We all have at least one inner demon within us. I know I do. And I am sure you might have identified one already within yourself as well. If you are unfamiliar with inner demons, they are your inner struggles. With that, I am sure you have now identified a past or present inner demon.
I have wondered - Are inner demons actually a good thing? 🤔 The name, in my mind, comes with an incredibly strong, negative connotation, which can be a good thing. Seems impossible; but what if?
First, let's briefly dissect the name to put some context to it. The term 'Demon' is usually something, or an entity, that takes control of a human or object. 'Inner' is, of course, inside a human or object. When asked what is inside us, you can be anatomically correct and say our bones, internal organs, blood, etc, as well as our thoughts, emotions, and feelings. For this context, we will focus on the later.
The next question to ponder is, what, excalty, can take control of your emotions? I have some thoughts 🙋♂️. Fear, inadequacy, addiction, loneliness, or awful relationships are examples. Maybe you thought of different inner demon from your own personal experiences or the experience of others that I did not list. Whatever it may be, these emotions are difficult to bare and should not be taken lightly. I sincerely hope that this blog post can at least shed some light and help you put another step forward.
Now onto the main question - Is it possible for us to benefit from our inner demons? Our Inner Demons are not vague forces of evil. You know them... and whether you believe it or not, you CAN and you WILL. Beat. Them. 💪 You might be wondering, how on earth can I do that? Stand up to them! I recognize that that is easier said than done. However, I think with some of our inner demons, we know what to do to take them down, it is just exceptionally terrifying to confront them. But it is required when we are ready. When we accept the challenge, it will take our best conscious effort to fight them off.
I offer another thought to also inspire you. What if I told you, you can overcome every single inner demon past, present, and future? You will never have an inner demon that you won't be able to defeat. How does that make you feel? Empowered? Scared? If you feel scared, please don't shy away from that. It is completely normal and accepted because again, it can be frightening to face our fears and struggles and accept their presence. When you do face and defeat them, it will be like taking your first breath after being underwater--relieving--and you may feel like you can accomplish anything. Which is absolutely true! Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.
There is a phrase that I once heard that said, "there is no comfort in the change zone, there is no change in the comfort zone". The benefit from your victory can be subjective, but I promise you will experience a tremendous feeling of joy, happiness, and growth; at the bare minimum.
If you don't mind, I would like to be real with you for a quick second and share an inner demon I am at war with. This is not something I usually do as I usually like to keep my feelings and personal life way from the internet; but I will share it with you anyways. I've have a hard time forgiving myself for previous decisions I have made; decisions that have ruined relationships. And sprinkled in there are just moments of myself that I am not too happy about. While those that I have wronged might have forgiven me already, and have completely moved on with their lives, it still haunts me. Everyday. Unfortunately, I can't go back and change my behaviors and decisions; so I get to do what I can to try to move on and forgive myself. It is incredibly but I am taking it one day at a time. Maybe this will be a constant battle through my whole life, maybe it won't. All I know is that I can and I will beat it.
By know you may have noticed that I haven't answered the question if inner demons are actually a good thing. Well, I want to leave it up to you to figure out.
Your inner demons might be with you to teach you something and maybe that something is your "weapon" to overcome the next demon or obstacle. One thing is for sure; You're not alone. Surrounding yourself with people that support and love you, and see your value for what it really is, can be another weapon in your arsenal to take down your inner demons. I hope you feel empowered and envigorated to fight another day. I encourage you to join in on our community where you never have to fight your battles alone.🤘🤘
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