In the mid-90s Deepak Chopra wrote a tiny text that repackaged Hindu philosophy for a western audience. It figures highly in many of the spiritualistic fads that have overtaken the west but at its core gives western audiences access to an incredibly balancing many-millennia-old system of understanding life. I have appended parenthetic associations to the chakra system and other systems of personal development including the sacraments and covenants and Erikson’s stages.
1. The Law of Pure Potentiality: Take time to be silent, to just BE. Meditate for 30 minutes twice a day. Silently witness the intelligence within every living thing. Practice non-judgment. (Muladhara, the root chakra, “I am, I belong,” birth, trust, baptism)
2. The Law of Giving: Today, bring whoever you encounter a gift: a compliment or flower. Gratefully receive gifts. Keep wealth circulating by giving and receiving care, affection, appreciation and love. (Svadisthana, the sacral chakra, “I feel,” creation, autonomy, communion, gift of the Holy Ghost)
3. The Law of Karma: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Choosing actions that bring happiness and success to others ensures the flow of happiness and success to you. (Manipura, the solar plexus chakra, “I do,” self-respect, identity, confirmation, endowment)
4. The Law of Least Effort: Accept people, situations, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view. (Anahata, the heart chakra, “I love,” acceptance, intimacy, marriage)
5. The Law of Intention and Desire: Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Make a list of desires. Trust that when things don’t seem to go your way, there is a reason. (Vishudda, the throat chakra, “I speak,” agency, generation, confession, repentance)
6. The Law of Detachment: Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Do not force solutions—allow solutions to spontaneously emerge. Uncertainty is essential and your path to freedom. (Anja, the third eye chakra, “I see,” wisdom, legacy, ordination, sacrament)
7. The Law of Dharma: Seek your higher Self. Discover your unique talents. Ask yourself how you are best suited to serve humanity. Using your unique talents and serving others brings unlimited bliss and abundance. (Sahasrara, the crown chakra, “I understand,” mission, transcendence, extreme unction, sealing priesthood)
The chakra system allows us a unique understanding of how integrated our soul can be as each of these laws or forces informs and strengthens or weakens others. It is an incredibly complex system that can be explained and understood at its surface simply and can be understood further through implementation – as all religious systems can be approached easily and yet more deeply experienced through the exercise of faith.