12 Universal Laws of Life

12 Universal Laws of Life

While nothing is certain in Life, there are some actions we take that we fatally pay for whether we like it or not.
The world has its energy, that is well distributed. Karma, as popularly known and called has it all served cold when it is time for everyone. Many times, we feel we don’t deserve what we are passing through. Truly, we might have been good to others all this while, but we are being paid back with evil, and we feel so unlucky. However, the majority of what falls on us is caused by our actions. There are 12 popular laws of Karma:

1. The Great Law

The law states that whatever we put into the universe will come back to us. How else do we need to know or understand that whatever we sow is what we reap. Even the spiritual or the holy books confirmed this. We cant be backbiting or gossiping about others, and expect not to also receive the same. We cant be digging ditches and fall traps for our friends and think we will go scot-free. We will pay back in full what we have sowed.

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2. The Law of Humility

This law says that one must accept something to change it. This law breaks our bones and reduces us to nothing just to make us better people. Most times, we prefer to defend ourselves, instead of seeking to be better. According to Selden, humility is a virtue everyone preaches, but no one practices. When some things happen to us, we feel reluctant to accept them, especially when they are bad, thinking we can still build and patch on a wrong or weak foundation. Instead of accepting that we got it wrong, and trying to build from scratch, we waste our own time finding it difficult to swallow the bitter truth staring at us. Whether we like it or not, we might have to start again.

3. The Law of Responsibility

According to this law, we must take responsibility for our lives. Noel Tichy says, ’Solve the problem yourself or accept a fate you may not like’. If only we knew that the only person that can make us better is ourselves. No one is going to fix you, you have to fix yourself. When things don’t go our way, or we fail at a duty, we quickly look for the next thing to blame, instead of accepting the wrongs and looking for a solution. The world could have been a better place for everyone only if we blamed no one else.

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4. The Law of Focus

The law states that we cannot think of two different things at the same time. Even though we try many times to manoeuvre our way through many things, most times, all don’t yield. However, we are lucky sometimes to have one or two make way, while other times, none may even make way. According to Carnegie, ‘Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged...' Don't put all your eggs in one basket is all wrong. I tell you 'put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket.' Therefore, while we try to be diverse in our sources of income, there should be a level of guarantee in the sources, so we don’t go back to square one.

5. The Law of Here and Now

This law states that we cannot be present if are looking backwards. Many times, we find it so difficult to let go of life. Relationships, family, friendship, and academics are only a few of the things that can fail in our lives and not go as we planned. However, we refused to move on after these failures, we always want to stick to them, forgetting that if we do not open our hands to release, then we won't be able to receive. It is high time we believe that what is in the past remains there, and face what is ahead of us. The best is yet to come, we should stop crying over spilt milk.

6. The Law of Patience and Reward

According to this law, the most valuable rewards require persistence. According to Oscar, ‘climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, till you find your dream’. Great things don’t come easy or come on a platter of wood. We work so hard for them. Robin Sieger says, ‘when enthusiasm and commitment take root within a project, then that project comes to life. The key is to Never say Never. We will always fight till we get the price. Michael Smurfit says, never accept failure, no matter how often it visits you. Keep going. Never give up.

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7. The Law of Creation

According to this law, life does not happen by itself, we need to make it happen. We all must be intentional about our actions. We can’t sit all day, idle away, and expect things to happen. The things that happen are the things we go out for. Once a man needs anything, he sticks out to get it. He fights so hard, he is intentional about achieving a goal, and after a great effort, he sees it come to reality. However, we can’t sit on the couch all day, with corn in our hands, legs stretched out, and eyes stuck on the television, and expect dreams to come true. We have to go out there to get what we want.

8. The law of Growth

This law states that when we change ourselves, our lives change too. Alan Watts says, ‘That which is still or perfect is dead, for without the possibility of growth and change there can be no human’. Once a man is resistant to change, then he is resistant to growth. The only way we are guaranteed progress is to keep adapting to the changing environment, by also changing our ways. When some are advised to change, they rather insult, instead of listening and adhering. According to Norman Hailer, ‘Growth is a greater mystery than death. All of us can understand failure, we all contain failure and death within us, but not even the successful man can begin to describe the impalpable elations and apprehensions of growth’.

9. The Law of Connection

The law states that the past, present, and future are all connected. According to the law of uniformitarianism, ‘the present is the key to the past’. People live today like tomorrow wouldn’t matter, or the sins of today can be forgiven tomorrow, with no link to yesterday. Well, the past, present, and future are well-linked. Warren Harding says, ‘It is everlastingly true that on the whole, the best guide to the future is to be found in a proper understanding of the lessons of the past. While we have to let go of the past, we should always take care of our present, because it will soon become the past. While people are correcting you now, it’s better you listen, because you would have to pay for the misdoings of today. Nathaniel Hawthorne says, ‘The past is but a coarse and sensual prophecy of the present and the future.

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10. The Law of Giving and Hospitality

According to this law, our behaviour should match our thoughts and actions. We can't say one thing and do another thing. That is why sometimes, people are surprised when we do some things that are least expected. We advise people to do some good, but we do otherwise, after finding out that we can't even do what we advise other people to do. It is very easy to advise other people, but very hard to take one.

11. The Law of Change

This law states that history repeats itself until we learn from it and change our path. Many countries are still failing today because they refused to look into the past. Even though history can be bitter, we still have to visit it and see where we got it wrong, so that we can make amendments. Ignoring the past or our history only elongates the years of suffering. We have to correct the wrongs in the past before we can make headway.

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12. The Law of Significance and Inspiration

According to this law, rewards are a result of the energy and effort we put into it. Pablo Sarasate, ‘A genius! For thirty-seven years I've practised fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius!’. Whatever we put our energy into, that’s where results should be expected. We can’t be expending our energy on negative things and expecting positive things to happen. While we observe results coming from a particular angle, then our energy has been concentrated in that direction. The spiritual book says, ‘do not be deceived, whatever a man sows, he shall reap’.

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