I recently read 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra and thought it was an interesting perspective on entrepreneurship that I should share. It is so easy to get caught up in the analysis of where the opportunities (what) and and tactics for getting there (how) that we sometimes forget *why* we are doing it, and what will actually lead us to our true, more fundamental goals.
Here are my notes:
1) The Law of Pure Potentiality – knowing yourself and your true energy.
DO: Meditation + daily silence
2) The Law of Giving – Circulate goodness or like blood, it will clot when it stagnates. Flow of the economy.
DO: Proactively give; even if just a flower. Practice this in all ways of life.
3) The Law of Karma (or Cause and Effect) – Everything happening at this moment is the result of choices made in the past. Become more consciously aware of this fact and soon will be able to make spontaneously correct choices.
DO: Awareness – Think about consequences of every action, every time.
4) The Law of Least Effort – Principle of harmony and love. Also called “the principle of economy of effort” in India’s Vedic science. A “miracle” is an example of this effect and happens when your actions are motivated by love. Chasing power and ego is chasing an illusion of happiness, since these things won’t bring happiness; only actions motivated by love bring happiness. Note – this is also called “flow” by some performance Psychologists.
DO: Three sub-components to accomplishment:
a. Acceptance – today is as it should be
b. Responsibility – no blaming. have a creative response to fix instead.
c. Defenselessness – Let go of need to persuade others
5) The Law of Intention and Desire – the beginning of making things happen. “Will” them to happen, then take action according to the laws above, to set that in motion with positive energy and intentions, and creating the conditions for it to happen.
DO: Develop highly focused intentions based on deep seeded and consistent desires.
6) The Law of Detachment – in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it. Detach from symbols such as money or power, or having all things known. These things address but feed insecurity like an addiction and cause us to need those things to address the symptoms of insecurity. Better to address the root of insecurity and learn to find security in simply being, not having. Thus, learning to be ok without those symbols, and thus creating the conditions and freedom by which to pursue that which we intend and desire. Also, this is detachment from lower level needs of security (Maslow).
DO: Reaffirm all desires and goals are based on our purpose for being here, not upon suppressing symptoms of insecurity.
7) The Law of “Dharma” (e.g Purpose in Life) – Use the above laws according to this guiding principal. We’re all here for a specific purpose. Discover what that is and apply one’s self accordingly.
DO: Steps to living Dhamra:
a. We’re here to discover our true self
b. Express our unique talents based on knowing true self. This puts us into timeless awareness (bliss).
c. Serve Humanity with our gifts (assures proper aligned me of intention)