Inner Demons

There comes a time in each of our lives when we have to knuckle down and face our inner demons. I didn’t say we have to defeat them; facing them are enough for this conversation. The great Greek philosopher Socrates once said “Define your terms,” so this is what I mean by inner demons: those aspects within each individual that impede their spiritual growth. They can consist of attachments to past behaviors and/or events that continue to bring shame, anger, or other negative emotions. Inner demons can also be defined by present personal struggles either mentally, emotionally or spiritually. When I say ‘inner demon,’ I’m not talking about actual evil entities floating about tormenting you through no fault of your own. You may not like to hear this, but any inner demons you have originated from you, were manifested because of you, and have not been exorcized by you . . . yet. You gave these demons life, you continue to feed them either directly or indirectly, and you’re completely responsible for them. Sometimes it sucks to be you.

My novel OOBERS (which, by the way, is available everywhere you look. If you haven’t bought it yet, I’ll wait right here until you get it and then we can continue) has a powerful demon by the name of Brakin, who seems to be able to control his little corner of the Etheric plane and can spawn minor entities called the Sarga whose function is to influence their human pray. Get this, though: neither Brakin nor his little helpers have any power in the Physical universe until they hook up with a host who, for various reasons, opened the door and let them in. Remember what I said earlier about inner demons. To quote the famed gunslinger John Wesley Hardin: “I never killed a man that didn’t have it coming.” I don’t mean the various victims in OOBERS deserved to die. I’m saying the folks who let Brakin run the show inside of them weren’t necessarily the Sunday School teacher type. I can go into greater detail by pointing out certain characters in OOBERS and showing you how they set themselves up to be channels of horrific homicide, but then that would kind of spoil the book for you if you’re one of the 92 people in the world who haven’t had their brains seared by it yet. I digress, though. We’re talking about facing our inner demons, aren’t we?

Whatever little shameful secret that’s got you by the scrotum (or tit) isn’t going away on its own. I bet you know someone who seems to be haunted by something, or has some unidentifiable air about them that whispers of unresolved issues. I bet you know someone who wears their inner demons around their neck for the whole world to see, too. It isn’t enough to merely identify your inner demons. Most of us know exactly how and why we invited our demonic friends, but that doesn’t mean we’ve actually faced them yet. When you come face to face with the things that weigh you down and keep you from really moving on, you’re showing them that you’re no longer too afraid to acknowledge them, you’re demonstrating you’re willingness to stand up to them, and you’re finally dispelling the blanket of darkness between you. Now, obviously there are some inner demons that will cackle at you awhile before returning to the nefarious duties you gave them. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t let them crawl back into the darkest corners of your mind. There is something we all possess, and it is called inner courage. It shines such a light on your personal demons that there is nowhere for them to hide. Your inner courage is usually kept in a dark, seldom used place, but with the light of hope and the strength of love, you should have no trouble finding it.

There comes a time in each of our lives when we have to knuckle down and face our inner demons. That is if we want to control our own destiny. Of course, you can choose to be like any one of my unfortunate pawns and just let the demons run rampant in your life. I promise you that you will come to no good end that way, though. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the inner demons get to munch on your soul. My advice is to face them. And when you do, give them 30 days notice. Inner demons hate being evicted.

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