Evil, confusion, love

 

We can say that something is evil, or appears evil to us, or we chose to label it evil. (Which is learned from our culture.)

We can also say that what appears evil is really from confusion, it’s misguided, it’s from unloved and unquestioned fear, wounds, trauma, beliefs and identifications.

We can say that this, in turn, comes from an attempt to protect the imagined self, and so can be seen as love.

And we can say that it’s all awareness, it’s all happening within and as awareness and love.

Either of these are valid in their own way. And it can be a relief to find the three last ones in own experience, through specific examples.

Practically…..

If I talk with someone who seem to see the first of these, I wouldn’t jump to the third or fourth. I would perhaps suggest that it comes from fear, wounds and trauma, and that it’s an attempt to protect the self.

And for myself, I explore what’s here. I can hold satsang with what’s here in myself, and see what’s there. You are welcome here. Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for your love for me. What would satisfy you forever? What are you really? (Each of these are gentle questions. Is it here to protect me? In what way is it protecting me? What is it protecting?)

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Protection

 

Images and thoughts are inherently neutral, just like a tree, clouds passing through the sky, or a waterfall.

I also see that identification with these appears to be a way of protecting an imaginary me. This tendency or habit of identification is devoted to this imaginary me. It comes from love and is love.

And as soon as images and thoughts are identified with and taken as true, these too are here to protect the imaginary me. These too are devoted to the imaginary me. These too come from love, and are love.

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