The Dark Jewel – Temptation

This dark jewel is very operative in our times. Its energy pervades. Every time you yield to temptation you are technically working with darkness. You are opening the door and letting in the darkness, simple as.

At one time or another we all succumb to temptation, whether that be to tell a white lie, exaggerate something for our “benefit” or maybe on the tax return. Temptation is at the heart of some pranks on YouTube. There is a gold digger series, whereby some bloke gets rebuffed and then he drives up in a flash car, all of a sudden, the woman changes her attitude. We can be tempted by many things, but power is one of the strongest, as is money.

To give an example, of something which people do not deem heinous. There is the temptation to snoop.  From the privacy of our homes and internet firewall, we can snoop on other people. They do not know we are snooping on them, so we feel empowered so to do. There is a part of us that knows this is off. We might justify it along the lines that if he/she did not want to be snooped on, they would not have put this stuff up. We might then gather together with a cabal and gossip about the low-hanging fruit available to us on the internet. We have picked said fruit and gorged upon it. And he/she, the orchard owner, does not even know. My, aren’t we cunning and clever.

If you think about it snooping from “the shadows” implies darkness…and in the darkness strange things grow.

The dark jewel has put its roots into us and it starts to grow. All dark jewels work in a surreptitious manner and before long, their tendrils pervade.

The best antidote to the dark jewel – temptation is the light jewel – discernment. It is by learning how to discern better that we can offset the temptation.

It is my experience that the energy of this light jewel #17 is the most sorely lacking in our times. Temptation has usurped it and we are all besotted by the shiny and the glamorous.

Temptation is the jewel par excellence of short-cuts and “advantage”. These are seen as smart and clever.

Each of knows, at least a little, when we are being tempted.

Having cued this up:

Can I sense temptation starting to work on me?

Do I like the feeling?

Is it somehow exciting and maybe naughty?

Temptation Quotes

Ever notice that the whisper of temptation can be heard farther than the loudest call to duty.

Earl Wilson

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… I can resist everything but temptation.

Oscar Wilde

Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.

Billy Sunday

Temptation is a woman’s weapon and man’s excuse.

H. L. Mencken

We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.

Thomas a Kempis

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.

Lyman Abbott

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.

William Shakespeare

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body.

H. L. Mencken

What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don’t want to discourage it completely.

Franklin P. Jones

Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw

Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.

Joey Adams

Temptation and Justification

The first thing to say is that if you have never been tempted you are not human. The second thing is that in the previous post, Faust who deems himself smart and learned never the less invites Mephistopheles over his threshold. Doh! Faust thought he was outwitting but ended up outwitted. Our cleverness can be our undoing, we think we can outsmart.

To set this up I am going to use a hypothetical example, which is a social norm of sorts. As such it may be that you think that I am making a fuss about nothing. Nevertheless, bear with me. It is “socially acceptable” to a degree to snoop on others on the internet, to covertly read their blog or trawl through their social media. There is a kind of fascination and because we think nobody is watching we might indulge a little too much, that may lead to voyeurism and obsession. Temptation is there by the megabyte.

If we come across the media of someone known to us, we might take a cursory glance out of curiosity and leave it there. At this level there is no harm. If we imagine that they may say something about us in that media, we get nosier. If we have a grudge or a crush on someone, we might start to delve ever deeper. We kind of know we did not ought to be doing this, however there is a temptation. We can start to make weird justifications. “If he/she did not want me to be looking at this then they would not have put it up.” “He or she is actually inviting me.” At which point we could alert the person of our presence by leaving an electronic calling card, such as a thumbs-up or we can continue our surveillance. By now our behaviours have become more than a little furtive. So, we start to justify things even more. “I’ll only take one more look.” But that one becomes many. We may even develop a habit. “I’ll see what weird shit Fred has been up to today.” If we think we might somehow get an advantage over Fred through our continued surveillance we are now starting to justify that surveillance on strategic grounds. “Better keep an eye on Fred in case there is something I can use later, Fred may be out to get me.” Once things have gotten to this stage we will never reveal to Fred that we have him under our microscope.

Before long the temptation to carry on something which is “up to no good” has taken hold and we have thoroughly justified it and continue to do so.

Whenever temptation presents there is nearly always some justification as to why it is OK to yield to temptation, either live or post hoc., the two go together. Human beings are adept at dreaming up a whole host of justifications to allow themselves to do dodgy shit.

Having cued this up:

What do you reckon, do temptation and justifications often skip along hand in hand?

The Lust for Power and Kudos

Depending on your own personal orientation you will have a lust for power and kudos to a greater or lesser extent. In some these are very strong, and it is a strategic weakness in their make-up. Whilst they are busy drooling and currying favour, they can become hypnotised and lose sight of what it is they once stood for. They may seek fame and money. And when a movie producer asks them up to his hotel room, they complain about his todger waving about. Gullible is a word that springs to mind.

“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back.”

– Yoda

So, they get to look at the eye of the dark side, so to speak. And that short-cut to fame has a price attached.

Many have gotten themselves into tricky situations because of their lust for power and kudos. They may hitch their wagon to someone famous only to find out that they are a creep and a bastard. All the while the promise of power and kudos by association beckons, they are blinded. “It can’t be, it can’t possibly be. I don’t want to see it because it would ruin my cunning plan, my short-cut to glory.”

There is a temptation for every human on the planet, the universe designed it that way. It has the patent.

Some questions pertaining to this:

Do I lust after power and kudos?

If so, why?

Has this lust, this temptation, ever led me astray?

Pandora’s Box

What is it about Pandora’s Box (or Jar) that is so irresistible? The metaphor has wide application, people can’t resist the temptation to take a sneaky peak and then they unleash a whole bunch of stuff with often widespread implications of an unforeseen nature. It could be an exam paper on a teacher’s desk, it could be the Facebook account of an ex-lover or ex-colleague, or it could be that first ever dragon chased. People know it to be probably unwise, but that temptation is strong. There is something about possibly forbidden fruit, when something is a bit naughty or cunning; it draws. If there is the promise of an advantage to be had, a shortcut to be made, many are susceptible. And once Pandora’s box has been opened, a chain of events has been set in motion which is unstoppable, and which may bifurcate and evolve. One may slam the lid down, but it is already too late, the damage has been started.

Pandora’s box can take many forms, it can be a rumour started, a lie told, checking the ‘phone of a partner, an exaggeration which continues to grow and mutate. The boy who cried wolf is a close relative of Pandora’s box. Something which seems relatively harmless can initiate a chain reaction. The thing is that once you have taken a sneaky peak, often you cannot un-see that which you have seen.

Having cued this up:

Have I ever opened a Pandora’s Box?

Why did I do that?

What were the consequences?