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Inner Peace: Resist not evil

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If we put our attention on evil, the Law of Attraction holds that we will experience it even more

By Jim Hatton

“Resist not evil.” —  Jeshua ben Joseph, Christian Testament, Matthew 5:39

This passage has always been a mystery to me. Why would a spiritual master like Jeshua ben Joseph say such a thing?

Jim Hatton
Jim Hatton

When we take a close look at the Law of Attraction, the answer becomes clear. The Law of Attraction works in such a way that whatever we put our attention on, we bring forth in creation and experience in our lives.

So, if we resist evil, or put our attention on evil, the Law of Attraction ensures we will experience evil or even more evil than we are currently experiencing.

I remember learning at an early age in my metaphysics class that the anti-war movement in the ’60s simply created more war. The anti-war protesters always seemed to be filled with anger and resentment. Certainly, the idea of “no more war” is a good one, but when the mass energy, attention, and consciousness is placed on anti-war, then more anger and resentment are inevitable in the human experience and, ultimately, more war.

This simple concept can be applied to such things as:

  • The war on poverty
  • The war on drugs
  • The war on crime
  • The war on terrorism
  • Antisemitism
  • Anti-abortion
  • Mothers Against Drunk Drivers

The list goes on and on.

With the Law of Attraction in mind, and understanding that what we focus on we get more of, it is important to use language consciously. The above examples could be restated as follows:

  • Peaceful sharing of resources
  • Freedom from dependence on substance
  • Peaceful coexistence
  • Peace of mind and well-being for all
  • Inclusivity of all races and religions
  • A woman’s right to choose and have sovereignty over her own body, including terminating a pregnancy legally and safely

In short, stand for something that is positive, rather than be against something that is negative.

The key here is allowing. Allowing is to be without judgment. Anti-anything is judgment. When wanting to say, “Stop human trafficking,” it is necessary to do it in a nonviolent way. It is easy to cross over the line to an attitude of “us versus them.” Allowing does not mean letting criminals go free. Someone can be guilty of committing a crime, but we do not have to judge or condemn them with hatred. If we do, the Law of Attraction only multiplies the hatred and multiplies the appearance of crime.

“But whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.” —  Jeshua ben Joseph, Christian Testament, Matthew 5:39

This does not mean we should let a person physically strike the other cheek. What it means is to be without judgment for that person. No, we do not allow the person to hit us again. If we physically hit back, judge the person, or hate or have anger toward the person, the Law of Attraction will bring more of that into our lives. Remember, what we focus upon we get more of. The law is important and works for everyone, all of the time, like it or not. “Turn the other cheek” was a wise statement.

Be conscious of what you focus on, you will have a better and happier life.

The World is not broken, Be in Peace …

Jim Hatton is an author, spiritual teacher and speaker. He makes his home in the Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon. Contact him at jim@jimhatton.com.

Want to contribute? Send 600- to 700-word articles on all aspects of inner peace to Richard Carey (rcarey009@gmail.com).

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