Notes on The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra


seven_spiritual_lawsThe Seven Spiritual Laws of Success By Deepak Chopra
This month we read The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra.  This short book is filled with great suggestions for working towards living your best life.  I have taken highlights from each of the seven chapters for us to focus on, and hopefully utilize as we continue to grow and discover our full potential.

The Law of Pure Potentiality
Chopra holds that our essential, most basic state is one of pure potentiality, or pure consciousness.  This is characterized by unlimited possibility and creativity.  However, we tend to become distracted by the world around us, and we stray from our initial form.  In order to return to who we are, and this moment of clarity and creativity we must return to our true selves.  This can be accomplished by:

  1. Practicing meditation because in stillness, we connect with pure awareness.
  2. Practicing non-judgment because judgment creates chaos in our minds, and bodies.
  3. Spend time in nature to reconnect with simplicity.

Law of Giving and Receiving
Everything in life operates in an exchange; we give and receive all day long.  In our gifts, it is important to have the proper intention – why are you giving something?  Is it for purely selfish reasons?  It is important to give for the benefit of others, but also realize that you will eventually receive back what you give.  So, if you want love, you must give love.  You must also work towards being open and receptive to those around you that love you – they are offering you a precious gift and relationship.

Law of Karma or Cause and Effect
Karma is described as an action, and the consequence of that action.  It is important for us to practice conscious decision-making, and realize that there are both good and bad consequences to each choice we make.  To make the best decisions for ourselves and those around us, Chopra would like us to first ask ourselves:

  1. What are the consequences of this choice?
  2. Will the choice I am making bring happiness to me, and around me?

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to think about each choice we make, but we can learn to trust our bodies.  When you ask yourself the above questions, what is your body telling you?  Is it beginning to feel relaxed, or anxious?  Try to listen to what your body is saying, and always work towards choices that will further your evolution as a living and loving person.

Law of Least Effort
Nature functions with effortless ease, harmony, and love.  Instead of fighting each change, nature is receptive, and adapts.  It may seem challenging to accept and adapt to situations we do not anticipate or want, but it is how we grow, and continue to remain happy and healthy in this evolving world.  We will eventually embrace the changes that come, as they are opportunities for new and exciting moments in our lives.  We can work towards embracing change by following these guidelines:

  1. Accept people and situations, as they are, not how you wish they were.
  2. Don’t fight the moments, but intend for change – anticipate it.
  3. Take responsibility for your situation, and allow for a creative response to the situation as it is now, because each situation is an opportunity to evolve.
  4. Defenselessness: give up the need to convince other of your point of view.
  5. Remain open to conversation and changes.

Law of Intention and Desire
When intentions are released in the field of pure potentiality (see Law #1), they have infinite organizing power and potential.  According to Chopra, there are no boundaries between our true inner self, and the extended, outside universe and so if we set our intention, it will eventually change the world outside our bodies.  However, we must hold our intention, without attachment to the outcome. Intention is desire without attachment to the outcome; we hold our intention in the future, with our attention in the present.  Our current awareness influences our future, and it is important to ignore the obstacles that can distract our current attention.  We can harness the power of intention to fulfill our dreams and desires by adhering to the following steps given to us by Chopra:

  1. Center yourself in the silent space between thoughts – in the essential state of being.
  2. Release your intentions and desires with the expectation that they will bloom when the season is right.
  3. Keep your desires to yourself; do not share them with anyone else unless they are closely bonded with you.
  4. Relinquish your attachment to the outcome.
  5. Let the universe handle the details.

It is also helpful to make a list of your intentions and desires, and know that when things don’t go your way there is a reason.  You may have opened yourself up to even more wonderful and perfect opportunities.  Practice present moment awareness in all actions, and don’t allow obstacles to consume your attention.

Law of Detachment
The way to acquire anything in the universe is to relinquish attachment to it.  We don’t give up the intention and we don’t give up the desire, we just give up attachment to the outcome.  This is based on belief in the power of ourselves, and our capacity to create and adapt.  It is important to let go of how things should be, and open ourselves to intention with infinite possibility.  Stay grounded in moments of uncertainty, expectantly waiting for solutions to emerge.

Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life
All spiritual beings have taken physical form to fulfill a purpose.  Each of us are here to discover our true selves, and we each have talents we are here to express.  We are here to serve and love fellow human beings.  It is important to seek our higher selves through spiritual practice, and by utilizing our unique gifts to serve humanity.
Next month, the book selection is Happiness:Essential Mindful Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh and can be purchased here: