I’ll make it simple: Creo is the Latin word for creation; Everto is the Latin word for destruction. I use those words to describe what I once thought as the hero and villain in my life. Turns out, I was wrong.
Creo was always the archetype for the heroes I wrote about in my stories and poems. She was innocence and beauty and all that’s good in the world. I would take her qualities and instill them in my “good guy” characters. I thought that if I paid more attention, both in my writing and in my real life, to Creo, everything would turn out the right way, every time.
Everto was just the opposite. He was darkness and anger and hate and served as the basis for all my “bad guy” characters. I’ve always sought to beat Everto in every way imaginable.
Nietzsche was right, though: The monster one fights the hardest is the monster one becomes. In fighting the darkness, though, its sheer force overwhelmed me and consumed me.
I now use Creo to describe the forces of creation. I use Everto to describe the forces of destruction. Both Creo and Everto have been present in my life in many different ways, but at the same time and in equal ways. Their equal opposition created the whirlpool in which I was caught. In acknowledging one without the other, I was drug down until I was smashed to pieces. I understand both Creo and Everto a lot better now. Summoning one means summoning the other. I’m ok with that: In learning and understanding their nature, neither can blindside me anymore. I can climb up and down their whirlpool at will. I know where to grab. That’s the key. In coming to understand my natural instincts to both create and destroy, I can use both as my tools.
I am aware of Creo and Everto’s nature and in becoming aware, I learned my own power. Anybody can. We all have natural instincts to both create and destroy, yet we tend to see the destruction more clearly. Someone’s kid may get three B’s, an A, and a D; the D will get all the attention and focus. Really, the kid did far better than one grade showed. There isn’t destruction without ceation, nor is there creation without destruction. But, understanding both leads to freedom.