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You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. (Exodus 20:7)

If we remember the beginning of the Commandments and the use of the word Anoki to allude to Eheieh (I am), we may gain some insight to the deeper spiritual implications of this commandment. Essentially, whether in our thoughts or our words, the phrase "I am" bears great power, and we will speak in detail about this power later in this book. Here, however. we may point to the play of self-affirmations and self-negations that are constantly going on in our minds, hearts, and specch. We are constantly saying "I am this," or "I am that." Though sometimes we are affirming who and what we truly are, oftentimes we are not affirming the truth and light in us. Instead, we are engaged in negative statements and feelings about ourselves. These, in turn, get projected on others, and we find ourselves saying to others, "You are this," or "You are that," in ways that negate who and what they truly are. Self-negations and the negation of others are inherently self-destructive. If we engage in this, no one, not even God, can deliver us from the natural consequences. We cannot afford to entertain negativity of any form, and it is important that we understand the very real power of our thoughts, feeling-emotions, words, and actions, how they affect ourselves and others, and how our life manifests through them. If we seek prosperity, success, health, and happiness, let alone actual self-realization, understanding the great power that is in us is crucial.

Lord Yeshua says something parallel to this commandment when he says that "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit" is the only "unforgivable sin." This has often been taken to indicate the extreme self-negativity of suicide, which is certainly accurate in the sense no one can restore the life of a person who has prematurely put an end to her or his own life. Yet, the Holy Spirit represents basically the same principle as the name of God—the life-power or creative power that is in us. Each and every one of us is a center of the sacred unity- and the creative power we call Cod. Our thoughts, feeling-emotions, words and actions are ail an expression of this creative power. The reality we experience is a radiant display of this creative power of consciousness, whether heavens, earths, hells, or .the supernal abodes. Therefore, liberating our minds, hearts, and lives from cosmic ignorance and directing them according to an awareness of sacred unity, we naturally uplift ourselves and others and enact self-preservation (life). Conversely, allowing ourselves to entertain negativity by enacting self-negation and the negation of others leads to a pulling down of ourselves and others and enacts self-destruction. On the most basic level, this commandment reminds us of the fundamental principle of cause and effect, which is the veiy foundation of the law in creation.

The same teaching extends beyond our thoughts, feelings-emotions, words, and actions to our talents, resources in life, and all forms of power we have access to, for all of life is the manifestation of what is represented by the name of Cod. Thus, the scientist must be conscious of his or her discoveries and how scientific knowledge is applied. The artist must consider what he or she creates and what it will invoke and inspire in others. The businessperson must he concerned about more than merely his or her own profit. Likewise, the politician must actually seek to serve the people he or site is elected to serve. The same is true of any talents and of any occupation or vocation that can be mentioned. Essentially, this commandment speaks to the right use of all forms of power and includes such things as money-power, fame-power, sex-power, and every other form of power on a material level. The aim of the spiritual person is to use all forms of power wisely and to uplift all power, restoring it to harmony with the sacred unity.

Among Sophian Gnostics, there is a more esoteric wisdom found in this commandment, for the use and vibration of divine names is a central part of the methods of prayer, meditation, and sacred ritual in the Christian Kabbs'ah. The idea of divine names points to psychic and spiritual powers that extend far beyond any material power that can be named and, in fact, are the causes of material powers. If one needs to be conscious of material powers to which one has access, ihen this is even truer of psychic and spiritual powers Essentially, this commandment reminds us of the immeasurable potential of the creative power that is in us and calls us to be conscious of that divine presence and power. In this way, we honor the name ot God, the One life-power.

we were to speak this saying in the simplest way, ic would be this: Remember yourself us a cin:ter of creative ¡wtrer, and walk in beauty and holiness. What this means, of course, each of us must discern for her- or himself.

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