[Book Review] 7 Spiritual Laws of Success

“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra is about re-defining success. Traditionally success is seen as sacrifice, hard work, the grind, hammering it out and often at the expense of others.

Deepak suggests another way. He says “success is the ability to fulfill your desires with effortless ease”. The premise of the book is that our natural state is one of abundance and things will flow to us with ease and delight once we access this part of ourselves.

The same laws that nature uses to create a forest, or a galaxy, or a star, or a human body can also bring about the fulfillment of our deepest desires

The Seven Spiritual Laws for manifesting our desires are:

  1. The Law of Pure Potentiality
  2. The Law of Giving
  3. The Law of “Karma” or Cause and Effect
  4. The Law of Least Effort
  5. The Law of Intention and Desire
  6. The Law of Detachment
  7. The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life

Pure Potentiality

This is our spiritual essence. It is our essential nature, it is who we are. Connecting with the deepest part of ourselves is the source of manifesting according to Chopra.

in that knowing itself is the ability to fulfill any dream you have, because you are the eternal possibility , the immeasurable potential of all that is and all that will be.

To understand how to experience our deepest nature, it can help to understand its opposite which is “Self Referral”. This is when we are influenced by objects outside of ourselves which include situations, circumstances, people and things.

we are constantly seeking the approval of others. Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response. It is therefore fear-based.

Pure Potentiality on the other hand is when we:

experience the power of the Self, there is an absence of fear, there is no compulsion to control, and no struggle for approval or external power.

To experience Pure Potentiality we must learn to quieten the mind. It is accessed in the “silent space between thoughts, that inner stillness that connects you to true power.”

The Law of Pure Potentiality can be practiced by the taking the following steps:

  1. Taking time each day to be silent
  2. Commune with nature
  3. Practicing non-judgement – “Today, I shall judge nothing that occurs”

The Law of Giving

The world operates in a dynamic exchange between our bodies, our mind and the universe. It never stays static. It is ever-changing and flowing. Abundance comes from the root word “to flow”.

Deepak defines money as:

a symbol of life energy we exchange and the life energy we use as a result of the service we provide to the universe

He also talks about giving away that which we want. It sounds counter intuitive that spending money increases its flow to us. But he does say:

If your only intention is to hold on to our money and hoard it – since it is life energy, we will stop its circulation back into our lives as well. In order to keep that energy coming to us, we have to keep the energy circulating.

The “giving” must be done with positive energy. It cannot be done grudgingly because there is no energy behind that. The intention must be to create happiness for the giver and receiver.

The Law of Giving can be practiced by:

  1. Practice “Giving” something to everyone you come into contact with
  2. Affirm “I will gratefully receive all the gifts that life has to offer to me”.
  3. Commit to giving and receiving life’s most precious gifts of caring, affection, appreciate and love.

The Law of “Karma” or Cause and Effect

The Law of Karma means “what you sow is what you reap” or in other words for every cause there is an effect. Every action we take generates a force of energy that comes back to us.

Deepak suggest we become conscious aware of the choices we make.

When you make any choice – any choice at all – you can ask yourself two things: First of all, “What are the consequences of this choice that I’m making?” In your heart you will immediately know what these are. Secondly, “Will this choice that I’m making now bring happiness to me and to those around me?

He also suggests we pay attention to the sensations in our body.

At the moment you consciously make a choice, pay attention to your body and ask your body, “If I make this choice, what happens?” If your body sends a message of comfort, that’s the right choice. If your body sends a message of discomfort, then it’s not the appropriate choice

The Law of Karma can be practiced by:

  1. Being consciously present when you make choices
  2. Whenever you make a choice ask yourself two questions “What are the consequences of this choice I’m making?” and “Will this choice bring fulfillment and happiness to me and also to those who are affected by this choice?”
  3. Ask your heart for guidance and be guided by the physical sensations of comfort or discomfort in your body. If the choice feels comfortable, move forward. If the choice feels uncomfortable, I will pause and see the consequences of my actions.

The Law of Least Effort

Rather than scrambling, stressing, panicking and hammering it out, Deepak suggests you move towards your desires with ease and delight under the age old philosophy of “do less and accomplish more”.

It is human nature to make our dreams manifest into physical form, easily and effortlessly

There are many things that can make the achievement of a goal more difficult than it needs to be. Focusing on the ego consumes the greatest amount of energy.

When you seek power and control over other people, you waste energy…… When your actions are motivated by love, your energy multiplies and accumulates – and the surplus energy you gather and enjoy can be channeled to create anything you want.

With any goal or vision, there will be inevitable bumps along the road. How you deal with the challenges and adversity is critical. This is probably the most profound quote in the book, in my opinion.

Every so called upsetting situation will become an opportunity for the creation of something new and beautiful and every so called tormentor or tyrant will become your teacher. Reality is an interpretation. And if you choose to interpret reality in this way, you will have many teachers around you and many opportunities to evolve

You can practice the Law of Least Effort by:

  1. Practicing Acceptance. Affirm “I will accept people, situations and circumstances, and events as they occur.”
  2. Take Responsibility. This means not blaming anyone for your situation and seeing every problem as an opportunity in disguise.
  3. Be Defenselessness. Affirm”I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view”

The Law of Intention and Desire 

Intention is defined as “desire without attachments”.

When action is performed in the present-moment awareness, it is most effective. Your intent is for the future but your attention is in the present. As long as your attention is in the present then your intent for the future will manifest, because the future is created in the present.

“Accept the present and intend the future” is a nice way of putting it.

You can practice the Law of Intention and Desire by:

  1. Making a list of all your desires and look at the list before you go into silence and before you sleep at night.
  2. Practice present moment awareness in all actions.

The Law of Detachment

I am sure everyone has experienced the opposite of the Law of Detachment, in that, the more you wanted something the more you seemed to drive it away from you.

to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachments to it.

Giving up your attachments doesn’t mean you give up your intention to create your desire. You simply give up your attachment to getting a specific result in that moment.

You can practice the Law of Detachment by:

  1. Affirming “I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be. I will not force solutions on problems. I will participate in everything with detached involvement
  2. Accepting the uncertainty of life. The more uncertain things seem to be, the more secure I will feel because uncertainty is my path to freedom.

The Law of Dharma

The Law of Dharma states that we are all here for a higher purpose. According to this law:

you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world – and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfill needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance

You can practice the Law of Dharma by:

  1. Make a list of your unique talents. Then list the things you love to do while expressing your unique talents.
  2. Ask “How Can I serve?” and “How can I help?”. The answers to these questions will allow me to help and serve my fellow human beings with love.

Author: Brian Halpin

Brian is recognized as a leading expert in the personal development world today. He was awarded “Best New Dating Coach” in 2014 and continues to work alongside all the big names in the industry. His mission is to lead and inspire you to raise your standards and be your personal best year on year.

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