Question: I have yet to understand the concept of evil – meaning pure evil, which is way beyond most of my grasp and horrifies me. I can understand how people perform evil acts out of unconsciousness, and that it is the courageous work of consciousness-raising that needs to be done to address that. But it is the unrepentant evil, the viciousness of such forces, and the marshaling of huge forces of evil, that confuse me and make me quietly afraid. In the quiet corners of my mind, I do wonder about things like that and have quiet fears.
Answer: It is fruitless to try to understand that which in Reality does not exist. Joy comes in the recognition that there is no evil, there is only Love. Now as most of us know there is indeed the experience of lack of love and the acting out of that state of unconsciousness, but none of this will ever make evil/lack of love/fear/dark thoughts – real.
No matter how much “unrepentant evil, the viciousness of such forces, and the marshaling of huge forces of evil” there appear to be, the real work becomes recognizing the illusory nature of evil (dark perceptions, beliefs, thoughts and emotions) and learning to look on it quietly, gently, and shine it away through the active and expansive state of Love. Now the ego will likely respond to this stance with a loud voice trying to convince us: “You’re in denial to believe there is no evil.” And to that I would say, “Yes I aspire to be in denial.”
True denial is a powerful protective device. You can and should deny any belief that error can hurt you. This kind of denial is not a concealment but a correction. Your right mind depends on it. Denial of error is a strong defense of truth, but denial of truth results in miscreation, the projections of the ego. (A Course in Miracles)
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