The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Back in 1996, Deepak Chopra, wrote a best-selling book which continues to inspire countless millions today. The name of that book was simply ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’ and has been reprinted countless times since then.
I first came across this little book in 2004 when I started my own spiritual journey, and I still find tremendous value in it today, which I’d like to share with you.
The hallmark of a great book is that it can be revisited many times yet still stay fresh. Each time your consciousness evolves, passages will take on new meaning, and new insights will come into your awareness.
Awareness is a quirky thing – you and I can look at the same thing but you will only see what your ‘inner vibration’ will allow at that moment in time, and I will see what mine will allow. Another way of putting it — you see the world as you are.
Our perspectives may be broadly the same, or they may be very different but they will never be exactly the same! Just think about something as mundane as a movie you really like… you might like it but one friend might be lukewarm about it and another friend might hate it!
Many people today are overly concerned with following outer man-made laws, rules and regulations… and even scientific laws deal mainly with the physical aspects of the Universe, offering little respite for weary souls.
Only more recent discoveries in quantum science point to the infinite possibilities within us, and within our day-to-day lives.
Those who wish to live a life of joy, filled with success on every level need to look deeper into that which cannot be seen, and hear that which cannot be recorded or measured by scientific instruments.
Certainly, there comes a a point in every human being’s life when the support of the outer world fails, and we are each forced to look inward. At first this can be a painful process because it is no easy thing to acknowledge the role we have played in shaping our own reality but, with time and awareness, we may find our own brilliance inside; the ‘diamond’ of the Self that is untouched by the decay of the outer world.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy … title to eternal life sure through the Christ Consciousness….” Matthew 6;19
The Christ Consciousness or ‘Atma’ is within each man, woman and child. It is not ‘out there’ somewhere to be found!
The power of learning and applying the ‘Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’ is that not only do they bring us back to the joy of present-moment awareness, but they also bring material and financial success!
They could also be called the ‘Seven Spiritual Laws of Life’, because these are the same principles that nature uses to create everything in material existence.
If there’s one thing that turns regular people off spirituality today is the saying that ‘money is evil’ or some other such nonsense (said by spiritually minded people!) that has nothing to do with the reality of living a full life.
We need money to buy food (if we don’t grow it ourselves) and clothing, pay our bills, pay for our education or our children’s, make donations to those less fortunate and so on!
The correct use of money also brings blessings to ourselves and others; for example, we can build beautiful architecture, schools, health centres, yoga centres, create beautiful pieces of art and music… create documentaries and films that inspire and uplift…. none of this can happen in today’s world without some sort of financial outlay.
Hoarding money and usurping material power for one’s personal gain whilst allowing others to suffer needlessly, that is what has caused all of the ills of this world.
The seven spiritual laws build on each other, and interweave. Through the holographic principle of interconnectedness, when you focus your energy on one of them, others are also activated through ‘sympathetic resonance’.
So, what are the laws, and what do they mean exactly?
The Seven Laws of Success
- The Law of Pure Potentiality
- The Law of Giving
- The Law of ‘Karma’ (or Cause and Effect)
- The Law of Least Effort
- The Law of Intention and Desire
- The Law of Detachment
- The Law of ‘Dharma’ (or Purpose in Life)
Whilst I obviously recommend reading the book (several times over), the following points may be helpful to those who are either new to these concepts or those who wish to have a deeper understanding.
1. THE LAW OF PURE POTENTIALITY
We are, in our essential state, beyond the programming and hypnosis of the conditioned mind, pure, unbroken consciousness. Pure consciousness is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity.
In that knowing is the ability to fulfill any dream you might have. The law could also be called the Law of Unity because in the infinite diversity of life we see around us is the unity of the one spirit or energy that underpins it. You are not separate from the field of consciousness.
How to apply the law:
If you want to enjoy the benefits of the field of pure potentiality, then you have to consciously access it. One way to access it is through the daily practice of silence, meditation and non-judgment. Spending time in nature will also give you access to it, bringing forth qualities inherent in the field: creativity, freedom and bliss.
2. THE LAW OF GIVING
This law could also be called the Law of Giving and Receving…
The Universe operates through dynamic exchange – giving and receiving are different aspects of the same flow of energy. Nothing is static. Your body is in constant and dynamic exchange with the ‘body’ of the Universe; your mind is interacting with the Greater Mind – the ‘mind’ of the Cosmos. Your energy is part of the expression of energy flowing through the Cosmos.
Consider this deeply. Feel it when you meditate.
In our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the Universe circulating in our lives.
How to apply the law:
To put the Law of Giving into effect, make a commitment to always give a gift wherever you go, whomever you encounter. It could be a compliment, a flower or a prayer. Also make it part of your journey to gratefully receive all the gifts that come your way. Some people are good givers but terrible receivers – they ‘shoo’ the gifts away. Why rob someone else the pleasure of giving you a gift?
Last, but not least, make a commitment to keep wealth circulating in your life by giving and receiving life’s most precious gifts: the gifts of caring, affection, appreciation, and love.
However, we must not treat this law with cynicism… if we give only to get something in return the benefit of the action is lost.
3. THE LAW OF ‘KARMA’
We sow what we reap in consciousness. ‘Like’ attracts ‘like’, says the Law of Attraction. Every thought, word and action taken generates a force of energy that returns to us in like measure. When we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of that karma is happiness and success.
When we choose actions that bring unhappiness to others, we suffer. Yet, this is not a type of punishment from God. Most people used the word Karma pejoratively, and ignorantly.
Karma is an opportunity for you to ‘know thyself’. To see clearly the ‘return’ of energy is to understand the deepest aspects of the human psyche.
A lot of us make choices unconsciously, so we don’t think we are making choices – and, yet, they are. I could offend you and you could make the choice of not being offended, rather than reacting. However, most of us have become bundles of conditioned reflexes that are constantly being triggered by people and circumstances.
To break the cycle of a conditioned response, we simply have to practise ‘witnessing’ . If you step back for a moment and witness the choices you are making as you make them, then in just this act of witnessing, you take the whole process from the unconscious realm into the conscious.
How to apply the law:
Ask yourself two questions when you make any choice:
a) What are the consequences of this choice? (The answer may be complex as you ‘penetrate’ all outcomes with your mind
b) Will this choice that I’m making now bring happiness to me and to those around me? (To be inclusive of others shows you are aware of how this law operates; the ego or conditioned mind often knows nothing of it, and cares nothing of it).
Finally, ask your heart for guidance and be guided by its message of comfort or discomfort. If the choice feels comfortable, you can plunge ahead with abandon. If the choice feels uncomfortable, you must pause and consider the consequences of your intended action(s), using your inner sight.
4. THE LAW OF LEAST EFFORT
This fourth law is based on the fact that nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease. This is the principle of least action, and of no resistance. Remember, what your resist, persists… when you fight, you unconsciously affirm there is a barrier to overcome.
When we learn the lesson of non-resistance, we much more easily fulfill our deepest desires because those desires are in harmony with us, with our pure potentiality:
“Grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim, they just swim. Flowers don’t try to bloom, they bloom. Birds don’t try to fly, the fly. This is their intrinsic nature.”
We’re not talking about frivolous wants, glorified by an ego that always wants ‘more’ and is never satisfied with what it has, but desires that spring from an authentic sense of Being that will bring a gift to the world (see the third law).
How to apply the law:
There are three components. The first is acceptance.
Affirm, “Today, I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur.”
Remember, this moment is perfect, as it should be. It may not be to your liking but the Universe never makes a mistake… ever. (That’s a tough one to accept, let alone live but let it ‘marinade’ a little in your own consciousness).
Secondly, having accepted things as they are, take 100% responsibility for your situation and for all the events you see as problems. Taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation.
Remember, every problem is an opportunity in disguise.
Thirdly, allow your awareness to be rooted in defenslessness. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view.
Affirm, “Today, I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.”
5. THE LAW OF INTENTION AND DESIRE
“Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment.”
The fifth spiritual law of success is based on the fact that energy and information exist everywhere in the quantum field, which is just another label for the field of pure potentiality.
The quantum field is continuously influenced by intention and desire. A flower, a rainbow, a tree, a blade of grass, a human body, when broken down to their smallest, most essential, components are made up of energy and information. The Universe is a great dance of energy and information. The only difference between you and a tree is the informational content and energy of your respective bodies!
On the material level, both you and the tree are made up of the same recycled elements: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and other elements in minute amounts.
The difference is in how energy and information is organised and expressed.
We humans are privileged as a species because we have a nervous system that is capable of becoming aware of the energy and information content of that localised that gives rise to our physical body. We experience this subjectively as our own thoughts, feelings, emotions, desires, memories, instincts, drives and beliefs.
Your body is not separate from the body of the Universe – it is only in your mind that everything can be dissected, or ‘cut up’ into parts for analysis. Everything seems distinct and separate through our normal perceptual filters.
Yet not only is the human nervous system capable of becoming aware of the information and energy of its own quantum field but you can change the informational content that gives rise to your physical body! You can even influence the energy and informational content of your ‘extended body’ – your environment, or world – and cause things to manifest in it.
This conscious change is brought about by two qualities inherent in consciousness: attention and intention. Attention energises, intention transforms.
Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life, whether wanted or unwanted (Law of Attraction 101 people!).
Intention, on the other hand, triggers transformation of energy and information. Intention organises its own fulfillment. The quality of your intention depends on your level of Presence, how much you have let go of identification with the egoic self/mind.
How to apply the law:
Make a list of your desires, carry the list with you and look at this list before going into silence and meditation Look at it before you go to sleep at night and first thing when you wake up.
Release this list of desires to the ‘womb of creation’, that which exists within the field of pure potentiality. Trust that your desires will come to fruition at the perfect time – and take action when you get that inner nudge!
Practice present moment awareness in all your actions. Be absolutely present and alert in all that you do, and refuse to allow obstacles to consume and dissipate the quality of your attention in the Now.
6. THE LAW OF DETACHMENT
“In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty… in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning.”
The Law of Detachment is the sixth law, and says that in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it. This sort of attachment can be likened to a grasping… a neediness.
This is a powerful thing to do because the moment you relinquish your attachment to the result, combining one-pointed intention with detachment, at the same time, you will surely have the essence of your desire.
“Let go and let God” is an expression that springs to mind.
Detachment is based on true power – the power of the Self (which is real). Attachment is based on fear and insecurity.
The source of wealth, of abundance, or anything else in the physical world is the Self; it is our deepest consciousness that knows how to fulfill every true need. Everything else is a symbol or reflection of that: cars, houses, bank notes, clothing… symbols are transitory, they come and go. Chasing symbols creates anxiety, and ends up making you feel hollow and empty inside because you exchange what is true (your Real Self) for illusion (‘Maya’).
Attachment comes from poverty consciousness, because attachment is always to symbols. People are constantly seeking security (‘what will happen to me in the future?’), but seeking security is a very ephemeral thing. Even if you win 100 million dollars tomorrow, you will never be secure – in fact, it’s well known that having more money will amplify existing patterns within the psyche, including agitation and anxiety (‘is my money safe?’ ‘what’s going to happen to the stock markets tomorrow?’ ‘will my money become worthless?’ ‘where should I invest my money?’)
Detachment is synonymous with wealth consciousness. To be grounded in this experience you have to be grounded in the wisdom of uncertainty. In this uncertainty you will find the freedom to create anything you truly want.
How to apply the law:
Make a commitment to the Law of Detachment by following these steps:
Allow yourself and those around you the freedom to be as the are. Affirm, “I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be. I will not force solutions on problems, thereby creating new ones. I will participate in everything with joyful detachment.”
Become friends with uncertainty. In our willingness to accept uncertainty, trust that solutions will spontaneously arise out of nowhere (‘now here’).
Step into the field of all possibilities and be open to what arises. Affirm, “when I step into the field of all possibilities, I will experience all the fun, adventure, magic, and mystery of life.”
7. THE LAW OF ‘DHARMA’
Everyone and everything has a purpose in life.
When we blend our unique talents with service to others, we experience the ecstasy of our own spirit. This is the Ultimate Goal of all.
The Law of Dharma says we have taken manifestation in a physical form to fulfill a purpose. The field of pure potentiality is Divinity is its essence, and the Divine takes on specific material forms to fulfil a purpose.
According to this law, you have at least one unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. With every unique talent and 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.
How to apply the law:
There are three components to the Law of Dharma.
The first says that each of us is here to discover our true Self, to find out on our own that our true Self is spiritual.
“We’re not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences – it’s the other way around: we’re spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences.”
So, make the commitment to pay attention to your spirit today, and each day henceforth. Awaken to the deep stillness within your heart.
The second component is to express your unique talents. You have a talent that is unique in its expression, and when you’re doing that one thing, you lose track of time.
Make a list of your unique talents, and all the things you love to do that makes use of them. Affirm, “when I use my talents, I create abundance in my life as well as in the life of others.”
The third component is service to humanity. This is critical. When you combine the ability to express your unique talent with service to humanity, then you make full use of the Law of Dharma.
This is the real way abundance is achieved.
Ask the question, “how can I be of service?” rather than “what’s in it for me?” as so many do. The former is the internal dialogue of the spirit, the latter is the internal dialogue of the ego.
In shifting your internal dialogue, you enter into the domain of your spirit, unbounded by time and space.
Universal Intelligence operates through The Seven Spiritual Laws.
If you look at any cell in the human body, you will see through its functioning the expression of these laws. Every cell, whether it’s a stomach cell, a heart cell, or a brain cell, has its birth in the Law of Pure Potentiality.
We are each born from ‘nothingness’ – or, better said, no-thing-ness. We are created from an invisible cell that exists only in the field of Pure Potentiality.
DNA is a perfect example of pure potentiality. The same DNA exists in every cell, yet expresses itself in different ways to fulfill the unique requirements of that particular cell.
Each cell also operates through the Law of Giving, the Law of Karma, the Law of Least Effort, the Law of Intention and Desire, the Law of Detachment and the Law of Dharma.
Reflect on these laws every day and start to incorporate them into your life. If you do, you will rediscover your Real Self, and miracles will happen. The old will fall away easily to be replaced by new beginnings, real abundance that springs from a genuine source.