Hindu writer Deepak Chopra explains some common principles of successful people.
For many, the concept of success is linked to money, power and the material. We have been raised to believe that to be successful we have to work tirelessly, with unyielding persistence and intense ambition, and our success only seems to have value in the approval of others.
To show that we are successful, you have to wear designer clothes, have a beautiful girl, a successful profession, a good position, a good car, etc … building a path of suffering, far from a true sense of personal development, emotional well-being and turned away from our own desires.
What are the laws that govern free spirits?
Imagine an executive driven by an attempt to achieve success and triumph in his profession, who dedicates himself so eagerly to achieve it that, when he reaches it, he realizes that he has lost everything else, including his own wife and his friends. children. As a result, the only respect he receives is from his subordinates, the same ones who do not want to lose their job. He has money, power and is in one of the highest positions in his company, but loneliness and emotional fatigue make him wonder if it was worth getting here.
As Deepak Chopra has observed, so much effort is not necessary or even counterproductive to achieve success. Do not forget that success is a subjective experience and has to do with being well in different areas of our life. In his book “The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success”, the author reviews the rules and principles necessary to achieve success.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is not to be successful in a certain thing that you do, but to achieve a sense of success in general. Success is what leads us to have a satisfying and meaningful life, a full life.
1. Law of pure potentiality
This law is based on the fact that we are all, essentially, pure consciousness . That is, being aware is pure potentiality; a state of infinite creativity and potentiality. When you discover your natural essence and connect with who you really are, that same knowledge is the ability to achieve true success, because you are in eternal success and time is in your favor, not against you.
This law was also known as the law of unity, because despite the complexity of life, especially today in the globalized world in which we live, “being fully aware” is necessary to preserve the spirit.
That is why, at present, the practice of mindfulness or Mindfulness is so successful, because this state of consciousness and calm helps to self-regulate behavior and get to know each other better, in addition to creating an environment conducive to personal well-being. The Mindfulness is consciously and intentionally tune with what is happening within us and around us, and allows automation unmask and promote integral development.
2. Law of giving and receiving
The State of Flow in life is nothing more than the harmonious interaction of all the elements that structure our existence. Giving and receiving maintains the richness and influx of interpersonal relationships. Although many think that constant giving is a symptom of weakness, both giving and receiving have important psychological effects: they reduce stress , improve self-esteem, etc.
Helping others without expecting to receive anything in return brings more profit than we think: a study by the Foundation for Mental Health in the UK has shown that being altruistic is beneficial for our health. But if we also receive, this provides us with a balance that keeps us alive. Happiness is closely related to healthy interpersonal relationships, and this applies to all areas of our life, even with co-workers.
3. Law of Karma (or cause and effect)
The Karma is action and result of the action. The law of Karma is important, because it warns us that if we do something bad (or that is considered bad), this will have negative consequences for us. We may get our way sometime, but we will surely receive something similar at some point in our lives.
Karma places us, warns us and allows us to choose. It tells us that what happens to us is a consequence of our actions, and enables us to reflect on ourselves to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Therefore, Karma is not a punishment, it is an opportunity to grow.
4. Law of least effort
Surely you have ever heard that “less is more”, and you have heard of the law of least effort. This law comes to represent exactly this. This is the principle of least action, and no resistance. This is, therefore , the principle of love and harmony.
This law does not mean that we must be immobile and passive in the face of life, but rather that when actions are motivated by love (towards others and towards oneself), they do not require so much effort. For example, when we do things reluctantly, it will be difficult for us to move. But when we do things with passion, that is, with love towards what we like, we enter a State of Flow or “flow”.
This law has three fundamental principles:
- Acceptance : When we treat facts and life with acceptance towards ourselves and others, we feel relieved. This moment is as it should be, for the entire universe is as it should be. For example, when we feel frustrated with someone or something, we do not feel frustrated or upset by a person or by a situation, but by the feelings we have about that person or situation.
- Responsibility : All problems are opportunities to grow and develop. When our preparedness meets opportunity, the solution will appear spontaneously, effortlessly.
- Helplessness : If we embrace “the here and now”, that is, the present, we become part of it and we will connect emotionally, as we will release the terrible burdens of defensiveness, resentment and hypersensitivity, favoring the State of Flow. When we possess the delicate combination of acceptance, responsibility and helplessness, we will live this Flow throughout our lives, with an effort-free predisposition.
If you want to know more about the Law of least effort, I recommend this reading:
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5. Law of intention and desire
This law states that by being aware and having the ability to adapt, we can influence the environment, we can create our own future. Desiring and having an intention are the engine that enables us to move. But desire and intention are not the only requirement to achieve success, but Chopra explains that in addition to these, we must comply with the “law of pure consciousness” and the “law of detachment” (which will be explained below, in the next point).
Furthermore, he affirms that “how the future is created based on this intention, it is fundamental to start from the concept that time is the movement of thought. In other words, backward thinking is an interpretation of abstract forces, memory, memory; while the future is a projection of abstract forces ”. Therefore, the intention and the desire must be in the here and now, because “only the present, which is consciousness, is real and is eternal. (…) Both the past and the future are born in the imagination.”
6. Law of detachment
The detachment, even though it may seem synonymous with coldness , is a concept that is very fashionable in personal development, thus possible to live with equanimity and emotional stability. This is a very important concept today, as most individuals are too turned off even to material things. It is not easy to look inwards when culture leads us to constantly look outwards, to compare ourselves, to be more successful, more consumers, etc. In the midst of so much information we cling to old certainties to feel safe, unable to describe reality as it is.
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Detachment does not mean that emotions cannot be felt, it is about accepting them and observing them from another, much more adaptive perspective. It’s about putting them in perspective, that is, getting away from things a bit to try to be more objective and realistic.
As the psychologist Jonathan García-Allen explains in the article “ Personal Development: 5 reasons for self-reflection ”, published in Psychology and Mind : “Fortunately, we have the reflective capacity to detach ourselves from what we believed to be true and immovable, to connect with the environment and with ourselves and to meditate on our reality. In the individual dimension, our beliefs, habits and actions are always motivated by our emotions, which is why it is essential to understand and accept them. The future in the short, medium and long term is totally uncertain, but whatever happens we can modulate (for the worse) our experience with the emotion of expectation, control, cynicism, superficiality … but we are also capable of improving it if it happens from the emotion of self-respect, gratitude, trust, sincerity and tranquility “
7. Law of Dharma, or purpose in life
Under this law, we all have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something in each of us that we can do better than others, because for each unique talent and for each unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. Expressing our talents to satisfy needs creates limitless wealth and abundance.
The law of Dharma has three components:
- Each of us is here to discover his higher self or spiritual self , and we must discover it on our own.
- The human being has a unique talent. Each of us is so uniquely talented in expression that there is no other individual who has that talent or expresses it in that way. When we express this unique talent, we are in the State of Flow.
- Each of us must put this talent at the service of humanity to help each other. When we combine the ability to express our unique talents with service to humanity, we make full use of the law of Dharma.