One of the most important ‘archetype’ in the human psyche is ‘The Devil’ or Satan . He is seen as the personification of evil and leads humans to commit evil deeds contrary to the will of God .
From Wikipedia – Satan :
“Satan (Hebrew: הַשָּׂטָן ha-Satan), “the opposer”, is the title of various entities, both human and divine, who challenge the faith of humans in the Hebrew Bible . In Christianity the title became a personal name, and “Satan” changed from an accuser appointed by God to test men’s faith to the chief of the rebellious fallen angels (“the devil” in Christianity, “Shaitan” in Arabic, the term used by Arab Christians and Muslims) . In Islam, a shayṭān is any evil creature, whether human, animal or spirit. With the definite article, the Shayṭān is Iblis, the Devil .”
In most spiritual traditions, Satan is seen as the adversary of God who is in an eternal war with God over the human spirit . We are told we must guard against his subtle and cunning plans to entrap us into his evil ways . And pardon me, for being cynical but protection from Satan always seems to involve handing over wads of cash .
One of the characteristics of Satan is that he is always found outside of ourselves . He is seen as an external invisible being who manipulates humanity into his devilish tricks against God .
Actually, I believe in a kind of Satan but my ‘Satan’ is not found in the ether but within the Mind of humanity . He is often described as the ‘adversary’ of God and this is a good definition . Within our mind, there is a part of us that wishes to remain separate from God and Life . It sees itself as isolated against a vengeful Old Testament type God who tells us we are ‘sinners’ and have sinned and it is this belief sytem that I would I describe as Satan .
The ‘Fall’ is the account of our imaginary separation from ‘All There Is’ with the birth of our Ego . It is impossible for there to be anything outside of ‘All There Is’ because that is ‘All There Is’ and even if we imagine ourselves to be separate and in a constant battle with Life, it is not the truth .
‘Satan’ stems from the belief in guilt . We think we are guilty and are ‘sinners’ but we project this outside of us onto to each other and symbols of this guilt such as Satan . There is no Satan and we are not sinners, forever damned in the eyes of God .
We/You/I are Innocence . We cannot be guilty because guilt does not exist in reality but in our Mind, and Satan is an example of this fevered imagination . ‘Satan’ is the result of our wish to be separate from God and this is a choice we make . Maybe, it is time we changed our Mind .