By Robert Wilkinson
This is a piece I wrote 10 years ago when a friend asked me about the present widespread assumption that there are some sort of "dark entities" creating the evil in the world and perpetuating the “good versus evil” duality. This may also help those who still struggle with the old Adam-Eve-Serpent (as Devil) mythology of the rapidly fading era.
Friend of the site Clay asked me to reprint this for the community. Part of my original intention in writing it was to dispel the illusion that there is a gigantic struggle by “bad Aliens” trying to enslave humanity with “good Aliens” trying to rescue us. I’ve done an extensive rewrite to elaborate on some key concepts, and make it more readable.
For your consideration, a piece originally titled (somewhat tongue in cheek) “A PARTIAL ANSWER TO A FRIEND ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE DARK ONES SUPPOSEDLY VEXING HUMANITY, AKA, HAVE SOME SPACE PEOPLE REALLY STOLEN OUR DNA (OR WHATEVER)."
As I originally wrote, simply put, NO part of the Spiritual Plan for humanity was created by or perpetuated by "dark ones" as most people conceive them to be. In the nature of evolution of individual and collective human and divine consciousness, it simply is not possible, given the spiritual mechanics of how our evolutionary system is constructed.
Viewpoints that hold that any form of darkness can stand equal to the Light are usually based in fear and duality, and are by-products of the delusion of human separateness. All views that are self-separate, polarized, or dualistic create huge problems when we’re trying to find an integrated understanding of the various departments and phases of the evolutionary Plan, since fear and duality prevent an unobstructed view of the whole of creation.
Remember -- all the forms of our apparent existence are God's dream. We all are products of Light force consciously directed into our Life forms.
How can ANY "higher being" be a badguy, whether a "space being" or any perceived powerful consciousness operating on the "invisible" level? If we are Eternal Consciousnesses, learning and growing through infinity and eternity, then “evil” can only be that which seems to prevent or counter our growth toward understanding that we ARE Divine Love-Wisdom-Intelligence.
Since nothing can prevent us from attaining a higher view then “evil” cannot exist for very long after we decide we want to learn and know a higher view. That’s why I insist that we should never give the illusion of “evil”any more power or credence than it deserves, which is none.
We are Eternals having human perceptual experiences, with different levels of awareness operating simultaneously. On the human level, our search for understanding, and therefore Higher Consciousness, is a one-way street. We can only become more aware, not less aware. And the more we integrate what we are aware of, the more we understand how our life fits into the greater life around us.
Eventually we glimpse and experience the Oneness of our life within a greater Life, as well as the vibratory principles at play in the various fields due to thought-forms, both our own and others. Some of these thoughtforms are beyond our comprehension, such as a black hole, or the nature of other universes. Other thought forms are there for us to understand what created them, how they are or are not manifesting, and in some situations, the need to “uncreate” them.
Some thought forms are apparently or conditionally “evil,” but at the spiritual level of existence, there is no “evil” per se; what we call evil only exists on the lower levels of existence. Being completely impermanent, what we call “evil” is eventually subject to passing away. Therefore “evil” is unreal, from one angle of vision.
That doesn't mean that "evil" doesn’t appear to be temporarily or apparently "real." Still, we must always consider the source of what we’re perceiving. Where did that perception come from? Why do we believe it is what it is? In that sense, some forms of “evil” really aren’t that, while other forms seem to be that.
I believe in reality, there simply is NO battle between good and evil, except within ourselves. It is a struggle for our Eternal Spirit-Soul to break free of the traps of inertia and ignorance. It is the only battle we ever fight throughout our eternity of existence, and once we win it, we live in the NOW and have positioned our consciousness to fulfill our higher purposes.
Once we are consciously aware of how to move through time and space to further our evolution and find various levels of fulfillment, we then can find creative and skillful ways to use our hearts and minds together to create a better world, however we define that. That fulfills our higher ability to generate "an altruistic intention," as His Holiness the Dalai Lama puts it.
Personally, I've never yet seen "evil" that didn't originate in human behavior. All that we consider "evil" seems to involve the results of human behavior, where a person has forgotten their true nature and purpose, and wound up trapped in perceptual and sensory attachments, aversions, and illusions.
Though there may seem to be such a thing as collective evil, embodied in certain institutions, governments, groups and their ideas, it could be argued that these are merely vortices of dense ignorance. There are thought forms of slavery, brutality, torture, as well as a myriad of lesser evils. All of this is human generated mischief, and does not originate from any “space being,” “devil,” or “spirit of evil.”
I regard these forms of “evil” as just more generic and collective human inertia perpetuating forms of suffering. We humans participate in some of these until we awaken to the reality that we are here to lessen suffering, first our own, then others. Of course, it could be argued that in lessening the suffering of others, we lessen our own.
At various points in our existence, we are challenged to deal with forms of apparent “evil,” internally and externally. We learn through the encounters that either we can do something to counter these, or are limited in our ability to deal with what presents itself. Here the primary consideration is what to learn and how to act.
Ultimately, it all is an exercise in how we are to choose to become fit for the goal of delivering our light and truth of being to our world. And if we are to challenge evil, we surely must begin with ourselves.
Also, since all “evil” arises from separateness, then we will always be more effective when we find our allies. This allows synergy within collective striving, and even large tasks can be successfully accomplished.
If it is our duty to combat forms of "evil" directly, then we need to see which individual and collective entities are also involved with combating that "evil," and put our intention and skills at their service the best we’re able. Even then, it will still be important to expunge all the hooks of evil within ourselves, so we don’t get hooked by any external foe that objectifies our sense of "evil.”
So to some degree, regardless of what "evil entities" may or may not show up in our perceptual field, we must always be willing to examine the sources of our own suffering, and find ways to be “the better angels of our nature.” This usually means we must deal with our own lower nature first so we do not allow our misunderstandings and desires to hinder our battle with ignorance.
It's easier to put the focus on some external "evil," or "devil," than it is to stay focused in an open-hearted and open-minded approach to dealing with various problems of our lower self. It's always easier to see an external problem than to deal with one's own out-of-control desire nature or ignorance.
If we cannot be clear, firm, and compassionate with our lower self, we cannot be fully clear, firm, and compassionate to another. So any perceived “evil” from external sources needs to be examined in the light of our reaction to what is presented, and how much positivity we generate in response.
I have found that beyond all the dramas of good versus evil, we need to remember that it is always better to light one or more candles than curse the darkness. As the venerable I Ching puts it, "The best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good.” Eventually the persistence of positivity creates an ability to shine a greater light on our ability to make a positive change whenever we get clear about what our greater good looks like.
We’ll continue the theme in part 2.
© Copyright 2004, 2014 by Robert Wilkinson