The 12 Laws of the Universe: Your Practical How-To Guide for a Better Life

The 12 Laws of the Universe: Your Practical How-To Guide for a Better Life

The 12 Laws of the Universe

Do you ever have the feeling that you’re missing something in life?  The days and weeks go by, and we get things done, but there’s not much feeling behind it.  We’re tired and constantly moving, too much to do and never enough time, money, help, or sleep…finding the meaning of life is hard to schedule.

Sometimes, we do everything right, and it still needs to click. It’s like having all the ingredients for a magic potion but without the feeling behind the magic; it’s simply liquid. The happiness is not there; we’re merely going through the motions. We tend to look ‘out there’ for an answer, whether on a screen, a pill, or someone else’s magic regime, but that’s not where the answer lies. 

We need to start with ourselves because no matter how many tasks we cross off our to-do list, how many reps we do at the gym, or how many dollars we make in a year, we will never find joy without mental wellness.  The magic will never appear.  So, how do you create magic?  Start small.  It doesn’t cost anything but making a conscious effort to improve your life daily

The 12 Laws of the Universe offer a perspective for understanding how energy, thoughts, and actions shape our reality.  If everyday life seems subpar lately, changing your thinking might be worthwhile.  These laws, ranging from the Law of Divine Oneness to the Law of Gender, teach us about interconnectedness, vibration, attraction, and balance.  By understanding these laws and taking steps toward bringing them into your new mindset…you may be on your way to finding true happiness.

Practicing the 12 Laws of the Universe may sound existential for everyday life, but it’s easy.  If you have an open mind, a longing for a deeper connection with yourself and those around you, and a conscious effort to make small changes every day… you’re already on your way to making magic.

1. The Law of Divine Oneness

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The Law of Divine Oneness states that everything in the Universe is deeply connected.  It is a unifying force that connects us all, transcending geographical, cultural, and religious differences.  The law implies that all things are intertwined and that every thought, action, belief, or energy emitted into the Universe influences the construct as a whole.  If this is a complex concept, think of the butterfly effect: a tiny change that may not seem important in one part of the world but can have a large-scale impact somewhere else far away.

In ancient traditions like Hinduism and Buddhism, the idea of interconnectedness and unity is deeply ingrained.  The Buddhist concept of ‘Indra’s Net’ symbolizes the Universe as a web of infinite connections and interdependences that spread in all directions without beginning or end.  In the Heaven of Indra, there is a network of pearls so arranged that if you look at one, you see all the others reflected in it. In the same way, each object in the world is not merely itself but involves every other object.

How Recognizing Oneness Enhances Mental Wellness

Understanding this interconnectedness helps people realize that their actions have broader meaning.  Every action causes a reaction, and your actions affect others whether you know it or not…the truth is that what you do matters.  It encourages a sense of unity and shared purpose amongst all living things.  By seeing the world through this lens, individuals can foster empathy and compassion toward others. 

Think about what a small act of kindness from a stranger can do for you on a bad day; that’s the Law of Divine Oneness in the real world.  That act of kindness could brighten your day enough to change the outcome of something small but noticeable…and the ripple of the Butterfly Effect begins.  The next day, you feel happier, and your small act towards a stranger begins yet another ripple of kindness that spreads even further.  Everyone is connected to everyone and everything else: the trees, the animals, the earth, the sun, and the moon.  It reminds us that we are not alone, even when we are lonely.

Recognizing interconnectedness can lead to better mental wellness.  People often feel less isolated when they see themselves as part of a larger whole.  This sense of belonging can reduce feelings of loneliness and depression.  Feeling connected to others and the world can provide a sense of purpose. 

Practical Tips for Incorporating Oneness into Daily Life

The first thing you can do to incorporate the concept of the Law of Divine Oneness into your daily life is to ask yourself, ‘How does what I’m doing right now affect the bigger picture?’.  Notice your actions…from littering to being rude in traffic or being short with the cashier behind the counter.  Remember that all acts, no matter how small, affect those around us and that engaging in acts of kindness can reinforce interconnectedness. Extra patience or a kind smile can go a long way.

Practicing mindfulness is another way to incorporate the law of divine oneness into your daily life.  Mindfulness means being fully present, aware of your mind, body, and surroundings, and simply noticing what is happening without judgment.  Noticing that the cashier behind the counter may have taken forever because she didn’t have any help and offering a smile, rather than getting angry and letting it ruin your day, would be an excellent example of practicing mindfulness.

Another method is practicing gratitude, acknowledging the good in life and being thankful for the things we do have rather than focusing on the things we don’t. Expressing gratitude to others and appreciating the small moments can also build stronger relationships. 

2. The Law of Vibration

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and deep sleep therapy.

The Law of Vibration states that every object, thought, and feeling has a unique vibrational frequency. This includes physical objects as well as thoughts, emotions, and actions. This principle is foundational in understanding how different energies interact within the Universe. In everyday life, we could see this simply as getting a bad vibe from a person that sets off a small alarm in your subconscious or changing your shirt because the color doesn’t work for you that morning.

Vibration is what ancient traditions call aura or energy. Modern science speaks of vibration on a quantum level, showing us that everything has a vibrational field, even solid objects, at the molecular level. As early as ancient Egypt, Tehuti, a philosophical, spiritual, religious, metaphysical, and scientific influence in all mystical and esoteric traditions in the Near East, said, ‘Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates.’

Link Between Personal Vibrations and Mental Well-Being

Personal vibrations have a direct impact on mental well-being.  High vibrational energy is energy that is good, solid, and pure.  It can come from you, the Universe, God, everywhere.  When people emit high vibrational frequencies, they often experience positive emotions like love, gratitude, and fulfillment.  Conversely, low vibrational energy is dark and dense and feels heavy.  Low vibrations are usually associated with negative emotions like suffering, fear, and anger.  When people emit low vibrations, it can lead to negative emotions such as sadness or anxiety. 

We now know that the higher our vibration, the better we feel.  So logically, if we can control our thoughts and emotions, substituting positive thinking where negative thoughts used to live, we can stack our deck.  Think of it this way…if we have a terrible poker hand full of low cards (low-frequency emotions, like fear and anger), we would discard them and draw for better cards, i.e., we replace the negative thinking with positive thinking, and we end up with a hand full of face cards (high-frequency emotions, like love and gratitude), giving you a good hand (or good mood) no matter what the other players hold. 

Techniques for Raising One’s Vibrational Frequency

Raising your own vibrational frequency is about shifting state purposely to create a better vibe for yourself and everyone around you. It’s contagious. This is a fact; believe it; the research shows it! These methods often focus on fostering positive energy and reducing negativity.

  1. Cut back on toxins –  eat healthy and nutritious food, exercise physically, and spend time outdoors in the sunshine.
  2. Smudge your space – banish lingering negativity and bring in some good vibes: sage, palo santo, yerba santa, juniper, mugwort, or cedar.
  3. Practice a morning ritual – set an intention, like practicing patience.
  4. Treat yourself with love – talk to yourself like a friend, be nice.
  5. Recognize when emotions aren’t yours (the cashier behind the counter).
  6. Pause throughout the day.
  7. Practice self-care.

By incorporating these techniques into daily life, individuals can achieve a higher vibrational state, leading to improved mental well-being and overall happiness.  Small intentional changes lead to significant shifts; everything counts.

3. The Law of Correspondence

The Law of Correspondence states that patterns, principles, and laws in one domain of life often mirror those in another. You may have heard the saying, ‘As above, so below’.  This principle suggests that what happens on one level of reality, whether physical, mental, or spiritual, reflects what happens on another. Just as the galaxies move in predictable patterns, so do the cells in our bodies.  This law teaches that small changes in our behavior or thinking can create significant shifts in one’s life.  Recognizing these patterns can help us feel more connected to the larger world and more in control of our personal experiences.

The Law of Correspondence has roots deep in the history of ancient philosophy, spirituality, and esoteric teachings, with variations seen in hermetic texts and Eastern philosophies like Hinduism and Buddhism. These teachings propose that understanding the self is key to understanding the broader Universe.

Mental Wellness Implications of Aligning with Universal Patterns

Aligning with universal patterns can have a positive impact on mental wellness.  Understanding that our thoughts and emotions influence our physical reality makes it easier to become more mindful of our mental state.  This mindfulness can lead to better stress management and emotional balance.  It can also help us feel more empowered and less like victims of circumstance.  When we see that we have a role in shaping our reality, we take more proactive steps toward mental health. 

In everyday life, this means recognizing that our outer existence often reflects our inner reality.  Think of your environment as live feedback reflecting the state of your inner self.  If I’m feeling chaotic and messy, chances are, my car, desk, and schedule also feel chaotic and messy.  In practice, the Law of Correspondence means that the better we get to know ourselves, the sooner we notice chances for improvement.  If you see a reoccurring pattern in your life, focus on changing your reactions and your train of thought and shifting to a positive focus.  If what you’ve been doing isn’t working, try something different.  Your focus and attention matter: your intention matters.

Practical Applications in Thought and Action

Applying the Law of Correspondence in daily life means observing patterns in thought and behavior and making intentional changes.  So, when we notice that negative thoughts lead to adverse outcomes, we focus on positive thinking instead.  While negative emotions narrow our perspective, positive emotions broaden it. Negative emotions tend to drive us toward a single, instinctual action while ignoring everything else around us; positive emotions allow us to examine all the options our broadened perspective has provided and then select the best one for that moment.  Research shows us that while negative emotions cause us to isolate ourselves, positive emotions encourage people to work cooperatively.

4. The Law of Attraction

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions; they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” -Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher.

The Law of Attraction centers on the idea that we attract into our lives whatever we focus on, positive or negative.  Our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs act like magnets, drawing similar energies. This law is about the power of intention and belief.  It focuses on the power of the mind and how our thoughts directly influence our reality. 

It operates under three principles:

  1. Like attracts like
  2. Nature abhors a vacuum
  3. The present is always perfect

Positive Mindset and Mental Well-Being Connection

I’m not saying that thinking positive thoughts will magically make a million dollars appear if you wish.  There’s more to it than that.  It’s about creating a cycle of positive action and reaction to whatever happens to you.  It’s not magic; you need to put in the work and take the steps one by one.  It involves lengthening your perspective; this is a life change, not an overnight fix. 

Think of it as a pyramid with the end goal as the block at the top.  Beneath the top layer is a layer of two blocks, then a layer of four blocks, then a layer of six blocks, and down we go.  The goal is what you want at the top, but the law of attraction starts at the bottom of the pyramid.  It would help if you began by building a solid foundation, block by block, then layer by layer, until you reach that end goal at the top. 

Positive thinking attracts more positive thinking, and clearing out negative objects and thoughts creates space for more good energy all around. We should surround ourselves with positive energy. If we’re going to be there anyway, let’s use all the tools we have. See your challenges as one more block in the pyramid, not as an obstacle. See things long-term and make the little things count because they all do.

Actionable Steps for Harnessing the Law of Attraction

To start using the Law of Attraction in the real world:

  1. Start with minor changes.
  2. Make some space for positive change in your life, i.e., declutter your desk, bedroom, or car.
  3. Clear some space and get rid of anything you don’t absolutely need.

It clears the air for new ideas and insights and gives you a new perspective.

Then, fill that new space with a positive mindset. Remember that the challenges we face are more blocks in our pyramid to reach the top, not just obstacles to get over. Embrace optimism, encourage yourself like you would your best friend, and learn from everything. Positive thinking can usher in a more positive reality. Change what you can about the negative situation, and let the rest go.

When chasing a goal, it’s easy to focus on the negative, the things we didn’t achieve, or the things we don’t yet have.  This is where we use the Law of Attraction to change our focus:

  • Be grateful for the journey.
  • See every stumble.
  • Celebrate every win as yet another block in our pyramid.

5. The Law of Inspired Action

The Law of Inspired Action is a practical application of the Law of Attraction.  This is where we start moving with inspired, intentional steps towards what we want.   This is about your heart, not your head.  This is doing something because you want to, or it feels right rather than because you must.  The most powerful aspect of this law is that it’s simple to use…; you follow your intuition or listen to your gut.  But this is harder than it sounds.  Most of us haven’t truly listened to our inner selves since childhood.  What makes us truly happy? What moves us? Maybe you never had the chance to discover it.  Perhaps you’ve forgotten; maybe life got in the way. 

Remember the game warmer-colder?  Someone else picks an object in the room, and as you move, they say warmer if you’re getting closer to the object or colder if you’re moving further away.  Think of the Law of Inspired Action in these terms when learning to read what your inner self truly enjoys­­.  Does this feel good? Move closer, lean in.  If it feels unpleasant, move away.  This is when we notice the nudge from within, guiding us to a new path.  This is your intuition coming back online.

Kama, the third of the Four Aims of Human Life, from the ancient Hindu text Purushartha, states the desire for pleasure drives human behavior.  A life without true pleasure is hollow and empty.   Kama relates this to pleasure, which can be sensuality (remember the Kama Sutra). Still, it is also art, music, beauty, love, intimacy, affection, fellowship, and kindness – it’s what brings a sense of delight to your life.  Think little kid happy.

Mental Wellness Benefits of Purposeful Action

We often experience a sense of flow when we take inspired action. This flow state can increase efficiency and create a sense of satisfaction and contentment, which makes the journey toward your goals that much more enjoyable. See things as challenges rather than obstacles…one more block in the pyramid, remember? 

This action can reduce stress and anxiety by doing what genuinely feels right.  It will lead to a more harmonious state of mind if it aligns with your core values.  Engaging in purposeful activities can also boost self-esteem and confidence.  Individuals reinforce their belief in their abilities by achieving small, meaningful milestones.

Examples of Inspired Action in Everyday Life

  1. Start listening to your intuition…play warmer-colder with your smile.
  2. Set clear intentions…know what you want, follow it, and avoid distractions.
  3. Stay open to new experiences…try new things; you may like it!
  4. Adopt a ‘why not?’ attitude.  You’ve got nothing to lose.
  5. Celebrate the small wins every time so you get used to the feeling.
  6. Take care of yourself – be better with your body a little more every day, baby steps.

Start small if this seems overwhelming or you need more freedom to change much in your busy life.  Think back… remember what you used to love when you were younger and start there.  You may have loved dancing as a teenager; sign up for a Saturday Beginner Ballet class at your local studio and see your smile come back HUGE.  If painting was your thing, take a class and hold a brush again.  Grab your guitar and sing at the top of your lungs when no one is home.  Seek out what brings you joy and follow it.

Other ways to take inspired action in your daily life…  Initiate and search out meaningful conversations with others; you will learn amazing things, connect with other humans, and gain new insights.  Start a wellness routine, nothing crazy, but be diligent about taking small steps to improve the upkeep of your body every day; you can’t make this long journey without a fantastic vehicle to carry you…take care of it.  Finally, consider changing career paths if you dread waking up Monday through Friday.  It is a giant, new pyramid to build, but it is well worth it and an incredible journey, albeit complex.  Finding joy in your work, no matter how small, assures a content and happy life.

6. The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy explains how energy is in a constant state of change.

7. The Law of Cause and Effect

The Law of Cause-and-Effect states that every action has a corresponding reaction. This cosmic principle asserts that nothing happens by chance, and every thought or action produces a result.

8. The Law of Compensation

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The Law of Compensation emphasizes the idea that you receive what you give.

9. The Law of Relativity

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The Law of Relativity states that everything in the Universe is neutral when seen in isolation, and it is only when we ascribe meaning that we see it reflected in our own reality.

10. The Law of Polarity

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The Law of Polarity states that everything in our world has an opposite, creating a natural balance and helping us recognize and appreciate the contrasts in life.

11. The Law of Rhythm

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The Law of Rhythm explains that everything in life moves in cycles.

12. The Law of Gender

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The Law of Gender is about balance.  We all have masculine (assertive, analytical) and feminine (nurturing, intuitive) energies within us, regardless of our gender.

Ultimate Takeaway

Remember, you’re a work in progress…

Be gentle with yourself while you find the meaning of life.  It’s a process.  It’s a change in mindset.   It’s not changing the destination; it’s changing why we’re going and the steps we take to get there.  It will not happen overnight.  But be diligent and keep trying.  Make small changes whenever you can; it will count towards building a new pyramid.  It’s a long, beautiful journey, but very worth it. I hope you enjoy the 12 Laws of the Universe!

About the Author

Brenda Stewart, a Midwestern native from Illinois, graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree from Regis University. After living in Denver for twelve years, she moved to Arizona in 2014. Brenda embraces a Whole-Person Approach, considering psychological, biological, and social factors to nurture mental and physical wellness. Her method stems from her personal journey overcoming a 16-year battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis and pain medication, focusing on holistic healing and the mind-body connection. Brenda is dedicated to helping clients achieve healing and wholeness.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the 12 Laws of the Universe, and how do they influence our lives?

The 12 Laws of the Universe are guiding principles that explain how energy, thoughts, and actions shape our reality. Understanding these laws can help us achieve balance, harmony, and positive life change.

How can recognizing the Law of Divine Oneness enhance mental wellness?

Recognizing the Law of Divine Oneness helps individuals understand the interconnectedness of all things, fostering empathy and compassion. This understanding can reduce loneliness and promote a sense of purpose and belonging.

What is the Law of Vibration, and how does it relate to mental well-being?

The Law of Vibration states that everything in the universe has a unique vibrational frequency. By raising our vibrational frequency through positive thoughts and actions, we can improve our mental well-being and overall happiness.

How does the Law of Attraction work, and what are some actionable steps to harness its power?

The Law of Attraction suggests that we attract what we focus on. One can start with minor changes, such as decluttering, embracing a positive mindset, and setting clear intentions to harness its power. These steps can create a cycle of positive action and reaction.

What is the Law of Inspired Action, and how can it benefit mental wellness?

The Law of Inspired Action involves taking intentional steps toward our goals based on intuition and genuine desire. This action can lead to a sense of flow, reduce stress, and boost self-esteem, contributing to overall mental wellness.

How can incorporating the 12 Laws of the Universe into daily life lead to positive change?

By understanding and applying the 12 Laws of the Universe, individuals can make small, intentional changes that lead to significant shifts in mindset and behavior. This can result in improved mental wellness, fulfillment, and a more harmonious and joyful life.

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