Recently, in light of the atrocities related to Syria, the potential for more war and bloodshed, the atrocities committed against the LGBT community and its supporters in Russia, the rampant hatred bigotry and racism that occurs daily in America, and a recent article that was shared with me on Facebook, several clients of mine have asked for my point of view on EVIL.
The easy or short answer is that evil does not exist.
Now let me explain my answer.
When referred to as a noun as an existing “entity” or malevolent force of some kind, the concept of evil would be counter to the Truth of the Divine that there is only God and therefore only good. This concept that I am speaking of is one that is challenging for many of us to accept simply because we are wrestling with the idea from the point of paradox. We are conditioned to believe in good AND bad, right AND wrong, heaven AND hell, God AND the devil, etc. Due to these and the countless other “opposites” that support the paradoxical belief in evil, it is very challenging for us to see behind the illusion, behind the appearance, behind the façade we call evil to a truth that all things are working together perfectly and in divine right order.
When we use evil as an adjective to describe someone’s behavior it is equally misinformed and falls into the realm of “judgments” because we are seeing a behavior and determining that behavior as evil, wrong, bad, etc.
Is it evil when the lump of coal is pressed and heated under great stress and “suffering” to become the diamond? Yeah I know some of you may be saying” the coal is not alive, it does not feel; there are many indigenous people who would disagree, however, for the sake of this conversation let me shift to a different example.
So a friend of mine posted on his Facebook page a story about a young African American waitress who while working her shift at a Red Lobster, received racial slurs written on the receipt left by customers.
It is easy to become outraged by such “ignorance” and “evil” is it not?
Hypothetically speaking, what if that incident is part of the Divine plan?
Likewise, what if this same Divine plan applies to the events regarding Syria, those pertaining to Russia, and any of the others that occur daily that we would call “evil”?
What if all of this is necessary for the coal of racism, the coal of war, the coal of bigotry and hatred to become the diamond of freedom, justice, compassion?
I believe based upon my studies of spiritual law and life and more importantly how these laws have demonstrated the truth in my life experiences, that the very things I have cursed at times turned out to be blessings in disguise!
So what does one do with such paradoxes?
What do you do if you receive a receipt while at work that has racial slurs?
What do you do if you are LGBT and living in Russia or Uganda or Jamaica?
What do you do if the news is upsetting such as in recent times as the news warns of potential war due to Syrian events? Or the news informs us those religious leaders like Pat Robertson have once again made a disturbing comment such as those he has bate that trivialize AIDS or teen suicide?
Again I will respond with an ‘easy” answer; although implementing the answer is where the challenge comes in to play. However, I will still answer though it is by way of a brief parable.
One evening a young man was praying to God about the many bad things that happen in the world, “God why don’t you help the world?”
And God responded, “My child I help the world every day.”
“How, there are still murders, there are wars, hunger, poverty…?”
“And for each of these things I gave people like you as the answer. Every time you see a hungry person and you feed them, that is love in action, God in action. Every time you march for peace, every time you speak up for justice, every time you serve your community, help your fellow human beings… You are not just the one praying, you are also the answer to those prayers!”
So despite what we believe or do not believe about the paradox, illusions, or the concept of evil, the most important thing to keep in mind is that each of us as children of the Divine as the Divine in manifest form not only have the power to change the world; we ARE that power!
Start using the “F” word more constructively…
See a problem in the world?
Experiencing a conflict with family, employer, or government?
While I am jokingly using the “F” word in this way, I am being totally honest in using that particular word to shift your paradigms. When we take the responsibility for shaping our life experiences, we will learn, as Viktor Frankl taught, we are a people who not only have a power but we are that power; a power that is far stronger than chains racism, far brighter than the darkness of war, far cooler than the searing flames of injustice, and far more liberating than the confines of fear!
Time to get out there and start “F”ixing up the world!!
Are you ready to set the world FREE?!