. . . and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,
Luke 8: 2 New King James Version (NKJV)
- Addiction (smoking, Xanex, beer, food)
- Physical Illness
- Hopelessness or Feelings of Failure
- Cyclic Negative Thinking
- Worthlessness and/or Lack of Self Esteem
Oh wait, that’s just me.
But, there’s something universal about the demons, though they can take many forms: eating disorders, addictions, afflictions, victim identities. God frees me from one at a time, but I pick them back up and have to beg, plead and barter to be freed again and again. God frees me from one and I switch it to another. Sometimes, for years even, I feel like I’ve “got it” and make huge strides running forward with confidence.
Then BAM! I find myself wrestling with another demon, usually one I’ve met before, one so familiar to me that it almost feels like it IS me, but it is not. It’s only the demon, or the “Pain Body” as Eckhart Tolle calls it in A New Earth. It is on me, it is tackling me, it is trying to win me over, but it is not ME. It is not who I am. It is a separate identity from my inherent self as God’s child, of God, having God within. It is a demon telling lies in my head, believable and painful lies, but big fat lies just the same.
Fall down. Get back up. Fall down. Get back up. Fall down. Get back up.
Was it a Rocky movie that quoted Gen. Custer, “It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get back up?”
It is just the human condition. Now, if I could learn to forgive myself the sin of being human it would be easier to get back up and get back in the fight. Instead, I am choosing a new Soul Path. Care to join me?
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