13 Principles of Spiritual Progression

From the Satyana Institute

These thirteen suggestions for ethical behavior and spiritual progression are based on principles which operate throughout the universe.  When you reach the point in your life when you begin to take notice of these inviolate rules and consciously apply them, you begin to notice changes in your awareness, in your sense of fulfillment, satisfaction, and peace.  When you follow these spiritual Rules of the Road for Life's Journey, you will find yourself in harmony with the Voice of the Creator and life will flow through you like a river.

1. Transformation of motivation from anger/fear/despair to compassion/love/purpose. This is a vital challenge for today's social change movement. This is not to deny the noble emotion of appropriate anger or outrage in the face of social injustice. Rather, this entails a crucial shift from fighting against evil to working for love, and the long-term results are very different, even if the outer activities appear virtually identical. Action follows Being, as the Sufi saying goes. Thus "a positive future cannot emerge from the mind of anger and despair" (Dalai Lama).

2. Non-attachment to outcome. This is difficult to put into practice, yet to the extent that we are attached to the results of our work, we rise and fall with our successes and failures, ­a sure path to burnout. Hold a clear intention, and let go of the outcome, ­recognizing that a larger wisdom is always operating. As Gandhi said, "the victory is in the doing," not the results. Also, remain flexible in the face of changing circumstances: "Planning is invaluable, but plans are useless."(Churchill)

3. Integrity is your protection. If your work has integrity, this will tend to protect you from negative energy and circumstances. You can often sidestep negative energy from others by becoming "transparent" to it, allowing it to pass through you with no adverse effect upon you. This is a consciousness practice that might be called "psychic aikido."

4. Integrity in means and ends. Integrity in means cultivates integrity in the fruit of one's work. A noble goal cannot be achieved utilizing ignoble means.

5. Don't demonize your adversaries. It makes them more defensive and less receptive to your views. People respond to arrogance with their own arrogance, creating rigid polarization. Be a perpetual learner, and constantly challenge your own views.

6. You are unique. Find and fulfill your true calling. "It is better to tread your own path, however humbly, than that of another, however successfully." (Bhagavad Gita)

7. Love thy enemy. Or at least, have compassion for them. This is a vital challenge for our times. This does not mean indulging falsehood or corruption. It means moving from "us/them" thinking to "we" consciousness, from separation to cooperation, recognizing that we human beings are ultimately far more alike than we are different. This is challenging in situations with people whose views are radically opposed to yours. Be hard on the issues, soft on the people.

8. Your work is for the world, not for you. In doing service work, you are working for others. The full harvest of your work may not take place in your lifetime, yet your efforts now are making possible a better life for future generations. Let your fulfillment come in gratitude for being called to do this work, and from doing it with as much compassion, authenticity, fortitude, and forgiveness as you can muster.

9. Selfless service is a myth. In serving others, we serve our true selves. "It is in giving that we receive." We are sustained by those we serve, just as we are blessed when we forgive others. As Gandhi says, the practice of satyagraha ("clinging to truth") confers a "matchless and universal power" upon those who practice it. Service work is enlightened self-interest, because it cultivates an expanded sense of self that includes all others.

10. Do not insulate yourself from the pain of the world. Shielding yourself from heartbreak prevents transformation. Let your heart break open, and learn to move in the world with a broken heart. As Gibran says, "Your pain is the medicine by which the physician within heals thyself." When we open ourselves to the pain of the world, we become the medicine that heals the world. This is what Gandhi understood so deeply in his principles of ahimsa and satyagraha. A broken heart becomes an open heart, and genuine transformation begins.

11. What you attend to, you become. Your essence is pliable, and ultimately you become that which you most deeply focus your attention upon. You reap what you sow, so choose your actions carefully. If you constantly engage in battles, you become embattled yourself. If you constantly give love, you become love itself.

12. Rely on faith, and let go of having to figure it all out. There are larger 'divine' forces at work that we can trust completely without knowing their precise workings or agendas. Faith means trusting the unknown, and offering yourself as a vehicle for the intrinsic benevolence of the cosmos. "The first step to wisdom is silence. The second is listening." If you genuinely ask inwardly and listen for guidance, and then follow it carefully ­you are working in accord with these larger forces, and you become the instrument for their music.

13. Love creates the form. Not the other way around. The heart crosses the abyss that the mind creates, and operates at depths unknown to the mind. Don't get trapped by "pessimism concerning human nature that is not balanced by an optimism concerning divine nature, or you will overlook the cure of grace." (Martin Luther King). Let your heart's love infuse your work and you cannot fail, though your dreams may manifest in ways different from what you imagine.

The 50 Primary Universal Laws

The Universe is perfectly balanced by natural and moral laws which are regulatory vibrations to maintain order. When you work within the laws, you can be assured of eventual positive outcome, when the laws are transgressed, you will work outside the laws and end up with suffering, the only purpose of which is to teach a better way.
  1. The Law of Harmony: This law supersedes even the Law of Karma, for it is the supreme potential of balance. The purpose of karma is to achieve harmony. If you throw a rock into the pond, you disturb the harmony of the pond, the cause and effect go on out. Your disharmonic actions flow out into the universe and come back upon you lifetime after lifetime until eventually your own harmony is restored. You and the entire universe are experiencing the karmic ripples which will eventually evolve into harmony. When you live the life of harmony you are free of the wheel of reincarnation.
  2. The Law of Reincarnation and Karma. Until you have resolved your karma, and fulfilled your dharma you will reincarnate into sequential lifetimes upon the earth. Neither God nor the Lords of Karma bestow suffering on you in the lives. You and you alone, decide what you most need to learn in your earthly sojourn. During your earthly sojourn you seek out other souls often with shared history and Karmic configurations matching your needs. Whenever you act with intention you create Karma. The actions are thoughts, emotions, words and deeds. The motive and intent behind each disharmonious act must be balanced in this life or further lifetimes. You return lifetime after lifetime to test yourself to see if you have learned your lessons until you go through an entire lifetime without attachment, you will reincarnate. When you can lead a life of perfect harmony, liberation will follow.
  3. The Law of Wisdom. Wisdom erases karma. If you have learned the lesson through wisdom and love, you can mitigate your suffering. We seem to learn through pain, through direct experience this or another lifetime. When you move toward a predestined test in your life, you can mitigate the impact of the event with wisdom.  For example; in your previous life you were married to a soul whom you left. Before re-incarnating, you agreed to experience the same abandonment. If you go through the break up of relationship with love, you will ease the pain of parting while also passing your own test. Assume you astrologically chose separation, but learned to be positive and non-judgmental, you may only experience an argument. However if you intensified the disharmony you may experience divorce. Ex. In several lives you were unwilling to accept assistance and now you predestined an event to be institutionalized for many years to subdue your pride. If you allow others to give to you and you have over-ridden your pride and gladly accept help from others, you don’t have to learn the lesson, so wisdom has erased the karma.
  4. The Law of Grace. Karma can be experienced to the letter of the law, or in mercy and grace. If you give love, mercy and grace to others, you will receive the same in return. Say you have destined a future event in which you will be the victim of slander and gossip, but previously you have been kind and loving, the event will be mitigated to have no effect on you. Maybe in a previous life you were a person of great wealth, used selfishly for your own and other’s greed.  This life you receive grace by sharing.
  5. The Law of Soul Evolution. Everyone on earth shares the goal of soul evolution whether they realize it or not. We have reincarnated to spiritually evolve. By rising above our fear based emotions and learning unconditional love, we raise our vibrational rate. Even though it may appear that you are not evolving, you are! Remember how you fell off a bicycle before learning to ride easily;every failure was a small success bringing you closer to accomplishing your goal.
  6. The Law of the Bodhisattva. This is a Sanskrit term meaning one who has transcended the need for earthly incarnations, but has returned to help others achieve enlightenment. He knows that he is not free till all souls are free. Most serious students of metaphysics have entered the bodhisattva stage of their evolution.
  7. The Law of Vibrational Attainment. The entire universe changed when Einstein discovered matter is energy. He opened the door to metaphysics. You can’t die, only transform. Energy can move only forward or backward, it can’t stay still. You are energy. Your skin which appears solid is trillions of molecules moving to the rate of what you earned in the past and current life, to this point in time.
  8. The Law of Free Will. This law operates in three ways. Although many events in life are astrologically predestined, you always have a chance to transcend or mitigate it. This depends on how you live your life up to this experience. If you give grace and mercy to others and demonstrate compassion, or you attain mastery of life awareness, you will minimize the effect of worldly events on yourself. Detach from negativity by letting it flow through. You always have free will in how you respond to any situation. If you use compassion and integrity you have probably learned the lesson and will not experience this in the future.
  9. The Law of One. Every soul living and discarnate is connected at the subconscious and higher self. All are part of the gestalt of God. The goal of the gestalt is to move the energy forward. So living harmoniously, increases our vibrational rate and the intensity of the entire gestalt. When living disharmoniously, we decrease the rate of the entire gestalt. Everything you think, say and do affects every other soul.
  10. The Law of Manifestation. Everything manifest begins as a thought or idea. Ideas and experiences create belief, which in turn create reality. We must change belief if we feel unhappy. When things are not working for you, program what will create success and harmony in your life. Through dedication, awareness and training within the physical laws, you can manifest any reality. Decide which disharmonious behaviors you want to eliminate. You don’t have to change how you feel about something to affect it, if you are willing to change what you believe.
  11. The Law of Conscious Detachment. Buddha’s earthly teachings are best examples of this. The resistance to what is, is that which causes suffering. That is, what doesn’t work in your life, such as loss of loved ones, loneliness, guilt, monetary hardship, unfulfilled desires etc. When you accept realities in life without resisting them you become detached. How ever much your resistance, there is nothing you can do about them. Accept unalterable situations. You can’t change what you can’t. This is evolved detachment: the ability to enjoy positive experiences and allowing negativity to flow through you without affecting you.
  12. The Law of Gratitude. From perspective of karma and The Law of One, the more you give the more you receive. The more you assist others, the more you assist yourself. This works in everyday life.
  13. The Law of Fellowship. When two or more people of similar vibrations are gathered for a shared purpose, the energy is double, tripled or more. This is used by healing groups and worldwide meditations for peace.
  14. The Law of Resistance. That which you resist, you draw to you and you perpetuate it upon your life. Resistance is fear, so is karmicaly drawn. Let go of fear till you are forced to deal with it by conscious detachment. That which you resist, you become. Most disharmonious situations are changed by the change in viewpoint. If not this lifetime, in a future lifetime.
  15. The Law of Attraction. Where your attention goes, your energy flows. Negativity draws in and experiences negativity. You can only attract to you those qualities you possess. If you want peace and harmony, you must become peace and harmony.
  16. The Law of Reflection. The traits you respond to in others are in yourself. That which you admire in others you recognize as being in yourself. That which you resist in others and react to, is something which you are afraid that exists in you. That which you resist in yourself, you dislike in others. Let go of fear for more unconditional love.
  17. The Law of Unconditional Love. The expression of unconditional love will result in harmony. It is not romantic love. It is total acceptance of others with no attempt to change them except by your own example.
  18. Law of Magnetic Affinities. By astrologically choosing your place of birth and time, you made decisions about the lifetime you were entering into. You chose your parents, other souls to interact with and character, abilities, restrictions and timing for strengths and weaknesses to come out.
  19. The Law of Abundance. You have within yourself everything required to make your earthly incarnation a paradise. It is a universe of abundance.
  20. The Law of Divine Order.  If you seek to understand this law, study the natural balance of nature. Everything is as it should be in harmony. There are no accidents. Your energy translated into thoughts, motivation and deeds ensures you always have the learning opportunities you need to help with your karma. Fear is the problem and love is the answer.
  21. Law of Attitude. The only thing that can harm you is your own attitude. The attitude is that which chooses the attitude with which you will respond. No person responds the same way. Every incarnation has trauma but you put events into a spiritual perspective.
  22. The Law of Threes. Two, generally recognized as positive and negative becomes a Law of Three. Neither of the first two is more powerful or larger. Eg: Conscious, Sub-conscious and Super-conscious. Ex. When a man and woman, combined with the neutralizing state of marriage, become three.
  23. The Law of Association. If two or more have something in common, the control can be used to control something else. The more in common, the more the influence. Ex. Holding the bible while praying increases the experience. Proper diet and exercise bring good health and is more likely to manifest as a result of your assumption.
  24. The Law of Commitment. When you are clear on your intent, a decision and obligation to take on the task and belief will bring everything else to fall into place. That which is needed for manifestation happens magically. If there is no indecisiveness at all, the more power you give to those on the other side to help.
  25. The Law of Dissonance. You are going to experience mental discomfort when you hold two conflicting beliefs. When your actions don’t express your belief there will be dissonance. (This is also called the Law of Self Delusion.)
  26. The Law of Experience. New information entering your mind destroys and replaces old information. Ex. The subconscious can’t tell the difference between fantasized experiences and real experiences. The mind can accept new ideas after a few weeks of programming which can carry over into our personal reality.
  27. The Law of Fearful Confrontation. If you fear doing something but have courage to do this, you can do a mental flip flop and become addicted to doing it. The internal release of beta endorphins released when you do what you were scared of, cause an internal rush which can be addictive.
  28. The Law of Group Consciousness. Every one of us is part of a great energy gestalt. Each has her own vibrational frequency and all are electrically connected to one another at a certain point. You can draw upon the entire awareness of the entire gestalt.
  29. The Law of Personal Return. This is another way to view karma. If you think negatively or send hateful thoughts, they may harm a person, but in due course return to the sender. Also it works in reverse and the positive is returned to you.
  30. The Law of Activity. Action is part of a triad of thought. Every triad motive and intent is needed for action and will ordain the karmic implications.
  31. The Law of Denial. When you refuse to take responsibility for an unpleasant situation or to deal with it, the effect will be experienced mentally and physically till you correctly fix the situation.
  32. The Law of New Beginnings. Break your energy wave patterns and a complete change will result. Everything is affected by this change and flux. Ex. Death of a loved one, a religious conversion, a point in therapy when something clicks. Another is giving birth to a baby.
  33. Law of Compensation. You and you alone are responsible for what happens to you. All results come from your attitude to life and life experiences. This comes in rewards or problems such as confusion, trouble and heartbreaking experience.
  34. Law of Psychometric Influence. Animate and inanimate contact will continue to interact with each other. This is blending of the etheric emanations.
  35. The Law of Totality. Each part of a totality has its own part and takes on the whole as a sum of the parts. Each retains the characteristics and functions as part of the totality. When separated, each part functions as the totality. So as part of God, and the Law of One.
  36. The Law of Dominant Desire. A stronger emotion will always dominate a weaker one. It doesn’t matter what is the idea, a stronger emotion will permeate all aspects of activity.
  37. The Law of Duality. The universe is a ying yang balance of positive and negative. Everything contains these dual aspects and this tension is necessary for structure to exist.
  38. The Law of Self Destruction. This is a natural expression of the Law of Duality. That which is totally successful tends to destroy itself. So don’t let things become totally successful. Always allow great new challenges. If challenge is not incorporated, self destruction will result.
  39. The Law of Environmental Manifestation. Everything around you is an extension of you; pets, yard, office, career, physical expression of attitudes and beliefs. Everyone expresses self-image in cultural overviews.
  40. The Law of Restriction. Man can not create anything higher than his own level of understanding. Work from the inside out and incorporate the power of harmonious thinking. The only solution to poverty, limitation and desire to heal the world, is first heal yourself.
  41. The Law of Self Worth. You can only attract to you which you feel worthy of. The more you like yourself, the better others like you and the more worth you feel.
  42. The Law of Growth. There is no growth without discontent. You know what is best for you. Strive for more awareness.
  43. The Law of Self Truth. If you believe something to be, it becomes truth for you. This influences all aspects of your life and future.
  44. The Law of Summarized Experience. You are the sum of all that has happened to you; health, relationships, sexual experiences etc.
  45. The Law of Belief.  You can have anything you want if you can give up the belief that you can’t have it, as long as it doesn’t conflict in harmony with someone else. You must achieve the education necessary to attain what you want.
  46. The Law of Dharmic Direction. You have a guiding principle which is a duty to you and society. It is your dharma and karma to have a character to fulfill your destiny. The secret is to listen to your inner direction. Fulfill your dharma and resolve your karma.
  47. The Law of Purifying Action. By living the pillars of dharma you will spiritually evolve. Generosity, Living Freely, Letting Go and Moral Restraint. These five basic principles of no sexual misconduct, no killing, no intoxicants, no stealing and meditation: concentration without wavering, cultivation of insight.
  48. The Law of Karmic Excess. Karma can be too overwhelmingly harmonious or disharmonious to have it all in one lifetime. So it is dispersed to happen over more than one incarnation.
  49. The Law of Release. Let go of anything that is no longer useful or purposeful without resentment. Such things as beliefs, lifestyle, books etc. Pleasure is in the moment of experience and by letting go you free yourself to get another learning experience without being bound by the old.
  50. The Law of Ritual. Any act performed and repeated with specific intent becomes a rite. It can be enhanced using the power of mind to control reality. Give permission to your guides to assist. Each performance of the rite draws on the energy of those who have used the rite over All-Time. The power is increased many fold.
From Verna V Aridon Yater PhD

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