The Law of Least Effort is something I first learned from Deepak Chopra’s best-selling book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success“. This book is an absolute must-read for any spiritual seeker. In it, Deepak defines this law as the “principle of least action, of no resistance”. He goes on to explain that this law is a way for the human experience to mirror that of nature’s effortless experience that results in extreme efficiency. He writes “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.” Let me be clear I’m not attacking this Law or this explanation. I believe in this Law now more than I ever have, but I think my personal experience has provided a clearer explanation of WHY this Law ultimately “works” and HOW it happens. The Law of Least Effort, as interpreted by most people, sounds like we should all become bums and everything we want will fall right in our lap. This of course, is not how it works.
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Let’s consider the two schools of thought…The Law of Least Effort vs. The Idea of Hard Work Pays Off.
– Which one will generate the better life result in the end?
– Which one will generate the better life experience along the way?
The Idea of Hard Work Pays Off is what we’ve been taught for years. If we want to be successful, we must work harder than everyone else. If we put our mind to it, then we can achieve anything we desire. If we’re willing to do more than the next person, then we will be better than them. This all implies a laser-like focus and drive toward a particular goal. For many successful people, this was their path. They achieved success through hard work. I myself am one of those people, but here’s the problem…Hard work is just that, it’s hard. It’s hard on your body, it’s hard on your mind and it’s hard on your Soul. Working too many hours, obsessing over work, eating poorly, and not sleeping enough are typical for those who subscribe to the Idea of Hard Work Pays Off. This doesn’t make for a very exciting or healthy journey through life. Always looking over your shoulder. Second-guessing every moment you spend that isn’t devoted to out-working your competition. This is an existence of Fear. There is no faith in this concept. What about actually living life?
The Law of Least Effort is totally foreign most of us, but it’s engrained into our Being and everything living that surrounds us. We are the only living things that try to force and control the outcomes of everyday existence. However, when we subscribe to the Law of Least Effort, we take a more subtle approach. We generate our intention or our ultimate goal. We think about this goal and decide it’s what we want. We even tell others about our goal/intention any time it’s relevant to speak about. This goal is not a secret by any means, but we aren’t going to seek out the fulfillment of this goal. We are going to instead let the goal naturally fulfill itself. In doing so, we allow ourselves to be more present and therefore more conscious to our surroundings, interactions and relationships. It is within our surroundings, interactions with others and those relationships where we will find everything we need to fulfill our goals.
WHY and HOW the Law of Least Effort really works
This expansion of consciousness allows us to see ALL the great opportunities delivered by the Universe on a regular basis. If we’re stuck in our own world with a one-track mind focused on our own personal success, we will miss these completely. Of course, it’s these specific gifts that will ultimately allow us to fulfill our desires and goals more easily and more naturally than the Idea of Hard Work Pays Off.
It took me a long time to finally submit to this concept. I have been a “hard work pays off” type of guy my entire life. It’s how I’ve created any and all of my success in the past. How could I abandon something that’s working? For me, it wasn’t “working”. I was miserable. Success by way of hard work takes a toll. It leaves a wake that isn’t pretty. So, I created my intention, made it known to any and everyone who asked and then I kept with my normal routine of serving others. Since this time, because I wasn’t distracted with my own obsessions, I have been able to be more conscious, recognize opportunities, and be more present with everyone I encounter. The biggest opportunities of my life have shown themselves in this short time. Is it a coincidence? OR is the Law of Least Effort working just like it was drawn up thousands of years ago?
My experience with how the Law of Least Effort works has been pretty simple. The Universe delivers us everything we need and then some, but most of us aren’t paying enough attention to notice it. Practice this Law by announcing your intention, moving your actions in the right direction and trusting that everything will work out as you hoped or better. The real kicker is, this way of living is much, much better so we get to enjoy the ride a lot more than in the Idea of Hard Work Pays Off.
Happy Meditating. I really hope it helps. Namaste 🙂