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SLAVERY TO THE THREE SPIRITS

The soul that often gives in to the spirit of the flesh and the spirit of the world and the malicious spirit eventually becomes a slave of said spirits. In its great confusion it can only do what these three spirits want. This is the result of a long-standing and habitual acquiescence to their suggestions so that the soul becomes carnal, worldly and wicked on its own accord. With no outside promptings, it breeds lustful, carnal and worldly, but, worst of all, cruel thoughts. 

At this point, we do not know who is speaking, us or the three spirits. But does it matter when they say the same dangerous things? The evil that arises in our hearts may either come from these three evil spirits or, by your continuous consent, from you. 

If it is the three spirits that are speaking and not you, humbly turn to prayer and counsel. In this way you will withstand their attacks. But if it is your spirit, rebuke him sharply and with tears repent that you fell into so great evil and slavery; confess your habitual acquiescence and your often repeated sins. By this you might just recover your freedom again. 

The Cloud of Unknowing    

(01-05-02)

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