The Devil, You Say

Devil
The phrase, “The devil made me do it” was popularized by Flip Wilson, a comedian of the 70’s. It removes the responsibility for any action from the self and attributes it to the devil. This is the thinking of many who believe that the devil is responsible for any kind of evil thought or act.

The idea of a devil was necessary to express a concept that requires an intuitive insight, or an understanding of the human psyche. This is true of many spiritual concepts that are otherwise unexplainable in words. The word “God,” for example, has many different connotations, and the concept is expressed through a variety of words that appear to distinguish different personalities while they are actually attempting to bring to mind a single idea that is entirely foreign to mind.

The personification of the part of the human psyche that is ego-centered is that which is called the devil. Ego is that part of our selves which is in direct opposition to that which is personified as God. Ego considers itself to be its own god of the earth and, as such, it desires to rule over each of us, giving us the notion that we are perfect and good regardless of our thoughts, words or actions. This is in contrast to the inner promptings of conscience, the still, small voice within. The ability to choose what is right is drowned out by the constant rumbling of thoughts, attitudes and emotions that cloud the mind and hide that quiet inner feeling. This is enhanced even more so in this age of technology where iPods keep us continuously tuned in to the outer world, while they drown out the inner.

We each confront our own devils when we are given the choice to give of ourselves instead of taking for our own selfish gains. It is selfishness, the aim of ego to enhance its own growth, which directs us away from the openness and unity of Love. It separates and divides making us believe that we are not connected to the Whole. It is interested only in the self and its gains, often at the expense of others. This is the root of all evil in the world and is that which is called the “devil.”

For more information about the devil and evil, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

See also: Duality and The Problem of Evil

The Problem of Evil

What we constantly feed our minds, we become.

Evil is a concept that causes a great deal of confusion. Seeing the horrors of evil causes many to question the existence of a loving God.

In order to understand evil it is necessary to understand its origin. There are myths that explain it as the fall of Adam and Eve from Paradise, and the banishment of the angel Lucifer from the Kingdom of Heaven. These allegories provide a way to conceptualize the way in which Spirit expressed Itself into matter. They show a separation between heaven and earth, angels and devils, good and evil. These are opposing spiritual forces that result in the material forces of positive and negative, attraction and repulsion and are the basis of atomic structure. They also provide us with the commonly understood idea of opposites.

In the beginning all was one within God and it is only through the opposing forces of positive and negative that creation as we know it became possible. Without these forces causing differences as opposites, everything would be the same everywhere and there would be no form, space or time as comprehended by mortals. In our daily experiences we find that opposites are merely expressions of different aspects of the same thing. A top cannot exist without a bottom, there has to be an up to have a down, evil would not be recognized without an awareness of good.

The forces of good and evil originate from a neutral center that is their Source (called the “Father” by Jesus), where both extremes are reconciled into one. A good example of this is temperature where there are extreme opposites of hot and cold. However, there is an undefined central point at which both extremes of temperature meet and blend into one, a place where there is neither hot nor cold, but where it is “just right.” Similarly, evil, weakness, and vice are the extremes of good, strength, and virtue, in the same way that cold is the extreme of hot. Between them is the “neutral center” – the place of the Father or Source of creation that possesses neither good nor evil but reconciles them both into One.

So it is that man, having free will, may direct his inner forces to either extreme, or work to establish harmony through a neutral center or “still point” within – a place where both extremes of good and evil are blended into harmony, peace and unity. While God’s purpose provided mankind with free will and the ability to reason, this awareness of choice has become corrupted through its use as misdirected power. It was not God but creatures who, because of ego, created evil through the use of negative forces to their own benefit.

Evil might be defined as complete disregard of the laws of God, causing a separation from God, while sin might be defined as wrong choice. Choices are tempered by whatever it is that each person believes to be good at the moment, and is an indication of who we are as individuals. The roots of sin are in selfishness as an expression of ego, the force of mind that presents itself in opposition to the mind of Spirit. Ego is the “false god” of the First Commandment that should not be placed above the Creator.

Whether anything is right or wrong is more a personal judgment than an intrinsic condition as it depends upon personal value systems. That which is considered good by one may be considered sin by another. For example, killing people in the name of God may be thought of as good by people having some particular belief while others consider it to be evil. However, every thought and action carries energetic vibrations from intentions, motivations and desires, and these will have a consequence. Because energy operates in cycles and returns to its source while attempting to come to a balance, whatever is sown is reaped.

The ability to choose between opposing situations or influences provides the opportunity to learn from the consequences of those choices and to gain in understanding. But in order to learn the difference between what is good and what is evil some goal or ideal is needed against which progress can be measured. Simply put, a decision must be made as to the kind of person we want to be and that has to be expressed through our words and deeds.

See also Duality, The Devil You Say, and Keely’s Comments on Vibrations and Suffering as presented here. The book SPIRIT AND TRUTH provides a more detailed explanation of these concepts.

Duality

YinYangBefore creation began, nothing existed that our human minds can comprehend. With creation, a duality existed between what had been, and what came to be. This duality was a kind of distinction between creation and its Source. The Source remained as it had always been, but now it contained another aspect of Itself, as that which It had created. All was one and yet there was a difference between the Source and Its creation.

This is very much like thinking a thought. The creator of the thought remains the same while the thought exists within the thinker. The existence of a thought requires a thinker, just as creation requires a Source. A person who thinks, and the thought, are two distinct things, yet they are both one, the thought being dependent upon the thinker for its existence. A similar comparison, used by many spiritual Masters, is that creation is God’s dream.

This duality continued through creation until physical matter developed. The physical then became distinct from that which began it, or as we would term it, the physical universe became separated from its spiritual beginning. This duality of heaven and earth exists within the Source that sustains all of creation and is a part of it, yet is distinct from it. This distinction, or the concept of opposites, is the idea behind duality.

Duality is a part of creation and is necessary for its existence because, without it, all would be one. Duality, for our three-dimensional consciousness, provides the distinction between top and bottom, up and down, hot and cold, here and there (space), what was and what will be (time).

Duality is associated most often with good and evil because of the extremes either may produce. Rarely recognized is the balancing point of duality that is its Source. The Source is the “still point,” or point at which all extremes become one – where there is no time or place, good or evil. It is the place of “here” and “now,” where patience, compassion, tolerance, gratitude, and Love reside within each and every one of us.

These concepts are explained in greater detail in my book, Spirit and Truth, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers.

See also: The Devil You Say and The Problem of Evil