Recently, a rather intellectual comment showed up on a post from last year. In checking out their blog, a conversation ensued on the inclusive nature of unity and they brought up the ‘Problem of Evil’. (cue foreboding music)
I thought it was worth exploring this here.
Firstly, to frame this, we need to understand that consciousness comes in flavours or states. Different states of consciousness bring with them different perspectives and thus, different ways of understanding and seeing the world.
For example, the very real dream ends when we wake up. We change states and what is real or false changes. Similar kinds of changes take place in each stage of spiritual awakening.
These stages are dominated by a movement from duality into unity. In Self Realization, we experience an internal unity. In God Realization, an external unity of God/Divine and the world. In Unity, a joining of internal and external into a complete and inclusive unity or wholeness.
In the discussion, it was observed that if Unity or oneness is completely inclusive, then it must include evil. This is quite true. But if we explore the nature of our experience more deeply, we will see the causal force that creates the ‘dark side’ and thus we can see its end and solution.
It was noted that some describe evil as lack, much as ignorance is the lack of knowledge and darkness the absence of light. I think this is a valid perception. But this only reveals its nature. There is a deeper perception that reveals its cause.
The key here is that evil is an effect. Some of our cultural references will suggest that evil itself is inherent. For there to be good, there has to be an equal evil. But this is only true in duality. Most evil is also parasitic – it feeds off itself rather than good. As a lack of, it cannot stand it’s opposite energy.
“A problem is never solved at the level it was created.”
— Albert Einstein
Previously, I’ve explored how global consciousness cycles over time. That time is not linear but rather moves in cycles of rising and falling awareness. This is more obvious when we see that time is an effect of the process of perception. Thus it is directly influenced by shifting awareness. We’re currently moving out of a low cycle. In the prior fall of awareness, people gradually lost their connection to wholeness and began to feel fearful. This caused a desire to try to hold or grip control. This gripping or resistance creates a sense of separate I. An inner reality separate from the outer. This causes a sense of identity which enshrines our separateness from oneness.
This is the dawning of duality – me vs. other.
As awareness became more opaque, this core identity grip became subconscious. It drives the lower emotions, the feelings that divide. Because it is our experience, mind creates a mental construct of a me, what is commonly called the ego. The emotions drive this. As it is the conscious aspect, we became identified with that mind construct, completely divorced from our true nature.
From the perspective of a mind-driven ego, survival is about judgment. Who’s right and who’s wrong. To be right, the ego will make others wrong. Or make self wrong because others are right, however illogical this is. We will act according to the egos judgments or story. It’s very easy to see this. Just pick up any newspaper. A long list of who’s wrong and who’s to blame. Also what’s wrong. We also see this in self-destructive behavior.
Because we are driven by more base emotions and place the me at the center of our universe, we act from that place. Our story allows us to feel justified, even when we overspend, eat poorly, gossip, and otherwise act in apparently irrational or inconsistent ways. The logical mind can see the issue but the story driven emotions feel justified to continue. We develop internal conflicts.
The more deeply divorced someone is from others, the more likely they will pursue a course of action that is disrespectful of others. It should be no surprise that the alienated become violent. This is the origins of evil, the very bad. And you can find the story of their behavior in their history. While it is not rational, we can see the pattern develop.
The solution is of course to step out from under the ego and it’s story. By connecting to our true natures within, the fog begins to clear. Seen through, the story begins to collapse. From that greater clarity, life makes a lot more sense. As the connection deepens, the underlying unity begins to dawn and we start to see through the duality of good and evil. We wake up from the bad dream.
The magic thing is, it is only necessary for enough people to reconnect with themselves. It doesn’t have to be everybody, or even a majority. Because we are one, it just needs enough people to awaken to their nature and it will stir the awakeness in group consciousness and move everyone “up”.
This process is easily seen when people gather for a common good – meditation, intention, healing, prayer, music. You feel inspired or lifted. This is the lifting that’s taking place for everyone now. And it is the dissolution of the roots of evil.
This may seem farfetched. But remember the cycles of time. The golden ages are much longer than the dark ages. They are a time without fear. A time with little duality. A time when evil was not even an idea. Some people can remember those times.