“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.” – Deepak Chopra
Hello again Spiritual Warriors!! And welcome to another week of Life Tools! This week, we explore Deepak Chopra’s timeless classic The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Each law is so powerful by itself; but collectively they allow us to weave a fabric of success and fulfillment.
On page 73, regarding the Law of Intention and Desire, Deepak writes that, “Intention is the real power behind desire. Intent alone is very powerful, because intent is desire without attachment to outcome…And intention combined with detachment leads to life-centered present-moment awareness. As long as your attention is in the present, (and you are detached from the outcome) then your intent for the future will manifest, because the future is created in the present.”
This echoes the guidance of Krishna to Arjuna in Chapter 2 Verse 48 of the Bhagavad Gita when he tells him “yogastha kuru karmani.” In English, this means “established in yoga (one-ness or present moment awareness), perform action.” So let’s settle ourselves with meditation…and then move into action!
To make our most powerful moves in life, we must plant the seeds for the future, yet be detached from our expectations of what the future will bring. In essence, stay present — right here, right now — and nurture the garden so the seeds can unfold. But our desires for the seeds to grow more quickly, or in a certain way, can create expectations.
Having expectations is a very common thought-form during meditation that drifts our minds into the future, spawning even more thoughts. Many expectations we have are illusions we’ve created based on years of conditioning – decades of developing thought patterns and refining behaviors that have sculpted our sense of Self. We are continuously expecting. Sometimes what we expect is exactly what is delivered; other times, it’s a surprise.
In the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Deepak and David Simon write: “Embrace uncertainty as an essential ingredient of your experience and watch how creative solutions to problems spontaneously emerge out of the chaos. Cultivate an attitude of curiosity and innocence as you live your life and notice how a deep inner security develops within you, independent of things around you.”
So let’s live this week with an attitude of curiosity and innocence and let’s allow that inner sense of security to blossom. Join me Thursday on Hay House Radio and we’ll take it even deeper.
Keep meditating, and I’ll see you in the gap!