This is based on a story of a 12th century Tibetan yogi and poet Jetsun Milarepa. I wanted to illustrate a principle that I had used in various points in my life that were confusing and frightening, then came upon the telling of this story and found several interpretations, one involving what is called the Shadow Self. Also, in my research for this story, I found a telling by Pema Chodron who sums it up with "When the resistance is gone, so are the demons." This was exactly the essence of the principle I was trying to illustrate. In this case inner demons, or parts of myself I refused to look at or even skeletons in the closet - that kind of thing. When I originally heard the story I thought it was of a Christian monk and the principles of transcending fear. Some of the imagery I was pulling from was from many of the Western artists I had grown to love as a young adult like Matthias Grünewald. I decided to mix the East and West traditions and bring the story into the suburbs where the cave becomes the glowing boxes we inhabit - our homes, and where the hermit is either praying or meditating or both. Talk about inner demons - it was fun playing all the parts, sort of a psychodrama therapy.