Discover Your Spiritual Learning Style

By now you’re familiar with The Law of Relationship. It says: “We’re all connected, and we’re here to help each other learn and grow.” I wrote about this extensively in CLOSURE and the Law of Relationship, and it has resonated with so many people that I decided to explore this law further. That’s how my new book What’s Your Dharma? came to be.

I’m a certified instructor with The Chopra Center, and I’ve taken pretty much every class offered there and have learned so much over the years. When we begin meditation, Deepak taught us to ask three questions. The purpose of these questions was not necessarily to ask us to look for the answers, but to just put them out there to the universe. Those questions are:

Who Am I? What Do I Want? What is My Purpose?

Purpose is a huge concept. The Sanskrit word “dharma” has 16 different meanings to it, including lesson, teachings, and purpose. So if we apply the Law of Relationship, our purpose, or a big part of our purpose in this lifetime, is to help each other learn and grow. But just how do we do that? How can we learn and grow consciously, mindfully, and spiritually?

Vedanta, the world’s oldest religion and the religion from which all other religions have evolved, explains that there are four yogas, or “paths” that lead us to freedom. Freedom in this context could also be called transcendence, or enlightenment. I describe these paths as our spiritual learning style.

Imagine that you are traveling down a four-lane highway. The scenery all along the way is the same, no matter which lane you are in. We all have the same lessons to learn all along the way. But the journey becomes easier for us if we pick a lane, and stick to it. Our personality and temperament will help us determine which lane is best for us.

  • If you learn best by feeling, by loving, by engaging your emotions, then you are likely a Bhakta, one who is on the path of Bhakti Yoga, the path of love. To better define and visualize this path, think about the heart, the heart chakra, and the color green.
  • If you learn best by working, doing, taking action, putting yourself out there to serve, then you are likely a Karma Yogi, one who is on the path of Karma Yoga, the path of work and service. This path is associated with the color yellow, the solar plexus chakra, and the symbol of the sun, because the sun serves all indiscriminately.
  • If you learn best by studying, exploring, seeking, by thinking and discussing, then you are likely a Jnani, one who is on the path of Jnana Yoga, the path of knowledge. Jnana Yoga is represented by the color blue, which is the color for both the throat chakra and the third eye chakra, associated with truth and clarity. The symbol for Jnana Yoga is the key that unlocks the mysteries of life.
  • If you learn best by meditating, by practicing yoga, pranayama, by spending time at peace in nature, then you are likely a Raja Yogi, one who is on the path of Raja Yoga, the path of meditation. Raja Yogi is the color of purple, the color of the crown chakra. Its symbol is the lotus, the flower that shows us to look within.

Of course, we all have something in us that relates to each of these paths, but one path will call to us more strongly. Check out my Dharma Quiz to better understand your own dharma.

This week, Lissa is giving away a FREE copy of her book What’s Your Dharma? Discover the Vedic Way to Your Life’s Purpose. To enter, simply leave a comment below before June 11th answering this question: “What’s Your Dharma? and how does your dharma express in your life?”


  1. You are an excellent writer. I feel like I am a little of all three so I think I will need to read your book to clarify which I have the strongest propensity toward.

  2. I appears that I'm split between Jnana and Karma, as always I require guidance in this journey 🙂

  3. I agree with someone else’s response that at times I feel like I could be all three, but without taking the quiz I feel drawn to Bhakta.

  4. There are elements of all of these four yogas in each of us. Every path is individual, there are as many different paths as there are people! Use the dharma path that resonates with you most – it's a great place to start, and see where you go from there. 🙂