Devil Within Is The Devil Without

C J Lewis

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© C J Lewis. Acrylic on Canvas 18” x 24” Sydney, NSW, Feb. 2009



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The theme of the exhibition was Now Here’s My Darkside I did this as my understanding of the saying in the Bible: ‘As within, so without’.

I believe, everything that happens in this world is a reflection of our inner thoughts the path our mind takes which we react to that we don’t learn to control but instead allow to take control over our better reasoning by the use of evil thoughts that then become actions that are reflected to the without…the world in which we live, therefore making the evils of this world surface. And vice a versa…with good thoughts. I believe we all control this world and its outcome by what we allow to reflect from the within to the without.

This painting refers to the ego’s unwillingness, mainly through fear and laziness, to analyse through the unconscious (the sub-conscious) the conscious mind. To analyse the why’s, where and when’s of one’s conscious mind to find the answers that lay within the unconscious mind so as to see why an unpleasant action is put upon not only one’s self but also others. The inability or unwillingness to come to the light of reason to bring salvation from suffering and pain be it of the physical or mental process of one’s life.

© C J Lewis, Sydney 2009

An excerpt from ‘ Further Along The Road Less Travelled’ by Dr. M. Scott Peck in chapter 1, Consciousness And The Problem Of Pain, page 25 states:

‘But while consciousness is the whole cause of pain, it is also the cause of our salvation, because salvation is the process of becoming increasingly conscious. When we become increasingly conscious, we go further and further into the desert instead of burrowing into a hole like the people who choose not to grow up. And as we travel onwards, we bear more and more pain – because of our very consciousness.

As I said above, the word salvation means “healing”. It comes from the same word as salve, which you put on your skin in order to heal an area of irritation or infection. Salvation is the process of healing and the process of becoming whole. And health, wholeness, and holiness are all derived from the same root. They all mean virtually the same thing.

Even old atheist Sigmund Freud recognised the relationship between healing and consciousness when he said that the purpose of psychotherapy – healing of the psyche – was to make the unconscious conscious; that is, to increase consciousness. Carl Jung further helped us understand the unconscious, ascribing evil to our refusal to meet our shadow, or that part of our personality that we like to deny, that we like not to think about, not to be conscious of, that we’re continually trying to sweep under the rug of consciousness and keep unconscious.

Note that Jung ascribed human evil not to the shadow itself but to the refusal to meet this shadow. And refusal is a very active term. Those people who are evil are not just passively unconscious or ignorant; they will go far out of their way to remain ignorant or unconscious; they will kill or starts wars to do so.

I recognize, of course, that evil – like Love or God or Truth – is too large to submit to any single adequate definition. But one of the better definitions for evil is that it is “militant ignorance.” Militant unconsciousness.’

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