In today’s turbulent times it would be prudent to go within to examine yourself. There is something very beautifully unique about each of us that we must discover and share with the world.
Now is the time to calibrate our spirits, fine-tune our vibrations. This is something over which we have complete control, unlike our uncertain future, given today’s racial protests and the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuning the spirit is the most that we can do to prepare ourselves for what may come, which is an unknown. Though what awaits us is a mystery, we would be better prepared to rest on a strong identity of self and a fortified spiritual foundation than not.
I am basking in the joy of having elevated my spirit years ago. During today’s Racial Revolution and COVID19 pandemic, I have not been fearful. In fact, my creativity and energy have been elevated, as well. For me, it is an exciting time. In contrast, I see a correlation between those not in touch with their inner spirit and being fearful, worried, and physically unhealthy.
This post is based on the principles in the book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra. Today we focus on the Spiritual Law of Dharma. Dharma is your purpose in life. This law requires that we find life’s purpose for the spiritual embryo within ourselves and pursue it with vigor.
When I first reintroduced the Seven Spiritual Laws series, I adapted it for the crisis of the day, which was only the coronavirus pandemic. I only covered one of the spiritual laws so far, The Law of Detachment. I took the liberty of rearranging the order of Deepak Chopra’s laws because they work in order, individually and in mixed order when you practice them regularly.
The book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success was first published in 1994. In the late 1990s, I read it for the first time. Since then, I have read it numerous times, as well as, distributed copies to others in various countries around the world.
With each post in this series, I reread the featured chapter before writing. The book is less than 100 pages long and is quite easy reading. Please read it. If you are fortunate as I’ve been, reading this book may change your life.
I share this series of posts now because I care, and because we are in trying, but crucial times. We are now enduring the challenges of the coronavirus, a racial Revolution, and an uncertain, but definitively different future. It is time to fortify our spirits in whichever way that resonates with us. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success deeply resonates with me. Those who know me, and who’ve read the book, will clearly see that I live my life according to its seven principles.
I will continue to share the principles until the day that I leave this earth, with the hope that some or all of the laws will resonate with others, and perhaps lead them to spiritual transformation, as it has led me.
These principles do not conflict with the teachings of the bible. In fact, I have found each principal complementary to the bible. It is very unoffensive, especially if you are not easily offended. Obviously, if you want to pick a fight, you may be offended. But The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success doesn’t conflict with other religious teachings either, including Baha’i, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism
“I can only speak from a personal standpoint, but for me, I loved this book/audiobook. Even if you’re religious, it does not conflict with any of your beliefs, although, to let you know, I think some of what is said is mentioned in the bible. It’s like a how-to change and go to with living a certain way. As he breaks down each law, he makes you think, reflect, and look at you and the way you are living your life.” – Lady Raven RAVE!
In this remix of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, I have taken the liberty of changing the order, as I did in past posts. I changed the order because I have found that though the laws synergize with each other, they are each effective independently.
Over the years that I have read this book, I have found myself needing to go back to a particular chapter or two for inspirations, without rereading the others. Furthermore, I have found that different circumstances require gaining an understanding of different laws.
We are in trying times now. So, outside of the fact that the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success posts are my most-read posts, I am representing them again, remixed, for today’s crisis.
The 3 Components of the Law of Dharma
The spiritual law of Dharma asks that we seek to find our higher selves. It aims to encourage us to discover our abilities and the unique way we express them with others. When we go within to discover our talents it is for the purpose of serving others, not ourselves.
The law of Dharma asks, given our unique talents, how are we best suited to serve humanity? The Law of Dharma refers to our duty in this life.
This law requires that we discover our true selves, our spiritual selves. This is important because our spirits are imprinted with our purpose in life, our Dharma. Our ego-self is misguided popularity, material possessions, greed, lust, and control. In contrast, our spiritual self gravitates to what God desires of us. We have all been imprinted by the Creator with our purpose, our mission, and ministry. We only have to discover it, and disconnect from the outcome of pursuing it. To practice the Law of Dharma we must pursue it without judgment on its success or failure. We must be detached from the outcome. We must also practice the Law of Dharma, being cognizant of the Law of Detachment, my first post on The Seven Spiritual Laws.
You may wonder, how in the hell can I discover my true self? You may think that you are who you portray to others. Well, you aren’t. Your spirit is your true self. In practicing this law, you must discover your spirit. There are three steps to achieving this feat, but they must be practiced regularly and with faith until it comes naturally.
Here are the 3 Components of the Law of Dharma
- Discover the spiritual version of you through meditation and prayer, regularly.
- With your spiritual identity established, think about the things on which others repeatedly compliment you. Think about those hobbies, tasks, or projects where you lose your sense of time. Reflect on this daily, asking God for the answer and you will discover your purpose in life. You will discover your Dharma.
- In it critically important that your reflection on discovering your purpose is approached from the perspective of serving others. In other words, you must reflect on the question, Given my talents, the things on which I am often complimented, what causes me to become absorbed, that I could use to help others? You must not reflect on any of the three steps with personal gain, notoriety, or power in mind.
“Everyone has a purpose in life . . . a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal.” – Deepak Chopra
Here are 3 commitments to putting the Law of Dharma in practice:
- I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I will pay attention to the spirit within me that animates both my body and my mind. I will awaken myself to this deep stillness within my heart. I will carry the consciousness of timeless, eternal Being in the midst of a time-bound experience.
- I will make a list of my unique talents, those things for which I am regularly complimented. I will especially add to the list the abilities and tasks that absorb me and make me lose my sense of time. Then I will consider how those talents can be put to use serving others.
- Each day, I will ask myself, How can I serve others today? Then I will do it. I won’t just ask yourself, and remain inactive.
Today I’m more focused than I’ve ever been. I spend more time alone than I ever have too. And, I’m okay with it. I’m in that season where carving out this space is necessary.
I have discovered my Dharma, and I am working it. I need alone time to do that.
Discovering my Dharma was not like God sent me a specific job description or business venture that I was destined to fulfill. When I discovered my Dharma I focused on the things that absorbed me, the things that made me lose my sense of space and time. …What took me away from the world but did not leave me feeling lonely.
Grieving over my mother’s transition and my family’s deceit against me during her final years broke me emotionally and physically. It left me alone for years. It was as if I had no friend or family but only had God. During this period, I meditated and prayed several hours each day. This went on for years. I wanted the hurt to go away and to get my life back.
To make the story short, I got tired of feeling betrayed, unworthy, and sorry for myself. I got tired of crying and ranting to friends about it. My friends, I’m sure got tired of me.
With few loyal people with whom to share, I began to express myself in poems and other writings. At this point, I had already been using creative writing as an outlet for about 12 years.
I then began attending writing workshops and expressed the emotions that I experienced on Life’s Road through my works. I was never really considered a ‘good’ writer by my colleagues, but that did not bother me. I saw my writing as therapy and testimony, so however it came out, was perfect to me. My poems unveiled my inner feelings. Read them and you will see (Search the word ‘Poem’)
I gravitated into speaking and narrating my writings in front of others. Then I began media training, learning video, photography, and audio editing. These outlets absorbed me, not only dousing my grieving but also eliminating my feeling lonely.
My specific occupation, project or venture is still an unknown to me. I would like to write several books and finish the ones I’ve started. I am learning movie script editing now. I plan to produce several movies someday in the future.
But the specifics, I still do not know. With regard to Dharma, I know that my purpose involves communication. As it relates to helping others, my Dharma is to use my oratory, written, and creative skills to train, inform, enlighten, and inspire others. In other words, my Dharma is to be a messenger and teacher, but not a preacher, but a minister. I am too flawed to be a spiritual leader.
“Don’t Ask Noboby For Nothing, Nothing!”
I must deviate, as I often do, for a moment, but for a good cause. It has to do with my mother. I called her Lil Eunice. She is my angel and dear heart.
Before I even knew about the law of Dharma, my mother engrained in my head that I should help people, without worrying about money. Her words ring in my ears today, as I spend over 20 hours a week helping others voluntarily. After her passing I volunteered at nonprofits for several years. Today, actually, literally, and yesterday I spent nearly entire days, helping others without expecting or receiving anything.
The laws of Dharma and Karma later revealed to me that our deeds, whether good or bad, are deposited into the universe like a bank deposit. I live my life mainly making deposits into the Karma Bank. Rarely do I withdraw.
Below is rare footage of my mother four years before she transitioned. In this clip, she says the very words that I can never forget and that dictates over my deeds, “Don’t ask nobody for nothing, nothing! If you don’t have, do without, but help the people”. Kevy
In discovering my Dharma, I also discovered that I initially felt lonely because I missed my old persona. I was lonely because I missed my old self. But, not anymore.
Finding my Dharma has made being alone understandable, and digestible, revealing benefits that I never considered. I became cool with not having a lot of people and activities around me. My life became much simpler. It’s still that way.
Once I accepted that I was a new man, I needed to establish a new life, complete with new goals, desires, and intentions.
I started to view my life differently. I saw myself as Bill Murry in Groundhog Day. I was beginning a life once again, to see if this time I’d get it right.
Looking at it this way, abandonment became a blessing. I had the space I needed to pursue new goals, in the same shell, but with an enhanced spirit and proven wisdom.
I had the space to discover my Dharma, my purpose in life.
The Spiritual Law of Dharma is especially important in today’s crisis-stricken, fear-driven environment. No one knows what the future holds. We could recover vibrantly from coronavirus with a miracle vaccine. Millions more could die, and the pandemic could last for years, fundamentally changing how humans interact. “The Lobster” could be reelected and inflict more devastating damage on humanity. Biden could win and the nation could heal.
The point is, we just don’t know what’s going to happen. But we do know that the future will look different. As a result, we will have to adapt to it. We may have to change careers, learn new technologies, take better care of our health, and create better ways that we can serve others. Most of all, we may have to change our way of thinking.
In this sea of uncertainty, what better time is there to discover your purpose than now? Discovering who you really are and what God wants you to do is static. It’s been imprinted on you all the while.
In changing times it would be wise to know with certainty our essence, and purpose so that we may easily adapt to whatever lies ahead. This is the perfect climate for discovering your Dharma.
Whether you gain freedom from those people and things that may distract you from discovering your Dharma by falling from grace as I did, or by other means, the point is that you will ultimately require space to focus. You will not achieve this life-altering discovery, not optimally, if you try to maintain your social butterfly status. You’ll have to give that up.
You will have to also eliminate all distracting people, places, and things from your life to truly ignite your Dharma.
Outside of the goal itself, anything, anything that is not for the “better good” of your Mind, Spirit, and Body will impede your ability to focus, and therefore your ability to succeed in discovering your Dharma.
I was one of those people who thought I could be both social and focused. It worked for an illusionary while, but it was exhausting and caused me many unnecessary clashes in priorities. Even though I had my share of successes, they were marginal compared to what they should have been.
I see maintaining a disciplined focus on the steps that will lead me to my goals, as of the utmost importance. My goal is the pursuit of my purpose in life, my Dharma. There’s nothing more important than fulfilling God’s plan for me, so I take it very seriously.
For any upcoming event that I may have, I prepare myself in advance to be at my very best when the event occurs. I prepare a day in advance for going to church, work, and class. I even prepare for writing posts. I visualize and meditate, and messages become vivid. Then I eat well, sleep well, and mentally prepare myself so that my message is clear when it’s written. I see my writing bouts as an event, just like a doctor’s appointment, for which I also present my optimal self.
Focusing on a work of creativity, research, study, or a mission is all ‘events’, and should be treated as such. They are not just a ‘to do’ item; they’re much more.
Schedule the times when you need space and alertness to focus. Prepare for this ‘event’ in advance. Put everyone on alert. The night before, eat and rest well. Visualize what you are going to do, and how. Pray to God that you are successful. Alternatively, thank God in advance for your inevitable success, before it occurs.
We must also relax in order to become focused. Everyone doesn’t know how to relax. Therefore you should train yourself to relax so that you’re not be so amped up all the time.
Meditate, commune with nature, take a mineral bath, or do whatever relaxes you days before the day that you need your space and must focus. That way, when it comes time to really focus, you will be your most relaxed self,.
The bottom line is that focusing is a strategically orchestrated event, for which you must prepare if you are to present your most authentic self to others. It nearly requires transformation.
You may have to shed everything that previously defined the unfocused you and you may be changed in the process.
…But, not to worry. It will only be for a season, a Life Season. Kevy
Needless to say, you must eliminate worrying about what people think about you, resentment, jealousy, and grief. These emotions will drain you and may lead you to become depressed. You will never focus, or progress wrapped in your emotions this way.
Getting over emotional distractions is easier than it is to remain steadfast in pity. Doing so is critical to discovering your true self and finding your purpose.
Manifesting most visions and goals are life-transforming, such as completing college, saving for a new home, writing a book, starting a business or project, becoming sober, or spiritual awakening. Discovering purpose in life is no exception. It requires taking dramatic measures to manifest such lofty goals.
Don’t allow your ego to trick you, as mine did me, into thinking that you can party, maintain lots of friendships, and still reach your goals. …Bullshit!
You may by exception reach your goals that way, but you will not climb as high, and will likely be a complete mess by the time you get there.
Superstars have to isolate some, to get the leg work done when achieving their desires,.
You will lose or reshape many relationships, as you go through this process. You may find that most of those relationships had grown incompatible with your goals long ago anyway. You were just in denial.
If you are lucky, you will have one or two who will accommodate your need for space, and who will likely support you always.
Establishing Space To Discover UR Dharma
Here’s a list of ideas for establishing your space, and focusing. The list may not be complete. I brainstormed and came up with this list, reflecting on my strategy.
If you follow these suggestions, I’m confident that you will find yourself in a state of mind, environment, and spirit that’s more conducive to focusing, and succeeding.
In this state, you will discover your Dharma. You will discover God’s purpose for you.
- Sleep well. Sleep Early: I suggest that you go to bed very early, say before 8 pm if you can, and wake at about 3:00 am to study, create, and ‘do the damn thing’. There are rarely any external distractions at this hour.
How Lack Of Sleep Can Affect Your Brain? – 5,103 views – Consumer Health Digest – Published on Feb 10, 2017
Are you facing problems due to lack of sleep? Sleep deprivation has an impact on the brain. Watch out this video to see how a lack of sleep can affect your brain.
- Eat well, Eat nutritiously: The foods you eat or don’t eat, affect your brain’s alertness and mood.
How the food you eat affects your brain – Mia Nacamulli – 3,897,801 views – TED-Ed – Published on Jun 21, 2016
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-the-foo… When it comes to what you bite, chew, and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain to find out.
- Learn to Relax Pray & Meditate: Do this regularly to ask God for and to visualize your success. Asking God will make you feel as though you and God are partners working on your goal. Meditation will get you accustomed to relaxing and stillness.
- Put Things In Perspective: Your diligence in isolation for a while is not the end of the world! You will be in this mode for only a season in your life. You will experience other seasons throughout life, and perhaps this one again. Life if full of seasons, like winter, spring, summer, and fall. But, spring always comes.
- Select Different Surroundings: Select various environments for performing your work so that the ‘same ole spot’ does not get drab and discouraging. Study in the park, at a library, at a coffee shop, etc. Add in a bit of adventure by switching things up.
- Prepare and Plan: When you know that you must focus on a major effort, plan for it in advance. Schedule it on your calendar, sleep and eat well the night before, shut down your cell phone early the night before, and maybe take a relaxing silt bath. When it is time to get the work done, you will be fresh!
- Let Go: You are no longer the social butterfly or ‘player’, that you once were, especially now that you have visions and dreams in mind. Accept that! You must shed all lifestyles and activities that conflict with your goals, and the work you must do to reach them. Become a more disciplined you.
- Visualize the Finished Product In Advance: It costs absolutely nothing to visualize. Visualize how your work’s end result will look, the compliments you will be receiving, the smiles on your face, and what this accomplishment will lead to. I always say, “If you can’t see it, you don’t believe it. And, if you can’t proclaim it, you won’t achieve it.”
- Put Friends & Family On Alert: Let those closest to you know of your upcoming unavailability. Those closest to you are the most difficult ones to turn away. Do it in advance.
- Turn off Your Devices: Get into the habit of turning off your smart devices every day after a certain time. Alternatively, pick a day(s) during the week where you are smartphone, television, and social media free. With social media, you can establish virtual relationships. These are complimentary because you can turn them off and on, simply by logging in or out.
- Turn off The News: Reduce your daily national news intake significantly. Instead of getting all of the news from television, pull the news you desire from the internet and social media, but be selective. If you must watch the news, focus more on local news for weather, traffic, and sports. Don’t worry that you will miss what’s going on. You will get excerpts of national news from the local news. Friends and family will regurgitate the rest to you, without you having to watch it.
- Use Music and Sounds: Music is a very significant part of my day-to-day. But music can also be distracting if you choose the wrong type. I choose complementary music and sounds for meditation, prayer, exercise, writing, and analytical tasks. It is very helpful and builds a melodious wall around my intentions, efforts, and desires.
I use music and sounds in various aspects of my day. I sometimes meditate to music and sounds. Some audio, like iAwake Technologies’, infuse brainwave frequencies in their recordings that target specific desired results. I listen to these as well. You may download free audio files on their website.
WHAT ARE BRAINWAVES? – Brainworks – Train Your Mind
At the root of all our thoughts, emotions and behaviors is the communication between neurons within our brains. Brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other.
Brainwaves are detected using sensors placed on the scalp. They are divided into bandwidths to describe their functions (below), but are the best thought of as a continuous spectrum of consciousness; from slow, loud, and functional – to fast, subtle, and complex.
It is a handy analogy to think of brainwaves as musical notes – the low-frequency waves are like a deeply penetrating drum beat, while the higher frequency brainwaves are more like a subtle high pitched flute. Like a symphony, the higher and lower frequencies link and cohere with each other through harmonics. Read More
I listen to gospel music for praise and inspiration, and to reggae and world when I’m in a festive mood. Music is an instrumental part of my writing regiment. My process includes doing all of the above suggestions to prepare myself for the day that I will write. I then take at least one day to reflect on the message, and how it will be delivered.
Then I ‘do the damn thing’, I sit and write. That’s where the music comes in. I must have music playing softly in the background. I usually listen to classical, spa, gospel, or meditation music while I am writing.
On YouTube, there is a large selection of background music for Study, Focus, and opening your 3rd eye. I’ve provided a few samples for you below, but there is a plethora out there, for free.
Productivity Music | Focus Music with Binaural Beats, Study Music for Better Concentration – 11,675 views – Greenred Productions – Relaxing Music – Published on Aug 20, 2018
Study Music Alpha Waves: Relaxing Studying Music, Brain Power, Focus Concentration Music, ☯161 – 90,172,101 views – YellowBrickCinema – Relaxing Music – Published on Jun 26, 2014Study Music Alpha Waves: Relaxing Studying Music, Brain Power, Focus Concentration Music, ☯161 – YellowBrickCinema’s Study Music & Concentration Music is ideal background music to help you to study, concentrate, focus and work more effectively. This Study and Focus Music is ideal instrumental music to help you study, focus, and relax before that big test or exam.
MMeditation Music for Concentration and Focus, Positive Energy, Relax Mind Body, Reiki | Ocean Music – 132,613 views – Relaxing Music – Published on Sep 7, 2015Meditation Music for Concentration and Focus. Ocean Music for Meditation for positive energy, relax mind-body, sleep, and relaxation. Peaceful, Calm, Relaxing Healing Music. I hope you find inner peace through meditation and it relaxes your mind and body.
Mozart Classical Music for Studying, Concentration, Relaxation | Study Music | Piano Instrumental – 4,089,805 views – Just Instrumental Music – Published on Oct 9, 2017
3 Hours of some of the best classical music for studying and concentration by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is the perfect relaxing instrumental music for studying and better learning to focus and it is also great classical piano music to study, concentrate, writing, or working in an office. Use this classical music for relaxation and reading or as study music for exams and study time.
Relaxing Music for Deep Sleep. Alpha Waves. Increase Creativity, Stress Relief – 1,358,319 views – Meditation Relax Music – Published on Aug 10, 2015
Meditation Relax Music Channel presents Relaxing Music for Deep Sleep. Alpha Waves. Use this specially created music to Increase Creativity, Reduce Stress, during deep sleeping, insomnia. Also, it is excellent as a background for Meditation, Yoga, Calm Massage, and Pregnancy. Totally relax your mind and body and heal your soul. Alpha waves are neural oscillations in the frequency range of 7.5–12.5 Hz  arising from the synchronous and coherent (in-phase or constructive) electrical activity of thalamic pacemaker cells in humans. They are also called Berger’s wave in memory of the founder of EEG.
3 Hour Focus Music: Study Music, Alpha Waves, Calming Music, Concentration Music, ☯465 – 15,666,583 views – YellowBrickCinema – Relaxing Music – Published on Nov 19, 2014
3 Hour Focus Music: Study Music, Alpha Waves, Calming Music, Concentration Music, ☯465 – YellowBrickCinema’s Study Music & Concentration Music is ideal background music to help you to study, concentrate, focus and work more effectively. This Study and Focus Music is ideal instrumental music to help you study, focus, and relax before that big test or exam. Our Studying Music for concentration uses alpha waves and binaural beats to boost concentration and brainpower and is the ideal relaxing music for stress relief.
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