The Soul Cannot Be Evil

“The Soul has life by its own nature and therefore does not, of its own nature, contain this negation of the Good; it has much good in it; it carries a happy trace of the intellectual-principle and is not essentially evil; neither is that Primal Evil present in it even as an accident, for the Soul is not wholly apart form the good. Perhaps vice and evil as in the Soul should be described not as an entire, but as a partial, negation of good. But if this were so, part of the Soul must possess the Good, part be without it; the Soul will have a mingled nature. … Perhaps Evil is merely an impediment to the Soul like something affecting the eye and so hindering sight. … If then vice is an impediment to the Soul, vice is an occasion of evil but not Evil-Absolute. Virtue is not the Absolute Good, but a co-operation with it; and if virtue is not the Absolute Good neither is vice the Absolute Evil.” ~Plotinus

IntuitiveHealing2God is good. Not mostly good, not sometimes good, but always and completely good. So as the Soul is linked with God, you might even say a part of God, the Soul can only be good, always ad totally. So when some writers, including spiritual writers and prophets, talk about an evil soul, they are not talking about our Divine Soul that comes from God being evil. That simply cannot happen. So they actually mean one of these things: the mundane or animal soul has become evil (not the Divine Soul) or the Divine Soul has been affected by evil like a blindfold over the eyes. Continue reading “The Soul Cannot Be Evil”

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God Provides – for Those on His Side

“We should on no account wear ourselves out with anxiety over our bodily needs. With our whole soul let us trust in God. … Show restraint and moderation. … Think of the spider and compare it with a human being. … It has no possessions, makes no journeys overseas, does not engage in litigation, … It does not meddle in the affairs of others. … Calmly and quietly it gets on with its own work. To those who love idleness it says, in effect: ‘If anyone refuses to work, he should have nothing to eat.’ Nevertheless the Lord … extends His providence even to the spider, sending it food every day. … One who is enslaved to greed may perhaps object: ‘I eat a great deal, and since this involves me in heavy expenses, I am inevitably tied up with all kinds of worldly business.’ Such a person should think of the huge whales that feed in the Atlantic ocean: God gives them plenty to eat and they never starve. … Bearing this in mind, anyone among you who has a capacious appetite should in future set his faith entirely in God.” ~The Philokalia

Businessman running in a hamster wheelIt is a lesson that has been taught and followed by many spiritual people since they beginning of time, yet continues to be lost on the materialist and the greedy. God does provide enough for each of us to live comfortably without having to work ourselves to death and without having to sacrifice our morals and beliefs in order to keep a job.

The mind is a very wonderful thing and we are still learning about it, but quite a bit is already known. We know that if you firmly believe something, your subconscious mind will try very hard to make it true, even if it does not benefit you to do so. If deep down you believe that you are a naughty person who deserves to be punished, your own subconscious will work to put you in situations where you get punished. Likewise, if you believe that you have to work twelve hour days, 80 hour weeks in order to make a decent living, that is exactly what you will have to do thanks to your subconscious making it so. Continue reading “God Provides – for Those on His Side”

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A Spiritual Journey

“The Aspiring One has embarked on the waters of illusion; his craft is afloat but it has not yet reached the shores where the promise of new life is fulfilled. Now he is guided by two beings, one a lovely maiden and the other an ill-visaged man. These two strive one with the other, each grasping one side of the craft; now, it overturns. The maiden seeks to drag the Aspiring One down, while the ill-favored man seeks to keep him afloat. … They come to the sands of the shining shore where the Light of Truth turns the maiden into a vile-faced hag and the man into a handsome youth. The Aspiring One lies on the sands … as one dead. … The Beauteous One comes attended by handmaidens … The Beauteous One bends over the prostrate man and says, ‘Revive, this is not a place where death rules.” He moves, and she says, “Raise yourself and cast away the residue of your mortality.” ~The Kolbrin Bible SCL:2:4-5

Stairway to heavenThe Aspiring One in this story is a person we might call a seeker: someone who has awakened to the need for spiritual enlightenment and has started on that journey, represented here as a boat trip. The boat is not described, but we can easily see that this is a small boat intended for one person, probably a rowboat. I believe the boat represents the physical body, the vehicle one rides in while on his quest for spiritual enlightenment. The water is the physical world that must be navigated while we make that journey. I think the two being who tilt the boat back and forth are easily recognized. They are more often depicted as an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. The interesting thing in this case is the description of the two. We have an attractive maiden and an ugly man. Most would assume that the pretty girl is the angel and the ugly man an allegory for the devil, but the truth turns out to be just the opposite because both are hiding their true appearance. The obvious lesson here is that we shouldn’t judge by appearance and the standard Bible is full of stories where people were tricked into doing the wrong thing by demons pretending to be angels. We learn their true nature when the man falls in the water and the pretty girl tries to drown him while the ugly man tries to save him. Continue reading “A Spiritual Journey”

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Stop Drinking the Wine of Ignorance

“Whither are you carried, O Men, drunken with drinking strong Wine of Ignorance? Which seeing you cannot bear, why do you vomit it up again? Stand and be sober, and look up again with the Eyes of your heart, and if you cannot all do so, yet do so many as you can. For the malice of Ignorance surroundeth all the Earth, and corrupteth the Soul, shut up in the Body, not suffering it to arrive art the Havens of Salvation. Suffer not yourself to be carried with the Great Stream, but stem the tide you that can lay hold of the Haven of Safety, and make your full course toward it. Seek on that may lead you by the hand, and conduct you to the door of Truth and Knowledge, where the clear Light is…” ~Hermes

Joker Harlequin CardIt is a well-known fact of our world today, especially among marketing and advertising types, that if you repeat a lie many times over, people start to believe it it truth. Likewise, if you tell people what they want to hear, what they already believe to be true, they will almost certainly accept that as truth without question, and automatically reject anything that contradicts anything they strongly believe in.

Anyone who has take a class in statistics knows how easily they can be manipulated to indicate something that isn’t true. They can also be taken out of context, or used in a way that is actually meaningless, yet will be very convincing to some, especially those who agree with the conclusions. In some case, we see statistics being quoted on social media, and shared by thousands, which are the complete fantasies of the person who made the chart. This is what Hermes means by those drunk on ignorance. Continue reading “Stop Drinking the Wine of Ignorance”

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