The way I got to know about this book itself is a miracle. The life events that followed in my life in the month of October is beyond more than coincidences. I went to Zurich on impulse without money, without a plan, without a place to stay, to volunteer for A.R.Rahman concert. Getting to know about A.R.Rahman concert as well as getting selected to it itself is a major coincidence in my life.
After traveling to Zurich, I met Soujanya, who helped me to find a place and suggested this book, "Synchrodestiny by Deepak Chhopra"
I'm glad I picked it up. I'll jot down the words and quote author's words rather than my views on the book.
It starts with physics Heisenberg principle on the duality of nature and how there's material world and also world beyond the materials that we perceive.
Author talks about matter, mind and spirt. There are different types of domains. Physical domain, quantum domain and the non-local domain. The non-local domain is explained by various physics principles- heisenberg, schrodinger and other physicists.
There's synchonicity in nature which reflects harmony. A flock of birds, school of fish, moving in a synchronous way. Author points out, that "there's not enough time for any exchange of information, so any correlation of activity among the birds must be happening nonlocally."
"Examples of synchronicity can be found most often in the animal world because animals are more in touch with the essential nature of things. We humans lose our sense of connectedness in a welter of concerns about rent payments, which car to buy or any of million other distractions."
The nature of the soul is described as, "In the vastness of the ocean, there's no ego. Seen from a great distance, from the moon or a satelite, the ocean looks calm and inanimate, a large swath of blue girdling the earth. But as we get closer and closer to the ocean itself, we see that it is in constant motion, roiled by currents, tides, eddies and waves. We see these ocean patterns as distinct entities. As each wave is created, we can watch its crest, break and race to the shore. Yet it is impossible to seperate the wave from the ocean."
The soul derives from non-local domain and we belong to local and non-local domain. We seem to belong to everyone yet, we feel quite individual.
Soul in author's words- "A soul is the observer who interprets and makes choices based on karma, it is also a confluence of relationships, out of which emerge contexts and meaning, and it is this flow of context and meaning that creates experience."
Simply asking a question or trying to recall an event converts a virtual memory into a real memory- This is a very interesting perspective to ponder on stay in the question rather than hurrying to find the answers.
"Intention, imagination, insight, intuition, inspiration, meaning, purpose, creativity, understanding, all these have nothing to do with brain. They orchestrate their activity through the brain, but they are qualities of the nonlocal domain, which is beyond space and time. Still, their impact is felt very strongly. Once they enter our minds, we have to do something with them, and what we do with them determines, in part, who you define yourself to be.
Intention- "Physical reality would not exist were it not for intent. Intent activates nonlocal, synchronized correlation in the brain. Whenever there is cognition or perception of physical reality, the brain's disparate region shows a "phase and frequency of locking in," of the firing patterns of individual neurons in different parts of the brain. "
"This nonlocal synchronisation around a frequency of forty hertz(forty cycles per second). This synchronisation, also called binding, is a requirement for cognition. Without it you would not see a person as a person, a house as a house, a tree as a tree, or a face in the photograph as a face. You might just observe dots of black and white, scattered lines...."
Author quoted a few lines from upanishads,
"You are what your deepest desire is. As is your desire, so is your intention. As is your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny."
"Whatever you put your attention on becomes energized."
"Attention activates the energy field and intention activates the information field, which causes transformation."
A few questions to stay with
Who am I? What do I want for my life? What do I want from my life today?
There are basics of meditation and there are 7 principles to meditate upon. I'd definitely revisit this book.