The Seven Spiritual Laws
of Success: A practical guide to the fulfillment of your dreams.
By Deepak Chopra
Published by Amber-Allen Publishing &
Library 1994. 112 pages.
This is a book
you will cherish for a lifetime, for within its pages are the secrets to making
all your dreams come true. Deepak Chopra distills the essence of his teachings
into seven simple yet powerful principles that can easily be applied to create
success in all areas of your life. Based on natural laws which govern all of
creation, this book shatters the myth that success is the result of hardwork,
exacting plans, or driving ambition. Deepak Chopra offers a life-altering
perspective on the attainment of success: Once we understand our true nature
& learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good
health, fulfilling relationships, energy & enthusiasm for life &
material abundance will spring forth easily & effortlessly. Filled with
timeless wisdom & practical steps you can apply right away, this is a book
you will want to read & refer to again & again.
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also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling
relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a
sense of wellbeing, and peace of mind.
Chapter 1: The Law of Pure Potentiality
source of all creation is pure consciousness…pure potentiality seeking
expression from the unmanifest to the manifest.
And when we realize that our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align
with the power that manifests everything in the universe.
way to access the field is through the daily practice of silence,
meditation, and non-judgment. Spending time in nature…
silence means making a commitment to take a certain amount of time to simply
Applying the Law of Pure
Chapter 2: The Law of Giving
Universe operates through dynamic exchange…giving and receiving are
different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe.
And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of
the universe circulating in our lives.
you want to learn to love, learn to give love…the easiest way to get what
you want is to help others get what they want.
has the power to transform.
most powerful forms of giving are non-material
are already inherently affluent…the source of all wealth is the field of
Applying the Law of Giving
them a gift.
receive all the gifts…
Chapter 3: The Law of “Karma” or Cause and Effect
action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind…what we
sow is what we reap.
And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the
fruit of our karma is happiness and success.
you sow is what you reap.”
this choice that I’m making now bring happiness to me and to those around
me?” if the answer is yes, then go ahead with that choice. If the answer
is no, if that choice brings distress either to you or to those around you,
then don’t make that choice. It’s as simple as that.
your body sends a message of comfort, that’s the right choice. If your
body sends a message of discomfort, then it’s not the appropriate choice.
Applying the Law of “Karma”
or Cause and Effect.
myself two questions…
my heart for guidance…
Chapter 4: The Law of Least Effort
intelligence functions with effortless ease…with carefreeness, harmony,
And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy, and love, we create success
and good fortune with effortless ease.
less and accomplish more.” Ultimately you come to the state where you do
nothing and accomplish everything.
intelligence functions effortlessly, frictionlessly, spontaneously. It is
non-linear; it is intuitive, holistic, and nourishing.
your actions are motivated by love, there is no waste of energy.
components to the Law of Least Effort…The first component is
acceptance…You can wish for
things in the future to be different, but in this moment you have to accept
things as they are.
accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then
means the ability to have a
creative response to the situation
as it is now.
you just relinquish the need to defend your point of view, you will in that
relinquishment, gain access to enormous amounts of energy that have been
do not need to justify; simply declare your intent to yourself, and you will
experience fulfillment, delight, joy, freedom, and autonomy in every moment
in your life.
Applying the Law of Least Effort
will practice acceptance.
accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see
problem is an opportunity in disguise…
my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness.
Chapter 5: The Law of Intention and Desire
in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment…intention
and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power.
And when we introduce an intention in fertile ground of pure potentiality,
we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.
whole universe, in its essential nature, is the movement of energy and information.
conscious change is brought about by the two qualities inherent in
consciousness: attention and intention. Attention energizes, and intention
your intent for the benefit of mankind. This happens spontaneously when you
are in alignment with the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.
combined with detachment leads to life-centered, present-moment awareness.
intent is for the future, but your
attention is in the present. As
long as your attention is in the present, then your intent for the future
will manifest, because the future is created in the present. You must accept
the present as is. Accept the present and intend the future. The future is
something you can always create through detached intention, but you should
never struggle against the present.
past and future are born in the imagination; only the present, which is
awareness, is real and eternal.
you have life-centered, present-moment awareness, then the imaginary
obstacles—which are more than ninety percent of perceived
obstacles—disintegrate and disappear.
to harness the power of intention, and you can create anything you desire.
you follow these five steps for fulfilling your desires, intention generates
its own power:
1. slip into the gap
2. established in that state of being, release your intentions and desires
3. remain in the state of self-referral
4. relinquish your attachment to the outcome
5. let the universe handle the details
Applying the Law of Intention
will make a list of my desires
will release this list of my desires and surrender it to the womb of
will remind myself to practice present-moment awareness in all my actions.
Chapter 6: The Law of Detachment
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
And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all
possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates
the dance of the universe.
order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish
your attachment to it. This doesn’t mean you give up the intention to
create your desire. You don’t give up the intention, and you don’t give
up the desire. You give up your attachment to the result.
based on fear and insecurity—and the need for security is based on not
knowing the true Self.
detachment there is freedom to create.
search for security is an illusion…the solution to this whole dilemma lies
in the wisdom of insecurity, or the wisdom of uncertainty. This means that
the search for security and certainty is actually an attachment to the known. And what’s the known? The known is
our past…There’s no evolution in that…And where there is no evolution,
there is stagnation, entropy, disorder, and decay.
on the other hand, is the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom.
Law of Detachment does not
interfere with the Law of Intention
and Desire—with goal-setting. You still have the intention of going in
a certain direction, you still have a goal. However, between point A and
point B there are infinite possibilities.
Applying the Law of Detachment
I will commit myself to detachment
I will factor in uncertainty as an essential ingredient of my experience
will step into the field of all possibilities and anticipate the excitement
that can occur when I remain open to an infinity of choices
Chapter 7: The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose In Life
has a purpose in life…a unique gift or special talent to give to others.
And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience
the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of
Law of Dharma says that we have
taken manifestation in physical form to fulfill a purpose.
is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world.
you could start children right from the beginning with this thought, you’d
see the effect it has on their lives.
I really want to focus on is asking yourself how you can serve humanity, and
asking yourself what your unique talents are.
are three components to the Law of
Dharma. The first component says that each of us is here to discover our
true Self, to find out on our own that our true Self is spiritual, that
essentially we are spiritual beings that have taken manifestation in
second component of the Law of Dharma
is to express our unique talents… This means that there’s one thing you
can do, and one way of doing it, that is better than anyone else on this
third component of the Law of Dharma
is service to humanity—to serve your fellow human beings and to ask
yourself the questions, “How can I help? How can I help all those that I
come into contact with?”
question, “What’s in it for me?” is the internal dialogue of the ego.
Asking “How can I help?” is the internal dialogue of the spirit.
you want to make the maximum use of the Law of Dharma, then you have to make several commitments.
The first commitment is: I am going to seek my higher self, which is beyond
my ego, through spiritual practice.
The second commitment is: I am going to discover my unique talents, and
finding my unique talents, I am going to enjoy myself, because the process
of enjoyment occurs when I go into timeless awareness. That’s when I am in
a state of bliss.
The third commitment is: I am going to ask myself how I am best suited to
serve humanity. I am going to answer that question and then put it into
Applying the Law of “Dharma”
or Purpose in Life
I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess in embryo that lies deep within
will make a list of my unique talents.
will ask myself daily, “how can I serve?” and “how can I help?”
Summary and Conclusion
is a natural sequence for the application of these laws in your daily life
that may help you to remember them. The Law of Pure Potentiality is experienced through silence,
through meditation, through non-judgment, through communion with nature, but
it is activated by the Law of Giving.
The principle here is to learn to give that which you seek. That’s how you
activate the Law of Pure Potentiality.
If you seek affluence, give affluence; if you seek money, give money; if you
seek love, appreciation, and affection, then learn to give love,
appreciation, and affection.
your actions in the Law of Giving
you activate the Law of Karma. You
create good karma, and good karma makes everything in life easy. You notice
that you don’t have to expend a lot of effort to fulfill your desires,
which automatically leads to an understanding of the Law
of Least Effort. When everything is easy and effortless, and your
desires keep getting fulfilled, you spontaneously begin to understand the Law of Intention and Desire. Fulfilling your desires with
effortless ease makes it easy for you to practice the Law of Detachment.
as you begin to understand all the above laws, you begin to focus on your
true purpose in life, which leads to the Law of Dharma. Through the use of this law, by expressing your
unique talents and fulfilling the needs of your fellow humans, you begin to
create whatever you want, whenever you want it. You become carefree and
joyful, and your life becomes an expression of unbounded love.
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