Our Own Personal Demons
Whether they are figments of our imaginations or actual spiritual beings, demons do exist.
Demons manifest themselves in many forms. They can be as dramatic as those monsters under the bed or scary faces in a dark mirror, or as subtle as
your "inner critic": that little voice in the back of your head that's always telling you you're wrong, you're screwing up and that you're a
fool to hold on to hope.
Denying that demons exist is specious, because regardless of whether they are "physical" or “imaginary”, they exist in the minds of those whom
they torment, which makes them plenty real enough.
Mickey Mouse is “imaginary”, but does that mean he doesn't exist? In light of his influence on the world, and the vast fortunes amassed in his
name and protected in his interests, to assert he doesn't exist would be obvious folly.
It's no accident that demons exist in the lore of every culture on earth, past and present. Demons and awareness of them are inherent to all
human history and experience, and have influenced both profoundly.
Quite an achievement for something that “doesn't exist”.
Demons: Care And Feeding
Demons thrive on fear. It reassures them that they aren't the only ones who are afraid (misery loves company), because that is something all demons
have in common: they are all
That's why they radiate fear.
The antidote to fear is love. Love is not just a feeling, but the emotion that accompanies understanding.
In other words: Love is the emotion of knowledge, and fear is the emotion of ignorance.
For all the demons which torment us, there are angels. Angels are more subtle than demons, which is why so many people believe in demons but not in
But angels exist, just as demons do. However, they do not intrude on our thoughts the way demons do – at least, not as obnoxiously -- because that
is not their way.
Demons seek control over others, while angels seek control over themselves.
Sympathy For The Devil
You may know a tree by the fruit it bears.
Demons radiate fear, because they live in fear. Angels radiate love, because they live in love.
Both demons and angels are spirits, just as we are.
Distinctions between them and ourselves are arbitrary and ultimately fictitious.
Knowing this, it is easy to see that we need fear neither, because they are our brothers and sisters.
Meditate on this enough, and you will be unable to love both angels and demons.
At least, that's how it's been for me.