I decided that if I was going to make a reasonable and rational decision on the efficacy of such teachings then I would have to live them. In fact, this I believe is the only way to ‘test’ such theories. Since my ‘journey’ with the good Dr and his ‘Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’ I have had this approach reinforced and re-iterated; the ONLY way to truly know about something is to experience it.
We can read, listen, watch etc and in fact engage all of our wonderful physical senses (VAKOG – visual, auditory, kinetic, olfactory, gusatatory) from a semi-detached perspective but it is the experience of something, the doing of it, that totally embeds it into our physiology and mind.
So that’s what I did. Over a period of about 14 months I lived and breathed Dr Chopra’s laws.
The result? Well, you will have to read the book but I will be including similar excerpts, written as diary posts, over the coming months for the 3rdi magazine. This month’s piece is from very early in my travails. I hope that you enjoy, or at least engage with it.
Day 2 Consciousness in motion
Today has been a trial.
My water pipes are frozen in this third Ice Age (a week of minus temperatures in the UK and the whole infrastructure grinds to a halt) and the pre-recorded answer machine from my utilities supplier – you know who you are!!! – simply tells me that it is my responsibility because “they have no problems” , it must be the pipes from their mains to my house. Their advice is get a hairdryer out warm your pipes. (Sir!) I feel incredibly lucky to live in this age of enlightened customer service.
But, un-daunted and ignoring my man-flu, I disregard the two semi-balding tyres on my ageing and stubborn 10 year old Audi and set off for my parents’ – to borrow a hairdryer! Ooops, low on petrol so I nip into the petrol station round the corner – no petrol available; frozen pumps. Remaining calm and un-flustered I drive to the next town with the Audi running on a memory of previous fuel and admire the wonderful Christmas card scenery. Made it. I treat the car to a whole £15 of fuel. I get out my cash, just £15. Mmm, cool, just enough. Except between the pump and the desk a random penny has appeared on my total I can’t pay cash so insert my card into the gadget on the desk. Refused. I smile it off casually and rise above the mutterings behind me. I try again. Refused. I know I have cash because I checked my balance yesterday. Thankfully they don’t retain me but do take my details. I leave. Still slightly on the up side of neutral.
The next ten minutes or so go smoothly until I receive a call from a PR company that I have been in regular and positive dialogue with for 4-5 weeks. They are not going to put forward a proposal to help promote my business – just the five weeks of wasted effort then!!
Further down the line I will discuss the law of attraction and detachment. These principles appear in later Laws. I know already that detachment will be one of my major challenges. I try to detach. I cannot think how or why I attracted any of this today so all I can do is stay calm, detach and philosophize.
“Anything and everything that we can perceive through our senses, is the realisation of the manifest from the un-manifest. Consciousness in motion”I am uncertain how my consciousness manifested all of this from the un-manifest but I suppose that is why I embarked upon this journey.
As I look back at my journey with the Laws I see the entire experience from the detached perspective of time. I have learned much since then but I wonder even now; if I was to undertake the entire journey again, now, from scratch, would I experience the same? Would I feel the same? Would I be in the same place?
Who knows? Experience is contextual. Life is contextual. Thought is contextual. Maybe the only way to know is to walk the path again. Mmmm, maybe not just yet!
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