The Law of Least Effort

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Law of Least Effort is a spiritual law that suggests one should simply ask rather than seek. This is contrary to natural instinct to create, protect and build to ensure one’s safety and survival. There are simple lessons to help achieve living this spiritual law. Deepak Chopra named this law in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success; however, one does not have to be a spiritual guru to apply them.

In my own life, the Law of Least Effort has shown me that when you do not expect, you grow. How I have adapted this idea is in the following lessons:

  1. You do not have to fix that relationship
  2. You do not have to solve every problem
  3. You do not have to owe anyone anything
  4. You do not have to win every battle
  5. You do not have to succeed at every attempt.
  6. You do not have to try to get people to understand you

Simple, clean, and honest: Do You.

Most people look at their relationships and, in a codependent manner, believe that they can change one another’s behavior. They fear losing that person. They fear if they hold someone accountable then that person will disappear. This is a fear not worth running from.If someone is willing to walk out of the door, you must be willing to let them. That is a mutual decision. This is also an assertion of boundaries. If someone crosses a line,you have a right to close the door.

Solving problems is something that we do to survive and thrive; however, this leads us to a misunderstanding. Any solution becomes “the solution.” Impulse takes over. Instead of waiting for the right solution, we grab onto the first knot in any rope thrown down to us. This rope may lead us to a happy ending or it may not. Is it the right rope? Is that knot truly secure? Before evaluating this, we simply grab on. Let the solution come to you. Sometimes, it makes things worse when we try. There is no try, only do or do not. Forcing solutions will only create tension. Allowing solutions will create release.