According to Dr. Chopra, the human brain is hardwired to know God. The nervous system has seven biological responses that correspond to the seven levels of divine experience, shaped not by human religions but by the brain’s need to find meaning in an infinite, chaotic universe. As we make sense of the quantum soup swirling around us, we inevitably find the face of God. In this remarkable book, Chopra shows how.How to Know God is a truly remarkable work and in many ways it can be viewed as a summation of Deepak Chopra’s work so far. A distinguished physician and lecturer, Deepak Chopra is also renowned for the small library of inspirational titles he has authored. His core subjects are physical and spiritual health, moral responsibility and ancient wisdom, and throughout he offers an insightful and holistic approach to the deepest questions in our internal and external lives. How to Know God draws upon all of these subjects in a profound study which marks an evolution in Deepak Chopra’s thinking. The key factors here are religious philosophy and quantum physics, neuroscience and mysticism. Together they form a synthesis–a seven-stage theory of how we can know, understand and reach God. The stages are a series of responses: fight or flight, reactive, restful, intuitive, creative, visionary and sacred. At each stage we are learning to understand the complexities within ourselves, our environment, humanity as a whole and the totality of existence–the totality that equals God or “infinite intelligence”.
It’s an immense undertaking to explain. But in 300 pages, Deepak Chopra guides us through with simplicity and skill and with a deep sense of empathy. He also avoids the rarefied academic tone which a work such as this could fall prey to. How to Know God is both accessible and easily absorbed. It’s about the God within ourselves and the God we perceive around us; it’s about how we can reach our God and effect positive change. No less an authority than the Dalai Lama commented, “I absolutely agree with Dr. Chopra’s view that if we want to change the world we have to begin by changing ourselves”. —Lucas LoBlack