Like all Sanskrit words, Dharma has a multitude of meanings. One definition of Dharma is personal life purpose. Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success writes “Everyone has a purpose in life . . . a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”
John O’Donhue in his book Anam Cara writes: “The shape of each soul is different. There is a secret destiny for each person. When you endeavor to repeat what others have done or force yourself into a preset mold, you betray your individuality. We need to return to the solitude within, to find again the dream that lies at the hearth of the soul. We need to feel the dream with the wonder of a child approaching a threshold of discovery. When we rediscover our childlike nature, we enter into a world of gentle possibility. Consequently, we will find ourselves more frequently at that place, at the place of ease, delight, and celebration. The false burdens fall away. We come into rhythm with ourselves. Our clay shape gradually learns to walk beautifully on this magnificent earth”.
Sounds scary, yet exhilarating. When we dive in to our soul and connect with Dharma it liberates us from comparison, greed, and envy. To support us in finding that “world of gentle possibility” and to help our clay shapes “walk beautifully on this magnificent earth,” John O’Donhue gives us this poem:
A Blessing of Solitude
May you recognize in your life the presence, power, and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique, that
you have a special destiny here,
that behind the facade of your life there is something
beautiful, good, and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride,
and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.
What Dharma means to me…it is listening to my inner knowing and to live from that, which may require some solitude as the soul generally whisper. Dharma is the drive to live fully and to be all in. Dharma is joy, and spiritually speaking, success is joy.
To activate the Law of Dharma, Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success recommends making a commitment to take the following steps:
- Today I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I will pay attention to the spirit within me that animates both my body and my mind. I will awaken myself to this deep stillness within my heart. I will carry the consciousness of timeless, eternal Being in the midst of time-bound experience.
- I will make a list of my unique talents. Then I will list all the things that I love to do while expressing my unique talents. When I express my unique talents and use them in the service of humanity, I lose track of time and create abundance in my life as well as in the lives of others.
- I will ask myself daily, “How can I serve?” and “What is my purpose?” and “What am I here to share?” The answers to these questions will allow me to serve my fellow human beings with love.
Be bold and connect to your exquisiteness! Blessings on your spelunking! Need support, connect with me! Much love!