Is it possible to venture beyond daily living and experience heightened states of awareness? Deepak Chopra says that higher consciousness is available here and now.
“Metahuman helps us harvest peak experiences so we can see our truth and mold the universe’s chaos into a form that brings light to the world.”—Dr. Mehmet Oz, attending physician, New York–Presbyterian, Columbia University
New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. How does one do this? By becoming metahuman.
To be metahuman, however, isn’t science fiction and is certainly not about being a superhero. To be metahuman means to move past the limitation constructed by the mind and enter a new state of awareness where we have deliberate and concrete access to peak experiences that can transform people’s lives from the inside out.
Humans do this naturally—to a point. For centuries the great artists, scientists, writers, and many so-called ordinary people have gone beyond the everyday physical world. But if we could channel these often bewildering experiences, what would happen? Chopra argues we would wake up to experiences that would blow open your body, mind, and soul.
Metahuman invites the reader to walk the path here and now. Waking up, we learn, isn’t just about mindfulness or meditation. Waking up, to become metahuman, is to expand our consciousness in all that we think, say, and do.
By going beyond, we liberate ourselves from old conditioning and all the mental constructs that underlie anxiety, tension, and ego-driven demands. Waking up allows life to make sense as never before. To make this as practical as possible, Chopra ends the book with a 31-day guide to becoming metahuman. Once you wake up, he writes, life becomes transformed, because pure consciousness—which is the field of all possibilities—dawns in your life. Only then does your infinite potential become your personal reality.
Bestseller Chopra (You Are the Universe) exhorts readers to wake up to their infinite potential in this passionate but muddled testament. Chopra believes nearly all humans live in an illusion created and sustained through the self-imposed limitations of one's perception. Behind this illusion, he writes, is a "consciousness that is the universe." To illuminate this "metareality" that is "everywhere, always, and everything," Chopra employs a wide swath of material quantum physics and Einstein's theory of relativity, quotes from the poet William Blake, research about mind-expanding psychedelics to make his argument for the benefits of "going beyond" oneself into a universal awareness. While Chopra's ideas are alluring, his scope and prose can be dizzying: "The entire three-dimensional world is based on a magic trick no one can explain, but it is certainly not a true picture of reality. The whole thing is mind-made." Chopra acknowledges the complex and challenging nature of his beliefs, but does little to make them accessible. At the end, he lists a month-long collection of short lessons made up of daily axioms and exercises designed to aid the waking up process, but these action steps are hard to connect back to his text, so readers may wish he had interspersed them. Longtime followers of Chopra's work will find new, exciting ideas to unravel here, but newcomers may be stymied by the heady concepts and frequent digressions.