Salutations, fellow Lightbearers :) Here are a few words from Master Djwhal Khul regarding the nature of dark forces. I realise we are in the home stretch, and I do believe we have little to fear from negative influences as long as we carry our flame of light within us, but it is helpful to see the perspective of an ascended master who shared our physical existence and has experience with dark entities. They are our brothers and sisters and I do not fear nor hate them, but we should hold awareness of what they are, and how they operate.
I am very excited to see the Light growing, and our dreams coming to fruition, but a part of me will never be happy until every child on this earth has a loving home with full bellies and the sound of laughter, and the dark wants to distort us into thinking it's okay if "someone else" suffers as long as it is not ourselves... this is wrong, if one of us is hurt we are ALL hurt... this is where it begins, by separating yourself from those forces which would take away your free will and trade you baubles in return.
The Dark Forces
Excerpts from the work of the Tibetan (Djwhal Khul)
through Alice A. Bailey
I might here touch upon the paralleling activity of the forces which are working to prevent the externalization of the Hierarchy of Light, since such a happening as that would mean increased - because proven - power.
The three modes whereby the forces of darkness seek to control humanity, are: hatred, aggression, and separativeness.
The three great spiritual counterparts are: love, selfless sharing, and synthesis.
The dark forces... work by the identification of glamour [illusions], and by the stimulation of the lower psychic powers. If these evil forces cannot induce the disciples everywhere, in group formation or individually, to succumb in some form to glamour, then they will endeavor to utilize group glamour to negative their efforts, and force those with whom the disciples work to believe evil, to impugn motives... If this cannot be done, they may then attack the physical bodies of the workers and agents for the Hierarchy, and seek, through the distress of the physical body, to control the disciple's output. This does not always prove successful, as the Master can, and often does protect His disciple.
Evil or wrong exists only when the emphasis is retained in the wrong aspect from the point of view of the unfoldment attained, or when that which has been used and developed to the necessary point, holds the life or consciousness too long. Hence the beneficent nature of death.
The major weapon now being used by the combined forces of evil is: chaos, disruption, lack of established security, and the consequent fear...
The entire rhythm of international thinking has to be altered, and that constitutes a slow and arduous task; the evil personalities which, in every country which are responsible for the chaos & uncertainty, have eventually to be replaced by those who can work in cooperation with the rhythm of the seventh ray, and thus produce ordered beauty. (2-668)
These forces, as far as the intelligent peoples of the world are concerned, work insidiously and cloak their effort in fair words, leading even disciples to express hatred of persons and ideologies, fostering hidden seeds of hatred found in many human beings. They fan to fury the fear and hate of the world in an effort to preserve that which is old, and make the unknown appear undesirable, and they hold back the forces of evolution and of progress for their own ends.
These forces which it is well for you to recognize as existing, but there is little that you, as individuals or as groups can do about them beyond seeing to it that there is nothing in you which could make you---unimportant as you are---a focal point for their efforts or an agent for the distribution of their peculiar type of energy---the energy of focused and directed hate, of separation, of fear and pride. With them We who are connected directly with the Hierarchy have to deal, but you can aid more than you know through the regulation of thoughts and ideas, through cultivation of a loving spirit, and through the use of the Great Invocation. (2-75/76)
The Dark Brothers are -- remember this always-- brothers, erring and misguided, yet still sons of the one Father, though straying far, very far, into the land of distances. The way back for them will be long, but the mercy of evolution inevitably forces them back along the path of return in cycles far ahead. Anyone who over-exalts the concrete mind and permits it continuously to shut out the higher, is in danger of straying on the left-hand path. Many so stray ... but come back, and then in the future avoid like errors, in the same way as a child once burnt avoids the fire. It is the man who persists, in spite of warning and of pain, who eventually becomes a brother of darkness...
The dark brother considers not what suffering he may cause; he cares not what agony of mind he brings upon an opponent; he persists in his intention, and desists to from the hurt of any man, woman or child, provided that in the process his own ends are furthered. Expect absolutely no mercy from those opposing the Brotherhood of Light.
Many and subtle are the means used to deceive and thereby curtail the effective output of the worker in the field of the world. Wisely therefore have all aspirants been enjoined to study and work at the development of viveka or that discrimination which safeguards from deception. If this quality is laboriously built in and cultivated in all events, big and little in the daily life, the risks of being led astray will be nullified.(3-132-134)
When the Christ, the Avatar of Love, makes His Reappearance then will the Sons of men who are now the Sons of God withdraw Their faces from the shining light & radiate that light upon the sons of men who know not yet that they are Sons of God. Then shall the Coming One appear, His footsteps hastened through the valley of the shadow by the One of awful power Who stands upon the mountain top, breathing out love eternal, light supernal & peaceful, silent Will. Then will the sons of men respond. Then will a newer light shine forth into the dismal, weary vale of earth. Then will new life course through the veins of men, & then will their vision compass all the ways of what may be. (5-13)
One of our immediate educational objectives must be the elimination of the competitive spirit, and the substitution of the cooperative consciousness.(6-74)
The only regret that is justifiable is based on failure to learn the lessons of failure.
Be not in any way discouraged brother of old, if you find the upward way stiff and hard to climb. You are in good company and are not alone.(7-599)
Safeguards against the Dark Brothers
From the work of Alice A. Bailey and Djwhal Khul
Oft too the Dark Brother masquerades as an agent of light, oft he poses as a messenger of the gods, but for your assurance I would say that he who acts under the guidance of the Ego [Soul/Solar Angel] will have clear vision, and will escape deception.
At this time their power is oftimes mighty. Why? Because so much exists as yet in the personalities of all men that respond to their vibration, and so it is easy for them to affect the bodies of men. So few in the races, comparatively speaking, have as yet built in the higher vibration that responds to the keynote of the Brotherhood of Light, who move practically entirely on the two highest levels (or the atomic & sub-atomic sub-planes) of the mental, emotional and physical planes. When moving on these sub-planes the attacks of elementals on lower planes may be felt but effect no harm, hence the necessity of pure living and controlled pure emotions and elevated thought.
You will notice that I said that the power of the Dark Brotherhood is dominant apparently on the physical and emotional planes. Not so is it on the mental which is the plane on which the Brothers of Light work. Mighty dark magicians may be located on the lower mental levels, but on the higher, the White Lodge dominates, the three higher sub-planes being the levels that They beg the evolving sons of men to seek; it is Their region, to which all must strive and aspire. The Dark Brother impresses his will on human beings (if analogous vibration exists) and on the elemental kingdoms of involution. The Brothers of Light plead, as pleaded the Man of Sorrows, for an erring humanity to rise upward to the light. The Dark Brother retards progress and shapes all to his own ends; the Brother of Light bends every effort to the hastening of evolution and --- forgoing all that might be His at the price of achievement --- stays amid the fogs, the strife, the evil and the hatred of the period if, in so doing, He may by all means aid some, and (lifting them up out of the darkness of earth) set their feet upon the Mount, and enable them to surmount the Cross...
i. A realization that purity of all the vehicles is the prime essential. If a dark brother gains control over any man, it but shows that man has some weak spot. The door whereby entrance is effected, must be opened by the man himself; the opening whereby malignant force can be poured in, must be caused by the occupant of the vehicles. Therefore the need for scrupulous cleanliness of the physical body, of clean steady emotion permitted in the emotional body, and of purity of thought in the mental body. When this is so, co-ordination will be present in the lower vehicles, and the indwelling Thinker himself permits no entrance.
ii. The elimination of all fear. The forces of evolution vibrate more rapidly than those of involution, and in this fact lies a recognizable security. Fear causes weakness; weakness causes a disintegration; the weak spot breaks and a gap appears, and through that gap evil force may enter. The factor of entrance is the fear of the man himself, who opens thus the door.
iii. A standing firm and unmoved, no matter what occurs. Your feet may be bathed in the mud of the earth, but your head may be bathed in the sunshine of the higher regions. Recognition of the filth of earth involves not contamination.
iv. A recognition of the use of common-sense, and the application of this common-sense to the matter in hand. Sleep much, and in sleeping, learn to render the body positive; keep busy on the emotional plane, and achieve the inner calm. Do naught to overtire the body physical, and play whenever possible. In hours of relaxation comes the adjustment that obviates later tension. (1-137/8)
No glamour, no illusion can long hold the man who has set himself the task of treading the razor-edged Path which leads through the wilderness, through the thick-set forest, through the deep waters of sorrow and distress, through the valley of sacrifice and over the mountains of vision to the gate of Deliverance. He may travel sometimes in the dark (and the illusion of darkness is very real); he may travel sometimes in a light so dazzling and bewildering that he can scarcely see the way ahead; he may know what it is to falter on the Path, and to drop under the fatigue of service and of strife; he may be temporarily sidetracked and wander down the bypaths of ambition, of self-interest and of material enchantment, but the lapse will be but brief.
Nothing in heaven or hell, on earth or elsewhere can prevent the progress of the man who has awakened to the illusion, who has glimpsed the reality beyond the glamour of the astral plane, and who has heard, even if only once, the clarion call of his own soul.
The astral plane is also, Kurukshetra, both of humanity as a whole and the individual human unit. It is the battleground whereon must be found the Waterloo of every aspirant. In some one life, there comes an emotional crisis in which decisive action is taken, and the disciple proves his control over his emotional nature. This may take the form of some great and vital test, covering a brief time but calling forth every resource of wisdom and purity that the disciple possesses, or it may be a long and protracted emotional strain, carried over many years of living. But in the attaining of success and in the achievement of clear vision and right discernment (through right discrimination) the disciple testifies to his fitness...
Every man who liberates himself, who sees clearly, and who releases himself from the glamour of illusion, aids in the great work. (2-223/4)
The aim should be the development of the habit of meditation all day long, and the living in the higher consciousness till that consciousness is so stable that the lower mind, desire, and the physical elementals, become so atrophied and starved through lack of nourishment, that the threefold lower nature becomes simply the means whereby the Ego contacts the world for purposes of helping the race. (1 -145)
When the personal lower self is subordinated to the higher rhythms and obedient to the new Law of Service, then the life of the soul will begin to flow through the man to the others, and the effect in a man's immediate family and group will be to demonstrate a real understanding and a true helpfulness...Nothing can stop or arrest the potency of this life of natural, loving service, except in those cases wherein the personality gets in the way. Then service, as the Teachers on the inner side of life understand it, gets distorted and altered into busy-ness. It becomes changed into ambition, into an effort to make others serve as we think service should be rendered, and into a love of power which hinders true service, instead of into love of our fellow men. (3-128/9)
The cause of all sorrow and woes is desire -- desire for that which is material. ... "No man liveth unto himself", and no nation either, and ...the goal of all human effort is loving understanding, prompted by a love for the whole.(4-166)
The Bulk of human beings are still too hungry, too devastated psychically, too bewildered and distressed, and too unsure of their future, their freedom and their security, to be in any condition to listen to Him.(5-110)
Those who know & sense the inner guiding hand of the hierarchy, are aware that the heart of humanity is sound, and that out of the present chaos, and perhaps largely because of it, there will emerge those competent to deal with the situation and adequate to the task of unification and synthesis. (2-409)
Why is (non-criticism) regarded as so essential a requirement? ...Because in a sudden burst of critical thought, the entire personality can be galvanized into a potent co-ordination, but of a wrong kind, and with disastrous results. Because the work of white magic and the carrying out of hierarchical purpose meets with basic hindrances in the relations existing between its workers and disciples. In the present opportunity there is no time for criticism to exist between workers. They hinder each other and they hinder the work.
...I urge upon all those who read these Instructions to forget their likes and their dislikes, and to overlook the personality hindrances which inevitably exist in themselves and in all who work upon the physical plane, handicapped by the personality. I urge upon all workers the remembrance that the day of opportunity will not last forever. The pettiness of the human frictions, the failures to understand each other, the little faults which have their roots in the personality and which are, after all ephemeral, the ambitions and illusions must all go. If the workers would practice detachment, knowing that the Law works, and that God's purposes must come to an ultimate conclusion, and if they would learn never to criticize in thought or word, the salvaging of the world would proceed apace, and the new age of love and illumination would be ushered in. (2- 560/1)
If men carried the concept of brotherhood, with all its implications, into the life and work everday, into all intercourse, whether between the capitalist and the labourer, the politician and the people, between nation and nation, or between race and race, there would emerge that peace on earth which nothing could upset or overturn. So simple a rule, and yet so utterly beyond the mental grasp of the majority! (2-303/4)