Our general seminar is called Rise Above It: Spiritual Development through the Ten Commandments. “Rising above” refers to rising above ego states in order enjoy higher states of consciousness—states that are closer to God. In these higher states we see clearly the circumstances and situations in which we find ourselves. When our consciousness in unclouded by ego concerns, we get a new view from a higher vantage point.
We use the Ten Commandments as the structure for this seminar because we have found that they appear in one form or another in all the great religions of the world. Therefore they are the common denominator for all people, regardless of their religious path.
As Helen Keller has said, “We are not born again suddenly, as some people seem to think. It is a change that comes over us as we hope and aspire and persevere in the way of the Divine Commandments.”
A Road Map for Living - the Ten Commandments
If we want to get someplace, accurate directions are essential. The Ten Commandments are such a map. They are given in a perfect, sequential order, designed by the Master Teacher and intended to lead all who keep them into the experience of heavenly life, even while on earth.
Each week we review one commandment, and everyone shares their experiences of trying to live according to their own understanding of what that commandment means in their life. We also present the next commandment, discuss its significance, and give an assignment that will help us practice keeping it. Seminar activities are designed to facilitate deeper understanding of ways that we may apply the commandments in our lives.
"If you want to enter life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 16:19)