What about “Evil”?

by Pete on July 3, 2013

Is it better to think of evil as “real”, which gives it the power to frighten, control and even destroy us (exciting, yes, but desirable)? Or, is it better to see it as a fear-based creation, a figment of our imagination, a lack of understanding or perception, misapplied ideals or misinformation, something we can outgrow or recover from? Instead of “evil”, should we look for the good in ourselves and each other to give it room to grow? Should we learn how to use our power of thought and imagination to shape energy into a pleasing reality? Should we learn how to concentrate on what we want and let go of what we don’t want?

Excerpt from We Create Our Own Reality (link below):

The purpose, or challenge, of life is to learn how to use the power of thought and imagination to shape energy into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of a job well done. And, like learning to walk or talk, it’s a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It’s a great balancing act, where one must accept falling down in the course of learning how to stand up.

A Seth Snippet posted on Facebook by Lynda Madden Dahl:

“Only true compassion and love will lead to an understanding of the nature of good, and only these concepts will serve to annihilate the erroneous and distortive concepts of evil.

“The simple fact is that as long as you believe in the concept of evil, it is a reality in your system, and you will always find it manifested. Your belief in it will, therefore, seem highly justified. If you carry this concept through succeeding generations, through reincarnations, then you add to its reality.”

(From Conscious Creator Forum)

Reference articles:

Pete – http://realtalkworld.com

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth

In other words, we create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us.

If we don’t consciously choose our beliefs, we UNconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.

If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?

The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.

Instead of money, power and privilege, why not make love, truth and joy the dominant measure of success?

The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!

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Sandra Peterson June 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

WHAT ABOUT EVIL? Big subject. I don’t believe in evil in biblical terms, that the devil in us makes us do it. The devil has never been real for me, only a name for behavior we don’t understand. I think that the terms “evil” and “fear” are closely related.

But what about serial killers? What about home invasions? What about drug-induced crime and indiscriminate, despicable harm done to innocents? How can our minds reconcile with these behaviors and say there is no evil?

Maybe it’s because we can say that there is a reason for every kind of behavior. There is a story behind every “evil” person’s actions. You could say that a serial killer needs to kill because of something in his/her past that caused a traumatic series of psychological “messages” that led to undesirable actions. Is a drunken driver “evil” when he/she kills an entire family? You could say that alcoholism is a disease and it was the disease, not the person, that caused the accident. There are many other examples.

Should so called “evil” persons be put to death for their actions? I think we want to do that because of fear. We want to do that so they won’t be able to do their horrible deeds again. What are we here on earth for? Isn’t it to learn and grow? If you believe in reincarnation and life after death, aren’t we here to learn all we can in a lifetime so that we can be ready to learn even more in the next? Aren’t we meant to evolve? If so, it is possible to look at “evil” as just a learning experience.

Janet Glatz July 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Evil. Another word for Karma? In your comment, Sandy, you talk of serial killers and such from their viewpoint only. What about the effect such “crimes” have on the victims? They, too, have
life (and death) lessons to live out. Their demise then moves outward to affect many, many others. As painful as such events are, they serve to teach us all something.

Regarding creativity and the environment–some generous folks are creating art that literally and physically serves/enhances/heals the environment. Others, like myself, create art that strives to educate the world about the need for change. When we plant a garden, we actually create a better world. When we water the flowers, we create burgeoning growth and beauty.

Pete July 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Great comments, both of you (wife and sister in-law)! If we can get past the blood and guts of waking reality, we can see that there are reasons for everything we do. In Yes! Magazine, April 13, 2013, Frances Moore Lappé posted the following article entitled: Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence? It begins:

In his book, Violence, psychologist James Gilligan asked a Massachusetts prison inmate, “What do you want so badly that you would sacrifice everything in order to get it?”
The inmate declared, “Pride. Dignity. Self-esteem … And I’ll kill every motherfucker in that cell block if I have to in order to get it.”

Or, as another inmate said, “I’ve got to have my self-respect, and I’ve declared war on the whole world till I get it.”

There’s no doubt that the purpose for Gilligan’s visit to a Massachusetts prison was to gather information for his book, Violence. There’s also no doubt that his question to inmates, “What do you want so badly that you would sacrifice everything in order to get it?”, is leading. If it leads my thoughts in a negative, violent direction, what does it do to inmates who are in jail as violent offenders?

What if he had asked a question like: What do you want more than anything else in All That Is? Would he get the same answer? I don’t think so. When I asked myself that question one day, an invisible male voice, about six inches in front of my forehead, said: “Love.” That’s it, I thought, more than anything else in All That Is, I want to love and be loved, unconditionally!

If the first inmate answered Gilligan’s question with “Pride. Dignity. Self-esteem….”, how does he define these words, and how does he figure that killing “every motherfucker in that cell block if I have to…” will provide him with “Pride. Dignity. Self-esteem”? How does the second inmate define self-respect if he says: “I’ve got to have my self-respect, and I’ve declared war on the whole world till I get it.”? Instead of examining ourselves, what would happen if, instead, we examined our understanding of concepts like love, fear, pride, dignity, self-esteem and self-respect?

In her subtitle, Lappé suggests that: “Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.”

Is anyone really bad or are our ideas about how to eliminate fear and powerlessness poorly conceived? Will killing people and putting the” fear of God” in those who remain, make anyone safe? Is that the way it works? Will it make us happy? I don’t think so. What about you? If we stop judging ourselves and, instead, give ourselves room to breathe, can’t we resolve many of the issues we face today? Change for the better? Yes, we can!

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