My brother Marko requested me to speak in Andy Hopi’s Chuck Norris seminar last weekend. Most of Andy’s seminars are targeted to people interested in self-help or self-development and they are usually recorded as videos. He organizes them mostly in Tampere and this seminar was held in Andy’s CENTRE education centre. As normally, because I didn’t had an exact topic directly in my mind I waited to the last day before seminar and made my presentation ready in the evening. It got the name Laws of the Universe. The presentation was based on those observations that I have done in my life and those contradictions that I have seen in many self-development lectures. I will briefly go through the main points of the presentation.
Laws of the Universe: Life proceeds in holy order
Many people teach that we control our lives and we can decide what we are going to do next. In reality this seems to be the opposite. I think life proceeds in holy order such that when we get one thing ready then some other thing comes into our life usually by the way that someone requests it. We cannot take a shortcut and go directly to a certain point by visioning and wanting to go there. We only get there by doing those things that are necessary to reach that point.
Laws of the Universe: Things own you
We are also being told that we can buy material things and we then own those material things. This also seems to be the opposite. I think people are giving things to each other or buying things to attach to people and certain events in life. It is like hanging to others life when you give things to some person or if you have lots of messy things in your house. Also if you gather lots of things you become slow and lose the ability to see what is important and necessary in your life. Therefore to proceed you will likely encounter a phase that you need to get rid of your unnecessary things. Those are many times those things that you have not touched or used for many years. By releasing those things you also release those persons attached to that thing in your life.
Laws of the Universe: Act upon request
Normally we think and talk what we are going to do next. Then after we think that now is the right time to act we start doing that thing. This leads to many problems. We easily end up into situation that we start doing things too early and that leads to bad quality of work and results which have no impact. Therefore a much better approach is to wait until someone requests us to do something. There are many things that needs to be done just by having a strong feeling, but the priority should be put on those things that are requested from you. Sometimes these requests seem to be strange and you don’t feel comfortable that you should do that, but it is because you cannot see what is behind the request. But those who request usually have a wider perspective on the need of your effort and therefore requests it. Also if your thinking is clear enough and ready, then people come to you and ask about that and therefore prove that your way of thinking is leading to action quite soon.
Laws of the Universe: You get what you need
Some people teach that you get what you want. This does not seem to be correct. A better way of thinking is you get what you need most or you get what would be beneficial for you. By following the requests you have been given you are getting exactly those things that are good for you and at the time those things that you are lacking at the moment. This can come for example as learning new skills, opportunities etc. that you would not be aware of just by reaching those things that you know you want.
Laws of the Universe: Minimum effort
Self-development sounds like you are maximizing your life and abilities and therefore putting lots of effort in the things you are doing. I have an endurance athlete background and from that experience I know that certainly in 24-hour competitions you should pay attention on using minimum effort during the run to be able to reach the finish. Therefore minimum effort is the optimal way to proceed. By following the requests you are receiving you will have the right timing in that sense that the work or people are ready for your action when you are requested and therefore you may put a very small effort to that piece of work and you still get high impact. That way your life starts to become easy because it is only easy small parts of work that you need to do all the time. You don’t get exhausted and you sustain all the time the interest for your things because they appear to be light to complete.
Laws of the Universe: Follow these laws and you shall be free
We are being told that we are free. I would say that we are only free if we follow these laws. Normally if people do what they want they will end up being in a bad shape, might get diseases and so on so eventually they become jailed and lose their freedom. However, if you follow principles that all the time support your body and regeneration you will end up doing lots of things, but still be able to stay young.