What you call yourself you become. Be careful how you talk to yourself. The definition of cursing someone is to speak negatively about them. Our words can leave a lifetime of legacy. Why does what someone says about you affect you? People, especially children tend to live up to the expectations of those around them, be they high or low. If you believe the negative things people speak about you you allow their curses to fester in your body and mind. In the body, curses cause disease and disregulation. In the mind, curses cause low energy and fear. If you were to give a curse a body, it would be similar to a snake. But a curse can only hurt you if you espouse it. When you believe the negative things people say about you, you limit your own value to their lowered expectations or negativity. Likewise, a snake can only hurt you if you pick it up or try to manipulate it in some way. In either circumstance belief sets intention.
We’ve all seen this principle at work in families. First borns tend to get the most praise from the family because they get the most undivided attention. They are often successful in their adulthood and often take on more responsibility than the other children because they have more faith in their successful outcome.
Because curses typically cause disease in the body, we would do well to ignore them. Everyone knows someone who should be dead for the way they take care of their body but they outlive the doctors and family’s expectations of them. You can look at a diagnosis as a type of curse. When you allow yourself to become your diagnosis you might as well dig your own grave.
I recently saw an ad for a blood test that is able to diagnose cancer immediately. The problem with that is that everyone has cancer in their body. At any given moment your blood could be diagnosed with cancer. However, the body is effective when a person has a positive mindset and healthy immune system at killing cancer cells. I also recently heard of a doctor that was treating patients with chemo who didn’t have cancer in order to profit from their treatment. The pharmaceutical companies would love to diagnose everyone with some sort of disease so that they can prescribe expensive medicines that only make people sicker and in need of more treatment with chemicals.
Some people believe that they will inherit familial sickness through their genes. New science tells us that our genes can be altered with thought. Placebos work in this way. Your mind is your own placebo. When you convince yourself that you are sick you will magnify your symptoms and signal your genes to wreak havoc on your body.
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in 1999. What happened ten years later changed the course of my symptoms forever. A woman in the hospital shared with me a secret that kept her healthy for many years. She said that when Christ died on the cross He took all curses upon us and granted us favor with God. This favor purchased us into a new family without disease. If Christians would only believe in what they’ve inherited they would no longer suffer from chronic illness. The body can heal itself we just need to tell it to. Needless to say I no longer have any bipolar symptoms. In fact, I am suspicious of people that do because it seems that it is a pharmaceutical company creation in order to addict young people to drugs that negatively impact the functioning of their entire body. When I was on medication I gained an excessive amount of weight and was tired all of the time. I lost self-confidence and began to think of myself as a victim. I was always tired and couldn’t do the things normal people could. It wasn’t until I got off all of the medication that I was able to regain my life and reclaim my true nature as a healthy body and mind not under any curse or diagnosis. I stopped telling people I had a disorder because I didn’t. I felt fine especially without medication. The meds made me feel sicker than the actual illness. I learned to manage chronic anxiety in healthy ways like yoga and meditation, exercise and good diet and I found myself in great condition.
I don’t believe people are good or bad by nature. I do believe people do what is in their best interest, for survival purposes. A few weeks ago, I would have told you the bible was nuts. Now I have to say what I know to be true. People need God. We need Jesus.
I don’t know if it’s our cultural programming that tells us we are wicked or if it’s our parents and all of their parents and ancestors collective guilt but guilt has been laid upon us within our own minds. This is the place where it does the most damage. When people perceive themselves as bad people, they tend to do bad things or just act badly and make poor choices. All the don’t do list becomes a to-do list. It has been found in psychology exams on children that when given a command to not do (phrased as a “don’t do etc.”) their minds reacted in ways that produced the undesired outcome although it was forbidden. That is the nature of the outcome of a negatory command. It is, in essence, a command to do the forbidden. Which leads me to wonder why the bible was even written – full of negatively phrased commands.
Parents, when trying to discipline their children, tell them what not to do after they do it. The bible tells us who’ve grown up in the church what to do before we decide to do it. Perhaps this is the reasoning for so many rebellious church raised children. They are raised in a restrictive environment without the room for exploration of natural consequences; it feels prohibitive. It is because of this collective mind poisoning that we need Christ – to cleanse our consciences. The Jewish people who wrote the bible had the worst conscience burden out of all cultures. Eventually, they became so legalistic, they even accepted the conscience burden of killing Christ. It took Christ coming back from the dead to tell them they weren’t so powerful as to usurp God, law and kill their creator by their misbehavior.
It seems almost comical that they believe that the God who created the Red Sea, then parted it, could be killed. They couldn’t forgive themselves, each other or their creator. They had essentially given up on life. Deep down, they knew their birth was not their fault. Their placement in a sinful environment was not their fault, their sin was not their fault. As the bible says, I created the destroyer. I forged the blacksmith. Yes, God says that in Isaiah. People wanted to punish God and capitulate their guilt. In their eyes, they were evil – as in God’s. They had already done enough deserving of death, why not go all the way and kill the One who made them. They didn’t believe in forgiveness. Why should they have? It was their God who instituted the laws of stoning each other for petty sins.
I guess what I’m getting at is that the Jewish God and His miracles were too small in the minds of the Jews to eradicate and forgive their sins. I would go so far as to say that they were shaped into monsters with the Jewish customs of bloody, violent and prohibitive by nature ways of absolving guilt. Jewish people, as a society, were exclusive. They didn’t allow association with people they believed were cursed or people that had flaws. Even women were considered dirty and unclean or unfit to be in men’s presence when on their period.
I will try to evaluate and dissect each of the Ten Commandments and some other properties of the laws in the book of Exodus.
First, I am going to make this a lot easier and simpler. The Ten are really based on the first three or even first two and all others flow from these pieces. Were the people to adhere to the first two laws they would easily be able to comply with the rest. These laws are:
Love and revere the Lord your God.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus gave these commandments when the “rich young ruler” asked him what were the most important commandments. I would like you to recognize that these laws are placed as affirmations and intentions rather than negative commands. This is because the mind of a child is pretty simple. When you tell it not to do something it does the very thing you asked it not to because the mind goes where the mouth leads. Saying do not do something is more complex and detailed than saying to do something. Anyway, to the mind they are no different – negative or positive commands. Our prayers are answered yes in Christ, right? That is because, as his brothers and sisters all of our requests are answered in the affirmative by God why would not all of God’s requests be answered as “yes” in our minds?
It is important to make the side note that minds matter to Jesus. He said that if you lust after a woman you have already committed adultery in your heart or if you hate your brother or sister you have already murdered them in your heart. He also asks us to suspend judgment – “Do not judge.”
The psychology of the Ten Commandments is oppressive and authoritative. It can only lead to a breakdown of trust, deceit, and violence. Had I understood Jewish culture at the time I would be able to tell you maybe why God chose to phrase the commandments and make them as excessive as he did but I don’t know anything about Jewish primal culture. I do know that societies that have been traumatized tend to pass on fear and stress hormones in the bloodstream to their offspring. That is what I suspect happened with the writing of the Ten Commandments. Writing commands ultimately leads to judgement and Jesus said that judgement was not our responsibility. In the bible, we see it lead to public execution and humiliation (execution by stoning).
The Top Two Commands
We all know the Ten Commandments are wanting. For instance, where is the command “Do not rape?” Or even, “Respect creation?” So why not focus on the two that actually encompass more than childish morality? As I read through the commandments, God says he will revisit curses on third and fourth generations of sinners. I don’t believe God would do that. Just being God, He has authority over what does or does not happen, whether the person even sins in the first place. He says he forged the blacksmith so why does he blame innocent people for sins they did not commit? Also, when you see what Jesus envisioned, sinless minds, you see that humans in the first writing of the commands didn’t stand a chance – they sinned just by imagining the carrying out of a sin. All people are deemed sinful according to the Ten Commandments. This is no way to start a culture. People were seeped in sin before birth. Death and murder are normal in this culture. Hardly something invented by an eternal God.
Jesus Himself supposedly breaks the laws of the Sabbath as outlined in Exodus but then He states that He is Lord of the Sabbath. Which is why I think we would do well to adhere to the two laws I have outlined above. Laws are meant to be broken. Mindsets hold for eternity. If you adopt a mindset of love for God, neighbor, and self you have just adopted an eternal way of living. A life that truly has no end. If you fuss and pick over commandments you adopt a system of passing judgment and ultimately, death. Bloodshed and violence only lead to shock fear and hatred that can linger for generations. Judgment kills, which is why Jesus advocated forgiveness.
Belief shapes intention, intention sets the framework for reality. Sometimes God is called intention by modern-day philosophers. This is why thoughts matter so much to Jesus and also why faith can save. Your thoughts about God matter as do your thoughts about other people and yourself. When these thoughts are shaped by love, they create a loving intention, a loved creation and a beloved Creator. When your thoughts are shaped by constriction and limiting belief systems your God will be punitive, fierce, deadly, and not worthy of respect. Who can respect a Creator that creates simply for the intent of destruction?
The Ten Commandments are an outflow of the first two because who would want to or even suggest violating another person or God when they are being loving? If God or another is disrespected, love quickly flows to reconcile it.
Jewish law doesn’t even save Jews, how can we expect it to help us? Remember all of the Jewish people that died in the wilderness for complaining? Did they sin? No, but they violated loving intention and faith. When you weaken your intention with complaining, you weaken your life force and you die. It’s a natural consequence. But since all things are created for eternity with seeds of the eternal in them, those Jews didn’t die – as we see, their law still exists today. We can, however, kill the limiting beliefs that discourage and condemn by not putting so much weight on what not to do but by remembering that God is a loving force that whispers “Amen. Yes. Do. Create. Be holy as I am holy.” Or simply, “Be whole. Love one another. Do what you imagine me doing. Let your faith set your intention.”
I guess I do understand why the Ten Commandments were set out this way. Jewish culture had become accustomed to slavery and a victim mentality. God needed to set them back to their original nature as loving herders but had to use their language to do it which would have been restrictive and authoritative. Otherwise, they may have had no respect for God. They were not a nation of free thinkers, after all. They were a nation shaped by authoritative and constrictive rule. Their mentality was one that was used to playing the victim.