One of Kevy’s Favorite Spiritual Laws – From The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success – The Law of Least Effort
The Law of Least Effort is one of Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws that resonates with me as much as The Law of Giving and Receiving.
It doesn’t resonate with me because I live it exquisitely. I am still trying to perfect practicing it. Some parts are very challenging, given my circumstance. What excites me about this spiritual law is that, after reading Deepak Chopra’s 7 Spiritual Laws of Success multiple times, I finally understand it. I ‘git it’ now!
This law states that you will attain those things that you desire when you put the least effort into attaining them. This sounds nonsensical, I know. But, the law makes a lot of sense when you dig deeper.
It does not mean that you can be lazy and sit on your seat cushions, and that blessing will knock on the door and say, “It is I. I am here to bless you”. You certainly need to work hard to overcome your challenges and to reach your goals, but what is more powerful than work alone, is harnessing the powers of God and the universe.
In harnessing this energy, we will expel less foolishly. When striving to reach a goal, simply put, get closer to God, and further away from directly challenging the obstacle before you.
This law requires: Acceptance, Taking Responsibility, and Defenselessness.
If you’ve been following my story, you might first say that this law must really challenge me, based on the adversities that I’ve faced. You’re right. As I said, I am a long way from perfecting this law.
But, what’s most important to me about the Law of Least Effort is that I believe in it, and thoroughly understand it.
I want to share my understanding.
I figured a good way to do that was to examine each of the law’s requirements in a bit more detail.
To make the discussion real, I will discuss my mistakes and wisdom gained with this step juxtaposed.
Requirement 1 – Acceptance: Accept things as they are at this moment.
When I faced adversities I wasted tremendous energy, and contributed to my health, stress, and other issues, just because I did not accept things as they were.
I would hold adversities next to scripture, golden rules, and such, and shout out to the world, “Look, this is clearly wrong. Here’s the proof.” In doing this so much, there was no focus on how to work through my obstacles.
I angered myself at the mere existence of my battles, feeling that ‘this is not right’.
What a fool was I? I wasted so much time, energy, blood, sweat, and tears, putting all that passion into efforts that would yield nothing.
Now I appreciate everything that faces me with an ‘it is what it is’ perspective.
Everything is as God ordains it to be, and as my choices define them to be. Whatever I face, whether good or bad, is for me, and design specifically to be for me.
Knowing this, and accepting this, I don’t get too bothered anymore. I’ve learned that just as I am not easily changeable, so are the opposing parties. Trying to change them would be like me putting effort into bringing Democrats and Republicans into unity. Each side is so passionate, that nothing would get accomplished.
This rule requires that I make the compromise and not fight what is before my eyes and accept it, so that, ‘in spite of’, may still I will rise.
Requirement 2 – Take Responsibility – Don’t Blame – Transform The Situation
It may be obvious that I do have challenges with adhering to this rule, with regard to my sibling battle, but I am working on it and will get better.
By blaming them for the problems I felt that they caused, I lost sight of the more important point, how to transform this circumstance. I allowed them to cause me fear, pain, distraction, and illness. I allowed it because I blamed them, whether they were guilty or not.
If they were not guilty, though I passionately feel that they were, it did not matter. It would not change their passion for feeling not guilty, nor mine for feeling they were. Our opposing positions were locked in, not to be moved.
Because I propagated my perspective, I provoked my own emotions, to be like in kind, with my opinion. Because that is what I believed, and I believed what I did because I blamed them.
Blaming them amplified and elevated that belief. Blaming me, amplified and elevated theirs. It was a vicious cycle of wasted energy.
When I fought and defeated my drug use, I blamed myself. I drowned myself in shame and allowed others’ judgment of me to dig me in a deeper hole.
I wasn’t guilty of whatever anyone said, though. If I was guilty of anything, I was guilty of being imperfect. Accepting this was a huge revelation. After this lesson, it was quite easy to stop.
I don’t have that kind of time anymore.
Now, that I accept responsibility, I immediately start a ‘to do’ list, if only in my mind, to plan my strategy.
Just as when I was corporate, every task on the list has a dependency and predecessor. Figuring out how to deploy, achieving objectives, within budget, and on time, requires meticulous focus, coordination, and effort. …A lot of energy. It is enough to keep me busy without having to expend energy uselessly in an attempt to change that which will not change.
Deepak says that when you fight the moment, you are fighting the entire universe.
Bob Marley says ‘you can’t stop the time’.
I think highly of myself and my abilities, but trust me, I don’t think I can beat the universe, or beat God. So, now I set it as my goal to not blame, doing what I must, given the acceptance of the obstacle before me.
Doing so is still very difficult, though. I am challenged with reconciling blaming, with the pain of remembering it. and facts.
Sometimes I don’t want my experiences to evaporate into thin air, but when I remember them, I feel resentment. Also, I know the facts on the things that happened in my like and can speculate why.
This also happens with past mistakes where I blame myself.
Meditation, prayer, and creative expression helps ground me deeply into my senses. It calms me into accepting that I am an imperfect man, as we are all imperfect people, striving towards perfection that we will never see.
The residual benefit of Acceptance and Taking Responsibility is that it gives us the clarity required to see the blessing buried beneath the ashes of our challenge.
There is always a treasure beneath the ashes.
Requirement 3 – Stay Established in Defenselessness – Don’t Try To Persuade – Be Open
I defended my position, like a lion, though with no natural predators, protects himself against humans, I built an invisible wall of protection around me and my mother and if anyone would try to invade it, I would ‘go off’.
I also allowed people around me to ignite my anger and defensiveness. Their advice often told me how to view my adversaries, complete with which story in the bible was analogous to mine. These stories were used to guide me to do what ‘they’ thought I should do. Often the advice led me wrong, most often.
My first defense against fire was fire.
I participated in verbal ‘assault festivals’ that, though it helps me today to reflect on emails, letters, and documents, could have destroyed me, had I not started applying this rule more effectively.
With regard to my siblings, I saw caregiving as ‘our’ responsibility, not as solely mine. But, in retrospect, it was solely mine, simply because my mother and God asked me to. If they did not want to help, they clearly had the right to that choice.
Accepting that it was my responsibility, I initiated my progress.
I fully accept that many, likely most, people don’t see life as I do. I appreciate that my blog posts will not appeal to everyone. That is fine.
I feel that the things I say, and the way that I live is ‘the right way’, and it is. It is ‘the right way’ for me.
I have learned one aspect of this lesson exceptionally well!
We are all simultaneously right. …All of us.
Let me explain. If I took 3 people and sat them in a room, and all had the same terminal illness. But, each had a different perspective on it, one may see it as hopeless. Another may be inspired to live through it. The final one may feel guilty, that the illness was their fault.
If they all passionately believed and lived that belief, each one of them would be simultaneously right. …Right for them. That is the perspective that each would ‘run with’ until life refines and perfects it.
However, each will experience reality, in accordance with what they believe their reality is.
This is even scientific, as explained in the post, Dear God, I Believe In You….But, I Trust My Doctor More Than I Trust You.
Here is my basis for exemplifying this principle:
We are all right in what we believe, at this moment in time. What we believe is real, therefore there’s isn’t one real or right, but rather an infinity of them.
So, why would I waste energy arguing and fussing, as I have, when both sides are ‘right’ and neither will relent?
Energy is finite. Wasting it senselessly in defensiveness will take us away from efforts that could be more beneficial.
Once I really ‘got this’, I felt an upsurge in energy, creativity, and my relationship with God.
Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease . . . with carefreeness, harmony, and love. And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy, and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.
I will put the Law of Least Effort into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
- I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are at this moment, not as I wish they were.
- Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation, and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
- Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view, and I will feel no need to persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.
How Can We Live With Least Effort? Ask Deepak Chopra! – 64,431 views – The Chopra Well – Published on May 13, 2012
Find out more at https://www.deepakchopra.com/video/vi… How can we live with the least effort?
The Seven Laws of Yoga: Law 4 – Law of Least Effort – 34,164 views – Intent – Published on May 1, 2008
A segment from the fifth DVD of Dr. Chopra’s Grow Younger, Live Longer series discussing The Seven Laws of Yoga