Two Wolves!

This post was triggered by a post by a lovely lady, Pat Cegan (Pat’s Pondering – evil), and it brought back a part of my journey where spirit showed me something we all partake in. Throughout life we have many instances of doing right and wrong in a maze of our day to day lives. This can be as simple as taking a toy off another child. Mind you, you are also a child, so the uproar from the other child, smack and scolding is seriously in your face, so it is an event you take on board because of its impact on us. And like most of life, our actions have much impact around us, and by their creation (good or bad), we feel their responses in many different ways.

Give a flower to a beautiful lady and the response (usually), is at the least, a smile and some lovely words for the gift. At the opposite end of the scale is abusing someone and in response getting abused back or at the least leaving that person upset or angry. In many of these examples we see every day, are from people who are only acting from what they have been taught or are unsure in how to deal with a situation, and can sometimes overreact or give a response that ‘seems’ to be out of context with whatever has occurred.

I see these things every day and I think that there should, at the least, be a very humanistic side to the teaching of our young in schools to make sure that they at least have something in their learning to show them there is another way, even though at home may not be very comfortable. For in that space at home are the people they love and look up to, want to be so much like them, even though those same people have probably grown up with circumstances that are less than favorable for themselves and can’t help but pass on what they have learned by their parents that they loved and looked up to as well.

But each time I think of these things, I am shown another element by spirit, whereby our lives are full of these things for a reason. We live within the context of these things in our lives to show us an understanding of what holds truth within us, and by experiencing these ‘good and evil’ things we come to know our truth, that release of our fears, letting go of our expectations and finally coming to understand what unconditional love is. And it is there…I have seen and felt it…is the absence of all these things. The understanding of why we hold onto many things in our life through those fears, IS to learn the empathy, the love and beauty that it holds.

We avoid our fears for one very big reason…they scare us. Why would we stick ourselves into a situation that frightens us. For one very good reason. That avoidance builds the fear to such a degree, so that when finally faced, the emotional impact is huge. It is an incredible release of all that we have built up against it, and the impact on us, and understanding of just what held that fear in place, leaves a big effect to such a degree, that we have great empathy for others who we now see in that same circumstance. We learn much by it.

Basically we feel a wrong within us each time we become fearful of doing something, or we only do those things because we know no other way. Whenever we step through that fear, or give to another, we feel that warm, open feeling of love because we have chosen that path. It is the universe just as it was designed. Whatever we put out there comes back in kind so that we do understand where we are at as we learn, realize and understand that journey to the unconditional love that is everywhere. Just waiting for us to understand good and bad, drop our walls of protection and release those fears we build, for we have known no other way.

Be that change. Begin to step towards that warm, open feeling within your life and watch it begin to change your circumstances. Don’t put any expectations on it, just be what you know within IS your truth and coming from that place within. It may seem difficult at first, but next time you become involved in an awkward situation, do not react, breeeathe…and show the other person there is another way, another outcome that is beneficial to all. And from that love within you, you are helping them on their journey, and yourself, starting a new learning experience, and creating within them a new path to that love that we all so dearly wish to reach within.

The following is something that I always have in my healing room. I must apologize as I do not know its origins, but its wisdom is priceless.


One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said,

‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is evil. It is anger, envy, regret, jealousy, sorrow, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other one is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, benevolence, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute then asked his grandfather,

‘Which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied,

‘The one you feed’.


8 thoughts on “Two Wolves!

    1. Thank you thewingedwoman. We always feed where we are at. And eventually we realize there is a balance in all things. Keep eating candy bars and eventually our bodies ‘spit the dummy’ and we become ill. Life is about finding that harmony, and it usually means going down each pathway to find that truth within. Now, if I can just keep away from chocolate I’ll be fine 🙂 Thank you for the comment. Namaste

  1. I have always loved that old Native American saying about the Wolves.. And I have followed Pats post for a few years now.. Inspirational they are too.. 🙂 The path is always one of choice… And without evil would we know the good.. Without Fear would we know the Peace.. Without sadness would we know Joy…
    Life has to have two wolves in order for us to experience.. The fact is as you have said sometimes we need to have the pain .. We are neither Good nor bad.. and each is there to teach us upon our journey.. We can step and become both wolves… its up to each of us as to which we feed and to which one we set free..
    Wonderful post Mark..
    Blessings Sue

    1. It grabbed me the first time I saw it Sue. It really does express that constant battle through our lives until we achieve that understanding of our truth within. I hung it up as a question for myself or clients…where am I at now? And you are right, it is up to us which one we feed. Pat’s blog is always ‘touching’ things. Little bursts of wisdom, laughter and a good read to boot! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Love and light, Mark.

  2. Hi Mark!
    What a coincidence:-)..You know I red a short special story about two wolfes two days ago and I wrote it down in my note block, thought about write it on my blog ( but didn´t) or/and put it in frame, maybe with pics of wolfes…the one you have is more nice and explaining..Here is what i red:

    “Two Wolfes
    It is two wolfes inside every man,
    Love and Hate – they fight each other
    Which will win?
    The one you feeded most”
    source unknown

    To read your words above about what we give out comes back to us and especially the last piece about being the´s kind of balsam for my heart and soul to read those your words..thousand thank´s! You explain things so very good:-)
    Have a wonderful day Mark and take care…

    1. Hi Elaine, and thank you for your lovely comment! I daresay there is many verses that point to that wisdom, and from many cultures as well. Usually when a coincidence (synchronicity) occurs, spirit is showing you something that will have meaning for you. The wolves always seem to represent our two halves…and as the verse says…are we feeding one more than the other? I suppose the main thing is try to find a balance within our lives so we do not ‘go off the rails’, so to speak. Sometimes quite hard as we need to go through some things in our lives so that we can see further into our hearts to realise our hurts, and be set free with that realisation. Thank you for sharing that verse as well. You may need to look within and find the relevance that the verse has for you. The beginning of a journey for that change within. All it takes is one step 🙂 Take care Elaine, may your journey find the love within. Namaste

  3. Dear Mark,
    It feels wrong for me to muddy up your beautiful post with words of my own. All I’ll say is that you put this out there, I found it and now, today, I’ll be putting it forth to someone else who needs it, too. You are a wise man and am so grateful to have found you in the blog-o-sphere. Now….I’m off to breeeeathe and put some food down for the wolf–the good one. xo

    1. lol. Never muddied by your lovely words my friend. Now be gentle with your wolf, you are his balance in this world and your guidance is a blessing indeed, especially in the garden 🙂 Thank you for your kind words, and I hope these words bring a balance into the healing that you give. Take care Michele, namaste. xo

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