This is what the Masters made clear to me. I was also told that during the period of my training (and probably throughout life) evil entities would seek to influence my thoughts ..... but they could be banished by love. He (the Master) told me not to have fear of evil or dwell on it but to be aware that it exists. “It has no power over you unless you give it power” he said.
When the Master said that evil entities could be banished by love he was not suggesting that I should try to love them. That would be naïve in the extreme as such beings are quite without moral scruple and would respond to proffered love in only one way. By seeking to take advantage of it. This is why Christ advised his disciples to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves, and not just the latter of the two. They must go together. What the Master was saying was that I should cultivate an attitude of love so that when dark thoughts arose in my mind (possibly projected there by the evil entities) I would not succumb to them but easily be able to dismiss them. I would just not respond to them, seeing them as belonging to the world of falseness. The light of love makes the mind impervious to shadow or, as another holy being once told me, love disperses all darkness.
This gives us the key to the greatest protection against evil. It is love. That is hardly a revelation, of course, but it is worth looking at for a moment for not only is love the mark of a spiritual person, it is also, from a purely practical point of view, a shield against which evil can do nothing. We could explain that in a vaguely scientific way by saying it is a form of energy of a far higher frequency than anything at the devil’s disposal so he simply cannot penetrate it but I prefer to look at it like this. Darkness can only deepen darkness that is already present. Where there is light, it just vanishes into nothing.
The Masters can defend us from some attacks (they told me so themselves) but they cannot or more probably will not, defend us from all for if they did how could we learn to rise above such things and become Masters ourselves? What they can do is help us if we help ourselves and, to that end, they gave me certain methods to protect against evil. One of these was prayer. If we ask for protection it will be given. You might reasonably wonder why it is not given anyway but the point is that the initiative must come from us. Human beings are normally closed. We must open ourselves to receive it. We must abandon the ego and submit (prayer is a form of submission which is why a certain type of person dislikes it) in order to be able to accept freely offered help from above. Prayer, true prayer, lifts us above ourselves and so away from the only area in which the dark forces can operate. Therefore the very act of praying if it is done with humility and sincerity will protect us in itself.
Another technique that was suggested to me was to imagine an armour of light around me that would protect me from the evil influences when they attacked. To the convinced materialist this might seem the purest fantasy but, in spiritual terms, everything is mind. There is nothing in the external world that does not first arise in thought. When we talk about the dark forces we are not talking about physical beings but beings that exist in a mental world, a world where thoughts are things. Here concepts such as light and dark are not just symbolic terms. They are actualities and so, as with love which can be equated to light, the visualisation of an armour of light will form a barrier to lower forms of energy. As stated above, where there is light there cannot be darkness. Naturally any visualisation must be sufficiently concentrated to be effective but if you focus your thought, using imagination and willpower, and try to establish a firm connection to the spiritual world through both head and heart you will be rewarded. Persistence is the key to success.
I realise it could be thought that even discussing these fallen beings is to give them an importance that might augment their power over us. Actually they don’t have any power over us at all (see the Master’s words above) but they are able to exploit our weaknesses. Therefore it makes sense to be aware of them and know how they operate. You may not believe in evil powers or demons or whatever you want to call them. You may not think you need protection. You may think that nothing comes into your mind that does not originate there. However I can assure you that if you are on the spiritual path in any serious sense what the Masters told me also applies to you, and it is foolhardy to ignore it. The greater progress you make, the more you will be assailed by evil in all its forms. That is a solid fact and one you need to know. You need to know it not to have fear of evil or dwell on it but to be aware that it exists. A common analogy is with bacteria. These will infect you if you are exposed to them whether you believe in them or not. In the past we were ignorant of this and suffered for our ignorance as we took no steps to protect ourselves. Now we understand the practical necessity for cleanliness and so we observe basic rules of hygiene almost as a matter of course. We don’t go through life terrified of germs but we have acquired the habit of making sure our environment is as pure as it can be because we know the consequences that could arise if we neglect this. So it is with spiritual protection.
I will conclude this post with another piece of advice from the Masters with an interesting suggestion about the power of certain colours. It also points out how disharmony in relationships can be stimulated by evil influences and tells us how we should tackle this. Not everything we think or feel is our own, and it is very important not to follow or pay heed to negative impulses if and when they arise. The devil (I am speaking figuratively) loves to sow seeds of dissension. We must make sure these always fall on stony ground.
The Master told me to give love and support to Michael, and to realise that if I felt antipathy or irritation towards him this was the evil influences at work and should be ignored. I should meditate on blue and gold as this would purify the mind and take it to a higher level where such influences could not operate.
The purest spiritual symbol is the sun in a clear blue sky. One pointed meditation on that will take your mind to a sphere far above all darkness and illusion.