The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success: Law #2 The Law of Giving & Receiving

The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success

By Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra says, The universe operates through dynamic exchange . . . giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.

I will put the Law of Giving and Receiving into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:

1. Wherever I go, and whomever I encounter, I will bring them a gift. The gift may be a compliment, a FLOWER, or a prayer. Today, I will give something to everyone I come into contact with, and so I will begin the process of circulating joy, wealth and affluence in MY LIFE and in the lives of others.

2. Today I will gratefully receive all the gifts THAT LIFE has to offer me. I will receive the gifts of nature: sunlight and the sound of birds singing, or spring showers or the first snow of winter. I will also be open to receiving from others, whether it be in the form of a material gift, money, a compliment or a prayer.

3. I will make a commitment to keep wealth circulating in my life by giving and receiving life’s most precious gifts: the gifts of caring, affection, appreciation and love. Each time I meet someone, I will silently wish them happiness, joy and laughter.

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48 Laws of Power: Law #5 So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with Your Life

Law 5: So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life

  •      Reputation is the cornerstone of power.
  •      Reputation alone will make you win.
  •      Destroy enemies by attacking their reputation.

Be aware of your current reputation and live up to it!

A few summers back, my usual group of friends would hang around in a water park. Once, the son of the richest guy in our town decided to join us. We were all in awe…for about 15 minutes.

When he came, we immediately moved aside to offer him a seat and whenever he spoke, we’d quickly shut up and turn to listen to him. He instead, really let himself go. He started telling us he was late bcs his mother didn’t approve of his boxers. Oookay??! As we didn’t laugh frantically, he followed with more examples of how ‘lame’ his mom was.

awkward silence

In about 14 minutes the dude proceeded to destroy the reputation that he held as “the son of one of the richest and most respected men in town” to an “awkward, lame dude”.

To be honest he was an alright kid, but because he failed to live up to our expectations based on his families reputation, we thought even less of him.

It took less than 15 minutes to destroy a families reputation that took decades to build.


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48 Laws of Power: Law #2 Never put too much trust in friends, learn to use enemies

Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn to use enemies

  •      Friends will quickly betray you.
  •      Hire former enemies, they’ll be loyal.

This law is particularly useful for men in middle/high positions of power who need to stop rival underdogs (people who are violating law 1) in their tracks. For people low on the totem pole, using your enemies has far more limited application, the stakes are so low you can usually afford to ignore them instead.

An example of this law in action was when John Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson to be his running mate. For those who aren’t into American history, Johnson was one of Kennedy’s primary opponents for the Democratic nomination, and not much love was lost between the two camps. Johnson thought Kennedy was a lazy, unserious, do nothing Senator who had only gotten elected to the House and then later the Senate because his father was rich. The Kennnedys thought Johnson was an uncouth, uneducated, power mad fool. Kennedy’s brother Robert–Kennedy’s campaign manager and later Attorney General–especially hated Johnson. But, that didn’t prevent JFK from picking LBJ as VP for several reasons: (1) it got Johnson out of the Senate where, as Majority Leader, he could be a real pain in the ass when JFK was trying to pass legislation; (2) he removed Johnson as a potential threat in the next election cycle; (3) Johnson’s Senatorial expertise could be used to benefit the administration as opposed to it being used against the administration; and (4) having Johnson on the ticket would probably mean Texas would vote for the Kennedy ticket, notwithstanding Kennedy being perceived by many Texans as just another Northeastern liberal. Once JFK was elected, LBJ was largely marginalized in the administration (which of course, LBJ hated, but what was he going to do, quit?).

To use an example about figureheads from popular culture (SPOILER ALERT,) it’s like in Game of Thrones after Joffrey dies, his mother becomes the Queen Regent (the acting Monarch) and is acting leader until his younger brother “The King” comes of age. The King is the head monarch only in name, because of his age. Even when he comes of age though, because his mother would have been Queen Regent for such a long time and be far more competently Machiavellian than he is (he is as a character, very naive to the ways of manipulation,) it is his mother Cersei who will be the real power in King’s Landing long after he is declared acting king. She will rule through her son, he will be a puppet ruler. Things like this naturally happened in our own history, Machiavellian queens ruling through the authoritarian legitimacy of their kings be it a son or a husband. Alas, it is women who have always typically been far more naturally apt in the art of Machiavellianism than men, and they will use “the love connection” to rule, in fact they are dependent on it. Female leaders rarely rule independent of men, but instead, through men. There are exceptions, and of course they prove the trend.


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