The great Tibetan yogi Milarepa spent many years living in isolation in a mountain cave. As part of his spiritual practice, Milarepa began to see the contents of his mind as visual projections. His inner demons of lust, passion and aversion would appear before him as gorgeous seductive women and terrifying wrathful monsters. In the face of these temptations and horrors, rather than being overwhelmed, Milarepa would sing out, “It is wonderful you came today, you should come again tomorrow…. from time to time we should converse.
Through his years of intensive training, Milarepa learns that suffering only comes from being seduced by demons or from trying to fight them. To discover freedom from their presence, he has to experience them directly, and wakefully, as they are.
Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance