Terror came from the sky, and afterward the world would never be the same. September 11, 2001 defined tragedy for a generation. On that day Deepak Chopra found himself driving from city to city, meeting thousands of people who begged for meaning and solace in the face of suffering. In response he has written
The Deeper Wound, offering a way of healing as a memorial to the thousands of victims who perished.
The opening section, "In the Face of Tragedy," defines suffering as the pain that threatens to make life meaningless. When our deepest needs go unfulfilled, suffering begins. We begin 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 toward a higher reality. "We can become living memorials to tragedy by restoring the power of life," writes 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."
I don't know about you, but I've moved on from many of the facts surrounding the September 11th tragedy. Like many, I suspect, it's the time to invest more in our emotional reactions and in those around us. That's why I found Chopra's
The Deeper Wound so - moving. Having never heard him before, his voice sounded calming and sincere, genuine not smarmy. And the advice and insights, while not terribly profound, were reassuring. Much like the voice of your conscience underscoring that you have done the right thing. I found this all very calming. A good listen. (John B.)
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