We are all familiar with how to fight or resist the enemy. We can kick, scream, scheme, or pretend it doesn’t hurt us. In my experience, it seems we are also all pretty familiar with fixing the perceived problem as well. The problem may be in society, in our partners or children, or in us. What if this life is not about fixing the problem or fighting the issue, but rather what if it is about living the mystery or making friends with life? Does this sound appealing…living the mystery…befriending life?
The Law of Least Effort
In the book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Dr. Deepak Chopra, we get clues about how to live the mystery and befriend life. In particular, The Law of Least Effort imparts clues on how to live the mystery. The Law of Least Effort states:
“Do less, accomplish more. Do nothing, accomplish everything.”
Yes, I sense your dismissal. Surely that is impossible! Are you thinking “Sure isn’t what I was taught!” I hear you! And, had the same response when I was first introduced to this principle. Yet, I now sense there is possibility within the Law of Least Effort.
Action from Love
A simple way to view the potential in the Law of Least effort is to consider that when our actions arise from love, they become effortless and grace flows. The Law of Least Effort disguised as parental love and devotion is what allows babies move into childhood.
The practice of the Law of Least Effort includes the application of the following:
1. “I practice acceptance. Today I accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.”
I chose to love every obstacle. Spirit has placed me exactly where I belong.
2. “Having accepted things as they are, I take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself.) When I feel upset or frustrated, I remember these are my feelings about the person or situation (that I am not reacting to the person or situation). My feelings are NOT someone else’s fault. I take responsibility for my feelings.”
There is no way around my feelings, but there is a way through. I am willing to sit or be with my feelings without acting until they pass.
“I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit. Reality is an interpretation. Whatever relationships or events are in my life now are exactly the ones I need to transform. There is a hidden meaning in all events and this meaning is serving my evolution.”
Responsibility is the ability to respond creatively to the person or situation as it is NOW.
3. “Today my awareness remains established in Defenselessness. I relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I remain open to all points of view, and I am not rigidly attached to any point of view” for the mind shifts like quicksand.
The Law of Least Effort invokes impeccability. This means I do not waste my valuable life energy in endeavors that create unnecessary friction, such as the need to be right, which comes from EGO. Consider using the affirmation “I am the reed that bends and flexes…surviving the storm” to support defenselessness.
One last pondering about the Law of Least Effort by Lao Tzu:
“Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water,
Yet nothing can better overcome the hard and strong
For they can neither control nor do away with it.
The soft overcomes the hard,
The yielding overcomes the strong;
Truth is easily hidden by rhetoric.”
If resonant with you, please carry with you the attitude of living the mystery and befriending life. Have fun exploring the Law of Least Effort!