There is strong empirical evidence that animals have a life expectancy of approximately six times the years that it takes to reach maturity. According to many gerontological authorities, human’s life expectancy should be approximately 120 years, but statistics show it is approximately 75 years.
Chopra (1993) explains that our negative social conditioning determines our expectations as well as our aging process and that we can change our thinking. This blog states the ten assumptions for a new paradigm of mind-body relationships, proposed by Chopra.
According to Chopra (1993), the flow of intelligence is essential in human nature since the essential stuff of the universe is non-stuff which contains unseen intelligence that is present in every part of nature including our bodies. This intelligence keeps us alive and as we get older it becomes compromised and lost. This loss eventually manifests itself as a physical symptom.
Chopra believes that aging can be reversed, and aging signs are simply an illusion. He strongly recommends a shift in the way we think about aging and states the following ten assumptions are necessary for a new paradigm of mind-body relationship:
- Our body and experience represent the physical world and are our own creations and responses.
- Our bodies are made up of energy and information NOT solid matter. This energy and information are part of the infinite fields.
- Body and mind are connected and at a deeper level meet at a single source. From this source we are supposed to live.
- Awareness creates the biochemistry of our body. Our beliefs, thoughts and emotions become part of our cells.
- Perception is a learned phenomenon. The world we live in and the experience of our bodies is a result of how we perceive it. Changing your perception changes the experience of your body and your world.
- Intelligence is constantly creating new forms. Your body is the total sum of these forms. Changing these patterns will produce a change in you.
- All is connected to a pattern of intelligence that governs all cosmos. Our bodies are part of the universal body and our minds are part of the universal mind.
- Time is a quantified eternity which does not exist as an absolute. What we call time is a perception of how perceive change.
- We all contain a reality that is beyond all change. This is beyond our five senses and is field on non-change, and is our essential state that creates our body, ego, and personality.
- We are not victims of death, sickness and aging. These are all illusions to the seer (spirit or eternal being) who is immune to any change and part of the scenery.
Chopra, D. (1993). Ageless Body, Timeless Minds. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.