Doug Ecklund R.Ph.
You may personally contact Mr. Ecklund at Douge93@cs.com

Deepak Chopra has written twenty-five books, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. He is also the author of more than one hundred audio- and videotape series, including five critically acclaimed programs on public television. In 1999 Time magazine selected Dr. Chopra as one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century, describing him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." Dr. Chopra currently serves as CEO and founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California. (1)

At a State Dinner held March 21, 2000 in India, President Clinton made the following remark, "My country has been enriched by the contributions of more than a million Indian Americans, which includes Dr. Deepak Chopra, the pioneer of alternative medicine."

The above accolades demonstrate the acclaim and level of popularity that Deepak Chopra has garnered as a holistic medical practitioner.  This individual advances an innovative approach to mind-body medicine.  He combines modern medicine, Ayurveda, ideas from quantum physics, and ancient wisdom into a new age blend of holistic thought and practice.

Only vague familiarity with Deepak Chopra accompanied research into his writings.  Expectations leaned only toward the advancement of typical alternative medical ideas and practice, tinged with strong inclinations toward Ayurveda.  What emerged was far more profound and subtle, requiring exposition and exposing.

Examination of the collective writings of Deepak Chopra reveals a philosophy not confined solely to the physical aspects of our existence.  His doctrine radiates toward the inclusion of the metaphysical nature of our being and our status in the cosmos.

The design of the systematic view expounded by Deepak Chopra is to deliberately lead to the construction of a new worldview.  Verification can be found on his website:

It is the mission of our organization to heal, to love, to transform and to serve. We are dedicated to changing the prevailing worldview from one that views human beings as physical machines with thoughts to one that understands that we are conscious energy - Spirit - disguised as individuals. I am honored that you are taking time to visit us on your journey to healing and self-discovery. 

The intent upon the fabrication of a new worldview is evident in his writings:  "We will explore a place where the rules of everyday existence do not apply.  These rules explicitly state that to grow old, become frail, and die is the ultimate destiny of all.  And so it has been for century after century.  However, I want you to suspend your assumptions about what we call reality so that we can become pioneers in a land where youthful vigor, renewal, creativity, joy, fulfillment, and timelessness are the common experience of everyday life, where old age, senility, infirmity, and death do not exist and are not even entertained as a possibility.

If there is such a place, what is preventing us from going there?  It is not some dark continental landmass or dangerous uncharted sea.  It is our conditioning, our current collective worldview that we were taught by our parents, teachers, and society.

Your body is aging beyond your control because it has been programmed to live out the rules of that collective conditioning." (3)

The first step in changing the prevailing worldview is to deconstruct the existing one:  "If there is anything natural and inevitable about the aging process, it cannot be known until the chains of our old beliefs are broken." (3)

In Ageless Body, Timeless Mind the author declares that we "must discard ten assumptions about who you are and what the true nature of the mind and body is."  This is necessary because these "assumptions form the bedrock of our shared worldview" and must be supplanted.  The legitimacy of the referenced assumptions may be argued from different philosophical basis, but the fact remains that they are expounded because revision of these foundational blocks advances his ideology.  The most salient and pertinent of these discarded assumptions are as follows:

#1  "There is an objective world independent of the observer, and our bodies are an aspect of this objective world."
#2  "The body is composed of clumps of matter separated from one another in time and space."
#3  "Mind and body are separate and independent from each other."
#4  "Materialism is primary, consciousness is secondary.  In other words, we are physical machines that have learned to think."
#5  "Human awareness can be completely explained as the product of biochemistry."
#6  "As individuals, we are disconnected, self-contained entities."
#7  "Our perception of the world is automatic and gives us an accurate picture of how things really are." (3)

The authenticity for the necessity of a change in worldview is obtained from science.  The writings of Deepak Chopra cite scientific assent in order to substantiate a new belief system:  "Hundreds of research findings from the last three decades have verified that aging is much more dependent on the individual than was ever dreamed of in the past.

However, the most significant breakthrough is not contained in isolated findings but in a completely new worldview.

To challenge aging at it's core, this entire worldview must be challenged first, for nothing holds more power over the body than beliefs of the mind." (3)

The author states, "It is most important to replace wrong beliefs with truth.  Only by getting rid of outmoded and self-limiting beliefs can life take on a new meaning."  The author quoted here is not Deepak Chopra however; it is Phillip Cooper, author of Basic Magick.  For magick practice to prosper, it is necessary to wage an assault on existing beliefs and truth: likewise, the first tenant of Deepak Chopra's teachings involves just such an assault.  Phillip Cooper states, "Beliefs are the key to magical power." (4)

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" (Proverbs 23:7)  

Each of the existing assumptions will be replaced to reference a new paradigm, or worldview, from which we will operate:  "Each assumption of the old paradigm can be replaced with a more complete and expanded version of the truth.  These new assumptions are also just ideas created by the human mind, but they allow us much more freedom and power.  They give us the ability to rewrite the program of aging that now directs our cells." (3)  

The impact of these new assumptions will be cited throughout further writings: and the application and implication of the new worldview will be examined.  These new assumptions will form the basis for the construction of a new worldview in which magic and witchcraft will flourish.  We will, in short, be instructed in our ability to re-invent a new worldview from which we can create our new world.  A new world that will bend to our will and desire: a new world of gross heresy and occultism.

Our present world is not to be viewed as objective reality.  We interpret the reality of our world and a revised interpretation will manufacture a new world:  "Although things `out there' appear to be real, there is no proof of reality apart from the observer.  No two people share exactly the same universe.  Every worldview creates its own world." (3)

Again, only the most pertinent of the "new assumptions" will be examined.  These new assumptions can be delineated; but they are progressive, cohesive, inter-dependent, and overlapping in nature.  Also, the order of his new assumptions has been reorganized solely for clarification.

The first new assumption of Deepak Chopra dictates that "the world you live in, including the experience of your body, is completely dictated by how you learned to perceive it.  If you change your perception, you change the experience of your body and your world." (3)

We must realize that " who you are depends on what world you see yourself living in.  Because it is ruled by change, the first world contains sickness, aging, and death as inevitable parts of the scenery; in the second world, where there is only pure being, these are totally absent.

But the new paradigm assures us that there is a level of nature where time dissolves, or, to turn it around, where time is created." (3)

In expounding the first assumption, he states; "Everything a person experiences must pass through a mental filter before it registers as real, which means that we are constantly engaged in making reality." (5)

The first assumption removes the existence of absolutes from our current worldview:  " Because there are no absolute qualities in the material world, it is false to say that there is an independent world `out there'." (3)

This new assumption ingrains the belief that reality does not exist independently of us.  The individual creates reality.  The individual's own perception dictates reality.  The five senses do not relay the existence of reality; our perception does.  The five senses serve only to confirm our perception:  "Perception, we must conclude, is infinitely flexible, serving the mind in any way the mind chooses.  We create new worlds inside our private universe, worlds that the five senses then confirm as real." (5)

Change in perception is primary to the successful advancement of magical practice; as can be read in True Magick: "The work of magic involves transformation, and the first transformation is the shift of perception." (6)

The second new assumption of Deepak Chopra serves to cultivate a perceptual change: "In their essential state, our bodies are composed of energy and information, not solid matter.  This energy and information is an out cropping of infinite fields of energy and information spanning the universe." (3)

Deepak Chopra elaborates on this perceptual shift by utilizing quantum physics as verification: "Your body appears to be composed of solid matter that can be broken down into molecules and atoms, but quantum physics tells us that every atom is more than 99.9999 percent empty space, and the subatomic particles moving at lightning speed through this space are actually bundles of vibrating energy.  These vibrations aren't random and meaningless, however; they carry information."  The accentuated perception is that matter is composed of energy. (3)

Deepak Chopra will carry this one step farther where a quantum is "defined as the basic unit of matter or energy-waiting to take physical form" and "at this level, matter and energy become interchangeable.  All quanta are made of individual vibrations-ghosts of energy-waiting to take physical form.  Ayurveda says that the same is true of the human body-it first takes form as intense but invisible vibrations, called quantum fluctuations, before it proceeds to coalesce into impulses of energy and particles of matter."  The logical consequence of the conveyed perception is that; we are composed of matter; matter is composed of energy; and since matter and energy are interchangeable- we are energy.  Our bodies are to be viewed as the materialization of amalgamated energy.   We are the physical forms of energy. (7)

The fact that witches also uphold the concept that we are physical forms of energy is no mere coincidence. In the book True Magick we read that; "Energy is abundant.  Everything can be said to consist of energy vibrating in various wavelengths.  We are energy forms." (6)

Complete, almost verbatim, corroboration from yet another witch in the areas related to perception of reality, the nature of matter, and quantum physics can be documented: "We continue to say seeing is believing.  We continue to hold the ultimate test of reality is to see, touch, taste, hear, or smell it.  But several interesting discoveries have forced scientists to move on.  The first thing they discovered was that the solid world around us wasn't solid after all.  Atoms, once thought of as the very building blocks of reality, turned out to be capable of splitting.  Inside them was mostly space and a few subatomic particles.

Most of these discoveries are categorized within quantum physics.  Quantum physics tells us that when you dig deep enough into the universe, there's nothing there.  Its structures are information structures.  If it's like anything at all, it's like a dream.

You and I live in this unreal universe, equipped from the moment of our birth with what appears to be a solid body.  But the solidity of the body is in the same category as the solidity of the world.  It's a perception of the senses.  If you could see your body as it really is, most of it consists of empty space."(9)

Accordance from a witch is obtained in regard to the importance of our perception in determining the reality of the nature of matter:  "The bottom line is that solid matter does not exist as it appears to us.  Subatomic particles are abstract entities, and the way they appear and behave depends on how we look at them.  The determining factor is how our consciousness perceives them."  Even more revealing is the following statement, in which we see the same appeal to quantum physics to convince us to adopt the perception that we are energy forms:  "An even more recent revelation is the quantum-field theory, which completely replaces the traditional notion that solid particles and the space surrounding them are separate and distinct.  Solid objects, then, are only temporary condensations of energy that come and go in that field.  This is very similar to what the oriental sages say about `form' and `emptiness' being the same thing." (8)

What is apparent at this stage, is that witches, and Deepak Chopra, draw from the realms of quantum physics and "Ancient Wisdom".  These two realms are utilized to supplement and express identical dogma.  Both camps evoke credence from quantum physics to garner acceptance for their Ancient Wisdom.  Both derive knowledge from Ancient Wisdom: either from Ayurveda or from Magick.  In Power of the Witch, it can be established that "A witch is-a person of knowledge, a person versed in both scientific and spiritual truths."  What also is revealed is the universal meaning of wisdom: "In many languages witch is the hidden word, concealed in the common, everyday terms for wisdom." (8)

Deepak Chopra's intention to change our perceived reality is generated from his Ancient Wisdom: "For me, the goal of Ayurveda is to transform the patient's personal reality."  Ayurveda is described as being the gift of knowledge and India's "guide to life". (10)

The knowledge derived from Ayurveda is Ancient Wisdom: "its knowledge is rooted not in technology but in wisdom." (11)  

Deepak Chopra's concept of energy is derived from ancient Indian teaching: "Prana is present in every mental and physical event.  You sometimes see Prana defined as `life force' or `life energy'."  Indian teaching is again reflected when he states; "In India the body is perceived first as a product of consciousness and only secondarily as a material object."  Our physical form is to be considered a manifestation of the underlying "life energy". (3)

Drawing equally from the wells of science and Ancient Wisdom, a witch can exhibit harmony of canon by conveying that quartz crystal exists as "a lattice of subtle energies, a structure of forces, which holds the material crystal together.  These subtle energies are of great importance, and not just in magic.  Ch'i, ki, or Prana, are words for subtle energy." (12)

Deepak Chopra's conception of an illusive reality is fashioned by quantum physics, and aligned with Indian principle: "Why do we accept anything as real?  Because we can see and touch it.  We see and touch things that occupy three dimensions.  Yet Einstein and his colleagues were able to remove this mask of appearances." (3)

Deepak Chopra's notion of masked reality harmonizes and expands Indian dogma:  "Maya is a Sanskrit word that means `illusion' or `delusion', but much more besides.  Maya also means `magic', a show of illusions.  Maya denotes the delusion of thinking that you are seeing reality when in fact you are only seeing a layer of trick effects superimposed upon the real reality."  He goes on to say that; "Reality is always open to revision.  The only way out of Maya is to wake up from its spell.  In our culture, the spell has become respectable as `hard' science."  Hard science must yield to the revised quantum physics perception in order to fashion a new science, which is compatible and supportive of Ancient Wisdom. (5)

In regard to this new science, a witch expounds on its value as an approach to forming a solid grounding for Witchcraft: "To witches magic and science are equal threads of power, woven through the same fabric of life.  Magic and the natural sciences are allies, and together make up the Science of Witchcraft.  

The New Science Tradition draws on both Ancient Wisdom and the latest developments in theoretical physics.  It blends the new science with the old laws of magic." (8)

The third new assumption set forth by Deepak Chopra states that;  "The biochemistry of the body is a product of awareness.  Beliefs, thoughts, and emotions create the chemical reactions that uphold life in every cell." (3)

According to Deepak Chopra, "The new reality ushered in by quantum physics made it possible for the first time to manipulate the invisible intelligence that underlies the visible world.  Einstein taught us that the physical body, like all material objects, is an illusion-the unseen world is the real world."  This statement, which blends quantum physics and Indian belief, sets forth the position that there is an underlying "intelligence" generating and operating our physical being. (3)

The location and essence of this "unseen intelligence" is revealed: "The void inside every atom is pulsating with unseen intelligence.  Geneticists locate this intelligence primarily inside DNA, but that is only for the sake of convenience.  There is one single intelligence shared by the whole body.  The flow of this intelligence keeps you alive.  In India the flow of intelligence is called Prana (usually translated as `life force'), which can be increased and decreased at will, moved here and there, and manipulated to keep the physical body orderly and young." (3)

Reading in Power of the Witch, similar reference can also be found in regard to this "intelligence"; "The basic `stuff' of the universe-matter and energy-is really information-information encoded in the DNA structures that form and shape all created life."  What can be extrapolated from this statement, is that the creative intelligence under discussion is energy. (8)

Deepak Chopra, relying upon Ayurveda, elaborates on the creative "flow" of "intelligence" in the physical body: "The ancient doctors of India were also great sages, and their cardinal belief was that the body is created out of consciousness.  

When you look at Ayurveda's anatomical charts, you don't see the familiar organs pictured in Gray's Anatomy; rather, you find astonishing diagrams of where the mind is flowing as it creates the body." (11)

He is delighted with the ability of our new science to document this age-old belief in this "flow" of "intelligence".  He purports that we can verify this flow by examining neuropeptides and neurotransmitters, which are involved in the relay of information in the body.  He claims that "the discovery of `floating' intelligence confirms the model of the body as a river.  We needed a material basis for claiming that intelligence flows all through us, and now we have it."  What is evident, is that the belief is supported by a tainted interpretation of scientific discovery.  What has been advanced however, is the concept that awareness is a creative-energetic-consciousness flowing through out the body. (11)

The fourth new assumption of Deepak Chopra states, "The mind and body are inseparably one.  The unity that is `me' separates into two streams of experience.  At a deeper level, however, the two streams meet at a single creative source.  It is from this source that we are meant to live." (3)

The overlap in the new assumptions will become quite evident at this juncture.  The floating intelligence previously alluded to will be clarified.  Deepak Chopra elaborates on the "creative core" that he has referenced, as he writes, "When you get in touch with your own inner intelligence, you get in touch with the creative core of life."  Having identified the "core" as being "intelligence", he moves on to further make clear the interpretation of "awareness": "In the old paradigm, control of life was assigned to DNA.  In the new paradigm, control of life belongs to awareness."  He references "awareness" again by remarking that Prana ("life force or life energy") "flows directly from spirit, or pure awareness, to bring intelligence and consciousness to every aspect of life."  Intelligence, consciousness, awareness, and our creative core are all comprised of energy: and all are synonyms for our spirit.  Spirit is the seat of our emotions, thoughts, will, intent, and desires.  Discernment reveals that our "life energy" flows from the creative core of our spirit. (3)

The "creative core" spoken of by Deepak Chopra is also referred to by witches: "The center has been called spirit, essence, soul, consciousness.  It is the deep you-the whole of you-the gateway to all knowledge." (13)

The fifth assumption of Deepak Chopra states, "Although each person seems separate and independent, all of us are connected to patterns of intelligence that govern the whole cosmos.  Our bodies are part of a universal body, our minds an aspect of a universal mind." (3)

Deepak Chopra makes the assertion that although we perceive ourselves to be separate and autonomous from our environment, the reality is that we are only an extension of our external world.  We possess the ability to remove our perceived barrier and experience oneness with all of creation: "You and your environment are one.  If you choose, you can experience yourself in a state of unity with everything you contact." (3)

Witches avow this ideology of connection to the universe.  In True Magic it can be read that "Everything is connected.  Possibilities are infinite." (6)

In Power of the Witch we are informed that  "the Seven Hermetic Laws are the basis of witchcraft."  These are core, foundational principles, which elucidate and order the philosophy and practice of witchcraft.  While there may be variance among occultists in reliance upon the Hermetic Laws, the prescribed concepts can be recognized in virtually all of witchcraft's culture.  To a witch, the connection to the universe upholds the Hermetic Law of Cause and Effect; where everything can interface with everything; and everything can influence everything; "We are literally plugged into the entire universe." (8)

Deepak Chopra draws from his Ancient Wisdom to identify the gist of nature: "In India's ancient Vedic tradition, the most basic force underlying all of nature is intelligence." (7)

Previous extrapolation concluded that our intelligence was a synonym for our spirit: it follows that if nature is also composed of this energetic intelligence, then our spirit is equivalent to the universal intelligence.  Deepak Chopra, in Return of the Rishi, confirms that connection where he writes; "Nature is composed of one intelligence.  Man is part of nature.  Therefore, man's intelligence connects him to the universe." (10)

We can be assured by another statement of Deepak Chopra that we are coupled with this cosmic intelligence: "Your body is-a flowing organism empowered by million of years of intelligence-every cell is a miniature terminal connected to the cosmic computer." (3)

Deepak Chopra applies the term "unified field" to the cosmic pattern of intelligence that integrates mankind with nature: "It is now believed that a single superfield, called the unified field, exists; it is the ultimate reality that underlies all of nature-since we too are part of nature, we must be part of the unified field.  It is in and around us all the time." (7)

In Quantum Healing, Deepak Chopra describes this force of intelligence as being active in originating and sustaining creation: not only in us, but in the entire universe: "Clearly, there is a counter force pushing evolution along, creating life, fending off the threat of entropy.  The counter force is intelligence, which at the quantum level is far more than a mental phenomenon.  Intelligence holds together the blue print of each cell in its DNA, and many scientists now believe the same holds true of the entire universe.  Intelligence is a synonym for creative power." (11)

In Power of the Witch, the character of this universal intelligence is clarified.  Deity is directly attributed to this intelligent life force, which has been so ambiguously alluded to by Deepak Chopra: "The Earth and all living things share the same life force; the earth and all living things are composed of Divine Intelligence." (8)

This same abstraction, which purports the connection to a cosmic universal mind, is found in Basic Magick: "Everyone has a subconscious mind, and all of these minds are connected together-linked to the Universal Mind." (4)

Both Deepak Chopra and a witch will make direct reference to the existence of a Universal Mind.  In the Seven Hermetic Laws, this is known as The Law of Mentalism, which states; "the universe is mental, or mind".  According to this premise, we have a connection to an energetic, Divine Intelligence active in creating and sustaining creation: a Life Energy flowing around and in us. (8)

The principles presented by this new assumption of Deepak Chopra are completely aligned with witchcraft.  In Power of the Witch we read, "All knowledge exists in the Divine Mind, which constantly flows in and out of our own minds because our individual minds are not separate from the Great Mind that created us."  The perception is that, we are one with the "Great Mind".  (8)

Possibly, the most crucial element to be instilled in an individual to facilitate the practice of witchcraft is the realization that we are connected to the entirety of creation and to the creative source.  According to a witch, when we access our center, or spirit, we can find an actuality where "there are no dividing lines here between that which is within and that which is without.  Fully realizing this removes the illusion of separateness that is the stumbling block to the activation of spell crafting." (13)

Deepak Chopra, through his writings, has instilled the critical factors which enable the practice of magick; the first, that we are comprised of information; and second, we exhibit unity with everything.  The importance of these teachings is related in Magick for Beginners: "You are; at your most fundamental, an information pattern used by the Great Unmanifest to generate a space-time event.  From this perspective, you are one with everything.  It is this unity which is the enabling factor of magic.  For while these ideas have reappeared in quantum physics, they are the same ideas, expressed in different language, that have been taught by mystics and magicians for millennia.  You are one with the All." (9)

Deepak Chopra proclaims in Return of the Rishi, that the intelligent force, which governs the universe, is in us and is reflected by us: "The inner intelligence of the body is the ultimate and supreme genius.  It mirrors the wisdom of the universe." (10)

The internalization of this central doctrine by an individual is paramount in the advancement of witchcraft.  The logical purpose in teaching our connection to the universe is to foster the adoption of the perspective, in which, we are promoted as being corresponding vessels of the intelligent energy of the universe. Our reality is not to be confined only to our external physical world, but is to be appreciated at a level where the power of the universe is manifested in our being.  According to this principle there exists a reciprocal relationship between the universe and us.

This viewpoint is foundational in the practice of magick, and reflects yet another of the seven Hermetic Laws.  Natural Magic states that " central to traditional magical philosophy is a concept called the Principle of Macrocosm and Microcosm, which holds that each human being is a complete reflection of the entire universe, and vice versa."  This Hermetic Law of Correspondence implies that "every magical energy in the universe has it's exact equivalent inside every human being."  This principle is exactly what Deepak Chopra has paraphrased in his writings. (12)

In Power of the Witch, the Law of Correspondence is stated: "As above, so below; as below, so above."  He goes on to say, "We also live in a spaceless-timeless realm independent of the physical universe.  The Principle of Correspondence tells us that what is true on the Macrocosm is also true on the Microcosm and vice versa.  The Law of Correspondence directs witches toward the most appropriate tools and ingredients for "seeing" and for casting spells." (8)

The Principle of Correspondence can clearly be identified in the medical framework embraced by Deepak Chopra: "Medicine then, consists of letting like speak to like.  Take the remedy whole, as Nature provides it, and through its similarity to ourselves, it can restore health."  The remedy (an herb, for example) is considered to be equivalent to us: by choosing and administering the herb that best expresses the desired equivalent aspect; the power of the herb is aligned with our life energy resulting in the curative restoration of harmony.  This is what a witch referred to as the most appropriate tool.  For a witch, or Deepak Chopra, the criteria for selecting an herb is based on Hermetic Law.  (10)

In Unconditional Life, Deepak Chopra will directly affirm this principle employing his Ancient Wisdom; "The ancient Indian sages declared, as is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm, as is the atom, so is the universe, as is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind." (5)

In power of the Witch, we can read that "intelligence becomes not just a human trait but an essential aspect of the entire universe.  At last physicists support and confirm an understanding of the universe that witches have always had, and in so doing they make it immensely easier for us to explain our magic."  We are to comprehend that we are connected to and one with the creative life force.  The physical world is a parallel manifestation of particular characteristics of this universal intelligence.  Occult knowledge of physical reality enables an understanding of the nature and equivalence of the universe, which is appropriated in magick.  We are then to internalize this initiated knowledge, and give it expression: "Witches are among the wise ones who participate in the work of creation in order to nourish the people and protect the earth.  Their rituals and ceremonies, their spells and incantations, their prayers and sacrifices were expressions of their oneness with the source of all life, the Great Mother of all living things." (8)

The sixth and final assumption of Deepak Chopra states "The physical world, including our bodies, is a response of the observer.  We create our bodies as we create the experience of our world." (3)

This final assumption asserts that the individual exercises a creative ability in fashioning the material world in which he lives. This is witchcraft or magick.

A witch will provide a statement very similar to Deepak Chopra's sixth assumption, where he states that "the natural magician weaves a web of power to reshape the universe of his or her experience in accordance with will."  The creation of experience is synonymous to creating individual personal reality. (12)

Quotations from the writings of Deepak Chopra will refute the notion that the assertion of his promotion of magick is contrived, or misconstrued: "The very word `magic' has a sinister tone to most of us-but the threat has been greatly exaggerated.

Meaning slips through the fingers of science, which provides any person who is interested in meaning with a good reason to take magic seriously.

The materialistic bias of science leads it to shun things that cannot be directly contacted by the senses.  Yet nature has reserved a huge region set apart for things that cannot be seen, touched, or weighed."  Deepak Chopra, of course, rationalizes that his magic is of a different variety than witchcraft; his brand of natural magic is the "kind of magic that I would like to demystify." (5)

A witch can easily present an identical view of magick, which minimizes any association to the supernatural.  From Power of the Witch we read; "On some level of consciousness we know that these skills are not supernatural, but natural". (8)

Yet another witch echoes an analogous position; "Magic-The art of causing change by means commonly supposed to be supernatural.  The use of powers not yet recognized by science.  The use of powers that reside within us and the natural objects of our world to cause change." (14)

A synopsis at this point will be helpful in consolidating and revealing the thrust of all these assumptions taken together:

We must change our perception of reality-in order to realize that all matter is energy.  We must grasp that we are energy.  This energy has been derived from the power at our core.  Our core is connected to the "source" of life.  Unifying the power of our core energy with the power of the "source" and directing it outward to the external world consummates the manifestation of our will and desire.  Simply put, this is a formula for magick.

A witch will express that magick involves the manipulation of energy in order to create a desired material world: "By our active involvement in nature we determine what nature is; we take physical things and turn them into energy; we take energy and shape it into material things.  In other words we do magic." (8)

According to Basic Magick, "Everything that we see and touch is matter, which contains energy-magick is the art of getting to know about this energy and learning how to use it.

Magick is the science of using your subconscious mind to gain whatever you wish from life.

You have a subconscious mind, which is your servant.  It will do whatever you wish, using life energy to manifest your desires into physical fact.  All you have to do is give it instructions.  Magick is concerned with the giving of such instructions." (4)

True Magick states that "magick involves using natural forces to effect willed change" (6)

Accessing his Ancient Wisdom, Deepak Chopra exhibits alignment with the magickal axiom of the utilization of forces, or energies, in the achievement of desired effects.  He makes reference to "Dharma", which according to Indian tradition, is the force that upholds the universe: "Human awareness is capable of touching Dharma directly-Dharma is not a set of religious teachings but an actual force that can be discovered and used."  As previously mentioned, Prana is synonymous with the concept of "life force"; Deepak Chopra likewise recommends the utilization of this force: "the ability to contact and use Prana is within all of us." (3)

Deepak Chopra is in complete accord with the logic and purpose of magick: "The hallmark of magical thinking is the person's firm belief that he can control reality with his mind." (5)

He further coincides with magical thought by holding the position that "reality is everyone's personal creation.

If I can change my mind, and if the world is made of the same stuff as my mind, then I can change the world.

The Rishis claim that wrapped up inside us is the capacity to command every force of nature, to influence every atom in the universe.

Once we fix upon our deepest desires; they must come true." (5)

In Quantum Healing, Deepak Chopra reiterates the penchant of magical thought; "We all have the power to make reality."  (11)

Primarily operating from a medical perspective, Deepak Chopra's focus remains on physical healing; yet, this aspect is of great import to a witch as well.  Deepak Chopra sates that "we are the only creatures on earth who can change our biology by what we think and feel."  This statement conveys the notion that our thoughts have the capacity to directly affect our physical body.  This concept is again reflected in this statement; "Most basic bodily processes respond to our state of mind."  Our thinking can adversely affect the physical condition of our body. (3)

In Basic Magick, the impact of thought on the individual's health is attested to; "Without knowing the truth, people inflict all manner of ailments and misery on themselves due to their own thoughts." (4)

In Power of the Witch we read; "As witches we bend the energies of nature and humanity to promote healing, growth, and life."  Healing is a predominant benefit sought after through magickal pursuit and one of its main enticements: "First and foremost, the magic-makers were healers who could diagnose illness and prescribe the correct medicine and ritual to heal their patients.  The ancient healer's magic worked because it was holistic, drawing on the patient's own healing power and working with the elements and spirits of the patient's environment.  It dealt with both the physical and spiritual causes of disease." (8)

Referring once again to quantum physics, Deepak Chopra writes; " The old space-time model was smashed, replaced by a timeless, flowing field of constant transformation." (3)

A view of constant transformation is inculcated in witchcraft because magick is a system of transformation, dedicated to the shaping of reality.  The Return of Spirit alludes to the spiritual nature of the universe as being "a cosmic flow of energy that creates, sustains, and transforms moment by moment the universe of which we are a part." (15)

Presenting a distorted reinterpretation of the innate systems of bodily function and regeneration, including physical healing, propagates a state of constant transformation.  Deepak Chopra conveys this by writing: "We are `creating ourselves all the time'

We are placed here in this world to manage a project that is equivalent to building a new universe every day." (7)

Physical healing is utilized as a gateway to advance the understanding and overcome resistance to metaphysical thought: to breach individual thinking for the cultivation of a perspective, wherein, what can be observed on the physical level of the body, can be extrapolated to the cosmic level.  By depicting the body's normal and autonomous cellular changes, as being orchestrated by our conscious participation, entitles development of the ability to transform the external world as well: to advance one from the microcosm to the macrocosm.

The holistic medical model presented by Deepak Chopra emphasizes the development of  "awareness" in the individual to defeat disease and the aging process.  Deepak Chopra states, "Awareness has the power to change aging-you can focus attention on parts of the body that are expressing discomfort.

You can activate desires and intentions to fulfill them more efficiently.  An intention is basically a disguised need.

Awareness is used as a healing power: it restores balance wherever it is allowed to flow freely." (3)

Ayurveda, with some apparent quantum physics, once again propels Deepak Chopra to adopt a variant view of illness, which sates "Ayurveda says that illness results from distortions in the patterns of quantum vibrations that hold the body intact." (7)

According to Deepak Chopra, "Human awareness is capable of sensing these faint vibrations." (7)

It follows that if we are capable of sensing these distorted vibrations, information in regard to the presence of a particular illness is being conveyed.  Illness results from the disruption in the harmonious flow of energy in the body.  Restoration of the invisible patterns that order our bodies will reinstate harmony and wellness.  This concept also lines up with one of the Hermetic Laws.  The Law of Vibration is expounded in Power of the Witch where, "Everything moves and vibrates with its own rate of vibration.  Nothing is at rest.

We do send messages and information by the energy we radiate." (8)

Deepak Chopra informs us that "The guiding principle of Ayurveda is that the mind exerts the deepest influence on the body, and freedom from sickness depends upon contacting our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body." (7)

Deepak Chopra relates that our awareness is a power that can be brought to bear on our illness.  Our awareness will perceive our need and direct the conscious application of power to affect healing.  We are to equate accessing awareness with consciousness.  Deepak Chopra states, "Consciousness is a force that most of us undervalue.  Generally we do not focus our inner awareness or use its real power, even in the most difficult moments of crisis.  Yet, everyone possesses consciousness.

Apparently the successful patients have learned to motivate their own healing." (11)

Awareness, or consciousness, is the ability to apprehend and focus our inner source of energy to fulfill a desire, or need.    Awareness is thought; and thought generates intent.  Our spirit has been alluded to by terms such as center, source, or consciousness.  The spirit is the seat of intent; and the root of magick is intent.  Deepak Chopra refers to a state of transcendence, where "The secret of life at this level is that anything in your body can be changed with the flick of an intention." (7)

Deepak Chopra relates that we are to exert our awareness, or our will, over our environment and ourselves: "In the new paradigm, control of life belongs to awareness." (3)

A witch will also relate that awareness contributes to the development of the personal power necessary for the practice of witchcraft: "Awareness means control of one's undertaking." (13)

In magick, intent is of great significance.  The denotation and function of intent can be extracted from the communication of a witch: "Magic is intent.  Witches are taught that the most important factor in magic-making is intent.  You must firmly visualize in your mind's eye the thing you wish to have happen.  See it as if it has already taken place, or been brought into manifestation.  This adds to the power of your magic." (14)

In discussing magic, a witch will also underscore consciousness: "Consciousness lies at the heart of magic and is the reason that the power of magic really works.  In other words, a witch's consciousness can effect changes in the physical world (or mental and emotional worlds) because, based on what we know from subatomic experiments, what we see and how what we see behaves, depends on our participation, our effort, our involvement.

The witches' belief that thought can be projected out into the universe and impact on external reality makes perfect sense.  Thought projections can become external realities because there is no separation of mental reality and external reality."(8)

Deepak Chopra will demonstrate that all of his doctrine has been propelling us to adopt a philosophy, which is identical to that of a practicing witch.  The inculcation of our ability to exert control over our physical body was deliberate, and designed to procure acceptance that our external world can be manipulated by the projection of our intentions.  Deepak Chopra states that "The new paradigm tells us that our underlying reality, the field, is continuous and therefore equally present at all points in space time.  Your awareness and every intention that springs from your awareness are enmeshed in this continuity.  This means that when you have a desire; you are actually sending a message into the entire field-your slightest intention is rippling across the universe at the quantum level.  We have already seen that when you have an intention related to your body, it gets carried out automatically.  The same thing should occur, then, with intentions you send outside your body-the field has the organizing power to automatically bring fulfillment to any intention." (3)

The Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft carries a description of magick that is in complete accord with Deepak Chopra: "Magick is the art and metaphysical science of manifesting personal desires through the collection and direction of energy.  Essentially magick works on the principle that desire can be concentrated into a cohesive energy called a thought form.  Thought forms can be directed into the astral plane, a realm where concepts become material forms.  From the astral plane the desired outcome of a work of magick moves toward manifestation on the material plane of existence."  Deepak Chopra designates his spiritual realm as "the field", while an adept magician would refer to this realm as "the astral plane"; both, with different vocabulary, are describing the same metaphysical arena. Both share the same concept, in which, thoughts or intentions are described as being sent into the "astral plane", or the "field", where they are fulfilled. (16)

Deepak Chopra, by relating that intentions sent outside the physical body can influence the external world, is in conformity to the Hermetic Law of Cause and Effect.  In a discussion of this Hermetic Law a witch relates that "thoughts and intentions directed from the mind to the external world-make a definite impact." (8)

Certain techniques, knowledge, and abilities must be developed in order to practice magick adroitly.  In Magick for Beginners we read that "Beginning with nothing, we evoke certain stresses on another plane.  These are then earthed through skill, training and knowledge.  The result is a change on the physical plane." (9)

The writings from Power of the Witch reveal that the knowledge and power to practice witchcraft comes from a shift in consciousness: "Magic is knowledge and power that come from the ability to shift consciousness at will into a nonordinary, visionary state of awareness.  Traditionally certain tools and methods have been used to cause this shift: dance, song, music, colors, scents, drumming, fasting, vigils, meditation, breathing exercises, certain natural foods and drinks, and forms of hypnosis.  In almost every culture some form of visionary trance is used for the sacred rituals that open the doorways to the Higher Intelligence or for the working of magic." (8)

Scrutiny of the techniques recommended by Deepak Chopra will reveal similarities to those disseminated by witches.  The expectation for advocating these tools and methods can be discovered when a witch discloses that "All of the techniques described-are basic requirements for most self-development training in occult traditions." (13)

One of the most conspicuous tools to "shift consciousness" is meditation.  Meditation is highly endorsed by Deepak Chopra, as evidenced by his prompting the reader to "block out some time to experience silence.  Ideally this would mean a short period of meditation." (3)

In recommending meditation a witch states that "One of the most difficult but necessary means of not only understanding your true nature, but also of using the mindscape in practical magic, is through this technique or its variation, contemplation, in a field of either active or passive silence."  He goes on to relate, "The process of meditation is like a stimulant that helps your center open and close freely and intentionally" (13)

Deepak Chopra sanctions the necessity for techniques that nurture the individual's competence for finding one's center: "In order to remain centered and calm when everything around you is in confusion, you need to develop skills for finding your center." (3)

A witch also reflects on the significance of centering and connecting in order to work magick: "It is extremely important that you be aware of or sensitive to your inner state, no matter what outside distractions or duties demand your attention." (6)

Meditation as a tool in witchcraft, promotes a state of relaxation, which is essential for the practice: "A prerequisite for successful magical work is the ability to become calm." (4)

Upon reflecting on the failure of certain intentions to manifest, Deepak Chopra prescribes an operating formula for magical practice.  The following elements, representing the "mechanics", which if implemented, will procure the successful fulfillment of intentions, are detailed and compared to those of witches.

Deepak Chopra writes, "When two people want the same thing, they don't always get the same result; this is because the quality of intention changes as it is sent into the field and then reflected back as a result.  Never the less, whenever a desire comes true, the mechanics have certain similarities for every person:

A certain outcome is intended.

The intention is specific and definite; the person is certain about what he or she wants." (3)

One witch writes, "Thinking about your ritual intention helps get the intention firmly in the mind." (4)

A witch, dictating the constituents involved in the working of magick, begins with the identification of the desire, or intent, as well; "First there must be a reason to call upon magical powers.  This reason is need.

Next a spell or ritual may need to be devised.

Third the herbs can be enchanted to ensure that their vibrations are attuned to the need." (17) 

In this reference, the writer was disclosing the working of magick within the realm of magical herbalism.  In this framework he recommends the "enchanting" of the herbs.  It can be learned that enchanting "means simply `sing to'-a short rune or poem is often repeated in a sing song or monotonal manner-this helps reinforce the image in the mind as well as to channel the energies of the herbs themselves.  The real effect of this lies not in the words spoken but in the intent." (14)

Deepak Chopra writes of a concept from Ayurveda called "primordial sound", which is applied to focus and direct healing.  Primordial sound consists of utilizing specific vibrations that correspond to the vibrations of body.  These complimentary sound vibrations act to tune the body back to a harmonious state.  Primordial sound exhibits acknowledgment of the power of "enchanting": "A primordial sound can be spoken or chanted aloud; it is more powerful still if used internally, as a mental sound." (7)

Deepak Chopra emphasizes the individual's need to impose an attitude of expectation and confidence on the intent; "The person expects a result and has confidence in the outcome-worry, uncertainty, and doubt are the three primary obstacles that prevent us from making efficient use of the power contained in every intention." (3)

Similarly, a witch states, "the spell is worked, in complete confidence and secrecy." (17)

Deepak Chopra exhorts the reader to forget the process in order to achieve the desired outcome: "Little or no attention is paid to the details of the physiological processes involved.  Indeed, paying attention to the details inhibits the flow of the impulses of intelligence that produce the outcome, slowing down or preventing success (let go of the desire)." (3)

A witch will often make the same recommendation to ensure the manifestation of the spell; "once the spell has been worked, it should be forgotten.  This allows it to `cook' and bring your need into manifestation." (17)

In Basic Magick we read, "The best way to sum up magical procedure is: Think-Act-Forget." (4)

Deepak Chopra states, "At the end of the process, there is no doubt that the outcome was obtained by a definite, conscious process that extends beyond the individual to a larger reality-for some this is God or Providence, for others it is the Self or the Absolute.  I have been using a more scientific term, the field, but without excluding any of these more traditional spiritual names.  In all cases, the material world is an expression of an unmanifest, overriding intelligence that responds to human desire."   According to Deepak Chopra the overriding intelligence of the universe, or the "field", is the source of the operation and power that manifests our desires as physical reality. (3)

In the writings of a witch, accordance can be found supporting the idea that this overriding intelligence is subservient to our desires: "Universal Intelligence seeks only to help you achieve that which you desire." (4)

Deepak Chopra relates in his writings that in addition to a physical body interacting with the physical world there exists a more notable parallel "quantum mechanical body" that operates in the ethereal dimension of "the field".  Deepak Chopra emphasizes harmonizing the physical and "quantum mechanical body" to optimize life.  The resulting harmony is to then be extended to include the "field".  Deepak Chopra elaborates, "Living in tune with your quantum mechanical body.  This is the total creative act of life.  All daily activities will proceed smoothly" since we don't "disrupt cosmic harmony."  We are "one cell in the cosmic body". (7)

Deepak Chopra defines the "quantum mechanical body" as a vaporous energetic entity that "occupies no well-defined space and never wears out." He goes on to say that this body is more thought than substance, and emanates out of the "field": "Your quantum mechanical body is awareness in motion and is part of the creative field of awareness that exists at the source of creation." (3)

This parallel body is linked to the working of magick, as attested to by a witch; "You must have a second body-an energy body that exactly mirrors the physical in magic."  He goes on to write "The astral body is composed of mind stuff: or, more accurately, imagination stuff."  An astral second body operates in the astral plane to serve as the conduit for the working of magic resulting in the manifestation of intentions on the physical plane. (9)

Deepak Chopra is desirous for his readers to awaken from our sleep of ignorance and realize that within each of us lies a dormant faculty of power.  We are to comprehend that we are connected to the "Universal Intelligence" which, enables us to create and cast our reality: "The age-old idea that our minds can interact with the world needs to be more closely examined.  Otherwise, we will not be able to tell if we have turned or backs on superstition or overlooked a dormant power that might be awakened from its long sleep." (5)

Deepak Chopra wants us to regain and wield the power of a Rishi, or seer, in the shaping of our reality.  His zeal is for the reader to control the forces of the universe to manifest individual desire: "The goal of life is to wake up-and regain the power of a Rishi, whose slightest desire is taken as a command by the forces that that shape reality." (10)

A witch will also urge the reader to embrace our forgotten and latent powers; "Everyone has psychic powers or soul powers, and each of us can relearn-or remember-how to use them."  We are all to be encouraged to practice witchcraft.  We need only to remember and relearn this forbidden practice.  (8)

Deepak Chopra not only wants us to wake up from the slumber that has obstructed our practice of magical endeavor, but he wants to awaken and enlighten us to a higher appreciation of our true nature.  The "field" that Deepak Chopra has so often referred to, is the arena from which, all our intentions are manifested.  He goes on to say, "We are all part of the field; the field is existence itself, flowing in, around, and through everything.  It is the arena where all possibilities unfold.

The field is omnipresent and omnipotent.

The most famous sentence in the Upanishads declares, `I am That, Thou art That, and all this is That'.  A quantum physicist could not quibble with these assertions, once he translated the word `That' as the `Field'."  The Ancient Wisdom of Deepak Chopra teaches him to equate "That" with God.  Discernment would lead to the conclusion that Deepak Chopra is equating the field with God. (5)

Deepak Chopra tutors his readers to embrace the concept of full equivalence with the field "To identify fully with the field, then, is a practical definition of what it means to be enlightened." (5)

Deepak Chopra writes clearly that our essence is the field itself: "This Quantum field isn't separate from us-it is us."  Ancient Wisdom has imparted the parity that exists between the "field" and God.  By accepting that we are indistinguishable from the field, then by logical progression, we too are to be equated with God. (3)

Deepak Chopra's endearment to this "quantum mechanical body" is expressed by his predilection to foster its merit as a gateway back to the "true self".  He states, "Your quantum mechanical body has all the sensitivity of a child's, and you can use that sensitivity to get back to your true self."  To maximize magical practice we must be enlightened as to the attributes of our true self. (3)

Deepak Chopra wants to enlighten and propel the reader to achieve the state known as "unity consciousness": "The state known as unity consciousness is the state where awareness is complete." (3)

Unity consciousness is the state where an individual attains to a level of complete understanding of his self-divinity.  Deepak Chopra writes, "The merging of love, truth, and reality is the great revelation of unity consciousness, the moment when a person can truthfully say, `I am the All', and, `I am Love', in the same breath." (3)

Deepak Chopra writes "But beneath even the most rigid conditioning, there is a layer of awareness that agrees without equivocation to the words `I am Love'."  This statement reveals that our old assumptions have buried the intuitive knowledge of our deity and obstructed the flow of our creative function. (3)

A witch declares that at our core is the Divine.  There is no difference in philosophy between a witch and Deepak Chopra when it comes to proclaiming the blasphemy of mankind's godhood.  A witch in conformity with Ancient Wisdom states, "The High Self is the Divine within, the ultimate and original essence, the spirit that exists beyond time, space, and matter." (6)

A witch declares, "You and God are the same, you have the capacity to create, you are Godlike.

This is a kingdom of pure thought in which you will find peace of mind, indulge in pure fantasy, or cause changes in the physical world.  It is yours, your kingdom, your realm, your inner world.  You must therefore control and rule as would a king or queen, you are a god in your own universe, and may be whatever you will be, for whatever reason.

The subconscious mind is literally the God within, your own genie, if you like."  As God we not only create but also dictate the order of our world.  From within us come forth the standards to determine right and wrong.  It is our world, our rules, and all personal accountability to God is abdicated. (4)

Deepak Chopra has adeptly ushered his readers to the transcendent apex of Ancient Wisdom.  The exhaustive presentation of his sundry tenets has completely furnished his readers with the mindset and the tools for the adoption of occultism. The experiential verification gained from magical exercises incites the practitioner toward acquiescence to self-deification.  Participation in magical practice purports to increase the flow of divinity in life to empower the individual as co-creator and ordain immortality. 

Deepak Chopra summarizes in the following statement the consummation of his efforts directed toward proselytizing the transformation of magical thinking and the enlightenment of equality with God: "Just by being ourselves, we are borne toward a destiny far beyond anything we could imagine.  It is enough to know that the being I nourish inside me is the same as the Being that suffuses every atom of the cosmos.  When the two see each other as equals, they will be equal, because then the same force that controls the galaxies will be upholding my individual existence.  If a man claims to be enlightened, I only need to ask, `Do your desires effortlessly come true?'  If he says yes, I can accept that his thinking has turned magical." (5)

Deepak Chopra has stated that his intention was to present a more complete and expanded version of truth; truth that has been presented in his new assumptions; truth that has admittedly been predicated on ideas created by the human mind.  The Bible speaks in regard to the merit of the thoughts arising from the imagination of man.

"The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity." (Psalms 94:11)

The new assumptions of Deepak Chopra, along with the philosophy of his Ancient Wisdom, have induced the reader to adopt a philosophy parallel to the theory and practice of witchcraft.  Witchcraft is not to be embraced or flirted with.  Witchcraft is forbidden by God and is sin.  The works of our sin nature, which include witchcraft, are evidentially laid out in the Bible.  

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:" (Galatians 5:19-21)

"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft," (1 Samuel 15:23)

God commanded separation from occultism and the sinful practice of witchcraft.

"There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer." (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

The zenith of witchcraft is the apprehension of individual equality with God.  Pride and self are exalted; and desires are given free reign within witchcraft.  Satan energizes the practice and deceit inherent in witchcraft, which ultimately culminates in embracing self-deification.  

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:12-15)

"Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Se'lah." (Psalms 140:8)

Deepak Chopra has disseminated blasphemous doctrine by appropriating "I am Love" to self.  There is only one True God: who is revealed in scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: who alone is attributed as being love.  

": for God is love" (1 John 4:8)

"Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:22)

Deepak Chopra has asserted the need for a new paradigm.  He has insisted that we discard present thinking in favor of the internalization of a new way of thinking.  The reader has been prompted to shed old beliefs and to look at the world and ourselves in a new context, and a new truth.  The Bible is the only truth that can transform the mind and the individual.

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2)

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17)

Deepak Chopra has stated that what appears to be solid matter, including our physical bodies, is in actuality empty space.  He has affirmed that our physical senses only confirm the existence of what we have perceived or created to be real.  Deepak Chopra has by this teaching, nullified the ability of our senses to convey and verify reality.  In so doing, he has undermined the apostolic witness of the Lord Jesus Christ having come in the flesh.  Scripture relates the physical reality, which can be verified by our senses, as an evidential proof for the confirmation of the revelation that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.  To impugn the reliability of the physical proofs presented by first hand testimony, discredits scripture itself.  Never the less, scripture is truth.  

"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;" (1 John 1:1)

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1&14)

Deepak Chopra has inculcated the idea that we are participants in our own creation.  This view distorts our capability, and by ascribing the creative act to us, usurps the scriptural acknowledgement of God.

"Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." (Psalms 100:3)

Deepak Chopra has advanced the doctrine that we are connected to everything, and we are able to experience oneness with his god.  The Bible states that we are not inherently at one with God, but are separated from his righteousness by our sin, and require reconciliation with God.  Only in Christ can we secure peace with God and unity with one another.

"But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2)

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)

It is only in Christ Jesus that unity is brought to fruition.

"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:" (Ephesians 1:10)

"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." (John 17:21)

Scripture provides warning in regard to false doctrine, which is at variance with the Word of God.

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." (Colossians 2:8)

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" (1 Timothy 4:1)

Deepak Chopra writes, "As you sift through this solid-looking, convincing body, you only have to go so far before you wind up with a handful of nothing.  Yet this nothing is not really a void but a womb.  With incredible fertility, our inner space gives birth to-God, heaven and hell, grace, sin, salvation, damnation-and everything, in fact, that makes life worth living."  Scripture is the external and objective revelation of reality.  Reality is not generated nor established from within ourselves; and denial of scriptural disclosure has grave consequence. (5)

The eternal punishment of sinners is reality according to the Word of God.

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:15)

The wrath of God upon sinners is revealed in the Word of God.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;" (Romans 1:18)

The Word of God reveals all to be sinners.

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" (Romans 3:10)

"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God." (Romans 3:19)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23)

There is nothing that we can do to merit salvation.

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;" (Isaiah 64:6)

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Romans 3:20)

The Bible reveals the wrath of God on sinful mankind, and the individual guilt of each person.  The Bible reveals the grace of God.  Salvation is by the grace of God through faith, and is not earned by our good works.  God so loved us that he has provided the free gift of eternal life and the forgiveness of sin through faith in Jesus Christ.  In Christ alone is salvation and the forgiveness of sin.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;" (Ephesians 1:7)

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Gospel has been revealed according to the Word of God.

"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"  
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Christ Jesus paid the penalty for sin as our substitute by the shedding of his blood; by his death and resurrection.

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)

"Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." (Romans 4:25)

The righteousness of God is revealed.  God is holy and righteous, and must punish sin.  On the cross, it was upon Christ Jesus that God poured out his wrath on sin to satisfy his justice and justly extend forgiveness.  We must believe the gospel and place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Faith is trusting in God and believing his Word.  

"But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." (Romans 3:21-26)

The righteousness of God, in place of our sin, is imputed to us by faith.  We receive the very righteousness of Christ Jesus through faith in him.

"But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;" (Romans 4:24)

"And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:" (Philippians 3:9)

The only way to stand in the presence of God is to be cleansed by the blood of Christ, and receive his life, and his righteousness.  You must repent by renouncing and confessing you sin and guilt; and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who shed his blood, died for your sin, and rose again for your justification.  Receive the Lord Jesus as the true and living God, and your Saviour; receive his gift of eternal life; receive his kindness and his love.  Come to Jesus.

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:9-10)

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37)

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:31)

The problem is that Deepak Chopra does not know God.  Rather than a personal God, as reflected in scripture, Deepak Chopra presents God as being an intelligence which, manifests as undifferentiated force.  His perception of God as energetically permeating every entity in the universe actually diminishes God and deprecates mankind.  Deepak Chopra, and a witch, can only envision God as a force which, being fettered by physical law, must through prescribed ritual, acquiesce in fulfilling our desires and will. Rather than subjecting our will to a sovereign and omnipotent God, we have a flow of power available for universal and indiscriminate utilization.  It is only by the Word of God that we can know God in truth.

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)  

Neither the imagination of man, nor Ancient Wisdom, provides the truth that mankind must have to escape the judgement of God, and receive the gift of eternal life.  Only by knowing The Lord Jesus Christ can we know truth.  Only by being in Christ can we know life.

"Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:" (Psalms 144:11)



(3)Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old
By Deepak Chopra
Three Rivers Press/New York 201 E 50th St., Ny,Ny 10022

(4)Basic Magick: A Practical Guide  
By Phillip Cooper
Samuel Weiser, P.O. Box 612, York Beach, ME

(5)Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams
By Deepak Chopra
Bantam Books

(6)True Magick: A Beginners Guide
By Amber K
Llewellyn Publication, St. Paul, MN, 55164-0383, U.S.A.

(7)Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide
By Deepak Chopra
Harmony Books; a division of Crown Publishers, inc.,201 E 50th St., New York, New York 10022

(8)Power of the Witch: the Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment
By Laurie Cabot with Tom Cowan
October 1990
A Delta Book published by a division of Bantam Doubleday, Dell Publishing Group, inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036

(9)Magick for Beginners: the Power to Change Your World
By J.H. Brennan
Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 55164-0383, U.S.A.

(10)Return of the Rishi
By Deepak Chopra
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA

(11)Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine
By Deepak Chopra
Bantam Books

(12)Natural Magic
By John Michael Greer
Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 55164-0383, U.S.A.

(13)Rituals, Spellcasting, and Sorcery: Witchcraft Theory and Practice
By Ly De Angeles
Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 55164-0383, U.S.A.

(14)Magical Herbalism
By Scott Cunningham
Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 55164-0383, U.S.A.

(15)The Return of Spirit: A Woman's Call to Spiritual Action
By Josie Ravenwing
Health Communications, 3201 SW 15th St., Deerfield Beach, Fl

(16)Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft
By Raven Grimassi
Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 55164-0383, U.S.A.

(17)Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
By Scott Cunningham
1985, 1997
Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 55164-0383, U.S.A.

(18) All Scripture is from The Authorized King James version of the Holy Bible

Our thanks to Doug Ecklund R.Ph. who spent many hours researching this article for our Logos Resource Web site.  You may personally contact Mr. Ecklund at Douge93@cs.com .