How to know God – Deepak Chopra

GOD IS AS WE ARE

WHO IS GOD?

Stage One: Fight-or-Flight Response: God the Protector

Vengeful
Capricious
Quick to anger
Jealous
Judgmental–meting out reward and punishment
Unfathomable
Sometimes merciful

Stage Two: Reactive Response: God the Almighty

Sovereign
Omnipotent
Just
Answerer of prayers
Impartial
Rational
Organized into rules

Stage Three: Restful Awareness Response: God of Peace

Detached
Calm
Offering consolation
Undemanding
Conciliatory
Silent
Meditative

Stage Four: Intuitive Response: God the Redeemer

Understanding
Tolerant
Forgiving
Nonjudgmental
Inclusive
Accepting

Stage Five: Creative Response: God the Creator

Unlimited creative potential
Control over space and time
Abundant
Open
Generous
Willing to be known
Inspired

Stage Six: Visionary Response: God of Miracles

Transformative
Mystical
Enlightened
Beyond all causes
Existing
Healing
Magical
Alchemist

Stage Seven: Sacred Response: God of Pure Being–“I Am”

Unborn
Undying
Unchanging
Unmoving
Unmanifest
Immeasurable
Invisible
Intangible
Infinite

WHAT KIND OF WORLD DID GOD CREATE?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: World of bare survival

Stage 2: Reactive Response: World of competition and ambition

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: World of inner solitude, self-sufficiency

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: World of insight, personal growth

Stage 5: Creative Response: World of art, invention, discovery

Stage 6: Visionary Response: World of prophets, sages, and seers

Stage 7: Sacred Response: Transcendent world

WHO AM I?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: A survivor

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Ego, personality

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Silent witness

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Knower within

Stage 5: Creative Response: Co-creator

Stage 6: Visionary Response: Enlightened awareness

Stage 7: Sacred Response: The source


HOW DO I FIT IN?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: I cope.

Stage 2: Reactive Response: I win.

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: I stay centered.

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: I understand.

Stage 5: Creative Response: I intend.

Stage 6: Visionary Response: I love.

Stage 7: Sacred Response: I am.

HOW DO I FIND GOD?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: Fear, loving devotion

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Awe, obedience

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Meditation, silent contemplation

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Self-acceptance

Stage 5: Creative Response: Inspiration

Stage 6: Visionary Response: Grace

Stage 7: Sacred Response: By transcending

WHAT IS THE NATURE OF GOOD AND EVIL?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response

Good is safety, comfort, food, shelter and family.

Evil is physical threat and abandonment.

Stage 2: Reactive Response

Good is getting what you want.

Evil is any obstacle to getting what you want.

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response

Good is clarity, inner calm, and contact with the self.

Evil is inner turmoil and chaos.

Stage 4: Intuitive Response

Good is clarity, seeing the truth.

Evil is blindness, denying the truth.

Stage 5: Creative Response

Good is higher consciousness.

Evil is lower consciousness.

Stage 6: Visionary Response

Good is a cosmic force.

Evil is another aspect of the same force.

Stage 7: Sacred Response

Good is the union of all opposites.

Evil no longer exists.

WHAT IS MY LIFE CHALLENGE?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: To survive, protect, and maintain

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Maximum achievement

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: To be engaged and detached

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: To go beyond duality

Stage 5: Creative Response: To align with the Creator

Stage 6: Visionary Response: To attain liberation

Stage 7: Sacred Response: To be myself

WHAT IS MY GREATEST STRENGTH?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: Courage

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Accomplishment

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Autonomy

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Insight

Stage 5: Creative Response: Imagination

Stage 6: Visionary Response: Holiness

Stage 7: Sacred Response: Unity

WHAT IS MY BIGGEST HURDLE?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: Fear of loss, abandonment

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Guilt, victimization

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Fatalism

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Delusion

Stage 5: Creative Response: Self-importance

Stage 6: Visionary Response: False idealism

Stage 7: Sacred Response: Duality

WHAT IS MY GREATEST TEMPTATION?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: Tyranny

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Addiction

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Introversion

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Deception

Stage 5: Creative Response: Solipsism

Stage 6: Visionary Response: Martyrdom

Stage 7: Sacred Response: Beyond temptation

GETTING WHAT YOU WANT

The Seven Levels of Fulfillment

God is another name for infinite intelligence. To achieve anything in life, a piece of this intelligence must be contacted and used. In other words, God is always there for you. The seven responses of the human brain are avenues to attain some aspect of God. Each level of fulfillment proves God’s reality at that level.

Level 1 (Fight-or-Flight Response)

You fulfill your life through family, community, a sense of belonging, and material comforts.

Level 2 (Reactive Response)

You fulfill your life through success, power, influence, status, and other ego satisfactions.

Level 3 (Restful Awareness Response)

You fulfill your life through peace, centeredness, self acceptance, and inner silence.

Level 4 (Intuitive Response)

You fulfill your life through insight, empathy, tolerance, and forgiveness.

Level 5 (Creative Response)

You fulfill your life through inspiration, expanded creativity in art or science, and unlimited discovery.

Level 6 (Visionary Response)

You fulfill your life through reverence, compassion, devoted service, and universal love.

Level 7 (Sacred Response)

You fulfill your life through wholeness and unity with the divine.

The Seven Levels of Miracles

A miracle is a display of power from beyond the five senses. Although all miracles take place in the transition zone, they differ from level to level. In general, miracles become more “supernatural” after the fourth or fifth brain response, but any miracle involves direct contact with spirit.

Level 1 (Fight-or-Flight Response)

Miracles involve surviving great danger, impossible rescues, a sense of divine protection.

Example: A mother who runs into a burning house to rescue her child, or lifts a car with a child trapped underneath

Level 2 (Reactive Response)

Miracles involve incredible achievements and success, control over the body or mind.

Example: Extreme feats of martial arts, child prodigies with inexplicable gifts in music or mathematics, the rise of a Napoleon from humble beginnings to immense power (men of destiny)

Level 3 (Restful Awareness Response)

Miracles involve synchronicity, yogic powers, premonitions, feeling the presence of God or angels.

Example: Yogis who can change body temperature or heart rate at will, being visited by someone from far away who has just died, visitation by a guardian angel

Level 4 (Intuitive Response)

Miracles involve telepathy, ESP, knowledge of past or future lifetimes, prophetic powers.

Example: Reading someone else’s thoughts or aura, psychic predictions, astral projection to other locations

Level 5 (Creative Response)

Miracles involve divine inspiration, artistic genius, spontaneous fulfillment of desires (wishes come true).

Example: The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, having a thought that suddenly manifests, Einstein’s insights into time and relativity

Level 6 (Visionary Response)

Miracles involve healing, physical transformations, holy apparitions, highest degree of supernatural feats.

Example: Walking on water, healing incurable diseases through touch, direct revelation from the Virgin Mary

Level 7 (Sacred Response)

Miracles involve inner evidence of enlightenment.

Example: Lives of the great prophets and teachers–Buddha, Jesus, Lao-Tze

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