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Seven Deadly Sins
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According to wikipedia:
The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as the Capital Vices or Cardinal Sins, is a classification of the most objectionable vices that has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct followers concerning (immoral) fallen humanity's tendency to sin. The final version of the list consists of wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

I am going to be covering the main negative forces that work against us and how to counteract those forces.

As is said in the Bible (I do consider the Bible to be flawed) - However, this is very true:
Ephesians 6:12
''For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.''

Wrath, also known as anger or ''rage'', may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. Anger, in its purest form, presents with self-destructiveness, violence, and hate that may provoke feuds that can go on for centuries. Feelings of anger can manifest in different ways, including impatience, revenge, and vigilantism.

Wrath is not necessarily associated with selfishness or self-interest (although one can of course be wrathful for selfish reasons, such as jealousy, which is closely related to envy). In its original form, wrath also encompassed anger pointed internally rather than externally. Thus suicide was deemed as the ultimate, albeit tragic, expression of wrath directed inwardly. Spiritually speaking, one could correspond to weakness of control in the Kundalini. For those of you foreign to the concept and understanding of Kundalini, we have various articles and discussions concerning it on this forum. Wrath could also be associated with a weak heart chakra (the emotional chakra). Wherein, the emotions (from the heart) become so wound up (kundalini) and uncontrollable that the only way to express this energy is through rage or wrath. To combat the rage and wrath or the exceeding amount of anger one may build up around his or her kundalini, we must learn to be able to recognize the changing of the energies. That is to say, know instinctively when the negative forces are so strong that we may fall into ''fits of rage''. In order to ''know'' this, you would need to become keenly aware of your own auric presence and energy field. Most people have an auric field of 2 - 3 feet. Some are wider, some narrower. Refer to the article on this forum entitled ''Sensing the Energy'' for more information. Sensing and feeling the energies around you is very important to knowing when any of the energies are changing for or towards the negative. Wrathful energy, in it's purest form comes at us because of a myriad of reasons, much too many to list all of them here. However, the most common would be jealousy, deceit, and other's desires to manipulate and control. It is the manipulative and controlling energy directed at us that causes our kundalini to wind up to our heart, which creates a weakened emotional state, finally progressing into wrath.

Spiritualists should not only focus on being able to see others auric energies, but their own as well. ---- In fact, most of the energy reading and work that many spiritualists want to do for others or ''to'' others would oftentimes be best learned practicing on yourself, but that is a whole separate article.

Combatting the urges or feelings of wrath, can be a difficult task. Proper grounding and focus on love, patience and understanding will be a good way to start. This is not a psychological or purely emotional focus though. If you feel or sense the beginnings of the spirits of wrath come upon you, stop what you are doing, find a quiet place so you can meditate on having the proper spiritual perspective to not only deal with, but understand why the wrathful energy is coming your way. There are many meditations and practices widely known that are used to help enter into a state of peace and love. The purpose of this article is not to give a list of meditations, but is simply a guide for all of us to expand the awareness of our spiritual consciousness. Above, I mentioned ''auric fields'' - There is a point within your aura where you are able to sense changes in energies. That point is entirely dependent on how wide or ''big'' your auric field is. If you wish to enlargen or widen your ''field'' - aquaint yourself with the spirits around you. They may be spirit guides, guardians, watchers - or even demons, angels, hosts, powers, principalities, thrones, etc. Unfortunately, the scope of this article is not describing what each one of those are. Separate information will be provided to gain a better understanding of the various types and hierarchies of the spirits. ---- However, to enlargen the auric field, it is commonly thought to be a circle of energy or a circular presence around you. Consider it a ''spiritual belt'' if that helps you visualize it. How strong your spiritual connections (the connections you have personally made to the spirits around you) are, the wider your energy belt will be. I may not be the best authority for giving advice or information on how to do this, I just know what needs to be done. Soz is certainly much better at conveying those types of things. The wider your energy belt is, the sooner you will be able to recognize the spirit of wrath coming on. When you do sense it, not considering the ''belt'' for a moment, it would be best to come to a full stop, feel the energy, decipher what or who it is, and strenghten your kundalini with peace and the emotion of love. Peace and love and how you work with it will be personal to you. Just as wrath and it's causes will be personal to you. However, having a spiritual awareness of wrath's entrance into your auric field or it's existence, even, will give you a better grounded and focused place to start.

When you are able to draw in the positive energies of peace, love, etc - You are not only combatting the wrathful energy coming into your own atmosphere, but you will also be effecting the energy spheres of all of those around you. The energy that comes towards us, for all of the various reasons, directly influence how we are perceived, energetically and emotionally. If you are wrathful, that is to say, incensely angry, chances are those around you will become the same way. The energy that came towards you, is also the energy that will go out of you, if not controlled. When you expand love and peace into your aura, that same love and peace is expanded upon others. The need here is to project (push out) positive, loving, peaceful energy, we are doing so in a manner that fills the aura (the spiritual presence outside of our bodies) to the extent that it causes effect on the physical, emotional and spiritual surroundings. This is the most important thing that can be done to affect wrath. Wrathful energy, when felt on the spiritual plane is felt as very dark and heavy. Wrathful energy, spiritually is very warlike. If you consider how you feel, immediately before wrathful energy enters into your sphere, you will be able to become more aware of it. The initial onset of wrath is important to understand as it will be the point of entry that is most powerful. Understanding spiritual concepts at their most powerful state is always best for awareness. This will prove to be true for the remaining six ''deadly sins''. Sensing wrathful energy will be key to being able to combat it. Most people, spirits and animals even, can sense the energy or mood, if you will, of those they come into contact with. Very typically, people react to peace and love with peace and love. Just as people tend to react to wrath, with wrath.

Greed, also known as avarice or covetousness, is, like lust and gluttony, an energy of excess. However, greed is applied to a very excessive or ravenous desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power. ''Avarice'' is more of a blanket term that can describe many other examples of greedy behavior. These include disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, or treason, especially for personal gain, for example through bribery . Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed. Such misdeeds can include simony, where one profits from soliciting goods within the actual confines of a church. -- Think about this, concerning Simony - How often have you seen so-called ministers of God ask for money or sell items using the pretense of the church? Turn on TBN or any other religious television programming, any day of the week, and you will most certainly find someone selling something in the name of God, using the church as a backdrop. An emotional one at that.

As a secular psychological concept, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

What is the spiritual significance of greed? If we consider the secular standpoint that ''greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves'' - this would have karmic effects. Eventually, when you take more than you need or deserve spiritually, more will be taken from you, spiritually. Our spirit guides are constantly reminding us to ''live and work within our means''. They never - ever - say or encourage us to live or work below our means or above our means. One of the greatest lessons we have learned is how important it is to actually LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS. It is as equally appalling to live BELOW your means as it is to live ABOVE them. If you have been given gifts, use them, to your full potential, but not below them and never strive to use them above your limits. You will only stress yourself out, and that causes emotional turmoil and spiritual exhaustion.

Spiritual Greed could be likened to the spritual energy vampires and those that wish to take from others energetically. Reference the following article on ''Protection'' on this forum in order to learn ways to protect yourself from spiritual greed.

''First of all, I should say that most people who are vampirised by others are typically not aware of the spirit or the energy, and would not know the difference of wether they were being vampirised by a large malicious force or of one that is tiny and insignificant. The first step in learning to protect yourself from these sorts of threats is be become aware of your general spiritual surroundings. You must first learn to sense energy before this will be possible.'' More is found in the article linked below.


Using the method described above in recognizing the spiritual energy of wrath, you will need to become keenly aware of your natural spiritual state of being. Knowing how your spirit feels when it is in a normal or neutral state will aid you in sensing changes to the energies as they happen, in regards to all of the energies we are discussing in this article. That being said, whenever I experience ''spiritual greed'' or ''energy vampirization'' I feel as though the spiritual electrical cord is being pulled, or as though there has been a power surge within my spirit. Not the power surge in a positive way, but more like a power drain. I am sure that we have all experienced the sensation, physically of being in a house or car, for that matter, when the power has begun to surge low. Perhaps someone in another room plugged in the vacuum or some other high-energy using device. It feels the same way to me, spiritually. It's as though someone has attached a vacuum to my aura and is sucking out the energy. This, in turn, causes me to want to regain or take back the energy that is being taken from me. Quite plainly, if uncontrolled and if one remains unaware, spiritual vampirism or spiritual greed directed at you, will cause you to become spiritually greedy in return. One could argue that if you are spiritually drained, you will then find it necessary to recharge and take energy back. That is correct. However, it would be best to sense it happening at the start and prevent it from draining you to the point you feel you need to ''get it back''. Using the same method as was used with recognizing the onset of wrathful energy, you will be able to counteract the negative consequences of spiritual greed.

Greed within the spiritual sphere of understanding is not confined to energy vampirization alone. Though, that is most often how you will feel it come towards you. We must also consider the spiritual effects of greed within ourselves that we send out onto others and into our auric field, much the same way as we discussed wrathful energy entering into your auric field. When you become spiritually greedy, you are creating negative energy around you. You are creating a situation where you want to control, manipulate, and design the levels of awareness of all else around you. If you were a God or Dictator of a country, this might be plausible, but in everyday life, it is not. The negative consequences are too vast to ignore. The guides tell me that those that command energy to the point of greed, become lost in the delusion of their own making. We must all understand that while energy is infinite and readily abundant, the misuse and disrespect of it has karmic effect. As was previously mentioned, when you take more than you need, you also eventually lose more than you would have. The adage, you reap what you sow is a perfect way to express this thought. Energetically and spiritually speaking, you will discover the onset of greed within your aura and it will effect your sacral chakra, as that is the chakra directly associated with desire. You can best prevent yourself from becoming a spiritually greedy, dare I say, vampire, but understanding your desires, being in direct understanding of your sacral and maintaining a balanced and spiritually strong sacral chakra.

The feeling of greed, spiritually may be difficult to convey. The feeling at it's onset, that is. Quite simply, I would say that it is the point that you feel that you don't have enough spiritual ability and desire more, is the initial onset of spiritual greed. Instead of appreciating and focusing on what you DO have, you focus on and appreciate what you CAN have. While it is healthy to desire greater and better things, the focus should be on developing those abilities through proper channels, but not by the use of greedy spritual and energetic manipulation. That is a left-hand path, or a negative, dark path of existence and I, for one, recommend no one to follow that path.

The counteract point of greed is appreciation. When you work within the abilities that you have and the understanding that you have already achieved, it is perfectly reasonable and even encouraged to desire to strengthen those. As was mentioned above, your sacral is your desire chakra, so to speak. When you focus on your own understanding and appreciation, within yourself, you will not have to have greed in order to gain stronger or even advance the abilities you already have. Working with what you have and awakening new understandings and abilities will not only effect you in a positive way, but those around you. Most people are motivated, encouraged and inspired by someone that wants to stengthen and better themselves, spiritually, physically or emotionally, to just name a few of the ways one may desire to empower themselves. If you focus real and meaningful appreciation into yourself and your existing abilities, they will only grow stronger, there is nothing else they could do, but grow stronger. As you project this into your aura and your immediate sphere of influence, you will be amazed at how much of a difference it will create in your spiritual life. The spirits themselves will become more apt and want to aid you in your spiritual endeavors. The opposite is true if you practice energy manipulation and greed. The spirits will become less likely to want to work with you. The same could be said for other people. Other people can and will sense either energy you project. Project out what you desire to come back towards yourself. If you project greed, you will get greed in return. If you project appreciation at greed coming towards you, it will turn and run away. Greed does not appreciate appreciation. Greed appreciates dissatisfaction and the desire for more. Just as you counteract wrath with peace, you counteract greed with appreciation. This is the energy you place into your auric field or sphere of consciousness.

Living and working below your means, brings us to the next item on our list.

Sloth, can be described as the failure to utilize one's talents and gifts, or spiritually, one's abilities. Further, laziness and indifference are at the heart of the matter. Since this contrasts with a more willful failure to act, sloth is often seen as being considerably less serious than the other sins, more a sin of omission than of commission.

Sloth is the neglect to take care of something that one should do. It is translated to apathetic listlessness; depression without joy. It is similar to melancholy, although sloth describes the behavior, while melancholy

suggests the emotion producing it. In early thought, the lack of joy was regarded as a wilful refusal to enjoy the goodness of God and the world God created; by contrast, apathy was considered a refusal to help others in
time of need.

Sloth and the spirit of it, work together to cause us to fall into traps ''below our means''. This is something one can combat by focus and meditation on the ''purpose of self'' - I would recommend strenghting the root chakra, so much so that your spiritual energy is strong enough to prevent you from falling below your means, or into sloth.

Energetically, the spirit of sloth enters in, especially when we are reaching a zenith or summit of ability. This spirit can be sent by others or attracted by ourselves. Very often, when the root or base is weak (unpowered or unenergized) it is very easy to allow laziness or listlessness to overcome, and in the end, reverse the positive flow of energy. Spiritually you will sense this as a ''bored'' sensation. You may become bored with or bored by the task at hand. This may also cause something similar to the symptoms and effects of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. So much so that it becomes nearly impossible to remain focused for long periods of time on one task. This is caused by spiritual weakness. No drug or medicinal technique is going to permanently remove this base and root spiritual imbalance.

Within the sphere of your personal, spiritual existence, you will feel the energy begin to wane and boredom and apathy creep in. You can combat this by keeping the focus and energy firmly concentrated on your root, or your purpose, as the root chakra or base, as it's called can be attributed. The root is your purpose. Your purpose fuels the desire, the sacral and this fuels and feeds into your stomach or instinct to act. When you have a well
running fire or furnace of purpose, the heat moves upward. Upward through the entire chakral system. One chakra very often and usually does, feed the other. They all work in unison and in support of each other. Focusing on the energy and power of your purpose, not only fuels the desire, but effects the will. Your personal will to complete the tasks you set in motion for your future. One must remain willful of desire and purpose in order for
the tendency of sloth to be controlled. Your drive and ambition must be strong enough so that you will the future reality to actually be the reality you attain.

Boredom is just one example of the early signs of sloth. It is also a very possible end result. Other signs or early warnings of this energy entering into your surroundings are disillusionment, the loss of inspiration or feeling of being uninspired, and the doubt of your purpose, the doubting of your desire and the weakening of your resolve or will. These are all things that weaken the base or root of your existence, causing the spirit of sloth to work
through them, unless controlled and combatted.

The counterpoint to sloth is action. When we are focused and centered on our purpose, goal, desire, intent and will, sloth will have no room to roam freely within. We must also be proactive in our endeavors to maintain the focus. A common sports motto is to ''keep your eye on the prize''. In spiritual senses, the prize is the forward movement of ability and the increased defenses against the negatives that mean to cause harm spiritually, physically, emotionally and - in fact - all ways. To make sure your personal surroundings, your home, your office, your environment are free of slothful energy, you must project motivational energy, inspirational drive and ambition of spirit to encourage and inspire yourself and others to take action. Very often we hear people complain about the people around them causing them to fall into listless behavior. You can and must do something about it. If you want to change the situation for the better, project the opposite of sloth, which is action. Remain active and aware of your own goals and purpose in life. Project the spirit of action onto others so they too can be aware of goals and purposes that may have long been forgotten. One of the most profound tools to inspire action is to create an atmosphere that would cause others to realize the actions they need to take to fulfill wants and desires, the purposes of existence and goals they have can be achieved. No one ever reached point B by sitting at point A, thinking of how to get there. YOu have to take action in order to move.

Pride or ''False Pride'' is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and indeed the ultimate source from which the others arise. It is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self. It is the ''I'm better than you'' mindset that is the problem. It is what is wrong with false pride. No one is truly better than anyone else. Of course, we all want to be attractive, we all want to be important and we all want our deeds and works to be acknowledged and understood. But, desiring all of those things with the mindset of being perceived as ''better than you'' is the issue at hand. In perhaps the best-known example, the story of Lucifer, pride (his desire to compete with God) was what caused his fall from Heaven, and his resultant transformation into Satan. You may or may not believe Lucifer and Satan to be the same entity, or believe the story at all - however, the consequence of pride is the same, no matter your belief. Living within your means does not include the desire to be better than everyone else. You instead would desire for everyone to be better, that is, for everyone to improve. Everyone to grow and gain knowledge, ability, attractiveness, beauty, etc - all together. Not one before the other and no one in a state of being ''better than you''. The very old adage, ''pride comes before a fall'' is very true. In regards to the previous topic of living within one's means, pride could be seen as living beyond or completely above and outside of the scope of one's means. Not only living, but thinking, acting, working, - even breathing - above your personal means, spiritual means and emotional means. To combat ''pride'' or ''the condition of residing above one's means'' - focus on and meditate on the crown. Let your consciousness and awareness remain in reality. Trust in and believe in the reality of your situation and enjoy the very real and very present state of awareness you find yourself in. If you are truly living within your means, you will come to find it to be a completely satisfying and rewarding existence to have.

Desiring the ''better than you'' or superior mindset not only causes negativity in those you have lorded yourself over, but it causes negativity within yourself as you always want to be better, stay better and pride yourself in the fact that you perceive yourself and others may even see you, as better. Eventually, someone else comes along that feels the same way you do, and then you have to maintain and compete against this other individual to be the ''better than you''. One or both or all involved will feel negativity in one way or another. You will feel the negative energy as described above and they will sense it and feel it, if not - live it - because of the condescending behavior or the superiority that has been falsely and artificially placed upon them. It is very frustrating indeed, to all parties involved.

The counterpoint to pride is humility and/or reasonable acceptance of the present reality. It is perfectly acceptible to strive for excellence, but doing so in a real and positive way. When you place false pride as your driving factor or force, you create an environment detrimental to yourself and others. For one, false pride creates delusion and misunderstanding. You not only misunderstand who and what you are actually are, but others around you may fall into or become trapped by the delusion you present as the representation of yourself. You may fall into the delusion yourself. If you live a life that does not present the real ''you'', you live in delusion. It is that simple. False pride is delusion. Even if you never have to compete with another for the position of top dog, you will eventually get the perverbial short end of the stick. For the delusion you created for yourself will always eventually show it's ugly head, even if it's simply you looking at yourself in the mirror. To have humility in all things, thoughts, actions, and self means to know that there are no ''better than yous''. It is to know you are not better than anyone else, and that no one is better than you. If you are in an environment that creates a prime breeding ground of false pride, then you need to project humility and humbleness of spirit into your sphere of existence. Project reasonable understanding and the spirit of cooperation and working together. Working with others, instead of lording over them is key. Cooperation and mutual respect and understanding will create a positive spiritual environment so that your goals and ambitions may be correctly realized in a true way. When you create an atmosphere of cooperation, you are projecting the need to lift and raise each other up to the peak of ability and always striving to raise that peak higher. Not just for yourself, but for all others involved. The spirit of cooperation stems from humility and the desire to create a happy and productive environment. An environment all involved can be proud of. The opposite of false pride is true pride. Pride in oneself is not a negative. When one can stand up and be proud of his or her life and actions and know that they have not created or caused others to stumble and fall and prevented themselves from stumbling and falling along the way, they have lived a good and honest life. One of the most inspiring and motivational parts of existence is kenship. Others working towards the same goals, working within the same energy and spirit towards the same end. (part 2 follows)

Re: Seven Deadly Sins
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(part 2)

Lust or lechery is usually thought of as excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature. The problem with this is, it's purely physical. It's the sexual desire and satisfaction it gives without regard to emotional or spiritual fulfillment. Living a lustful life is dangerous as it can set you up on the course of emotional destruction. Sexual desire and sexual need are perfectly normal and healthy and even encouraged, but sex with only the purpose to achieve orgasm is empty, ultimately unfilling and leaves a void in the emotions that cause spiritual regression. When we create voids in any area of existence (emotional, physical or spiritual) the other areas try to fill in the void, or the gaps. This, in turn, usually creates gaps or holes in the other areas and the others work to fill in *those* gaps - and the cycle continues, forever and ever, without ceasing. This is one of the, if not -the- prime reason for achieving balance in one's full self. When the sexual act is performed, whether it's with another person or with yourself lusting after a fantasy, a cord is created to that entity or energy. Many spiritualists know of this cord as a soul tie. When you strictly endeavor to fulfill the physical act for pleasure or purely physical need, you are creating a tie to another. The emotions must also be fulfilled, but if you spend your existence living in one-night-stands or fuel your sacral desires with pornographic fantasy, you are creating ties or cords that can not be nourished and maintained by the emotional connection. To further elaborate on the negative implications of one night stands, when you connect with someone out of lustful energy, fulfill your physical desire and then move on about your life, forever mentally forgetting about the person you spent your night of passion with, you must know that you created a soul tie to them. They will forever be connected and linked to you, spiritually. When you leave, your emotions were not fulfilled, just as when you leave, their emotions were not fulfilled. You will then find yourself having to have *another* one night stand to temporarily correct the imbalance you subconsciously know you have, but consciously refuse to admit. It's a temporary fix to a very permanent and natural desire. Some say the counterpoint to lust is chastity. While that may be true for some, the real counterpoint is love and emotional connection with someone you can engage in the passion of the your desires. You will create a cord, no doubt, but in the case of love and lust within passionate desire with an ongoing and emotional connection, you are able to nourish and develop the bond that it creates. There is a saying,''it takes two to tango'' - yes it does, try sometime to tango with just yourself and the delusional fantasy of another, you would appear most clumsy and peculiar, and in the end would realize your were dancing without a partner, and ultimately discover the loneliness that creates.

Lust is not always sexual in nature, it can be the lust of anything, you are welcomed to fill in that blank. Lust most often is characterized by an imbalance in one's Sacral or Sexual Chakra. To be very honest and open, in order to control lust or ''lust within one's means'' it is important to engage in healthy sexual activity that is fulfilling emotionally, physically and spiritually. If one desires something they can not attain, such as the fantasy of pornography, the desire of another person already committed to someone else (coveting), or severe and hypercharged sexual prowess and seductive powers, in the sense that it becomes the only force of energy that you focus on --that is living beyond or above sexual means, creating a lustful atmosphere and energy field detrimental to their spiritual and emotional well-being. That is to say, when sex and the desire to have it, are your *only* focus, it's a negative as the other components of existence are being ignored and neglected. To correct this imbalance and regain the ability to live within your ''lustful means'', meditate and focus on the Sacral. Discover what is your sexual and lustful means and stay within that. If you find yourself moving towards delusion and/or fantasy, meditate again. Become very attuned to your own sexual awareness and understanding. You may find there is a plethora of sexual opportunity waiting for you and available to you that remains completely within your means. Lust is very much related to greed, envy and pride. In fact, all three of the other ''deadly sins'' and their respective counterpoints would apply to the spirit of lust. Many spiritualists utilize sexual energy in their spiritual work. Especially practicioners of energy and ritualistic magic. If one's sexual chakra, or sacral, is out of balance, creating delusion and pride in sexual energy, that is lust and must be controlled.

You will feel the spirit of lust come on in the manner of insatiable desire and perverse passion. That is what lust is - perverse passion. We can combat this negative by focusing on the reality of what is positively possible. That is to say, what is possible within the scope of a positive reality. If the sacral is correctly empowered and maintained through direct meditation spiritually, correct and appropriate satisfaction gained physically and emotions that correspond to love, lust will cease to cause negativity within yourself and the sphere of existence you radiate. You must project loving passion and desire in your immediate surroundings to repel the energy of lust in yourself and those around you. Become a magnet of love and love will come to you. The love you attract will always be much more satisfying than the temporary delusion of lust and the falseness it will provide.

When you feel the spirit of lust approaching and it has not yet reached you or manifested within your sphere of existence, it will seem as though you *only* need to use your body or the body of another to satisfy your desires. This blinds us to the fact that we need the emotional satisfaction as well. To counteract lust when it enters the auric sphere, you need to project the understanding of the need for the emotional aspect to be fulfilled. By doing so, you would complete or transform the spirit of lust into the spirit of passion in a positive, loving way that works to build the emotional ties with another. This is simply the realization that you need the emotional ties to exist within your life and within the life of another. This is the realization of what you want and why the spirit of lust appeared in the first place.

Lust - while negative in itself, is not a spirit to be repelled, but transformed by the coming together of another spirit with your own. It is not as simple as using your body to fulfill a carnal desire, that is not what stems lust. When ''two become one'' - it is two individuals creating an emotional, physical and spiritual cord, or soul tie with each other. It is the hope that this connection will be a permanent one that is constantly energizing and building upon itself. This is true emotional, sexual fulfillment.

Envy may be characterized by an extreme dissatisfaction with oneself or what one perceives they can not have. Those who suffer envy resent that another person has something they perceive themselves as lacking, and wish the other person to be deprived of it. Envy can be directly related to the Ten Commandments, specifically ''Neither shall you desire... anything that belongs to your neighbour''. Envy is acting upon the delusion that you do not have everything you need, remaining dissatisfied in what you actually do have, and associating your dissatisfaction with what others have. Envy is a very solid and near perfect example of the desire and need to ''live outside of your means''. Envious behavior combines dissatisfaction with the overwhelming need to have ''more''. As has been mentioned several times within this article, living within your means is something that has been instilled in us by our guides. It is very important to not have jealously, envy, or hate of and for another because their means are seemingly different than your own. The neighbor may indeed have a car you want, or the house you want or the job your want, the mate, the look, etc, etc. But, with that, they also have the car payment, the house payment, stresses of the job you may not be aware of, difficulties or persistent emotional issues with the mate, etc. The neighbor or friend or relative you may be envious of, may also be existing outside of their means and may, consequently, suffer for it. It is dangerous to wish you had this and that, because there are usually consequences to having anything or anyone that is outside of your reach or your means. Do you seriously want to desire to have something that may in fact cause you emotional, phyiscal, financial or spiritual harm?

Envy can be controlled and brought back into the reality of your means by focusing on your Solar Plexus (stomach or intuition) - Instinctively or intuitively you already know what it is that you need. If you are meditating and becoming one with your needs, you will be able to remain focused on what actually is satisfying to you and be able to enter into a state of appreciation for what you already have. Conversely, if you are living below your means and very well *could* have whatever it is that you are envious of, then that is something only you can control (see sloth). If it is within your means, strive to do it.

Envy is the main cause of resentment. You may resent yourself or those around you (neighbors, coworkers, family members).

You will sense envy coming towards you spiritually by the feeling of dissatisfaction entering your sphere of existence. The counterpoint of envy is appreciation. Being glad for what you already have, who you already are and where you are already going. Appreciating the state of your life in all ways and improving and strenghtening those areas you can, while remaining positive and mindful of the satisfaction of your present reality.

If there is honest dissatisfaction or need in your life, realize the things you want, the desires you have and work within your ability to create the satisfaction within yourself and others. Project the energy of ''I Can Have'' instead of ''I Don't Have'' --- What you want, you can have, but you need to be willing to work towards it and for it in a positive way, remaining thankful for all that you have already been given or achieved.

The spirit of envy comes in as a blinder of what you can achieve, or the position in life that is possible for you to attain. Envy stems from a sense of despair. Those that are full of envy become desparate to have something and think irrationally about what they perceive they can't have or achieve. Envy comes in to create the need for more of what is then perceived as not being had. To repel this spirit, open up the connection to the future and show yourself what you can and will have. Hope and trust or faith in yourself and the future reality are the quickest and surest ways to defeat the spirit and effects of envy.

Project a spirit of appreciation for yourself and for all that you do have. Project appreciation for others, for those you love and appreciation for your goals, desires and the future you are working to create. By projecting appreciation, you are creating energy around you in your sphere of existence that becomes a natural defense against falling into the trap and delusion of envy.

Gluttony, by physical standards is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of a person's detriment. However, the true defintion as it relates to spirituality would define gluttony as the act of temporarily satisfying your issues over and over and over again, without addressing the emotional, spiritual and physical issues that require a permanent solution. It is the delusion that the continuous use of temporary fixes help a person to ignore the real, underlying issue that need a permanent and real solution.

Most people throughout history have associated gluttony with overeating. This is but one example. Gluttony could be considered ''eating outside of your means''... The most obvious negative impact this has is obesity and disease. Not to mention waste, overspending, etc. This is a health concern, physically speaking. Overconsumption, overeating, excessive drinking, drug use, etc are due to emotional imbalances. The reason, the why of it, the glutton is temporarily creating content because of chemical reactions within the brain. However, the source of discontent is from a higher emotional issue. The act of gluttony causes one to ignore their emotional needs. If your emotional state is such that you do not have the urge to overeat or abuse drugs or alcohol, etc for the purpose of releasing hormones into the brain and body that make you ''feel good'' you will be able to avoid gluttony. Understand your emotional needs and ''feel within your emotional means''. No amount of food, drugs, alcohol or sex, even, is going to make up for incorrect emotional balance and understanding. Understand your emotions and be able to express them freely. If you are in a situation that prevents you from being able to do so, change it. Our spirit guides have repeatedly told us that gluttony, obesity and overweight are all caused by incorrect emotional balances, or emotional imbalance. Such as retaining your emotions, resentment, being offended, etc. On the physical level, the emotional unbalance manifests as the retention of water. The fat cells are expanded within the body to retain and hold the water manifested by unbalanced and incorrect emotions. The heart chakra is the emotional center. Of course, many other areas of your life can and do effect your emotions. It may be important in this regard to perform whole body (full chakra) cleansings and understanding. Start with the crown and work down to your feet. Cleanse the negativity and be sure to give extra attention to the heart and emotions.

One must be aware of their emotions and how they feel. You must be aware of why you feel as you do and why you need an emotional substitute, whether it be food or drugs or any other substance. It is of the utmost importance to understand why you have a need to feel better or change your mentality in the first place.

The capacity to make life choices and change your life within your actions, thoughts and deeds can be achieved. You can create a situation emotionally, spiritually and physically for yourself that will cause fulfillment without artificial means.

Spritually, you will sense gluttony enter into your sphere of existence by the feeling of lack. If you do not address what you lack emotionally or spiritually or physically, the lack will certainly become a life-force of it's own and make you aware of it, and usually in a negative fashion, all those that love you and care about you, will become acutely familiar with it. When you become the alcoholic, drug user, overeater, sex-maniac, etc - it will be very obvious to all those that care about you and love you that there is clearly something wrong. Something is lacking. Fulfillment is not being achieved naturally.

To counter gluttony, you must project a recognition of the lack you have. If your emotions are lacking, then project out what you lack. It will come back to you. For example, if you feel emotionally that you lack love, then project love - it will come back to you. If your physical existence is lacking, for instance - food - express that you are hungry, you will be fed. If you are lacking spiritually, and desire more spiritual ability - whatever that ability may be - make it known. Become intune with the spirits, or someone that can help you on your spiritual journey. The spirits are ready and willing to assist, whenever you ask. In all endeavors, whatever they may be - physical, emotional or spiritual, make sure they are serious and genuine. Remaining as honest and open with all things is key to overcoming lack. There is an article on this forum entitled ''ASK'' - Ask and you shall receive, Seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened. But, you have to act. Sitting around knowing you are in need and lacking of something is not enough. You must act to change the lack and overcome the lack with recognition.

I hope this helps anyone in need of correcting the negative influences in life. One of the most important things our spirits have shared with us is the concept of 'Living within your means'' --- Never live below them, never live above them, always live within them.


The following are purely informational and/or for entertainment purposes. I find them all to be interesting, at least. If you want to only understand within the realm of spirituality, stop here.

Dante wrote much on the seven deadly sins. In the most famous example to cover this idea is Dante's Inferno. Below are snippets of what Dante as well as what St. Thomas Aquinas had to say.

Wrath - Dante described wrath or vengeance as ''love of justice perverted to revenge and spite''.

Greed -In Dante's Purgatory, the penitents were bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts.

Pride - Dante's definition was ''love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one's neighbour.'' In Dante's Divine Comedy, the penitents were forced to walk with stone slabs bearing down on their backs to induce feelings of humility.

Lust - In Dante's ''Inferno'', unforgiven souls of the sin of lust are blown about in restless hurricane-like winds symbolic of their own lack of self control to their lustful passions in earthly life.

Envy - Dante defined this as ''a desire to deprive other men of theirs.'' In Dante's Purgatory, the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low. Aquinas described envy as ''sorrow for another's good''.

Lust - Thomas Aquinas went so far as to prepare a list of six ways to commit gluttony, including:

Praepropere - eating too soon.
Laute - eating too expensively.
Nimis - eating too much.
Ardenter - eating too eagerly (burningly).
Studiose - eating too daintily (keenly).
Forente - eating wildly (boringly).

Below are the negative influences with their positive counterparts, as it relates to Christianity:
Lust - Chastity
Gluttony - Temperance
Greed - Charity
Sloth - Diligence
Wrath - Patience
Envy - Kindness
Pride - Humility

For those of you that study demonology, below are the seven with their demonic ties - according to mainly Christian demonology:
Lucifer: Pride (superbia)
Mammon: Greed (avaritia)
Asmodeus: Lust (luxuria)
Leviathan: Envy (invidia)
Beelzebub: Gluttony (gula or gullia)
Satan/Amon: Wrath (ira)
Belphegor: Sloth (acedia)

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Caperious and I co-wrote this so if you have questions feel free to message either one of us. =]

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indulgence intead of abstinence,is the first words i think of,you say we cant do anything of the above,because of what,that someone says we cant,pffft,a sheep follows his shepard ,why,i will tell you why its because they are programed from birth to do this,humans forget where they come from,their carnal instints,i for one think that we should live how we want to live without,fear of wrath over our heads,to know the truths and not lies of stories past down getting changed evrytime,where has idaviduality gone,why should i for one conform to heresay of whatsomone says is true,people have an ego it is their own blueprint,unique,idavidual, iff i conformed to society i woul not be an indavidual,i would be a robot,programed to do what ever anyone wanted me to,no thankyou not for me,i want to lead my life how i want not by any other means,i am my own master,i do what i will,when i want ,who says you cant do this you cant do that,usually comes from an oppreser,who dont want anyone to think for themselves,to gain knowlege,and to have fun. HAIL SATAN

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I'm sorry if the format offended you! It is in no way telling you how you should live. :P This article is designed to help you find happiness. If you think that it is meant to oppress, perhaps you did not read it?

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And for your information... in the article itself here is what it has to say about abstinence:

"Some say the counterpoint to lust is chastity. While that may be true for some, the real counterpoint is love and emotional connection with someone you can engage in the passion of the your desires"

Therefore, you are encouraged to indulge as long as it is within a fulfilling way which is going to make you happy- which is within the realization that you need love!

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This was fantastic! I learned so much about myself and what I need to do to make myself more whole spiritually. I never even thought of the sins as being related to chakras.

I, for one, will be putting these ideas to work.

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Wrath can be useful in some senses. It gives us the ability to push ourselves harder than we could normally handle. It also allows us to connect to a more human part of ourselves.

Not only this, but wrath in the protection and/or retribution for attacks against the ones we love is well within reason to me.

If someone you love is in danger, why give their enemy the chance to harm them or harm them again.

Wrath can also be level headed if controlled.

In these cases, I can see wrath as a help, not a hinderance.


Greed can beneficial if used properly, just as wrath can. If you have a certain amount of greed, you may never go hungry, as you will always have something to eat, or money to buy it with.

As for disloyalty and betrayal...iy is only such if you places loyalty to those you betray. Using others for personal gain isn't as bad or as wrong as you would think. The loyalty I have is for very few people. It is for family and friends only. Other than that, I am loyal only to myself, and I will use others to achieve my ends if I so wish to.

Then again, I am probably not the most moral person in the world, but then again, I have met worse. Lol.

Also, who says what we need or deserve? I would rather be greedly and stock up extra for winter, then not and risk starving.

Also, I think people should always strive to be better than they are. If you don't, you will never go anywhere in life to be honest. Lol. Evolution is based on becoming better than you were, and I mean this both spiritually and otherwise. How will you know you have reached your full potential until you push for it?

Also, who is to say we are all not gods? We can be our own gods if we so choose to be.

Also, taking energy from other places and from people is something everyone does. When you have a conversation, an energy exchange occurs. Not only this, but in some cases, taking more than you need is a protective measure.

As for walking down dark paths, if we never experience darkness, we never know light.


Sometimes, by not doing things, we take actions that would otherwise be bad for ourselves.

Also, taking breaks is healthy for people.

Doubt can lead us along different life paths, even better ones. We do not know what will happen if we take one path or the other. Well, not for sure. One can be more beneficial, and one less, but if we look at it and look at all the possibilities, we can get an idea of this.

Doubts also give us a pausing point that can allow us to go on even stronger than before.


Loving the self in smaller portions is good. Also...sometimes you are superior to others. I believe in humans being superior to each other, and in the same moment, inferior. We are naturally inequal, but that doesn't make us the same. All of us are the same. If only because we are human. So, seeing superiority where it is is natural. Lol.

Also, in some tales, Lucifer didn't want to compete with god, it was rather to compete with man. ;)

Oh, and Satan and Lucifer are totally different angels in the bible. The names are just commonly interchanged.

Also, pride pushes us to succeed. So, once again, this is natural and linked to evolvtion as well as the captialist system while I'm at it. ;)

Very few people live lives that present the real them. We all have masks we wear, just some are better than others.


Lust is actually a lovely thing. It doesn't always lead to self destruction of the body. By worshiping your body linked with the body of anothers and the acts that come from that, it can be a very fulfilling experience. It really depends on how you look at lust.

Oh and ties to people can be cut.

Oh, and fantasy can be fun. It can add spice to a possibly boring or going downhill relationship. ;)


Envy is also useful as it provides a wish for evolution and moving up in the world. So...once again, natural.

Also, I tend to think the "living within our means" is more instilled to us by society, rather than by our guides. Thus far mine has yet to tell me not to push myself. Neither has my higher self so...yeah. Don't think that so much.


Sometimes, for a permanent fix you need to temporarily fix the problem. ;)

Also, sometimes the gluttonous things you listed aren't due to anything you listed, but rather are a simple addiction. Not everyone drinks because mommy didn't give them enough hugs as a child.

Oh, and not everything you send out into the world comes back to you. Sometimes, good or bad just happens and it is because of no one or nothing. Lol.

And you don't always get what you ask for in life. Or the starving people of the world would have food as I am sure they asked for it. ;)

The replies...

Gotta go with the dew on this one. Indulgence is part of yourselves and it is natural. By trepressing these natural instincts, we make ourselves out to be other than what we are.

Furthermore, you assume you know what will lead us to happiness. Neither are you an expert on it as you are not old and wizened, nor are you one as it seems you have not studied humanity, but rather you have asked others and/or taken others opinions on this. We are not spirits until we die, and therefore their "ways to happiness" will not work for us as we are still earthly beings. Furthermore, how do they know what is best for us? Even spirits are flawed.


Oh and as a final note...all this love crud made me wanna puke. Just letting you know. ^___^

Oh, and at the core these are all the same dang thing so the writing format was tedious and wasteful at best. Sorry, just needed to say it after I spent so much time reading the dang thing. By the time I got to gluttony...I wanted to throw something at you. Lol. Next time, fewer words, same meaning. ;)

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pwallas23 - I'm glad that you were able to learn from it! We wanted to inform people on a more human element to negativity, as far as our lives go, in correlation to the spirit. =]

Sekhmet- I must be plain. It sounds to me as if you are responding to your own ideas of what these words mean in many parts of your post. And the fact that you disagreed with every single part indicates that you are either 1. simply being antagonistic or 2. are a believer in misdeed and imbalance. Caper and I made very plain what exactly we were referring to in this post. Also, part of the intention for this post is in regards to a spiritual mindset- for example. The spirit of wrath is what causes people to act violently, etc. You argue that what if you are proteting another from that same spirit or misdeed? Well, here is my answer. You do not require the spirit of wrath in order to protect. As far as revenge goes, this has its own negative element and indicates a non-understanding of the inner emotional state of others. Now, you may want to do what you can to help someone see the error in their ways, and this is good, it is a form of love to want others to grow. However, to simply punish someone is wrong, and can make their own negativity worse, not to mention yours. Also- in your replies. You mentioned reppresion of natural instincts? It was clearly laid out here how you could live in a positive way in order to not experience things such as repression, suppression, etc. As far as everything being the same thing goes, it really isnt! Caperius and I both looked over and carefully revised every single sentence in the entire thread. It took us 16 hours or so. We know what is in it. There are definately differences and if you think it is all the same then you must have read it with prejudice instead of reading it for what it is.

As far as 'assuming' I know what happiness is. You are assuming that I dont :P Besides, I am human, of course I know how to be happy. I also co-wrote this with Caperius, it isnt just my message. Also, we used our guides help in order to make sure its all correct, and my spirit guide has been my guide for 400 years. He lived his own physical lives before that. Liing many lives of your own, remembering them all, and then guiding at least 4 lives of someone else would most certainly give you quite a bit of experience. You make a lot of false statements in your reply, such as: Living within our means is instilled by society? Really? I mean, come on. Society wants us to work, work, work, and then spend, spend, spend! And then go to church to donate the rest. Society does not give us a focus on our emotions, or our spirit. Society encourages us to live in every way BUT within our means! "Thus far mine has yet to tell me not to push myself. Neither has my higher self so...yeah. Don't think that so much." Pushing yourself can be part of living within your means if it is within your means to push yourself and retain the baance between your spiritual self, physical self, and emotional self. Therefore, why exactly are you making that statement again? You really need to read the whole thing over again without preconceptions if you want to gain anything from it. :P

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I have one more thing to add- the spirits themselves who encompas what Caper and I have described do not have your better interest. They are spirits of negativity which seek destruction. More specifically, our destruction. This article is here to help explain how to keep them out of our lives, and also how to project their opposing forces towards them so that they do not effect or affect the lives of those around us (thus our lives)

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