Pat’s Pondering — Evil

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Is evil found only in man or does it exist as a separate force, “The devil made me do it” question of many generations? Do we create darkness with our minds sending out animated thought forms of evil, or are stories of fallen angels, conspiracy and controlling aliens true?

We are repulsed, yet titillated by stories of dark deeds. Book shelves and news broadcasts are full of stories of serial killers, brutality, evil schemes. Can we get sucked into this damnation by reading books or watching news reports, violent movies and video games? Must we leave our heads in the sand?

I keep trying to withdraw from all of this but find myself drawn back again and again. I spend many days in the peaceful seclusion of the floresta, yet people and circumstances filled with darkness keep coming into my life.

Are they drawn to the Light or is there something more for me to resolve or learn about my own dark side?

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  1. I’m glad Diana posted this! My thought is that most people don’t see that life is a place of abundance fiver can only embrace it (and that is a challenge in itself). As a result we come from a place of “not enough” and depending on the strength of how we adapt to that our instincts to hoard resources can turn to what appears to be evil.

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  2. Pat interesting questions I feel a dark energy ooze out of some people I meet and have often been spot on with this energy. But each person has both and it is the choices we make that lead us into the light or the dark. Fascinating post.

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    • One of the spiritual gifts we might have is that of Discernment…the ability to distinguish between dark energy and the Light. It is important to pay attention to these feelings. When I meet this dark energy, I always send out love and light for darkness cannot exist where there is light. hugs, pat

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      • Pat I agree, it is something that has always been there, along with a sense of when someone is sad or alone. But they try and hide it. I realised a few years back I pick up on those vibes and have great empathy for the human race.

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      • This can be a wonderful spiritual gift. I have found, though, that I need to be careful not to end up feeling drained by people. It is important to let the loving energy flow through us and not come from us for doing this depletes us. And we run the risk of thinking we are important in this process. It is rather, Source manifesting through us…with us being a mere conduit. Still, it is a wonderful feeling when we sense the energy pouring through us. It is a good reminder that Light (Love) is always more powerful and healing than darkness. I honor you for your work and compassion. hugs, pat

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      • Pat that is what it all boils down to for me. Having compassion, nothing else, just seeing when a fellow human may need a smile, a hug or a chat. I do not have any grand thoughts of importance other than that.

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      • Yes, just this. A willingness to give love and compassion; what could be better than this? It is so simple that we just miss it sometimes. “Just love them, Pat” I keep getting told. hugs, pat

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  3. Pat, I was forwarded to this particular post today by Diana.
    Evil is real and exists as darkness does. When light is absent, darkness fills the void. So too, as goodness is absent, evil fills the void. Evil as I have said, is quite real and in a person. So too is goodness. We can have a relationship with either.

    Yet because evil is, does not mean it has a power over or even power equal to good. It has not. For with light’s return, the darkness fades. And as good returns, evil dissipates. Light and goodness is what dominates. Darkness can not force light out. As evil can not force out goodness.

    Only by choice do we allow darkness and evil to overtake us. And with our free will we have a tendency for both. Why do we tend to evil as to good. Because evil’s allure appeals to the senses. Whereas, goodness appeals to the will. Only in sacrifice and self-denial, by putting another before ourself, will one find goodness. Selfishness feeds the ego and opens one up the consequences of evil.
    -Alan
    Pat, I invite you to visit my blog at http://www.amlifcar41.wordpress.com and Contagious Optimism.

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  4. I’m another friend of Diana’s. Your thoughts made me remember a teaching by Martin Buber: that in the Jewish tradition, evil is not a force in itself. It is the result of the undirected, chaotic energy of the universe. By taking hold of that energy and channeling it into positive actions, we become partners with God in the work of creation.

    When we do wrong, usually it is not evil: it is weakness, error, misjudgment, or obliviousness. “Turn from evil and do good,” says Psalm 34. There are two opinions about what this means. 1) Don’t attempt to be good all at once. Stop doing the wrong: that’s the first step. Or 2) If you want to turn from evil, start by doing something good. then another, then another. Positive action will form good habits and intentions. As the verse goes on, “Seek peace and pursue it.” Take a step.

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    • Well stated and thought provoking response. I find this intriguing and want to think more about it:
      It is the result of the undirected, chaotic energy of the universe. By taking hold of that energy and channeling it into positive actions, we become partners with God in the work of creation.

      I am living in Brazil and here the cultural interpretation of evil is very different than in the states. As I worked with children with severe emotional problems, often living in very dark homes, I have seen an aspect of evil that I never saw before…both in people and the energy manifesting outside of people. But that is another topic for another time.

      Thank you for sharing the interpretations from Psalm 34…more to ponder. I am on my way to your blog as I expect it is full of good things to explore. hugs, pat

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  5. You pose a titillating question, Pat. 🙂
    I read recently that the ability to manifest evil is in each of us. The difference is if you feed it or act on it.
    Diana sent me, by the way.

    Jennifer

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    • Nice to meet you Jennifer. I go back and forth on just how much evil we each have. There are some who are so evil that they have been labeled “soulless.” I believe our Creator made all so it does not work for me to think anyone is without a soul. Yet, I have also seen great Darkness both within and outside of man. Jury is still out on this issue of evil, i.e., where does it come from, how evil are people individually and collectively, does evil exist outside of man, etc. And thanks to Diana for leaving bread crumbs for you to find Source of Inspiration. hugs, pat

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      • Nice to meet you too. Some would say circumstance creates evil: heredity, environment, upbringing, etc. But yes, I go back and forth on all of this too, but my mind is open to hearing other’s opinions.

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  6. My apologies Pat, I meant to send you a courtesy hello in what I was doing, and got sidetracked. I hope your ok with the link and the reference to your post. I read yours and it twigged something within that I felt a need to express a bit further. You bring up an interesting topic, and I think, many answers for us all. Namaste

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    • No apology needed, Mark. I love that we all learn from each other, share with each other. Three years ago, I had never heard of blogs. I am still awed by the whole thing of connecting with people around the world. Your blog is full of wonderful ideas to ponder. I consider it a privilege when you reblog from Source of Inspiration. hugs, pat

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      • As is your blog, and it is a privilege for me also Pat. Thank you very much! Technology has such an incredible reach, and hopefully it will (indirectly), help to enlighten us all. Blog on, Lady of the Forest, you have much more to share 🙂

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  7. Thank you for posting this. I think it is something significant Pat!
    I truly believe that evil is an invention of the human mind…. just as the personification of God and the Devil are. It is the basis of most religions and Christianity in particular.
    In a world that is confusing, hurtful and hopeful human beings have tried to make sense of it all by giving dualistic labels such as good and bad.
    Its great story making. It makes us feel more in control. Yet it is also a way to control potential conflict in society. It feeds our ego’s need to be right. It allows our ego to be in charge.
    We really don’t need to buy into this. If people are showing up with this kind of message … then it may be something to work on within yourself.
    We can’t withdraw from what is real …even although our ego wants to believe it can.
    Beyond light is always shadow. Go there with an open heart and let go of the fear.
    hugs
    Val x

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    • Thank you for adding your insight, Val. We never stop having the opportunities to grow…always with the goal of learning how to love unconditionally. hugs, pat

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