“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour”. Exodus 20:16
As we continue our deeper journey through the Ten Commandments we come to “thou shalt not lie”. But “bearing false witness” is more than lying. In fact, Eric Butterworth writes that we cannot bear false witness, because we always express what we are in consciousness. If we are speaking negatively, it is because we are seeing negatively, and we can use this awareness as an opportunity to change our thinking.
Another layer of the ninth commandment concerns criticism. Today we look at criticism as making negative comments regarding something or someone. But Eric notes that the original meaning of the word criticise was “to evaluate or establish true worth.”
We witness in three ways – with our ears, with our eyes and with our hearts. We can “evaluate and establish true worth” through knowing the Truth of what we are – expressions of the divine at our point of awareness.
As Eric so beautifully states: “seeing from that knowledge, hearing from that knowledge, and feeling from that knowledge … and then projecting it in the words we speak, the things we do, and the feelings we engender.”
Breaking through the 9th Commandment with Eric Butterworth. Nancy Sandoval
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