by Patrick Quanten MD
Aren't we struggling a bit to understand where all this is leading to and why there is so much evil and pain in our world? And yet there is so much talk of peace and understanding. So much charity work and so much compassion for the suffering, and yet we seem totally incapable of diminishing the hurt, the suffering and the pain. We struggle to understand what is happening and find it easiest to blame God for it all. Well after all, He created it, and He allows people to carry on suffering like this. How can we continue to believe in a God who is kind, good and righteous when all around us the opposite is much more in evidence. How can we begin to understand what is happening to us as a race?
We have pride ourselves of having rid the world of the Spanish Inquisition, slavery and the dark Middle Ages; and yet, we still seem to struggle with evil just as much. We proclaimed that all men shall be free, and yet find it difficult not to interfere in other men's business. It seems men are only allowed to be free if they do exactly as we want them to, behave as we would like to see ourselves behaving and live by the same justice as we proclaim ourselves to live by. "Liberation" means "to live as I do". And if you do exactly that, and if you behave, then I proclaim you free.
Believe me, you would not want to live like you want to live, that is barbaric; that is not freedom. Let me tell you what is JUST; let me tell you what is right and wrong, what is good and evil, and then and only then will you be free.
Elsewhere I have explained how the concept of good and evil varies from place to place and from time to time. Here I want to concentrate on how that has shaped the evolution mankind is going through.
Evil, five hundred or two thousand years ago, can be described as physical cruelty. The evil reflecting the harsh conditions people were living in, was of a very physical nature. We are horrified by the way people treated each other on a physical level. Beatings, physical torture, bloody scenes of violence, all spring to mind. Throughout the ages, and moved along by highly sophisticated cultures, men has provided frameworks within which he has tried to reduce that kind of behaviour. He has put in place laws that would punish in an appropriate way rather than in a similar fashion to the violence itself, hoping that this would break the cycle of revenge, thereby reducing the need and use of violence.
Becoming more and more sophisticated has also meant that the way violence has been perpetrated has changed. In order to have people killed we can now refrain from clubbing them to death; we simple drop some bombs on them from a great height, or we fire missiles from a hundred miles away at them. That is much more neat and clean; and it gives us the opportunity to pretend we didn't actually do it, because we didn't feel the pain, the rush of blood before a killing, nor did we see anyone die in front of our eyes at our own hands. We don't see the blood on our hands; we weren't there, honestly! Physical violence has become more and more covered-up; we can not cope, are horrified when confronted with physical violence. We can't understand it; we condemn it unequivocally.
Yet in this day and age, we see an enormous outburst of physical violence; killings, beatings, rape, fighting, wars. And we react angrily. We shake our heads; we despair. Maybe this is the last major outburst before the physical violence start to diminish. Over the next fifty years mankind will finally learn that physical violence has a very limited effect. As a consequence physical violence will gradually disappear out of our lives -Three cheers for that! - and be replaced by a more devastating form.
Why can we be so sure that physical violence will diminish while we experience so much of it still today? Because it is part of our evolution.
At the beginning of men's existence, life was hard, very hard. Survival of the fittest was no mean task; and the continuation of the species meant that there was no place for the weak and the meagre. Physical hardship resulted in a very physical way of living. That's where it all started, but since that day mankind has come a long way. For better or for worse, things have changed. The main thrust of the changes have been about making life easier for ourselves. We have endeavoured to invent tools which allow us to make surviving an awful lot easier; to the point where you could now live when you should be dead. In evolutionary terms this means that the species has weakened beyond recognition, but it also has another implication. It has brought us in contact with the world beyond the physical possibilities. Firstly, we learned to extend the physical realm - we could move much faster from place to place; we could see and hear places that we weren't at - and then we wandered beyond it. People now send me letters that go into a mailbox that doesn't exist anywhere; we can go shopping in a shop that doesn't exist; in science we start to acknowledge consciousness as a vital part of life, but one that has no physical form. Man is slowly moving out of the physical, and into the non-physical. Humankind has moved through all the physical experiences that are possible, almost that is, and is preparing itself to step up into the realm of mind.
In the last century we have become more and more aware of the impact of mental and emotional factors in our lives. Stress, as an illness, did not exist fifty years ago. Now it has become the fastest growing "illness" in our culture. Stress is nothing more than the physical manifestation of mental and emotional strain. This occurs when life becomes unnatural; when our natural instincts become insufficient to help us sustain life. As a consequence, for the first time ever in the history of mankind, we see emotional and mental factors being used, described and acknowledged as violence. We recognise the evil in the non-physical part of our lives. We talk about mindgames being played with us; a form of torture, much more subtle than physical torture, but with a much more devastating impact. We torment people with "information" which forces them to act in the way we want them to. - If we scare them enough and portray ourselves as their saviours, they will simply beg us to take control of their lives. - And what is particularly good about this, is that the whole experience is so new that people don't actually know the way it works. Most have now some knowledge about how your physical environment can shape you and become responsible for your future behaviour. - We like to convince ourselves that if you live in a smoky environment you will get lung cancer; that if you were frequently hit as a child you will become a distorted adult; that our genes determine whether or not you are going to be good-looking, clever and a success. - But few people can see the subtle but massive impact of mind-manipulation.
Before we move on, I need to side-track you first.
What you as an individual experiences, is not a lone experience, it is directly connected to all other experiences of all other people. We like to view ourselves as individuals, separate from all others, unique in all its aspects. This of course means that we can pretend not to be responsible for anything that happens or that anybody else has done. The truth is that all aspects of your uniqueness are all part of aspects of others.
If I ask you who you are, you can start with saying whether you are male or female, child or adult, single or married. You can tell me about the job you do, the hobbies you have, the things that interest you. You can point out your religious beliefs, and your principles. You can even tell me some of your own very personal experiences such as an abortion, accidentally contributing to someone's death, losing a child, finding a parent. No matter what you use to describe yourself, through all those bits you remain firmly connected to the rest of humankind. And each separate "label" you use, identifies you to a group. Often you hear people say: "You don't really understand until you go through it yourself." And it is exactly this experience that binds us all together; or rather binds all the bits of "me" to all the bits of other "me's".
So, your personal experience then also becomes an experience for the whole of mankind. If we add to this the fact that you, as everybody else, has been here numerous times before then all of our experiences together are helping to shape the evolution of mankind. In time, we have all had experiences of holding power, of slavery, of murder and being murdered, of love and hatred, of depravation and richness, of indulgence and suffering. And each individual experience has contributed to the knowledge mankind has gained so far; and each individual experience has helped the evolution of mankind a bit further along its path. Evolution is the sum total of all experiences of the energyfield which produces humans. The same is true for the animal energy field, the plant energyfield or the organic matter energyfield. All is in evolution; all evolves all the time.
Now, let's get back to where we are on our evolutionary path.
We had reached the point where we recognised that the physical is on the last battlefield so to speak, and that the first steps have been taken to reach the mind-realm. Putting the previous into the equation, you can now begin to see how the change from physical evil into mental evil has to be one for the whole of humanity. Different parts of the world, different cultures, different historical influences, will bring different aspects to this important step in evolution. The whole will slowly start to see the futility of evil on a physical level, and the move towards exploring non-physical levels will be made. In a worldly fashion, you will be able to recognise this by world leaders, sects, groups of people, etc. agreeing to stop the fighting, the killing; and then turning towards mental cruelty, the kind not yet seen under this sun. And elation about the ultimate achievement of silent weapons will soon turn into sorrowful crying and rekindled hatred when it becomes clear that the silence of the guns has not solved the problem, has not made peace amongst all people.
That is the century ahead - a tale of total devastation, turning into glorious peace, changing into mental pain on a scale not yet experienced.
Do not despair! With it comes an opening up towards greater awareness, increased interest in consciousness and a growing spirituality. But do not expect this to happen without pain, without the exploration of the darker sides. History shows us that everything men has ever invented or discovered has always been put to both uses; good and evil. Why do you think it will be any different this time?
Oh yes, and before I forget: don't blame it on God. It shows a basic lack of understanding. If you don't understand, that's fine; go and learn, but please don't take a shortcut into stupidity.