Monday, February 7, 2011

Demons are good

The desert fathers often expressed things in terms of the actions of demons. This is actually a very useful practice. Say I am angry or wrathful. In the middle of it I am it, I am consumed by it, but the second I realize that a demon is tricking me, I gain control and perspective, I focus on the inner enemy and not the outer enemy. The demon is as scientifically real as I am. We are both creations of my brain.

I haven't read this book but I plan to

Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity