The philosopher Nietzsche wrote: “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” Beauty can grow out of destruction; order can spring from disarray. In the latest episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses the intrinsic relationship between order and chaos, so fundamental to our Universe.
Imagine the electrical storm within our brains, the constant activity of neurons and synapses giving birth to thoughts, feelings, and impulses in every moment. Consider the erratic and seemingly random movement of ants in a colony or birds in migration, who in spite of chaos adhere to organized, pragmatic patterns that serve their communities’ needs.
Chaos and order go hand in hand, even promote and uphold one another. All of Nature knows this truth, yet for some reason human beings constantly struggle against it. We create unnecessary boundaries to contain and compartmentalize life, suffer anxiety when things are messy, broken, or unpredictable. If, as Deepak suggests, we can accept and give into the flow of life, we will be accepting what is real. And we will live in peace and happiness.
Ever feel completely stretched, like you are trying to balance five things at once? (Ever not feel that way?)
In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses how to maximize the use of our time using a method he learned from UCLA professor Dr. Dan Siegel. The good news? You don’t have to be a superhero to achieve balance in your life; it just takes a bit of organization and planning.
The key is to divide our day up into segments: sleep time, exercise time, work time, down time, creative time, eating time, etc. Plan these segments mindfully (ie. you may feel like you should allow more time for working than for sleeping, but make sure mind, body and spirit activities get their fair share.)
While you are involved in a certain activity, Deepak advises, give it your full and undivided attention. Try not to check emails while you’re having dinner – a trap we all fall into occasionally but which can prevent us from fully experiencing both the work and the meal. Give this method a try and let us know how it goes!
Which activities are most important to you? Do you think it’s better to multi-task or focus on one thing at a time?
Was it in class or on a team or before an interview?
Did you welcome the input immediately or did it take some time to marinate before you realized its profundity?
Advice comes in all shapes and styles. Maybe someone sat you down at a young age and shared with you the secret to a happy, successful life. Or perhaps the advice came to you unexpectedly, in a passing conversation or during an argument. Even more mysterious are the hidden wells of inspiration that may have been present in the actions and worldviews of influential people in your life – wells that you later found yourself drawing from time and again.
In this week’s episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak shares the best advice he ever received, and it falls in the third category. Throughout his childhood, Deepak’s parents set an example with their kindness, strength, and wisdom. And it was this intangible advice he has carried with him ever since.
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How can we apply the Law of Pure Potentiality, the field of all possibilities, to our lives? If you want to enjoy the benefits of the field of pure potentiality, if you want to make full use of the creativity which is inherent in pure consciousness, then you have to have access to it. One way to access the field is through the daily practice of silence, meditation, and non-judgment. Spending time in nature will also give you access to the qualities inherent in the field: infinite creativity, freedom, and bliss.
Anything you can do to enhance your home’s connection to the land and the bioregion in which you live will enrich your life. Where is the beautiful energy in your community or on your land or nearby? We all have beautiful places where we can commune with nature, even in a city. Is there a beautiful tree on your land that you like to sit under on a hot day? Find these spots and go to them as often as you can.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is a great book for anyone looking to create more success in their life. The book claims to be a "practical guide to the fulfillment of your dreams", however, one can feel overwhelmed with the thought of juggling all seven spiritual laws of success at once.
The good news is that you don’t have to juggle all seven laws at once. A popular idea is to focus on one law each day. The following schedule works well:
Sunday: The Law of Pure Potentiality
Monday: The Law of Giving
Tuesday: The Law of Karma
Wednesday: The Law of Least Effort
Thursday: The Law of Intention and Desire
Friday: The Law of Detachment
Saturday: The Law of Dharma
If you need help remembering which law of success to activate each day, visit www.LetGoAndFlow.com. Each day, they have a short blurb on a Law of Success and some simple ways you can activate the law in your life. This makes life simple by allowing you to focus on one law each day instead of seven.
In the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success you tell people not to share their intentions and desires with anyone other than those who share their desires or are deeply bonded with them. Sometimes privacy feels like a reaction to me. When is it a principle?
What you call privacy as a principle I would characterize as sensible discretion to achieve a goal. If we are going to purchase something, we put the money in our wallet, we don’t carry the cash in our hand walking down the street. The power of intention to manifest lies in the ability of taking that desire inward to the source of power and intelligence within us. If we indiscriminately share our desires with others, that intention may get complicated with extraneous input and sidetracked from its fulfillment.
Question: I am 15 years old boy. Your book "the seven spiritual laws of success" really changed my life. it lifted me up. I thank you for your support which is so valuable. But as I was following them one day I thought these laws are correct but they bind me up like a cage . Because I understood them with my mind, I then I came to the conclusion that they have to be followed naturally. So I dropped them. Was that correct decision? In my board exams I got lower marks than expected. After few days a thunder arose, it washed off my attachments , my dreams. Now I felt that I was living a hypnotized life due to my dreams. this was all because of my broken dream of board exams. I feel gratitude towards that broken dream. I feel my enlightenment near, just a spark away. But then I also feel it is a long way to go. Why? Awareness is the aspect that has not come to me. My goal is enlightenment what should I do?
You are uncommonly wise for someone your age. You are absolutely correct in realizing that the seven spiritual laws are not meant to be rules of behavior, or strict mental exercise, but rather signposts of thespontaneous expression of awakening consciousness. Trying to live them from your mind rather than your core consciousness will feel binding, artificial and frustrating. When you discover that you are naturally living and expressing the spiritual laws, without trying to, then you know you are on the right track.
I think you felt relieved after your lower marks on your board exams because you realized that the dream behind that ambition was not authentically your dream, it was just something you adopted to satisfy others’ expectations of you.
Enlightenment is very close because it is only a matter of realizing your true nature, what you already are. It is as close as your breath and your inner knowingness recognizes that.Enlightenment can also feel like a long way off because the old conditioning that keeps us from maintaining Self-awareness continuously does not disappear just through understanding or wishing. That conditioning is embedded in our physical bodies, and it takes the appropriate healing process for it to be released. Sometimes that can happen quickly, other times it takes longer. What you need is a daily meditation practice that will give you experience of your true Self and that will also help you release your conditioning. With an effective spiritual practice, you can stop worrying about how close or far away enlightenment is and focus on living entirely in the present moment. Not only is this the fastest way to evolve, but it is the most enjoyable and productive way as well.