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Overcoming temptations - the drive and the power

Temptations appeal to the drive.

By on 24 May 2020

Temptations appeal to the drive.

Overcome in temptations

What is a temptation?

Put simply, a "temptation" is an attempt to lead a person away from the "right path".
There are opposing forces at work within the human being. These are the two fundamental opposites: love or power.
. They act as "the good or the evil instinct".

A temptation tempts man to selfish behaviour with which he harms others and also himself.

How do temptations work?

The feeling of lack

Temptations lure people to deviate from their good intentions and follow their urges instead, separating them from the power of love and undermining their trust because they suggest a lack.
The greater the lack, the more powerful the temptation.

Faith, however, which is rooted in love, knows no lack, but is full of trust that what is needed will be given.

Domination of the urges and loss of control

When the urges take over, man can lose orientation and control over his life (although he has consciousness and should "know better"). This is because the ego instrumentalises and abuses consciousness to enforce egoic desires through cunning strategy. [S. Serpent's Tongue and the King's Treasure (the Third Eye) and Human consciousness and the rise of the serpent.]
From the drive to the ego

Basic needs

The drive is rooted in basic needs.
There are physical and psychological basic needs. On the one hand, material requirements must be met, such as food, closeness, sleep. On the other hand, humans also have immaterial needs, such as security, affection, belonging, understanding, affirmation ...

Self and species preservation instinct

The human drive has developed from the animal instinct of self-preservation and preservation of the species into the ego. The Ego no longer knows any natural boundaries, but abuses consciousness (strategy and "cunning") in order to expand its sphere of power ever further (s. The Fall of Man Report).
Ultimately, fear is behind the power instinct. A lack of love and trust moves people to put themselves in a position of power in order to be able to take without having to give anything of themselves away.

Temptations, search and addiction

Anyone who feels weak, helpless or at the mercy of others feels a lack. This awakens desire and the person looks for ways to cover up or compensate for the inner emptiness. Distractions and consumption provide short-term relief, but they can lead to more dependence, more weakness and addiction.

What can temptations look like in concrete terms?

Temptations in body, soul and spirit

Temptations can affect all three areas of life, body, soul and spirit, and take a different form depending on the one:

Body: taking and consuming instead of giving

Physical-material temptations focus on the desire for consumption and quick gratification. Thus strength and superiority are used to achieve a better position, often at the expense of others who are used and exploited.
The trap is impatience instead of trust: "I want it all and I want it now!" - "I want it all NOW".

Soul: Domination through manipulation and dominance instead of attention

Soul-spiritual temptations are rooted in the need for affirmation, recognition, understanding, attention, admiration, praise, even "worship". The trap is lack out of dissatisfaction (the attitude: "Actually, I deserve something better ..."). The temptation is to force what one longs for by manipulating or pressuring the other person.

Spirit: Power instead of love

Spiritual temptations want to divert man from the path of love and instead draw him into the sphere of action of power, so that he becomes either a victim or a perpetrator (see The Ego). Thus he simply wants to fall and drift or he desires control and domination in order to be able to take. But he never gets enough, because his true longing, love and acceptance cannot be satisfied this way.

He who has no love in and for himself is like a bottomless pit.

Overcome in temptations

The antidote: devotion and space

Love gives man the strength to grow beyond his fearful, narrow ego. True love is always in abundance and therefore does not have to take from others, but can give itself away. Thus the lover can give himself freely and leave space for the other.

Abstinence and renunciation: Training to strengthen the mind

Those who recognise their urges and drivers can resist them. To this end, it is important to practise abstinence and renounce consumption in all areas of life:

  1. BodyTemporary renunciation of food, pleasure, sexuality out of mindfulness and to leave space for the neighbour.
  2. SoulIndependence from understanding, recognition and appreciation of others. Those who rest in themselves do not need these. This means self-control ("containment"), namely taking responsibility for oneself and one's own needs and not accusing or blackmailing others.
  3. Spirit: To take renunciation of power even if one could.

Resistance to temptation is trained through renunciation. Instead of using power to assert egoistic needs, it is much more important to give oneself out of trust and fullness and to allow others their space.

Through abstinence, the drive becomes weaker, the spirit stronger and the consciousness ("the inner man") is clarified. Love for oneself and others gives man the strength to resist temptations.

The temptations of Jesus

Jesus also had to endure temptations. It is reported that after 40 days of physical abstinence (fasting), he was tempted in the realm of the spirit:

  1. Body : making bread from stones in the power of the spirit.
  2. Soul: throwing itself from the pinnacle of the temple to demonstrate spiritual power and election.
  3. Spirit: The temptation of world domination.

Namely, the spiritual temptations concerned all three aspects of consciousness, the masculine side of God (see Masculine Wholeness 3-in-1, Father - Son - Spirit), 3 x 3, i.e. the Three as the divine-spiritual number exponentiated = 9.

[S. The Temptations of Jesus in the Desert.]

40 and 9 "days" from the resurrection to Pentecost.

This phase of temptations is again tinged every year in the time between Easter and Pentecost. So it takes 40 days until Ascension Day and another nine until Pentecost. Pentecost means 50 and celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit with power, authority and fiery passion. 

[p. 50; Pentecost and Prophecy.]

Testing in all areas of life: the hero's path

The goal for the human being is to stand self-efficiently in life with his consciousness and thus to "rule" wisely as a good king in his own life over his resources and possibilities.
This goal is achieved through the Hero's Path achieved. If the human being has decided on the path of love, then he is led by life itself into different testing situations and is given the opportunity to prove himself.

He who has overcome temptations is endowed with the power and fullness of the Spirit. In doing so, he has also gained his soul and eternal life.

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