The Law of Detachment

The sixth spiritual law of success, the Law of Detachment, says that the way to acquire anything in the universe is to relinquish our attachment to it. This doesn’t meant we give up the intention to create our desire; we don’t give up the intention, and we don’t give up the desire. We give up our attachment to the outcome. The moment we combine one pointed intention with detachment to the outcome, we will have that which we desire.

How can you apply the Law of Detachment? Begin by practicing detached involvement. This means that whenever you encounter a problem, you stay grounded in the wisdom of uncertainty, while expectantly waiting for a solution to emerge. If you remain detached, you won’t feel compelled to force solutions on problems. This enables you to stay alert to opportunities, and then what emerges is something powerful and exciting. The state of alert preparedness in the present meets with your goals and intentions, and allows you to seize the opportunity within every problem you have in your life.

To experience the Law of Detachment:

  • Practice detached involvement. Stay alert to the opportunity within every problem by letting go of your idea of how things should be.
  • Accept uncertainty as an essential part of your experience. In your willingness to accept uncertainty, solutions will spontaneously appear.
  • Remain open to all possibilities and enjoy every moment in the journey of your lifeóall the fun, mystery, and magic in the field of pure potentiality.

Adapted from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra (Amber-Allen Publishing, 2007).

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Dot A.
Dot A.3 years ago

Hi heather g. and thank you for the 'visualization technique' reminder, as I like to see the good things in the future, too! It does help to have a clear idea of what is desirable - as well as the ability to AIM for it!!! Guess the 'artist' in me likes this concept, as well! However, it has been beneficial for me to let the surprises in life provide some things that I did not 'see' and to feel the appreciation for perhaps a better than predicted outcome. Sometimes I need to wait a while before a better circumstance evolves, and that just builds my patience, as well as lets life provide some unpredictable 'nice' surprises!

I do like the visualization process as a guide post along the way!!!

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

There are two different ways we are guided to deal with resolving an issue.
There's Deepak's way - remaining detached of the outcome.

Then their is the other way, which many trainers often recommend. It consists of visualizing your outcome as if your goal has already come true. It focuses on the positive outcome, as if it already exists.

Perhaps it is only through grace that we 'get our ducks in a row."

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Dolly Navina L.3 years ago


Miranda Parkinson

Works every time!

Astika Bhugeloo
Astika Bhugeloo3 years ago

gonna try this

Barbara Charis
Barbara Charis3 years ago

I read what others write...and find inspiration . When one door closes - another door opens. When I give away clothes - the next thing I know - more come back. ..I give them...don't sell them. Other things in life. I trust in the Infinite...and the promise "Your needs shall be met." I have learned how to detach and it is a great freedom.

Emma Rose
Emma Rose3 years ago

Accept uncertainty as an essential part of your experience. In your willingness to accept uncertainty, solutions will spontaneously appear.

What if the solution sucks..are you still going to accept that is like opening different doors and one door you get call that experience!

Emma Rose
Emma Rose3 years ago

I think for one thing don't put yourself in predicament where you create this way your life will flow nicely and less chaotic so you have no issues to deal with ....A PEACEFUL LIFE.

Emma Rose
Emma Rose3 years ago

oh so you mean if you are confronted by a problem it will solve itself in some way......if you try to control the situation you might lose control go with the flow and not think of the outcome..... I think certain things has to be planned so no can predict the outcome more if you control things a bit.

irene fernandez
irene Fernandez3 years ago

This can be hard but I´ve noticed that if you are able to see that you are attached to the need for a resolution that is the first step, don´t give up and stay present, slowly you will be able to detach yourself.