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"You shall not make for yourself an idol." (4 min)


In our last discussion, we explored the idea that there is only One God, One Mind, and One Reality. Now, let's take a closer look at how our minds create idols that distract us from this truth.

    1. Second Directive: "You shall not make for yourself an idol."

    An idol is anything we place our trust in, believing it will bring us happiness, security, or fulfillment. In our modern world, these idols take countless forms: material possessions, physical appearance, success, status, relationships, pleasure, comfort, technology, social media, ideologies, beliefs, busyness, productivity, youth, and even the pursuit of perfection.
    The problem with idols is that they are temporary and unsatisfying. They bring us a fleeting sense of happiness but they cannot provide the deep, lasting peace that comes from knowing our true nature as expressions of Love.
    Moreover, when we make idols out of external things, we give away our power. We place our happiness in the hands of something inherently unstable and subject to change. We become dependent on circumstances beyond our control, rather than resting in the unchanging love of God within.
    So how do we let go of our idols? It starts with awareness. Take a moment to reflect on the things you tend to prioritize in your life. What do you spend the most time, energy, and attention on? What do you turn to for comfort, validation, or distraction?
    Once you've identified your idols, the next step is to practice releasing your attachment to them. This doesn't necessarily mean giving them up entirely, but rather, shifting your perspective and recognizing that they are not the source of your true happiness.
    For example, let's say you've been placing a lot of emphasis on your physical appearance, believing that if you can just lose those last few pounds or achieve a certain look, you'll finally feel confident and worthy of love. In releasing this idol, you practice affirming your inherent worth as a child of God, regardless of your appearance. You focus on cultivating inner qualities like kindness, compassion, and self-acceptance, rather than fixating on external measures of beauty.
    Or perhaps you've been caught up in the pursuit of success and status, believing that if you can just achieve a certain level of accomplishment, you'll finally feel fulfilled. In letting go of this idol, you practice redefining success in terms of your alignment with divine love and purpose, rather than external markers of achievement. You focus on cultivating a sense of inner peace regardless of your circumstances.
    The key is to remember that your true identity is not found in anything external – it is the eternal, unchanging spirit within you. Releasing your grip on idols and turning your attention inward, you open yourself up to the boundless love of God.
    So as you go about your day, practice noticing when you're getting caught up in the pursuit of idols. Gently remind yourself that your true happiness lies not in attaining or achieving, but in surrendering to the One Love.
    In the next part, we'll explore the Third Directive: "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain." Get ready to discover how this teaching applies to more than just our words – it's about aligning our entire being with the truth of who we are.
    I am sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I love you.
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