The Devil - 15

 

The Devil15 is represented by The Devil, but relax; you're not doomed. Unless you think you are, of course.

Devil is (d)evil, so how do we real with nasty, vengeful, hate-filled behaviour or reactions in ourselves and others?

We might think of the turn the other cheek idea, but if such action is taken out of fear or weakness rather than from a position of understanding and strength, it can turn toxic. Then you end up taking out your frustration on innocent bystanders, or becoming sick as it eats away at you. It is the perfect solution - Love is the answer, as John Lennon sang to us, and it's true - but you have to know what you're doing.

Devil spelled backwards is lived. So maybe with this number, we have to reverse what we see - or what we think we see - to get at what is actually going on. So when we say: I love you, that also or really means: I love me. This may seem strange, but think of the times when you used the words - and were not just trying to manipulate someone. Were you not full of love at that moment, and wanting to share it? It started with you.

So look at the problem or the situation you asked yourself about, and reverse it to see what is also - or what is really -going on. You will then be in a stronger position from which to act. If you're actively looking for the underlying cause, you have a chance of finding it. When you know what causes trouble, you can better get rid of it.

Will we give in to suggestion?
How should we treat evil? If we are fearful, then we are probably expecting it to harm us, and with the help of a self-fulfilling prophecy, it does. However, people are exposed to all sorts of trouble, but get past it unharmed. Not everyone gets the flu or the plague or whatever. You have to wonder if there really is any good reason why you should suffer. And the answer is: No. There is no good reason.

Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain, said Henry Ford.

If you are dealing with a nasty situation, how did you get yourself into it? Maybe because you had dealings with obviously nasty people and places. So avoid them in the future.

If you have a problem, you are probably physically tense. Just relax for a while; you can give yourself a rest from it. Five minutes off isn't going to break the bank, so to speak, but it can revitalize you and that's what is important.

Do the same for your mind. People expect a certain amount of trouble in daily life; it's normal, they say to themselves. There is no good reason for this, however. If you keep asking why, you eventually get to the answer: I don't know, because in the end, as Henslowe says in Shakespeare In Love when asked how the play is going to be successful: It's a mystery.

Rather than solve a problem, dissolve it - by means of true ideas that, like the sun, are always shining. Think: What is quality? or: What is the good? Let thoughts about these ideas fill our mind. We know, without too much thought, that troubles come and go. People are more mesmerized that we think. Why not build our future instead on what will be still be true tomorrow, next week, next year.

Here is Henry Ford again since he learned a thing or two about living successfully in the world: The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.

Make sure you are asking yourself the right questions.

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