In this concise book, Chopra dedicates one chapter to each of the seven laws. Today I’ll be delving into the first three.
Chapter 1: The Law of Pure Potentiality
In the first chapter, covering the Law of Pure Potentiality, Chopra sets the stage for all the other laws by helping you understand your true potential. If you can recognize that the source of all creation is unlimited potential and by default you are a part of this source, then by virtue of your connection to this source, you too have unlimited potential. This is your nature and birthright. It is then, that once you come to this understanding and align yourself with this source, you have the ability to fulfill any dream that you have, efficiently and without effort.
Chopra then gives three ways to align yourself with the source, they are: Through the daily practice of silence (my favorite being The Sacred Silence); meditation; and non-judgment.
Chapter 2: The Law of Giving
The universe operates through a dynamic exchange of giving and receiving, inflow and outflow (check out Steve Pavlina’s excellent article about this). There is no hoarding, nor at any time does this exchange become idle. Because our bodies and mind, along with the universe, are in constant and dynamic exchange, stopping this circulation of energy can be compared to stopping the flow of blood. Where the blood stagnates and stops flowing, clotting begins to happen. This is why receiving AND giving is so important in keeping wealth and affluence – or anything you want – circulating in your life. If your only thought is to hold on to your money and hoard it, this will clog and suffocate its flow and in turn, you’ll cut off its circulation back into your life as well. In order to keep that energy (in whatever form it is) coming back into your life, you have to keep it circulating.
How do you apply this to your life? Chopra recommends that anytime you come in contact with anyone, give them something. Realize that some of the best gifts are not material ones. This includes kindness, love, a helping hand etc.
Chapter 3: The Law of Karma or Cause-and-Effect
“Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind, what we sow is what we reap.” This has also been called the Law of the Harvest. The main point that Chopra makes in this chapter is that you must become aware of your causes. In other words, be mindful that for every action you commit, there is a consequence. Whether this consequence is of a positive nature or not, is entirely up to you.
To explain this, Newton’s Third Law comes to mind, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. This “opposite” refers to a directional and not a contextual component, meaning that if you commit or send out a negative energy, an equally negative energy will be sent back. The context doesn’t change, only the direction. Whatever act we commit, whether positive or negative, it will create a “Karmic debt” that must be paid in like kind.
Again, Chopra teaches how to apply this law: You must learn to bring your daily choices into the level of your conscious awareness. The more you do this, the more you will make the right choices, both for you and those around you.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is the first of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.