Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make all the difference. Wouldn’t you agree?
This happened to me while reading a tiny little book called The Laws of Spirit by Dan Millman. I’d already read Millman’s work in another book called The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
I loved the way he wove life wisdom into the account of a young man’s life. It reminded me in a way of The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, another tale that broke open the doors of my subconscious.
Just little stories that take us by storm.
I remember how in high school we learned about universal laws as they related to physics, math or chemistry class. These laws were meant to help us understand the mysteries of the Universe—and they did, in a way that made little sense to me when I studied them.
But there are other laws that complement and bring those scientific laws to life for me now. They are the laws of spirit, that ethereal and illusive concept that we sometimes take a lifetime to discover and understand.
What struck me most about The Laws of Spirit as described by Millman, is that they made sense to me on a cellular level—when I read them, I already felt like I knew them. They resonated deep within me and offered years of fruitful meditation on their truths.
In this tale of transformation, we meet a man who sets out on a hike and instead encounters a woman of great wisdom who takes him on a spiritual journey and reveals the laws of spirit. Their conversation is both enlightening and captivating. I’ve read the laws many times and always they are fresh and meaningful.
Always, they inspire and move me forward on my own life journey.
I’ve shared this book with many, and every time I do, I get the same reaction: “Where has this book been hiding all my life?”
It’s so small and seemingly light in words, but each word has a profound impact.
Imagine being on a tranquil walk deep in a forest that promises to restore you, and meeting a woman who takes you on a magical tour of the mysteries. Here are some of the things she would say:
The Law of Balance: Finding the Middle Way
“If gravity is the glue that holds the universe together, balance is the key that unlocks its secrets. Balance applies to our body, mind and emotions, to all levels of our being. It reminds us that anything we do, we can overdo or underdo, and that if the pendulum of our lives or habits swings too far to one side, it will inevitably swing to the other.” ~ Dan Millman, The Laws of Spirit
The Law of Compassion: Awakening our Humanity
“The Universe does not judge us; it only provides consequences and lessons and opportunities to balance and learn through the law of cause and effect. Compassion is the recognition that we are each doing the best we can within the limits of our current beliefs and capacities.” ~ Dan Millman, The Laws of Spirit
The Law of Expectation: Expanding Our Reality
“Energy follows thought; we move forward, but not beyond, what we can imagine. What we assume, expect, or believe creates and colors our experience. By expanding our deepest beliefs about what is possible, we change our experience of life.” ~ Dan Millman, The Laws of Spirit
The Law of Action: Moving into Life
“No matter what we feel or know, no matter what our potential gifts or talents, only action brings them to life. Many of us understand concepts such as commitment, courage and love, but we truly know when we can do. Doing leads to understanding, and action turns knowledge to wisdom.” ~ Dan Millman, The Laws of Spirit
The Law of Integrity: Living Our Truth
“Integrity means living and acting in alignment with spiritual law and with our highest vision, despite impulses to the contrary. From the heart of integrity, we recognize, accept and express our authentic interior reality, inspiring others not with words, but by our example.” ~ Dan Millman, The Laws of Spirit.
For the rest, you simply must procure your own copy of this tiny treasure of words.
Every journey I take now, I walk with a hope that I will find a sage to speak with, and often times, I do meet her, if only disguised as nature.