The Question of Evil

15by Michael Maciel

Nature is autonomous and has no regard for our feelings about it. Just as our bodies have automatic functions, so does the greater body of nature. It’s up to us to harmonize ourselves with it, not it with us. When we get out of harmony with natural forces, “all hell breaks loose.” Similarly, when people get out of harmony with the needs of their body and the deeper recesses of their mind, reactions occur, not evil reactions but balancing reactions.

This out-of-balance condition is the result of basing one’s reality on the world of appearances. It’s when we focus on the effects and ignore the underlying causes. In order to see the world of cause, we have to think, and we have to be in touch with our feelings. These are higher functions, not the undeveloped sensibilities of people caught in their animal nature or, shall we say, have voluntarily surrendered to it.

This is the Devil Key. The horned figure holds up his hand to say, “What you see is all there is.” And the beast-like humans could easily remove their chains but don’t want to.

There’s a scene in Pulp Fiction where Vincent Vega complains to his heroin dealer that someone keyed his immaculately restored ’57 Chevy. He says, ” I wish I could have caught him doing it. It would have been WORTH having him do it, just so I could catch him.” This is a person caught up (willingly) in his lower animal nature. It’s where you voluntarily induce an itch just so you can have the pleasure of scratching it.


About Michael Maciel

My name is Michael Maciel, and I have studied the Ancient Wisdom Teachings and symbolism for most of my adult life. In the early 1970’s, I was ordained a priest in the Holy Order of MANS, a service and teaching order of which I was a member for the better part of that decade. I now serve on its Board of Directors and teach regular classes on the Mystical Interpretation of the Bible and the Tree of Life Study Plan, which deals primarily with the practical application of the Laws of Creation. Check out my YouTube channel: The Mystical Christ with Michael Maciel
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