I finally have a few minutes to respond to some of your posts, and let me assure you the highlight of my day is when I get a few minutes to spare so I can check your latest postings. I read them all and appreciate them all. I knew we would gather some intelligent people here but am pleasantly surprised at the consistent quality of those who have joined us.
John Kosior made some interesting points about light and dark, good and evil. I'll comment briefly upon his "third choice" which was "to exist within the dark, the light and all that is." In one sense this is not a choice. Because we are a reflection of God and have an essential oneness with Him, a third "choice" can only be a situation that exists for us whether we choose it or not. It is the result of the originating choice of the One Life.
In another expansion of John's thoughts I will ask: How many lives exist in the universe?
Answer: The number that can be imagined by the Mind of God.
Every possibility is manifest somewhere and every possible experience can be lived. You as an individual are going through an experience unique to yourself, slightly different from any other life in the Universe. The One Life of whom you are an extension savors it, whether good or evil. Several have been talking about good and evil, so I will add some thoughts here. Speaking of evil, even the Bible itself says evil was created by God:
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." (Isa 45:7)
Many believe we should not see good and evil as even existing. They believe that because in the Ultimate Reality all is one and all is peace, we can escape the evil others see and do by concentrating on this Reality, and denying the idea that evil exists. One of the few criticisms I've received of the book is from people telling me I should not be teaching about a Dark Brotherhood because it just adds power to an illusionary belief; that Dark Brothers do not exist unless we conjure them up. The basic belief from this camp is if we do not give any belief to the dark side it will not exist.
The answer is there are many realities, and in this Ultimate Reality God is One, and you and I are only unmaterialized possibilities. In the Beginning God reflected Himself to infinity. This infinite number is only limited by your imagination which is God's imagination. All forms were created by the interplay of two energies -- the principle of duality -- which is the principle of illusion. In all creations of form there is light and dark, positive and negative, good and evil, hot and cold, etc.
Because all form is created from the dualities --and we are the power of Decision to "know good from evil" -- to say evil does not exist would mean good does not exist also. Good must co-exist with evil to have meaning, just as light needs darkness to be seen. In the Ultimate Reality neither one truly exists; they're both illusions. Your body doesn't really exist either. But in this reality we live in, you'd be crazy to jump over a cliff in the belief that your body can't be hurt because it doesn't exist.
The very consciousness that our power of Decision uses as a vehicle is also a part of the reality we exist in, and it must function within this realty. If consciousness tries to function in a reality that only exists in theory to itself -- and has not the means to even realize such reality -- then consciousness will not expand, but suffer stagnation and go backwards. Look at the great men and women of history. Did they deal with the reality they found themselves in or some other far-reaching existence beyond their consciousness?
If you are playing a video game and have put all your conscious attention to that game, then you can only win by following the rules you find to exist. Theoretically you can undo your attention and decide not TO BE in the game, but this goes against your DECISION to play the game. The great Decider has put us in the game and we must play. The only way to not play is to withdraw, change our Decision, and cease to exist as a conscious entity in form. Whether we realize it or not, we are too involved to withdraw at this point. None of us, if we could see the big picture, would want to withdraw into the formless void before we have "seen the travail of our soul and become satisfied." What does all this rambling mean? It means that we are in this reality and we must deal with it by the rules of the game we discover along the way.
My first major encounter with the Dark Brothers (which is not in the book) happened at a time that I was not even thinking about good and evil. It hit me at a totally unexpected moment and involved a life and death struggle. From that point on, I realized that good and evil was not something we could escape by just ignoring it -- for I ignored it -- but it did not ignore me. I found that power over the Dark Ones comes not by pretending they do not exist, but by discovering the laws that allow the Brothers of Light to dominate them. The true Dark Brothers have little time for little old ladies who see the devil under every rock, the ultra religious who see Satan in everything, or those who have little talent to challenge their agents on the earth. There are only a handful of disciples on the earth they have any interest in thwarting. They manipulate the masses through their own disciples -- the knowing and unknowing.
The basic difference between good and evil is this:
Good is that which takes us forward on the path of Spiritual evolution toward greater freedom, livingness, intelligence, light and love.
Evil is that which takes us back into the past to lesser freedom, lesser livingness, lesser intelligence, light and love.
Evil is the reverse reflection of good, corresponding to the fact that "evil" is "live" reflected in reverse.
Hitler was evil because he wanted to take us back into an age of the Kingdoms where the right of the king or dictator was more important than the good of the individual and the whole. Churchill was good because he sought to move us into greater freedom where the individual could work for the good of the whole according to his or her own decisions.
Many involved in the New Age movement see good and evil as concepts left over from the Dark Ages. By the standards of the black-and-white interpretation of the fundamental religionists that may be true. But from the reality we currently live in, this principle is alive and well, and will not go away by ignoring it or pretending it does not exist. The key to mastery is to learn the laws that govern light and dark and use them to make your decisions and dreams come true. Even the Masters, the Christ and the Ancient of Days himself have to deal with good and evil on their own plane. The evil that the higher lives have to deal with is beyond what we lesser brothers could comprehend as even being a negative thing. In eons hence, when our purpose in form is fulfilled, we will look back on our history and see that the dualities of good and evil, light and dark, were but guides that led us to a glorious peace between the great eternities.
This principle will be covered in greater detail in a future book, which will reveal some very interesting enlightenment when [the character of] John [the Beloved] takes [the character of] Joe on a tour of the Universe -- microcosmic and macrocosmic.
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