“Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. Success is the ability to fulfill your desires with effortless ease.”
– Deepak Chopra
Have you found success in life?
Success is so much more than just material wealth. We are spiritual beings, and wealth is simply one dimension of success. Fulfilling relationships, freedom from fear, and the joy of self-discipline—these are important indications of our success that often get overlooked in the rush to earn a dollar.
Deepak Chopra wrote one of my favorite books of all time, and it’s about bringing all these additional dimensions of success into our lives. When friends and colleagues tell me they feel like their life has no balance, I recommend this book. When someone seems like they are struggling to get ahead, when their ambition is there but they’re working long, exhausting hours and getting nowhere, I give them this book.
I’m writing this blog post to give a very brief introduction in case you haven’t heard of it.
Published in 1994, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success covers seven simple principles you can apply to your personal life to find success. It’s in the “mysticism” or “spirituality” section of your local bookstore, but trust me on this one … it’s not New-age, feel-good stuff. In fact, the subtitle is A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams.
(I’m a BIG fan of practical …)
What really made an impact on me was the “universal meditation” section, in which Chopra asks the reader to focus on a specific spiritual law each day. This practice helped me to be more centered and aware of synchronicities. This practice requires an open mind, but it rewards the reader with inner calm and serenity and a powerful sense of presence.
Since there are seven principles, you should focus on a different law each day of the week. Each morning, read the law for that day (written on an index card), then go over the applications suggested (I had them written on the backs of the cards). The seven spiritual laws are easy to understand and apply to your life. Chopra suggests meditating on each one, then keeping it in your thoughts as you go through your daily routine.
Hopefully these laws will resonate with you as much as they have with me.
Sunday: The Law of Pure Potentiality
- What are you?
- Are you a skin sack full of meat and bones destined to die?
- Yes, you are. But what are you, really? You are pure consciousness, and your spiritual essence holds limitless power. You are pure potentiality.
Chopra suggests that when you define yourself by physical things (other people, situations, titles, possessions, accomplishments), you are engaging in a state of object-referral. These external objects are always changing, so your identity will be unstable as long as it is tied to them. You might feel good when your business is booming or your spouse is happy with you. But you will feel powerless and insecure when business is bad and your relationship is on the rocks.
A self-referral state, on the other hand, gives you an internal sense of joy regardless of what is happening around you because you aren’t identified with transient objects or events. Fear drops away and there is no need to struggle for approval or external power.
Pure Potentiality and a self-referral state begin with you making a commitment to practice silence. Set aside a certain amount of time to simply BE. Sit alone in silent meditation each day for approximately 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening.
Monday: The Law of Giving & Receiving
On this day, contribute something, however small, to every encounter in your life. Don’t take the gifts you receive for granted! Whether it’s the sound of birds, your paycheck, or a compliment from a stranger … Recognize and appreciate it.
Also remember to give these gifts back into the world. You keep wealth and abundance circulating in your life by giving that which you seek.
Tuesday: The Law of Karma (or Cause and Effect)
On this day, before you make any action, ask yourself: Will it bring happiness to yourself and those around you? Choices you make today have consequences. Or, to put it another way,“You reap what you sow.”
Wednesday: The Law of Least Effort
Have you heard the phrase “Do less, accomplish more”? Is this really a reasonable expectation?
This law isn’t about being lazy. It’s about accepting the way things are while also taking responsibility. You have the ability to respond creatively to a situation as it is now, so you are truly in a position of responsibility.
Another takeaway with this law is to relinquish the need to defend your point of view. Don’t be defensive. Justifying yourself and your actions in the eyes of others is an enormous waste of energy. This also means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation (and this includes yourself).
Thursday: The Law of Intention and Desire
Chopra makes a pretty convincing argument that the desire for something always … always … comes with a way to make it a reality. How do you apply the Law of Intention and Desire? Make a list of your desires and remind yourself to practice present-moment awareness in all actions. Intention combined with detachment leads to life-centered, present-moment awareness.
Friday: The Law of Detachment
The Seven Spiritual Laws tells the reader about something called “the wisdom of uncertainty”…And I quote: “In the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning.”
Seek your higher self through spiritual practice. Ask yourself how you are best suited to serve humanity using your unique talents. Then put the answers into practice.
Saturday: The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life
Although it’s sometimes hard to remember, the solutions to your problems are contained in the Universe. You have to develop sensitivity to this greater intelligence and allow it to work through you.
In nature, creation is effortless. An acorn doesn’t struggle to become a tree―it does so with grace and ease. There are countless stars in the universe spinning in harmony while billions of cells in every organism fulfill their purpose without having to fight to do it.
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