a variant of bogy, bogey 1. An evil or mischievous spirit; hobgoblin. 2. Something that causes annoyance or harassment. (Orig. unknown.)
I grew up believing in all sorts of spirits - in fairies and elves, goblins, witches and mischievious spirits! They inhabited my mind and I saw there living places in the woods where I played. If they were mischievious and sometimes evil, wasn't it because we had stopped believing in them? If we were like my Scottish and Irish ancestors we would leave little bowls of cream on the window sill. In my practice as a Buddhist we leave offerings for 'lesser beings' (sometimes we call them lesser beans and giggle). I think 'lesser' doesn't mean less worthy but smaller. We need to take care of our inner bogies in a similar way - those tiny voices that shriek at us in a register that hurts our dog's ears. They are twirling around in side our psyches demanding that we recognize them - sure they rage and have miniature hissy-fits but only because we pretend they don't exist. A writer's bogies can be terrible - when we don't serve our art those bogies get wild. If they get too starved of the cream of our attention they will get very quiet - they might curl up and die from our neglect. Then we're in big trouble. When your bogies are sticking their miniscule but sharp little knives in us - we best wake up and see what they need. It is always the same - love, respect and attention. That will tame those bogies. I'm going to give mine some today. How about you?