Lite Review: Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges by Deepak Chopra

This is another inspiring read from prolific author and spiritual leader Deepak Chopra. The subject of this book is how to find solutions for the problems and challenges that face us every day. The author states that: “The reason that challenges arise is simple: to make you more aware of your inner purpose.”

Since starting his medical career many years ago, the author has been asked for answers to questions dealing with every area of life including relationships, health, family, career, spirituality, religion, etc. This book is in response to all those questions. He makes a point of clarifying that he doesn’t offer advice, but solutions. He calls them spiritual solutions because spirituality deals with your state of awareness. He believes the solution is found by expanding your awareness which can be broken down into the following areas: perceptions, beliefs, assumptions, expectations and feelings.

According to the author, there are 3 levels of awareness, and the first step is to identify which one you’re operating from: contracted, expanded or pure. As you progress through the levels, problem solving becomes more intuitive because you’re getting closer to your true self, the real you.

The author’s main point in this book is that: “The level of the problem is never the level of the solution.” You have to go beyond the level of the problem to find the solution.

In chapter 3, the author shares a selection of letters he’s received from people all over the world asking for help with their dilemmas. The issues addressed are varied and his responses are practical and straight forward. I especially liked his response to the 19-year old girl from South Africa who was stuck in fear and inertia. He gave her 3 very practical steps to follow every day to help her get out of her rut.

In the last chapter, the author delves more deeply into the qualities of consciousness in order to help us better understand its nature. He explains that consciousness is always trying to express itself and that we simply have to allow it to happen. When we get out of the way of what wants to naturally happen, solutions become clearer.

This chapter also includes:

  • ways to awaken your deep awareness
  • seven levels of illusion (problems) and their solutions
  • seven ways to know when you are your true self

This wisdom-filled book is packed with practical tools and strategies for learning how to become a better problem solver, no matter your current situation. Most of the work will be done on the “inside”.

One of my favorite quotes is: “Put less trust in the physical world, and more on the inner world.”

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