“I AM the very activity of God expressing as me.”

Over the next ten weeks, we will share some thoughts on each of the ten commandments, taken from ideas Unity author, Eric Butterworth, wrote in his book, How to Break the Ten Commandments. These have been compiled by Nancy Sandoval, one of our teachers in training.

“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

The book “How to Break the 10 Commandments” is a study of how to break through the surface of the commandments, move more deeply into them and use them more effectively in our lives.

In the chapter on the first commandment, Eric draws our attention to the I AM. In his encounter with the burning bush, Moses experienced God’s name as I AM. Jesus, in John’s Gospel, describes his own relationship with the Divine in a series of I AM statements (the vine, the Good Shepherd, the light of the world, etc.)

In a moment of quiet contemplation, let us ask how we use the phrase I AM – are we describing a temporary condition (tired, hungry, fed up)? Or do we recognise I AM as a perception of the divinity within us (wholeness, love, peace, abundance)? Getting deeper into the first commandment goes beyond saying ‘I believe in God’, to recognising the wholeness of divinity.

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