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What Can You Steal?

You shall not steal- Exodus 20:15

I was having trouble deciding how to approach this because in looking up the meaning of the word steal, I saw that it meant to take without permission or legal right without any intention of returning, and I had to think about what that really means. First there is taking without permission and that for me suffices for stealing. But legal right and without any intention of returning made me think of the Native Americans on whose land I live.

As far as I am concerned it is their land, still. I’ve asked the trees and the wind and the rocks and the dirt and they all tell me, it is so. The Native American spirit was so in tune with the land, they breathed as one. They are still as one, listen and you will hear the whispers.

Then yesterday in reading The Testimony of the Human Soul, I was reminded of why I had to start this blog when I did. As I wrote in Woman, God made it clear these continued sex crimes are extremely damning. But the truth is I have downplayed it because what I know is so controversial.

As sad as I feel for the victims of sex-slavery, I feel even worse for those who commit the crimes. I am a survivor of sex abuse, and I refuse to see myself as a victim. I know that no matter what has been done to my body, my soul remains whole.

The souls of the perpetrators are ripped, maimed and disfigured, and cannot begin to heal until they are forgiven by those they raped. I feel like the most effective way to stop these crimes is to publicize this fact. It is not worth your soul!

Sadly, in many countries, pornography is substituted for sex education. So to many it seems we glorify sex and condemn rape without admitting there is a connection. For example, one thing I have learned from my years of celibacy, is that my own culture sees celibacy as wrong and unhealthy? And I am a middle-aged woman! I feel truly sorry for all young men and women who are not fortunate enough to be blessed either with an equal and respectful intimate partnership or a deeply fulfilling spiritual awareness (as I have) but must chose between suffering the lonely ostracizing of a world that equates sex with happiness or worse being coerced into having sex in unequal and disrespectful situations. 

What does this have to do with stealing? Too many people think that once a woman has been raped her virtue has been stolen, she is damaged goods, forever crippled, and irreparable and would be better-off dead. I disagree, vehemently. No one can steal your virtue. However anytime a man or woman coerces another person to have sex against their wishes, they are surrendering their own virtue and one way or another will have to make amends.

Taking anything without giving back, is a spiritual impossibility. Everything that is taken must be paid for. Only that which is freely given can be freely taken, and enrich both giver and taker. It is not only true of those that give food and shelter but also of those that give pleasure.

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What God Hath Joined

You shall not commit adultery- Exodus 20:14

adultery |əˈdəlt(ə)rē|

noun

voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse: she was committing adultery with a much younger man.

ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from the obsolete noun adulter, from Latin adulter ‘adulterer,’ replacing an earlier form avoutrie, from Old French avouterie, likewise based on Latin adulter .- New Oxford American Dictionary

This would be easier to discuss, except I have in my life had to question more than once, “what is marriage?” What makes two people married? I thought I was married until my husband started telling me that he considered our marriage nothing but a piece of paper. Our marriage was legal, but as he said it like that, I felt deeply certain that we had never really been married. We never shared the same idea of marriage. For me it was a sacred vow made not only to each other, but to God, to think of ourselves as one. No hurt nor joy should affect one that did not affect the other. That was my belief, and I had contorted myself out of shape so that I barely knew who I was trying to make our marriage work. Yet he was ever poking me, prodding me to prove I loved him. In the end, I came to feel the only way I could keep my marriage vow to God, to always put his happiness first, was to divorce him, since he had made it so inescapably clear, he would never be happy with me. As for me, our marriage had been a lie, for I could never accept that married was ever meant to be merely a legal status.

But at the beginning of creation God “made them male and female,” for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” – Mark 10:6-9

Before I dreamed I met God, it was enough for me to believe that these verses were to teach us not to get divorced. But after, I saw a whole new meaning. I saw God as the matchmaker for us all and intangible as it seemed, that our true spouse is the one who makes us whole, the one from whom we can not separate, in our heart, from ourself. But as ever free will means, no matter how well God sets us up, we can still ruin it by refusing to listen to our hearts. That is why when I looked in God’s eye I saw such tremendous sorrow. He tries again and again to help us find that one to make us whole. While we screw it up with our insisting on following the rules of man, for marriage, letting culture, class, age, religion, even gender (physical as opposed to spiritual) keep apart those that God made to be together.

As for adultery, that’s when you let someone else come between you and the one who makes you whole. It is when man (or woman) separates that which God joined together.

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What is Murder?

“Do you want me to kill you?” These are the darkest words a mother may ask her own child, when she sees them suffer. My son seemed so angry during puberty as he became an adult. He was violent as he never was before. It is a very painful time for autistic people. It is even more difficult for parents who must ask, “Does my child have a future?” For one mother in my area, she killed her daughter and then herself, when her daughter with Downs syndrome, was too old to go to school, I guess the answer was “no.”

You shall not murder.- Exodus 20:13

The sixth commandment of the Hebrew Bible seems so clear until you ask what is murder and what is mercy.

murder |ˈmərdər|

noun

the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another: the stabbing murder of an off-Broadway producer | he was put on trial for attempted murder.

informal a very difficult or unpleasant task or experience: my first job at the steel mill was murder.

verb [ with obj. ]

kill (someone) unlawfully and with premeditation: somebody tried to murder Joe.

informal punish severely or be very angry with: my father will murder me if I’m home late.

informal conclusively defeat (an opponent) in a game or sport.

spoil by lack of skill or knowledge: the only thing he had murdered was the English language.

ORIGIN Old English morthor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moord and German Mord, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit mará ‘death’ and Latin mors; reinforced in Middle English by Old French murdre .-New Oxford American Dictionary

The definition puts great emphasis on the killing being unlawful, but that only begs the question. Is killing ever lawful? Read on through the Bible and you will find one after another reason to kill. Yet I believe these are corruptions arising from the violent times when the Bible was written. After all there are many different types of laws, laws of physics, laws of nations, laws of math, and laws of nature.

To determine if a kill is murder, I suggest looking to spiritual laws. Do you know the first law? It is the law that God, himself will not disobey. The first law is Free Will. Therefore to kill anyone who does not wish to die is murder. The Native American hunter must ask his prey before he shoots to kill. He listens when the animal looks at him, to know if it is ready. After the kill he must thank the animal and show respect to its spirit.

This brings me to the second law. As in physics, every action causes an equal and opposite reaction. To kill with the intent to dominate, destroy or degrade shall always cause equal damage to the souls involved in the act of killing. In the spiritual world, intention, compassion and respect matter. I have had to euthanize a number of pets in my life. It was never easy, but I let them indicate to me that they were willing to go, before I decided. It makes all the difference when I meet them in dreams after death, to know they accepted it.

The third law is nothing is impossible, nothing as in nothingness. When a living thing dies its spirit does not disintegrate into thin air. The spirit moves on and the determining factor of where it goes depends on what was in the mind of the dying at death. This is why it is important to be with loved ones when they die. Feeling loved and appreciated at the moment of death can make a huge difference in a spirit traveling peacefully on rather than getting stuck and haunting their killer.

If the victim dies badly, against their will, with unfinished business and without respect being shown to their spirit, this is murder.

I was lucky when I asked my son. Looking in his eyes, I heard his response in my head.

I want you to be happy. He gave me the key to stopping his pain. I knew then I could make everything okay, as long as I did what was right for me, it would be right for him. I learned to stop being a martyr, to be a little selfish, to enjoy life again and he did too.

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Honor All Parents

When you’re a child you think your parents know everything, when you are a teenager you hate your parents for not knowing everything, when you forgive your parents for being human, then you are an adult.” – my daughter

I love her so much for that. It helped me learn to forgive myself. I was not a perfect parent but I did the best I could. I continue each day, knowing I am still mother (and father) to three of the most beautiful and unique spiritual beings I have ever met. It is the greatest of honors.

Honor your father and your mother so you may live long in the Land the Lord is giving you. – Exodus 20:12

This is the commandment I hated the most when I was young. “Yeah, but what if your parents are bad people. I asked. What if your Dad’s a murderer or a rapist? What if your Mom is broken, too hurt by life and society to get past her own pain to see her child’s needs?” I asked.

My first step to coming to terms with this was to look at the verb “Honor.”

honor |ˈänər|(Brit. Honour )

verb [ with obj. ]

1 regard with great respect: Joyce has now learned to honor her father’s memory | (as adj. honored) : an honored guest.

pay public respect to: talented writers were honored at a special ceremony.

2 fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement): make sure the franchisees honor the terms of the contract.

accept (a bill) or pay (a check) when due: the bank informed him that the check would not be honored. – The New Oxford American Dictionary

Which led me to look at the verb “respect.”

verb [ with obj. ]

admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements: she was respected by everyone she worked with | (as adj. respected) : a respected academic.

have due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of: I respected his views.

avoid harming or interfering with: it is incumbent upon all boaters to respect the environment.

agree to recognize and abide by (a legal requirement): he urged all foreign nationals to respect the laws of their country of residence.-The New Oxford American Dictionary

Neither word says to agree completely with, nor to worship as infallible. I chose to take this commandment as an urging to look for the good in your parents and admire their achievements no matter how small they may seem to us when we are young, to learn about their feelings and wishes, and to the best of our ability abide by those wishes. Chances are as we get older we will see those small achievements were much bigger than we thought.

But as Kahlil Gibran said “Your children are not your children . . .” All of us belong first to ourselves, as children of God, if that is our belief or as responsible, sentient beings if that is our path. But we only belong to our parents, our families and ancestors second, as we are able while we fulfill our own spiritual destiny.

The second thing that I wonder about in the meaning of this commandment, especially looking at the end of it “ . . .so you may live long in the Land the Lord is giving you.” What if father was Father Sky and mother was Mother Earth? For me Father Sky represents the weather and seasons, while Mother Earth is the land and water, mountains and valleys. No matter your religious beliefs, respect for the earth, its seasons and weather are vital to life. I chose to follow both meanings. The older, I get the more I understand the battles my parents and their parents fought so that I would exist today, but I also look at the natural world as a parent to me and my family, it made life possible. I hope it will continue.

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A Day of Meditative Worship

The Quran itself says:

O you who believe! When the call to prayer is proclaimed on Friday, hasten earnestly to the remembrance of God, and leave aside business. That is best for you if you but knew” (Quran 62:9).

When I was young and wondering why Islam celebrates Friday as a holy day, I had to come up with my own idea. As little as I knew any Jewish people I never wanted for resources about their culture. I grew up with the Bible always available to read. The movies drew me in. I loved the movies about Jewish people to the point that when I was young I wanted to convert. I didn’t mainly for the simple reason that, even as an adult I never really knew any Jewish people. The few I had met were quite standoffish and I was far too shy to press. So it seemed kind of ridiculous to convert.

But as for Islam, prior to the internet, I had no source at all to ask. All I knew was that the one Muslim boy in my sixth grade class could not come to school on Fridays because of his religion.

I came up with a number of ideas, my favorite is a result of the very Jewish movie Yentl. In the movie, there is a part where a wife says she is exhausted, she was up before dawn that day preparing for the Sabbath which began that night at sundown. I realized that Friday would have been a day of extra work for Jewish women. They would have not only made extra food and the best meal they could for the Sabbath, but likely they would have done extra cleaning too.

Having been married, I know the one thing that got in my way the most when I had a long list of things to do was my husband. Whether he was trying to tell me how to do things, trying to be affectionate or worst of all trying to help me. When it comes to getting a lot done quickly, I’d rather do it myself.

While I recently read that Friday was celebrated by Muslims because it is the last of the six days in which God created the Earth? I like my theory better. I think Muslim men who were kicked out of the house by their busy wives got together at the Mosques to pray to stay out of the way. From a spiritual point of view it makes sense. Praying is a way to cleanse the soul in a meditative way. Cleaning, sweeping washing and kneading bread are also meditative arts when done mindfully without other people interrupting. Thus men and women would have each been preparing themselves spiritually for the Sabbath the day before with the men/ wage-earners going to Mosques and the women/ homemakers cleaning the homes. Each would be worshiping, being thankful for the gift of life, in their own way.

I found this on the tradition at islam.about.com

It is often wondered why attendance at the Friday prayer is not required of women. Muslims see this as a blessing and solace, for Allah understands that women are often very busy in the middle of the day. It would be a burden for many women to leave their duties and children, in order to attend prayers at the mosque. So while it is not required of Muslim women, many women do choose to attend, and they cannot be prevented from doing so; the choice is theirs.

I like this very much. It show respect to the unending duties of the traditional woman/ the homemaker. And there is a certain beauty to the idea of a day to be separate from the opposite sex. A day for purity and cleansing both soul and home.

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Community Matters

What about celebrating the Sabbath as a day to come together in your community? That is important too. In fact the best argument for why religion is still vital, is the need for people to be a part of a community.

In Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, Sunday afternoon was when the ladies would call upon their neighbors. That brief visit, to a neighbor was a duty for them and its purpose of checking in with women who might go all week without a friendly visit resonates deep within me personally. Looking back upon the times when they lived, I think it was crucial. Humans are social, we need companionship from time to time, not only to help us in times of trouble but also for our psychological well being. Terrible things can happen in houses where no guests visit. Loneliness is the root of many ills. Having neighbors and friends who care about each other is the difference between healthy and unhealthy communities. The damage of my own troubles with my ex-husband and children might have been lessened if there had been a strong local community for me to ask for help.

Looking at the story of Jesus, it is easy to understand why Sunday rather than Saturday became the popular Christian Holy day. It was the day after the Sabbath, he rose from the dead. Naturally those who chose to worship him rejoice at his rising on that day. And Jesus, himself was pretty big on community. Once when addressing a crowd of strangers . . .

Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Who ever does God’s will is my brother, sister and mother.”-Mark 3:34-35

When asked about the commandments . . .

The most important one “answered Jesus “is this “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:29-31

My favorite though is . . .

But I tell you who hear me : Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you , bless those who curse you , pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on the cheek , turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others what you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:27-31

My own Unitarian-Universalist Church faced a crisis some years ago, when asked why do we continue to meet and hold services on Sunday when we do not believe that it is necessary to go to church to save our souls. After much debate it was agreed that we meet to join together as a community, to share strength and understanding and to celebrate life as a community.

These days most of us visit others virtually pretty regularly, but perhaps it would be healthier, to once a week, take a look around at our actual neighbors. After all, if you fall and break a leg, or your car breaks down, etc. your internet friends may live too far away to give you rides when you need them but your neighbors won’t. For those who have a religious affiliation, the day you meet is predetermined. But I think the day matters less, than the community. It’s the community that matters.

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A Day of Rest

Is the Sabbath best spent as a day of rest, community or worship? And why do the three major Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam each celebrate it on a different day? Is a three day weekend necessary to show respect to all?

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you , nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.- Exodus 20:8-11 New International Version

The Sabbath part 1 – A Day of Rest

To take the seventh day off every week sounded so easy when I was child. But in my own modern life, it is the one commandment, I break the most. While Saturday and Sunday are days off from school and some places of work, there is always housework to be done. Occasionally, I am able to get caught up enough to take a day off from dishes and laundry and eat leftovers instead of cooking. But it takes planning and dedication to do it every week. On those weeks when I do manage a day off, I am amazed at the energy and sense of renewal I experience. To just sit, listen, breath and relax, that is when I think the Sabbath is important and would like to improve myself and my life by observing it weekly.

But the first order of planning for it is deciding which day to call Holy. Going back to the root of it, Saturday is the obvious choice. One of my few friends is a Seventh-day Adventist, that means that even though she is Christian she holds the seventh day (Saturday) Sacred. She is quite devout and I admire her dedication to her beliefs. Most of all I applaud her abstaining from any activity on Saturday where anyone might have to work for her benefit. No stores, no movies, no restaurants, no carnivals will she attend on the Sabbath. Only church, family or friends will she visit, nor will she eat any cooked food. I also, had a friend who said that in a very Jewish neighborhood, you’ll notice everyone walking on Saturday because they forgo even driving cars on the Sabbath.

How beautiful I think, to spend a day so in touch with the natural and spiritual, to be able to avoid the material, industrial, commercial influences in our lives. It also makes sense for those who wish to cleanse their bodies through fasting, not to go out on your day of rest.

There is a problem, though. I like to think of the Sabbath as a day of rest sleeping in at home, but what about going to church? Next week The Sabbath part 2 – Community Matters

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Take the Name

When I first began to write, it was difficult to decide what term to use for God. The word means so many different things to different people, and I find it distasteful to have to use it so often. Yet the more I played with different terms, Lord, interdependent web of life, a higher power, Great Spirit, Allah, Jehovah, Krishna, Oneness, spirit of Life, the Creator, the more I felt I was letting terminology get in the way of what I wanted to say.

So I wrote my first blogg Defining God and was done with worrying about what name to use. As far as I am concerned all the above names are appropriate as well as many more, Love, Mercy, Justice . . .

This does however broaden greatly the meaning of the third commandment. There is not a lot of difference between the third commandment in the new King James Version:

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.-Exodus 20:7

and the New International Version:

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold any guiltless who misuses his name.- Exodus 20:7

What I love about this commandment is that it reminds us of a very old, very powerful kind of magic. The magic of words and of names, of summoning and of making. It is that magic that makes cursing in all its forms, not just the Lord’s name, taboo.

Jesus further explained this:

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words will be condemned.- Matthew 12: 36-37 (New KJV)

Buddhist and Existential philosophy take words and thoughts even more seriously, suggesting that our world around us is created by our thoughts. It seemed silly at first, then frightening to think we each have so much power. The more I open my mind to it the more evidence I find. I know it is true in the astral/ spirit realm thoughts have power and make things happen. I think it may be just as true in the physical world only better hidden.

I do not wish to use the Lord’s name in vain nor to misuse its power, but rather to use it as it was meant to be used. With respect and love for the Sentient Being that binds all the universe together for our benefit and enlightenment.

I strongly advocate cleansing one’s heart and soul everyday through meditation, as suggested by Vibrant, just as you would cleanse your body.

For as Jesus said:

Do you not yet understand that whatever enters your mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man. – Matthew 15:17-20 (New KJV)

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No Idol Worship

Comparing two versions of the Holy Bible, New Kings James and New International Version, I find that the second commandment varies greatly in meaning. The former states:

You shall not make for yourself a carved image-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 bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” -Exodus 20:4-5

If this were the only version of this commandment and I believed it accurate, I would have to argue against the observance of this one. What better way to cultivate ignorance than to deny the study of the natural world and the communication of that knowledge through pictures. Graven images being the predecessor of drawing and painting

and reappearing when printmaking is used, all forms of non-abstract artwork become heretical. Worse still is the prejudice it engenders towards so many other religions. A commonality of most early civilizations is the use of carved or molded figures. Sadly “heathen idol worshiper” became a favorite excuse for treating a group of people inhumanely. (Ironic isn’t it that the symbol for Islam, a religion that historically outlawed all non-abstract artwork for centuries, has for its symbol a crescent moon and star?)

You do not have to look far to find reason to believe this commandment was mistranslated for just a few chapters later in Exodus 25 God gives instructions not only for decorating the ark of the covenant with cherubim but also for ornamenting lamp bowls with almond blossoms.

Fortunately the New International Version, in which hundreds of scholars used the best available Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts available worked from 1967- 1978 to fix this and other mistranslations. Its second commandment is:

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them: for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those that hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.- Exodus 20: 4-6

The difference of that wording from carven image to idol changes the whole meaning. An idol is a representation of a God that was created with the intention of worshiping it. Thus images used to communicate or educate, to express feelings, wishes or thoughts are not by definition idols unless someone worships them.

Of course that still condemns a lot of religions and their practices, and I do not wish to offend the beliefs of others. In my personal quest though this is no barrier, my ancestors were Puritans who left Europe to get away from idol worship. I am a Unitarian, whose religious symbol is a flaming chalice. The flaming chalice is not meant to represent God, but is symbolic of our search for truth. I do not worship the chalice nor even the flame, they are merely tools used to light the darkness.

And I cannot believe that God ever desired that we should worship objects (not even books) above He that is in all things “in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below,” that which binds the three, and much much more.

(723 days)

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No Other Gods

Many’s the time I questioned God on this one.

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:2-3

See my problem here is that he is not quoted as saying that “there are no other gods.” Which is what I was always told this is supposed to mean. Instead by saying, “. . . no other gods before Me,” I always felt like this was a confirmation or admission that “hey, yeah, there are other gods.” I mean how can I rightly put this one God first if there are no other gods? I asked Him.

(Listening.) (No answer.)

So then I looked at the beginning, “ . . . brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the land of bondage.” Well, no, I’ve never been to Egypt nor have my ancestors, and no, I have never been a slave nor have my ancestors. Maybe I don’t understand because I am not who He meant, nor were my ancestors. Maybe you have to be Jewish? What about Christians I wonder? And Hindus ? Are only Jewish people your chosen people?

(Listening.) “No.” whispers a voice. “All are chosen. All are mine.”

So is it true then, there is only one God?

(Listening.) (No answer.)

Are there many gods?

(Listening.) “Yes and no.”

What?

(Listening.) “That is all you need know, now”

And that was all the answer I would get for thirty years, until the dream.

When I looked in God’s eye, I saw it all, Earth shrinking to other planets, planets shrinking in the solar system, the solar system shrinking in the Milky Way, the milky Way shrinking amid many galaxies, galaxies shrinking . . . yet He was still beyond, bigger. I felt as though my brain would explode with the immensity of it.

Stop! Please no more, I begged. It stopped and suddenly, infinite threads appeared attached to all the many galaxies. I touched one. Instantly, it carried me home to a mote of dust on a table in my basement.

Then I stepped back out of His eye and I knew so many things.

Yes and no.”

Now I understand. Greater than the galaxies of the universe and more numerous than every mote of dust, the threads that bind everything to every other thing are many and one both at the same time. The meaning behind the first commandment of the Hebrew bible is to teach us that though there are many gods, they are each but a part of a larger whole. It is that Whole, that One, who gave Moses that commandment and who whispers to me. He chose me. He asked me to tell everyone to put down their weapons and words of hate and knowing we are all one in His eyes, embrace each other in love, compassion, mercy and forgiveness.

I thought I heard him crying (it tore me to hear it), for all the hate crimes committed due to the misinterpretation of this one commandment. No wonder he is so slow to speak to us.

(730 days)