TOPICS: Defeating evil through non-attachment – stay clear of epic struggle – the sense of struggle creates the struggle – God is beyond good and evil –
Question: Please talk about the role of non-attachment in relation to evil.
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:
Non-attachment is a concept that cannot be understood by the human intellect. It is a nonlinear concept that is beyond the linear intellect and the dualistic mind.
It is very helpful for a spiritual seeker to come to the realization that here are many spiritual concepts that simply cannot be expressed through words. The reason being that words are linear and they can easily be interpreted (or misinterpreted) by the dualistic mind. Therefore, to fully grasp – meaning internalize – a concept, you need to use the outer teachings only as a springboard for achieving an inner, intuitive experience of truth.
The meaning of this truth is that when the ascended masters give a spiritual teaching, such as the teachings I gave 2,000 years ago, it is never our intention to give an infallible statement of truth. We know full well that no teaching expressed in words can be a compete statement of truth. Truth simply cannot be expressed in words. Truth can only be experienced and internalized. One might say that you cannot know or understand truth; you can only become truth. That is why I said:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
This statement is the perfect example of what I am talking about. So many Christians – trapped in the dualistic mind – have interpreted this to mean that the outer person of Jesus Christ, or the Christian religion, is the only road to salvation. The true meaning is that the Christ consciousness – which is beyond the linear, dualistic mind – is the only way to know God and God’s truth. And you can know truth only by uniting with, by becoming, that Christ mind. And no man/woman can come to the Father except by uniting with his or her Christ self.
By uniting with your Christ self, you will gradually become non-attached to the things of this world. This will not happen by you willfully repressing your desires for the things of this world. It will happen because your Christ self will help you realize that there is much more to life than the material pleasures. You will then come to desire the things of the spirit more than the things of this world.
If you compare this to my recent teaching on how to deal with evil, you might see a profound truth. Throughout the ages, so many spiritual people have believed that the world is a battleground for an epic struggle between two forces, namely good and evil. These people often think that the goal of the spiritual path is to somehow defeat evil by using spiritual force or even the weapons of the material world. Or they think that by renouncing the things of this world, they will automatically be open to the spirit.
In reality, the ultimate key – the only key – to defeating evil is non-attachment. You don’t fight evil. You simply walk away from it. You become completely non-attached to the manifestations of evil—including the idea that you have to defeat evil. Whatever the prince of this world throws at you, you refuse to engage his games. You refuse to play along, and therefore you stay clear of the epic struggle between good and evil. That is why I said:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5:39)
Yet take note that being non-attached to evil does not mean that you ignore it. It means that you transcend it and that you help others do the same. In other words, instead of fighting it with material force, you fight it with spiritual force, meaning that you transform it into light. My point is that although there truly is an epic struggle between good and evil, the struggle exists only in the minds of beings who are trapped in the consciousness of duality.
In other words, it is the sense of struggle that creates and maintains the struggle. And the source of the sense of struggle in attachment to the things of this world. When you manifest non-attachment, you rise above the struggle between the dualistic forces of this world. You are no longer concerned about whether good or evil wins because you want God to win and you realize God is beyond the good and evil defined by the dualistic mind.
Copyright © 2004 by Kim Michaels