Twice this week I have come across a quote you’ve probably all heard
“A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf 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.”
The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”
This got me thinking about a section from the book – ‘Conversations with God’…It basically said that due to the human need for duality (which is required in order to find meaning in this life) God is, and always has been ‘ALL OF IT’.
He (or Life) created on Earth a system including…good and bad, lies and truth, joy and pain, morals and anarchy, gluttony and hunger, poverty and riches etc. He (or life) created these opposites so that we may know ourselves, and also re-define ourselves as we change and grow. We do this by relating our traits to the attributes of the 2 wolves
This got me thinking about our shadows
I am scared of my own shadow, and now I know why
Everything I say I’m not, sits right there beside me, in the darkness called my shadow
Controlled always by the light; maybe as some kind of sign that the wolf who is kind, loving and compassionate, will always win out if we choose to live (feed ourselves), in the daylight, with most others?
In darkness, our shadow literally disappears
Yet; the dark wolf does most of his deeds at night; perhaps as a reminder that there is infinitely more to this life, than that we can see with our eyes…When invisible, it is most alive. When seen, it is most dead
It is a suffocating reminder that it represents half of my being
Even worse is the realisation that the other half of my shadow (the conscious me/my body) is (without the wolves) – NOTHING! We are indescribable as a something, without these attributes.
Much the same as our auras; our shadows are linked. Walk side by side with a friend and an enemy, and the size of each of your shadows will be exactly the same…
Everything you are not, everything I am not…
Everything we are, but are too afraid to be, sits neatly in our shadow
A stark message that we are all just a tiny distance away from the worst of ourselves…
And, as we cross a busy street and our shadow merges momentarily with a complete stranger and their darkness; in that moment, we are his light and his darkness, and he is ours too.
Like our good side, our shadow is sometimes large and sometimes small, and it mingles and mixes with any and all. It is visible sometimes, and at other times hidden, much like our tendencies to be bitter and twisted, or loving and giving
Until I embrace my shadow by acknowledging all that lies within it and why, I doubt I will develop the capacity for great change…
The 2 wolves never die
Duality shapes reality
Our shadows content varies over time, but these changes inside of it, can be hidden if the light is just right
Hidden to the eye and to the observer too, but we all know deep down, what really lies
beneath beside us
Good luck with your own 2 wolves
Love Dawny Xxx