Most spiritual problems can be understood from the perspective of sin. The Buddha taught the Noble Eightfold Path of correct action and the Christian tradition has the 7 Deadly sins for us to steer clear of. Modern spirituality seems to like to picture things in terms of energy and essence so with that in mind we will revisit the 7 Deadly Sins.
What are the 7 Deadly Sins?
- Lust (wanting to release energy)
- Gluttony (wanting more energy)
- Greed (wanting more energy)
- Sloth (not having enough energy)
- Wrath (surge of energy)
- Envy (energy out of balance seeming to favor the other)
- Pride (energy out of balance seeming to favor one’s self)
How do the 7 Deadly Sins relate to energy?
Lust – Energy of sexual attraction, energy of the sexual force wanting to attract and surge forth as in the case of the sinful ejaculation. Wanting to sinfully release the energy in the lustful animalistic experience. Wanting the energy escalation of sexual union. Can be related to greed in wanting to possess the object of desire.
Gluttony – Desiring more energy for the body. Sugar for example is a high energy food and gluttony often involves the desire of excessive sweets and desserts. We all need to eat but gluttons never have enough food energy and the pleasure it gives them to consume as they constantly desire more.
Greed – Wanting more energy. Money is energy. Things of value are essentially energy. Valuables equate to energy or force in that you can exchange them for work or power. Greed always wants more of everything, more energy.
Sloth – Sloth is a problem of having too little energy. If our energy needs are out of harmony we want more and more (greed) and if we have too little energy then we want to do less and less which constitutes slothfulness.
Wrath or Anger – Wrath or anger is often an uncontrollable surge of energy. In order to effectively handle anger or wrath we must not allow these surges of hostile energy to control our behavior. Calmness can dissipate anger and wrath.
Envy – Believing the other has it better and that you have it worse. The energy is perceived as unbalanced with the envious person as lacking and the other as possessing.
Pride – Believing that you are better and that the other(s) are worse. The energy is unbalanced with the proud perceiving themselves as possessing more positive energy, traits, or things than the other(s).
This just goes to show how one’s views on working with energy can apply to help enhance ethical behavior. Balance is harmony. Excess often leads astray.
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