Shadow, Light and Redemption: Explaining Evil

Shadow, Light and Redemption: Explaining Evil 1Sometimes, people find my ideas bothersome…

…because I say that we should keep striving to use EVERY mistake as a lesson–even if people end up dying as a result. Hello, manslaughter?

…because I say that whatever happens is “right” by the nature of the fact it happened. What about rapists and murderers? Am I not telling their victims to suck it up and accept these events as “learning opportunities?”

Maybe you won’t agree. That’s beyond fine! At the core of my philosophy is considering the human spiritual journey as a highly personal and ever-evolving event. My ideas will change over time. Hell, if I’m living right, they SHOULD change. But I speak to where my thoughts are now, because this site is a chronicle of my own journey.

I consider “God” to be the essence of the Hermetic concept of “the ALL,” the unknowable spiritual force that comprises the sum total of all that is. You cannot pick and choose what has “God” within when you deem everything as part of the same whole, with divinity running throughout all existence.

I don’t believe in accidents, coincidences or mistakes in the sense of random mishaps. Instead, I believe certain, significant life events are chosen by a soul before a given incarnation as a path to mastering specific lessons. This is why different people have different astrological charts, different gifts and challenges. For me, this conceptual structure bridges the philosophical quandaries about when the Law of Attraction appears to fail and why God (however you perceive God) would allow evil.

Does that mean I’m endorsing and excusing evil? Of course not!  But I do see darkness as part of the whole of how Spirit sometimes manifests. In my mind, this is the answer to the elusive WHY evil exists. The darkness only makes sense if serving a purpose.

I find truth in the Hermetic principle of polarity.

“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are  identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet;  all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.” -The Kybalion

If your concept of “God” is the spirit that encompasses all that is, then ugly as well as beautiful is part of the same whole. There is no light without shadow. If you see human life on the physical plane as a sort of “soul development school,” you’ll see a function for the dark, even if you choose to walk in the light.

Love is a very high vibration. The most compassionate and loving people I’ve met throughout life are usually people who’ve suffered the greatest pain. I could see it as horrific injustice (and it IS, in many senses of the word), but I can also see this as a manifestation of their higher self’s decision to master advanced lessons in the current physical incarnation. Which perspective is more empowering?

I want to be part of helping people find ways of living BEYOND pain. What good does victimhood do? Yes, there is evil perpetrated but if you define as a victim, anger and despair become chains to whatever it is we do not want to experience. Why reinforce bondage?

When I encourage a broader view of harsh experience, my hope is to find relief and grow the light through the process. The more extreme the experience (on either end of the light/dark spectrum), the more power it inherently contains. I aim to redeem shadow by transmuting it to light, utilizing the power residing within deeply impacting experience. There are lessons at the edge of Hell not readily available elsewhere. It’s with the choices made of Free Will throughout this life that such intensely powerful energy gets expressed in ways we define as good or evil. That’s Karma and an entirely different discussion.

This perspective allows me to sometimes talk to people who have moral codes far differing from my own without judgement. I’m human, not 100% able to manage this. But I strive. I do not know the path anyone else is on–I don’t know the mission of their soul. I only encourage the redemption of pain and shadow through transforming it into wisdom and light. To me, accepting the reality of life as it IS as being inherently and cosmically “right” without having to understand the full functions of each expression is a working definition of “faith.”

I’m not saying anyone else need accept my views. If something I say prods you to question what you see as “reality” in your own life and on your own terms, if something I say helps you gain some perspective or redeem an ugly experience into something lighter and more empowering, then I’ve performed a service.

How do you explain evil?

01/25/13: Yin & Yang Required | Temperance

temperence-osho-zenPeople sometimes get irritated about their rate of progress. “I should be further along by now,” they lament.

(And when I say “they lament,” you are far too polite to point that translates to “Dixie,” right? )

The eagle is of the air (thought). The swan is of the water (emotion). We must integrate the two—just as we join spirit (fire) and and action to make real (earth).

It’s not by breaking things down into components you find perfect order (although Virgos may argue with me on that). It’s by the understanding that everything that occurs, nay, everything that IS, all actually part of a bigger whole.

Everything has it’s place.

It’s like you have half of a puzzle that you want to pitch, because you don’t dig the pictures on that section. Without all the pieces, the picture stays incomplete.

Today is about fitting pieces into the bigger picture, without throwing any away. We need isolation to fully understand connection. We need darkness to fully experience light.

The point is not rejecting what one doesn’t like. Accept, and integrate it into the whole of who you are and what you understand. This is the definition of growth.

When you accept the difficulties of your life, when you accept the pain, you can also claim the gifts from that pain. The two are forever married.

If you reject part of yourself, you’re always fighting against it. That only makes that energy bigger. If you love all of yourself, you can integrate that, be as one, and grow from the process.

Are you following me here, or am I like a poet on crack?

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Remembering Where You Hid the Bodies

Remembering Where You Hid the Bodies 3In highly painful circumstance, shutting down emotionally is one way to cope. It’s a self-defense mechanism and it serves a vital purpose. It spares us what is (at the time) unbearable pain and allows ongoing functioning. And that’s a useful trick. Sometimes, putting one foot in front of the other is a laudable goal.

Problems ensue when we cling to the tactic beyond it’s useful shelf life. That pain you want to deny becomes the bodies buried in your psyche.

“What bodies?” you may say. “Everything’s fine! See?”

And on the outside, maybe so. But inside? Just because you’re short-circuited your emotional system to avoid pain doesn’t mean it’s not still generating output. If you won’t allow direct expression, it WILL eventually express indirectly–illness, accidents, unpredictable outbursts, or depression. It becomes the dam that eventually burst when the backed-up energy overpowers the clog. And it’s exhausting, both keeping the damn repaired and dealing with inevitable overflows.

Without a good connection to our emotions, we also don’t have access to our radar. Most of being in the flow, getting divine direction and assistance, is fed through awareness of emotional and energetic weather, you know? Without being sure of your feelings, you’re driving blind.

Thing is, you can’t just shut down specific emotional systems. You can make sure nobody gets close enough to hurt you, but in doing so, you likewise make sure nobody can get close enough to love you. The potential for pain and bliss are forever married within the context of intimacy. Without allowing yourself to feel bad, you can also not feel good.

I won’t kid ya. It takes courage to allow that emotional flow back in, but well worth the trouble. In exhuming those bodies, you buy back your power. You don’t have to share the grisly details with the world. Just with yourself.

Have you ever shut down emotionally? Did you have trouble turning it back on?

 

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