Thursday, November 29, 2007

ten commandments redux JERRY : If you were a “burning bush” (group laughter) and I would like some guidance for my people, do you have “10 commandments” that you would offer? ABRAHAM : We have 10 good ideas. We would not command anyone to do anything, for a number of reasons. They never listen anyway. (group laughter) Rather than “commandments”, what we would offer are examples, in this case, verbal offerings, of that which we have found to be a very good way of life. Commandments are usually offered in action form, are they not? JERRY : “Thou shalt not kill.” “Thou shalt not mess around with somebody else’s things.” (group laughter) ABRAHAM : So a commandment is what NOT to do. Rather than telling you what NOT to do, we will tell you what we do. How’s that? Seek joy–first and foremost. Seek reasons to laugh. Seek reasons to offer words of praise– to self and others. Seek beauty in nature, beasts, and other humans. Seek reasons to love. In every segment of every day– look for something that brings forth within you a feeling of love. Seek that which uplifts you. Seek opportunities to offer that which uplifts another. Seek a feeling of Well-being. Know that your value can only be measured in terms of joy. Acknowlege your absolute freedom to do any of these things or to not do any of these things–for it is, without exception, your choice in every moment of every day. That is the recipe for eternal joy. And it will provide a format for a life of dramatic, magnificent creating, also. That feels like the “bottom line” to you: “How much success, or how much acclaim… how much value can I offer here and now?” And what we are wanting you to understand is that...

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