The Laws of Hope: The Light is Here is the latest title by World Teacher and Happy Science CEO Ryuho Okawa. This book is by no means just a regular self-help title; it is equipped with the power to ignite the flames of the inner candle within our souls through each chapter.
Hope is something that humanity is in dire need of during today’s pandemic, confusion, and time of uncertainty but the ‘Hope’ Okawa describes here is not something we invite from external factors; rather, it is something we can all develop from within our inner mind by generating the core part of our souls called Divine Nature or Buddha Nature. Each day many people are losing hope, whether in their sense of faith, in their confidence in politics, or in their ability to economically flourish in the midst of lockdowns associated with the novel coronavirus. The Laws of Hope is a well-timed publication endowed with the power to encourage and guide all of humanity through developing their own inner strengths in these challenging times and creating movement toward a brighter future.
In the Prologue, Okawa provides a foundation of the essential mindsets for achieving one’s hopes and dreams based on the laws of cause and effect. In chapter one, topics such as depression, self-care, and competition are discussed at length. There is a fine line between practicing perpetual self-improvement and being compassionate with one’s shortcomings, and Okawa explores this balance with a rare and illuminating insight that is empowering to the reader. The importance of the role of religion in human civilization is likewise elaborated upon, revealing an important but often overlooked meaning that it has for all people.
Chapter two discusses various concepts associated with self-discipline and the formation of good habits. Topics discussed throughout this chapter include learning to think collectively, responsible financial management, important factors in choosing a spouse, the appeals and ultimate dangers of communism, and the need for humility. A further topic of discussion involves the manner in which one should and should not endeavor to evaluate the value and essence of one’s life perspective and purpose.
The third chapter explores how humanity may implement wisdom from the other, or spirit world, into daily life. Attention in this chapter is devoted to striking a balance between the prioritization of oneself and the prioritization of others; either one of these taken to the extreme can prove catastrophic to one’s path in one life, and Okawa provides the necessary guidance that aids in finding the middle way between them. A concept explored within this chapter is the dynamic that like-attracts-like, or the law of sympathies. Those familiar with The Nine Dimensions will be aware that each Heavenly Dimension is the home to spirits that vibrate at a frequency that is sympathetic to that respective plane and its inhabitants, and the same law applies to human civilization. The third chapter of this work is also an additional commentary and elaboration upon The Laws of Success.
Chapter four articulates the importance of big-picture thinking while providing an overview of leadership skills. The skills in question, while highly relevant for those in, or striving toward, leadership positions, are likewise applicable to any situation in life and foster a greater sense of empathy, compassion, and humility which has the effect of vastly improving interpersonal relationships.
Chapter five, the climax of this book, acknowledges that all humans have a spiritual mission of light in this world which must be accomplished regardless of whatever obstacles may arise. It is explained that the Light of Heaven is already here but humans are usually wearing the unnecessary sunglasses called mistaken perspectives, a bias to block this Light. Humans can benefit from simply removing whatsoever obscures the Light from illuminating this world. By removing such obstacles, it becomes possible to discover the boundless sense of hope within our minds by generating and polishing our Divine Nature or Buddha Nature.
The subtitle of this work, “The Light is Here,” is of notable significance. From one perspective, it implies that the Light of Heaven is present in this third dimension, despite the Hellish influences that strive to be pervasive here and act as a catalyst for hopelessness, and that it is possible for any person to realize a sense of hope from within. A further meaning relates directly to Ryuho Okawa, a living Buddha and a Modern Savior of this time who works diligently to teach humanity the Laws that will bring happiness to all people so that human civilization can come back into balance and a global utopia may be realized. All people can choose to play a role in this process, and learning to apply the principles recorded in “The Laws of Hope” is an important step toward the realization and embodiment of one’s spiritual mission which may be lived with happiness and a steadfast sense of hope for the future.
The Laws of Hope is available at all major bookstores nationwide and online retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.