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Cave waterfall with pink-purple light

Angel in nature
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Luke in Darth Vader
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Shadowy Angel
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Hellish Hurricane by Gustave Doré
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Hell Path
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Archangel Michael slays evil dragon
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Here are some quotes and thoughts on evil.
How to handle evil

"Cosmic intelligence has not given equal power to good and to evil... The good exists. Not only does it exist, but with the passage of time we are forced to realize that it always ends by being victorious. Never give way to discouragement, therefore, on the pretext that you see the ravages of evil in the world. Evil wins some battles and you feel threatened by it, that is normal, but that is no reason to lose your faith in good... Suppose that nothing but evil surrounded you – which is certainly not the case – you could still cling to the good that is in you; you could still strengthen and intensify it. Is this certainty, this activity not something which could give meaning to your life, whatever your circumstances?"
(O.M. Aïvanhov, Izvor 239 Love Greater Than Faith, Chapter Seven, pp.124-125)

"We can regard Evil as an essential factor in evolution, as a great awakener, both for individual man and for nations... Just as man becomes strong by exercising his muscles, the mission of evil is to bring man to a higher state of [holy] development."
(Lionel Stebbing, The Secrets of Numbers, p.19)

"Noncooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good." (Gandhi)

"Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." (Gandalf in JRR Tolkien’s LOTR)

Gandalf with his quote

"One thing believers have difficulty in accepting is that God, who is all-powerful, doesn’t finally decide to annihilate the evil spirits that come to tempt them. But what they do not know is that these spirits also have the right to live. God will never punish the evil spirits for coming to lead them astray: it is up to them to be more enlightened and stronger, to understand where their real interest lies, to realize why it is preferable to go in one direction rather than another and to have the willpower to take this direction. Would it really be to human beings’ advantage to be forced onto the path of goodness and light in spite of themselves, shielded from temptation and error whatever they do? The creator and heavenly spirits allow them to find their own path, so they can develop their conscience and learn to become responsible for their life decisions." (O.M. Aïvanhov)

"There does exist a negative dimension, and we have created all kinds of nasty thought forms. There are a lot of nasty-type entities around. We potentise the evil forces with negative thoughts every moment of the day. Evil is an energy that maintains itself only if we support it, and therefore the more we transmute evil energy, the more beautiful cosmically this Earth will become." (Lilla Bek, Crown Chakra, track #4, 6m42s; excerpt

"Continually asking questions about the existence of evil only saps your strength, and any attempt to suppress evil is an exercise doomed to failure. What do we do in winter against the rain and snow, against storms and the cold? Do we go outside and command the forces of nature to calm down? Perhaps it is like that in fairy tales, but in everyday life we work on our house: we reinforce it, check the insulation, and install good heating. When the job is done, we are at peace.
Well, wisdom tells us to take the same measures with regard to evil. Instead of struggling directly against it, we must concern ourselves only with becoming more resistant, so that we can understand it better and act more effectively. And this is how a misfortune, which otherwise would bring us down, actually helps to strengthen us, to make us hardier and more noble." (O.M. Aïvanhov)

We have been told that we should not struggle against evil, and many people do not understand what this means. It means that we must not confront evil on its own turf, for that is where it is strongest, and we would inevitably be defeated. But if we succeed in rising above evil, and raining down fire and lightning from above, it will flee! Human beings possess an extremely strong inner fortress that is superbly equipped to withstand attacks. This fortress is the realm of light. Who is to prevent you from putting evil to flight by shining a light on it? Why stand there doing nothing? When people let themselves go, the forces of darkness rejoice, saying ‘What a wonderful opportunity to feast!’ This is how some people allow themselves to be devoured by dark spirits. When this darkness draws near, true disciples defend themselves by projecting light, and this light drives out the darkness. (O.M. Aïvanhov)

Powerful sun light shines through the cloister of a fortress

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Why do evil people seem to get away with it?

"When the chemist pours a few drops of a reagent called ‘litmus’ into a clear acid solution, the liquid turns red. Then, drop by drop, they add an alkaline solution. At first there is no change. But they continue slowly, drop by drop, and all of a sudden the liquid turns blue. From this phenomenon, we can draw a lesson about psychic life. Someone who transgresses divine laws does not immediately notice the disintegration that occurs within them. They imagine they can continue with impunity... But one day, with just one more transgression, they collapse inwardly. This law obviously holds true for good as well. Someone comes and complains to me that for years they have worked on themself, without obtaining any result, and they are discouraged. I have to tell them that their reasoning is faulty, because the effects of this work are not immediately visible and tangible. They must continue, and one day, inevitably, the transformation will occur. With good as for evil, you must not imagine that nothing is happening just because, for a long period of time, you do not notice anything." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
[A video of a similar chemical reaction is here.]

Cave waterfall and pink-purple light

What does evil think of good?

"Let us suppose you have been unfortunate enough to swallow some poison. The poison has devastating effects on you, but as soon as the doctor gives you a powerful antidote you are saved. Because the antidote restores you to your normal state, its effects seem less dramatic to you than those of the poison. But the antidote is even more powerful because it overcame the poison. And in the same way counterpoison annihilates poison, love eradicates hatred, light eradicates darkness, and good eradicates evil. Because we find good agreeable, we find its presence normal and instead devote all our attention to evil since it is evil that creates discord. But if you go and ask evil what it thinks of good, it will complain about the beatings it had. Ask the dark spirits what happens when a light spirit comes by: they scream and take fright. It’s not the light spirits who take fright! To understand the power of good you need to ask evil." (O.M. Aïvanhov)

Angel in nature with stormy background

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Evil as an Inner Battle, within one's Soul

"When the struggle between good and evil is understood  to be going on inside of us [as in Star Wars when Luke cuts off Vader's head in the cave and discovers that the face of Vader is himself], it can be very beneficial. This is part of a personal transformation, overcoming our negative aspects, emphasising our good ones. But what often happens, of course,  we want to feel that we are good, so we don't find the negative within ourselves - we're going to find it somewhere out there." (David Loy, PhD, Finding Joe, 1h17m19s)

Luke's vision on Dagobah: he is shocked to see himself within Darth Vader's decapitated helmet
(Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back)

This inner battle includes 'Shadow Work'. Here are a few quotes on this:-
  • "True victory is victory over oneself." (Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido)
  • "Unless we do conscious work on it, the shadow is almost always projected: that is, it is neatly laid on someone or something else so we do not have to take responsibility for it." (Robert Johnson)
  • "What is shadow work? Shadow work is the process of exploring your inner darkness or 'Shadow Self.' Shadow work uncovers every part of you that has been disowned, repressed, and rejected. It is one of the most authentic paths to Enlightenment." (Lonerwolf)
  • "Your shadow holds all of your fears, mistakes, anxieties and darkest thoughts." (Altared Intentions)
  • "Your 'shadow' is nothing more than the part of you that is unconscious and therefore hidden from your awareness. The unconscious is filled with all kinds of things that you have judged as 'unacceptable' about you. And shadow work is nothing more than the art of making the unconscious, conscious and the unacceptable, acceptable." (Teal Swan)
For me, this inner battle or work wakes you up to how humans are capable of acts of small and great evil, not just acts of goodness. It is about self-love.
It is also important to understand is that it is often human systems (e.g. capitalism, nationalism, patriarchy) that allow or coerce us into the Dark Side (not anger as in Star Wars).
We surely must take responsibility for the mess that these systems have created (e.g. inequality, ecocide)?
We get to work transforming the mess, in any way we can!
Inner alchemy necessitates outer alchemy, as all things are interconnected.
This is about becoming a Buddha of Compassion, wanting everyone to be free of evil. But now - instead of projection ("I'd never do that"; "You are evil") - your work is quieter, less about blame, more about practising simple acts of Light and Love.
Finally, most people are not aware that deeply buried in them is their true essence, an Angel. The Angel is trapped in the Shadow. Connecting to our deep and true angelic Self is probably the most fundamental part of all Shadow Work. Go find your Angel!

Angel atop a tall stack in a city with a sunlit backdrop
"Walk with the sun until your shadow disappears." (Hillwalk Tours)

Shadow Work can also operate at a national or corporate level. For example:
Companies that claimed they do not harm include: tobacco; gambling; fossil fuels. China will not admit to the genocide of the Uighurs, nor the Tibetans and others. The USA, the UK and other colonialists refuse to take responsibility for the evils they have sown through slavery, racism, genocides of indigenous peoples, etc.  Where are the reparations? Where is the equality? Where is the justice? They aren't doing their Shadow Work.

Further quotes:-
  • "Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions." (Primo Levi)
  • "The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil." (Hannah Arendt)

"There is no such thing as a place of eternal damnation for sinners, and what Christians call hell is a fabrication. Only purgatory exists, which, as the name implies, is the region where, for a greater or shorter length of time, humans ‘purge themselves’ of their faults, that is to say they wash and purify themselves – and this purification is obviously accompanied by suffering.
But human beings' evolution does not stop the moment they atone for their faults. Humans’ true evolution takes place on earth. Since they did wrong on earth, they must return to earth to repair the damage they did there. For having regrets and suffering do not suffice, suffering does not mend the mistakes that were made. Humans must return to earth to repair their mistakes. There is no other explication for reincarnation. If humans had already atoned for their sins in the hereafter, why should they have to come back down to earth again? By law, they are obliged to mend their mistakes in all the regions of the universe where their mistakes caused disorder and destruction." (O.M. Aïvanhov)

"All creatures have to eat and drink to stay alive and then they have to eliminate the waste. What does this waste consist of? All the elements that are no longer of use to the body. But these elements were contained in food and drink that were good since they enabled them to stay alive. Yes, and this is a fact of everyday life that is worth some contemplation. 
Whatever the quality of what we eat and drink, there is always waste and this waste needs to be eliminated, and for this there are specific places. This phenomenon occurs in all planes and at all levels of creation. It could therefore be said that hell, with all its inhabitants, should be seen as the place where the impurities of all creatures amass. This hell Christianity has talked about for centuries, depicting it in phantasmagorical shapes and colours, is in fact the rubbish tip where evil – the impurities expelled by all creatures – is discarded." (O.M. Aïvanhov)

Hellish Hurricane engraving by Gustave Doré

"Those who persist in describing hell as a place where miserable sinners are doomed to eternal punishment do not realize how this belief contradicts the love of God, for God never rejects anyone forever. This belief also goes against God's wisdom, because God, who is wise, never lets anything go to waste – in his creation, everything can be used and everything is put to use.
This is another area to explore: the laws of the cosmic economy. As on the physical plane, the same is true on the psychic plane where unclean elements are sent to a place where they are transformed by certain entities. There is a whole system of pipes from which the purified matter emerges to then travel along other circuits to feed, water and fertilize other unknown regions. It is not always the same impure elements that accumulate and stagnate in hell, for new waste constantly arrives to replace what has already been transformed. As such, we can say that hell is a place cut off from divine light, but renewed materials emerge from it to re-enter the stream of life." (O.M. Aïvanhov)

"Black at the top of the head [in the aura] usually means that there has been a life of black magic. There are two things to remember here. If you have had a life of black magic, and opened to the top of the head, after you have died you may realise that this is not what you wanted. In which case, you would go to the blue dimension for healing. Therefore, you go through hell-like experiences, which are very like the pictures that are drawn of hell..." (Lilla Bek, Crown Chakra, track #4, 5m46s; excerpt)

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who during times of great moral crisis maintained their neutrality." (Dante Alighieri)
Evil as ignoring your intuition

"We all have a kind of inner magnet which is the synthesis of our thoughts, feelings, and desires, and this magnet attracts the people and situations that correspond to the elements of our psychic life. So as soon as you feel you may have taken the wrong turning, begin by restoring order to your inner world so that you will be more clear-sighted when choosing your way in the future. Of course it is difficult. Of course you will suffer. But that suffering – which you call evil – actually represents the warning signs which cosmic intelligence sends to all of us. It is a rude awakening from sleep and an invitation to reflect and understand  that we need to change direction and exert ourselves."
(O.M. Aïvanhov, from Izvor 239 Love Greater Than Faith, Chapter Seven, pp.127-128)

Read The Gift of Fear!
Read Violence & Intuition!

Hell Path

Who will defeat evil?

"All that is good opposes evil, and it is thanks to love that we can fight hatred. Evil is always defeated in the end, for God refused to make it immortal. We can compare every word and act of hatred to a stone thrown up in the air – with time, it has less force to rise up. Conversely, a good word or an act of kindness can be compared to a stone thrown from the top of a tower – with time, its movement and power gain impetus. This is the secret of good: although it may be weak at first, in the end it is all-powerful and triumphant." (O.M. Aïvanhov)

"We must establish centres of light throughout the world in order to form a link between heaven and earth. These centres are living conduits through which divine blessings descend for all human beings. Happily, such centres already exist, because without them the earth would be prey to all dark and destructive forces. If you truly wish to help your family, your country and the entire world, you must do everything possible to create these centres of light, by means of which the earth enters into contact with heaven. To establish such centres is the most glorious work you can undertake: to help all human souls benefit from your efforts, so that as a result of your work they may receive spiritual nourishment and joy." (O.M. Aїvanhov)

"Be on the lookout for the ways your special skills can serve what the world needs. Because we are the ones we’ve been waiting for." (The Story of Stuff email 9 September 2017)

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
(Edmund Burke)

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." (Albert Einstein)

"It is the role of heavenly beings to fight against evil, not that of humans who don't have the stature, the ability or the methods to do so. All those who imagined they were strong enough to go to war against evil have been brought down, because evil is an extremely powerful cosmic force. However, evil is mistakenly seen as being as powerful as the forces of good, and the devil as an entity strong enough to stand up to God forever. But human beings don't have the capacity to overpower this entity. When some brave people think they have been given the mission to eradicate all the evil in the world, they underestimate the dangers to which they are exposed.
However, this is not a reason to remain inactive until the heavenly entities come to slay what the book of Revelation calls the dragon. Every day, while progressing on the path of light, we can strengthen the army of the good, the army of the sons and daughters of God, so as to hasten its victory. When this army is large enough, the entities of darkness will be defeated. If they still exert their destructive activity, it is because humans' greed and inferior desires continue to feed them."
(O.M. Aïvanhov)

Archangel Michael slays evil dragon

Also see:-

If God exists, why does God allow pain, suffering, evil?

On Suffering

Thank You

No Thank You

Negative Entities

Negative Thought Forms

Hell [part of the series on Emotion]

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