I first heard of Deepak Chopra when Oprah Winfrey interviewed him on her Spotify podcast, “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.” A bestselling author, public speaker, Ayurveda and alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement, Chopra first established a career in the medical field and witnessed lives transform through the power of positive thinking. He and Oprah discussed how it was impossible to deny the little miracles he encountered, and why he became compelled to spread the word on his discoveries.
“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide To The Fulfillment Of Your Dreams” was first published in 1994 and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages, was on the top 10 list of the New York Times in 1995. The book outlines a new perspective on how to think, how to act, and how to live, in a way that combines spirituality, mental focus, and an openness to the laws of nature. Chopra suggests that life accomplishments and good fortune are not solely gained from hard work and determination, but through consistent, intentional application of seven profound truths:
- The Law of Potentiality
- The Law of Giving
- The Law of “Karma” or Cause & Effect
- The Law of Least Effort
- The Law of Intention and Desire
- The Law of Detachment
- The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life
I will not dive into each specific rule, but the teachings are great. The book is pocket sized- only 111 pages- and each chapter is dedicated to explaining each principle and how to put it into practice. To summarize Chopra’s philosophy, he writes:
“Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. Success is the ability to fulfill your desires with effortless ease. And yet success, including the creation of wealth, has always been considered to be a process that requires hard work, and is often considered to be at the expense of others. We need a more spiritual approach to success and affluence, which is the abundant flow of all good things to you. With the knowledge and practice of spiritual law, we put ourselves in harmony with nature and create with carefreeness, joy, and love.” -The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Page 2
Chopra peels back the layers of energy, self-referral, the ego, karma, etc.; He merges science with psychological, philosophical, and spiritual truths.
This book is filled with timeless wisdom and practical steps that are easy to apply immediately and consistently throughout all stages of life. What’s more, some of my other success mentors like Tony Robbins and Ken Blanchard were quoted on the back cover- They too, have found power in Chopra’s teachings.
I actually found this book on my mother’s bookshelf when we were organizing her things and I feel like her lessons continue on, starting with what she learned between its pages. Key excerpts are underlined and it inspires me to keep the hardcover close- It’s the ultimate gift of personal growth, intensified by my mother’s energy and love.
FINAL SCORE: 4.5 I had all of the self-help feels with this book: I nodded, I clapped, I re-read sentences aloud, I took photos of my favorite lines. Pick it up: It will take you a few hours to read and will help you blissfully breeze through a thousand lifetimes.
BEST FOR: Kindred Spirits Looking To Deepen Their Connections With The Universe & Themselves
NOT GOOD FOR: Skeptics
IF THIS BOOK/ AUTHOR WAS A HIGH SCHOOL STEREOTYPE: I’d Dub This Book, The Class Buddha.
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