One of the things which comes out of this viewing for me is how easy it is in films to pick out and fight what is “evil”. Sure, there’s the major theme of Harry and Dumbledore being “prophets without honour”, and the campaign by the Ministry to hide the truth of Voldemort’s actions, but the actions Voldemort takes are clearly “harmful”, “evil”, “destructive” (whatever label you wish to use). (The actions of the Umbridge and the Ministry are also, shall we say, “questionable”.)
In the real world, the office bully, the bigot who’s bigotry manifests against someone lacking in social power or influence (e.g., women, a member of a minority ethnic or religious group, a lesbian or a trans person in an office) or the small-minded person who tries to force others to live in ways the small-minded person considers “traditional” etc – THESE are the people who are doing evil. THESE are the people who are ACTIVELY creating and using energy and spells (no matter that they may not know they are doing so, or not be aware consciously of magic or nonphysical energy – or even consciously oppose magic etc) to do harm. The harm they are doing is to the individuals they are targeting, and to other sentient life (by creating fear, the feelings that go with being on the end of discrimination, by harming “group souls” ** through harming one of that group soul’s members, and by slowing, harming or reversing evolution/growth generally [if you want an example of this, look at the discuission about social conflict in the 1960s at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8-Circuit_Model_of_Consciousness***), and to this planet that we live on and should revere (by creating harmful energies and slowing, harming or reversing evolution/growth generally – and that makes the chances of doing something constructive about problems such as global warming MUCH harder).
It’s far less spectacular proposition than the sort of struggle in Harry Potter, but what the world needs is just as determined a campaign against the everyday harm bringer, such as the office bully etc. It is also worth keeping in mind that such people are connected together through means they are unaware of – group minds, the collective unconscious, unconscious psychic connections to the like minded, and so forth.
Of course, all those connections are available to those who would like to make the world a more GENUINELY caring, loving, tolerant, inclusive place – AND we have the advantage of consciously being aware of all this, and predisposed towards developing and using such abilities in accordance with moral codes such as the Wiccan Rede (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiccan_Rede), the Golden Rule (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethic_of_reciprocity), etc. When I use Rampa’s alternate nostril breathing or any of the other techniques for developing my psychic and/or spiritual abilities, or stand up to the office bully, or campaign for human rights, I am actively working to improve this world on many levels. (I sometimes have to remind myself of this, as when I am struggling against yet another bigot or bully, it would be so much easier to just go round the problem: but that leaves them to potentially harm others.)
As Gandhi said, be the change you wish to see.
Given that I started this while watching “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” (which I’m still fitting in! Ah, the joys of being able to do two things at once, eh?), let’s consider a typical day and how Harry might connect to it. I would start that day with some of the prayers for protection I mentioned in http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/11/protection.html, including specific mention of protection at work. When I get to work, I will “flame” (visualise heat and light cleansing my aura and my environment), check for any obvious problems (there are always some psychic problems because of the levels of stress we work under – and even the boredom some of the junior engineers there experience until they have work can be a problem), and I might even try expelliarmus on problem people to remove energies/things (I use the generic term “unit”) they are using against others, then stupefy to neutralise those units, and then some of the conventional clearing techniques I have written about in http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/06/workshop-on-past-lives-part-1-working.html and http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/06/workshop-on-past-lives-part-2.html (these posts include flaming, grounding and protection). I am also considering working out a way to use revelio to help confirm who I need to be careful of (beyond just using my normal sensing): the 2nd word is something I will have to work on: maybe captio or inutilis or adversarius (browse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spells_in_Harry_Potter for a few ideas on new spells: after all, every spell once started somewhere J; I also use Welsh when working with magic – see http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/06/corrected-druid-invocationdevocation.html).
Now, a few cautions: read http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/11/emotions-and-spellcraft.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/11/families-funerals-and-bev-brock.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/10/judging-others.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/10/them-and-us.html and http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/10/anger-is-noit-emotion.html before you try any of this. You need to be VERY sure that you are not the problem owing to your own lack of perspective or personal problems (such as discomfort with your own shadow self). Some of the personal mental/emotional torments that Harry experiences in “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” are exactly the sort of thing which can and does happen at the psychic hands of those who wish the sort of evil I am writing about in this article.
and the books of Lobsang Rampa (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobsang_Rampa and http://www.lobsangrampa.net/ and http://www.karenmutton.com/rampa/intro.htm)