Dori Hartley | VenusBlogs Managing Editor
[dc]T[/dc]hough I didn’t get to interview Deepak Chopra during the time we spent at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, last December, I did plan on asking him the one question: “Why are you here, Deepak?”
Obviously, Deepak Chopra is a person who could speak under any umbrella and be both welcomed and applauded, but this was a conference made up of women only — Deepak wouldn’t necessarily be anyone’s first choice for keynote speaker when the billing required that person speak to an audience comprised entirely of women — or would he? So, why Deepak? What could he have to say that would reach and move women specifically?
The first thing he said, after taking the stage was, “The only reason I am here today to speak to you is because of my mother.”
He then proceeded to tell the story of how when he was a child, he and his family were informed that Nehru was coming to town. His mother made a big deal of telling her husband that she intended to wear a bright pink sari, because she wanted the Ambassador to notice her. Deepak’s father insisted that he wouldn’t notice her, that in a crowd of millions (as Chopra explained: in India, people show up in the millions, not in the tens of thousands), it would be senseless to think one could be singled out. Still, she was adamant, and on the day Nehru came to their village, he rode through the streets, smiling and waving. He had with him a red rose — one single rose. When, at last his procession came to the place where his mother stood, Deepak said that Nehru stopped, glanced at his mother, and handed her the red rose. She took the rose, glared at her husband with victory in her eyes — and her son, young Deepak Chopra, knew from that moment on, women could do anything and that a strong woman was a force like no other.
With this preamble, he expanded on the idea of how it is now up to this very same feminine power to heal the ills of the world today. To be part of an audience made up of more than 5,000 women, all hearing that we were the healing force of the planet and that it was basically our duty to right the wrongs previously done was a very powerful experience indeed.
He spoke of the destructive masculine energy, how war and hate has consumed us to such a point that we actually think of killing someone before we even dare to understand them. He said that “the sacred feminine” energy was comprised of intuition and nurturing, and that this is exactly what this planet of ours needs so desperately, right now. He explained that it was up to the women now to use this sacred energy to restore the balance and peace.
He also spoke of the condition of the caterpillar, and how, by nature, it’s habits are self destructive. The caterpillar gluts itself to the point of dying. Much like society, it consumes it’s environment and sickens itself to such a degree that it’s body starts to die from overdose. Now, the caterpillar has within it’s body a genetic plan that no other creature on earth has: the physical ability to take it’s dying body and use it to recreate itself in another form — it’s body becomes a chrysalis, a cocoon, and from it’s death it can create life anew — the butterfly. Within the genetic structure of the caterpillar’s body, there are cells that allow the caterpillar to literally ‘imagine’ a powerful reinvention of itself. Over a short period of dormancy, this knowledge starts to become realization. Those cells are called the “imaginal cells” and Deepak suggests that, we, like the caterpillar, put our collective minds together to imagine our reinvention as better, more capable beings of compassion and kindness.
Suddenly, we realized that it was more than a fun idea, that there was great responsibility in this. While it was a fun notion to put on a Wonder Woman cape, we all knew it was way beyond playing dress-up.
It really is up to us to save the planet. And it really does start with a vision of ourselves as already saved.