Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Seventh Commandment—Scrambled Eggs, Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

by Michael Maciel   Adulterate (verb): to render a substance poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one: “The meat was ground fine and adulterated with potato flour.” Synonyms: to make impure, degrade, debase, spoil, taint, contaminate; … Continue reading

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The Sixth Commandment—Thou Shalt Not Kill Bill

by Michael Maciel In the ancient mystery schools, candidates for initiation had to undergo many tests to see if they were qualified to receive the higher teachings, especially those pertaining to the Law of Mind. They weren’t tests to tell … Continue reading

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Spiritual Apprenticeship—do you need a teacher?

by Michael Maciel Apprentices learn by emulating their master. The master says, “Do it exactly how I show you. Later, you can make your own adaptations.” Formal spiritual development always involves the deconstruction of the student. Everyone comes with ideas … Continue reading

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The Fifth Commandment—My Mother, Drunk or Sober

by Michael Maciel In his Defense of Patriotism, G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Saying ‘My country, right or wrong’ is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’” We love our country, and we love our mother, usually, but it does beg the … Continue reading

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The Fourth Commandment—Do I Really Have to Go to Church?

by Michael Maciel Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. – Exodus 20 As we examine the Ten Commandments through the lens of mystical and occult teachings, a simple, religious rule like “Keep the Sabbath holy” begins to reveal … Continue reading

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The Third Commandment—No False Idols, Get Over Yourself!

by Michael Maciel We are looking at the Ten Commandments as a kind of occult document, a set of explicit instructions on how to use the Law of Mind to produce results in the world. Moses had been trained in … Continue reading

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The Second Commandment—Is It Really About Worshipping Idols?

by Michael Maciel Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. – Exodus 20 In the days before video when no one carried smartphones in their pockets, young athletes would worship photos of their heroes, which they would cut … Continue reading

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