Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success outlines principles of spirituality that can be applied to our everyday lives for well being and success. Below, you will find summaries of all 7 rules and the steps you can take to follow them.
This rule is all about discovering the power of the self. Applying this rule to your life means you realize that your true self is not the ego. You understand that titles and objects are not true representations of who you are. There is an understanding of a deeper or higher consciousness that lives in all of us and everything around us, unifying all things. By coming to believe this is true, Deepak says, you access balance and an endless reservoir of creativity.
Here, Deepak discusses how the universe operates through dynamic exchange. Everything is give and take. The application of this rule involves the realization that you get out from the world what you put into it. What is vital to keep in mind, however, is that your intention when giving is just as important, if not more, than the actual gift. Give with unconditional love, joy, and positivity and you will find it all returned to you.
We have all heard about karma before. This rule takes a slightly different approach, however, and focuses more on the act of conscious decision making. To apply this rule you need to realize that ever decision you make has consequences for you and for those around you. Even your reaction to somebody else’s actions or words is a decision you need to consciously make. Ask your true self before taking any action, big or small, what the consequences will be and will this bring joy to yourself and others. A positive answer to both those questions will help move you forward.
You can think of this as the principle of the path of least resistance. Nature gives us great examples of plants and animals finding ways to expend the least amount of energy to obtain their goals. Deepak discusses how the ego feeds off of energy to gain power, control, and wealth for personal gain alone. By focusing on the wants of your ego, you are actually draining yourself. He says that we should instead get in touch with our true selves and use love as the motivation for our actions.
Attention and intention are the two factors involved in making conscious change. As Deepak puts its, “your intent is for the future, but your attention is in the present”. You must accept the present as it is and not struggle against. Realize that your future is created in the present. Another way to look at it is that by focusing completely on the present, future problems and anxieties will not exist. Those are created in your head anyways, which distracts you from the present. By remembering your intention as you are fully giving attention to the present, you will help generate the intended result in the future.
Attachment to objects, goals, situations, and people is driven by a neediness of the ego. By being in touch with your true self, your get rid of the fears and insecurities of the ego. This also opens you up to the realm of uncertainty where there are endless possibilities. You still set goals, but you don’t become married to a specific way of achieving them. Allowing for this uncertainty also provides you with more flexibility if, along the way to one goal, you realize there might be something more exciting in a different direction. When you are alert and aware that every moment could hold a myriad of opportunities, you set yourself up for success. The success happens when your preparedness meets opportunity.
Dharma is Sanskrit for “purpose in life” Everyone has a unique talent and way of expressing that talent. In order to live by this rule, we must first come to realize that our true self is a spiritual self. We must then find our unique talents. Finally, we must figure out a way to express that talent in a way that benefits humanity and our world. By doing these three things, with positive and loving intentions, Deepak argues we can achieve true wealth and abundance.
I found Deepak Chopra’s book (available on Amazon) to be very insightful and thought provoking. I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself as he goes into deeper detail and provides further explanation than what I have outlined above.
All 7 principles feed into each other. According to Deepak, by actively leading a life that incorporate all seven of these rules, you will be able to live a truly fulfilling life.
Regardless of religious affiliations or personal beliefs, I think we can all agree that this is how to live our best lives:
Be mindful and fully aware of the present moment. Act and speak from a place of kindness, love, compassion, and understanding. Make sure your goals and dreams are truly yours and not that of your ego. Be open to the endless possibilities life has to offer. Do your best to serve and better humanity.