Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor, public speaker, world-renowned mind-body healing pioneer, is the author of one of my favorite books, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. This book is the “practical guide to the fulfillment of your dreams.” I’ve read it several times over the past three years and highly recommend it. It’s worth the $16 investment.
It’s already the second month of the New Year and some of you may have already fallen off track or need a spiritual lift. I’ve read the book three times and decided to summarize each chapter for quick reference. Portions of the summary are excerpts as written by Mr. Chopra.
Chapter 1 – The Law of Pure Potentiality
Chapter 1 refers to three major points: meditation, being in silence, and non-judgmental. I think there are degrees of meditation of which I try to do most days. This could mean enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed fruit/vegetable juice while listening to soundscape or classical 20th century music. It could also mean going for a walk, smelling the roses, watching the sunset, or simply being silent. All of it is often taken for granted but I’ve become more conscious in not doing so. As far as being non-judgmental, I think we all struggle with this the most, but once the conscious decision is made to not partake in judging, it can be done.
Chapter 2 – The law of Giving
The Law of Giving simply states you must give to receive. You cannot nor should not do one without the other as you will interfere with the flow and life will become clogged or stagnant. Giving does not always have to be of a material nature. One can give a compliment, a prayer, a smile. It can affect one’s life in ways you may never know of. Always give something to all you come in contact with. Never stop the flow.
Chapter 3 – The Law of “Karma” or Cause and Effect
What we sow is what we reap. Wish happiness and success unto others and it shall be returned to you. Karma is conscious choice making. Karma is all about choices both conscious and unconscious. One should try to be conscious of all choices that are made as they will affect the outcome of life either positively or negatively. While conscious of the choices being made always ask if the outcome of that choice will please you and those around you or will it not? If it won’t, then a different choice should be made. The heart is a lot stronger than most people think and should be relied upon for guidance and be guided by its message of comfort and discomfort.
Chapter 4 – The Law of Least Effort
So we must practice acceptance, knowing that this moment is as it was meant to be because everything else in the universe is as it was meant to be. Don’t fight against it. Responsibility is not blaming others for anything or any situation including myself. As every problem is an opportunity to learn and grow from. Finally, defenselessness, don’t feel the need to be abrasive and defend a point until the dire end. In the end it could cause greater turmoil and problems. Remain open to others and their points of view; be flexible.
Chapter 5 – The Law of Intention and Desire
This law means wonderful things. Make a list of all your great desires and carry them with you at all times. Look at the list during times of silence and meditation, when you wake up and before you go to bed. Release the list into the universe and understand that the cosmic plan is even greater than the one you’ve desired. Finally, remind yourself to be in the present moment and be aware of your actions at all times. Do not allow obstacles to consume and dispel the quality of your present moment.
Chapter 6 – The Law of Detachment
Do not force or impose your ideas or thoughts on others. Doing so can only add and create new problems making matters worse not only for you but for those around you as well. We must also learn to find wisdom in things that are uncertain. Lastly, be open to wavering possibilities in allowing yourself to experience adventure, magic, and the mystery of life.
Chapter 7 – The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life
Everyone has a purpose and a reason in life. Coupled with helping others will give us such joy and piece about our own spirit which is the ultimate goal. Through the Law of Dharma one must become intone with the god or goddess embryo that is within us and pay attention to the spirit. Also become aware of our very unique talent that only we can do and do it the way we do. Those talents are unique, so unique that as we do them we lose track of time because it becomes our passion. Finally, always see how you can be of service to humanity verses what can humanity do for you. This all goes back to – it’s better to give than to receive.