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  • is the deliberate neglect of our own genuine needs and those of others
  • is the ripe fruit of the emotional programs for happiness and over-identification with our group
  • is due in part to the human condition and hence, responsibility may be diminished
  • is ultimately rooted in the separate self sense, the source of our dualistic view of life that reinforces the false self
  • affects all of human behavior as in the doctrine of Original Sin 

  • IL: 9-10, 26, 40
  • HC: 17
  • AW: 23, 53
  • CF: 40, 57
  • MC: 5
  • BP: 112-113
  • OMOH: 129 

The human condition involves the tendency to sin, described in moral theology as the “capital sins,” a doctrine developed by Evagrius of Pontus in the fourth century. The tendency to sin is rooted in the energy centers of survival and security, affection and esteem, and power and control that are the foundations of the false self. Over-dependence on groups to which we may belong is also a pillar of the false self and the source of many evils.

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Sin is the deliberate refusal to respond to God’s grace. It is the neglect of our own true good and genuine needs as well as those of others. Sin reinforces the false self. It is the ripe fruit of the emotional programs for happiness. To repent of our sins is to change the direction in which we are looking for happiness.


 Reflection: Listening

The tendency to sin is part of the human condition. Sin reinforces the false self.

Reflection: Reflecting

How might you redirect energy from your tendency to sin?

Reflection: Responding

Recognize your need for survival and security. Acknowledge your need for affection and esteem. Be aware of your need for power and control.