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Our whole life we’ve been scared of going to hell.

Everywhere you go, you see depression, hopelessness, and loneliness. People depressed out of their lives because they have failed to find comfort in themselves. They have failed to find any meaning.

Although God may be dead, He still seems to haunt us every day.

We can’t deprive our spiritual self and expect life to be filled with happiness and joy. And we can’t kill God and expect to get to heaven by building more spaceships and apps. As clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson said, “because life is so hard, you have to do something truly worthwhile to overcome it.”

When the soul is dead, so is life. No wonder our generation is suffering from the worst epidemic of depression. Filled with an inability to maintain stable romantic relationships and a lack of creativity running through small businesses.

Every single day, we are either creating our own heaven or hell. Instant by instant, moment by moment, thought by thought, choice by choice. It all adds up to either a life that is self-sustaining or one that is mostly miserable.

When you realize that most of your suffering is your fault, your negativity is what attracts negativity in your life, and that every single thing you do counts to either creating your own heaven or in sinking yourself into your own hell.

This is why the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom. When you realize that can’t get away from anything. That there are spiritual principles that cannot be broken unless you want to be punished.

Not by some judgmental mythological God, no. But, by you. For Hell is the final result of consistently choosing the negative, and so, isolating oneself from truth and love.

These commandments are set in stone, so break them at your peril. For “ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked” as Victor Frankl once wrote in Man’s Search for Meaning.

They are there to guide us towards the most fulfilled life. Guiding us towards undoing all of our negative karma for a positive one. That is the purpose of human life, and here are the ten things I learned from the 10 commandments on how we can go about achieving this:

  1. You shall have no other gods except me.

Why? Because you are God. It is you who is your God.

A lot of us misunderstand Jesus Christ’s word in regards to religion and spirituality. We think that we’re supposed to bow down to a judgmental God so that He can be merciful and forgive our sins. The problem with that is Jesus Christ never actually said that.

Instead, “Jesus answered them [The Jews], ‘Is it not written in your law [in Psalms 82:6], “I said, ‘You are gods’ ”? If He [God] called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because I said, “I am the Son of God”?’” (John 10:34–36).

´´“In other words, said Christ, “if Scripture outright called human beings gods, why are you upset when I merely state that I am God’s Son?”“, wrote Tom Robinson, an elder in the United Church of God.

You are God. And this is why it’s important for you not have any others Gods except yourself. That you listen to yourself and put yourself first in any situation before consulting others. And that you never bow down to anyone just because you want social acceptance.

Whenever somebody wants you to do something that doesn’t agree with who you are, that makes your stomach squirm, then you should stop, move away, and search for your center.

We all came here with a purpose. Before we can overcome our life’s problems, we must search for our own God. We must search for that inner voice that guides us towards the right path, that is bored when the activity we are doing is not aligned with who we are.

We must find out who we are by finding out why and what we’re here for. As it is written in Matthew 6:33, “But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you.” Search yourself first so that you can find out why you’re here, for Jesus said in Mark 4:11“To you is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the outsiders everything has to be explained by parables.” In other words, unto you is given the mystery to know yourself, nobody else can do that for you.

Spirituality is the basic need for meaning and purpose. It’s not about how many prayers you make before you go to bed, or how many songs about God you can sing throughout the day, being spiritual is about being who you are.

Our purpose here is to be happy. God (our true self) wants us to be happy, because being happy is pleasing to God. So, as James Altucher wrote, “whatever makes you feel good, whatever energizes you and lights you up inside, that’s God. That’s God telling you that that’s what you are meant to be doing.”

Let there be light by searching for it within yourself, and follow Jesus Christ by “[Loving] the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your power, and with all your mind.” (MAT. 22:37)

2. You shall not make for yourself any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth; You shall not worship them nor serve them; for I the LORD your God am a zealous God, visiting the offenses of the fathers upon their children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me; And showing mercy to thousands of generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

The Gods we worship don’t exist. Either in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. And the result is that we have become slaves to the Gods we’ve created.

At least in other religions, people bothered names to their Gods. Whereas with Christianity, we simply replaced symbols with their names such as God (Good), Devil (Evil) and Angel (Angle).

The problem with that is that God isn’t a physical figure, for as Jesus stated in John 4:24, “God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” And since we know that the kingdom of God lives inside us, it means that we must hold ourselves accountable in searching for and living in accordance with our inner truth, instead of outsourcing and projecting it to a God that doesn’t exist.

So break free of any organization. Go read books that you’ve been told not to. Be a free thinker, for it is only then that you are following Christ.

Most of what Church leaders have told you is a lie. The only thing that matters is that we “let every soul be subject to the higher power for there is no power but God,“ as stated in Romans 13:1.

There is no Devil, no Satan, no demons. All of these are an illusion because they’re everything that isn’t God, yet God is the only thing that exists. There’s nothing else apart from God.

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Christianity is not a religion, but a way of being. You’re not Christian because you go to Church, you are Christian because you serve yourself. That’s why Jesus had blasted the then priests in Mark 7:6–8 by saying:

“Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”

So you must turn your senses inward by always asking yourself: What is my God?

“Thinking of God as a singular being responsible for the creation of the universe is too literal. God is whatever you worship in life. It’s the true north of your moral compass. If you devote your entire life to the acquisition of wealth, then money is your God,” as Jordan Peterson had said.

As it is stated in the Dictionary:

God is the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority.

This definition confirms Jordan’s statement. Whatever is that drives and fuels us to live our lives, be it money, love truth or something else, is the God we worship. It lies at the foundation of our ethics.

Our purpose here is to find our God, worship and take care of Him to the best of our ability. So what is it that you are willing to fight for. Freedom? Peace? Money? Or Fame?

What is it that you are willing to do for God?

3. You shall not take a false oath in the name of the LORD your God; for the LORD will not declare him innocent who takes an oath in his name falsely.

You are God’s Temple. As Jesus said in 1 Corinthians 3:16–17, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? And whoever defiles the temple of God, God will destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and that temple is you.”

Worshipping means that there’s a God somewhere that you’re trying to please so that you can avoid going to hell. This goes against what Jesus Christ said because you are not serving yourself.

When you serve yourself, you live in accordance with your purpose. You are serving God and not some imaginary being. When we serve anyone or thing other than ourselves, we become their slaves. As it is written in Romans 6:16, “Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin leading to death, or to obedience leading to righteousness?”

A lot of Christianity is anti-Christ because of this, for what Jesus Christ told us to do, they don’t believe in it or do it.

Even when Jesus Christ was alive, the religious followers failed to practice this important message, as he said to the law givers, the ones who interpret religious texts in Luke 11:52, “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars! You took the key of knowledge, but instead of unlocking doors, you locked them. You won’t go in yourself, and won’t let anyone else in either.”

When we do this, we are not serving God, and in doing so, we are closing the door for others to do the same. We are not doing what we came here to do, which is to be ourselves.

“There’s nothing to search for. It’s already here. Everything is within you. You don’t have to search for heaven; you are heaven right now. You don’t have to search for happiness; you are happiness wherever you are. You don’t have to search for the truth; you are the truth. You don’t have to search for perfection.

That’s an illusion. You don’t have to search for yourself; you never left yourself. You don’t have to search for God; God never left you. God is always with you; you are always with yourself. If you don’t see God everywhere, it’s because your attention is focused on all those gods you really believe in,” wrote Don Miguel Ruiz in The Four Agreements.

We forget that we are God, that we’re perfection, because as Don Miguel Ruiz wrote, “the first lie that we believe is “I am not God.” From this lie comes another lie, and then another, and then another, and we believe and believe in it and believe in it. Very soon there are so many lies that it’s overwhelming, and we forget our own divinity. We see the beauty and perfection of God, and we want to be like God — we want to be that “image of perfection” wrote Don Miguel Ruiz.

The biggest fear we have isn’t death, but the fear of being who we are. We have become so used to living by what other people want, that we have forgotten that inside us there is this inner light.

And it is only when we finally ourselves behind all the accumulated knowledge, dogma and beliefs, we see ourselves. Once we accept who we are, life becomes the most beautiful journey. No more judgment, no more guilt, no more shame, and no more fear.

4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor and do all your work; But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor the sojourner who dwells in your towns;

The Sabbath is a day set aside for rest and serving. Where you stop your labor and turn your focus to God and inwards.

Our society is so focused on working hard, that we do it even at the expense of ourselves. Most of us waste 40 hours a week working, and the rest of the hours are wasted trying to recover. “…Because he [man] sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” said the Dalai Lama.

This is one of the reasons why our mind procrastinates. Why it wonders off into the strangest thoughts, to keep us sane from burning our brain out because we tried a repetitive task for too long.

We should all set a time to just relax. To teach ourselves to procrastinate. Because procrastination is not about escaping from responsibility, but the desire to enjoy the present as much as possible.

When we focus on a task for too long, we lose touch with it. Procrastination is a way to freshen our minds so that we can better tackle the task ahead.

We shouldn’t confuse procrastinating with escapism. Where we use certain kinds of lies and addictions in order to avoid what’s important in life. And that’s what some of us are missing.

That return to the bliss of the present moment. That period of time where you can just slow down, and realign your perspective on life.

So keep the Sabbath and rest your mind, for it will give you the strength to tackle life.

5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Honor your father, the divine mind and your mother, the Holy Spirit.

Here God is not referring your physical parents. In Matthew 12:48, “But he [Jesus Christ] answered and said to him who told him, Who is my mother and who are my brothers?”, “For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,” as written in Matthew 10:35.

You and I and everyone else are a construction of our parents, friends and traditions. But the real you has nothing to do with all of this. Instead, the real you is trying to come out and free itself from the bonds society has set on it. This is why Jesus Christ says in Luke 14:26, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be My disciple.” And “anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me,” as He said in Matthew 10:37.

Our father and mother is the divine mind and spirit that lies within us all. It’s what some of us call our conscious or intuition, It’s the faint voice that whispers to us when we make a decision, guiding us towards the lightest path, the one that will get us to enlightenment and heaven quickest.

This is why Jesus Christ said in Matthew 23:9, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” The reason why is because we must always put God, ourselves, first in our hearts. To “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”(Mark 12:30)

We must love ourselves more than anyone else and place ourselves above all else. It doesn’t mean that we should ignore others, but that the final decision must always stay true to who we are.

We must honor this father and mother that lives inside us, for they are always guiding us towards where we should go. The path that aligns our soul.

6. You shall not kill.

Here we’re talking about killing the soul, not the body.

You kill the soul by turning away from this inner realm and instead, living your life in guilt, shame, and fear.

You shall not kill yourself, and others, you should not rob others of their mission by spreading lies and falsehood about them. This is why Jesus attacked the religious priests in Matthew 23:14, saying “woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you have shut off the kingdom of heaven against men; for you do not enter into it yourselves, and do not permit those who would enter.”

Instead, we must be servers of life.

And to serve God and our brothers and sisters and all that lives. Because we respect life.

For life is an expression of the divine that lies inside us all. And to serve it, we use love, for love is God, the answer to all our problems.

To choose the lightest path of love and peace above all else. To commit to showing unconditional love and compassion for all. That is our goal.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

In Levictus 19:29 it is stated that, “You shall not permit your daughter to become a whore, lest the land fall to whoredom and the land become full of wickedness.”

The land being referred to is our inner kingdom of God. We commit adultery when we let our emotions out of control. And let it make decisions for us.

The issue with that is that our emotions are not spiritual. They are part of our ego that has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years.

And our ego didn’t evolve to be kind and spiritual, instead, it evolved to learn what is needed for an animal to survive.

So we can expect and accept that the ego is searching to take advantage, gains, and greed. It still thinks its survival is dependent on the programs that it learned over the millennia. Yet by expecting it to act the way it does, we can accept and then transcend its nature.

That’s why we are told in Matthew 6:33, “But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you.” We must turn inside ourselves, to listen and follow the holy spirit that lives inside us. By quietening our ego and raising above the thoughts of the mind.

The lower you or I is the one Jesus referred to when he said that “by my own self I can do nothing”. It is the holy spirit or what we call intuition that unveils where our powers lie. It is this higher self that we must listen to if we want to live a life that is most true to ourselves.

Because adultery is when we’re always interacting and pay attention to the needs of the lower mind, which does it for all for personal gain. Don’t let your emotions control you, instead, expect them so you can transcend into a higher spiritual state.

8. You shall not steal.

Something dear to you has been taken from you. And you didn’t even know it.

That when you find out it was missing, you suffered an existential crisis that sent you towards a downward spiral. Where you bet your life searching for it. And what was that item that was stolen from you? It is the key to your soul.

You’ve always been told to come in, fit in and be like everyone else. Because it’s easier to control you that way.

You’ve always been told that you’re not good enough, you won’t amount to much because you’re just another teenage wannabe, with unfilled and hopeless dreams.

So you kept quiet like they told you to. And grew a deep fear of being yourself. So that whenever you are reminded of who you truly are, you run away because you don’t want to be reminded of how much of a failure you are. Again, this is why Jesus said in Matthew 23:13, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you embezzle the property of widows, with the pretense that you make long prayers; because of this you shall receive a greater judgment.”

What we have is ours, and what they have is theirs. We shouldn’t take what is theirs and they shouldn’t take what it ours. Nobody should steal that connection with life, that connection with God. Because if you steal someone’s hopes and dreams, what his soul yearns and sings, you’re stealing their connection with life. Something they might never recover from.

The lucky few stumble upon their individuality after years and years of frustration with the system. They’ve had enough and so turn their backs. Moving in the direction of their own individuality.

That’s what we call an exodus. Which is when we’re trying to find our way out of the shackles of guilt and fear into the glory, compassionate and creativity of a freer mind.

Jesus Christ told us to lay our treasures in heaven where no one can steal. Saying in Matthew 6:19–21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures buried in the ground, a place where rust and moth destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, where neither rust nor moth destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal. For where your treasure is, there also is your heart.”

Heaven is our minds. And that is where we should bet. To crack upon the shell that is hiding our light, so that we can let it shine across others’ soul, so that it becomes easier for them to reach their own light.

As American spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson once said:

“We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You are a sinner, or at least that’s what they said you are. In order to control what you do, they make you feel bad because it’s easier to control you that way.

They exploit our egos by luring us with promises of heaven and glory. All by using guilt and making us forget our true nature: we are God.

And who are these people, the priests of course, who we were warned of in Jeremiah 23:11, “For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.” 31, ““Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.”

But it’s not their fault.

Everybody is searching for a route to their own heaven. But we make mistakes in this journey because we listen to our only enemy: the carnal mind.

As stated in Romans 8:6–7, “To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace; Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, because it cannot be.”

When we listen to our ego instead of our spirits, we are rejecting our God-like nature. We are bearing false witness against our neighbor, the holy spirit.

The ego is the voice in our head that’s always making us feel guilty. That always places doubts where none should be.

But it can be stopped, or at least, acknowledged.

In approaching the ego, we can accept that the ego will seek greed, gains and desires. It feeds off this energy of negativity, pain, suffering, and hate because, for thousands of years, that’s what it expected and learned to do. It gets an energy boost each time it feels like a martyr or a victim.

We can undo this power of the ego by simply expecting it to be. We can accept it and so transcend it. Its survival has depended on cheating, lying and, selfishness because you never knew what your next meal was, so you didn’t see it as stealing, but getting something to eat.

But still, the ego is not us. We are the spirit, we are God.

And God speaks to us through our consciousness. He is like Jiminy Cricket and we are Pinocchio, what some of us call gut feeling or intuition.

He is that faint voice that tells us ‘Don’t do it’, because if you do, you will get punished.

That cake might look tempting, but if you eat it, you will get a stomach ache and feel tired due to the digestive problems. It might look hard to approach that girl, but if you do it, you might end up sharing one of the greatest connections of your life.

“It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions”, as Humorist Jerome K. Jerome once wrote.

This is why we must listen to our guts, God, intuition, spirit, whatever you want to call it. For it is the source of our strength. “Neuroscientists estimate that your unconscious database outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one.

This database is the source of your creative potential. In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are. The wisest people regularly consult that smarter part. You can, too, by making space for incubation. “ as written by Michael Gelb in How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci

We can tap into this infinite power by investing in making our gut/intuition smarter.

We can do this every day by choosing the lightest path.

We’ve picked up on so much noise and got attached to so many, that we’ve become horrible at listening to our intuition.

What we need is practice.

Practice making decisions with our instincts. By sitting down, asking a question and then meditating. In order to get rid of the noise and listen for that faint noise whispering to us the lightest way.

There’s a large difference between our fearful thoughts and the ones from our gut. We feel differently.

When we come from fear, we feel heavy and emotional, everything is unclear, leading us to a state of confusion and lost train of worried thoughts.

But when we come from our inner spirit, from God, we feel light. The decision feels “right” and clear, making us feel calm and complete.

We can conquer the lower mind by focusing on the higher mind. By constantly focusing not on lying, but on God and making decisions that are true to who we are.

Our “intuition means exactly what it sounds like, in-tuition! An inner tutor or teaching and learning mechanism that takes us forward daily. It is a resource that, where recognized, has infinite potential”, wrote author Sylvia Clare.

Our goal is to truly know and understand God. For it is only then that we will get the know what love is like.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

Own everything.

Your faults, weaknesses, and mistakes. Own it all. In this way, nobody has any way to attack you.

Write every little annoyance and complaint people have given you. Every name they’ve called, every bullying they’ve done.

Write it all down and then take responsibility for it.

If you’re stupid and ugly, then great, it’s awesome that you’re stupid and ugly. It’s who you are now, so live with it by accepting it.

We feel upset when someone calls us names because we choose to be upset by it. We think being beautiful, smart, rich is a big deal. Maybe it is, but so is being stupid, ugly and poor. Why? Because that’s who you are, and you matter.

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Sure, people might treat you differently, but a large degree of how people treat you is determined by you. People will treat you based on how you treat yourself. As American philosopher, Dr. Wayne Dyer once said: “How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.”

You are 100% responsible for how the world treats you. So own everything.

And don’t worry about what others are doing. They have their own goals, they have their own hopes and dreams.

Sure, you might want to make as much money as John, but would you also want his divorce? Sure, you might want to be famous like Jennifer, but do you also want her depression and inability to make strong relationships?

When we look at others’ lives, we only see what we want to see. And ignore what we don’t.

We don’t see the pain behind a comedian’s laughs, we don’t see the depression between the most successful stars. We only see all the glory and fame, but never their internal distress.

We don’t want to be like anyone else. There is nobody in this world who’s entire life is the way we want ours to be, so why go and force yourself to be like them.

Better to be you, everyone else is taken. And comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today.

Being rich is great, but that’s only one part of your life. Having a hot wife or husband is great, but that’s only one part of your life. You’re neglecting the rest by obsessing over this one goal, that if you do reach, you might even come to see that it meant nothing. That’s why Jim Carrey once said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.’

Because we think happiness is outside ourselves, that we lack something inside, we seek for that “missing item” in others.

This desire to meet our needs and wants blocks us from experiencing pleasure. We chase and chase happiness, leaving us unhappier and miserable. Why? Because we don’t realize that our happiness comes from inside.

We don’t realize that how to something is always up to us. We don’t realize that each of us was born with amazing gifts and talents that are meant to be nurtured. You may not have that million dollar smile, but at least you can build stuff with your hands. You may not have that great charisma, but you can at least write some deep and emotional speeches.

What we want is making us unhappy.

It might be that ‘maybe I’m not unhappy because I don’t have my boss’s job. Maybe I’m unhappy because I can’t stop wanting that job.’ That doesn’t mean we can just magically tell ourselves to stop wanting that job, and then transform. We won’t — can’t, in fact — just change ourselves that easily. We have to dig deeper. We must change what we are after more profoundly.

Because when we finally let go of our wants and desires to be this or that, we will feel a stillness inside our hearts. Because you‘re learning how to see life for what it is: perfect.

You are God. Don’t forget that, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. As spiritual teacher David R. Hawkins once said, “You don’t do spiritual practice in order to gain anything, you do it because that’s who you are.”
Marcelo S.L. Fernandes

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