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“A new commandment I give unto you, is to love one another as I have loved you.” Such a cherished and loved message from Jesus given to his disciples two thousand years go.

Over the last few years, it has become more apparent that people are questioning everything. No longer are we ready to submit blindly to a belief or cultural mindset, just because ‘that’s the way it’s always been.”

How fortunate are we that we can be experiencing life in a world where everything is possible and having access to technology as we do, we no longer need to be left in the dark. We are able to see first-hand what other people in the world are doing; be privy to what they are thinking.

So imagine if we had a new set of Ten Commandments, pretty much the same as those handed down to Moses, but just updated to suit our civilisation as it is today. The following ‘modern’ ten commandments were found on-line and are certainly well worth sharing :

1. Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you
2. In all things, strive to cause no harm
3. Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect
4. Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted
5. Live life with a sense of joy and wonder
6. Always seek to be learning something new
7. Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them
8. Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you
9. Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others
10. Question everything

Most important is point 10 – question everything. We know just how hard the guides have been working to make us independent thinkers. It is so important that we think for ourselves – that we stand up and take absolute 100% accountability and responsibility for our lives. Believing that someone else gave their life so that we can be saved, is simply a cop out. Saved from what?

Anybody who is an independent thinker and who questions everything will be able to confirm that we are all born pure and whole. Believing that we are all born in sin is archaic and just doesn’t make sense. For each and every one of us is an expression of the great I Am, the Creator of all things and we know that God is pure and wholesome. So ask yourself, how is it possible that you can be born in sin? Ask yourself this too – what exactly is sin? Someone else’s interpretation of what is not good? We are all born knowing inherently what is good and what is not, for our own inherent psychic abilities and our connection to a higher collective consciousness, ensures that we know right from wrong. Certainly as young children, we need to be steered in a direction in terms of what is socially accepted as being right and wrong.

But committing a ‘sin’ as we so commonly know it, is misinterpretation of the purpose of our existence on the earth. If the purpose of coming to the earth for each and every one of us, is to have certain experiences that allow us to develop on a spiritual level or as spiritual beings, then how can anything that we do be counted as a cross against our name? Through our actions and interactions, we create that which we need to learn from and this is how we set karma up for ourselves. Karma is not simply and eye for an eye kind of thing – a paying back for all the wrong that we do to others. It is the working through of experiences for ourselves in order to understand and know what it feels like to…whatever that experience may be.

And through it all, our ultimate goal is to be learning and growing spiritually so that we can eventually become pure spirit beings. But it is only going through each and every single experience that there is to go through, that we will get to that point.

So follow the ten commandments, whichever you choose. But in the end, ensure that you live a wholesome life honouring both yourself and everyone with whom you come into contact. Treat each other with dignity and respect and practise love even in the worst of circumstance. Don’t pass judgement on others for the very reason that you don’t know what path they have chosen. You don’t know if you have already been there or if you still have to. Rather, treat each experience with everyone as a lesson and know that we are all each other’s teachers. Love, honour and respect – words to live by.

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