I love Halloween. All that candy on sale. I firmly believe chocolate is a food group. It's made from plants, right? Chocolate is practically a salad.
So now that Halloween is around the corner, it made me think of demons. Maybe the word "demons" makes you think about these scampish-looking red creatures with pitchforks and forked tails.
In this sense, I'm talking about our shadows. Unresolved issues. Limiting beliefs. Baggage. Our 'stuff'. Whatever you choose to call it, these demons like to hang out with us like some kind of celebrity entourage.
Demons follow us everywhere. They show up in every aspect of our lives. They're Instagram-esque filters since they affect how we see the world. Demons show up in our relationships. Plus they throw a hella great party when those relationships come to an end.
What do you do to get rid of these demons? Well, here's what NOT to do. Don't ignore them hoping they'll just go away. They're still be there like a bad rash. Don't bathe them in love & light. Demons love to have beach parties in love & light. They know full well you're trying to pretend they're not there so they'll just keep on keepin' on. Don't think medicating them away will do the trick. That'll just numb your ability to acknowledge their existence.
Listen up, people. The only way to get rid of your demons is to face them head on. Yeah, I said it. No amount of love, light, stronger meds or sailing down De Nile is going to make them go away.
You need courage and strength to go up to these demons when they're having a party, pour yourself a glass of punch and start chatting them up. Seriously!
Ask them what they're doing here.
What are they here to teach you?
How have they served you in the past?
Why are they still here?
What needs to happen before you can let them go?
What would it feel like for them not to be present in your life?
Why do you need them now?
Get your journal out and start answering some of these questions. Have some punch while you're at it.
Getting rid of your demons is a process. It won't happen overnight. But if you're tired of these demons partying in your subconscious mind, it's time to break up the party. You can't do that if a) you're not willing to do the work or b) you don't want to deal with them head on.