Authored by Deepak Chopra, I believe this book offers an insight to those who are deceived by the games and forces of nature as they are deceived by themselves.
Deepak Chopra strongly suggests that self awareness is itself a super power over yourself.
I would like to share with you, the points that resonated with me the most.
All in respect to each of the laws he speaks about.
If adopted, these laws could result in a better life for you and those around you.
Every cell in the human body has only one function;
To help every other cell.
1. Law of Pure Potentiality
Your ego is how you see and examine yourself; it’s your self image, it’s your social mask; what you wear outside for the world to see, it’s the role you play in society; and life.
The ego is a very peculiar thing, it wants to control, but is sustained by power.
It lives and thrives in fear, lasts only as long as the object of reference is there.
It is truly false power.
If your locus point is internal, you become un-fearful of any challenge, have respect for all, and at the same time, feel beneath no one.
It is true power.
The self is un-fearful, feels beneath no one, and yet is also humble.
Experience and realize your true self, instead of being ego-centric.
2. Law of Giving
Energy, even in terms of physics, has one important role by design.
It has to flow.
The fundamental way in which energy behaves is quite simple, it physically flows from one place to another in the universe, in which we exist.
If you stop the flow, you interfere with the cycle.
In every seed is the promise of thousands of forests, it must not be hoarded, it much reach fertile ground. It’s unseen energy needs to flow into material manifestation. A small and innocent seed can result in giving birth to an entire ecosystem in an area.
Similarly, every relationship is one of give and take. Giving engenders receiving, and receiving engenders giving. The return is directly proportional to the giving when it is unconditional and from the heart. That is why the act of giving has to be joyful. The intention behind giving should be of love.
Your unseen energy needs to flow into material manifestation.
“Returns” are directly proportional to “Giving”, when unconditional and from the heart.
3. Law of Karma
Whether you like it or not, everything that happens, is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past.
Unfortunately, a lot of us make these choices unconsciously, and think that they are not choices, yet they are. It’s the action of conscious decision-making and it’s consequences for the self and the world that save you.
Most might think that the heart is mushy and sentimental. But it’s not. The heart’s intuitive, holistic, contextual and relational. It takes everything into account. It’s computing ability is far more accurate and far more precise than anything within the limits of rational thought.
There is never a win-lose situation.
Keep this in mind, as you must consciously realize that the future is generated and governed by the choices you make, in every moment of your life.
In your lifetime, you will make an infinite amount of choices. Make them count.
Your life is the result of certain choices you’ve made for yourself and the ones around you.
4. Law of Least Effort
The grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows, fish don’t try to swim, they just swim. Flowers don’t try to bloom, they just bloom. Birds don’t try to fly, they fly.
It is their intrinsic nature.
This moment, right now, is the culmination of all the moments you have experienced in the past. This moment is, as it is. When you’re frustrated and feel upset by a person, remember that you are not reacting to that person, but to your feelings about the person. These are your feelings, and not someone else’s.
Whenever confronted by a tyrant, tormentor, teacher, friend, foe (same thing), remind yourself. This moment is as it should be.
In the art of dreaming, Don Juan tells Carlos Castaneda, “Most of our energy goes into upholding our importance”.
If we lose some of that importance, two extraordinary things would happen to us.
One, we would free our energy from trying to maintain the illusory idea of our grandeur and two, we would provide ourselves with enough energy to actually catch a glimpse of the actual grandeur of the universe.
Relinquish the need to convince or persuade others of your point of view.
Gain access to the enormous amounts of time and energy that would’ve been otherwise wasted. Try to be flexible, and not rigid.
Rigid breaks easily.
But yes, at no point in time, forget who you are and what you stand for.
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” – Bill Gates
5. Law of Invention and Desire
A flower, rainbow, tree, blade of grass, human body when broken down, are made up of the same elements.
Ancient Saying “I am that, your are that, all this is that, and that’s all there is.”
In the scheme of evolution, we are privileged.
Our nervous system is capable of becoming aware of the information and energy that is localized around us. We experience this field subjectively through our own thoughts, feelings, emotions, desires, memories, instincts, beliefs and drive.
Intention is the real power behind desire. Intent alone is very powerful, because intent is desire without attachment to the outcome.
On the other hand,
Desire alone is weak, because desire in most people is intention with an attachment.
Intention combined with desire causes us to believe “in the present” awareness.
Keep your Intent for the future, and your attention for the present.
6. Law of Detachment
Detachment is based on unquestioning belief in the power of self.
Attachment is based on fear and insecurity, it is based on not knowing the true self.
Attachment comes from poverty consciousness, because attachment is always to symbols.
Detachment is synonymous with wealth consciousness, because with detachment, there is freedom to create.
The search for security and certainty is actually attachment to the known.
And what’s the known? The known is the past. It is the prison of past conditioning. There’s no evolution in that.
And where there is no evolution, there is stagnation, entropy, disorder and decay.
Uncertainty on the other hand, is a fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom. It is a field of possibilities. Ever fresh, ever new.
Always open to the creation of new manifestations.
The law of detachment accelerates the entire process of evolution. When you understand this, you won’t feel compelled to force solutions, when you force, you create more problems.
Remember, every problem you have, is a slight opportunity in the course of time, that you may never have again.
Give up your attachment to the result. It’s sometimes the best approach. Embracing uncertainty allows us to be flexible.
7. Law of Dharma; Purpose
Dharma in Sanskrit means Purpose in Life.
The law states, “We have taken manifestation into physical form to fulfill a purpose”.
There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the world, and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs.
When those needs match the creative expression of your talent, sparks are ignited. These sparks create affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfill needs creates an unlimited amount of wealth and abundance.
You are different.
You and I, we are both different.
You must accept it, and take responsibility for it.
Understand that you must be kind to every other kind.
Serve every being around you to the best of your abilities.
The ego asks, what’s in it for me, but the self responds with, how can I help?
I believe this book offers an insight for people coming in from all walks of life. These seven powerful laws can and will, enable you to attain self-mastery.
You have to be competitive, with yourself.
Each day, try to outdo yourself.
If you’re the same as your were yesterday, remember, yesterday is in the past, you’re already a day behind, buckle up, and start living in the present.
We have cheat-sheets for all sorts of things, wouldn’t one for life help you?
I know it helps me.
See you when I post the next summary. 🙂