In order to understand how to work with negative forces in our life, we have to move away from the Hollywood depiction of what demons and demonic forces are, and look at them more in the light of day as we actually experience them in our day-to-day life. The entire material world is a part of the Astral Plane which acts as a magnetic fluid and medium for what we experience as emotions, passions, and ideas combined with a strong emotional component that make them seem very compelling and often hard to resist. Passion comes as a strong and barely controllable emotion as a form of reaction or interaction that stems from a connection or desire for something and ultimately forms the basis for all of our self-induced suffering. Sexual desire and lust can form a kind of fanaticism and mania by arousing an intense emotion. Emotions are the language and motivating force of the material plane and govern our subconscious mind as our instinctual nature. We cultivate emotional states through our living conditions, circumstances and situations, moods, and relationships with others.
The lower material plane exists within what we call the Astral Plane, which as the name implies can also be thought of as the “atmosphere” of the Earth, which is comprised of the Elements of fire (light and heat), and water (primordial substance), that together produce air, which is illuminated and fortified by starlight (our sun). Within the invisible atmosphere all around us live elementals, which are a primal form of consciousness as “singular qualities” that form what we call the instinctual plane and the Collective Unconscious. They exist as what we could think of as “memory” that have personality traits and distinct behaviors or operations associated with them. As humans, we tend to experience them as emotions that produce an imagined reality that’s a form of illusion or fantasy. If you pay close attention you’ll realize emotions are readily transmitted through the atmosphere. We sense them as the “energy” in a place or situation, and act to “receive” them from others who are outwardly expressing and projecting them, and when we “take on” an emotion, it alters our state of mind, has a certain type of reality inherent in it that starts playing out in our mind as a memory of some form, and causes us to act in a certain way.
What we traditionally call “demons” or demonic forces which are typically represented as bad or evil forces, and while they can take on that quality when inhabiting a person and taking control of their will and imagination, in the most general sense they’re neither good nor bad, but neutral forces that give animals their personality and behaviors, and only become “evil” when used inappropriately as the means to an end that could be considered evil, or harmful and very destructive. It’s usually the intention, will or tendencies of the person they’re inhabiting and expressing through that make them evil. Otherwise they’re simply qualities that can be employed to develop certain powers and qualities in us that help us to perform certain feats in a more proficient and expressive way. They come to us as instinctual forces that operate in an unconscious way to produce automatic, animal-like behaviors. The name daemon originated as meaning any of the lower entities that were of a partially terrestrial nature, including our Higher Self, until the name was incorrectly interpreted and corrupted to mean only evil or bad. Anyone who can see the impressions inherent in the Astral field all around us knows that it’s filled with images of what are often beautiful daemons vividly structured in varying degrees of intense prismatic colors, that are often very benevolent and pure in nature.
All energy of both the subtle and gross realms exist in polarity as complementary opposites that serve to stimulate each other and lay out the stage necessary to act out dramas. In order to act out a scenario, you have to have multiple players cast in different roles. We can only “know” ourselves “as” something through contrast and relation with its opposite. We can only know ourselves as “good” in comparison and opposition to “bad”. We can only know and experience ourselves as courageous and brave in comparison to scared and cowardice. We have to create and be in the situation that requires us to “decide” who and how we’re going to be as the drama necessary to “act it out” as an experience of our self and reality, by employing and bringing into expression the qualities necessary. We don’t ever “take in” energy as entities from outside of us, because they’re already a part of us (animal constitution), they act merely to awaken and bring forth in us those same qualities through resonance.
When we’re in a situation where they’re actively expressing and we’re stimulated by them and they become active “in us”, through awareness we can choose to employ and utilize them to develop ourselves. This forms the basis for “Journeying to the Underworld” in Shamanic medicine, which always works with the “whole person” by working with the astral-etheric body of the psyche animal subconscious to heal the physical body by empowering the person with the “animal power” the person needs and is deficient in. These animal powers as “instinctual memory” are often referred to as demons or nature spirits, with the idea of a Demon being similar in the lower, animal plane to that of an Archetype in the Higher, Divine Planes. By acquiring the quality of the demon or animal power, we can develop that same quality in us as a part of our character, and correct a psychological and emotional imbalance that alters the physical malady associated with it.
They can also come as a psychological state that rises spontaneously in an automatic and unknown fashion, rather than through a deliberate conscious effort of some sort, which are accompanied by or produce a physiological change as a feeling (love, joy, anger, hate, fear, etc.). We’re constantly taking on and being internally stimulated by the energy all around us, just like we breathe air, not only with our lungs but with our whole body – cellular – and drink and eat food. We transform through resonance and constant stimulation of certain forces within us through an unconscious interaction simply by being in near proximity of them as a natural form of evolution. These energies exist all around us as invisible forces that become a part of our psyche and energetic make-up, both in an aware and unaware manner, as well as by intentionally taking them on to develop those same qualities and abilities within us.
We’re constantly transforming and evolving based on what type of qualities of consciousness we interact with. Out of emotion comes a reality as an imagined experience that forms the “lens we look through” to interpret and describe the situation that gave rise to it. Our “reaction to it” is what creates in the situation as a way of influencing its course and what transpires as a chain-reaction to our reaction. Every action sets into motion and infinite series of like reactions that are of the same nature, kind, and type. There’s always an equilibrating process going between our inner self and outer environment as the most basic form of evolution that’s constantly making the adjustments necessary to keep us of the same energy, nature and consciousness as the environment we exist, function, and survive in. This takes places through the natural process of resonance, sympathetic induction, and coherence. So in this sense, demonic forces can be thought of as vibratory frequencies that form patterns as physical forms of some sort that have distinct qualities and characteristics that simultaneously produce natural behaviors.
Other forms of what we call demons (Qliphoth) are what we can call “empty shells” or “harlots”, which are a form of etheric remnant left behind from a dead person who was considered evil. The etheric body, which is the shell or holographic model of the physical body, lingers in the Astral plane for quite some time after death of the body before gradually disintegrating and dissolving. It dies along with the body, but because it’s subtle in nature, takes longer to actually deteriorate. These are the destructive forces always at work in the universe and are formed and developed by the willful actions of the person who created their persona out of them. These etheric remnants remain for a time within the plane they belong to, unable to ascend, and are available to haunt or inhabit other people who either live near them or that are of a similar nature and act to attract them. This order of demons inhabits the fifth world as our conception of hell, and can’t enter higher worlds, and so when we play host to them, we condemn ourselves to the lower regions of death and destruction.
Orders of demons are assigned to each level of our multidimensional reality, just like orders of angels are. All energies in both higher and lower regions exist as dual, polar forces that together form a kind of sliding sale of degrees of the type of consciousness they represent. The angels are considered the higher, creative and benevolent principle, and the complementary demons its opposite, being a perversion (reverse) of its essential qualities. They can also come as the excess, extreme, or exaggeration of the positive quality, which makes them destructive in nature. They can come through an imbalance brought about through repetitive emanations or by employing them consistently over an extended period of time. These energies are of the Astral-etheric field, and inhabit the Astral body (subconscious) of man (animal). They’re the remains of an earlier cycle of creation, void of a soul and will of their own, and can only continue to live and create by inhabiting a person (soul) and commanding their will. This is commonly referred to as “possession” or “obsession”, and the person acting as a host for these forces can literally become another person and take on a whole new personality and behaviors.
Demons of various sorts are also considered the “tempters” and “testers” of mankind, challenging and often corrupting their morality by appealing to their animal passions. The Angel of Death, often to refer to as Satan, is known as the “accuser and deceiver”, preying on the feeble minded and weak willed, as a means of sorting out the weak, revealing their true nature as “lower beings”. This produces what we could call the “deciding point” between who ascends to a higher domain, or to a lower one. The more animal-like we are, selfish and ruled by our passions, the more destructive we are and we cast ourselves into an infinite existence in the lower worlds of animal instincts and unconsciousness.
Evil, which is a destructive force, can’t exist on the higher realms, and so those who act as a host for demonic forces can’t pass through the “Gates of Heaven”, or the tunnel of light, and move into an existence of higher, loving, creative consciousness. We only move between planes, which exist as levels and ranges of vibration, by cultivating our nature to vibrate at a similar enough rate within the lower planes of passions, emotions, and animal instincts, to form “resonance” with the higher plane, and be “drawn up” into it. All single planes have multiple planes within them as higher and lower regions, and when moving into a higher plane we enter at the lowest region, and begin the process of transforming and evolving ourselves through use of our higher, creative capacities of choice and free will to higher, more benevolent, and selfless ways of being.
All “energetic beings” of the material plane can be influenced and directed through awareness and conscious use of will. Emotional states, passions and desires, lust, sexual attraction, and anything that has a strong magnetic feel to it that normally overtakes you in a completely natural and unconscious way (no thought or realization), can be recognized for what they are and neutralized by not reacting to them, or acting based on them. However these forces are very magnetic and gripping and may be quite difficult to resist based on their intensity, and the level of consciousness and will you’ve employed the up to this point to create your experiences and yourself by way of those experiences. When we live out of our emotions and allow our emotions to run us, we exist within and create out of an unconscious state. When experiencing strong emotions, they form illusions in our mind that we perceive as real, and we replace the present reality with a memory of the past, and create more of the past in the present.
The unconscious mind of the Astral-animal plane doesn’t have the ability to create through self-aware, deliberate acts, and merely creates in an automatic fashion out of memory of some sort. All memory is directly associated to the emotional state of the memory, and the emotions are what acts as the “activating mechanism” of memory. All natural behavior is emotionally driven, and is formed out of memory of some sort. Memory provides the automatic program or pattern for the behavioral dynamic that ensues from it. Anytime we experience an emotional charge, it renders us unconscious and begins running us, using our will and imagination to play out a memory as an illusion of some sort that we act on and participate in creating as an actual reality. Likewise, anytime we dwell in memories, we create the emotional state of those memories, and behave and create the same way in the present as we did in the past. No choice is involved because we don’t even realize that’s what we’re doing and what’s actually happening. This is what unconscious means – natural and automatic – no thought or effort is required. It comes “over us” as a state and we act as the host for it to create through and out of.
By forming a new awareness around emotions and passions, realizing what’s actually happening and the nature of the energetic world, we can reside outside of them, prevent them from entering our mind and body and taking hold, and we can remain aware and consciously decided whether we want to engage or not, and if so, how we want to engage, or we can say no altogether and refuse to cooperate. When we’re feeling passionate (both good and bad) about something, we can reflect on it and see it as magnetic forces at work in us, play it out in our mind to determine what it will create, whether good and beneficial, or bad and harmful, and we can choose whether or not to continue in cooperatively participating in it or not. The true meaning of resistance isn’t struggling and suffering by abstaining from something that’s ripping at you, it’s learning how to look at it from a different perspective and in a new light, where you see what it actually is, and in doing so, it’s no longer desirable or compelling. It’s about staying conscious in situations you normally go unconscious in through some form of reactive, impulsive, or compelling force that operates you in an automatic fashion, and controls your mind and will. Once we no longer see something as desirable, we have no trouble resisting it. Once we become aware of how our emotional states are created and how they affect us and our ability to see accurately, we can control them and learn how to utilize them in a positive way to create what we truly desire in terms of creating our reality, experiences of that reality, and ourselves by of those experiences. We can only use and consciously control what’s NOT controlling and unconsciously using us.
All demons or entities of the Astral Plane of the Collective Unconscious can be controlled and directed by the will. If we’re aware of the negative energies that are active within us, and we can identify them based on how they make us feel, what we think about when feeling that way, and what behaviors it makes us prone to, we can tell it to leave, and it has to. It can’t refuse, because it doesn’t have a will of its own. They only inhabit unconscious beings that lack awareness of what’s really going on. Often we actually love the reality and behaviors of our demons, and have built our identity around them, and so we don’t really want to give them up. In this case we literally “sell our soul” to the devil (animal nature) and condemn ourselves to an eternity within the lower planes, where we render ourselves an unconscious mortal animal instead of a divine immortal ruler of the lower planes.
Emotions and passions, in the sense that we’re talking about them here, don’t exist on the higher planes. On higher planes intuition, thought, and will are the creative forces. Only the higher, human soul acts to control its own will and imagination. We have full control over ourselves and we’re fully responsible for what we create. Divine forces reside in a reverent state, and create in a way that’s beneficial and life-promoting to everyone and everything involved. It respects and honors life in all its forms. Death and destruction are only attributes of the lower, material planes where immortal gods become mortal animals. By learning how to take control of our animal nature and instincts and passions, we can use it in a deliberate and intentional manner to create in benevolent and selfless ways that will promote life in all its forms and benefit everyone involved in the highest way possible.