MKE Week 23B: How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Have you ever felt stuck? I mean, really, really stuck… in the dark, not moving (forward, backwards, or sideways), confused about what to do.

Have you ever considered using the Law of Least Effort to get out of your own way?

The Master Key Experience this week focused on the Law of Least Effort. That Law assures us that there is always a simple, natural path to fulfillment. Nature’s intelligence unfolds spontaneously through the path of least effort and no resistance. This is the way that you can live, too. When you combine acceptance, responsibility, and defenselessness, your life flows with effortless ease.

Least effort is expanded when your actions are motivated by providing value, love, and productivity, while seeking nothing in return.  When you seek power and control over other people, your waste energy. When you seek money or power for the sake of the ego, you spend energy chasing the illusion of happiness instead of finding happiness in the moment.

When you seek money for personal gain only, you cut off the flow of energy to yourself. 

For example, if you take, take,  and request favors from others, and use other people’s resources for your advantage, eventually, people are going to grow tired of you not paying it forward or reciprocating the gesture you will find them distancing themselves from you and resentment will ensue. 

On the contrary, when your actions are motivated by love, your energy multiplies and accumulates and the surplus energy that you accumulate can be channeled into creating potential opportunities for unlimited wealth.

Have you ever felt stuck? I mean, really, really stuck… in the dark, not moving (forward, backwards, or sideways), confused about what to do.

In this moment of confusion, you may feel afraid to do the wrong thing because you might make the situation worse.

So rather than making a choice, you choose to be static and do nothing in the hopes that the situation will just pass.

I think we all know how that goes. Nothing changes except those negative feelings, reinforced by your awareness of your frustration, get stronger.

For many of my clients, this is the moment of realization that brings them to me for help.

They’re stuck. They can see a better future, they can sense and feel their goal, but they just can’t seem to make it happen. The harder they try, the more it eludes them.

You may feel the same way. I know that in the past, I have.

We ask ourselves a lot of questions in this place: “Why is so much work not leading to results?” or “When will I get my break?” or “Why does nothing ever work out the way I want it to?”

You may have a few others to add to that list.

If you do, may I suggest that you DO NOT write them down? Instead, it’s time for you to forget them and leave them behind as you move forward, free of fear and clear on your desired outcome.

While working together, I help my clients to find their answers, align with their purpose, and discover the actions that will lead them beyond the wall they are facing.

So many times, the lessons uncovered in these sessions are things that the client already knew. They sensed what they should do, but created stories about why they should not, or could not, do it.

When they connect with their subconscious and moved away from the distracting buzz of the learned behavior of their egos, they found that they have access to all of the answers that they needed.

Now released from the limiting stories and faulty negative programming that kept them stuck, they are free, and typically excited, to begin taking action to move forward.

THIS IS WHEN WE NEED TO BECOME AWARE OF THE LAW OF LEAST EFFORT

This law states that when manifestation that is in alignment with universal law will happen simply and easily. When we are in balance with our purpose, and taking intentional action, things just seem to fall into place.

Another way to look at this law is by remembering the quote by Roman philosopher Seneca, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

How do you set your goals? Do you use the SMART Goals outline? It’s a fine template for clarifying your intended outcome, but when we’re too detailed, we actually block our flow.

Typically, these fine details come from our ego. They include things like: how much money you want to earn, the exact location of your office, or the specific person with whom you want to fall in love.

The ego shows us grand movies of how great these specific outcomes will be, and we get stuck in the film. When things do not happen in exactly the way our ego has presented them, we tend to feel like failures for not achieving our dreams.

When we operate from a broader vision, we see that the Universe will fill in the details. Maybe your high school or college crush married someone else… yet, when you stopped focusing on the loss of this person in your life, then you met someone else who better matched your picture of a happy, healthy relationship.

The Universe had your back all along, but you while you focused on the detail, you missed other opportunities It was presenting.

Once you learned the lesson, that your ideal outcome in alignment with universal law, was not “a relationship with X,” but instead “a happy, healthy relationship with a loving partner,” then the Law of Least Effort took over.

If you are struggling, ask yourself why. Where did you lose connection to the flow?

Are you feeling fear? Maybe your bank account is running low and you do not yet see a solution on the horizon; maybe you are in a relationship that is not fulfilling you, but you think this may be your last chance at love; or maybe you are concerned that you’ll never find another job that pays as well as the one you currently have… and hate.

When we’re in these moments of struggle, we do not see our larger world of endless possibilities that surrounds us. Our ego keeps us focused on the small distractions that keep us in our comfort zones.

We’re miserable, but at least it’s a familiar place. What’s outside of the walls of our comfort zone is unfamiliar. That means it’s scary to our ego, that is, in its own way, trying to protect us by keeping us in place.

When do we usually begin moving? It’s actually a very simple equation. We make choices based on fear and pain.

Comfort Zone Dynamics

When the fear/pain of going outside of our comfort zone is greater than staying in place, we’ll stay in place. When the fear/pain of staying in the current situation is greater than stepping out of our comfort zone, then we begin taking action to get moving.

I hear you: “That’s all fine and good, but what does it have to do with the Law of Least Effort? That all sounds like a lot of work.” And you are right. Taking that path, based in fear, moving only when we’re prodded, wastes a lot of energy and time.

When we’re in alignment with the Law of Least Effort, things move more easily. We become aware that our goal is available to us, but it may not happen at exactly the time we wish it to… AND THAT’S OK. When we’re operating in balance with this law, we know that our outcomes will be delivered to us by the Universe when the time is right.

In the meantime, we do what we need to do, what we can do, to prepare ourselves for its arrival, without focusing every day on the arrival of the goal. That’s called “letting go of attachment to outcome.”

Let it be. It will happen. Trust the Universe. It is the energy of love and is the flow of abundance. Don’t worry about your result – but do your diligence and work to be ready when it arrives.

Otherwise, what you’ll attract by worrying is more worry and less manifestation of your goal. Focusing your energy on the event not having yet occurred will delay its arrival.

Trust is important. Connect with your Higher Self and ask if your goal is in balance with your purpose in this life.

When we connect with our Higher Purpose, with our reason for being here in this life, on this planet, we can sense the flow of events in our lives.

Working within the framework of Least Resistance, we may see that each person we meet is part of a larger network. While Person A may not directly play a large role in our ultimate outcome, they may connect us to someone who will.

The Spiritual Law of Least Effort

The fourth spiritual law of success is the Law of Least Effort. This law is based on the fact that nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease and abandoned carefreeness. This is the principle of least action, of no resistance. This is, therefore, the principle of harmony and love.

When we learn this lesson from nature, we easily fulfill our desires. In Vedic Science, the age-old philosophy of India, this principle is known as the principle of economy of effort, or “do less and accomplish more.” Ultimately you come to the state where you do nothing and accomplish everything. –Adapted from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra (Amber-Allen Publishing and New World Library, 2004). (2) Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success Full Audiobook – YouTube

What is commonly referred to as a miracle is actually an expression of the Law of Least Effort. When Christ performed the miracle of multiplying food or opening blind eyes, he did not expend any extraneous effort. Infinite intelligence functions effortlessly, frictionlessly and spontaneously. It is non-linear, intuitive, holistic and nourishing.

 The law of least effort to manage stress suggests you practice the following: You may invest too much effort and energy in goals and people that contribute nothing to your life. In fact, they sometimes make you worry instead of making you feel good. Try to work on things that are worth your time and effort.

The Law Of Least Effort doesn’t mean you have an excuse to not try or lack motivation to do anything. It means accepting the situation you’re in, and taking responsibility for your own life by taking real action to go in the direction you want to go in the future.

The principle of least effort is the theory that the “one single primary principle” in any human action, including verbal communication, is the expenditure of the least amount of effort to accomplish a task.

The 3 Commitments

The Law of Least Effort requires at least 3 main commitments you must make should you want to practice it.

1. Acceptance

Acceptance simply means let go of the past, the way things were, and commit with full intentions and no reservations towards moving forward and making progress toward your dreams and desires. 

In short, let go of the way things were and commit towards working hard to make things the way you want them to be. 

What this means is that your acceptance of this moment is total and complete, you’re accepting the way they are, and not as you wish they were in this moment. 

Additionally, if you feel frustrated, or upset, by your person or situation, you must know that you are not reacting to the person or the situation, but instead, you are at conflict with yourself and your emotions.   This leads us to the second component of the law of least effort, which is responsibility.

2. Take Responsibility

The Law Of Least Effort doesn’t mean you have an excuse to not try or lack motivation to do anything. It means accepting the situation you’re in, and taking responsibility for your own life by taking real action to go in the direction you want to go in the future.

What responsibility means is not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Having accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then means the ability to have creative control to overcome the situation as it is now. 

All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows you to take a moment and transform into a better situation or thing.  Times of tension or chaos create opportunities that were never possible before. 

In other words, tension and chaos create turning points, they bring us to a fork in the road, where we are giving new opportunities to make something of ourselves that we never had the chance of before.  To take advantage of these turning points you must first take responsibility for yourself, the pass, and the present so that you can answer the call to the new opportunities that lie ahead.

3. Surrender or Defensiveness

One of the biggest causes of anxiety is the desire to control everything, however you cannot control all the events in the world, or every bad situation you may find yourself in.

The third component of the law of least effort is surrender or defensiveness. This means that you have relinquished the need to convince or persuade others of your point of view. 

If you observe people around you, you’ll see that they spend 99% of their time defending their point of view. If you relinquish the need to defend your point of view, you will gain access to an enormous amount of energy that you have previously wasted. 

Additionally, when you become defensive, blame others, and do not accept and surrender to the moment, your life meets resistance. Anytime you encounter resistance, recognize that if you force the situation, the resistance will only increase. 

You do not want to stand rigid and waste valuable time or effort for things that are empty and meaningless in the grand scheme of life.  Completely desist from defending your point of you.  When you have no point to defend, you do not allow the birth of an argument. If you do this consistently, you stop fighting and resist, and you will fully experience the present, which is a gift.

We must surrender to the process, and allow the universe to take us where we’re meant to go.

Taking the Path Of Least Resistance in Everyday Life

Surrendering control, and allowing life to unfold in the way it’s meant to is an everyday practice, and you won’t immediately become an expert at it (after all, we are all human.) But there are some steps you can take each day to become better at practicing this law.

1.   Observe nature

The grass does not force itself. The flowers bloom without resistance. The sun rises and sets every single day. The birds do not starve, they eat what they find. The trees grow big and tall, just as they are supposed to. None of these things have to think about what to do, they just are. Observing nature can teach you a great deal about how to live you’re own life.

2.   Trust in the universe

The easiest way to allow what is meant to be, is to have faith in the universe. This can be extremely difficult at times, especially when things are going wrong. It’s easy to have faith when everything is going right and things seem to be working for you. However, remember, just because you’re not getting what you want, doesn’t mean you aren’t still on the right track, that is where faith really comes in.

3.   Fight the urge to react

There are many different kinds of people in this world, and you won’t like a large number of them (people who take up the entire sidewalk without allowing you space, people who chew with their mouth open, people who use their cellphones in the movie theater, I could go on and on.) However, reacting with negativity will only leave you feeling badly, not them. Imagine an invisible bubble around you, shielding you from the negative, and allowing only positive energy in.

4.   Accept your feelings/mood

While it’s important to make an effort at maintaining positive energy and trying not to allow a bad mood to take hold, sometimes it just can’t be helped. We all have bad days, and we will continue to have them in the future. Trying to force yourself to feel happy will only call more attention to your bad mood. Sometimes it’s best to surrender to your bad day, do what you can to take care of yourself, and start again tomorrow. This too shall pass.

5.   Be present

One of the biggest ways to cause yourself anxiety is to worry about a future that hasn’t happened yet. Remember, if what you were worried about actually happens then you’ve experienced the stress twice, and if it never happens then you’ve caused yourself stress over nothing. Taking the path of least resistance, following the Law of Least Effort, is surrendering to where life will take you, where you’re meant to be.

6. Read Law of Least Effort Daily Affirmations:

[1]: Acceptance: I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not
struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they were.


[2] Responsibility: Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.


[3]: Defenselessness: Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.

7. The Law of Least Effort Meditation: (2) The Law of Least Effort – YouTube

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5 thoughts on “MKE Week 23B: How to Get Out of Your Own Way

  1. You are welcome Shirley. Love your kind cmments and our Master Minding. It was good to hear that article had such an impact. I am sure we will be great friends after commencement. I plan to go back over my articles and update them as a person would to finalize the main points. Then move on to teaching and building my businesses. Please stay in touch. God Bless.

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  2. Michael, thanks for explaining The Law of Least Effort so well. From your blog rover friend John.

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  3. Michael, thanks for all you wrote about Week 23–and for including those valuable links. I really appreciate Master Minding with you! Sunday night, hearing about the Law of Least Effort my WHOLE BEING relaxed! Fears and anxiety about “what happens after commencement” just eased away. We are so blessed to know/be all this!

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