Human laws form a basis of social agreement and social order, but human laws are only pale reflections of a higher order of laws sewn into the fabric of existence. These laws govern the movement of the Earth, the cycle of seasons, the forces of nature, and the structure of the atom itself.
The great laws existed before humanity, before nature. Even the cyclone, the tidal wave, the hurricane, and the raging fire — forces that can lay waste to the highest human enterprise — work under the dominion of these laws. Whether we call them spiritual laws, universal laws, natural laws, or simply higher laws, we can’t alter or deny them. They humble and inspire those who search for order within chaos, as they point to a greater power and mystery at the source of existence. Even the galaxies dance to their music.
The Universal Laws Apply to Everyone
Scientists and mystics both strive to understand these universal laws, but use different methods of exploration. The laws in this book aren’t distilled to mathematical formulas (such as E = mc2), but rather are presented as axiomatic statements that express a higher order of reality. Their validity doesn't require or depend on any kind of belief. Like the law of gravity, they apply whether or not we believe in them.
The natural world reveals these universal laws to us. The cycles of the seasons, clouds riding the wind, the currents of the river, and the powers of wind and sea — all teach us how to live by revealing the natural way of life. When adapted and applied these laws to everyday life, they become guiding principles that guide us through the shallows and reefs of life the way the stars and compass guided ancient mariners on their course. Constant as the movement of the planets, they apply not only to the mechanics of nature, but to the human psyche as well.
For example, by observing a tree bending in a high wind and observing that only the rigid branches break, we learn from the tree and wind the secret of yielding and the power of flexibility, or nonresistance.
Spiritual Laws Reveal Themselves, As Needed
Ultimately, all spiritual laws reveal themselves as needed — not necessarily in words, but rather through our deepest feelings, through the intuitive wisdom of our heart. Our body, when free of external programming and interference, abides naturally within these laws, which are communicated through our instincts and subtle intuitive feelings. All we have to do is to pay attention to and trust our inner knower.
The mind or ego, our isolated sense of separate self, resists the flow of the current of life. When we align our lives — our habits of diet, exercise, work, and sexuality— with spiritual laws, challenges remain, but we can approach them without struggle, with arms open wide, like peaceful warriors embracing the moment, ready to dance.
Spiritual Laws Teach Us About Actions And Consequences
Spiritual laws have very little to do with cultural concepts of right or wrong, or good or bad; rather they teach us about actions and consequences. For example, if I climb a mountain but ignore the law of gravity, this doesn’t make me a bad person; it just makes me ignorant, injured, or dead. We can declare gravity illegal or even immoral, but the law of gravity still applies.
Despite moral precepts, which differ among cultures, people still commit crimes. Only seeing the consequences of our actions engenders wiser behaviors. Morality comes from social ideas. Wisdom comes from aligning our life with higher (spiritual or universal) laws of reality. Sooner or later, one way or the other, the challenges and consequences of daily life teach us about cause and effect, action and reaction; we come to respect the powers of nature and to appreciate the inherent justice of spiritual law.
Fulfilling Our Individual Destiny
Archimedes said, “Give me a long enough lever, and I can move the Earth.” The laws and principles presented here act as levers to help us move toward the most positive expression of our life path. Their transformative power applies directly to fulfilling our individual destiny.
The degree to which we apply the laws central to our individual birth number can make a day-or-night difference in the quality of our experience and the course of our life. These laws will remain relevant five, ten, or twenty years from now, and for the remainder of any individual's life.
As we align ourselves with the laws most relevant to our life path, we can, over time, work through our core issues with greater refinement, grace, and ease. These laws can help transform any issue in our life, because they dig beneath the surface to the roots, helping us transform ourselves at the source rather than merely struggling with the symptoms.
The Key Spiritual Laws
The key to the power of a law lies not just in knowing it, but in applying it. And we can do so in the moments when the laws are most timely and needed. These laws are not magic wands, but needles on a cosmic compass, pointing our way. We apply them by aligning our actions with our heart’s wisdom. A change in our actions, feelings, or perspectives indicates this alignment with the laws of Spirit.
The key spiritual laws can guide us to live wisely and well. Specific laws in Part Four of the book are especially useful in overcoming the hurdles on each of forty-five individual life paths as described in the book. Go to PeacefulWarrior.com and use the free Life-Purpose calculator,
These are the laws of spirit in the order listed in the Table of Contents:
* The Law of Flexibility
* The Law of Choices
* The Law of Responsibility
* The Law of Balance
* The Law of Process
* The Law of Patterns
* The Law of Discipline
* The Law of Perfection
* The Law of the Present Moment
* The Law of No Judgments
* The Law of Faith
* The Law of Expectations
* The Law of Honesty
* The Law of Higher Will
* The Law of Intuition
* The Law of Action
* The Law of Cycles
Copyright © 1993, 2018 by Dan Millman.
Reprinted with permission from New World Library.
The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose
(Revised 25th Anniversary Edition)
by Dan Millman.
Bestselling author Dan Millman’s Life-Purpose system, a modern method of insight based on ancient wisdom, has helped hundreds of thousands of people find new meaning, purpose, and direction in their lives. A key value-added element of the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Life You Were Born to Live is a major section on key spiritual laws that can guide us to live wisely and well. Specific laws in Part Four of the book are especially useful in overcoming the hurdles on each of forty-five individual life paths as described in the book.
About the Author
Dan Millman, former world-champion gymnast, coach, martial arts teacher, and college professor, is the author of seventeen books published in twenty-nine languages and shared across generations to millions of readers. His internationally bestselling book Way of the Peaceful Warrior was adapted to film in 2006. Dan speaks worldwide to people from all walks of life. He lives in New York City. www.PeacefulWarrior.com.