I’ve covered the three ‘Divine Laws’, so now I’m dealing with the first ‘Daily Law’ — the Law of Regulation. We all bump against this law when we seek to manifest our Soul’s Purpose, as agreed in our Divine Contract. There are many kinds of limitations for we humans, and negotiating them in order to create a satisfactory and beautiful outcome can be a challenge.
The most famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) set of rules and regulations in Western cultural history are the biblical Ten Commandments. They are notorious for beginning with “Thou shalt not…” and only two in the list actually command something positive: keeping the sabbath day holy and honouring our parents.
The huge Technicolor movie, The Ten Commandments, was made in 1956, with Charlton Heston playing Moses and Yul Brynner as Pharaoh. If I had been in Egypt at the time, I must confess I would have been very smitten with the Egyptian ruler — I’m not very fond of big woolly beards!
Moses famously challenged Pharaoh to free the Israelites from bondage and, when the all-powerful ruler declined, thinking himself supreme, the ‘wrath of the Israelite god’ stirred up ten plagues.
I recently watched a very well researched documentary made by Simcha Jacobovski and produced by James Cameron, of Titanic fame (click here to watch the trailer). Jacobovski precisely identified all the plagues as almost certainly being initiated by a vast volcanic eruption in Santorini.
At the end of the film, the director poses a question: Even if we can prove the plagues happened and identify why (based on more recent knowledge about the aftermath of volcanic activity) do we totally negate the concept that a divine hand was at work here, somehow changing the course of history in favour of the underdog? Had the hubris of the Egyptian rulers brought a natural disaster about, so they were disempowered, not by a patriarchal god but by Mother Nature herself?
The first Daily Law insists that human life is naturally restricted by certain principles that we can’t escape while we are embodied. Time is one of these and gravity is another (at least while we’re on the Earth). Alongside these principles are spiritual laws — for example: be kind, be generous. Then we have the laws of our lands — we are legally not allowed to kill, for instance, although some nations do allow a killer to be killed as retribution and sovereign states allow soldiers to kill. Laws, it seems, can be shuffled around to suit.
When we want to manifest our Soul’s Purpose to carry through our Divine Contract, we may bump up against laws, rules and regulations, and other limitations that seem to inhibit our progress. Social laws change — for example, in the not-so-distant past, women could not be priests in the Church of England. Just as the suffragette movement pressed for the vote, the religious feminist lobby persisted until the rules changed. If a committed individual, or group, wants a rule to get changed, they are often successful, even after great cost or after a long period of time.
Our Divine Contract carries huge power with it to get things done and, if necessary, change rules in order to succeed.
The blessing of limitation or adversity is that it directs us towards our task by putting up hurdles we need to cross. They temper our Soul, as metal is tempered in a fire:
What is to give light, must endure burning — Victor Frankl
Like Hercules and his twelve labours, our spiritual nature is strengthened by the tests, and we develop the necessary qualities of empathy, courage, endurance and wisdom that bring maturity of Soul and a sense of satisfaction. “No pain, no gain”, as they say.