Encountering Our Personal Monsters; What Is It That Makes Them So Powerful?

"Clear the space needed in your life to move forward"
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I was recently introduced to the idea of our "personal monsters" being an expression of repressed or denied energy. Monsters can come in the form of anger, resentment, fear, pressure, self-debasement, or a hundred other guises. So let’s choose one: Fear. Rainer Maria Rilke says that our fears are like dragons guarding our most precious treasures. What if we were to take the negative connotation away from the monster of fear? Greet it, and acknowledge that it is with you right now. Then ask it what it has to say. How can it guide you? How can it be a key that will unlock the great energy and truth inside you? These personal monsters – demons, fears, and bursts of anger, irritability, and dissatisfaction- have something to teach you, they have an important role to play.

These personal monsters shake us up, stir us from lethargy, and urge us not to settle for less. Think of each monster as being sent as a guide. Yes, even (maybe especially) your sorrows, fears, dark thoughts, anger, and shame. They are guides that can teach you, pave the way, or clear the space needed in your life to move forward. We have been conditioned to view fears and sorrows as negative, instead of unleashing their momentum and power to bring about change and growth in our lives.

Think about the power of these emotions. What is it that makes them so powerful? Could they be keys, precursors, or guards to your most beautiful treasures? In any instance where we challenge a preconceived, accepted view about the way things are, we have the opportunity to revolutionize the way we live our lives. We have a choice. We have the power to accept our personal monsters as guides who will guide us to our most beautiful treasures.

And, as always, show yourself love and grace. It is not easy to face monsters. Remember that you are never alone. You are a part of the network of humanity. There is more than enough love in the Universe to crowd out every single monster that has ever, or will ever rear its ugly head.

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