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face your demons

Pema Chödrön

One evening Milarepa returned to his cave after gathering firewood, only to find it filled with demons. They were cooking his food, reading his books, sleeping in his bed. They had taken over. He knew about non-duality of self and the other, but he still didn't quite know how to get these demons out of his cave. 
Even though he had the sense that they were just a projection of his own mind - all the unwanted parts of himself - he didn't know how to get rid of them. 

So first he taught them the dharma. He sat on this seat that was higher than they were and said things to them about how we are all one. He talked about compassion and shunyata and how poison is medicine. Nothing happened. The demons were still there. 
Then he lost his patience and got angry and ran at them. They just laughed at him. 
Finally, he gave up and just sat down on the floor, saying, "I'm not going away and it looks like you're not either, so let's just live here tog…