Episode 34 – Ten Spiritual Truths: Be Satisfied
This is the final Spiritual Truth and it’s about coveting. Coveting is a little different from envy. It is more than a feeling. When we covet, there is usually an obsessive thought attached to the desire – like an addiction – which can consume our lives. It’s under a lot of misery! Beyond that, if we look even deeper, this Spiritual Truth calls us to not focus on what seems to be missing in our lives, but to be satisfied and present! That’s where all the Good is.
Ten Commandments: boundaries for a fulfilling life, challenges for a spiritual life
All major religions have some form of ‘rules for life’
Exodus 20: “Then God spoke all these words:
1. ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.’
2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, of any form.”
3. “Do not misuse the name of God.”
4. “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
5. “Honor your father and mother.”
6. “You shall not kill.”
7. “You shall not commit adultery.”
8. “You shall not steal.”
9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
10. “You shall not covet…anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Coveting is close to envy, but not quite.
Envy is a feeling of discontent or resentful longing that is aroused by someone else’s possessions or qualities or what we perceive as luck
Coveting is desiring what belongs to another and yearning to possess it. It is more than a feeling. It can e an obsession.
Some of the things we covet today are: other people’s houses, jobs, status, bank account, opportunities, vacation, body, (complexion/face/weight/age), health, peace of mind, etc. Basically anything that someone else has.
Coveting is the mental cause under the other Spiritual Truths, like stealing, adultery, murder and bearing false witness.
Coveting impacts our lives! It can be a total waste of energy. It can impact our relationships. It is a way for us to play small because we avoid the manifesting our own lives. It is also causes us to miss the blessings of the present and misplace where is our true Source is (the Divine within us!)
What does this Spiritual Truth mean to you? What do you tend to covet?
What does longing for what you don’t have do to or for you?
Look at your life and reflect on the ways you may have coveted something that is your neighbor’s. What did it look like? How did you feel? What was underneath it? What else could you have done?
What steps can you take to more clearly see/know that the there is no need to covet? Or what do you do when you find yourself in the mental state of coveting (or longing/envy)?
What else does this mean? Why does this matter?
In the fullness of time all that is for my highest Good comes to me. God is my Source and Supply. When I accept this Truth, envy is dissolved and ceases to exist in me. As I grow in spiritual awareness I know that the Divine plan for me is Good and only Good. I give thanks that others have received their Good and I know there are blessings for everyone.