There is so much knocked around about success these days. We seem to be so stuck in doing, so much so that the incessant busyness and constant striving for success has almost become a life sentence. It’s like we are wearing ourselves out trying to achieve the unachievable and reach the summit of this thing called success. Could it be time to discover something based more in being?
My views on success and abundance had a shift when a beautiful Tibetan lama told me I was abundant and successful because I have four healthy, vibrant children. At this time I had no job, was struggling a bit financially, feeling a little frustrated with the load of parenting four children under the age of six, but his words struck a truth that is far greater than the tiny closed-in world we can so easily get locked into.
There is nothing more abundant than human life and connection. Nothing more important than love. And seeing success and abundance differently helped me to create greater ‘success’ by worldly standards, in my life. So much of our life is about our perception. Success means many different things to different people, but it can help to understand and create success from a higher perspective. Bringing spirituality to success can also support you to live a more fulfilled life.
What the world terms success is so often based on extreme doing and external results. We extol the virtues of more…more money, more hours, more work, more profit…but could personal success come not as the outcome of hard work, precise plans or a driving ambition, but instead rather from understanding our basic nature as human beings and how to follow the laws of nature?
Well known leader in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra, distilled the wisdom from Hindu and other ancient spiritual texts to come up with a practical and insightful guide to fulfilling your dreams, that is steeped in ancient teachings.
His book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, offers a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: when we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, and material abundance spring forth easily and effortlessly.
Here are his seven simple, yet powerful, principles that can easily be applied to create true success in all areas of your life.
1. Pure Potentiality
In essence we are all consciousness. No living thing on earth is without consciousness. When we access the unbounded nature of our essence, our potential is limitless. So often in life we become locked into doing, into striving and running around being busy, we forget our true nature and become limited. When we stop, rest in stillness and connect with our higher consciousness, we open to possibilities and inspiration.
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. – Deepak Chopra
We are so much more amazing than we could ever imagine. Not in an arrogant, egotistical or narcissistic way, but the potential of each human being is truly limitless. We see this when we look at the lives of ‘special’ people, the Mandela’s, great artists, inventors and humanitarians of this world. Yet, we each have the same potential.
It’s important to make the time to be silent, and to just BE. If you can, aim to sit silently and meditate for 30 minutes twice a day. Cultivate stillness and silently witness the intelligence within every living thing without judgement.
This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life. This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new…Thy infinite gifts come to me only on those very small hands of mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest, and still there is room to fill. – Rabindranath Tagore
Dynamic exchange is at the core of all life. Nothing in life is static, energy is always flowing. When you enter into a dynamic interaction and exchange with all of life, you set up a flow of energy. Just as the energy in your body needs to flow, so does the energy in your life.
You can make it a part of your life to give wherever you go. Today, bring whoever you encounter a gift: a compliment, a flower, do something positive or helpful for someone. When you gratefully receive gifts and give to others, you keep wealth circulating by giving and receiving care, affection, appreciation and love.
3. The Law of Karma
Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom…Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves. – Swami Vivekananda
Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Choosing actions that bring happiness and success to others ensures the flow of happiness and success to you.
4. Least Effort
An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing. – Lao Tzu
Have you ever experienced when you are calm and positive that things seem to flow in your life, but when you are stressed, anxious and straining, you bump the car, lose your keys, or forget that important phone call. Everything escalates into problems when your peace of mind has deserted you.
Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease…with carefreeness, harmony and love. And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease. – Deepak Chopra
Acceptance and self responsibility are key to this graceful ease in life. Accept yourself, other people, situations, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems and relinquish the need to defend your point of view. By trying to be more objective and not take things so personally you can eliminate drama and karma from your life.
5. Intention and Desire
In the beginning there was desire, which was the first seed of mind; sages, having meditated in their hearts, have discovered by their wisdom the connection of the existent with the non-existent. – The Hymn of Creation, The Rig Veda
I’ve always adored dolphins. Years ago I had a dream of swimming with wild dolphins. I felt this strong longing in my heart to be in the ocean surrounded by dolphins and when I explored this feeling more, I felt like I wanted to be in the tranquil oceans of Hawaii with these amazing creatures. Life took hold and I completely forgot about this longing to swim with the dolphins. About seven years later, I had the opportunity to visit Hawaii. I swam near some dolphins and then saw a pod some distance away. Diving off the boat I headed towards them, and in a moment of sheer magic I found myself swimming right in the middle of the pod of dolphins, as one of them. As I swam, I suddenly remembered the desire I’d had to swim with dolphins, which I had long forgotten. Somehow it had just happened, without me consciously doing anything about it. The seed was planted when I had the longing, and then some time later it flowered.
Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment … And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organising power to work for us. – Deepak Chopra
Like two golden birds perched on the selfsame tree, intimate friends, the ego and the Self dwell in the same body. The former eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life, while the latter looks on in detachment. – The Munaka Upanishad
Out of the many spiritual principles and teachings, detachment is perhaps one of the most widely misunderstood. In understanding what it is not, we can more closely reach what it is. Detachment is not about being cold-hearted, desireless or uncaring. It is about being open-minded, surrendered and anchored in trust for the wisdom of life. It stems from a deep security, freedom and understanding that all is in divine order and an unquestioning belief in the unfolding of good in your life and the good in yourself. Its opposite, attachment, is often based in insecurity and fear, in having to prove who you are, and stems from poverty consciousness.
Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Do not force solutions—allow solutions to spontaneously emerge. Uncertainty is essential, and your path to freedom.
7. Connecting with your Dharma
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music … And what is it to work with love? it is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
In this world of billions of people, it always amazes me that there are an equal amount of passions and talents as there are people. There aren’t 3 million people all passionate about painting butterflies. There are 3 million artists who each use a unique medium to express their individual passion. Each one of us has a unique talent and also a unique way of expressing it.
There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world – and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. – Deepak Chopra
Along with teaching his children to meditate from around age four, Deepak Chopra shares that he raised his children to focus on asking themselves how they can serve humanity and what their unique talents are. When you focus on what you are here to give, your life becomes a joyful expression of love, and success automatically follows.
When we seek our higher self and discover our unique talents, we end up serving humanity. And using your unique talents and serving others brings unlimited bliss and abundance.