Many years ago, I had a dream in which I was trying to hide from this demonic creature. It had a huge eye where its head should have been, and in its belly it had a huge mouth that opened directly into its stomach.
According to my therapist, everything in a dream is the dreamer in disguise -- which means the monster must have been me, too. Its defining characteristics were seeing and eating. Seeing+Eating. SeeEat. Or as the Mad Hatter said, "I eat what I see". Seeing food and snatching it up -- the essence of the process of life. Animals live by sensing and swallowing edibles in the environment. So, in that dream monster I saw myself reduced to the most fundamental terms. Why was I hiding from it/myself?