[quote=“Lady Eva, post:4, topic:4349”]I know for myself, I never found peace until I accepted every aspect of myself, and made a promise never to shut anything out or try to suppress anything again.
I’m not talking about being an undisciplined slob or being like some lunatic who just punches people out because I feel like it, I’m talking about the deeper stuff - I had (for example) to realise what I was really looking for in my relationship, in life, and all aspects before I could let go of those hideous fake selves composed of “shoulds” that I was comparing myself to and tearing my soul in half.
Part of this was achieved when I accepted I wanted not just to move out the love-and-lighty paradigm but actually into black magick, LHP stuff for personal ascent, and I genuinely believe that choice (plus making some dietary changes which coincidentally happened at the same time) cured me of clinical depression that had been crippling at times, driven me to the brink of suicide, and which I remember as curtailing my actions as a very young child because I alternated between intense pain and utter numbness and lack of desire to live.
This is why I don’t care too much if I’m actually crazy now, with my spirits and my ambitions - I’ll take it over the dysfunctional and painful kind of crazy any day.
You could try asking yourself, if you had a total dreamworld, an imaginary universe that you invent and then you step right into it, what would be there? Who, or, what types of new people?
There’ll maybe be some cathartic ugly stuff at first but eventually (and especially if you let go of the need to control the process) when you’re accustomed to moulding the universe to your own needs as a mental exercise, instead of torturing yourself like a clipped and stunted bonsai tree to fit into what you think this world wants - eventually you’ll find who you truly are.
Once you know that, and once you accept it, then you can step back into the real world with all your different selves marching in (more or less) the same direction, and you’ll be able to trust yourself entirely and have made a soul-deep kind of promise that you’ll be on your own side in future, which in itself is a form of strength.
Also, because your major actions are coming from genuine desire, you’ll need less of that “grit your teeth” willpower to stay with something becaue the real YOU wants it so much that the effort stops being a burden. Powerful stuff for the price of a few targeted daydreams.
This would be a start: Cabinet of invisible counsellors.
Getting back to your list, Lust and Love are two of my favourite things, I try to feel them as often as possible, Compassion has its place when you know what your values are (i.e., not tied into some external teaching you secretly don’t believe), Laziness can motivate people to invent new ways of doing things, Envy can motivate you to strive harder and Anger is often justified and appropriate.
No demons there IMO - just natural urges, and if they start to take over, they’ve become the shades of other things that aren’t being fed right now, like need for security or whatever.
That’s my take on it anyway, but my life’s not perfect and I’m still an asshole at times so, whatever. ;)[/quote]In theory, if I was to kill 2 of these “versions” of myself… Or alter egos. It would bring silence to my mind, and end the internal struggle. Because if those 2 go, so does the self loathing and disapproval.
As I stated, I wish I could accept the person I am. But I can’t. Due to the person I used to be, and that bastard (the person I think I should be based on what others want/expect from me).
The person I used to be absolutely loathes the person I’ve become, and the person I think I should be just turns his nose up at everything that isn’t him because he’s soooo perfect (he’s their creation, not mine -_-). He looks down on me in disapproval.
If I remove those 2 from the equation, all that’s left is the person I am, and the person I want to be.