What Gremlins and Treasures Are Inside Your Mind?

To get to the treasure you have to face the  ‘gremlin’ that’s keeping it hidden.

Here is a challenge to consider and it comes in one of my favorite quotes that illustrates it well.

The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek.’ believed to be by Joseph Campbell.


That certain ‘cave’ in our mind is often the place where the scariest gremlins hide.

Most of us have a ‘cave’ like this. In my own journey when I dared to enter that cave and shine a light, what I experienced time again and again, was that the scary, mean, nasty, shameful, embarrassing, whatever gremlin tends to shrink in size.

What is the ‘light’?

It is actually the act of consciously looking at ourselves. What makes the ‘light’ even more powerful is when you look without judgement. 

One of my favourite authors wrote. ” Judgement is weakness, observation is power.” 

To look with curiosity can be an alternative to judgement. 

Sometimes there may be great fear of looking, but when I dared to look, ether on my own or with the guidance of therapist or coach, I have always experienced that the nasty monster gremlin just loses power every time.

By having a ‘light’ shine in that ‘cave’ that we dared to enter in ourselves, the ‘treasure’ gets revealed.

Often the treasure is in the form of a new  kind of freedom, or more creativity, or more clarity, or more peace, or greater purpose, and many other positive possibilities.

Sometimes I’ve had to enter the same cave a few times. That’s ok too. Every time I enter the same cave with observation the gremlin gets smaller and smaller and I get bolder and bolder until the gremlin totally surrenders the treasure.

Sometimes if the ‘gremlin’ is being very stubborn I have to use the power of creating a reframe. To observe a gremlin differently is like shining a light on it from a different perspective. This can often get through the ‘stubbornness’ and promotes surrender revealing the treasure as well.

The cave can be hidden or obvious. Usually the one that causes us the greatest fear or discomfort holds the treasure we seek. That fear or discomfort is the gremlin’s power used against us to keep us from the treasure. By entering the cave and shining a light (observation) starts the process of gremlins losing their size and perceived strength very quickly.

Then you get the treasure.

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