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Understand Your Shadow In Order To Overcome Evil

Understand Your Shadow In Order To Overcome Evil

One effect of divine grace, as Jesus taught it, was to counter evil. Just as judgment is left to the Lord, so is punishing evil. Jesus uses conventional vocabulary at times when he speaks about Satan and possessions by demons, but what rings far more true is his teaching that evil should not be resisted.

Learning how to overcome evil without resisting it involves a process. Jesus isnít calling for instant conversion to pacifism, nor is he asking us to be blind to the terrible effects of evil when it goes unchecked.

What he is teaching changes as you pass through the stages of your own spiritual path. Reality is different in different states of consciousness, and that includes evil. You cannot pretend to love your enemy, yet when you come closer to God-consciousness, such compassion comes naturally.

Itís helpful to remind yourself that evil isnít a monolith or a constant. It has many shades and degrees, and once they are fully examined, evil turns out to be your own shadow self expressing outwardly what you havenít resolved inwardly.

Evil, like everything else, depends upon perception. As your perception changes, evil shifts. Itís very important that this shift occurs, because if you remain locked in a rigid hatred or fear of evil, you push your own shadow further out of sight. No matter how hard you struggle to overcome evil, unless you understand your own shadow, it will find new ways to bring back the thing you hate and fear.

Brooding on your negative traits isnít going to bring the shadow to light. One act that will is confession. The only way to disarm the shadow is to relate to it in a different way, and when you reveal a secret to someone, your life in hiding begins to shift.

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Deepak Chopra

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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10:31AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Interesting and worth meditating upon.

11:28PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thanks , Good perspective .

9:39PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

No shadows without light.

9:36PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Sorry, in the previous comment I had meant to say: Understanding the inner shadows can often lead to the understanding of some of the more darker shadows in the outside world.
Had some technical powers with the modem so hope this was not duplicated...

9:31PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Fascinating and intriguing. Many degrees of evil and shadows both within and outside of ourselves. Some evil is so horrific that we have trouble relating with it and some individuals are full so so much evil that they have a lion's share...more than any one person should possess while others have a tiny sprinkling of evil and surpass most people in the goodness and warmth that they bring to the world. Understanding the inner shadows can often lead to some of the more darker shadows outside.

8:28PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

That's a different way of looking at things - thanks!

8:20PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

We cannot escape the evil we all have within ourselves. However, we can harness its power and canalize it toward something positive.

12:50PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Dobro zawsze zwycięża.

1:10AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing

2:47AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Understanding and accepting oneself is vital to life

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