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Evil: a force in the world

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‘This is what I used to think, that some people were simply good and others were not, and that I, of course, was good. But now I think instead that evil is a force in the world, a force that seeks, and it finds its way into our lives through anger and loss, through sadness and betrayal, like mold on bread, like rot on an apple, it takes hold.’ –Kim Edwards, The Lake of Dreams

 During the end cycle of 2012 and beyond, our planet and humanity will be vastly exposed to many more extra-dimensional forces, which can be experienced from a point of great fear, or great love. Ignoring these forces, like ignoring the presence of darkness, allows your body to be a portal for the use of these forces. People are being used unconsciously as vessels for directing these various forces, especially, when they are extremely attached to an identity of ego. The more we fight to assert our identity as an ego, the more easily we can be controlled and possessed by an outside or extra-dimensional force. At this time this phenomena is increasing in numbers and becoming heavily amplified within the world population. Not until you are aware of your own inner energies and take responsibility for them, can you choose what energies you are directing as a force. Every person is a force of nature, and is capable of great harm, or greater good. (Lisa Renee, Energetic Synthesis)

I hardly know where to begin this blog this evening. All day long I have felt profoundly sad and in turns, angry, about the killing of innocent people by an insane murderer in Aurora, Colorado as they watched the newest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Returns.

By now, many of you, dear Readers, have heard of this tragedy. So much can be said about it, depending on who you are, where you reside, and what you believe. Part of my grief is personal; Aurora, Colorado is the city I grew up in from age ten until I was in my early twenties, where my mother lives still, and where I learned many of the beliefs about life which I still hold dear as an adult. It is such an ordinary place! Aurora sits just to the east of Denver, the capital and largest city in Colorado. Just to the west of this vast metropolis rise the beautiful and majestic Rocky Mountains, in a long line to the north and south of the area.

All day today I have held the unanswerable question in my soul: Why? Why has this happened, an utterly senseless act of violence, on a hot summer’s day in the most ordinary town in the United States? Sadly, it reminds me of other senseless acts of violence sprung upon innocents, most memorable was the shooting of students at Columbine High School, in another suburb of Denver, in the spring of 1999. One morning, two students went into the school, and began shooting their fellow students, killing 12 students and one teacher, and leaving twice that many critically hurt.

As the post I reblogged from Ebb and Flow says, “It saddens me even more to know how far and away the human race continues to travel from morality, and from the respect for life. We live in a world where violence is glorified and permeates our culture at every glance; in the media, on the stage and in the households and back alleys of every nation.” He is right. Our western society truly glorifies violence, holds it up as something to be emulated, joked about, taken extremely lightly. Hollywood promotes violence with absolutley no thought to morality whatsoever. Extremely violent video games are sold to children without a thought, and parents allow their kids to play them, without much thought of any sort of consequences. So many people love and extole blood and gore, from vampire films to the most horrendous, gratutitous violence imaginable, packaged under the auspices of ‘entertainment.’ Again, I must ask, Why? Why do so many people enjoy watching people killing one another? Why all of this bloodlust? What is at the root of it?

Dear Readers, as I write this, I am sitting here, staring out the window this evening in Denmark. It is clear and calm, the rain all blown to Germany or somewhere by now. On the surface, it feels so peaceful, so free. That’s how we humans are too. On the surface, we appear calm, peaceful. No one would know the darkness lurking in a person’s heart, the kind of ugliness, hatred, and violent leanings that lie in wait for the right moment, and then, suddenly, like a viper, they strike! Bullets fly, blood flows, people are screaming, bodies lie motionless on the ground. Evil has swept through people’s lives and left misery and suffering in its wake. Whether in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, or villages in Afganistan, or (insert name of your choice here) doesn’t seem to matter. The motive which lives at the ground of these acts of violence are the same.

The days and weeks and months ahead will be a long, painful road for the victims and families of yesterday’s shooting. Much will be written about it, sensationalized perhaps, the psychologists and experts will descend on Aurora, people will again point to America’s horrendous gun laws, will point fingers, will want to come up with rational explanations for this latest senseless act of violence. For a time, parents will not let their kids go to the movies. All sorts of consequences will result from the tragedy. And yet. All of these things will not stop another person from committing another act of terror, in another town, on other innocents.
Tonight I am grieving in solidarity with those families who have lost their loved ones to an insane murderer for no reason. Please, dear Readers, take a moment to offer a prayer or blessing of comfort to these families tonight.

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Author: SingingBones

When we sing over the bones, we are calling the wild nature, the instinctive soul back, singing it alive again. To live with our wildness intact, is the greatest gift a woman can give herself. "It is the holy poetry and singing we are after." C.P. Estes

8 thoughts on “Evil: a force in the world

  1. As I read your deeply insightful and moving words I hear my friend and mentor, physicist David Bohm, quietly reminding us that the absence of personal creativity is not a neutral absence. What flows into the space empty of creative thinking and action is the presence of destructivity.

    I believe that creativity is as necessary for human health as fresh air and clean water. Yet we have become a species dependent on technologies that ask for no fundamental creative input. We are content to be entertained. Perhaps violence makes us feel the aliveness that our own creativity would arouse.

    So much for my bob’s worth. Thank you for visiting my blog, and introducing me to your writing. It is good to find you.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I appreciate the idea of violence giving humans a sense of aliveness in place of a creative, life-giving act, and what Bohm says about destructivity flowing into the vacuum of creativity. I think you have hit upon something important in these thoughts, a kind of key to part of what this impulse is about. I will ponder your words and perhaps try to find a book in English by David Bohm here at the Danish library, for further elucidation. Thanks for reading.

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  2. I am struck by Lisa Renee’s quote at the beginning. Is there a Devil or Satanic force? Or, is evil just the absence of light , the COURSE IN MIRACLES states? I am not sure.I am inclined to think that the Devil or Dark Force is simply a reflection of our collective inner state…….movies like THE DARK KNIGHT get so much attention because they appeal to this “dark force.”

    The outer world is merely being a projection of our collective inner world….the idea is that, by not facing our own shadows, we project them out there in the so-called external reality.Until we face our own inner “demons”, they will continue to show up “out there.” So, yes, gun control……. but that is not the problem…the problem is our own unhealed consciousness.

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    • Thank you for your thoughts, Dr. Banner. So much can be said in many directions, I do not think there is any definitive answer to these questions of Good and Evil. No matter where the perspective lies, whether outside or within one’s own being, the issue remains the same. As always, thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. I became very teary reading this. Human compassion and ‘why people do what they do’ is something I think about all the time. We think the circle of madness is closing in around us, but we have to believe that the world can change – one blog, text, word, phone call, conversation at a time. There are so many voices asking ‘why’ and pushing that circle of madness away – your post is one of them – thank you.

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  4. I’m struck that you –and others– have been able to write about this tragedy so soon. I suppose that’s partly journalistic, and partly the ability to start to unscramble one’s feelings by jotting them down.

    My process works so differently. I have to mull and think, often, before I can begin to write about events of this public magnitude. It took me almost a year before I could begin to write about the events of September 11, 2001.

    On the other hand, private griefs I find I write about much sooner. I wonder why that is?

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    • Thanks for your observations, Ann. This one affected me so vicerally and immediately, I suppose because it happened in the place near where I finished growing up. so in a way it did feel quite personal, in that it was easy for me to imagine the whole scene, the people… but I agree that the further away from one’s life a tragedy is, the more difficult it is to jump into it. Ah… my prayers are with those who are right in the thick of this very sad situation now.

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