Priests of Darkness
By Michael Nowicki, for SOL, August
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You have declared that you are priests of light but please remember
that on the other side of the balancing scales there are priests
of darkness, who one way or another spoil the path and the enlightenment
of those who strive to bring everything to balance.
The Prince of Darkness
is a lord of chaos and sometimes when, as a priest of light, you
see chaos somewhere, you shudder and think wouldn't it be nice
if this was resolved. That chaos is caused by a priest of darkness
laying a finger very lightly on something, for the forces of chaos
and darkness are extremely subtle and extremely intelligent. To
find out how they work we must contemplate total darkness to feel
what it is that brings the priest of darkness into the open. Lets
look at him face to face. Who is he? What do his destination and
his desire have to do with us?
You won't know the answer if
you avoid it. As a priest of light you have
to face the darkness sooner or later, for you will come against
a force of darkness that is trying to overwhelm you and trying
to spoil your life and that of those around you. The more powerful
the light within you then the more powerful is the opposition.
What you are trying to do is not to conquer it, for you never
will as light and darkness are of the same Creator. This is a
fact. Light and darkness comes from the same Creator because the
priests of darkness and their force teach you by temptation what
to do and what not to do. They put 'goodies' in front of your
personality - 'oh that tastes good', 'that looks nice', 'you do
that really well' and you fall right into the pit until they grab
you by the glorification of certain paths and mesmerise you by
the fabulous things you can do. They inveigle and trap you in
self-importance and you begin to make bigger and bigger mistakes.
You are totally unaware because
they work in such a way that a particular path you have taken
is totally explainable, totally intelligent, totally rational,
until you begin to find you have got less and less friends and
people begin to avoid you. What is beginning to mediate and radiate
through your personality is disruption, hate, chaos, malice, antipathy
and anger. You might become angry for reasons that seem very rational
to you, which the darker forces say you are justified to feel
or use. Of course being an emotional being and using those emotions
you follow that character and you fall totally innocently into
the trap of the forces of darkness.
Once you step onto the path of
decline you go into darker and darker realms where the light is
beginning to be practically invisible. You don't even realise
you are there. You have lost your friends, your family, your job
has gone, etc., but you still pursue this path - led by the carrot
of inner desires and entrapment of the glamour that might appear
to you as doing things with and for a good purpose. This is where
a priest of light must analyse his own motives and those of others.
Trust but verify.
I am talking to you and saying
a lot of things from my own personal experience but my personal
experience is not necessarily applicable to your life. You have
to verify what I say and ask yourself what it means - or even
question me - I have to verify and look at what might not have
rung true. That is how we learn. You must verify certain lectures
or ideas and thoughts that you have and look at where they are
leading you. As a priest of light you have to be extremely careful
not to upset people because with this title comes total responsibility
for your own actions. You are starting to have authority. My usual
statement is that if a small person makes a mistake it is a small
mistake but if a person of authority makes a 'boob' it is a major
one because it involves so many people. So as you attain more
and more authority you have to balance it with more and more humility,
and more and more verifications of your thoughts and actions.
All the errors and mistakes are
natural ones but there are certain errors of misjudgement in your
life that show the touch of the priests of darkness, where they
slightly deflect you from your desire towards the point of light.
Those particular deflections, although minute and seemingly unrecognisable
at the beginning, put you on a completely different tangent. You
have got emotions involved, you have got rationality involved,
you have got parallel thought involved. People appear who agree
with that particular deviation because the powers of darkness
use every trick possible to take you off that line of approach
where you as a priest of light try to bring balance. You see we
don't feel quite right in total darkness and sometimes we are
scared of it. The powers of darkness hate the light. They hate
light, they hate laughter, they hate balance, they hate order,
they hate tolerance, they hate love and they hate affection. Everything
is against them so they try to deflect you from the path of light
that you have attained or that you try to attain.
When you stand in total darkness
visualise yourself as a priest of light stood upon the cosmic
plaque with this divine spark in your core starting to flame out
and enlarge until your inner and outer being are covered in this
light. That is your saving grace at the point where you see there
is no other help available, you have lost confidence in everything
and everybody, and are just waiting for this hammer of darkness
to come and shatter you to pieces. This is where the final takeover
by the priests of darkness comes when they take your reason away,
they grab the final point in your thinking and drag you to the
depths, where they can do with you whatever they wish. But even
then it is not a disaster. You have to remember one thing: in
you is the divine spark. Although it rnight be minute, a tiny
pinpoint of light, every light has a point of its destruction
and darkness, but every sphere of darkness has its point of light
and its salvation.
This is the basis of the teaching
that light and darkness and good and evil are just a balancing
scale that the creator has put on earth for us to learn. Don't
fool yourself that you will be able to destroy darkness or the
priests of evil, because if you did everything would topple over
- there would be no opposition. As above so below after another
manner. There must be balance and pressure to create movement
forward. There must be attraction and repulsion. There must be
polarity, and polarity does create division in your mind. There
have to be opposites and you stand on the middle pillar and try
to feel this balancing force.
Gently and slowly, knowing what
I have said and contemplating it, you have to come to this understanding
within you that sooner or later you will meet, eye to eye, this
evil force. Maybe you have already. Maybe within you rages this
battle of light against darkness, not constantly raging, but you
feel this opposition. Remember you have the opportunity to create
your heaven here and now if you have enough courage, guts, strength
and understanding to face this opposition and realise that they
have got their allotted space on the balancing arms of justice.
Once you come to that understanding you will be able to come to
some sort of peace.
One of the subtle ways that they
work to tempt you is through gossip. One repeats something and
it isn't quite right and then it is repeated to someone else and
they add a little bit more and by the time it gets back to you
it is totally different. Always remember that as priests of light
we have to be extremely careful because as the light gets stronger
within our hearts so it opens wider and wider possibilities for
the priests of darkness to come and spoil our world. Be alert
and confident in your own strengths and abilities to be able to
stand and face it across the chasm and say 'keep to your side'.
Remember you are a child of this planet created in the image of
the Creator so keep that at the forefront of your mind. Remember
also that fear is the door through which the forces of darkness
enter to penetrate deeper within. Fear is very difficult to conquer.
This is only achieved by a greater understanding of what you fear.
All of us have fears and anxieties but once you face them and
try to understand what they are you will find they disappear.
So once you face the darkness and find out whether it is physical,
mental or spiritual you are on the right track; and having confidence
of the light within you you bring that light into your environment
and by illuminating your environment you begin to understand everything
within that darkness.