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Leaving Satan in the Dust!

Leaving Satan in the Dust!

Our culture has largely moved beyond Satan, because despite religious literalists, we have a century of secularism behind us. Whatever its faults, which can be glaring, secular culture has promoted therapy, discouraged superstition, given people responsibility over their own destinies, and encouraged open-minded dialogue in every area once considered taboo.

These are considerable achievements; they bespeak tremendous growth in consciousness. Evil, however you define it, remains even after Satan has gone, but removing our attention from Satan has diminished him greatly, just as the ancient gods of Mount Olympus, once so powerful that they served to explain every natural phenomenon, are now relegated to history.

Like the Greek gods, Satan has outlived his usefulness. When people find a better explanation for any phenomenon, the old explanation withers away. We have the power to make Satan grow or diminish. In fact, we have the power to make him real and unreal, which is far more crucial.

As consciousness evolves, Satan will become more unreal. Already I believe there are millions of people who are ready to stop talking about demons, sin, and cosmic evil as the root cause of suffering. They are ready to talk in terms of consciousness. They are ready to talk about being disconnected from themselves.

Perhaps it was necessary to our evolution to call upon God to rescue us and fear Satan as the supreme enemy, but now we can turn to the deeper, more humane wisdom of the rishis, which speaks of one reality, not a fractured universe with heaven and hell at opposite poles.

Good and evil, the rishis tell us, is a direct function of being connected to the soul. The soul is the most real aspect of the self. When we break our connection with the soul, we lose touch with reality.

Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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11:21AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Thank you. Very insightful.

12:28AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:42PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

..and if u do happen to cross paths with the King of this world..it is prudent to remember that he too..is subject to the laws of the above..cast below to rule..yet still under dominion...x

3:47PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Irregardless of belief in the Judao /Christian/ Islamic world view in the notion of God separate from creation...(that seems to be the cognitive belief the product of these three, and of an opposite polar entity from which emanates all evil with creation torn between them. All badness from one [though we all know one's good is another 's bad with them all believing and praying to the same god under different names but all admitting relationship, cousins under Abraham so to speak] .....whether or not folks want to attribute all power over what composes their lives to an outside power or take responsibility for the world we share, in mutual co-creatorship with the supreme creator and have some chance at manifesting it somewhat in the shape we want for our children and their progeny to share.......evil still is!!!
While everything is so traumatic and blaming religious beliefs about gods and devils and their shared observation and moral societal codes makes no change let's move forward from this impasse. Negative minded people insisting on outside causes, gods and devils, dictate their lives have no impact , no power for change. Only positive minded people insisting on responsibility for the repercussions of their choices, learning from them and choosing again and again have hope of transformation of this world we share to a harmonious reality promoting healing enjoyment between all humans and the whole world together.

5:31AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

The world is our perfect mirror.Similar vibratory rates cluster till it appears that an individual's world view must be correct since
"everyone" experiences it the same way.Everyone usually thinks everyone else is the same. The true giveaway of one's character is the way he says everyone is; liar, thief, kind or cruel, as soon as you hear the generalization that person has told you what he is.The world is neither heaven nor hell, it is the potential of all things. On the other side of now we experience immediate manifestation of expected realities. The extreme density of this plane slows down the perceived distance between thought and event. That is why infants exhibit extreme shock and rage when their demands aren't met as soon as felt having not yet become acclimated to the different rate and ways of manifestation at this density.Heaven and hell and purgatory are all in the same place there and here, to my mind the perfect story example which is told by many with different details is of a person so deep in his prayers that an angel comes to him and takes him to visit heaven and hell.They come to the scene of a feast, a table stretching into infinity, laden with all good things . The participants are limited to eating with implements with very long handles and can't get the food into their starving mouths. Angel says"this is hell"the next excursion leads them to the same scene but the people are happily feeding each other. This is heaven. As above so below.

9:25PM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Brenda Towers - you are old enough to know better. That's not what he is saying at all.

8:25AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

How can you fight evil, if you don't believe it exists?

5:33AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

When your spirit leaves your body the world can be hell. Supernatural things DO occur, at least from where I sit. Just a day ago I observed a candle lit when I woke up that for the life of me I couldn't light the night before. I've seen demonic or wicked events since 9/11 that take the cake. I've seen insects appear to be animated whereas they shouldn't even be alive in the cold. I've seen strawberries growing in the fall and not in the spring, birds act like they are on acid and people speak things and then wonder why they said them. SOMETHING changed after 9/11 and it's disconcerting and upsetting. Is it evil? Is it evolution? Who knows, all I know is it doesn't resemble love and it seems too cold to live like this. I'd prefer connection to disconnection any day.

4:14AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

More to put on the "to do" list of things to think about,

7:39PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Ron,
In short, I grew up. I realised that stoneage, mystical, woo woo
beliefs in invisible supernatural beings was something for children and primitives.
Point: I don't 'believe' for one moment that you actually 'believe' all this woo woo stuff about god and the devil etc.
I don't believe that any Christians believe this stuff.
They tell themselves over and over that it's true. They go to church and or hang out with other professed 'believers' but they whole while, secretly, they have grave misgivings about the whole business. But anyone who's smart enough to pass grade 6 science, can't possibly, actually 'believe' in invisible supernatural friends and enemies and places etc.
Realising and finally admitting openly that I just can't swallow any of it has been a hugely liberating process.
I highly recommend to anyone who has doubts about the validity of their religious belief system, to follow their heart, listen to the doubts and learn to think for yourself.
The shaking off of superstition can only be a good thing.
The 'Truth' shall set you free :-)
'Nuff said. I'm going to stop tracking this thread now.

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