Dr. Chopra, a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, is the Founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, as well as Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality.
Chopra is also an esteemed Professor and the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. For the last thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution. You can now join him in virtual reality for a 7-day Journey of Self Reflection inside Maloka!
VR technology and mental health
One of the many reasons that we are excited to partner with Dr. Chopra is for his visionary thought leadership on the power that VR technology has to transform mental health.
In this informative and eye-opening article, Deepak and his team discuss how VR will become a valuable tool for our mental and physical wellbeing. Here are some of the key highlight that we couldn’t agree with more:
- Mental health issues may be a result of our perception of reality gone wrong. Our brains become wired into set patterns from this perceived “made-up” reality. When we experience suffering, our body keeps the score and continues to react to the pain it endured even once the suffering has ended.
- The good news is that these patterns have the ability to be rewired. How? One way is by revealing another reality to the mind’s eye.
- Psychedelics have been used for centuries for such “consciousness interventions” by inducing altered reality states and according to various studies, virtual reality is analogous to this experience.
- For war veterans who suffer from PTSD, VR recreates the battle scenes (an alternate reality) so that the patient can gain control of the situation and face their fear in a controlled environment, with the help of mental health professionals.
- Nervous system regulation has been linked with longevity. The ability of VR to place you into a new perceived reality makes it a valuable tool for downshifting anxious nervous system states.
- VR’s multi–sensory environment allows for people to access “intervention” states through different mediums, such as time, space, color, scenery, and shape.
- Mental and physical health go hand-in-hand. Every incident we experience is recorded in our DNA's outer sheath, epigenes. When these incidents are stressful, their impact on epigenes has been known to cause disease of all kinds in the body.
- VR offers a glimpse into what it feels like to “transcend” our reality, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in our bodies and prevent disease.
- VR also offers access to our fundamental nature, “bliss consciousness”, which is a state free of the fear-based mentality our perceived realities create.
Deepak Chopra's self reflection program
There is a way to make technology work for us, not against us. This is what excites all of us at Maloka, along with our incredible partners such as Dr. Chopra, to carry on in our mission to use emerging technologies to help people live healthier lives. Now, why not go take a walk outside your current reality with Deepak’s “7 Days of Self Reflection” program on Maloka?