Twin Wolves of the Self Who Wanted More

An elderly Seminole told his Grandson, “Son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Chaos. He is anger, jealously, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Clarity. She is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.” The grandson pondered the story and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man replied, “The one you feed.”

The boy found this answer unacceptable. He asked his Grandfather “Isn’t there a way to save both wolves?” His Grandfather laughed heartily and responded “I do not know. No one has ever tried.” “Then I will be the first,” replied the Grandson. “Son, Chaos is vile and untrusting, why would you want to tame a wolf like him when you could have one more obideiant?” “I am young Grandfather but even so I know the song of pain. Clarity is a fine wolf but without Chaos how would we come to appreciate her scent?” The Grandfather was deeply impressed by his Grandson’s answer, “Son, I am far too old to find the truth you seek, When you are ready you must find these answers yourself.”

On his 13th birthday, the boy was of age to become a man. Unafraid of the dark tales of Chaos and Untrusting of the righteous tongue of Clarity, he set off to the sacred mountains to seek an answer to his new dilemma. How to teach the two wolves to live in harmony. He climbed the mountain until the air became thin and his head as light as an eagle feather. Stopping to rest, he sat on the cool stone of the summit and thought deeply about the riddle. His body began to feel lighter and lighter until he looked down and realized he was no longer sitting on the summit but high above amongst the clouds.

Image created by R. Wright


2 responses to “Twin Wolves of the Self Who Wanted More

Am i wrong?...Am i?..And the church said

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