“At your core you are pure potentiality” – Deepak Chopra
I’m re-re-reading the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga by Deepak Chopra. This is based on his Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, just with a yogi twist.
His first law, the Law of Pure Potentiality, goes a little something like this:
We come into this world with pure awareness and endless potential. This law of pure potentiality represents the realm of our knowledge, intuition, balance, and harmony with nature.
It is throughout our life that our pureness becomes not-so-pure. Right from birth we are exposed to different things, thoughts, and ideals and start to open up to the influence of the external world. This is something that happens naturally, just by living. But through this growing-up, through these influences we start to move away from our Self and begin to refer to our life based on external, fleeting experiences and labels.
In finding stillness, we may be able to locate our true Self. Deepak Chopra has coined this as self-referral, a state in which our internal reference point is our soul. Our true, unbiased, unjudging soul. Our beautiful soul which is “immune to criticism, fears no challenge, and feels neither beneath nor above anyone.” What a place to be.
But for most of us, where we spend most of our days is in a state of object referral, in which we base who we are and where we are going on the external world. Our job title, our assets, and the people we surround ourselves with.