Combat Evil Through Personal Transformation

It is important to remember that anything you can do to expand your awareness will automatically counter evil. Be gentle when you are tempted to be harsh. Pay attention when you are tempted to turn a blind eye. Accept that the negativity you are feeling belongs to you when you are tempted to blame someone else.

Personal transformation on this level is the highest way to combat evil. The more conscious you become, the more you come into balance. Once balanced, you can choose to reject destruction; your awareness expands beyond the immediate hurt to see that evolution is eternal and therefore eternally possible.

We would all agree that anger gives rise to many evil acts, not anger per se, but anger that has become trapped. If your awareness is open and free, anger flows through it. This applies both to rage generated inside yourself when you feel victimized, and anger that comes from outside, in the form of an attack.

Both are meant to leave when their job is done. Angerís work is to alert your defense systems. Aggression and defense are part of the survival repertoire of almost every species that must compete to mate, find food, and occupy territory. Festering, it feeds on itself and eventually breaks out in violence.

Every living system that goes out of balance attempts to right itself. Despite all the talk about human beings being innately violent, arenít we also innately gentle? The evidence for both is equally strong.

Adapted from The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).

101 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

Great article! Thanks for sharing.

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J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

Good reminder that anger has a survival function--so often people who victimize blame the victim for getting angry about it--dealing with that aspect can interfere with effective responses and moving on.

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heather g.
heather g5 years ago

I don't use the word "evil" very easily. In my environment almost daily I deal with some people who are always offended by others' actions and in turn do the same to others. Although my years of spiritual learning have taught me not to react easily - I find the easiest and most effective way to deal with trouble-makers is to use humour when communicating with them. And then remove yourself from their immediate environment.

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Sian R.
Sian R5 years ago

Well, I tried. Can't say I didn't try my hardest.
But it doesn't always work.

Several months ago a woman who'd actually asked to come off a committee of an organisation I belong to started to spread mayhem left, right and centre. I asked people privately to be gentle with her. She needed to get used to no longer having power.
Every malicious remark she shot at me I thanked her for. I said thanks for bringing it to my attention and I'd try harder. I had to privately tell others NOT to defend me - that she'd eventually burn herself out when she saw she was getting nowhere.

It seemed to be working. Another woman who she'd goaded into attacking me was won over and everything was fine.
Then i went away for eight weeks. She didn't waste any time. I came back to find a malicious and libellous complaint had been filed against one of the most gentle men I know. It took months to sort out and in the meantime impinged not just on the committe but on virtually every member of our organisation.

I'm sorry I didn't completely demolish her while I had the opportunity, whatever the initial cost to her and me. Sometimes, evil cannot be combatted through gentle ways.

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Dot A.
Dot A5 years ago

best line in this article is the title:


combat evil through personal transformation

that adds up to 'change'
a natural part of life
and if we allow ourselves to listen
to hear
to feel
to understand
we naturally will change

for as Deepak states
aren’t we also innately gentle?

divinely balanced
as we believe

and meet ourselves each day (in the spiritual mirror)
and greet one another
with a peaceful mind*

btw:
I am so thankful to have this Deepak section back, and see so many great members participating again with all their loving, gentle hearts!

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