The 7 spiritual laws of success (and happiness)
For many, the concept of success it is linked to money, power and materiality. They have educated us to think that to achieve success we have to work tirelessly, with an uncompromising persistence and intense ambition, and our success only seems to have value in the approval of others.
To show that we are successful you have to wear designer clothes, have a nice girl, a successful profession , a good position, a good car, etc ... building a path of suffering, far from a true sense of personal development, emotional wellbeing and back to our own desires.
What are the laws that govern free spirits?
Imagine an executive driven by an attempt to achieve success and succeed in his profession, which is so eager to achieve that, when he reaches it, he realizes that he has lost everything else, including his own wife and children . As a result, the only respect he receives is that of his subordinates, the same ones who do not want to lose their job. He has money, power and is in one of the highest positions in his company, but loneliness and emotional fatigue make him wonder if it has been worth getting here.
As Deepak Chopra has observed, So much excessive effort is not necessary and even counterproductive to achieve success . Do not forget that success is a subjective experience and has to do with being well in different areas of our lives. In his book "The 7 spiritual laws of success", the author reviews the rules and principles necessary to achieve success.
After all, the most important thing is not to succeed in a certain thing you do, but to achieve a sense of success at a general level. Success is what leads us to have a satisfying and meaningful life, a full life .
1. Law of pure potentiality
This law is based on the fact that we are all, essentially, pure consciousness. That is, to be aware is pure potentiality; a state of infinite creativity and potentiality. When you discover your natural essence and connect with who you really are, that same knowledge is the ability to achieve true success, because you are in eternal success and time is in your favor, not against you .
This law was also known as the law of unity , because despite the complexity of life, especially today in the globalized world in which we live, "being fully aware" is necessary to preserve the spirit.
Therefore, at present, the practice of mindfulness or mindfulness is so successful, because This state of consciousness and calm helps self-regulate behavior and get to know each other better , in addition to creating an environment conducive to personal well-being. The Full attention it is a conscious and intentional way of tuning in with what is happening inside us and around us, and allows us to unmask automatisms and promote integral development.
2. Law of giving and receiving
The State of Flow in life it is nothing more than the harmonious interaction of all the elements that structure our existence . Giving and receiving maintains the wealth and the flow of interpersonal relationships. Although many think that giving constantly is a symptom of weakness, both giving and receiving have important psychological effects: they reduce stress, improve self-esteem, etc.
Helping others without expecting anything in return brings more profits than we believe: a study of the Foundation for Mental Health of the United Kingdom has shown that Being altruistic is beneficial for our health . But if we also receive, this gives us a balance that keeps us alive. Happiness is closely related to healthy interpersonal relationships, and this applies to all areas of our lives, even with co-workers.
3. Law of Karma (or cause and effect)
The Karma is the action and the consequence of the action . The law of Karma is important, because it warns us that if we do something bad (or that is considered bad), this will have negative consequences for us. We may sometimes get away with ours, but surely we will receive something similar at some point in our lives.
Karma places us, warns us and allows us to choose. It tells us that what happens to us is a consequence of our actions, and enables us to self-reflect to avoid making the same mistakes in the future . Therefore, Karma is not a punishment, it is an opportunity to grow.
4. Law of minimum effort
Surely you have ever heard that "less is more", and you have heard about the minimum effort law . This law comes to represent this exactly.This is the principle of the minimum action, and the non-resistance. This is, therefore, the principle of love and harmony.
This law does not mean that we should be immobile and passive in front of life, but that when actions are motivated by love (towards others and towards oneself), they do not require so much effort. For example, when we do things reluctantly, it will be very difficult for us to move. But When we do things with passion, that is, with love towards what we like, we enter a State of Flow or "flow" .
This law has three fundamental principles:
- Acceptance : When we treat facts and life with acceptance towards ourselves and towards others, we feel relieved. This moment is as it should be, for the whole universe is as it should be. For example, when we feel frustrated with someone or something, we do not feel frustrated or upset by a person or a situation, but rather the feelings we harbor with respect to that person or situation.
- Responsibility : All problems are opportunities to grow and develop. When our preparedness meets the opportunity, the solution will appear spontaneously, without effort.
- Helplessness : If we embrace "the here and now," that is, the present, we become part of it and connect emotionally, as we release the terrible burdens of defensiveness, resentment and hypersensitivity, favoring the Flow State. When we have the delicate combination of acceptance, responsibility and helplessness, we will live this Flow throughout our lives, with a free disposition of efforts.
If you want to know more about the Law of minimum effort, I recommend this reading:"Minimum effort law: 5 keys to understand it"
5. Law of intention and desire
This law states that, By being aware and possessing the ability to adapt, we can influence the environment, we can create our own future . Desiring and having an intention are the engine that allows us to move. But desire and intention are not the only requirement for success, but Chopra explains that in addition to these, we must comply with the "law of pure conscience" and the "law of detachment" (which will be explained below, in the next point).
In addition, he states that "how the future is created based on this intention, it is fundamental to start from the concept that time is the movement of thought. That is, backward thinking is an interpretation of abstract forces, memory, memory; whereas the future is a projection of abstract forces ". So, the intention and desire must be in the here and now , because "only the present, which is consciousness, is real and is eternal. (...) Both the past and the future are born in the imagination."
6. Law of detachment
The detachment , although it may seem synonymous with coldness, is a concept that is very fashionable in personal development, because makes it possible to live with equanimity and emotional stability . This is a very important concept today, as most individuals are too muted even to material things. It is not easy to look inward when culture leads us to constantly look out, to compare ourselves, to be more successful, more consumers, etc. In the midst of so much information we cling to old certainties to feel safe, unable to describe reality as it is.Do not miss this post: "20 phrases about life that will help you to be happy"
Detachment does not mean that emotions can not be felt, it's about accepting them and observing them from another perspective, much more adaptive . It's about putting them in perspective, that is, moving away a little from things to try to be more objective and realistic.
As explained by the psychologist Jonathan García-Allen in the article "Personal Development: 5 Reasons for Self-Reflection", published in Psychology and Mind: "Fortunately, we have the reflexive capacity to detach ourselves from what we believed to be true and immovable, to connect with the environment and with ourselves and to meditate on our reality. In the individual dimension our beliefs, habits and actions are always motivated by our emotions, which is essential to understand and accept them. The future in the short, medium and long term is totally uncertain, but whatever happens we can modulate (to worse) our experience with the emotion of expectation, control, cynicism, superficiality ... but we are also capable of improving it if it happens from the emotion of self-respect, gratitude, trust, sincerity and tranquility "
7. Law of Dharma, or the purpose in life
According to this law, we all have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it . There is something in each of us that we can do better than others, because for each unique talent and for each unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. Expressing our talents to satisfy needs creates wealth and abundance without limits.
The Dharma law It has three components:
- Each one of us is here to discover his I superior or your spiritual self , and we must discover it on our own.
- The human being has a unique talent . Each one of us has a talent so unique in its expression that there is no other individual who has that talent or who expresses it that way. When we express this unique talent, we are in Flow State.
- Each of us must put this talent at the service of humanity to help each other . When we combine the ability to express our unique talent with service to humanity, we fully use the law of Dharma.