Saturday, January 16, 2010

Book Review of a Best Seller from Deepak Chopra

Best Seller Book: Synchrodestiny
Best Seller Author: Deepak Chopra
Book Type: Non Fiction, Spiritual

Hello, I just finished reading an awesome best selling  book written by the author  of more than 50 books, Deepak Chopra. This is the book, that I had hinted about in my last post. Yes, this book is all about creating good luck, meaningful coincidences and making things fall into place , just when you need them.Now isn't this the perfect book that you would like to read and make this year, the year, when good luck came into your life? You may use the  principles mentioned in this best seller to manifest, wealth, abundance or whatever else you consciously choose. You will realise after reading this bestseller, that reading this book and even thinking about reading this book, was in fact synchrodestiny :)

To begin with there might be a few questions that you may have:

Q. What is synchrodestiny?

Ans:  Let's first understand synchronicity from which the word synchrodestiny has been derived. Synchronicity means happening at the same time, which is also the meaning of  the word coincidence.From time to time, we’ve all experienced coincidences that seem to be endowed with a special meaning or significance, and that appear to defy the laws of probability. For the most part, these coincidences seem amusing or insignificant. But  famous psychologist Karl Jung defined these moments of meaningful coincidence as “Synchronicity.” A synchronicity is a coming together of seemingly unrelated events.

SynchroDestiny is coincidence but it contains a purpose. It contains a meaning. It has a direction. It has intention. And where do those qualities come from? They come from you.At the most fundamental level, an understanding of SynchroDestiny can provide a sense of spiritual abundance--a sense that our lives are truly connected at every moment to the creative power of the universe. This power is the intelligence that orchestrates the whole dance of creation on every scale, from the furthest reaches of the cosmos to the events of our own daily lives. Synchronistic events weave our destinies. Once you understand the mechanics of it, you can consciously use intention to fulfil almost any desire you have

Q: Give me an example of synchrodestiny


Example 1: You're not happy in your job. For the first time in months you check out the newspaper employment section. Your dream job is advertised.

Example 2: You're clearing out your shelves and find a book loaned to you by a friend you haven't seen for years. That night you bump into that friend at a party.

Example 3: You are walking through a new neighborhood and see the apartment of your dreams. You get chatting to a man out on the front lawn, who turns out to be the apartment owner and who tells you the flat is available for rent.

Synchro-destiny is when things "fall into place"; when events seem "fated"; when you feel as though the universe is "trying to tell you something" and you "go with the flow".

How you interpret the events in your life is up to you. You can label such events in your life as coincidence and brush them aside, or you can see them as magical ,and try to find more magic in your life. According to Deepak Chopra, the more we try to find synchronistic events in our lives, the more synchronistic events tend to happen. That's the power of intention.

Q: This seems interesting. So can we all create meaningful coincidences?

Ans:  Yes we can. All of us are equally capable. Deepak Chopra talks in depth about the seven principles that underlie SynchroDestiny.

These principles are

1.Existence of the Conscious Energy Field

2.Creating Cosmic Connections: In mastering SynchroDestiny, the ability to create positive human relationships is much more than a tactic, it is fundamental, in the same way that gravity is fundamental or having air to breathe is fundamental. Creating Cosmic Connections means creating the human environment in which SynchroDestiny can take place.

3.Mastering Inner Dialogue: It concerns the way your mind literally creates reality-and the ways in which you can transform reality to create abundance.

4. Penetrating the Conspiracy of Improbabilities: It means learning to recognize meaningful coincidences and  learning to see them as opportunities rather than just little breaks in your daily routine.

5.Harnessing Emotional Turbulence: Emotional Turbulence is a major barrier to the spontaneous fulfillment of desire. Transforming negative energy into a higher level of awareness is crucial for mastering SynchroDestiny.

6. learning to use the Infinite Organizing Power of Intention

7. Celebrating the Cosmic Dance

Q. What do we do when we have a synchronistic event?

Ans: When a coincidence happens, don't ignore it. Instead, ask yourself, "What is the message here? What is the significance of this event?" Don't strain for answers: Just ask the question and the answers will come easily. They may arrive as a sudden insight, a chance encounter, a relationship, or in another way. Whatever form the response takes, you'll immediately know that you're receiving an important clue.

Keep a journal of your coincidences. Writing down the coincidences you experience, whether tiny or huge, encourages more of them to unfold. More coincidences provide more clues to guide your actions and more possibilities for fulfillment.

Q: How are synchrodestiny and Law of Attraction  related?

Ans: They both point to the same thing - the power of the subconscious mind and the 'collective unconscious' to draw physical matter to you.

Law of Attraction theory tells you that by asking, and by believing that you will receive something, you are actually manifesting it and drawing it to you.

Jung's partially formed Synchronicity theory is a little deeper and encompasses a wide range of psychic events. It's bigger than the Law of Attraction and more complicated. It's seriously worth a read, but in the meantime, here is a quote I think shows its connection to the Law of Attraction theory -

"Synchronicity is no more baffling or mysterious than the discontinuities of physics. It is only the ingrained belief in the sovereign power of causality that creates intellectual difficulties and makes it appear unthinkable that causeless events exist or could ever occur. But if they do, then we must regard them as creative acts, as the continuous creation of a pattern that exists from all eternity, repeats itself sporadically, and is not derivable from any known antecedents."

Ref: Jung, Carl. Synchronicity - An Acausal Connecting Principle. Routledge 1955. Reprinted 2006.

So once you have  gone through the book, you might realise that we're completely immersed in a web of coincidences that guide us to fulfill our dharma or purpose in life.

At this very instant, your destiny has led you to read these words. The fact that you turned on the computer,  and are reading this article is a coincidence offering potentially life-transforming opportunities. What circumstances led to this moment? Why are you perusing this article instead of one of countless others out there? What are you beginning to dream about creating in your life?

As a conclusion to all these adventures let me end with a poem. It can be considered as an "Ode to coincidence". It was the favourite poem of Corrie ten Boom.

"My life is but a weaving, between my God and me.

I do not choose the colours, He worketh steadily.

Offtimes he weaves sorrow, and I in foolish pride,

Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent and shuttles cease to fly

Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful in the skilful weaver's hand

As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned."


Above abridged excerpts from "As Chance would Have it - Study in Coincidences" - by Hans C. Moolenburgh - The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd.


  1. This is a great review, Anupam. I've read some of Chopra's work a few months ago and I kind of understand where he's coming from. The information you provided about synchronicity and Deepa's book all in all is also fantastic. One thing I'd like to add is that even though DC's approach may seem like that of a self-help guru, he probably knows fully well that to get people interested in spirituality is to attract them with promises of desire fulfillment first. Otherwise, if he just went head on with the metaphysics of life, he wouldn't be able to promote spirituality the way he's doing it right now. Spirituality, however, has nothing to do about fulfilling one's desires, getting wealthy, or becoming all that one can be. It's more focused on finding one's true self, annihilating the ego, and experiencing the sense of oneness.

    Peace and respect,

  2. Great post, Anapum. Very informative with lots to think about. Personally, I think luck has mostly to do with one's attitude and very little with circumstances. Aside from terrible tragedies like the one in Haiti, almost anything that happens to us can be considered good luck. Because one is lucky to be alive.

  3. Another intriguing and awesome post as always. SynchroDestiny is something I read a while back but your way of explaining throws a lot of light. Sure it makes us see the purpose behind the events that we go through. Sometimes I wonder if is destiny or just a co-incidence or a miracle.

    Keep feeding my brain, my friend.

  4. @Ryhen.. You are absolutely correct.The first step into spirituality is to align our thoughts with the law of life. When we are negative in our thoughts, we go against the flow. Once people understand that truth, it is natural to realise, that there is far more deeper truth which lies beyond the realm of thought and the objective world..then everyday becomes a miracle :)

    @nothingprofound.. I am glad my thoughts and those of DC resonated with you. If we look back on our lives, everything is luck. Millions of sperms had to race to get fused with an egg. If some other sperm had succeeded than the one that did in each our cases, we would have been quite different people. Good and bad is a matter of perspective :)

    @priya..Life is indeed a miracle, from the big bang to the coming together of different chemicals to form the first rna. Doesn't it make you wonder about the great living intelligence that is living through us, every second?