Battle of the Two Wolves

There is a Cherokee proverb that goes like this: “There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins?? The one you feed.”

Being human we all have this internal opposition of forces – but it is what we act upon that decides if we remain true to a higher intention and vibration or if we succumb to baser forces and vibrations.

I have moments that I don’t feel so well either physically or even emotionally – I am sure you do as well. It is in these moments that we are likely to be most tested about our intention and commitment to ourhigher potential. For the ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge, controversy and discomfort. Life, like a string of tangled Christmas tree lights, will gives us many experiences that will test our patience, our endurance and our good humor. It is in these moments that it becomes vitally important to not lose our way, but to stay focused on which wolf we want to feed.

I think it is also important to remember during times of turmoil that we do not undertake traversing difficult ground alone. We are never alone and are guided, cared for and supported by many in this world and in other realms. There are life experiences so great that without the assistance from our Guides and Teachers we would not be able to reach a safe shore. This has been true in my life – for which I am deeply grateful.

Any experience that causes a negative emotional reaction may trigger our “evil” wolf. It becomes important to find positive outlets for negative emotional reactions…or perhaps as I was told as a child, just count to ten before you decide if you will react. We all feel negative emotions – anger, disappointment, hurt feelings, etc. but just because you feel them doesn’t mean that you have to act on them. If fact, just the opposite is true – given a little space of time the emotional reaction will dissipate and you can regain your balance without having said or done anything you might regret later. It may be useful to use the “if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all” approach until you can get a better perspective.

There is useful information underlying the event that triggers our “evil” wolf. Under the emotional reaction is the stored pain of an unhealed aspect of ourselves that is reminding us of the work we have yet to do. It is good to know – but still not a good reason to act on the impulse – only to observe for areas calling out for our attention. It is never justifiable to hurt others because we have been hurt ourselves.

Paying attention to which aspect of ourselves receives the most attention – the most of our energy is the first step in being able to consciously make choices about which wolf we will feed. It is not realistic to expect that we will never have a negative reaction, only that we will have the focused commitment to rise above and consciously choose to act out of compassion even in the most difficult, trying and uncomfortable situations.

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Four Life Questions

With time, healing, accepting responsibility for our lives and with the grace and wisdom that comes from maturing there comes a time that each of us must ask and seek answers to four basic questions:

1. Who am I? This is the basic question that asks us to look beyond our physicality and ego and find who we really are at our core being. Have you ever truly asked yourself, who am I? When we have found the answer to this question it changes everything. When we are not sure of who we are, we live life questioning and guessing where to go and what to do. But once we are sure of our own nature, assisted by reliable inner guidance we live our lives from a place of confidence. We are able to find comfort in our own being and live from that place.

2. What do I love? It is so necessary to feel and identify those experiences that cause us to be expanded by the emotion of love. What we love has the ability to draw us forward and shape our life and destiny. Our love teaches us what to look for, where to aim, where to walk. With our every action, word, relationship and commitment, we slowly and inevitably become what we love. So it becomes vitally important to learn to know what we truly love – not what we are supposed to love, but to discern and choose those things we truly love. Then to involve what we love more fully in our daily lives.

3. How shall I live knowing that I will die? The reality that our time incarnate is limited and when it will end is not know can be the impetus for how we choose to live. A clear perception of our death forces us to consider our life as something worth living; gives us the wisdom to make the most of whatever time we do have. Life is impermanent and it is precisely because of its impermanence that we value life so dearly. When we awake to our own mortality then we begin to appreciate that we are alive. From this awareness can spring the determination not to waste what precious time we are given and to focus on making something meaningful of our lives.

4. What is my gift to the family of Earth? We each come into this world with gifts, talents and inherent visible aspects of our soul personality and energy. Every day we are given countless opportunities to offer our gifts to those at our work, in our families and in our relationships. To recognize that we have gifts and own the responsibility to share these gifts with others is a part of our life journey. Identifying what our soul wants to give to others and then be courageous enough to open and share is our gift both to others and to ourselves.

Quoting the Dalai Lama – “We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety, a hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. Try to be at peace with yourself and help others share that peace. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the meaning of life.”

If you have not yet answered these four questions for your life, then doing so may bring wisdom to your journey and richness to the time you remain here.

Discover more at http://www.pastliferegressionutah.com

Four Life Questions

With time, healing, accepting responsibility for our lives and with the grace and wisdom that comes from maturing there comes a time that each of us must ask and seek answers to four basic questions:

1. Who am I? This is the basic question that asks us to look beyond our physicality and ego and find who we really are at our core being. Have you ever truly asked yourself, who am I? When we have found the answer to this question it changes everything. When we are not sure of who we are, we live life questioning and guessing where to go and what to do. But once we are sure of our own nature, assisted by reliable inner guidance we live our lives from a place of confidence. We are able to find comfort in our own being and live from that place.

2. What do I love? It is so necessary to feel and identify those experiences that cause us to be expanded by the emotion of love. What we love has the ability to draw us forward and shape our life and destiny. Our love teaches us what to look for, where to aim, where to walk. With our every action, word, relationship and commitment, we slowly and inevitably become what we love. So it becomes vitally important to learn to know what we truly love – not what we are supposed to love, but to discern and choose those things we truly love. Then to involve what we love more fully in our daily lives.

3. How shall I live knowing that I will die? The reality that our time incarnate is limited and when it will end is not know can be the impetus for how we choose to live. A clear perception of our death forces us to consider our life as something worth living; gives us the wisdom to make the most of whatever time we do have. Life is impermanent and it is precisely because of its impermanence that we value life so dearly. When we awake to our own mortality then we begin to appreciate that we are alive. From this awareness can spring the determination not to waste what precious time we are given and to focus on making something meaningful of our lives.

4. What is my gift to the family of Earth? We each come into this world with gifts, talents and inherent visible aspects of our soul personality and energy. Every day we are given countless opportunities to offer our gifts to those at our work, in our families and in our relationships. To recognize that we have gifts and own the responsibility to share these gifts with others is a part of our life journey. Identifying what our soul wants to give to others and then be courageous enough to open and share is our gift both to others and to ourselves.

Quoting the Dalai Lama – “We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety, a hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. Try to be at peace with yourself and help others share that peace. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the meaning of life.”

If you have not yet answered these four questions for your life, then doing so may bring wisdom to your journey and richness to the time you remain here.

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New Heights

There are some life experiences that are of such a spiritual magnitude that it affords us the opportunity to reach new heights. The view from these high, spiritually connected places allows us to expand our view and to feel from a new and different perspective. I recently had such an experience – it was entered into with the thought of needing to hold spiritual space for another to do their work. But in the process those of us who were holding space and doing the role of facilitation were as dramatically affected as the one working in our collective held space.

There are times that our Soul calls us to immerse ourselves deeply inward and to live for a few moments in a high vibrational space so we can have the vision of where we are going. I believe that what follows is that we move back into our daily routine – but never in the same way – we are deeply altered by the experience. We are called to reflect on what has occurred and seek ways to use this new information as we move forward in our lives. It is a time of change – we can no longer remain in our old energy – and we are not yet at the heights of the new vision. It is that place of growth that is both unsettling and exhilarating at the same time.

Being human we have the duties of the mundane always before us – even after the ecstasy there is always the laundry, etc to be done. We must hold the larger vision of where we are going even while we are engaged in the daily routines of life. This is the gift of deeply spiritual experiences – they shows us new heights that can sustain us when we return to the routine of life. It is as though we ride a wave of growth and experience, with each one taking us to new heights that sustain us even when we are at the bottom of the wave. In the process we are ever moving upward, never returning as fully to the place we were before the experience called us to rise once again.

It is through this progression of soul-full experiences that continually draws us forward, upward to our greater Soul purpose – even though the ego mind may not readily see the reason for the change. It seems to leave us somewhat “deer in the headlights” as these experiences transpire. But there is an inner knowing place that deep spiritual movement is something that must be responded to – even when it calls for unsettling change. It requires us to leave our present moment comfort zone and move across that dark void we call growth and transition – yet again. And no matter how many times we have been called to make this journey it is still a bit of a fearful experience – to leave what is know and enter into “the past is gone, the future is not yet here” space. This is our transition zone – which is rich with real change, real growth – expansive moments in our lives.

That we have these opportunities for spiritual evolution and growth is part of our journey as human beings. Perhaps this is the real work of the evolution of consciousness – riding a spiritual wave ever higher until we reach the final vibration potential for humanity and then learning to live from that place moment to moment. As we each do our work we contribute to this evolutionary potential.