Do you manage life?
Many think they manage life, that they can control it. If you think you run your life, you are wrong. Let´s say you are partially wrong. When we are born – some claim that this happens even while we are in our mother womb – the human mind suffers a myriad of influences. Because our rational faculties are undeveloped at that stage of life, these influences enter our unconscious without any judgment. The baby and the little boy have no choice – they carry these influences inside their psyche, in the unconscious.
Being unconscious, we cannot know they are influencing our lives, but influencing they are. We carry not only what our parents legate to us, but what their parents passed to them. The ancient Greeks used to say that we pay for the mistakes of three preceding generations, and this is shown in their myths and tragedies. Our Bible attributes to us the sins of Adam and Eve. You may think this is a metaphor, but it is real. Carl Jung tell us that we carry the past inside our collective unconscious.
We are also influenced by our culture, and only a highly conscious person can avoid the influence of these ghosts that live inside our psyche. In certain cases, you could call them demons.
One example constantly repeated is the case of a young boy frequently called bad, unworthy, or dumb by his parents during his infancy. He will keep this complex for life – he feels inferior, unworthy, dumb, He may unconsciously undermine his chances success to fit the image he was led to believe in. I saw many cases of this in life.
How can we get rid of some of these influences? We have to make them conscious. My daughter Juliana, will complain that I repeat myself, but I cannot fail to mention the precious saying of Joseph Campbell, the greatest mythologist of the XX century. “My definition of a demon is an angel that we did not recognize. It is a power that you denied expression, and that you repressed. Like all repressed energy, it starts to grow and can become extremely dangerous.”
We should become aware of as much material buried inside our unconscious as we can. We won’t be able to bring to consciousness the totality of our unconscious material. It is too broad. But we should strive to bring to conscience all we can. If we succeed, we can transform demons into angels.
Be more conscious; be more happy. Get rid of the burdens (demons) of the past.