Quotes on Consciousness as the Infinite as God

I recently heard Deepak Chopra and Anoop Kumar both speak their opinion that “God” is the same as the infinite, which is the same as consciousness.

I found this idea interesting – here are some quotes:

…What we call Life, really doesnt have an opposite. The opposite of birth is death, and the opposite of death is birth. But Life doesnt have an opposite.– Anoop Kumar

Consciousness is primary, and what we call ‘matter’ is an experience in our consciousness. Now if consciousness is primary, it’s also infinite….Not only is consciousness infinite, but the infinite has always been the ultimate description of what we call God. The more common notions, the more familiar notions, they are aspects of God. So there is infinite, but then we talk about infinite wisdom, infinite compassion, infinite mercy, infinite understanding, these are aspects of infinite. And this infinite shows up, not only in religion, but it shows up in mathematics, and philosophy, as different aspects, different approaches. Each of these is a unique perspective, and therefore each has unique data, to contribute about something that’s beyond all concepts. The more we evolve, the more we see the infinite underlying nature of all things. Call it religious, call it spiritual, call it secular, or simply the practical experience of knowing ourselves and eachother more deeply.– Anoop Kumar

 

Consciousness, or God, is all-knows, all modes of knowing, and all experiences known. Consciousness is invisible. Why? Because it has no form. But without consciousness there is no experience of that which we call visible. Consciousness is beyond perception. Why again? Because it’s formless, it’s boundless. You cannot imagine consciousness, you cant imagine God because if you imagine God it’s not God. The infinite cannot be imagined. But without consciousness there is no imagination.– Deepak Chopra

 

The quotes above are from this debate on NPR.

 

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A Talk on Having Both Happiness and Meaning

I ran into this very nice talk, and included some great quotes below:

“…for a life to be meaningful, you cant keep looking at the life. You have to see how that life is placed in larger, broader context.”

“…a life that is rich in happiness and rich in meaning….theologian Frederick Buechner I think would label that: finding your calling.”

“Your calling, Buechner says, is that place where your deep gladness, and the world’s deep hunger, meets. Your deep gladness is about you, about what makes you engaged and alive.”

“Finding your calling is discovering what it is that makes you feel alive. And then taking those gifts and skills and moving them out into the world to feed the world’s hunger.”

“…the tension we feel between what we want and what the world needs, is in fact something we don’t want to eliminate, but instead we want to encourage and cultivate.”

“When the world pushes and presses and prods and occasionally pummels you, it is in those moments that you can begin to imagine something different. You need the world and all its adversity, just as desperately as the world needs you.”

“To lead a happy and meaningful life, is to understand the tension that exists between what we want and what the world needs, and to recognize that tension as the gift that it is.”

-Mark Hébert

Spark the Flame Vlog 7 – How to meditate…for beginners

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The first guest ever on the Spark the Flame podcast, my mom! Zoraida Diaz, with over 20 years experience in professional counseling. Psychotherapist, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol + Substance Abuse Counselor). Absolute overall wonderful incredible person, full of grit for Life and the Spirit, and my personal hero.

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Was having issues with the audio, so couldnt include an intro and outro this time. But will try to have it working for next time. Enjoy!

Viktor Frankl and Aiming for the True Higher Potential


After uploading the most recent podcast, I ran into this short video of Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning:

Also found online here:
https://www.ted.com/talks/viktor_frankl_youth_in_search_of_meaning

He speaks about aiming for your greater potential to reach one’s true possibilities. Enjoy 🙂

NYU Bookstore Talk on Writing and Spark The Flame

Finally been able to upload the talk I gave at the NYU Bookstore, July 21, 2016.

The talk mostly covers some thoughts on writing itself, but towards the end I briefly speak about my book Spark The Flame.

Please forgive the low video quality.

Enjoy 🙂

LIVE SPEAKING EVENT: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 6-7:30pm @ NYU Bookstore: 726 Broadway NYC

Main NYU Bookstore: 726 Broadway, between Waverly and Washington

Main NYU Bookstore: 726 Broadway, between Waverly Place  and Washington Place

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Main NYU Bookstore: 726 Broadway, between Waverly Place and Washington Place

I am honored, grateful, and more than excited to be invited to participate at a live event at the NYU Bookstore on July 21, 2016, from 6pm – 7:30pm. The event is focused on self-publishing, and I am one of a few authors who will be talking about the experience.

I am going to use the opportunity to talk about some things I find very important for writing: voice; writing as art/passion; inspiration/creativity.

I will also briefly talk about my book Spark The Flame, and will be very excited to talk to anyone there, sign books, etc.

Thank you 🙂