Asked to identify the three faces of evil, many would point to the three little monkeys miming “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” But back it up a step: what actually is evil? Would we know it if we saw it?
For many people, discussing the topic of evil isn’t easy. It wasn’t always this way. For centuries, people could sense the invisible, supernatural forces of lightness and of darkness. We saw their personification as spirit entities—as angels and as devils—and we recognized the influence they could have on humanity. So back then, we knew it when we saw it.
At that time, what we lacked was the will to choose which one would have the most influence over us personally. While of course we had free will—always have, always will—we were too immature to do much with it. As such, we didn’t make wise choices. We let the Lower Self run the show, unable and unwilling to face and transcend it. In short, we were the playthings of dark forces.
We need to get to know our Lower Self and how it operates if we want make another choice.
Our lack of self-knowing led to a lack of self-responsibility. As a result, we felt like we were the victims of evil spirits. We feared them and became submissive to them. Some people even did this consciously and intentionally, openly worshipping Satan. For others, the choice to be influenced by Satan’s world was kept hidden from conscious awareness, but of course this plays right into the hands of the Lower Self. We’ve then intentionally chosen to be ruled by the dark forces and no longer even realize it.
Roll forward a few centuries and eventually we became less and less connected to the invisible world. This disconnection, as we’ll see shortly, is itself one of the hallmarks of the evil forces.
For people walking a spiritual path of self-discovery, the work tends to concentrate on waking up our own inner being, bringing all our inner obstacles into our awareness so we can transform them. This is important and necessary work. We need to get to know our Lower Self and how it operates if we want make another choice.
To the degree that we pray for help in purifying the distorted aspects of ourselves and choose not to act out our Lower Self urges, we are protected against evil. To the degree we commit ourselves to aligning with our Higher Selves and following Christ’s footsteps, dark spirits cannot approach us. But it’s not enough to have goodwill and state our positive intentions on the surface, our decision must penetrate deeper into the hidden areas of our personality. This is the only way to become a shining light that repels dark spirits.
This means there are a few things we need to better understand. We need some information about the three basic principles of evil so we have a more complete and clear view of our lives and what we’re up against.
The first and most obvious principle of evil is separation. This is readily associated with the devil whose greatest ambition has always been to destroy and inflict suffering. Satan, in fact—and by extension, our own Lower Self—is all about separation. This includes separation from God as well as from others and from ourselves. It shows up in our cruelty toward others, after which we delude ourselves that somehow we are not to blame or we are the victim rather than the perpetrator. We disconnect from where evil lives in us.
Further, we refuse to see our brother and sister’s pain as unavoidably also our pain. We ignore this basic truth, and on top of that, actually experience pleasure and excitement when we spread destruction and cause suffering and pain. It’s funny how much we do this, but not ha-ha funny.
Materialism is the second principle of evil. This applies of course to life on Earth, but it also applies to a whole host of hellish spheres we have had the misfortune of visiting prior to arriving here at the home planet. In those spheres, spirits live in a totally disconnected way, convinced that the dead state of dense matter they are in—way thicker and more condensed than what we’re used to—is the only reality. Sound familiar?
Here’s an illustration of the kind of suffering this creates. Imagine a world in which nature does not exist. Nothing is alive; nothing has flavor. Everything is so condensed, even a spirit’s inner nature is inaccessible. Everywhere is nothing but deadness and complete alienation from anything with a pulse. All aspects of existence are mechanical.
Hopelessness creates a suffering on par with the direct infliction of pain.
With no birth and no death, this is an eternal life that is anything but heavenly—it’s a gross distortion of eternity. This is hopelessness itself, as though change is impossible. Such hopelessness creates a suffering on par with the direct infliction of pain.
If we look at the history of life on Earth, we can see that up until fairly recently, the principle of separation manifested the most strongly. Over the past century or two, this principle of materialism has taken over. As superstitions have gone out the window, so have our connections to the more subtle aspects of reality. Our lifeline to the Spirit World has been broken.
The result? We have created an alienated reality in which we pride ourselves on our advanced state. In truth, we are living in a more advanced state due to our emphasis on matter and the technological progress we have made. But in this, we have become a reality onto ourselves. This has some upsides and some downsides.
The positive aspect of this is that it has brought people back to taking responsibility for themselves. It has caused us to search inside ourselves, to a greater degree, for what affects our fate. It’s not coincidental that over this same period of time, the science of studying the human psyche has emerged, with psychology further facilitating our exploration and discovery. On the other hand, we have created a way of living here on Earth that is not completely different from that barren sphere of materialism described.
The third principle of evil is not widely known. People may have vaguely sensed it more as a byproduct of evil, but hardly ever is it recognized as a powerful principle in itself. In fact, it’s as effective as the other two in propagating evil. This is the principle of confusion, distortion and half-truths.
This is the evil of using truth where it doesn’t belong, which subtly turns the truth into a lie. But such half-truths are hard to trace because they are presented under the guise of being divine truth, which makes them seem unassailable. The confusion that is created is not just a weapon used by evil people—it is a fundamental principle of evil.
These three principles of evil aren’t hard to spot in our world. They are all around us, including inside us in our own Lower Self. They summarize, in fact, the whole mission and methodology of the Lower Self. In seeing this, we can start to become aware of when devilish forces are working away on us, trying to get us to destroy ourselves by inflicting pain on others.
They try to convince us of the illusion that we are separate and isolated—that there is no God and no life outside the boundaries of our current body. They use crazy-making confusion and false dualistic notions of ‘it’s either me or it’s you,’ along with half-truths and subtle distortions we cannot sort out. If we can start to see this in action, it will have a tremendous value for us. Because we can’t fight an enemy we don’t realize exists and whose weapons we can’t identify.
When we have some type of fault or wrong thinking in ourselves, we create a field of attraction that is like catnip for the powerful forces of evil. The only way to neutralize them and render them harmless is to align ourselves with God and remain true. Here’s where we can call on the light of Christ to do the healing work within ourselves, purifying areas that need attention so that we automatically, magnetically attract different forces.
It’s a grave mistake to jump to the conclusion that good and evil aren’t real.
Many people dispute the notion that the principles of good and evil both exist. Consider, though, that we often experience good and evil in a limited, superficial way. Later, when we explore an issue more deeply, we may discover that what we first thought was good is questionable, possibly even covering up evil. By the same token, what appeared on the surface to be bad may actually turn out to be a good thing.
So it’s true, we should be cautious in assessing whether something is good or evil, using our discernment to examine issues in as much depth as possible. But it’s a grave mistake to use this truth to jump to the conclusion that good and evil aren’t real.
Denying the absolute nature of good and evil leads to hopelessness, skepticism, pessimism and a belief that the ultimate nature of reality is emptiness, nothingness—a void. For some time, it has been deemed fashionable and intelligent to postulate this type of nihilism. It expresses both the basic separation from the deeper spiritual reality, and dovetails nicely with an all-encompassing belief in materialism. Plus it contains the confusion and half-truth of denying the absolute existence of good and evil, which breeds more separation and causes more materialism. All in all, a powerful triple play of evil.
Accepting that these forces of evil exist does not make us childish or more apt to become their playthings. Similarly, knowledge that we are surrounded and influenced by angels does not need to lead us to worshipping angels and overlooking Christ, who is the ultimate source of all the help we need.
When Christ walked on Earth, manifesting God here as a man who was both divine and human, he accomplished the most incredible feat anyone could imagine. He proved it could be done: a person could remain true to God and to truth, and not succumb to the greatest temptations and influences ever unleashed by the forces of evil.
Through his unparalleled act of steadfastness, Christ opened wide the doors inside the souls of all created beings. Because he forged ahead, he made it possible that all souls submerged in darkness could gradually find their way back to the light. This is the way in which Jesus Christ saved every single entity who has ever been created. Ever since, this great light has been there for the asking, to help us build a tunnel back to the world of light.
Connecting with the light of Christ is like surrounding ourselves with an electric fence. When Lucifer’s henchmen run into this light, they suffer physical pain. It contains all divine attributes, but this light of truth stings evil spirits. The light of love is wickedly oppressive to them, and the light of positive aggression—standing up for ourselves and for what’s right—is terrifying to them.
It is the same inside ourselves when we do the work of healing and find ourselves resisting exposure to the light. Sometimes we can’t stand it long enough to see what needs to be transformed. When this happens, prayer is not enough, nor is meditating or visualizing. Using logic and having good intentions, also a bust. None of this will work as long as there remains a hidden negative agenda in our soul, for that’s what is connecting us with the dark forces and making us their target.
Every battle going on inside the human soul between the forces of dark and light—between the Lower Self and Higher Self—is also playing out on a universal level. Hence wars must be fought by all entities at all the different stages in our development. So each of us will go through our personal battle within ourselves, and we will occasionally see our war waged with our surroundings. Last but not at all the least, we’ll each become involved in issues on a grander scale that represent the universal battle between good and evil.
Our role in this battle—on whatever level it’s happening—will depend on our current level of consciousness and the choices we have made for where we want to be. If we allow our off-kilter desires and immature emotional reactions to fog our vision—letting ourselves be carried along by the realm of darkness—we will become a target for all three principles of evil.
We’ve got to disentangle ourselves from this battle and not become tools for the prince of darkness.
Perhaps we will hide cruelty under the guise of ‘just expressing our feelings’; we’ll use gossip and the maligning of others as our tools of cruelty with the intention to hurt. We’ll get confused, using the truth to cover our lies and packaging lies as the truth. That’s when we know we let the forces of evil waltz in through the doorway of our Lower Self and set up camp. Then it’s time to circle the wagons.
We’ve got to disentangle ourselves from this battle and not become tools for the prince of darkness. We need to marshal our goodwill to be in truth; see the hidden motives of our Lower Self to stay separate and disconnected; give up the line of least resistance and identify where we use the disorienting energy of negative pleasure to pull pain and destruction onto the heads of those we love.
It’s so tempting to follow negative thoughts into the swamp. We get more and more fixated on the wrongs of another, blaming and accusing without regard for what is really true—the whole truth. Including our part. We prefer to believe the stories we tell and to continue to build cases against others.
The key to finding the way out is really quite simple. The first question to ask is always “What is the truth of this matter?” Assuming we sincerely desire to be in truth, this question will dispel the clouds of darkness that tether us to the three principles of evil.
We like to kid ourselves that our negative thoughts and intentions don’t really harm anyone else. But they inevitably are reflected in our actions and therefore affect others in insidious ways. Our thoughts simply can’t remain isolated; they always lead to results and events in some way, shape or form. But our honest search for the answers to the questions about being in truth will bring much-needed clarity. This is the way to reestablish our connection with the source of eternal life.
The light carried in these teachings is always the light of Christ. Using this light, we can find our way to the truth in any issue, large or small, personal or universal. This is the way to find God who is the creator of eternal life, and who can only be found in the truth.
We are blessed and protected when we choose this way.
Adapted from #248 Three Principles of the Forces of Evil—Personification of Evil as it appears in Pearls.