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The Devil / Demons — Spiritual Message of the Day

May 22, 2011

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.” — John Milton

“… in Genesis there is no mention of God creating hell … hell is the product of separation from the Lord our God, created not by God but by the delusions of ignorance and forgetfulness.” — Tau Malachi (The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas: Meditations on the Mystical Teachings)

“Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of Heaven. Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of Hell.” — Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love)

Demons (Devil) -- Tarot of the Majors
We sometimes feel that we’re living in our own private Hell, and at such times there’s a great deal of truth to that feeling. However, the Hell we are in is not one of physical or external circumstances but of our perceptions of them and our attitudes toward them. Ultimately, our private Hell is an indication of our belief in the reality of our illusions about life, and the ultimate delusion is our illusion of separateness from each other and from the Divine. This illusion of being separate from other people allows us to treat them in ways that are “sinful,” and the illusion that we are separate from the Divine is the source of suffering that Hell represents: an agonizing separation from divine grace. The following affirmations from my book Tarot Affirmations can help you dispel this illusion.

I understand that we are all one, and I see that whatever I do to others, I do to myself.
As I recognize my connection with the Divine, I am delivered from my suffering.

We see, then, that Hellish circumstances may impel us develop the spiritual view that “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21) when we choose to view our difficult situations with love, compassion, and forgiveness. This is the spiritual perception that will lead us out of Hell and toward Heaven.
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If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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