I was so inspired by Deepak Chopra’s Seven Law’s of Success that I broke down the laws for my students to read:
The law of Pure Potentiality:
“We are, in our essential state, pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is pure potentiality; it is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity… When you discover your essential nature and know who you really are, in that knowing itself is the ability to fulfill any dream you have, because you are the eternal possibility, the immeasurable potential of all that was, is, and will be.”
Practice silence: water ripples example. “In silence, even the faintest intention will ripple across the underlying ground of universal consciousness, which connects everything with everything else. If your mind is like a turbulent ocean, you can throw the empire states building in it and you wouldn’t notice a thing”
Practice non-judgment. Judgment is the constant evaluation of things as right or wrong, good or bad. This constant classifying causes turbulence and can interfere with the stillness of pure awareness. Focus on your poses,
Wherever you go in the midst of movement, carry your stillness with you. Best way to do this is to clear out judgment.
The Law of Giving:
“If you want joy, give joy to others if you want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially affluent.
Give to your yoga practice, what you wish to receive from it.
The Law of Karma or “Cause and Effect”
Karma is both action and the consequence of that action; it is cause and effect simultaneously, because every action creates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Be aware of your choices and responsible for them
“There is a very interesting mechanism that the universe has to help you make spontaneously correct choices. The mechanism has to do with sensations in your body. The body experiences two kinds of sensations: one is a sensation of comfort. The other is a sensation of discomfort. At the moment you consciously make a choice, pay attention to your body, and ask your body, ‘if I make this choice, what happens?’ If your body sends a message of comfort, that’s the right choice. If it sends a message of discomfort, then it’s not the appropriate choice.
Learn from your mistakes (from the karmic results of your actions)
The Law of Least Effort:
“When we harness the forces of harmony, joy, and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease”
This is the principle of least action and no resistance.
Observe the effortlessness of nature. “Grass doesn’t try to grow. It just grows.”
Do not fight nature. Take responsibility for yourself without becoming defensive or blaming others. Desist from defending your point of view. When you have no point to defend, you do not allow the birth of an argument.
Experience the present completely. “Only then will you be lighthearted, carefree, joyous and free.” Approach your practice from the level of happiness, not from the level of anxiety and fear.
The Law of Intention and Desire:
Refer to the first Law, the law of pure potentiality. Slip into your silent awareness.
While in this state, set your intentions and goals.
Let them go.
“Releasing your intentions and desires in the gap means planting them in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and expecting them to bloom when the season is right. You do not want to dig up the seeds of your desires to see them growing, or get rigidly attached to the way they will unfold. You simply want to release them.”
Relinquish your attachment to an outcome. This means giving up your rigid attachment to a specific result and living in the wisdom of uncertainty. It means enjoying every moment in the journey of life even if you do not know the outcome.
Let the universe handle the details.
The Law of Detachment:
Relinquish your attachment to the known. Step into the unknown, and you will step into the field of all possibilities. Be alert and open to surprises, to problems and chaos. Understand that these are all opportunities. Good luck is nothing but preparedness and opportunity coming together. When you step into the field of all possibilities, you will experience all the fun, adventure, magic, and mystery of life.
The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life.
Everyone has a purpose in life… a unique gift or talent to give to others.
And when we blend this talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of goals.
By Rhea Morales