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:
''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)