Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success was a phenomenon that touched millions of lives.
Its author, Deepak Chopra, received thousands of letters from parents who expressed the desire to convey the principles they had learned to their children, along with questions about how to do so.
The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents is Dr. Chopra's answer to those parents who wish to raise children with values that satisfy spiritual needs as well as create the experience of abundance. Exploring specific ways to practice the Seven Spiritual Laws as a family, Chopra explains how to convey these laws to children, and how to embody them in age-specific activities each day.
The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents moves us beyond a focus on private triumphs and failures to experience the spiritual nature of communion with family, to share with those closest to us the infinite riches of innocence and love.
The deepest nurturing you can give your child is spiritual nurturing.
There are seven simple sayings that can have a profound impact on your child's life.
- Everything is possible.
- If you want to get something, give something.
- When you make a choice, you change the future.
- Don't say no—go with the flow.
- Every time you wish or want, you plant a seed.
- Enjoy the journey.
- You are here for a reason.
Raised with these insights, every child can obtain the success that comes from having the most valuable skills anyone can possess: the ability to love and have compassion, and the capacity to feel joy and spread it to others. In this essential work for every parent, Deepak Chopra reflects on his experiences as a father as well as his own spiritual journey and offers profound and practical ways for sharing these principles with your children.
Dimensions: 7.54" L x 5.12" W
Details: Paperback, 156 pages
Author: Deepak Chopra
In The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment, healer and philosopher Deepak Chopra follows up on his runaway bestseller, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by extending and reinterpreting his spiritual laws for parents. "From the day your baby is born, you are a teacher of spirit," Chopra writes. "Look upon spirituality as a skill in living, since that is what it is. I believe in imparting these skills as early as possible by whatever means a child can understand."
To meet this end, Chopra translates his own "laws" so that even the youngest child can comprehend them. For instance, Chopra's First Law, "The source of all creation is pure consciousness ... pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest," translates as "everything is possible." In his wise and deceptively simple program (focusing each day of the week on one of the seven laws), Chopra suggests ways for parents to teach children truly spiritual values by incorporating spiritual goals into family life. —Ericka Lutz
Chopra, the best-selling inspirational author and director of the Chopra Center for Well-being, turns his attention here to teaching morality and spirituality to children. Reframing his spiritual laws (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success), he suggests ways parents can incorporate them into the upbringing of their children. He suggests devoting one day each week to each principle and gives examples of age-appropriate activities for children to foster the learning of these laws and the development of the child's spirituality. This book will appeal primarily to parents who have read Chopra's other books or who watch him on public television. Recommended for public libraries where Chopra's other books circulate. — Library Journal
Most of Chopra's books carry overtones of previous works, but this compact volume makes no bones about being a revamping of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1996), here reworked to apply to children. Written for parents and tying itself to the trend toward teaching morality to young people, the volume offers a spiritual frame within which kids can live their lives.
Here are the seven painfully obvious laws: everything is possible; if you want to get something, give it; when you make a choice, you change the future; don't say no--go with the flow; every time you wish, you plant a seed; enjoy the journey; you are here for a reason. One of Chopra's strong suits is the simplicity of his writing, and that quality is particularly evident here. He is also good at giving practical suggestions for putting his spiritual advice into play, and parents will find that beneath the common sense of the laws themselves, there is a surprisingly pragmatic approach to child rearing. With a major publicity campaign planned and Chopra's reputation in high gear, expect demand. —Ilene Cooper, Booklist
The indefatigable Chopra (The Path to Love, 1997) offers an adaptation of his work The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (which sold 1.6 million copies) intended for parents wanting to pass on the concepts of that work to their children. Children need to know, Chopra asserts, that nature ``wants us to be successful.'' Setting our children ``firmly on the journey of spirit'' is ``the best thing we can do to ensure their success in life, better than giving them money, a secure home, or even love and affection.'' Each day of the week is devoted to one of the laws, and each law gets its own chapter, which includes both an explanation of the law for children (and a more concrete expression of it: ``Everything is possible'' and ``Enjoy the journey,'' for instance) and suggestions on parent/child activities that can bring the concept home. Spirituality and personal fulfillment in seven easy steps--so easy, Chopra says, even a child can learn them. —Kirkus Reviews
One of Deepak Chopra's favorite riffs is to organize his insights into groups of seven: "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" was followed naturally by "The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents." In "How To Know God" he offers a seven-stage scheme for the evolution of what he calls the brain's "God response." Each stage is a point in the spiritual progression of the seeker: In ascending order, Chopra names the stages: flight-or-fight; reactive; restful awareness; intuitive; creative; visionary; and sacred.
These stages correspond, he explains, with seven progressively more evolved perceptions of God: Protector; Almighty; God of Peace; Redeemer; Creator; God of Miracles; and Pure Being, or "I Am." Most of the book is devoted to fleshing out the details of Chopra's taxonomy of God and our seven ways of perceiving. ....The book requires the reader to come to the table already seeing things as Chopra does--believing, for example, that "if you really want to know life, you cannot do without God"--in order to come away "convinced." As a result, what Chopra takes to be immutable or inexorable, we're not sure is anything more than plausible. —Beliefnet
"Deepak Chopra has emerged in the last part of the twentieth century as one of its most original and profound thinkers. His books and lectures are in constant demand. Realizing that the interest in the rearing of children in America is intense and that in many cases the end products are unsatisfactory--to parents, to teachers, to employers, to thinkers--Chopra sets his mind to analyzing the spiritual aspects of child rearing--or lack of it. His conclusions are fascinating.
—Benjamin Spock, M.D.
"Deepak Chopra's writing has great beauty, great power, great delight, and much common sense."
—Courtney Johnson, author of Henry James and the Evolution of Consciousness
"Deepak Chopra is one of the most important healers of our time."
—Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and A Woman's Worth
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