devil or angel?

demon underneath - March 24, 2015d

“If my devils are to leave me, I am afraid my angels will take flight as well.”

With those words, the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke rejected psychoanalysis.

That rejection has had a long echo. It gets repeated a lot these days. So I think it’s worth examining…

I agree with Rilke to a degree: our angels and devils are indeed connected. To me, they’re different sides of the same coin.

As my dreams have shown me, every negative aspect or energy has its positive side. And every positive aspect has its negative.

From my dreams I’ve also learned that those demons can’t be destroyed. So I must deal with them. I must find the angel twin of a demon and flip to that side.

And try to stay there.

And try to flip back when I fail…

…which is often.

Perhaps Rilke believed that, without his pain, without his suffering, he wouldn’t be driven to such heights of creativity…

To those who fear the same, I say: don’t worry, no matter how much you change, I think there’ll always be enough pain, enough conflict…

…if not within yourself, then out there, in the world: enough suffering, enough injustice, enough cruelty to drive you to respond.

As for myself, I know my dreams will likely show me devils ’til the day I die…

But by dealing with them, I’ll gain ever more peace for myself…

…and in that way, create just a little more peace in this world.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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