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    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of listening to Deepak Chopra speak in person at an inspiring minds series held just outside of Minneapolis. While he was speaking one of the things that really struck me was how brilliant his mind is. He’s one of those few people who are the leading edge thinkers in both the fields of science and spirituality.

    He’s written so many books that go deep into spirituality, the one that I would like to share with you is The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. He looks at the physical laws of the universe to explain these principles because “the physical laws of the universe are actually this whole process of divinity in motion, or consciousness in motion. When we understand these laws and apply them in our lives, anything we want can be created like the fulfillment of our deepest desires.”

    1. The Law of Pure Potentiality. He explains we are made up of pure consciousness, which is our spiritual essence, and this is the field of all possibilities. When we can tap into the true self, our soul or spirit, and just be is when we can access this field of infinite intelligence. Meditation is a great way we can do this.
    2. The Law of Giving. In our willingness to give what it is we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives. For example if you want to receive more love, you must learn how to give more love. Gratefully receiving gifts from others and then gratefully giving gifts to others is another example of how this law operates.
    3. The Law of Karma. We’ve often heard of this law as what we sow is what we reap. Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. So when we are making choices in our lives, we need to think about what kind of effect or consequence will this action I’m taking make.
    4. The Law of Least Effort. It states, “and when we harness the forces of harmony, joy and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.” This is about the principle of harmony and love. Using nature as an analogy, grass doesn’t try to grow, it grows effortlessly. So when our actions are motivated by love, it multiples to others in effortless ways. So accepting and taking responsibility with a loving response for each moment will bring you effortless results.
    5. The Law of Intention and Desire. According to Chopra, intention is the real power behind desire. Intention combined with detachment leads to “life-centered, present-moment awareness.” This is about accepting the present while at the same time intending the future.
    6. The Law of Detachment. Ironically in order to acquire what we want in life we have to learn how to let go and surrender that very thing. You’re not giving up your intentions or desires, you are just detaching from the result. It’s when you step out into the unknown is when you can step into the magic of life.
    7. The Law of Dharma or Purpose of Life. The question here to ask is what am I to give others and how to best serve humanity. He believes that we are all born with a unique purpose, something that we are better than anyone in the world, are our jobs should be to discover that. “Each of us is here to discover our higher self or our spiritual self.” Once we do that we can express our divinity by serving humanity.

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    For more resources, see our Library topic Spirituality in the Workplace.

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    Janae Bower is an inspirational speaker, award-winning author and training consultant. She founded Finding IT, a company that specializes in personal and professional development getting to the heart of what matters most. She started Project GratOtude, a movement to increase gratitude in people’s lives.