by Lauri Boyd
In his essay Ten Rules for Realism, 21st century theologian Gene Marshall offers a new take on the ancient 10 Commandments of Moses. Seen through Marshall’s lens, these rules are as relevant to our spiritual journey today as they were 3 centuries ago. They offer simple advice for grounding ourselves in Spirit and for living in relationship with each other and the world around us. Here are Marshall’s 10 rules with my commentary…
1. You shall not devote your life to any reality more than to Reality with a capital “R.”
In other words, always keep in mind that this little ‘r’ reality that we experience with our little ‘s’ self is only a small part of something much bigger. In the capital ‘R’ reality, there is only God – one presence, one power, absolute good. As we move through our daily experience, we must let our words and actions flow forth from Spirit, not ego.
2. You shall not mistake any names, thoughts, ideas, or symbols, for this unnamable Reality.
Human language is too limited to adequately describe God. Yet in our humanness, we must find ways to experience this capital ‘R’ Reality. And each of us is drawn to certain names, thoughts, ideas, and symbols that resonate with us. Yet we must never assume that our way is the one right way. When we do that, we mistake our spiritual practice for Spirit itself.