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Law of Least Effort

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    Law of Least Effort by Deepak Chopra The fourth spiritual law of success is the Law of Least Effort. This law is based on the fact that nature s intelligence
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 1, 2002
      Law of Least Effort

      by Deepak Chopra

      The fourth spiritual law of success is the Law of
      Least Effort. This
      law is
      based on the fact that nature's intelligence functions
      with effortless
      ease
      and abandoned carefreeness. This is the principle of
      least action, of
      no
      resistance. This is, therefore, the principle of
      harmony and love. When
      we
      learn this lesson from nature, we easily fulfill our
      desires.

      If you observe nature at work, you will see that least
      effort is
      expended.
      Grass doesn't try to grow, it just grows. Fish don't
      try to swim, they
      just
      swim. Flowers don't try to bloom, they bloom. Birds
      don't try to fly,
      they
      fly. This is their intrinsic nature. The earth doesn't
      try to spin on
      its
      own axis; it is the nature of the earth to spin with
      dizzying speed and
      to
      hurtle through space. It is the nature of babies to be
      in bliss. It is
      the
      nature of the sun to shine. It is the nature of the
      stars to glitter
      and
      sparkle. And it is human nature to make our dreams
      manifest into
      physical
      form, easily and effortlessly.

      In Vedic Science, the age-old philosophy of India,
      this principle is
      known
      as the principle of economy of effort, or "do less and
      accomplish
      more."
      Ultimately you come to the state where you do nothing
      and accomplish
      everything. This means that there is just a faint
      idea, and then the
      manifestation of the idea comes about effortlessly.
      What is commonly
      called
      a "miracle" is actually an expression of the Law of
      Least Effort.

      Nature's intelligence functions effortlessly,
      frictionlessly,
      spontaneously.
      It is non-linear; it is intuitive, holistic, and
      nourishing. And when
      you
      are in harmony with nature, when you are established
      in the knowledge
      of
      your true Self, you can make use of the Law of Least
      Effort.

      Least effort is expended when your actions are
      motivated by love,
      because
      nature is held together by the energy of love. When
      you seek power and
      control over other people, you waste energy. When you
      seek money or
      power
      for the sake of the ego, you spend energy chasing the
      illusion of
      happiness
      instead of enjoying happiness in the moment. When you
      seek money for
      personal gain only, you cut off the flow of energy to
      yourself, and
      interfere with the expression of nature's
      intelligence. But when your
      actions are motivated by love, there is no waste of
      energy. When your
      actions are motivated by love, your energy multiplies
      and accumulates
      -- and
      the surplus energy you gather and enjoy can be
      channeled to create
      anything
      that you want, including unlimited wealth.

      You can think of your physical body as a device for
      controlling energy:
      it
      can generate, store, and expend energy. If you know
      how to generate,
      store,
      and expend energy in an efficient way, then you can
      create any amount
      of
      wealth. Attention to the ego consumes the greatest
      amount of energy.
      When
      your internal reference point is the ego, when you
      seek power and
      control
      over other people or seek approval from others, you
      spend energy in a
      wasteful way.

      When that energy is freed up, it can be rechanneled
      and used to create
      anything that you want. When your internal reference
      point is your
      spirit,
      when you are immune to criticism and unfearful of any
      challenge, you
      can
      harness the power of love, and use energy creatively
      for the experience
      of
      affluence and evolution.

      In The Art of Dreaming, Don Juan tells Carlos
      Castaneda, ". . . most of
      our
      energy goes into upholding our importance.... If we
      were capable of
      losing
      some of that importance, two extraordinary things
      would happen to us.
      One,
      we would free our energy from trying to maintain the
      illusory idea of
      our
      grandeur; and two, we would provide ourselves with
      enough energy to ...
      catch a glimpse of the actual grandeur of the
      universe."

      Acceptance
      There are three components to the Law of Least Effort
      -- three things
      you
      can do to put this principle of "do less and
      accomplish more" into
      action.
      The first component is acceptance. Acceptance simply
      means that you
      make a
      commitment: "Today I will accept people, situations,
      circumstances, and
      events as they occur." This means I will know that
      this moment is as it
      should be, because the whole universe is as it should
      be. This moment
      -- the
      one you're experiencing right now -- is the
      culmination of all the
      moments
      you have experienced in the past. This moment is as it
      is because the
      entire
      universe is as it is.

      When you struggle against this moment, you're actually
      struggling
      against
      the entire universe. Instead, you can make the
      decision that today you
      will
      not struggle against the whole universe by struggling
      against this
      moment.
      This means that your acceptance of this moment is
      total and complete.
      You
      accept things as they are, not as you wish they were
      in this moment.
      This is
      important to understand. You can wish for things in
      the future to be
      different, but in this moment you have to accept
      things as they are.

      When you feel frustrated or upset by a person or a
      situation, remember
      that
      you are not reacting to the person or the situation,
      but to your
      feelings
      about the person or the situation. These are your
      feelings, and your
      feelings are not someone else's fault. When you
      recognize and
      understand
      this completely, you are ready to take responsibility
      for how you feel
      and
      to change it. And if you can accept things as they
      are, you are ready
      to
      take responsibility for your situation and for all the
      events you see
      as
      problems.

      Responsibility
      This leads us to the second component of the Law of
      Least Effort:
      responsibility. What does responsibility mean?
      Responsibility means not
      blaming anyone or anything for your situation,
      including yourself.
      Having
      accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem,
      responsibility
      then
      means the ability to have a creative response to the
      situation as it is
      now.
      All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and
      this awareness
      allows you
      to take the moment and transform it to a better
      situation or thing.

      Once you do this, every so-called upsetting situation
      will become an
      opportunity for the creation of something new and
      beautiful, and every
      so-called tormentor or tyrant will become your
      teacher. Reality is an
      interpretation. And if you choose to interpret reality
      in this way, you
      will
      have many teachers around you, and many opportunities
      to evolve.

      Whenever confronted by a tyrant, tormentor, teacher,
      friend, or foe
      (they
      all mean the same thing) remind yourself, "This moment
      is as it should
      be."
      Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life
      at this moment
      are
      precisely the ones you need in your life at this
      moment. There is a
      hidden
      meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is
      serving your own
      evolution.

      Defenselessness
      The third component of the Law of Least Effort is
      defenselessness,
      which
      means that your awareness is established in
      defenselessness, and you
      have
      relinquished the need to convince or persuade others
      of your point of
      view.
      If you observe people around you, you'll see that they
      spend
      ninety-nine
      percent of their time defending their points of view.
      If you just
      relinquish
      the need to defend your point of view, you will in
      that relinquishment,
      gain
      access to enormous amounts of energy that have been
      previously wasted.

      When you become defensive, blame others, and do not
      accept and
      surrender to
      the moment, your life meets resistance. Any time you
      encounter
      resistance,
      recognize that if you force the situation, the
      resistance will only
      increase. You don't want to stand rigid like a tall
      oak that cracks and
      collapses in the storm. Instead, you want to be
      flexible, like a reed
      that
      bends with the storm and survives.

      Completely desist from defending your point of view.
      When you have no
      point
      to defend, you do not allow the birth of an argument.
      If you do this
      consistently -- if you stop fighting and resisting --
      you will fully
      experience the present, which is a gift. Someone once
      told me, "The
      past is
      history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a
      gift. That is
      why
      this moment is called 'the present'."

      If you embrace the present and become one with it, and
      merge with it,
      you
      will experience a fire, a glow, a sparkle of ecstasy
      throbbing in every
      living sentient being. As you begin to experience this
      exultation of
      spirit
      in everything that is alive, as you become intimate
      with it, joy will
      be
      born within you, and you will drop the terrible
      burdens and
      encumbrances of
      defensiveness, resentment, and hurtfulness. Only then
      will you become
      lighthearted, carefree, joyous, and free.

      In this joyful, simple freedom, you will know without
      any doubt in your
      heart that what you want is available to you whenever
      you want it,
      because
      your want will be from the level of happiness, not
      from the level of
      anxiety
      or fear. You do not need to justify; simply declare
      your intent to
      yourself,
      and you will experience fulfillment, delight, joy,
      freedom, and
      autonomy in
      every moment of your life.

      Make a commitment to follow the path of no resistance.
      This is the path
      through which nature's intelligence unfolds
      spontaneously, without
      friction
      or effort. When you have the exquisite combination of
      acceptance,
      responsibility, and defenselessness, you will
      experience life flowing
      with
      effortless ease.

      When you remain open to all points of view -- not
      rigidly attached to
      only
      one -- your dreams and desires will flow with nature's
      desires. Then
      you can
      release your intentions, without attachment, and just
      wait for the
      appropriate season for your desires to blossom into
      reality. You can be
      sure
      that when the season is right, your desires will
      manifest. This is the
      Law
      of Least Effort.

      ------------------------
      This article is excerpted from "The Seven Spiritual
      Laws of Success",
      ©1994,
      by Deepak Chopra. Reprinted with permission of the
      publisher, New World
      Library.
    • Polly
      Much appreciation to Shai for posting the Law of Least Effort by Deepak Chopra. And answering Susan and for everyone s information, the affirmation is from
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 1, 2002
        Much appreciation to Shai for posting the Law of Least Effort by Deepak Chopra.
        And answering Susan and for everyone's information, the affirmation is from "Three Magic Words", by U.S. Anderson.
         
        Blessings for a love filled day.
        Polly
         
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