Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a medical doctor, public speaker, and author of more than 80 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. He is regarded as a major advocate for the use of alternative medicine. Dr. Chopra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Dr. Chopra’s books have been published in more than forty three languages. His New York Times bestseller Peace Is the Way received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards. His latest New York Times bestsellers include What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well Being, War of the Worldviews, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and Spiritual Solutions - Answers To Life's Greatest Problems.
Question: What inspires you?
Deepak Chopra: What inspires me? I think stories of healing inspire me. Examples of people who have faced major challenges and use their most creative opportunities inspire me. As a physician, I was always inspired by my extraordinary patients. And it is through them that I learned everything that I know.
Question:: Do you have a creative process?
Deepak Chopra: Yes, I have a creative process. It has nine steps: intended outcome, information gathering, information analysis, incubation, insight, inspiration, integration, implementation and incarnation. I could talk all week about it.
Through my own experiences, I came to realize that all creativity goes through these steps that I just mentioned. And that includes scientific creativity, creativity in art, of music, of storytelling; but also biological creativity, which is healing.
Question: Is there any person you look to for inspiration?
Deepak Chopra: Well I used to look up to a great Indian philosopher by the name of Jiddu Krishnamurti, who is not alive. I’m inspired by the lives of people like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy and many others.
Recorded on: Aug 17, 2007