Ghosts and Demons and Shadows! Oh My!

Ghosts and Demons and Shadows! Oh My! is a silly little drawing game but also an "exorcise" (I just had to) in self-exploration.

It was inspired by my very own Demon of Self Doubt.

Demon of Self Doubt

Seems only fair that I honor him by drawing him first, as I had a hell of a time getting him out on paper.

In essence, it is about naming these fragmented parts of self and seeing them for what they are. If you can identify those voices, you get a little space from them, and they then start to lose some of their power over you. Self-honesty helps us to clear away the clutter and debris, bringing us closer to our true selves, thus, giving us some room to breathe and some freedom. Besides this is pretty fun!!

(Oh, and if you folks want to hear the back story of all the ideas and resources that got garbled together in the back of my mind to come up with this game, let me know, and I will try to piece together the backstory.)

Ok, so you want to play? :)

Demons - The things that possess you and take you over. The little devils that sit on your shoulder and whisper in your ear even though you probably know better than to listen.

Ghosts - The things that haunt you. Maybe someone else's voice from the past that echoes in your head, clouding your present moment.

Shadows - What lurks beneath your surface and peaks out into the peripheral when your guard is down, and yes we all have them. These are the trickiest to see, understand, and to explain, so stay tuned for a post all about shadow work. It's super fascinating.

*******************************

So first off, we are not getting literal here. (whether you are yay or nay, this has nothing to do with the paranormal, so all you believers and skeptics out there can just simmer down;) We are only dealing in regards to the spooks of our psyche.

Don't get too stressed out about deciding which of the ghouls is yours. Although there are distinct differences between them, there is sure to be some bleed-over. Some might fit into more than one category, so just pick one. It's a metaphor after all.

It can be a doodle or a masterpiece. We welcome all skill levels and any mediums you feel inspired to create with. Also, feel free to recreate your own versions. My monsters are sure to manifest differently than yours, and I imagine we all share many in common.

When I drew my first demon, I let myself dig deep to conjure up all the bad feelings. Instead of either pushing away the discomfort and trying to ignore it or to getting swept away by the story, I let myself be very present to everything that was arising. It was only once I had given him a good look in the eye; I put pen to paper. Gotta say it was pretty cathartic for me.

Let us know who you brought out to play. Tell us who you opted to represent. (The Demon of Self Doubt, Ghost of Discontent, and Demon of Are You &%#!ing Kidding Me!, were my first visitors.)

So if you're feeling inspired to get some of your Ghosts, and Demons, and Shadows out of your head, and into the real world, we would sure love to see'em!

To Submit your Ghosts and Demons and Shadows. Email us at submit@massivephobia.com

GHOSTS AND DEMONS AND SHADOWS! OH MY!

The Demon Of My Neck Fat

Yesterday, I was having a lovely conversation with our new Head of Real & Fake News, when somehow we got onto the topic of Neck Fat. I wasn’t the one who brought it up, but as soon as my new colleague comically discussed her neck fat...

Read More

The Ghost of Abandonment Past

My Ghost of Abandonment Past shows up somehow in all of my relationships. Due to my old abandonment issues, my wound still exists and manifests itself in many different ways. If I feel insecure in a relationship, I may do one of these many things....

Read More

The Demon of Anxiety Brought On By Excessive Sweat

This particular asshole of a demon is part of my daily life. Rarely does a day go by, where I have anxiety due to my excessive sweat, which then causes more anxiety and then massive embarrassment. I live in a humid city during the summer, and the...

Read More

The Ghost Of Cocaine Past

At first, I wasn’t too thrilled about writing this article today because I’m a Sleazy Advertising Executive that likes to sell things on this site and the last thing I want to do is share my feelings. But my employers told me that if I...

Read More

Shadows of Regret

Shadow of Regrets looms above me and chokes me off at my roots. Almost cradling me while I cower under it’s crushing weight. Sounds like a lot, but when they stop lurking from beneath the conscious and come out to play, they can come quite hard and...

Read More

The Demons of Depression

For this weeks version of our community drawing collaboration ‘Ghosts, Demons, and Shadows!’, we have The Demons of Depression. It was drawn by mental health warrior, Dayon Cola and he sent along this statement about his piece/himself....

Read More

Demon of Smiles

For this weeks version of our community drawing collaboration, we have our Ghosts, Demons, and Shadows Contest Winner, the Demon of Smiles. It was drawn by mental health warrior, Billy Hebb, and he sent along this statement about his piece....

Read More

The Demon of Indecision

The Demon of Indecision is a real beast of a demon for me to wrangle. Always pushing and pulling me in different directions, one head wants to go this way in a hurry, while this one wants to stop and smell the flowers, one wants coffee and a pen to...

Read More

The “You Stupid Piece of Garbage” Demon

If The Ghost of Utter Overwhelm has shown up, it won’t be long before this guy appears too. The “You Stupid Piece of Garbage” Demon. This demon hates himself so bad that the only way for him to get even the littlest relief (if you can...

Read More

The Ghost of Utter Overwhelm

This ghost is both spinning out of control and stuck in a still state of panic, let’s call her The Ghost of Utter Overwhelm. Usually, on the surface are reeling thoughts and a litany of things to do. Running them over and over to find the...

Read More
Loading

Other Channels You Might Enjoy

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired | Day 1

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired After living in my house for 8 years, I felt I needed a change of scenery as my life just wasn’t headed in the right direction.  It was the first and only house that I’ve ever owned and I was never...

Read More

Top Ten Phobias of Tobias Funke

If there were a list ranking the most maladjusted fictional characters in history, Tobias Funke would easily make the top three. We hold this Arrested Development fan favorite close to our hearts because of his oblivious comments, his outrageous...

Read More

Top Ten Phobias of Michael Myers

I know what you’re going to say, how can a ‘Superhuman’ who is arguably one of the scariest and most dreaded characters of all time have fears? Well, you don’t become a stone cold killer if something didn’t upset you or set you off, so...

Read More
Loading