years ago, so I picked this up on a whim to see if his latest developments related to my experiences of healing in the past decade. I liked his previous book but didn't read more as I was following my own way of doing things and didn't want my mind crammed with other's views, especially the wannabe gurus out there. So it is lovely to be in agreement with what he says in this latest publication and I congratulate him for putting it in a readable and accessible manner. The body/mind link is explained better in other books but if you are interested in the effects rather than the science, this book is very accurate on the effects of trauma and emotions on the body. You have to suspend the busy, interfering ego in order to get to the meat of this book and in fact the soul needs no instruction on what to do once the ego has been stilled, but this book gives good information that may still the critical mind for you. Fighting the ego is simply not the way forward, in fact the only way forward is to take the time to sit in real stillness and let the soul energy (repressed and feared by the ego in most people) emerge. There will always be those who scoff and sneer at this type of literature, but in my humble opinion Mr Chopra states many truths in this book. His passion seems to be for finding new ways to communicate the need for us to let go; in this book he succeeds in putting higher concepts into plain language for the common man. Only 4 stars because he complicates a very simple message with many examples, case histories and occasionally patronising metaphors but that is, I suppose, because he knows his regular audience. Perhaps some of the info is still fodder for the ego to grab onto, but he at least tries to give info that will qualm our fears of intentionally letting the soul emerge. When all is said and done, there will never be a substitute for letting the mind completely relax, so Chopra tries to calm our anxieties and reassure us that we will only be letting go of that which holds us back. He must be walking the talk to have even written this, as it is not just a cynical rehash of other's ideas. If you find this book frustrating, you probably need it the most.