When we have love of God in our heart it inspires us to think in a very rational and intelligent way. This may sound like an obvious thing to say, but it’s important, because in valuing God and spirituality we are motivated to closely observe our own pattern of thinking so we can the better identify when we drift into evil. Only those with an elevation of perception can see what’s below. Evil assaults us by temptations and in so doing always tries to confuse us and make us feel of no value. We can tell when this is happening by anxieties, the more severe they are the more the anxieties are disturbing. Anxiety is like white light that has within many colors (or causes), and it takes skill and care to discern these colors. Evil wants to destroy our sense of value and worth for our self and others so that we will the more easily accept it; wants us to lose heart, lose faith – lose our very identity. In losing these things we lose God’s protection from evil, because God can only be present with us to the degree we acknowledge Him, especially acknowledge that He is divine. The more intense the heat of our love to be right with God and our fellow man, the deeper our thought is able to penetrate principles of truth. The Opposite is also true; the more we are avoidant and absorbed in the world the more we become mired in the external and our internal closes.
There is no such thing as being neutral to God, such an attitude is repulsive to him (He calls it being lukewarm, which is vomit to Him). Thus avoidance cannot help but become bitterness and ill-will (the rotting of the heart), and we are in danger of willing evil (which is internal evil). The Secret desire of ill-will or hate toward God and our fellow man causes the mind to think and act irrationally. An ill motivated person may have a high IQ and be clever, but this is NOT intelligence. Intelligence is only that which leads toward good results – it is irrational to use our mind to accomplish harm to others. (Jesus: ‘Whatever you do it unto one of these little ones, you do it unto me’.) What is irrational is not intelligent. Indeed, the reason for this is that when one is fighting to undermine others, (as in fighting against the good of one’s own country) they are fighting against the divine order of God. All rationality and intelligence follow principles that are rooted in God’s will – and God is never less than love and good in all their infinite variety. It is a learning process to come to know moral, civil, and spiritual principles; everyone in their mind is in process with this, but to willfully fight against divine order eventually causes the mind to lose its rational faculty and become insane.
The interior constituents in a person cannot contain evil and good at the same time, but the external parts of our mind and soul can. This is a difficult principle to absorb, but it is essential to understand to be able to see how all this works. While in the external of our self we are able to mull over or contemplate things so our formation is in process, but once our plan enters our will, in that we fully intend to do it, believe it and love it – then it enters our soul. And the mind basically serves what is in the will!
One can see then the distinction between the external and internal has huge consequences. Everyone has a ruling love in their heart, and it can be on the good or evil side. The hateful motivations in a person are always going to favor false ideas and harmful points of view, because they seek evil results. The Good motivations are always going to favor what brings about good results and cooperation in our self, family and country. While on earth we can change what is in our interior by a deep desire to change, that is, by repentance. This often requires intense life experience, such as grieving and suffering. This is why Change, or the transformation of our soul, is usually forged in fire so to speak.
We need to strive to live in such a way that our internal thought is in harmony with our external expression. For instance, when our face reflects what is in our soul then we are in wholeness and genuine. When our face masks ill-will and bad intentions we are phony hypocrites. There can only be union between the internal and external when our ruling love is good; and the process of forging the bond between them is how we come into being good, and by the same token, how we regenerate from evil. In forging the bond between our internal and external self we are also bonding with God for we are using the very gifts He gave us to do it. The quality of union between our internal and external self is what in the end determines our salvation; because the genuineness in all the particulars of this union forms a constellation that is set at our time of death; the constellation itself does not change after death. If the constellation formed is good then we are prepared for heaven, and in time become angels. The constellation is like a seed that, in the nourishment of heavenly light, grows into a more and more magnificent tree for eternity. If it is not heavenly then we are prepared for hell.
Bringing about union requires skill, love, and self examination; and it results in joy and fulfillment, though pain and grief are often the teachers along the way.
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. . . . Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters abroad”. (Matthew 12:25, 30)