Contemplating god/the gods is an excellent practice. It structures our perception of our narrower lives in a useful way. Even if your highest principle is an abstract notion, it serves the same purpose.
There is no Satan necessary. You are your own Satan. In old catholic terms, the demons that run the pits of torment are called the kindly ones. People think they are on their own side by being in control, doing what they choose to do, by getting what they think they want. We are our own kindly ones.
There is a reason they say beware what you wish for. It is an old Sufi curse, may your every wish be immediately fulfilled. Can you imagine the suffering? We don’t understand what we seek to control, ourselves. So in lacking understanding, we might say I wish they were dead. If that were immediately fulfilled our planet would be rather barren or at least devoid of humans, and it isn’t from our natures that this arises. When people assert that our souls are inherently good they are right, but we sell our souls to our egos.
In seeking to grow, to achieve, to succeed, seek to understand. Solomon gained a kingdom merely from seeking understanding.
Desire, passion…these aren’t the evils people speak of them as. The control twists desire, corrupts passion. People fear passion, but in extreme it denies control. Passions born of inner nature rightfully remove control and should be permitted to. Hedonism isn’t an evil. Seeking pleasure isn’t evil. Seeking to deny pleasure, refusing another their pleasure, controlling pleasure, that is the only evil of pleasure. Pleasure isn’t evil of itself. The only thing that seduces is the idea of control. Of this is me and only I should have pleasure.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.