The Danger of Becoming the Darkness When Fighting the Dark Side

Seeing dark global agendas stream rolling over goodness, truth, and freedom throughout the world is more than enough to make anyone feel angry, negative, and even enraged. We as a humanity, along with all our rights, are under siege and the most common response to being attacked is either through anger and aggression, or fear and retreat—which is based on a raw fight or flight reaction. While it sometimes seems there is no other way to respond, there is a danger of becoming the very thing we’ve set out to defeat if we act through aggression or hatred in any way.

Instead, there is another way of responding in which we are still able to stand and defend ourselves against darkness, but do so from a place of consciousness within. It has been taught since ancient times and even the Jedi knights of the Star Wars movie series used it. It requires an inner discipline and gives access to the intelligence and power of love, something crucial to defeating attacks from darkness.

Anger leads to the dark side

Remember the famous scene from the movie Return of the Jedi in which Luke Skywalker faces his father Darth Vader in battle.

The evil Sith Lord Sidious encourages Luke to fight his father using aggression and hatred. Sidious cunningly knows that even while Luke fights against evil, if he does so by using hatred, then Luke is already succumbing to the dark side because hatred and anger are of the very nature of darkness itself. The inter-dimensional entities behind the dark agenda taking over the world, like the Sith of Star Wars, tap into the power of the dark side of “the force”, which is light—the substance of the universe and creation—but inverted, using hatred instead of love (that’s why when you see symbols of the light inverted, you know black magicians are likely to be behind it).

Luke must struggle to contain his own rage and instead use the light side of “the force” which is love. Thus he becomes a true Jedi, as one who opposes evil but does so from a place of love, not hatred, and would rather die than go to the dark side.

A similar theme is used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien where characters are put to the test by being tempted with the power of the ring, which would give them access to the vast powers of darkness, enabling them to at last liberate themselves and their people from the evil that seeks to enslave them all. As in Star Wars, the heroes and heroines of the story must resist wishing to fight “the dark side” by using the power of the darkness and instead use the powers of light, such as love, courage, and true friendship. Those who succumb to fighting darkness using dark powers become the very evil they originally set out to destroy.

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The character Boromir in the movie Lord of the Rings, who is tempted by the dark powers offered by a supernatural evil ring. Each character in the story is symbolically tested by being exposed to the ring, which brings out the desire hidden within humans for greed, selfishness, power and control through force and dominance.

Both Lucas and Tolkien studied ancient religions and spiritual teachings, and brought into popular culture the essence of the struggle between good and evil found in the messages of Jesus, Krishna, and Lao-tzu.

Hatred eventually turns us against one another

While it can feel totally justified to be insulting, hateful and resentful to those who attack and hurt us, feeding ill will and hatred, even towards the most treacherous criminal on earth, feeds the energy of hatred within nevertheless, and that rage grows the more it’s fed like a beast that starts getting out of control. There can even be a sense of satisfaction in denigrating and hurting those who harm us; many, having a sense of powerlessness at those whose actions decrease the freedom of humanity, resort to taking their anger and frustration out in various ways.

As harmless as this venting seems, feeding anger within is ultimately harmful to the one getting angry and taking enjoyment from hurting others is at its core something demonic. Those demonic entities behind the dark global agenda take pleasure from the suffering of others, and anyone who feeds this goes into the dark side no matter how altruistic their aim. This rage can easily turn people against one another, even within those who are active in the struggle for truth, as anger becomes more easily inflamed and starts attacking anyone who disagrees, creating infighting and disharmony amongst those who are supposedly meant to be instilling higher principles in the world. Wherever this kind of division exists, there can be no effective fight back against darkness.

Notice in the above scene taken from Lord of the Rings, how the power of darkness seems to feed off the anger between those who would do good. J.R.R. Tolkien wove an incredible metaphorical story about all the races of earth needing to work together to battle a growing dark agenda.

So, can we really win this battle, or any for that matter, with anger? If we pit ourselves against the hatred of those who enslave us through using our own hateful energy, it could turn us into the very thing we are fighting against. And what is the battle for anyway if we end up spending our lives in angry embitterment?

Passive observers stay calm but without growing

Acting from a point of integrity within, whilst in the thick of a war between good and evil, is extremely difficult to say the least, as the urges of the animalistic drives instinctively and compulsively arise, eclipsing consciousness as they do. Opposing evil can bring out some of the most raw and vicious psychological responses within a human being, including the wish to wreak revenge, to see others suffer, and to brutally kill. Many retreat from the opposition to evil and the responses it brings up, and instead hold onto a sense of peace by simply avoiding all conflict and by not getting involved. Well-wishing and praying for a good outcome, safely from the sidelines, is easy; likewise it is easy for people like this to look and feel superior to those going through the psychological responses actively opposing evil brings.

But the wish for a better world has to translate into action, which means that we actually have to get out and do things. If we value light, truth, and goodness we also have a duty to defend it against darkness, as without that defense, goodness would simply be eradicated from the earth by the plans of evil. By doing so, those who oppose evil must confront their true self as it is only in facing opposition that the dark side of our own psychology emerges and can thus be seen and changed; much of the battle is overcoming the darkness within and this is what leads to real inner change and spiritual growth.

Ancient sacred texts reveal the philosophy of action without hatred

One of the most powerful teachings in the world on this subject is the famous text the Bhagavad Gita in which Krishna reveals a series of profound truths to prince Arjuna on the nature of reality before they set out to battle in the Kurukshetra war. It expounds an incredible philosophy, found echoed in the Jedi of Star Wars, on opposing darkness from a place of compassion and detachment. In it, neither running away and avoiding it, or fighting with hatred and rage, is the right course of action—instead Krishna teaches Arjuna what is called the Path of Right Action.


Krishna as charioteer and guide, leads Arjuna out onto the battlefield to fight in the war of good against evil.

Anger induces delusion; delusion, loss of memory; through loss of memory, reason is shattered; and loss of reason leads to destruction. But the self-controlled soul, who moves amongst sense objects, free from either attachment or repulsion, he wins eternal Peace. Having attained Peace, he becomes free from misery; for when the mind gains peace, right discrimination follows.
~ Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita

A similar philosophy is found in the ancient Chinese text the Tao Te Ching:

Unevolved people are eager to act out of strength, but a person of Tao values peace and quiet. He knows that every being is born of the womb of Tao. This means that his enemies are his enemies second, his own brothers and sisters first. Thus he resorts to weapons only in the direst necessity, and then uses them with utmost restraint. He takes no pleasure in victory, because to rejoice in victory is to delight in killing. Whoever delights in killing will not find success in this world.
~ Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching

Jesus was also depicted in the Gospels as someone who opposed darkness, yet at the same time did so from a place of love.

Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.
~ Jesus, Matthew 5:43

Love is a state of being within; to feel love for those who hurt us, to harbor no resentments or ill will towards anyone, no matter what they have done, is difficult to achieve but something very worthwhile, as it then allows us to keep love as a permanent state of being rather than a feeling that arises only around selective people at selective times.

The power of love and consciousness

Sometimes it seems like there is no other way than to use anger, insults, and reactions in the struggle for truth, freedom, and justice. However, love and justice can’t just be the end goal to be accomplished by whatever means. If so, they will only ever stay as an ideal that cannot be reached—to be achieved they must also BE the means.

Being able to deal with those involved in harmful activities in a conscious, just and detached way allows the intelligence of love to emerge and for us to be more effective in our actions. Whilst anger and hatred makes us compulsive, reactive and violent, detachment and consciousness enables us to perceive a situation clear of the cloudiness of emotion and to act in the best way. It is possible to have a sense of love towards those who have hurt us, whilst still acting justly to defend ourselves against them. In this way love becomes a permanent state and way of being rather than just a fleeting feeling.

Love is often seen as something sappy and weak, whilst aggression gives someone the appearance of strength and courage. However, it can be surprising to find out that it is quite the opposite: true love comes from the consciousness within and gives real courage, strength and intelligence that does not depend on external things and gives the ability to endure even the greatest hardships, whilst aggression only puffs up someone who may ultimately be very weak within—controlled by the extremes of anger and fear that are completely dependent on outside circumstances.

To defend goodness against evil is so important and a wonderful thing, but ultimately, if we don’t free ourselves from our own anger, hatred and resentments, whoever they are held towards in our lives, then we will lose the war within. As found in many ancient sacred teachings, the battle in the truest sense, is the one against the darkness inside us, which is the purpose behind the timeless struggle between good and evil in the world anyway.

Lara Atwood

By |2018-06-30T13:04:30+00:00February 8th, 2014|the war on consciousness|73 Comments

About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.


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  2. Lili August 30, 2015 at 3:53 am - Reply

    I reread this article and the last paragraph speaks to me..I kept reading it over and over.

    ‘To defend goodness against evil is so important and a wonderful thing, but ultimately, if we don’t free ourselves from our own anger, hatred and resentments, whoever they are held towards in our lives, then we will lose the war within. As found in many ancient sacred teachings, the battle in the truest sense, is the one against the darkness inside us.’

    I can see how easy it is to be angry than to fight the anger within. I wonder, is it possible for someone to become dark while fighting the darkness within ?

  3. Michelle August 1, 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Hi Lara,

    I came back to this article to gain a bit more understanding about defending. It is really helpful. You clearly explain the two extremes, on one side we fall into anger and become the darkness while trying to fight it. On the other side we avoid conflict and don’t defend. The part that stood out to me the most was:

    …This rage can easily turn people against one another, even within those who are active in the struggle for truth, as anger becomes more easily inflamed and starts attacking anyone who disagrees, creating infighting and disharmony amongst those who are supposedly meant to be instilling higher principles in the world. Wherever this kind of division exists, there can be no effective fight back against darkness.

    How do we become unified enough to fight back against darkness? What steps can we take?

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  6. Patricia November 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara for adding some more clarity to this recently revised article (along with many others). I’ve read this article so many times and each time I get something new from it but most of all I find it to be a source of inspiration that gives me hope. It’s also a great reminder about the powerful force of love and the use of our consciousness to help us in times of great diffculty and internal strife.

  7. Norma Merino September 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND LOVE AND BLESSINGS ALWAYS FOR THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND LIGHT AND LOVE YOU SHARE WITH US ALL!!!! My older son sent me this link and it warms my heart that he is growing and on the path of Love and Light as I worry about the music he sometimes listens to and attends the music events that use the Darken Symbols.i HAVE ALWAYS TAUGHT BOTH OF MY SONS THAT GOOD WILL PREVAIL AGAINST EVIL AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL SOULS SUCH AS YOU AND YOUR SHARING OF YOUR WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE THAT MAKES MY JOB AS A MOTHER EASIER, FOR UNFORTUNATELY WE AS HUMANS DON’T ALWAYS LISTEN TO OUR PARENTS. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK – Blessings to you and your husband!!! GOD BLESS YOU!
    P.S. thank you also on my behalf, for reminding me of the inner place we all always need to be at for us to deal with one another and the outer world.

    • Lara Atwood September 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment Norma. I truly hope there are more parents out there like you. I really feel for young people, having grown up through the same dark influences myself as a teen. It’s so hard to find examples to look to when parents at that age seem to be the last place to look 🙂 But now looking back I’m so glad for whatever principles my parents tried to give me, and wish the influences of light could have been stronger for me growing up. There are so many psychological battles to overcome during that time, and the strength light and having spiritual goals gives is so important in getting through. I just hope this information reaches many more young people and their parents. Thank you for being a great example and inspiration.

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  17. Roy S May 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Wow, what an eye opening article Lara, thanks for putting it up.

    As you point out, and many have commented on already, it is easy to get angry when you see this movement towards darkness and our freedom and our rights slowly being taken away. I noticed especially here in the UK it is getting more and more apparent that society is not heading towards a better future. The Internet is becoming nation wide filtered and people being watched as the counts of CCTV cameras totals to 1.85 million, which comes down to 1 camera per 32 people. Also the state and private companies gather huge amounts of data and systems inter-connect enabling those in charge of these systems to track everyone’s move. Most responses from people to these developments are indeed along the lines of those you mention; people get angry or they feel threatened and don’t want to rock the boat too much and not act at all.

    This action without hatred you speak about and staying detached is very challenging for me as it requires me to confront my own inner states. It’s much easier to act from this raw and animalistic side within as it comes out automatically. When wanting to remain in stillness and stay detached, it requires an effort. The quotes from the various religions speaking about this detachment are very inspiring and it surprises me to see that back in history things were not very different than now.

    It helps a lot to read about some of the pitfalls one can easily fall into when opposing darkness and I guess it will be a process of learning along the way when you try to bring out truth.

  18. Maria May 3, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Thank you very much Lara for this very meaningful and practical in daily life article.

    I can see this issue taking place everywhere around me, where people which are fighting for the good end up fighting with each other and only doing harm.
    But mostly I can see it in me through the simple relationships in my day, and that gives me the need to want to reflect and study deeper into who I’m serving each time and how I feed this thing which tricks me so cleverly, making me believe that I’m supporting the good and right, the moments I I’m just feeding my anger and pride. I have seen that anger makes me worst than the bad guy I’m fighting, because believing I’m supporting the good side makes me unable to perceive the truth in me. For a long time now I’m asking for help and trying to learn how to love through my relationships, it’s a need I have because anger and aggressive has harmed my life very deeply. It hearts me deeply seeing the reality in me and how difficult it is. Some situations and people are a very difficult challenge for me, where I feel I have a lack of understanding, so I can have the strength I need to act only through my heart, to put myself in their position, so I can be able to express what I defend with the purpose only to help the other person to understand, if we wants, and not to convince him and internally criticize and be against him. Asking, trying to connect with my heart and study these situations has been a big support for me. Even through my good actions, with no any anger or negative critic and etc, I need to be very sincere with myself, so I can understand deeply and give or act only through my heart. The little times I’ve had succeed, has been the biggest gift and support for me.

    I can relate a lot to what Karim says and to many others. Thank you everyone for sharing your insights and experiences on this.

    I feel I need to study deeper this article. It encourages me and gives me more reasons to want to reflect on this issue, gives me strength and makes me feel I’m not alone.
    Thank you very much for this guidance and help.


  19. DavidP April 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    This is a great writeup, thanks Lara.

    It is interesting to see these modern tales of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings being just like modern parables re-telling timeless truths. Apparently Lucas was inspired at least in part by Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”. And according to a current truth movement writer, all Hollywood movie scripts follow this story development outline or else they usually don’t get made.

    Speaking of the truth movement, I think some of those commentators could do with reading this article.

    Then again, I wonder whether some in the truth movement are just agent provocateurs, there to deliver agitprop to incite angry rebellion in the population so the elites have an excuse to implement martial law etc. The old trick of burning the Reich-stag down.

    Then there are the ones who for years now I have seen saying every now and then that mass arrests and defeat of the cabal are just around the corner. But the debt slavery system and destruction of the environment is still rolling on…Again I wonder whether that’s just playing on peoples hopes so they remain passive and let the status quo continue on.

    How does one tackle all these issues currently facing humanity? I mean, the assault is coming from all angles. I guess you could start a blog and expose these things, petition local MP’s, ah ha enter politics!
    Hhhmmmm, not sure I would want to do that…

    Sometimes I hear of a country or State which has banned GMO’s. So there is hope for sure. But surely lynch mobbing the elites isn’t the answer, that’s just as bad as them as you astutely point out Lara. Somehow they need to see the folly of their ways.

    If inter-dimensional entities are behind the dark agenda taking over the world then some help from the light side would surely help. To this end we can of course ask, pray for intervention from the divine. Perhaps all this darkness is necessary to get enough people on the planet to start questioning and looking for the answers, wanting things to change for the better and praying for help.

  20. Alexandros March 16, 2014 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara for your meaningful article. Love is the solution 🙂

  21. Karim March 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    How to react when we feel that someone, so unjustly, goes against the thing that is most important to us? (or perhaps most attached to)
    If we do nothing we will be subjected to and at the mercy of someone else’s ruthless inner egotistical drives and mercilessly trampled upon. It seems then that out of self-defence anger is born. But by allowing it we submerge ourselves in and become that evil ourselves. And it grows bigger and multiplies until the slightest thing by anyone feels like an act against us, feeling justified in feeding those feelings of anger which we’ve come to love.
    How can we get rid of this sickness? To have love within and that peaceful untouchable detachment. And how to act externally without fear/subservience/avoidance and without it’s opposite anger and negativity? What is needed to achieve this in the depths of ourselves? I’m not sure. I think it takes a faith in the spiritual to let go of attachments to the material. A knowledge of our inner states and a change within. Love.

    Anyway those are some of my thoughts on the subject. Very important point made with this article, I really like it, thanks for bringing it up. Makes me want to investigate more in life what this ‘path of right action’ is and try to live it.

    Nice references as well, even seeing a little of LotR like that is quite inspiring. 🙂 I’ve found viewing films in the context of our own struggle can give us an incredible strength.
    I’m often amazed at the depth of some authors’ films or modern stories and how they convey the eternal struggle between goodness and darkness. I guess the inherent knowledge gained by that struggle stays with us throughout time.

    Thanks for the article.

  22. James N February 27, 2014 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Such a great article to read. And very timely. I often feel negative when hearing about all the injustices around the world.

    For me this is an excellent reminder to not feed the hatred/darkness, which I certainly do. Distinguishing between fighting darkness with love & light feels very different to fighting it with anger, fear and all manner of lower states.

    Thanks again very grateful for this article.

  23. Stas February 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks for a great article Lara. Yesterday I was discussing a particular inner state with someone and noticed that I was trying to explain this inner state while subtly being in it myself. It really made me realise how counter productive this really was and I remembered this article. It is all too easy for us to forget about love while trying to defend something that seems right to us.

    I also found that remembering about love and trying to really feel it through compassion and understanding has been really helping me to deal with being negative in my daily life. It is all too easy to be the negativity rather rather than to try to die to our own deffects and act objectively and clearly. I hope we all can learn to really make the necessary efforts to overcome the negativity within as there so much of it in the world.

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  25. Gabrielle February 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Lara. I found this article very helpful and inspiring.

    I have also seen when I am able to do this, it has these freeing effects, and allows me to see what is right more clearly. That then brings a sense of commitment to doing what is right because it is based on understanding, rather than negativity. So, it creates a motivation to keep going, as well.

  26. Jenny February 19, 2014 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara for another fantastic article! You brought up some very important points and principles that have inspired a lot of reflection for me. I first read this article over a week ago now and am still often remembering and reflecting on its message in relation to how these things come up in my life.

  27. Deano February 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    This was a fantastic read. Thankyou

  28. Matthew February 18, 2014 at 9:30 am - Reply

    This is a really important issue. Like others have commented, its something I’ve seen happen in myself as well as causing problems among people trying to confront injustice, for example among peace protesters.

    I really like the point about love needing to be the means not an unobtainable ends. As the saying goes “be the change you want to see in the world”. If we don’t want a world of hatred, then we must try to bring forth a true alternative when we fight it, which is love. It’s just not possible to overcome darkness while feeding it, otherwise we become what we fight against.

    Easier said than done though. Easier to avoid conflict or to justify anger when conflict can’t be avoided. Harder to admit to the negativity within and struggle to remove it while tackling opposition in the world.

    Even when spirituality is your focus, I’ve found its very easy to justify or excuse subtle negativity in the name of a good cause. This article describes very well the dangers of that and the need for inner vigilance. I hope it inspires many people.

  29. Seraphim February 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Lara, I have no words to thank you for this article.

    It is really very precious about how one should fight the evil without anger, revenge etc. but with love and comprehension. It is a real freedom. Maybe it is very difficult but it is the real way

    • Geraldine February 18, 2014 at 2:10 am - Reply

      Hi Seraphim – very true words.

      I recently saw a placard at a church which read simply: “Do what is right, not what is easy”

      Before moving to Australia, I had not seen many ‘church placards’ but I have found that I really like to see this type of reminders (some can be very funny too).

      People can bash out religion because all that they see is a set of beliefs (I know, I used to growing up) yet religion does a lot of good things in terms of passing on a message of good, of ethics, and values. At the end, we have the free will to agree, disagree, or ignore these messages, but seeing this placard was just what I needed to see on that day, and that is priceless and I was thankful to that church for passing this on.

      I have to admit that it took me a while to see the good in religion (coming from an atheist background growing up). And of course having a good message does not mean that people within a religion will do good, but their message should not be discarded because of a few bad apples. Truly religion can help people to remember that virtues are a better way to live by, even if it means it is a more difficult way to live by.

      And many religions carry such a powerful message of this struggle within ourselves to overcome this darkness and do it the right way, not through evil means.

      • Michelle March 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

        Hi Geraldine,

        I just read your comment and I have had the same experience with those signs. Many times they help me to remember to fight negativity. It is sad though and very related to this article that negativity can creep into my mind and try to steal the help I get from those messages, distort them and direct my mind to my perceptions about the religion. My mind is so filled with negativity. It is a real battle!

      • Seraphim November 7, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        Lara, thank you so much again for this marvelous article. Even I had read it in the past, I felt a strong satisfaction reading it again. I recognize its precious message more than before.

        Fighting evil one can easily deceive oneself thinking that the purpose is more important than the right means and the correct internal situation, ignoring the bad internal situations and even the satisfaction from these bad but “justified” feelings

  30. Zorana February 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lara for all the eye-openers! It definitely helps to have this article as a reminder that to truly fight the negative forces, my efforts need to be daily and consistent, especially when the resistance kicks in. Those moments (giving in vs. denying anger/other egos), I’ve noticed, are when it most matters and really define what you are willing to fight for.

    And thanks to everyone else for all the further insights and shared experiences, they’re very helpful!

  31. Vida February 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this Lara. It’s pretty easy to feel secure and comfortable within the thought that our actions are for a good cause. We can sleep easier at night while still making so many mistakes and not really bringing much light anywhere or only up to a certain point.

    I was watching a video by the group of filmmakers named joycamp called “Lizards of Waverly Place”, that reminded me of the topics in this article.

    In the video a group of friends are congratulating each other for being “awake” and not being “sheeple” and exposing the dark agenda and it very quickly descends into arguments and then violence towards each other, because they disagreed on their points of view and aren’t able to get past their internal feelings about it all.

    At the end the camera pans out to where two dark agents are watching from a security camera expressing that this feud is common among truth seekers trying to break free of their condition, saying “they pick the most dangerous enemy they can find, which is themselves, and all we need do is sit back and watch” and then the dark agents laugh in enjoyment.

    It seems like the battle is lost before it can even begin if we don’t tackle the internal aspect first and continuously along the way.

    • Geraldine February 12, 2014 at 3:26 am - Reply

      This sounds like a good video, Vida, with a deeper understanding of what is at the root of things. I don’t know if “Joycamp”, the filmakers, have any spiritual affinities but what I find both humbling and amazing is when people start seeing things for what they truly are, and how this need for a better world can only start with individuals who change themselves first.

      At the base of it all, it is this need to change ourselves, it is this spiritual yearning and reconnecting to divinity – but while saying it like this could put people off, it really should not. Spirituality is about reality, about being able to be objective to everything, learning to be detached, yet loving for all and everything. But we cannot be this way overnight, and this change happens slowly and gradually, and is spiritual in nature, whether people like it or not 🙂

      I find the scene above with Krishna and Arjuna is just so insightful.. And so are all the clips from LOTR and Star Wars.

      Like you say Vida: “It seems like the battle is lost before it can even begin if we don’t tackle the internal aspect first and continuously along the way.

      At the end, it’s like in airplane, they always tell you to put the oxygen mask on first and then help others 🙂

      • Vida February 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm - Reply

        Yeah, I agree with you Geraldine. It definitely shouldn’t put people off to talk about spirituality or things related to the divine, or even to speak about wanting to change ourselves for the better. But the fact that it is this way really says something about the state we are all in. Real personal freedom is almost non-existent now if you really think about it.

        I just finished watching one of the Chronicles of Narnia films with my daughter, and there is a pretty good line where the characters of the movie are being warned about facing evil, and being tempted by it, before they embark on a journey: “to defeat the darkness out there, you must defeat the darkness inside yourself.”

        It’s definitely a struggle that’s portrayed over and over within movies and for good reason.

        Love your airplane example 🙂

  32. john p February 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lara, for a great article.

    I really hope that many of us will internally fight for a true understanding of love and one day make a real difference to help humanity in a world of so much sadness and misery

  33. Jenny February 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I was with an elderly female family member once when she brought up how she was reading in the newspaper about a rapist/murderer on trial. Her response to the article was something like: “Good. I’m glad they got the scumbag. I hope he rots in jail. If I could lay my hands on him I’d pluck his eyes out, rip out his private parts…” it went on for quite some time. I just remember being horrified by the atrocious things this lady imagined doing to this criminal — you could really feel her almost visualizing and acting out all of these things in her mind. My reaction was that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near this lady in times of trouble… I have seen people lose their humanity quite easily in a fight or flight type of scenario before, and hearing people’s fantasies of torturing or revenging on someone they perceive as a threat (like this murdered she’d read about, whom she’s never met, nor whom she knows is even real — it was just a newspaper article after all), is not comforting because you could see that if the physical boundaries were taken away (i.e. fear of punishment, obeying the law, morals, etc.) this person totally has the potential to act out her violent fantasies.

    As an extreme example of this, the “particicution” practice outlined in the book The Handmaid’s Tale is a good example of how easily people can turn to violence in the name of righting wrongs. Particitcution is a group public execution practice, where a public assembly is called, an enemy of the state is presented, a speech is given about how atrocious a crime this person has committed, the crowds begin “foaming in the mouth” with a want of revenge and then the crowd is unleashed to savagely murder this “criminal”, who interestingly was almost never what he was billed to be, but was rather a freedom fighter trying to free these very people from the totalitarian regime they had been placed under. In any event, it’s just a very similar scenario where people are encouraged (by the governing powers) to right a wrong by becoming the very wrong…

    Similarly, seeing violent and angry reactions within the truth movement sometimes gives me pause too. Like if the current enemy is defeated, would all the angry people just live happily ever after in peace and harmony together after that? Seems unlikely. I think the way you put it, Lara, is a much better course of action:

    “love and justice can’t just be the end goal to be accomplished by whatever means. If so, they will only ever stay as an ideal that cannot be reached—to be achieved they must also BE the means.”

    • David February 12, 2014 at 8:25 am - Reply

      I wonder about that too Jenny.

      Recently when countries were talking about invading Syria due to the chemical weapons issues I went along to a peaceful rally protesting against violent action. Even though the protest was peaceful I got a sense of how easily a group of people meeting peacefully could be turned into an angry, violent mob – the pack mentality sort of thing.

      Seems like a lot of the time in revolutions where people are fighting oppression dictatorships are displaced by violence only to end up with a different dictator who still oppresses the people and then further violence and the cycle continues.

      If most people in the truth movement are just fighting a different type of oppression and a different type of dictator but without an understanding of the qualities and understanding Lara talked about in this article I imagine the outcome would be the same, and new people would assert themselves into positions of power over others.

      A friend said awhile back that he thought some people in the truth movement who tried to oppose darkness by being angry / aggressive/ belittling etc. were the polar opposite of the people behind the dark agenda. I thought that was pretty insightful.

      Hopefully more people can gain an understanding of the right type of resistance and where the true battle really lies and follow the Path of Right Action!

    • Alexis February 18, 2014 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Wow Jenny that person sounds really terrible wishing such disgustingly violent things upon others who have done wrong in the world. These are pretty evil people wishing that type of justice upon the guilty. Truly evil indeed.

      • Jenny February 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        Hi Alexis,

        I personally don’t think that person is any more terrible than anyone else. This type of mentality is pretty common, and I have heard many people react in a similar way when hearing of an injustice or of a wrong done by someone else (i.e. seeking justice through revenge). If you read comments to newspaper headlines, for example, you’ll see that this type of response is unfortunately very popular. What seems to be uncommon is to realize that that line of thinking involves fighting darkness with darkness.

  34. Christos February 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I think your article Lara is invaluable in pointing out how our emotions can shatter any efforts to defeat the dark agendas. Not just the efforts made by us as individuals but those made by others as well.

    It is very disheartening sometimes to read comments on YouTube videos as well as on other websites. People argue about anything, hiding behind anonymity – the lack of the threat of losing their social status. They can say whatever they want without consideration of the impact of what they write and claim. Trolls with hidden agendas sometimes start quarrels about anything managing to divert the message the main article or video had to give.

    Reflecting on what I can do for humanity and how I would ever be able to stand against forces that are against it I find that it is important to be connected with reality or else my belief system will always clash with those of others since I will always fight for a world that is in my mind rather than be open.

    I find that nothing can defeat darkness if it is not based on direct experience or undeniable evidence. Or else one can end up defending a belief system instead of the truth. This in itself then becomes an agenda to convince others on a specific belief and there will always be somebody else to argue against what we believe. It also blurs any kind of research on a subject because it becomes more of a way to solidify beliefs rather than discover the truth. Researchers become rigid and fanatic in their views even though they might believe they have “awakened” to the truth and the other people are “sheep” or “condemned”.

    Many times conspiracy theories have behind them that strange feeling of being special just because someone is attacking you. It creates this weird mindset that distances people from each other becoming unrealistic and absurd in what they support and how they support it.

    This used to put me off a lot and I considered conspiracy theorists crazy people that have lost contact with reality. I would feel inside of me that there are many things wrong in the world but the stance of others would put me off. Even now it is difficult to watch a video or read an article from people that I feel are too emotionally involved in what they support since I take it for granted that they do not have an open mind and base their research in belief systems.

    I think if people can let go of any beliefs and connect with reality then the force that will be created will be unbeatable. Other people will also join that may now be passive because that force is going to be all encompassing rather than elitist. You know, the kind of ” we are clever, we know the truth whereas others are sheep and deserve what happens to them”.

    • David February 12, 2014 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Thanks Christos, you brought up some good points there!

  35. Alexis February 10, 2014 at 4:49 am - Reply

    I really like how you mentioned true friendship along with love and courage. It reminds me of how the power of deception works not only through agents of the darkness but also the way I find I can often be deceiving myself when it comes to things like friendship and how the subconscious drives of attachment can blind me to understanding what true freindship really is. I takes courage to love your enemies without attachment to them. Thank you Lara for this timely reminder.

  36. Olga February 10, 2014 at 3:52 am - Reply

    I think a lot of people and organisations fighting for truth could learn a lot here. Even though these principals lie blatent in popular movies and are so simple to understand, sadly, it does not seem to be a strong trait of human nature.

    I found the section ”Hatred eventually turns us against one another” particularly important as well as what you wrote here:

    ”This rage can easily turn people against one another, even within those who are active in the struggle for truth, as anger becomes more easily inflamed and starts attacking anyone who disagrees, creating infighting and disharmony amongst those who are supposedly meant to be instilling higher principles in the world. Wherever this kind of division exists, there can be no effective fight back against darkness.”

    I find this so true and vital, and can see it in many ”truthers” who supposedly want to help the world, but bring division against the truth movement and perhaps ultimately harm it. Occupy Wall Street is just one example. In addition to forces wanting to shut it down, apparently the organisers had their own conflicts which they weren’t able to resolve and which drew them apart, and because of that the project crumbled from the inside. Othertimes, when positive developments happen it surprises me how people within the same area of belief aren’t able to join forces and support eachother and let it fall apart for the most petty reasons. You can see examples of this all over the internet, on alternative blogs and nasty comments on youtube videos, with people who obviously share the same values, but for one reason or another bash or slander another person or group. If anyone has heard of the People’s Voice TV, it has been under critical attack, not just by mainstream media, but severely from people who care about the same issues that they represent. I was absolutely shocked to read so many unproven claims against them from many people who seemingly want to help the truth movement but who rage against David Icke and the People’s Voice. How could people within the same truth movement want to crush another person or group – especially if they were doing something so revolutionary and helpful? This in my opinion is a clear example where hatred turns people against eachother and blinds them to the good that can be created to help humanity.

    Intrestingly, the NWO is under a similar threat. Even the elites are having conflicts which are slowing down the development of the NWO.

    So Lara, I think your article is pressing, no one is excluded from these principals, it happens all around. In a way I think this was ingrained to us from an early age, where it was rare to have values to care for anything but ourselves, our ambition, our intellectual capacity, our career, wealth, success etc… and we coulnt’t see how important it was to nurture the good in the world or the good in people. I remember always being perplexed as a child how easy it was for people to get angry and create division and discord and to let things fall apart, even if something great could be achieved.

    Love is our only hope. It does not divide, but unite, and sees beyond the blindess caused by darkenss and hatred.

  37. richard February 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lara very interesting article and much to reflect on as it is so easy to feel anger, fear and even frustration with the influence of these forces

  38. Michelle February 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks for bringing up these very important points! It can be so difficult not to fall into the very thing we are trying to fight. I love how choosing love can actually help others, even our attackers (like darth vader).

    One time I got in a car accident and I knew it was my fault. Before I got out of the car, I prepared myself to be aware and not to fall into any emotional states. I got out of the car and the young man whose car I had hit started screaming at me. He told me he was on his honeymoon and I was ruining it, but I was able to stay clear. I just stood there for a while until he took a breath in between his yells. I asked calmly, “Excuse me, but do you think I hit you on purpose?” The man was taken aback and snapped out of his angry state. He apologized and asked me how I was able to stay calm even while he screamed in my face. I realized that my ability to act correctly was not only required for my own salvation, but also could be integral in serving others as well.

    • Olga February 10, 2014 at 3:57 am - Reply

      That’s a lovely anecdote Michelle ♥

    • Hrvoje February 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Yes, thanks for sharing that. I can imagine how something like this could be have a life changing effect on the person.

  39. Fotis February 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara for sharing this article.
    It’s so great there is all this activity against sinister agendas, truth exposing, rights defending and groups forming for those reasons and sad the same time when this activity can feed the evil. As Justin said even they succeed won’t bring peace but as they say violence will born more violence.

    Watching that in myself I think a lot of fear and survival instincts underlie . But does that means that someone need to become Jedi first before stand against the evil outside?

    Here is one quote of my favourite series if i may

    • Lucia February 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you very much Fotis for sharing this. “Peace and quiet above victory” is a great strategy, I need to remember this more in every-day interactions.

  40. Hrvoje February 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the article. I like the corellations you made with the LOTR and Star Wars movies to describe the point, and especially those two LOTR videos are very poignant.

  41. Tina February 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Thanx Lara,
    Great insights!

  42. Lucia February 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Yes thank you Lara very much for pointing out these hidden traps that wait for people who fight for good. As many mentioned here, it is so common to see people fighting for a good thing today, but completely negate it with their own behavior of anger, swearing or verbal assaults of the opponents. It is very common to think that if we are fighting for a good thing, we have a “right” to be angry, use bad words, etc. This principle has many levels as I found, similarly to what Geraldine mentioned, it does not need to appear just on a ‘global scale’, but also in our own households when we feel we have been wronged (and we may be perfectly right) and react with anger and hatred to our family. It really is a lifelong work to remove these traces of negativity within us on so many levels…
    It is my hope that this harmful behavior will be at least removed in its most crude manifestations, and that people who fight against the darkness in this world will at least not let themselves be dragged into the lowest feelings of anger, violence or humiliating others.

  43. Patricia A. February 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lara for this timely and important article and for putting things into the right perspective.

  44. Jordan February 9, 2014 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Thanks Lara – good article!

    I also agree with Justin’s comments about how it’s sad to see so many who are fighting the good fight against all the evil in the world but letting that very evil they are fighting creep in from within. It almost completely defeats the purpose of what they’re doing.

    I often used to reflect upon how if all wars were magically ended and people were given enough money and food to survive, the world would probably end up right back in the big mess it’s in within a few days due to the inner states that all of us carry within, which lead to much strife within ourselves and inevitably against others. With these inner states, we always want more…

    It’s a shame that these very popular movies can’t seem to get the right message across to people. I think articles like these could go a long ways to helping unpack them.

    • Julian Kingman February 24, 2014 at 12:55 am - Reply

      I think one reason the movies don’t get the message across is that people see it as an unattainable ideal, and perhaps one reserved for ‘heroes’ in ‘heroic’ situations, and not simple everyday living.

  45. Geraldine February 9, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Hi Lara,

    This article contains such important cosmic truth about what spirituality is genuinely about. In all of our actions, in all of our thoughts, the choice between dark and light resides, and if we can yearn for love, yearn for the spirit, then the light/ force can then be felt, even if it is a shimmer of a feeling in our hearts or mind. The matter is to listen to it, to learn to act from that stand and not give in to our dark side. Then we can learn to responddd from our consciousness. Bit we have to be able to see what is going on within in the first place.

    I also find that only when going through these events in my life and fighting against this darkness, I can learn more about love. It can be found in understanding resentments, refusing to go along with it by removing and detaching ourselves to self-rigtheousness out of love for our partner for example. How can we say ‘I love you’ and insult or treat miserably the one we love? How can we let a snarly comment leave our mouth toward the ones we supposedly love? How much does it say about how we would react against ‘enemies’ or even simple strangers?

    There is so very much about love that happens daily in our lives, that everyday we can learn more, uncover the light and force within ourselves by seeing the darkness for what it is. Lara, with Saint Valentin approaching, the day of love, your article is giving much to reflect upon and a yearning for the light//force to grow within 🙂

    Thank you!!! And indeed, may the force of love be within us all.

    • Justin February 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks for this comment Geraldine, it is very insightful.

    • Olga February 10, 2014 at 2:14 am - Reply

      Very true what you said Geraldine ♥
      Its like we are always so close to be drawn to the dark side… even if overall we are seeking the light. It is never black or white. The influences of darkness are so subtle and our admission to them can be seen in our own thoughts and actions as well as in the moments of our life. Having this perspective brings a sense of honesty to our character and that we are never free from darker influences. Therefore… the battle to face the darkside compells us to face it inside, in our lives and relationships, to be warriors of love and action and to ”fear no evil”. This way we get to know the nature of darkness through our internal fight against it, and as we see it externally we recognise the same source as it penetrates life around us and can stand against it.

  46. Sue February 9, 2014 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for this wonderful article and the videos in support Lara.

    I long for a day when I can always remember to fight, rather than struggle. But I have had glimpses of the power of the light in those times when I am able to remain detached and not fall into the darkness of anger, hatred, judgment or some other reaction. As you pointed out, those times when we can feel love, even towards those who have harmed us in some way, are so much more powerful than when we just allow ourselves to fall into those heavy, dark emotions.

    I hope that there are enough people who can make a difference in our changing world – acting from love and compassion, not from anger and hatred. I hope that people can really see the messages in some of these mainstream movies and feel inspired to act … or at least stop and think before they mercilessly attack some person on social media or on the street!

    Thanks again.

  47. Martin February 9, 2014 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Thanks Lara,

    You’ve made some excellent points here.

    There was a British soldier who came back from Afghanistan and repented because he thought he’d killed people in a gun fight who was interviewed. He pointed out that when the military say “shots fired in anger”; it’s just a figure of speech. He said “if you shoot when you’re angry you’ll miss”.

    Any body who has studied the art of war knows this and if someone is trying to make you angry then they are probably trying to defeat you in some way. Techniques of making your opponent angry are used in politics; business and was made famous by Mohammed Ali when he defeated George Foreman for the world heavyweight boxing title. He made George so angry that the sting was taken out of his punches and he lost all of his energy; Ali then punched him until he couldn’t get up. This technique is called ‘rope a dope’ ie. if you’re getting angry you’re a dope and will essentially lose the fight.

    Even though your article points out higher spiritual truths these principles seem to make there way down amongst the animals. Of course in the natural order of things the human is at the top of the food chain and kills the animal; so every military in the world wants to be more human and less beast like so they attempt to drill the anger out of their soldiers reactions.

    Bottom line seems to be that no matter what; don’t fight with anger and hatred; you’ll get no where. On top of that your opponent who understands the above article will defeat you with reasonable ease.

    Hope this is helpful.

    • Layla February 9, 2014 at 2:40 am - Reply

      I know what you mean Martin, I’ve experienced the wrong approach and you’re basically ‘hook, line and sinker’ for the dark forces to ruin the good intentions you started off with. Lara’s point about Path of Right Action is very valuable and worth so much to really understand it personally!

      Lara, this article gets to the bone of the problem facing those seeking ‘truth’. I hope it reaches people far and wide, Thanks so much for sharing!

    • David February 12, 2014 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Bottom line seems to be that no matter what; don’t fight with anger and hatred; you’ll get no where.

      “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die – Buddha”

    • Julian Kingman February 24, 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

      That’s a really interesting anecdote, Martin. It makes me think that the most effective person in any situation would be awakened, either for light or for dark, making conscious decisions and actions instead of reacting.

  48. Shane February 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    A very good article, thank you for the insights.

  49. Aleksandr February 8, 2014 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this article. You said many very important things, and I truly hope that love may be victorious.

  50. Justin February 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    This is such a profound article, and I hope the message can be heard amongst many in the “truth” movement today.

    It is fascinating to see how the struggle against darkness, if done from a place of anger or negativity, simply binds us closer to that darkness. Either way darkness wins, as it corrupts even the efforts made to counter it.

    I often have felt shocked and saddened to look at the comments on some of the most popular truth websites, which have some valuable information about the dark agenda and yet whose visitors appear mired in the worst states of hatred and negativity and regularly call for violence.

    I’ve asked myself, what kind of world will THESE people create, even if they were successful in their aims of defeating the “enemy”?

    Information about the dark forces controlling humanity and a desire to counter them is a starting point but it apparently only takes us so far. It seems so clear that without a corresponding yearning and ability to change within and to fight from a place of peace and love, one ultimately stays in the darkness and perhaps even serves it without realizing. What a tragic thing.

    • Layla February 9, 2014 at 2:28 am - Reply

      I think George Orwell’s Animal Farm, attempts to highlight the point of your question Justin. If people fight the dark side without not knowing the dark forces within themselves, then they become part of the dark side, showing that there is nothing conquered or won in that type of battle, and may in fact be worse.

      I think this is the trap of the dark side as per Martin’s examples. If people were aware of this trap, and aware that it is actually evil intelligence behind it, and that this evil intelligence knows the darkness within a person and sees it as the doorway to a person’s demise, then perhaps people would seek out higher consciousness with urgency and eagerness. It is definitely not easy facing one’s own darkness in the battle for good, it can feel as though its overwhelming but it’s what gives the battle its worth.

      • Justin February 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

        Animal farm is another good example. It’s interesting how these authors and artists have intuitively grasped the corrupting influence power can have and how people who start with good intentions so often lose the battle against the worst in their own nature.

      • Julian Kingman February 24, 2014 at 1:13 am - Reply

        Layla, your comment brings a more recent example to mind. I just listened to the whole “Hunger Games” series on CD, which is basically about a revolution of 12 districts (and a mysterious 13th district) against an elitist Capitol, which enslaves them. What’s really interesting as the story progresses is that the very people fighting for freedom resort to cruelty, dishonesty, etc…, justifying it with the banner of revenge and a righteous cause. In the end, it becomes clear that the very people fighting for freedom today would grab power tomorrow, and that they are capable of the same calculated cruelty as the capitol, all in an effort to maintain power.

        • Stas March 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

          Could not agree with you more Julian. Unfortunately this not only happens in books but is something that is going on in the world in countries such Ukraine now. And as I was born and raised there, it is truly terrible.

          If you really look at the politics of that particular country that and everything that has been happening there is just a struggle for power of the elite. The people are just a tool for the elite to get their way. From the news you can see that peaceful protests turn into bloody confrontations which in reality do more harm then good. Now after all that bloodshed the there is new government in place for example. But it is the same people who were in power before last election and it was not much better then that it is now.

          I think to me that is true example of how without inner work all the fights against the darkness in this world and all those who want to abuse power and eslave common people are useless and are actually become the fight for darkness instead. From all the past revolutions it seems obvious a ago me that nothing really changes because as people we stay the same. Then even people who seemed good and did things for the better get greedy and start to abuse their powers.

          I really wish more people would have interest in changing themselves as it is only then the true change can happen in our society.


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