The Bad Seed

Sarah Tirri
January 9, 2020

Until our higher–selves dictate our emotions and therefore our actions, many of us will unconsciously project our base nature onto others. Those who have no restraint and end up doing this to a greater degree, those who have committed heinous crimes, have to be disconnected from the rest of us, rehabilitated, and pardoned. Divine justice will prevail as we remain humane. But we must ask ourselves: Can a soul be permanently damaged? And if it is damaged, is it still perfect? Isn’t every soul God’s creation—even if it hasn’t done particularly well by conventional monotheistic standards?

An evolving world will demand answers to questions like: Why do some people turn out so badly and others with similar childhood experiences turn out well? When contemplating the lives of those who actively seek sordid life experiences, you will likely discover complicated souls who find their way back to this planet century after century, always sheathing their souls in a personality that offers no resistance to their inner drive, a pre-programming of sorts. They literally pick up where they left off. The belief in reincarnation implies that man is not here necessarily to live a virtuous life and score a place at the right hand of the Lord (but good on you if you manage it).

Some of us have managed to create hellish little existences by using our freewill in a world that can express itself in all directions with absolute impunity—a world created by God so we novices could learn to manage energy (thought). This means the endowment of freewill upon yet-to-be-perfected beings often or inevitably entails hardship and tragedy, but does not mean we are flawed? Not at all.

The world is full of people who, as they have reincarnated, have dug very deep karmic holes for themselves and will spend centuries clawing their way back up. At worst, I feel pity for the lost souls and at best compassion because I believe that their souls have unconsciously created a life of suffering and have racked up extraordinary levels of karmic debt because it is highly likely they were unaware of the curriculum. But this does not mean there is anything flawed in the people in question. It just means we coexist with others who are slower to learn in a world of (limited) free will, a world that would have no meaning if this polarity didn’t exist. We would not know what up was without knowing down, light without dark, love without hate, trust without betrayal.

We live in a culture that despises darkness because our traditional monotheistic notions of good and evil leave no room for the fact that God Himself created humans with the capacity to express evil. (See my novel, The Starside Prophecy which you can download for free on this site.) We are not a fallen race, we are an evolutionary race. The ridiculous mythology of fallen angels and bad biblical apples should no longer satisfy an advanced culture that must wake up to what God did. All of us are perfect because we were created by a perfect God and given autonomy in this “earth school” to evolve.

In her book New Age Metaphysics, Paula Tyler says that “…many of us have accepted the idea that there is something bad about the human race. This belief is often shared by contemporary activists who are concerned with the environment and pollution. These individuals see humans as the villains of our times. They view these people as incapable of properly caring for the planet and point to all the wars, violence and pollution as evidence of the innate evilness of humans. This makes for a great feeling of inferiority and a sense that humans are somehow doomed to extinction by their own hands. How can you properly accept the idea of being an eternal, unlimited being, if you think you are incapable of living in harmony with your own planet? It is necessary to rid ourselves of this notion of the evilness of humanity very quickly. There is nothing wrong with us. We have simply been misguided as to the real orientation of our Universe and our place in it.”

My husband is agnostic and his secular view of good and evil means that he is only able to see people in terms of what they contribute to society. Addressing anyone who has “fucked up,” he would say something like, “You are a piece of shit and you would have been better of dying in your mother’s womb. I respect only what a man can produce for society, and you produce nothing.” Interestingly, I have detected, on more than one occasion that my husband thinks that I am deluded and my compassion for social misfits is brought on by weakness and dull thinking. I have a feeling that much of America thinks as he does.

In his book The Soul’s Code, psychologist and scholar James Hillman expounds upon his theory that each of us possesses a fully formed, unique soul at birth and that the “calling” of the soul has a determining influence on our destiny. The author urges the members of modern culture to relinquish the standard concepts of good and evil in favor of the notion that we have ingrained within us a “seed” and our many propensities are of the seed’s urging. Hillman says that our urges are not aroused by how we were parented, by our economic status, or by environmental conditioning. He says, “A society that willfully insists upon innocence as the noblest of virtues and worships innocence at its altars in Orlando, Anaheim and on Sesame Street, will be unable to see any seed of any kind unless it be sugar-coated… The idea of the Bad Seed, the idea that there is a demonic call, should startle our native intelligence, awakening it from the innocence of our American theories so that as a nation we can see that evil is attracted to, and belongs with, innocence.”

Mother Teresa heard her soul calling, and it seems her calling was as bodhisattva. The “saints” that choose to come back here, and those of us in between, share this planet with others who have not yet managed the art of managing energy. That’s all.

The “Bad Seed with a demonic calling,” as articulated by Hillman, is quite a good description of the many who inhabit our maximum security prisons, but prefixing the word seed with “bad” does not adequately convey the view that a bad seed is a creation of God and that, while humans shun and despise the bad seed, God himself does not. How could He? And if He doesn’t, what gives us the right? There is nothing bad about any of God’s creations, no matter how reprehensible we find their actions, and if we as a society were willing to reconsider “God’s plan” we would realize that, although bad seeds are everywhere, they have as much right to be here and working though all their shit as you and me.

My husband would be the first to scorn this point of view by saying something like, “Sarah, I’ll bet, if you woke up in the early hours and found a man in a balaclava clutching an AR15, you would not have such a kindly worldview.”

If I woke up and found an intruder in my living room, I would do what was necessary to defend my family from his ill intentions, and that is a fact. I would grab one of my husband’s numerous pistols, aim for his balls, and empty my clip. If I only had access to a sawn-off shotgun, I would use that and then re-decorate. Either way, I would see to it that his ability to harm me or my children ended. I would do anything to protect my children (and deal with the spiritual repercussions) because my maternal instincts would be so on fire that not pulling the trigger would be impossible. If the intruder survived, it would be society’s job to keep him off the streets and see to it that his reach was forever limited to a few inches beyond the bars that confine him. Is this a double standard? No. Social justice is not the same as spiritual justice. I advocate both.

How can we protect ourselves from bad seeds? After many hours re-pondering this question, I reached the same conclusion that I reached years ago. If everything happens for a reason, and I truly believe it does, then we should not worry about bad seeds invading our lives as a random occurrence. We understood prior to coming here that certain spiritual laws govern this existence, and one of them is that, in order for us to evolve into more than we are now, we “attract” into our lives only what is necessary for our spiritual growth or karmic balance. These laws are in place to assist and protect us, and they are absolute. A God of Magnificence would not have set it up any other way.

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