When people have just the earliest awareness of hope in the possibility of another way, another perspective, the quantum leap from the old pattern to the new pattern instantly makes a big difference in how people perceive their situation.
If we can shift our attention and interpretation, we open up new possibilities for experiencing and healing. That is our ultimate goal here at the Chopra Center.
Human reality is shaped by patterns of what we focus on and how we interpret it. These patterns of perception are mostly habitual, because life tends to be quite conditioned. They perpetuate specific physiological shifts, and at a certain point people start to feel that there are no alternatives, that X is how it’s always going to be. That in and of itself can generate the chemistry of illness.
I think the most important thing a doctor can do – and what we do here at the Chopra center, actually – is to introduce people to the fact that there are other possibilities to consider.
We help people challenge their perceptions of the world through the use of drawings — where if you look at a drawing one way, you might see an old woman, but if you look at it a different way, you’ll see a young woman. These kinds of optical illusions are based upon shifting, causing you to see in different ways. We explain to people how by shifting perspectives, they still own the same thing, but their reality changes.
David Simon, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist and ayurvedic practioner; co-founder, CEO, and Medical Director of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing; and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Neurosciences at The University of California. Dr. Simon has authored popular wellness books including The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intentions into Great Choices and Grow Younger, Live Longer: 10 Steps to Reverse Aging (co-authored with Deepak Chopra, M.D.). Dr. Simon is a keynote speaker for the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, California Medical Association, Harvard Medical School, and other prestigious institutions.