Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra, author and world-leader in holistic health and human potential says he uses the same principles that nature uses to create everything. By incorporating this knowledge into our consciousness we gain the ability to create unlimited wealth with effortless ease and to experience success in every endeavour. Deepak Chopra exhorts us to put ourselves in harmony with nature, and create with carefreeness, love and joy.
Amber Allen Publishing and New World Library, 110 p, Rs. 199
Success is defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realisation of worthy goals to fulfill your desires with effortless ease. When we experience life as the miraculous expression of divinity - all the time - we will know the true meaning of success. We are divinity in disguise, and success is the unfolding of this divinity within us.

All processes of creation are processes through which the self or divinity expresses itself. Law is the process by which the unmanifest becomes manifest.

1. Law of Pure Potentiality
In our essential state, we are pure consciousness. The field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. Attributes of consciousness are pure knowledge, infinite silence, perfect balance, invincibility, simplicity and bliss. When we discover our essential nature and know who we really are, in that knowing itself is the ability to fulfill any dream we have.
This law is also the law of unity - there is no separation between us and the field of energy.

Experience of self - our internal reference point - is our own spirit. Not object-referral - which is ego based. Self referral is the absence of fear, lack of the need to control and lack of need for approval. Object referral is seeking others approval, awaiting response, fear based, the need to control things and need for external power.

The true self is immune to criticism, beneath no one yet not superior and respects all. Self power is permanent and is based on the knowledge of the self. It draws people to you. The ego is your self image, your social mask.

Get in touch with your innermost essence of your being. Beyond ego. Be fearless, be immune to criticism, be beneath none, superior to none. A life of magic and mystery.
All relationship is a reflection of your relationship with yourself. Only intimacy with the self can bring true beauty. Pure potentiality is infinite creativity, pure knowledge. Go beyond the turbulence of your inner dialogue to connect with the abundant, affluent creative mind.

Access the perfect balance of stillness and movement. When you acknowledge this exquisite coexistence of opposites, you align yourself with energy. The combination of stillness and movement enables you to unleash your creativity in all directions. In the midst of movement carry your stillness within you. Today I shall judge nothing that occurs.

To access self-power - Practice 1) silence, 2) meditation and 3) non judgment, Spend time in nature.
1) Practice silence - Simply BE for one hour every day.
2) Meditate for 30 minutes. You will experience through meditation the field of pure silence and pure awareness. Experience stillness and you can introduce a faint impulse of intention and the desire to create. Stillness is the first requirement to manifest.
3) Non judgement - Judgment constricts flow of energy between you and the field of pure potentiality. You judge to feel relevant and important. When you cut it out you create a gap between thoughts. The gap is the connection to the field of pure potential. Non judgment crates silence in your mind.

2) The Law of Giving and Receiving
The universe operates through dynamic exchanges of give and take. The flow of life is the harmonious interaction of all the elements and forces that structure the field of existence. Because  your body, mind and the universe are in constant and dynamic exchange, stopping the circulation of energy is like stopping the flow of blood.

Give and receive to keep stuff circulating. Money is a symbol of the life energy we exchange. Circulation keeps it alive and vital. Receiving is the same thing as giving. The more you give the more you will receive.

Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given. If through the act of giving, you feel you have lost something, then the gift is not truly given and will not increase. If you give grudgingly there is no energy behind the giving

The intention behind giving and receiving should be to create happiness for the giver and receiver. Happiness is life supporting and life sustaining. Giving has to be joyful. Then the energy behind giving increases many times over. Law of giving - whatever you want, give to the others. If you want joy, give joy to others. To get what you want, help others get what they want. Bless everyone with all the good things in life. Thought has the power to transform. Decide - any time you come in contact with anyone, give them a blessing. Silently. Give, give. We are inherently affluent. If you seek things for yourself and for others, all else will come spontaneously.

1) Give a gift to everyone, a smile, a blessing can also be a gift
2) Gratefully receive all the gifts life offers
3) Keep wealth circulating in your life by giving and receiving caring, affection, appreciation and love.

3. The Law of Karma of Cause and Effect
Karma is conscious choice making. We are infinite choice makers. All that's happening now is the result of choices made in the past. Everything is a choice. We need not be conditioned reflexes.

Most of us have repetitive and predictable responses. Don't choose unconsciously.

Out of all choices there is only one choice that will create happiness for you as well and those around you. And when you make that one action, it ill result in spontaneous right action. It causes sensations in your body and helps you make decisions. Pay attention to your body. If you feel comfort its the right decision.

We can use the law of karma to create all we want anytime. But first be aware that our future is generated by the choices we are making every moment. Make use of conscious choices.
Convert adversity into benefit.

By becoming conscious choice makers we generate actions that are evolutionary for us. And that's all we need to do.

1) Witness the choices you make each moment. Bring it to your conscious awareness. To prepare for any moment in the future be fully conscious in the present.
2) For every choice - what are the consequences and will they bring happiness and fulfillment to me and those who are affected by the choice
3) Ask my heart for guidance through the feelings of comfort and discomfort

4) Law of Least Effort
The principle of least action, no resistance, of harmony and love. When we learn this lesson from nature we easily fulfill our desires. In nature things don't try - they just do.
Least effort is expended when your actions are motivated by love. Then there s no waste of energy.
Attention to the ego consumes greatest energy.
If you know how to store, generate and expend energy in an efficient way you can create any amount of wealth.

1) Acceptance - as things are, as people are
2) Responsibility - not blaming anyone including yourself, thinking up a creative responses to the situation
3) Defencelessnes - don't convince or persuade others to see your Point of View
Don't defend. Embrace the moment. Be open to all POVs. When the season is right your desires will manifest.

5) Law of Intention and Desire
Energy and information exist everywhere. everything is energy and information. The difference between us and someone or something (a tree for instance) is the field of energy and information through our physical body. The universe is our extended body which means that we can influence our physical body and the extended body.

Attention and intention are the two qualities that are inherent in consciousness. Attention energises, intention transforms. What you put your attention on will grow stronger. Quality of intention on object of attention will transform. Use intent for benefit of mankind.

Intention is the real power behind desire (Intent is desire without attachment to the outcome. Desire is weak because it is attention with attachment.) Intention + detachment leads to life-centred awareness. Intent is future, attention is present. Accept the present as is.

Past (recollection), present (awareness), future (anticipation) are all properties of consciousness.
Time is the movement of thought. Past and future are imagination, present is real

When freed from the burdens of the past, action becomes a fertile ground for creation for future.

Intention grounded in the detached freedom by the present, serves as the catalyst for the right mix of energy and matter to create whatever you want.

If you have life-centred, present-moment awareness, then imaginary obstacles (99.9%) disappear.

One point intention - fixity of purpose. Total and complete exclusion of all obstacles from your consciousness. If you harness the power of intention, you can create anything you desire

5 steps to create
1) Step into the gap (the silent space between thoughts)
2) Established in that state, release your intention and desire
3) Remain in self-referral state
4) Relinquish attachment to the outcome
5) Let the Universe handle the details

1) Make a list of all your desires, carry the list everywhere and look at it frequently
2) Release this list of desires and surrender it to the womb of creation
3) Practice present moment awareness in all actions

5) Law of Detachment
To acquire anything in the physical universe you have to relinquish your attachment to it. Don't give up intention, don't give up desire, but give up your attachment to the result. It's powerful when you combine one-point intention with detachment to the result and you will have that which you desire.

Attachment is based on fear and insecurity. Need for security is based on not knowing the true self. The source of wealth, of anything in the physical world is the self. It is the consciousness that knows how to fulfill, every need.

Attachment indicates poverty consciousness, attachment to symbols. Detachment is wealth consciousness,the freedom to create. From detached involvement one can have only joy and laughter. Then symbols are created effortlessly.

For true wealth consciousness (to have anything, anytime with least effort) you must be grounded in the wisdom of uncertainty. In uncertainty you will find the freedom to create anything you want.
You cannot seek security. It is elusive, an illusion. It never comes from money. Attachment to money will create insecurity

Search for security is an attachment to the known, the past. There is no growth.

Uncertainty is the ground of creativity and freedom. It is the stepping into the unknown every moment, the field of all possibilities. It opens to the creation of new manifestations. Relinquish attachment and you step into the field of all possibilities. With uncertainty you could change direction any moment. You are less likely to force solutions at any moment, It enables you to stay alert to opportunities. Detachment accelerates process of evolution. Don't force.

With uncertainty, you will have excitement, adventure, fun. Uncertainty is the right path. When you get attached, you shut out a range of possibilities. All possibilities, infinite correlation in time-space bring the intended outcome.

Attachment freezes desires and messes with the fluidity of creation. Detachment gives infinite possibilities between A and B.

Your state of alertness meets your intention and allows you to seize opportunity. Opportunities are contained in every problem. When preparation meets opportunity the solution will appear spontaneously. Preparedness + opportunity + alert witnessing = evolutionary benefit

1) Commit to the law of detachment. Allow yourself and others the freedom to be as they are. Don't impose ideas on how to be or do. Do not force solutions on problems. Participate in everything with detached involvement.
2) Factor in uncertainty as an essential ingredient of your experience. The more uncertain things are, the more secure you will feel. Uncertainty is your path to freedom. Through your uncertainty you will find your security.
3) Step into the field of all possibilities and anticipate the excitement that can occur when you remain open to infinite choices. Life is fun, adventure, magic and mystery.

7. Law of Dharma, of Purpose
We have a purpose to fulfill. We have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it - for which there are unique needs. When the needs of the world are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfil needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance.

Tell your children to find out that reason, the purpose why. Ask yourself how you can serve humanity, ask what your unique talents are . You have a unique talent and a special way of expressing that talent.

First component of purpose - each of us is here to discover our true self, we are spiritual beings in human form to discover our higher self, to express our divinity
Second component - to express our unique talents in our unique way of expression. When we are doing that one thing we lose track of time, that one unique talent allows you to access timeless awareness
Third component - service to humanity, how can I help all those I come into contact with. Combine your unique talent with service to humanity. You will achieve abundance. Permanent abundance
To think of what's-in-it-for-me is ego

To access law of Dharma
1) Seek your higher self through spiritual practices
2) Discover your unique talents, enjoy yourself, practice state of bliss
3) - How are you best suited to serve humanity. Answer that question and put it into practice

Discover your divinity, serve humanity and you can generate all the wealth you want.
When your creative experiences match the needs of your fellow humans, you can generate all the wealth

1) Pay attention to the god, the spirit that animates your body and awake yourself to the deep stillness within your heart.
2) List your unique talents. List all that you have to do while experiencing your unique talents. Employ unique talents in service to humanity - you lose track of time and create abundance
3) Ask yourself - how can I serve, help. The answer will allow you to help and serve human beings with love

Deepak Chopra explains how every cell in our body operates with the same principles given above and how it is but a natural process. There is a logical flow from the law of pure potentiality which is experienced through silence, meditation, non-judgement and communion with nature, but which is activated by the law of giving. Give what you seek. That's how the Law of Pure Potentiality is activated. Through the actions in the Law of giving we activate the Law of Karma. You don't expend lot of effort to fulfill your desires which is the Law of least effort. When our desires get fulfilled we understand the law of intention and desire. Fulfilling desires  effortlessly makes it easy to practice the Law of detachment. As you begin to understand the above laws you focus on your true purpose which leads to the Law of dharma and purpose.

I do believe that following these practices will help immensely in creating a field of consciousness that is higher than otherwise. It is time to practice the routines - all else will follow.

Thanks Suresh for yet another invaluable book that you gifted me. After the 'Tao of Abundance' which completely changed my outlook to abundance, and 'The Richest Man in Babylon' which is an amazingly practical guide to get rich, this book joins those other two wonderful books in my shelf. One to practice and to imbibe. 

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