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“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” book review

Written By Franklin V on Sunday, April 24, 2011 | 9:58 AM

“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra

“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra
“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra is a book that I came across a while back, but only came to read recently. It blows every other book I have read about intention, manifestation, and living life out of the water. This book is the most complete and yet most simple guide to meditation, finding your purpose and manifesting desires that I have come across. Most other books touch upon 2 or maybe 4 of these spiritual laws, but as you read it, you will see that one must practice all seven in order to be in complete harmony with the Universe.
***If your intentions have not been manifesting, then you have not been following one or more of these laws***
At the end of each chapter after explaining why each of these laws is in existence and must be followed, Chopra writes simple instructions on how to follow each law. They are as follows:


” 1) The Law of Pure-Potentiality
a) I will get in touch with the field of pure potentiality by taking time each day to be silent, to just BE. I will also sit alone in silent meditation at least twice a day for approximately thirty minutes in the morning and thirty minutes in the evening.
b) I will take time each day to commune with nature and to silently witness the intelligence within every living thing. I will sit silently and watch a sunset, or listen to the sound of the ocean or a stream, or simply smell the scent of a flower. In the ecstasy of my own silence, and by communing with nature, I will enjoy the life throb of ages, the field of pure potentiality and unbounded creativity.
c) I will practice non-judgment. I will begin my day with the statement, “Today, I shall judge nothing that occurs,” and throughout the day I will remind myself not to judge.

2) The Law of Giving

a) Wherever I go, and whoever I encounter, I will bring them a gift The gift may be a compliment, a flower, or a prayer. Today, I will give something to everyone I come into contact with, and so I will begin the process of circulating joy, wealth and affluence in my life and in the lives of others.
b) Today I will gratefully receive all the gifts that life has to offer me. I will receive the fits of nature: sunlight and the sounds of birds singing or spring showers or the first snow of winter. I will also be open to receiving from others, whether it be in the form of material gift, money, a compliment or a prayer.
c) I will make a commitment to keep wealth circulating in my life by giving and receiving life’s most previous gifts: the gifts of caring, affection, appreciation and love. Each time I meet someone, I will silently wish them happiness, joy and laughter.

3) The Law of Karma

a) Today I will witness the choices I make in each moment. And in mere witnessing of these choices, I will bring them to my conscious awareness, I will know that the best way to prepare for any moment in the future is to be fully conscious in the present.
b) Whenever I make a choice, I will ask myself two questions: “What are the consequences of this choice that I’m making?” and “Will this choice bring fulfillment and happiness to me and also to those who are affected by this choice?”
c) I will then ask my heart for guidance and be guided by its message of comfort or discomfort. If the choice feels comfortable, I will plunge ahead with abandon. If the choice feels uncomfortable, I will pause and see the consequences of my action with my inner vision. This guidance will enable me to make spontaneously correct choices for myself and for all those around me.

4) The Law of Least Effort
a) I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as the occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete, I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.
b) Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
c) Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade other 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
a) I will make a list of all my desires. I will carry this list with me wherever I go. I will look at this list before I go into my silence and meditation. I will look at it before I go to sleep at night. I will look at it when I wake up in the morning.
b) I will release this list of my desires and surrender it to the womb of creation, trusting that when things don’t seem to go my way, there is a reason, and that the cosmic plan has designs for me much grander than even those that I have conceived.
c) I will remind myself to practice present-moment awareness in all my actions. I will refuse to allows obstacles to consume and dissipate the quality of my attention in the present moment. I will accept the present as it is, and manifest the future through my deepest, most cherished intentions and desires.
6) The Law of Detachment
a) Today I will commit myself to detachment. I will allow myself and those around me the freedom to be as they are. I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be. I will not force solutions on problems, thereby creating new problems. I will participate in everything with detached involvement.
b) Today I will factor in uncertainty as an essential ingredient of my experience. In my willingness to accept uncertainty, solutions will spontaneously emerge out of the problem, out of the confusion, disorder and chaos. The more uncertain things seem to be, the more secure I will feel, because uncertainty is my path to freedom. Through the wisdom of uncertainty, I will find my security.
c) I will step into the field of all possibilities and anticipate the excitement that can occur when I remain open to an infinity of choices. 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” or Purpose in Life
a) Today I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess embryo that lies deep within my soul. I will pay attention to the spirit within me that animates both my body and my mind. I will awaken myself to this deep stillness within my heart. I will carry the consciousness of timeless, eternal Being in the midst of time-bound experience.
b) I will make a list of my unique talents. Then I will list all of the things that I love to do while expressing my unique talents. When I express my unique talents and use them in the service of humanity, I loseth track of time and create abundance in my life as well as in the lives of others.
c) I will ask myself daily, “How can I serve?” and “How can I help?” The answers to these questions will allow me to help and serve my fellow human beings with love.   
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