“Life is not about what we have but about how to be.”


“You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, or his ox or his ass or anything that is your neighbour’s.” Exodus 20:17

As we come to the final chapter – the final commandment in the ten – Eric Butterworth reminds us of the purpose of our journey – digging beyond the moral top layer of the commandments, which help us improve our behaviour – to the metamoral, deeper layers, which contain “hidden keys for modifying consciousness”.

Eric defines the word ‘covet’ as “to love something passionately”. He advocates “positive covetousness” – loving God passionately.

When we reach into the deeper layers of the commandment we discover it is not so much about what to have as it is how to be. Living in the flow causes us to be open and receptive to whatever we require to live a fulfilled life. We needn’t feel we have to compete with others – in fact, the only person we need to compete with is ourselves.

In fact, we cannot actually be anyone else, or even be like anyone else. We can only be who we are. As Eric reminds us, “You will always be a far greater success as you than as the best possible imitation of anyone else.”

Breaking through the 10th Commandment with Eric Butterworth.                                                                           Nancy Sandoval


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