This week, Life Training Online will be reviewing The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, the first of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

Today we are covering chapters 4 and 5 – the Law of Least Effort and the Law of Intention and Desire.

The Law of Least Effort

When I first read the title of this chapter I thought to myself that this seems to go against everything that I was brought up to think. Having been raised by a strict and very old-school German father, I was taught that it’s only through hard work and consistent effort that one ever accomplishes anything in life. How could less effort or in this case, the “least effort”, ever be a principle of success? But when I began to think about it I realized, isn’t this a natural law?

We learn that energy follows the path of least resistance. We see examples of this throughout nature – Water flowing around obstacles and not through them, geese flying in a specific formation to allow for economy of motion, electricity traveling through the best conductor. It is this principle, applied to success, that Chopra wishes to expound.

After realizing that we are inseparably connected to the Universe, or pure potentiality as Chopra likes to call it, then we too must inevitably be subject to its laws. If there is truly no separation between us and the Universe, and everything that It creates and manifests happens without effort, then we should be able to tap into the Universe’s power and achieve success almost effortlessly.

Chopra says that least effort is expended when your actions are motivated by love. Love is the energy that effortlessly binds the Universe. If you seek power and control over other people, you waste energy. If you seek money or power for the sake of the ego, you waste energy. It’s only when your actions are motivated by love, that your energy multiplies and accumulates. This surplus of energy you gather, can then be channeled to create anything that you want, including unlimited wealth.

The Law of Intention and Desire

Chopra lays the groundwork for this chapter by explaining that all of nature is made up of energy and information. A flower, a tree, a human body, when broken down into its essential components, is energy and information. In its essential state, the whole universe is the movement and interaction of these two components. The only difference between you and the flower or the tree is the informational and energy content of your respective bodies.

What sets you apart from these other forms of “energy and information” is self-awareness. This entitles you to consciously change the energy and informational content of your own self, as well as influence the energy and informational content of your extended self – your environment, your world – causing things to manifest in it. You do this through your intentions. And the fuel of your intention is your attention.

The greater the quality of your intention on the object of your attention is, the more the Universe will orchestrate the right combinations to bring that intention into realization, provided one follows the other spiritual laws of success. We see then that it is intention that lays the groundwork for the effortless, spontaneous, and frictionless flow of pure potentiality. Chopra only cautions that you use your intent for the benefit of mankind.

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.

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