Choice to Grow or Degenerate in Life?

Reading ‘The Spiritual Laws of Life’ is easy.  Layla has no problem with the English language. However, she finds herself facing a blank wall when it comes to understanding. Reading them umpteen times did not bring her closer to even a small degree of enlightenment. So Layla accepted that she wasn’t ready to understand these lofty spiritual laws but she was hopeful that understanding will dawn on her with the exercise of patience.

And it did! As she sat in class, patiently listening to her group members’ honest and sincere views, queries and confusion of what they had read, Layla’s spiritual eye opened. She saw two spiritual laws interweaving and working smoothly together in an episode in a past life several hundred years ago.

In that past life she was left without roof and penny by a ‘womanizer’ husband. To add to the gravity of the situation, it was mid-autumn with winter beckoning. Feeling a sense of hopelessness and helplessness, Layla contemplated suicide.  Standing at the bank of a lake, she began to form a mental image of wading into the deep end and drowning.  As depressed as she was, Layla suddenly burst into laughter with tears of joy rolling down her cheeks.  A little white dog had gone under her long skirt and started licking her ankles with relish. She shooed it away.  It then went away completely pleased with what it had done.

The laughter and joy had shifted Layla’s depressed consciousness to one of hope and courage. Layla changed her mind in that instant and decided to use her skills in housekeeping to support herself.

Reviewing this episode, Layla saw the Law of God at work followed closely on Its heel by the Law of Grace.

The Law of God states that Soul exists because God loves It.  In this law, Soul, was to cooperate with the laws of God. Thus instantly Layla was embraced by the Law of Grace, which lifted her from the negative consciousness of suicide to the consciousness of hope, delivered by the little white dog.  A most unexpected channel of the Divine! Lifted to a spiritual state of consciousness, Layla was granted free will. This free will was like a blank page with a single yet simple question: How do you want to write your story from here?

Here, Layla was presented with the choice of going back to wallow in self pity or to follow the higher state of spiritual consciousness of hope and courage.

Days passed after this gift of insight of the workings of these two spiritual laws in this long ago episode. From experience, Layla knew this meant that there is more to this insight.

A month before this insight, she had been reading up on the Law of Life.  Three things had lighted up for her.

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First, it says : Knowing these laws, we can then make our own life easier. 

Second is: It is the law of all life to either progress or degenerate. 

Lastly, it states: The Law of Life, or in a simpler term the Law of Realization, is that certain principle within each man which reverses itself when man makes an effort to know God.

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So what has Layla realized?  She realized that there is always free will no matter how desperate a karmic state Soul is in.  There comes a point where God presents Soul with a blank page. This means the progress or degeneration of the person’s life is solely in her hands.  Soul holds full responsibility and no one else. Not even God!

This realization and insight of how these spiritual laws work, have increased Layla’s courage to dream of a life filled with possibilities and opportunities for growth even as she waltz into her twilight age.

Thoughts are Things

Walking home on a covered pathway, Florence saw some cat food strewn all over the pathway, making the place unsightly. Her immediate response was wishing the relevant authority would pick on the person who made the mess and fine him.

Just as she played out the thought, she almost stumbled on the stairs leading to her home. Luckily, she managed to reach out to the railing, thus preventing a fall.

The following week, strangely enough, the same scenario played out again at the same site. Once more, she created the thought form of having the person who made the mess be punished by the authority. To her amazement, she found herself having the same experience of stumbling and being saved by the railing. That shook her up and made her wonder what the spiritual lesson was in this experience.

Florence realised she had manifested her thoughts in a negative way which would not be spiritually beneficial for all the individuals concerned.

She is now more careful with her thoughts and wishes.

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Law of Consciousness                                                                                          The simplest key to being ‘conscious’ is the art of listening… To be conscious is to be humble and compassionate in the presence of life. In short, love fills your being. The ego is out.

– Harold Klemp, The Spiritual Laws of Life, p. 11

Changing Our Lives from Soul’s Viewpoint

Lightly place your attention upon a situation in your life, then put your viewpoint as Soul above the situation. Look down on everything going on below as if it were a chess game – even though it might be in your imagination. You can look at a situation anywhere in the world from this viewpoint.

As you are gazing upon it, change the situation by simply rearranging your place on the chessboard. It’s a successful device, and those who use it often make great changes around themselves.

What if we reached a ‘checkmate’ situation in our life?

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Law of Change                                                                                                            This is a world of change. In fact, even this universe plus so many heavens that lie above this physical one are in a constant swirl of change. Change is the unchanging law for the worlds of change.

– The Spiritual Laws of Life by Harold Klemp, p. 5 & 6

Laws of Wisdom

The laws that speak of divine power and how it manifests in the universe

  1. Law of Causation 

    “The wheel of life, which is a factor in the human and spiritual cycles of lives; karma.”

  2. Law of Change

    “Conditions in the worlds of time and space will always change at some point; there is no stability here.”  

  3. Law of Consciousness

    “The recognition, or realization, of the beingness of self or thing in thought, which manifests external life and form.” 

  4. Five Spiritual Laws of This World

    “These are just five of the many spiritual laws of this world. They are important especially when looking at political and religious fields.

    (1) The beginning of human life is when breath comes into the fetus.

    (2) Love is the first and great commandment; also called the rule of spiritual law: love God, love your neighbour, and love yourself.

    (3) Work for your food. This deals with the welfare system and our responsibility to make our own way as much as we can in this world.

    (4) Give tribute to God and Caesar. This relates to our duty to the government regarding taxes.

    (5) Reward the laborer. This is about the government’s duty to the people.”

  5. Law of Fixidity

    “A law that governs the dominion of the Kal Niranjan giving the appearance of completeness, spaciousness, and accommodation yet beset with numberless restrictions not perceived by anyone except the Spiritual Traveler.”

  6. Law of God

    “This supreme law speaks to the heart, for it tells of the relationship between the Sugmad (God) and Soul. That law is love. It gives each person an answer to the ancient riddle of life: What is my purpose here?”

  7. Law of Grace

    “To be in accord with the ways of the Sugmad for making each a divine channel, through working in the area of nonattachment mainly through discipline of the emotions.”

  8. Law of HU

    “The first law of the physical universe. Spirit is the all-penetrating power which is the forming power of the universes of HU, the Voice of HU (God).”

  9. Law of Life

     

    “This is the Law of Life, in that nothing is available unless you first obtain wisdom through the treasures stored within thyself. These in turn can be shared abundantly with others, bringing them happiness.”

  10. Law of Mksha

    “Life is only Spirit, and being spirit it has nothing… The understanding of this points out clearly that it has only intelligence with the peculiar ability to perceive, penetrate, survive, have causation, specialisation, creativeness, beauty, love, and ethics.”

  11. Laws of the Physical Universe

    “The Book of Laws; seven fundamental laws that govern the physical universe through Spirit: Law of Attitudes, Law of Facsimiles, Law of HU, Law of Polarity, Law of Soul, Law of Unity, and Law of Vibrations.

  12. Law of Self

    “You, yourself, are your own problem,” he says. “You must understand and act to solve the mystery of thy little self before you can solve the mystery of God.”

  13.  Law of Soul

    “Always remember that you are Soul. In that state of consciousness you can get unlimited help from the Mahanta.”

  14.  Law of Spirit

    “This Spirit, the Voice of HU – HU is often known as the Sugmad – which is the true name of God in the upper realms, has one great quality and that is to create effect… It needs distributors, and It works through Souls.”

  15. Law of Spiritual Evolution

    “Presupposes inequality in all things and beings and their continued effort for self-improvement in life.” 

  16. Law of Spiritual Nonperfection

    “No one ever becomes a perfect being; there is always one more step in God’s plan of conscious evolution.”

  17. Law of Strength

    “Only the strong can stand the true love of God.”

  18. Law of Survival

    “Each must take care of himself by earning his own way in society; Soul must keep growing.”

  19. Three Basic Principles of Eckankar

    “First, Soul is eternal; It has no beginning or end. Second, whosoever travels the high path of ECK dwells in the spiritual planes. Third, Soul always lives in the present; It has no past and no future.”

    Note: All quotes cited in this article are taken from ‘A Cosmic Sea of Words: The ECKANKAR Lexicon’ by Harold Klemp