The Ying & Yang of Good & Evil...
The Ying and Yang of who we are!
A Tale of Two Wolves
The Two Wolves Legend are not of a Christian tradition, but are of an American Indian tradition. It is good to be aware of other traditions. For me personally the Two Wolves Legend helps me to explore and examine my Christian faith more deeply. Understanding the Two Wolves Legend will do a Christian no harm; but may lead you to a deeper understanding of your own faith. eoa
By respecting the
differences in our own church
And seeing how these differences
enrich each one another.
We are more open to appreciating
the richness and diversity of other traditions.
In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
Tale of Two Wolves
An old Cherokee Chief is teaching his grandson about life. “A great battle is going on inside of me,” he said to the boy.
It is a ferocious fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil – he is anger, greed, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, lies, hate, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
The other wolf is good – he is Love, he is joy, happiness, peace, kindness, hope, faith, empathy, generosity, truth, and compassion.
This same fight going on inside of you; inside of each and every one of us, too.
The grandson thought about this for a while and then he asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The wise Cherokee chief simple reply, “The one you feed.”
Here is the same story, but it is called “Grandfather Tells” which is also know as “The Wolves Within”
On 1/14/14 in my Spiritual Yoga and Meditation Class Shelly Niebur the instructor and facilitator, introduced us to the Wisdom lesson of “The Two Wolves” an old Cherokee legend. This lesson inspired me to create this Bible Basics Layers of Understanding page! I researched the legend; see websites listed below.
It is so wonderful to discover such a profound Truth and profound Wisdom in the cultures and traditions of other people. I just had to Share this wonderful story! And I ask you, “Which Wolf do you feed?”
hearing the bird sing
Or really seeing the blue sky,
We touch the seed of the Holy Spirit within us.
Children have little difficulty recognizing
the presence of the Holy Spirit.
― Thich Nhat Hanh