To dismiss something because it seems obvious has been the source of many grievous errors even in the most concrete disciplines.
Are you familiar with the term synchronicity? We protect our inner demons because they have meaning for us. This is why we created them, and they do indeed manifest both as a social shift due to scapegoating, and as weird synchronicities if they are heavily charged. There are meaningful events linked to the meaning of the inner demon.
Social shift due to scapegoating? Ah, each demon arises from a perceived meaning. Basically, a meaningful threat. It is usually the “cheat” demon, but sometimes it’s another. This is why people used to say “the devil made me do it“ and mean it. There is a need to objectify the inner demon, and we project the cheat demon onto others. You can always tell if someone has a strong inner demon. They see cheats everywhere, in loyal lovers, business partners. Eventually this stress makes them take on the role, if only subtly.
They attract it into their lives it seems. You wonder how they could have so much around them. Yes. They feel most comfortable when their life is recognizable, and our pet inner demons make our life recognizable.
So if you can’t beat them join them? Oh no. If you can’t beat them they stay with you. This is why they exist as inner demons, and why no amount of suppression works. They even show up in dreams. Now the mind has been proven to be unable to distinguish between the real and the vividly imagined, and awareness training will show that every inner demon has a “tell”. Something that identifies it with an inner attitude. They literally felt these attitudes were spiritual forces independent of the human soul. Most don’t think this anymore, but a person obsessed with one of their inner demons might even seem “possessed”. They develop tics and strange behaviours linked to their inner demon.
Now is every inner demon either created or passed down to us from our parents? Not necessarily. Some things are congenital. They are part and parcel of human genetics and both our genetics and our epigenetic inheritance manifest in our consciousness.
Maybe not passed down, but you might learn a certain behaviour such as poor body image from your parent? This is true, but it’s bigger than that.
What is epigenetic inheritance? Cultural habits of ingesting substances that bond with and alter DNA. It’s a new field of genetics. Like dropping acid? Oh yes, acid is an epigenetic vector. A changing vector? Yes. Epigenetic = changing? Specifically changing genetics, or genetics altering.
What has been realized is that some ideas, images, and perceptions are so ingrained into the human consciousness/nervous system that they have a sort of immortality. So images of insects, and vultures, and snakes are like inner demons, but of a greater degree of power transcending even our own minds.
Therefore common archetypes or symbols in dreams? And linked with meanings. Bugs eat the dead. Snakes are the deadly biter in hiding. Things like that.
Perhaps one of the most important things to know about inner demons is that they stay because you have a reason to keep them. As much as you hate them, they arose and existed as servants to you creating your own reality. As a matter of fact, hating them makes them stay. As they say, there is a fine line between love and hate, and the inner demon seems “demonic” because it was born of your hate of something. If you don’t hate the inner demon it weakens.
If we hate something, that gives it power. As you lose investment in the inner demon it disappears? Yes, indeed. The same works with love.
If you hate nothing then you have no demons? Is it possible to hate nothing? Hmm, it’s possible to see hate for what it is, and therefore strip hate of power over you.
The same with loving everything? What you love you give power also.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.