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Good, Evil, & the Meaning of Life

Updated on April 7, 2012

This is part of my story to discover, accept and integrate mystical abilities into an ordinary world – a diversion in the series “A Medium’s Passage”.

I realized I could not continue my tale of communication with incorporeal beings until I digressed into my views regarding the meaning of life and theories about good and evil.

What is the meaning of life?

Perhaps a more appropriate question is “what is the purpose of life?” For years I have developed a belief system that works for me. Adopting or creating beliefs and working theories that can integrate my experiences with other dimensions. There have been books that have resonated with me, such as “Nosso Lar” by Chico Xavier, that describe our soul’s journey as an expedition of knowledge for the greater good. The greater good is ultimately a universal being and the universal energy that connects us all.

I can sense a Universal Being or God. I can also sense the overwhelming vastness of universal knowledge. The storehouse is often called the Hall of Records or the Akashic Records. It grows every nanosecond of every day. To me, it feels flowing, like a swaying breeze or slowly moving river.

So, if God is the nucleus of the universe what is our role? I believe that this Universal Being grows as we grow. We share our experience just by existing. I also believe that we have a soul that exists beyond our time here on earth. When we are born here, it is likely that we have certain goals. For some of us, that goal may be simply to affect one person on one day, for others it may be much more.

The simple answer for the purpose of life is to experience. With that experience the entire universe has grown with us, in each moment of our personal history. There is evidence to support this concept. A few examples are emerging in quantum theory, the theory of the expanding universe, morphic resonance (the existence of a collective unconscious), and noetic science. Noetic Field Theory delves into “how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world”.

These ideas have affected my views on a smaller, more personal level. I cannot look at a homeless person on the street and judge him for failing at life. I look at him, instead, and think “maybe he has already accomplished his life’s purpose, good for him” or “his experience as the bum-on-the-street is his contribution”. I no longer look at friends or family with judgment my previous standard of what makes a good or bad choice. I realize that every single person is doing the best that they can with what they have.

In the end, what does it mean to develop and an individual or as a collective? We certainly do not mature with merely happy, joyful experiences. We often have the most profound growth occur through difficult encounters.

Good Versus Evil

When I considered that life’s purpose is to experience, it changed how I psychically and energetically perceived others, both people and incorporeal beings. It also changed how I perceived good and evil.

I continue to develop my senses to “see” the true heart of people and other beings, the intentions behind the actions. Intention is the heart of good and evil. A “good” being can do bad things, unintentionally. Inversely, an “evil” being, no matter how hard they attempt atrocities and achieve them, may still yield unintended positive results or changes for the better.

I have felt beings that are in times of darkness, but the core or essence of their soul is not evil; people I know, people that I do not like, yet I do not sense true evil. Some beings, on the surface are achieving great things, yet they feel “off”, like there is some slimy substance just under the surface of their energy. Good and evil are not always evident.

I have categorized some of the motives behind darker deeds:

1. Anger. A being can be angry at themselves or some injustice and lash out. For example, an alcoholic will often act very poorly towards those around them, yet their motive may be self-loathing.
2. Depression. Some may be stuck in a cycle of feeling negativity, depression, or despair. In this state a person is probably unable to make good choices.
3. Pain. All forms of physical, mental, or spiritual pain can lead a person to poor actions. When a being is in pain, there is little room for anything else.
4. Fear. This is a grand motive for individuals or mobs to do very bad things. History books are filled with the seeds of fear blossoming into violence and mayhem.
5. Power. The quest for domination over others is the mantra of true villainy and evil.

Many people have lives filled with darkness. To me, evil is present when the being or person seeks the action of causing harm, chaos, and destruction just to see what happens and/or for a high. This is not to say to that pleasure of dominating others is evil on its own – it is merely an experience, a feeling. Evil seeks to harm for harm’s sake, with malicious intent.

That said, our universal consciousness, or God, needs the experience of painful, dark, and evil deeds as much as our good ones. Balance is necessary. Without those experiences, we would have nothing to compare what it means to be good. It’s hard to experience pain and darkness, perhaps even harder to watch it happen to those we love; but only then can we feel joy and happiness.

What is balance of good and evil? Is it even, 50-50? While my inferior human mind may not be able to grasp all the secrets of the universe…I suspect the Golden Mean is more likely the proportion, two-thirds light, one-third darkness. This ratio is all around us, throughout nature, which leads me to consider that it may be a universal principal at the most basic level.

What does it mean to be good?

I don’t believe that it’s necessary to follow a certain doctrine or dogma. I don’t think it’s relevant whether we believe in God or anything else or that we agree with each other. What I think is that our intention to be good and become better is more important.

We should be accepting of ourselves; be tolerant of others; perform acts of kindness and charity whenever possible; care for ourselves, our loved ones, our homes, and this earth; and share unconditional love.

It seems that when we are on our true path to achieve what we set out to do, then life flows more easily; and when we are off our path things are more difficult. When our life is the most troublesome it feels as though we are under attack from every side. This is when our helpers, people or spirit guides, try to turn us in the right direction, even when we are too thick-headed to recognize such help. I do not believe that our entire life is pre-destined, just certain bullet points.

We are not bad or evil when we err, hurt others, or defend ourselves with vigor. Nor are we when we stray from our path. Putting pre-meditated plans into action to cause harm will take us to the darker side. Sometimes that forethought is only a few seconds, but still…we always have a choice.


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    • bborrello profile image

      bborrello 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Thanks, I'm glad it works for you. I agree, I think fear embeds itself into a variety of life elements.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      I like your views on this. They make sense. I try to ask myself a couple of questions when it comes to personal beliefs (mine, I mean)--!) Does this make sense? and (kind of like you), 2) Is this for the longterm good or am I just feeling scared, mad, or reactionary?

      I think many people cling to traditional religious beliefs without questioning them because they are afraid. Maybe that's why religion so often runs of the rails. Thumbs up. :)

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      bborrello 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Trahn-Thanks for your interest.

      Anish - Thanks also.

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago

      Good vs. Evil is an old addage to a mystical experience called Love! It is true that serum is injected into certain beings to create life but their example for example is not the necessary evils that exist in society or generally at large of risk of degrading society.

      Voted up!


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      TrahnTheMan 5 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

      An interesting perspective on an age-old riddle. Your other writing must be pretty interesting too.