I am telling you a fairy tale. This is the story of the witch in the woods.
Before I do, I should tell you that this fairy tale is also a true story. To some extent, they all could be.
There's a distinction between a myth and a fairy tale that could offer a little more context. Myth was the early cosmogony; the stories of gods fighting with seemingly human emotion arguably illustrates the birth place of such. Myth gave meaning to the world. The divide between science and myth is arguably more subtle than "one is provable and one isn't" because myth wasn't established to be proven, it was accepted on faith. Myth focused very much on why, whereas science was concerned more so with the how, and by examining the how, the why was presumed apparent. Both were seekers of truth, and both were understood to be true.
Fairy tales on the other hand, are taxonomy of expression. They can't be believed to be true in the material sense, but they're apt psychology. For some people, fairy tales are childish, and immature ways to express themselves. They prefer to be well read and have an understanding of their issues; in this instance, I don't. I want to name them, but I found that attempting to find their roots in order to rip them out wasn't very useful; my problems seemed alive, and the life they had made them monsters.
When talking about fear or anxiety, or other feelings that are harder to process in the moment, it's hard not to visualize them as demons. We can name them clinically and medicate them with pharmaceuticals, but doing so seldom helps us feel like we understand them. Some people go to a counselor who reads a lot of textbooks and learns the steps to dismantling a feeling to help you understand them. It treats them as inorganic mechanisms. Our minds are engines that are built, damaged and repaired.
Our brains aren't machines, they developed in a nature, and finding ways to translate our thoughts into material expression is easier when you're surrounded by an environment that behaves the same way. In the classic fairy tale, the woods represent your mind, and there's a lot of interesting shit in there for your protagonist, Consciousness, to explore. Once in awhile, your protagonist will run into a demon it has to figure out and subdue, or a puzzle it has to solve. Quite often, a walk in the woods will lead you to the home of a witch.
The woods are a fantastic place and I'd highly encourage you to find some because the parallels to your brain are uncanny if you look long enough. The mutualism between systems seems to operate in the way of organisms (trees and fungi for example) try to protect and operate within a system (the forest itself). It makes it easier to understand your own internal struggles through these representations; in most relatively healthy systems, no one organism is attempting to deconstruct the rest of it, even if it's interpreted that way at first.
But I digress. I promised you a fairy tale ...
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