The Deeper Wound by Deepak Chopra
Information: 204 pages, paperback
They say: The author of How To Know God provides help for healing deep trauma - whenever it arises - so we may find peace in ourselves and in our world. Tragedy can come to thousands, out of the blue, from a single act of malice that may affect a whole generation. Or it can appear in just one person's life, yet cause the same intensity of agony. When extreme fear and despair overcome us, it is natural to long for meaning and solace in the face of suffering. In The Deeper Wound, Deepak Chopra offers us a way to heal when everything seems to be falling apart.
The opening section, 'In the Face of Tradgedy', defines suffering as the pain that threatens to make life meaningless. When our deepest needs go unfulfilled, suffering begins. It begins to heal when we go beyond personal anger and fear to a realization of our true self, the self that was never afraid and can never be wounded. The true self contains the light that no darkness can attack. Having described a path of awareness and compassion that leads to the light, the second half of The Deeper Wound takes us there through 'A Hundred Days of healing'; daily affirmations; exercises; insights; lessons and questions - each a step out of pain towards a higher reality.
'We can become living memorials to tragedy by restoring the power of life,' writes Deepak Chopra. 'You are that life, you are that power. Let us see if we can find the spark that will make the spiritual flame spring up.'
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Deepak Chopra, MD is a globally renowned expert in mind-body healing. He’s a prolific author, having written over 55 books on topics such as mind-body health, spirituality, peach and quantum mechanics and many of them have been best-sellers.
His books have been published worldwide in over 85 languages, with Peace Is The Way, winning a prestigious Quill Award and The Book of Secrets being awarded the top prize in the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards.
Deepak has a medical background and received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He also worked as chief of staff at the Boston Regional Medical Centre.
In addition to writing books, he founded the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing in 1996, along with David Simon, MD. The centre is located in Carlsbad, California and aims to help people experience physical healing, emotional freedom and higher states of consciousness. The centre runs a variety of courses, training programmes and retreats and blends Eastern and Western medicine. One of the best known, and original programmes, is Perfect Health, which helps people increase and maintain a sense of wellbeing.
Deepak hosts a weekly Wellness Radio programme on Sirius/XM Stars and is an impressive speaker and presenter. In between all this, he somehow finds time to write a column for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post and contributes regularly to a number of other publications too.
Deepak has been lecturing for the Update in Internal Medicine event for over 10 years, is a fellow for the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organisation.
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Reviews - rated 4/5 based on customer reviews4 out of 5 By Zena GreeneIn this book, the well know author Deepak Chopra has attempted to tackle some of the really big questions that have always troubled human beings. As always, he writes very much from the heart, and includes personal anecdotes and insights to illustrate what he says. What are the really big questions? The one that springs to mind is – what is the meaning of Life, but of course when Chopra is being Chopra, he goes back a step from that question, and he looks at the roots of our fears about dying. His premise is that we must always come to terms with death (and our feelings about it) to truly be alive. In doing so, he says, we can 'recover the soul from fear and suffering'. Even if we are not afraid of death and do not feel threatened by it as such, there is much here that is thought provoking and useful, within daily meditation. Although there are many such guide books, this one is slightly differently angled.
He includes a series of affirmations, so that these challenges can be approached in a systematic way. He also allows his reader an incredible sense of time and space, and also the possibility that all these huge issues can be tackled, and overcome, by everybody. The secret is in taking the approach at your own individual pace, and Chopra as always is there to guide us through each step and to help us find our own considered pace. Chopra has written a great deal over the years and will be familiar to many readers, but for me, this is possibly his finest work. A masterpiece.