An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.
I’ve written about wolves once already: Little Red Riding Hood Lied but these last few days I’ve been letting my wolfdog, Shiloh out of the very large pen he shares with my other, lower content wolfdog, Dakota…
I’ve been letting them both out for a while each day into an even larger fenced space. Watching them run and jump and play, especially Shiloh, who seems to almost soar through the air, has been so beautiful… so I took a few pictures which I liked and wanted to put up….
and I’ve also included some wolf related quotes and 2 films: Never Cry Wolf and a documentary about a couple who lived with a pack of wolves for 6 years.
For a very long time, I’ve been fascinated and entranced by wolves without really knowing why. And I still don’t know why except that I find them to have a wild, untamed spirit [which I kind of have and which I think has allowed me to survive a lot of conditioning/brain washing in a not always friendly environment]. And they have a mischievous, ever present, sense of humor and a great caring for their pack members. To me they are Sacred Beings.
And so they are to many Native American tribes:
HUMILITY ~ WOLF
It is the wolf that brings the teachings of humbleness. The first thing that the young child sees as he meets the Wolf is that the Wolf will stop and bow its head, which is a reflection of the Wolf showing its humbleness to the presence of the human being.
The teaching of humility is very important in our life. Much of the division we see in today’s world is because people have not understood the spirit of humility: to understand the spirit of humility is to understand that no one is above another human being. No one is greater than another human being in this life; no one is lesser than another human being.
To be humble is to see us equally in the eyes of the Great Spirit through the unconditional love of the Great Spirit. His love is expressed to all of us in the same way that the sun will shine on us. The sun does not choose to shine on any one person alone or any one race of people, it shines on all.
-Anishnabe Elder Dave Courchene from The Seven Sacred Teachings
I was once given a Spirit name, a wolf name by a First Nations Elder in Canada and so my small, vintage trailer is painted with the name I was given and wolf prints and images…..
From working with and learning from the First Nations People, I understand that each of us has a guiding spirit around us… to guide us spiritually but we are often so clouded by materialism and hatred that we are unable to hear this guidance which is freely available to us. Our guiding spirit may be an animal presence, an angel, a being of light but the guidance is always there if we will only listen.
For really understanding wolves, this is a great book, In Praise of Wolves by RD Lawrence and these 2 movies: the beautifully filmed, Never CRY WOLF which is based on a true story
and this documentary, Living with Wolves about a couple who lived with a wolf pack for 6 years.