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Lions Roar : September 2016
settle into the demon’s body. Feel what it’s like to be the demon. Notice how your normal self looks from the demon’s point of view. Answer these questions, speaking as the demon: What I want is.... What I really need is.... When I get what I really need, I will feel... (Take particular note of this answer.) STEP 4: FEED THE DEMON AND MEET THE ALLY Take a moment to settle back into your own body. See the demon opposite you. Then dissolve your own body into nectar. The nectar has the quality of the feeling that the demon would have when it gets what it really needs (i.e. the answer to the third question). Notice the color of the nectar. Imagine this nectar is moving toward the demon and nurturing it. Notice how the demon takes it in. You have an infi- nite supply of nectar. Feed the demon to its complete satisfaction and notice how it transforms in the process. This can take some time. Notice if there is a being present after the demon is completely satisfied. If there is a being present, ask it: “Are you the ally?” If it is, you will work with that being. If it is not, or if there is no being present after feeding the demon to complete satisfaction, invite the ally to appear. When you see the ally, notice all the details of the ally: size, color, surface of its body, density, gender (if it has one), its character, its emotional state, the look in its eyes, something about the demon you did not see before. 5 Steps of Feeding Your Demons STEP 1: FIND THE DEMON IN YOUR BODY After generating a heartfelt motivation to practice for the benefit of yourself and all beings, decide which demon you want to work with. Chose something that feels like it is draining your energy right now. If it’s a relationship issue, work with the feeling that is arising in you in the relationship as the demon, rather than the other person. Thinking about the demon you have chosen to work with, perhaps remember- ing a particular incident when it came up strongly, scan your body and ask your- self: Where is the demon held in my body most strongly? What is its shape? What is its color? What is its texture? What is its temperature? Now intensify this sensation. STEP 2: PERSONIFY THE DEMON Allow this sensation, with its color, tex- ture, and temperature, to move out of your body and become personified in front of you as a being with limbs, a face, eyes, and so on. Notice the following about the demon: size, color, surface of its body, density, gender, if it has one, its character, its emo- tional state, the look in its eyes, something about the demon you did not see before. Now ask the demon the following questions: What do you want? What do you really need? How will you feel when you get what you really need? STEP 3: BECOME THE DEMON Switch places, keeping your eyes closed as much as possible. Take a moment to Make your practice your life! study . meditate . serve Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies Master of Divinity www.maitripa.org MAITRIPA COLLEGE | PORTLAND, OREGON LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2016 34 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE