It was a beautiful morning. A red sun was peaking through the trees, which tinted the mist in the air with a lovely shade of light yellow. The running was easy, and I was looking forward to making it to the end of the "far" run that I sometimes do.
But the dogs were there. I could see them up ahead looking through the fence. The memory of how loud and aggressively they bark when I pass by, and the fact that they sometimes escape the fence flashed through my mind, and without further consideration I turned around, and headed home.
The joyful long run in the beautiful morning had shifted to, "I'm going home".
It was a full five minutes before I realized that I was still running with my back to oncoming cars, not a safe way to run. Even when I realized what I had done, I still didn't turn around and go back to complete the run. I contemplated extending it another direction, but couldn't bring myself to do so. I just went home.
All dog lovers please keep reading because this is not about the dogs. This is about how evil, with its weapon of fear, attempts to steal our freedom. The more important part of this story is what I did as a result of what scared me. I am not alone in this response. We all do it. It happens to everyone. We react, stop thinking, put ourselves in danger, and stop doing something we want to do.
After a week of not going by the house, I decided to go past the dog's house on my bike instead of running. I was trying to overcome my fear, and I hoped the problem was solved even though I had done nothing about it.
It wasn't. This time the dogs came running out and blocked my way, one of them nipping at my heels.
That experience stopped any pleasure I had in either running or biking. After a time I thought how silly it was to allow this fear to stop me so I tried running and biking down a different road. However, it wasn't as pleasant of a route, and I realized that the entire time I was afraid, looking for dogs.
Isn't this what we have done with our lives? Fear stops us from doing what we love to do. In order to make it less painful, we forget what we love to do. This is true individually, and as a country, and as a world.
In the world today there are many terrifying events taking place, much scarier than barking dogs. The truth about evil's ways is coming to the forefront of our awareness. However, for the most part we react the same way I did. We turn around and go home, and silently let go of our freedom.
This is the exact reaction that evil wishes us to take.
It is impossible to succeed at fighting evil with the same point of view in which it makes it claims. If we agree with evil that we are humans, then we will always react in the human way of fight or flight.
For most of us seeing the supposed power of evil in the world we choose flight. It doesn't look like flight though. We have a life to live, kids to get to school, work to go to, a house to clean, the yard to mow, an income to make, and some recreation to take our mind off things.
"The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." --Edmund Burke
It is important that we remember that evil is never kind or generous. Evil is always greedy, and does not care for anything but its own gains. Evil can appear to be people, places and things, but evil is always just one thing.
It is the belief and illusion that has taken root in our own thought that there is something as powerful as Good.
Evil uses distraction and fear to keep us in our own personal prison. It stops us from trying to escape by using subtle and aggressive means to tell us constantly that there is nothing we can do. It suggests to us that even if we did something it wouldn't make a difference. It scares us with the fear of the consequences for taking action against it.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." --Edmund Burke
Nevertheless, there is no reason to be afraid. No matter how loudly evil may make its claim, we have Truth on our side. When surrounded by the powerful army of his enemies, Elisha prayed that his servant's eyes be opened and become aware of the fact that "they that be with us are more than they that be with them." With this shifted perception, Elisha's servant saw what Elisha already knew. Truth is always present, and always the victor over evil's claims to be real and powerful. (Bible: II Kings: 6 15-17)
There is only one way forever be rid of evil. In the same way that Elisha conquered evil, it involves neither fight nor flight. It is to return to the Truth of One omnipresent God, Mind, or Divine Love.
Armed with Truth, the actions we take will be exactly what are needed to dissolve evil's ability to continue. Humanly deciding on an action or non-action before this step is taken is worse then futile. It is part of the problem.
If we begin and stay with the Spiritual Truth then there is no place for evil to be abiding. Our freedom lies not in our human abilities to be free. Our freedom from evil is found within our own thinking, and in our choice of perception. We have free will to choose either human and limited or all One and infinite.
We cannot ask others to make this choice for us, although we can bind together for support, encouragement, direction, and strength. The warfare is between accepting and coddling evil, and knowing and living the Truth of One. The action of choosing infinite Good over evil will dissolve all error. It has to - both cannot be in the same place at the same time.
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." --John F. Kennedy
Using this approach with the dogs, I began with Truth and then took the action of calling the animal control to ask them to ask the owners to seal up the hole in the fence. Last time I went by that house, the dogs did not come out and bark at me.
However, it will take vigilance in my thinking to notice if fear begins to curtail my freedom, and to not allow myself to go to human fight or flight, or to believing that it is resolved if it hasn't been. Sometimes evil gives us a "bone" so to speak, so that we will leave it alone while it continues its secret and subtle work of undermining our lives.
Now is the time to be a warrior for Truth. Don't wait, do it now. You are not alone. The results will be a dissolving of the illusion of evil, and the restoring to our awareness the Reality of perfect Harmony.
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." --Abraham Lincoln
Beca developed an easy system to do this called The Shift and has been sharing how to use this system to expand lives, and bring people back to the Truth of themselves for over 40 years.
Beca and her husband Del Piper are constantly working to develop new ways to support and reach out to others. Much of what they have been developed can be found for free at their membership site Perception U.com. They also founded The Women’s Council with the intent of “strengthening the connection to yourself, to others, and to the Divine.”