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Orthodox view on Thoughts, the Evil Eye, and Dreams

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Watch your thoughts for they become your words, your words because they become your actions.
Watch your actions for they become your habits,
watch your habits for they become your character.
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.

-- Anonymous

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (Greek: Ὅσιος Παΐσιος ὁ Ἁγιορείτης), born Arsenios Eznepidis (1924–1994), was a well-known Greek Eastern Orthodox ascetic from Mount Athos, who originated from Pharasa, Cappadocia. After becoming a soldier, he retired from a worldly life to become an elder of the church and (According to Wikipedia) reposed from this world in 1994. During his time he has offered some of the greatest insights to our modern concerns.

First and foremost Orthodoxy (the straight path, which can be lonesome and harsh, narrow) is about struggle.

We must be aware of our pride, pride is the ultimate cause of our downfall. We who are Catechumen (myself included) must still keep these things in mind. No secrets, there are no "special revelations" or secrets being kept. The Orthodox Church, unlike some societies, does not hide the word of Christ. Anyone who claims to be an elder and gives you special revelations is a mountebank. Some saints could say prophecies, which are warnings, but even then their warnings can be vague and clouded.

"but the church does not keep secrets" -- St. Paisios of Mt. Athos

"The evil eye comes from people who are jealous or malicious" -- St. Paisios

There are certain people who are just evil and sinful, they cannot help it its second nature to them. A woman will see a woman with another child, and think to herself bitterly: "why is that not mine, why does she have a child." The woman may have a complex, she is barren or for some reason, she can't do it.

Her malicious thoughts can actually hurt the baby. In other cases, people in villages were said to have hurt the animals of others just because of their jealousy. In our lives, people who are jealous, hate, bitter of others can make people sick, have an accident, and other things. Headaches, dysfunctional, etc. It comes from people

If a father looks at Pornography during the night, that will hurt the children in the day. That pornography will have harmful effects on the children, one way or another. Because those images are burned into the mind of the father, and those passions will make his heart turbulent. God has removed his grace from the father because of his sins and allowed the children to be hurt. God does everything for the salvation of the soul, that is love and have special meaning.

We have no right to judge to judge God's judgement. Any thoughts of this and that comes straight from hell.

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." (Mark 7:21-23)

EVIL EYE:

Anyways. The evil eye has real consequences, but can be avoided by constant attendance to church. Of course, many in our current time do not do this but do certain superstitions, or even go to mediums for "help." These things are deceptions placed by demons. These tricks can actually work, but the thing with demons is that it's for the purpose of taking you off the path. It will work temporarily, long enough to steer you off, and when it doesn't work it will leave you more dazed and spiritually confused than when you started.

"The evil eye.. is an action of the devil which is committed by envious people" "dispel every action of the devil, every satanic onslaught" -- St. Basil

An action of the devil cannot affect 1. Saints 2. Priests 3. People who are part of the sacramental life of the Church. [1] In the life of St. Justina, a sorcerer cast a spell to make her fall in love. She was physically shaken, but

Some of them have eye pendants, some people even post these trinkets on their Instagram and social media. Yours truly included. Charms like these are offered, and people flock to them. Why do they run here? Because the demons make them go there. The solution is:

1. Don't wear pendants, don't place them on babies. Don't hold them anymore. They don't work, you should have a cross.

2. Drink holy water provided by the priest.

3. Go to the church, and confess your sins. On confession later:

It matters what your heart is made of. The Evil eye is a demonic force. In Genesis, Cain and Abel worshipped God and offered sacrifices to him. God accepted Abel because his heart was good and discerning, Abel discerned through faith the Lord's coming incarnation. God rejected Cain. Why? His heart was not right with God. Cain was dominated with passions, and his arrogant worship was rejected by the Lord. He then fell into extreme despondency due to this.

"Then God said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He replied, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"

Cain said: "My guilt is too great to be forgiven!"

Cain felt guilt for his murder, of course, however, he used his guilt as an excuse to avoid repentance. He did not believe in the grace of God, and he willfully allowed his passions to blind his heart. God wanted Cain to repent then, but Cain out of not having a still heart (it was turbulent because of passions). Cain refused to deal with passions through repentance, his anger leads him to hate and murder. Cain murdered his own brother, his flesh and blood and did not even repent for that. He refused to accept responsibility, and in a similar sense, a father or mother is responsible for their sins because they can hurt their child.

Cain rejected his responsibility to care for his younger brother, even the responsibility for his anger in murdering him. God cursed him on earth.

To these "evil-eye-doers," The Stoic Emperor Marcus Aurelius stated: “You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

When we fall into pride, God removes his grace from us and misfortune happens. He allows us to fall into sin, and to humble ourselves. Your pride is your worst enemy. Worse than any thug or hater. Adam and Eve fell from pride, the Shaytaan fell from heaven because of his pride. If something like this happens, be grateful god loves you and wants to protect you from this sin.

When people kick themselves because they are being unfortunate and they're apostates or whatnot, perhaps they weren't ever baptized. They run to charlatans and liars to take care of it. Godless non-Orthodox people (or apostates) who have worked with magicians, occultists, sorcerers etc. will have ripple effects in their spiritual lives later on. An aspect of themselves is still under that shadow and it will take much spiritual struggle to undo it.

Do not be despondent, if the Shaytaan were to repent then even he would be able to be saved. It takes struggle, but there the path is always there. You just have to make the free choice to go through it.

Prayer to remove the evil eye (Greek): https://www.vimaorthodoxias.gr/efxi-...-gia-vaskania/

sources:

https://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/201...-evil-eye.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcYrCW3Uems&t=

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