A few years ago my meditation coach explained there were only two books one needed to read in life. One of these books was The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. I immediately purchased it, read it and kept it handy to read whenever the mood struck.
Walter and I have both been reading this book throughout the class and find it synchronistic that much of what we are learning is contained within the words Deepak shares. I recently added the full version to my phone. In doing so I found an additional version – one for helping parents introduce the same laws to their children. Way Cool!
For those of you who’ve been following this space you know of a recent shift in my Dharma (week 18) which now includes the plan to teach our children / grandchildren the lessons we are learning. How many of us have said something along the line of: “Wow! I wish I’d learned this (or that) earlier in life!” What better way to pay-it-forward than to teach our children?
A quote contained within The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: “There are two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings.” - Hodding Carter
The first thing I noticed was the chapter headings for each law (below). From the portion I’ve read thus far, I’m finding this “parents” version more than expected. It not only explains a way for us to interpret the laws for our children but it is most certainly an additional way for us to further solidify (or increase our understanding of) the laws for ourselves! Thank you Deepak!
Today I concentrate on the chapter which was referenced in this weeks’ Master Key Mastermind Alliance class – The Law of Least Effort.
Deepak uses many examples of how things just are…that when we “observe nature at work, (we) will see that least effort is expended. Grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim, they just swim. Flowers don’t try to bloom, they bloom. Birds don’t try to fly, they fly.” He calls this “their intrinsic nature.”
So what do we do as humans? What is OUR intrinsic nature? Deepak writes “it is human nature to make our dreams manifest into physical form, easily and effortlessly.”
Really? Is this what we were taught by our parents? In school? By our employers? First I heard of it was a few years ago. How about you??
Deepak then goes on to explain the concept is based upon “the principle of economy of effort, or “do less and accomplish more.” Ultimately you come to the state where you do nothing and accomplish everything.”
Whoa! What was that? I can do nothing and get everything done? How is that even possible?
Let us switch over to the version for parents. Deepak references the phrase we’ve all heard “Go with the flow.” He explains this is “actually very significant spiritually. The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus declared that life is like a river – you cannot step into in the same place twice. Existence is always new, yet we are tempted to bring old reactions to it. When we find ourselves resisting anything – which basically means saying no – we are usually trying to impose an old belief or habit on a new situation. The Law of Least Effort bids us to recognize the newness of life by allowing it to unfold without interference.”
This is where I struggled with understanding the law (which I now realize is where my challenge lay). I thought…How can we just allow it to unfold? Don’t we have to be constantly on our toes? Do we not need to be an active participant in order to make things happen the way we want them to?
Deepak references that many of us think the more we work the greater the rewards. “There are two flaws in this. First, Nature herself operates through least effort – the laws of physics dictate that any process, from the spin of an electron to the spin of a galaxy, must function according to the most efficient expenditure of energy, with the least drag. Second, human advancements always come through ideas, inspiration, and desire. These occur spontaneously; there is no amount of work that can force inspiration, or desire, or even consistently good ideas.”
WOW! Do you see the significance of how special this additional version is?
As my desire is to share these lessons using cartoon strips or graphic novels, I’ve been including a strip each week. I sat and allowed my mind to swirl about with the concept of how we would explain this to our son? Were there any current examples of how he needed to use this Law. All I could think of is that he currently lives this law to it’s fullest. He is always “going with the flow”. He is one of my greatest teachers.
So – to tie this all up I take a moment to share with you what happened this week. Last summer for Gregory’s 8th birthday we adopted an 8 month old Belgian Malinois named Mya. Right now, 9 months later, she and Greg weight 56 lbs each. Everyday before and after school it is Gregory’s responsibility to play with Mya – usually tossing a ball to be retrieved. We’ve explained to him she needs exercise both mentally and physically. Tossing a ball isn’t much furn for Gregory so when I looked outside the other day I saw the Law of Least Effort in effect!
Our back yard has no hills but it had lots of snow and ice. Makes a sled slide fairly well. Mya grabbed a hold and pulled him all over the yard – multiple times. They both had a blast.
As Deepak says: It is the “most efficient expenditure of energy, with the least drag”. We got DRAG!
Acceptance - Mya needs her “play time”. His first response, when asked to go outside, was “OK”.
Responsibility - Mya is Gregory’s dog – he needs to provide the activity which will tire her out.
Defenselessness – Mya plays tug of war (which she LOVES to do) but this time using a sled.
The results were Loud Smiles all around! When he found out I made a video he asked if we would put it on YouTube?
Our first YouTube video was uploaded courtesy of our son who goes with the flow and provides daily examples of what we need to enjoy life to its fullest!
Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share this Loud Smile.
Please join us in making every day count!