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In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Chopra redefines success, arguing that your entire reality springs from an invisible, spiritual world of consciousness pulsing with energy that connects everything in the universe. He explains that true success comes from aligning with the flow of this spiritual energy.
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The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra puts forward that your entire reality springs from an invisible, spiritual world of consciousness. This invisible realm pulses with the energy and knowledge of the trillions of thoughts that have ever existed and are yet to exist (we’ll refer to this energy and knowledge as “thought-energy”).
He explains that true success comes from aligning with the thought-energy that flows within you and connects you to everything in the universe. This connection allows you to understand that who you are—how you think, feel, and act—is more important than what you have—because everything you have and experience is a reflection of the thought-energy that flows through you.
(Shortform note: Chopra’s claim that your thoughts are the cause of your success isn’t new. The premise that an inherently good higher power orchestrates everything in the universe to reflect your thoughts has become increasingly popular since the publication of The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles in 1910. Like Chopra, Wattles asserts that positive life experiences come from aligning your conscious thoughts and beliefs with a benevolent force, and negative life experiences come from thinking negatively.)
Chopra presents his key ideas on thought-energy and how it impacts all of your experiences. He also provides methods to help you align with the flow of thought-energy, appreciate your significance in the world, and experience true success.
Reality Is a Reflection of the Spiritual Realm
According to Chopra, the thought-energy that lives within the spiritual realm gives birth to and lives within all matter in the universe: In other words, everything you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch is simply a reflection of all of the thoughts that live in this spiritual realm.
Success Comes From Aligning With the Spiritual Realm
Your awareness of your connection to the spiritual realm influences your experience of success. Chopra claims that when you don’t feel connected to the spiritual realm, you assume there’s nothing more to your reality than what you perceive. This narrow point of view encourages you to identify solely with what’s happening outside of you, creates feelings of anxiety, and compels you to develop fear-based responses to your experiences.
Chopra argues that when you accept and feel your connection to the spiritual realm, your approach to life dramatically changes. Instead of filling you with fear, your life works with the flow of universal thought-energy and therefore brings you joy.
How to Align With the Spiritual Realm
Chopra claims that you can align with the universe—the flow of thought-energy—and experience success in all areas of your life by practicing five interrelated methods:
- Silence your internal monologue.
- Recognize how your reality reflects your thought-energy.
- Trust and accept that every moment is as it should be.
- Contribute positively to the flow and exchange of thought-energy.
- Choose goals that feel meaningful to you.
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- Why success isn't based on how much you achieve or accumulate
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