This page deals with achieving true success which is more than just the pursuit of wealth and power. It needs to include a spiritual element and involves the experiencing of the miraculous and the perception of the sacred within and all around us.
Nature of Success
Nowadays, success is often associated with material wealth. This however is only one component. Success also includes health, loving relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological well-being, purpose in life, and peace of mind. Moreover, success is a journey, not a destination. Material abundance is one element that may make the journey more enjoyable. But to be fully alive and experience enthusiasm, we must nurture the seeds of divinity within us — gods and goddesses in embryo which seek to be expressed.
Success can be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. It is a process that requires hard work and perseverance. Rather than ruthlessly pursuing success and wealth, even at the expense of others, we need a more spiritual approach so that success and affluence becomes an abundant flow of all good things to us and to those affected by our choices. With knowledge and practice, we become in harmony with nature and create with carefreeness, joy and love.
True success is the experience of the miraculous. It is the unfolding of the sacred within us and the perception of divinity in everything around us – fellow humans, beauty of nature, all creatures big and small. When we begin to experience our life as the miraculous expression of divinity – not occasionally, but all the time–then we will know the true meaning of success.
The Seven Laws
The Law of Pure Potentiality
The source of all creation is pure consciousness – pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. When we understand that our true self is also pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in nature.
The Law of Giving
The universe operates through dynamic exchange of energy manifested as giving and receiving. If we are willing to give that which we seek, the abundance of the universe will keep circulating in our lives.
The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect
Every action generates a force or energy that returns to us in like kind – we reap what we have sown. By choosing actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma will be happiness and success.
The Law of Least Effort
Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease – with carefreeness, harmony, and love. When we harness the forces of harmony, joy, and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.
The Law of Intention and Desire
Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. This is because intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. When we introduce an intention into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, this infinite organizing power will start working for us.
The Law of Detachment
In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty wherein lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. In our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.
The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life
Everyone has a purpose in life – a unique gift or special talent to give to others. When we blend this gift with serving others, our own spirit will experience an ecstasy which is the ultimate goal of all goals.
Reference: Deepak Chopra, Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
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