Seeing the best in life's challenges

The Path of Life’s Journey

“In life’s journey you will encounter much, narrow paths blocked by avalanches, forks in the road shrouded in fog, deep valleys of darkness and bright sunny days in meadows of golden poppies. It is all a part of life. And as you walk your path, other people will join you for a time: a dear friend, a lover, a spouse, children and parents. And then they may go away.

And through it all, the only constant is that you are you, that you have a core of truth within you and a path to walk, and if you allow your core of truth to tell you which fork in the road to take, if you allow that internal compass to tell you which mountain to climb, then you will do well indeed and have a fulfilling, interesting life. If you go chasing after others, trying to make things be other than how they naturally are, then you will find yourself suddenly awakening in a deep forest without knowing where to turn. You will find yourself lost and confused, because you have lost touch with your own personal truth.

And when this happens, you must just sit down in the forest, become very still, and return to yourself. You must reach down and find yourself again before you continue walking, or else you will simply go around in circles, becoming more desperate and alone and lost.

You are everything you need to be, just as you are, right now. You are the center of your own life. You are the beacon that shines and shows the way.

Be glad when others walk beside you, enjoy their company, connect as closely and deeply as you can, but always, always, shine your own light and walk your own path and allow them to do the same.

Anon ♥”


Thanks to a FB friend for posting this!!



Saying the Same Thing

I just found this short, thoughtful article, written today by an author on the site Galactic Free Press, a decidedly “New Age” site.  You can find the original here.  But what is interesting to me, is that a quick Google search of “which wolf are you feeding” led me to the second article, written by a Lutheran pastor.  Read them both.  Tell me we’re not all getting at the same thing!

Satan and Christ

by will

I’m going to present a much different version of this conflict and instead of externalizing it, I’m making it deeply personal. Christianity is supposed to be based upon Judaism, yet if you look at the Jewish ideas about Satan, you see something vastly different than how it’s portrayed in Christianity. While different Jewish sects has different views on Satan, I’m going to focus upon their interpretation of Satan as our “temptation to do wrong”.

Now I don’t really like the word “wrong”, as it’s rooted in the illusion of duality. I don’t believe for a moment there’s some list of rules God requires us to follow. God doesn’t make rules, God only has Laws and those can’t be broken no matter how hard you try. I’m going to use “wrong” in a very specific sense, where the only “wrong” is that which denies God. Denial of God is not “bad”, “evil”, or anything like that, it’s simply heading in the wrong direction.

We have another word for the “temptation to do wrong” and the denial of God’s Presence. We call that “edging God out” or ego. So instead of the idea of this vast cosmic war going on between the “forces of good and evil”, it becomes a deeply personal conflict that nearly every Human Being on this Planet is going through. It’s the struggle with one’s own ego, one’s own negativity. We’re not helpless pawns in some larger game, we have our own power, responsibility, and influence over the outcome, as the battle is fought within ourselves.

How does one deny God? By entertaining things like fear, worry, conflict and other distractions. Holding onto the past and obsessing over the future is how people deny God’s Presence within the Now. Getting wrapped up within your own limited mind, making that your entire world, and failing to see the Beauty of Creation is how one denies God. The word Satan simple means “adversary”, and what bigger adversary do people have than their own self-defeating thoughts?

Enough about ego, what about Christ? Just like Satan, this has been externalized and turned into a mythology the church could control. Jesus wasn’t the only Child of God, that idea is absurd. Every Human Being on this Planet is a Child of God. You have the Christ within you, as your own God-Self, your own Higher Self. Jesus simply realized this and Lived it. If Satan is your own denial of God, Christ is your own acceptance of God, your own Oneness with God.

Many have heard the Native American story of the two wolves each person has fighting within themselves. One is anger, violence and ego, while the other is Love, Joy, and God. When the child asks his grandfather which wolf will win, the grandfather replies, “The one you feed”. Organized religion simply took this story and made it needlessly complicated. It became externalized into a story people believe they have no influence over, instead of one where they have the keys to their own Liberation.

There’s another very important part of this story, and that’s the idea that good fights against evil. God does not fight against illusion, when God Is Present, there is no illusion. Light does not struggle against darkness, when the Light Is On, darkness is gone. Nobody’s ever won God by fighting for God, fighting is how the illusion is kept “alive”. Conflict is how the ego feeds and those who struggle against their own ego are falling into the ego’s own tricks. Believing you need to fight to get to God, is at its core, denial of the fact that God Is Already Everywhere Present. Those beliefs need to be let go of before the Real You can step forward.

Next, the following article can be found here at the blog Praying the Gospels:

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

by Paul W. Meier

Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43

Mr. Rogers used to say: “Have you ever noticed that the very same people who are bad sometimes are the very same people who are good sometimes?” I came across an illustration that I’ve adapted to try to make some sense of this phenomenon. It goes like this:

“An old Cherokee once told his grandson about life. He said there is a great fight going on inside all of us, and it’s a fight between two wolves. One wolf is good. [It represents the Self as it is detached from dependency on things of the world.] It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The other wolf is [for lack of a better term, divided – for it isn’t necessarily “evil” but rather, divided within itself. This wolf represents the self that is attached to the things of this world.] It is anger, envy, greed, regret, resentment, arrogance, self-pity, and false pride. These wolves are always at odds. The grandson thought about it for a moment and then asked his grandfather, ‘Which wolf do you think will win?’ The old Cherokee replied, ‘The one that I feed.’”

Have you ever felt like there was a war going on inside you, like two wolves fighting for power or control? “I know I should do this, but I want to do that?” Or like St. Paul said, “I want to do good but I don’t” and “I do the things I hate.” What’s going on inside you and me? Aren’t you glad to know? There are two wolves inside! I’ll give them biblical names before I go back to referring to them as wolves.

One of them, the good wolf, is Christ, which means “the anointed one.” The apostle Paul asked, “Don’t you know that Christ is within you?” Jesus said he and the Father would come and make their home within you. The Hebrew Scriptures say that humankind was made in the image of God. This image is the Christ-image. It’s the image of goodness, the “good wolf.” The good wolf is like the wheat in Jesus’ parable. It gives rise to fruits like peace, love, joy, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Gal. 5:21-22).

The other wolf is the biblical image of the Adversary, better known as Satan, the father of lies. This wolf is like the tares in Jesus’ parable that bring forth the fruits of the sinful nature – as St. Paul tells the Galatians – immorality, corruption, hatred, conflict, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, disagreements, divisions and cliques, and envy (Gal. 5:20). These wolves live together in your world. Both make their home within you…a good wolf and a false wolf competing for control within your kingdom.

The false wolf has a personal salvation plan for you. It thinks it knows what is necessary for you to be happy, and it’s goal is to protect you. You’re its kingdom, but it’s deluded in thinking the things of this world will make you happy and secure instead of trusting that God and God’s love for you is all you need.

That’s why, when something threatens what the false wolf sees as important to your security, this makes the false wolf angry or fearful of losing it, and it wants to hold onto it. It howls and gnashes its teeth in its efforts to hold on.

While the good wolf says, “Chill out. Life is not about what you eat or what you drink or what you wear, or the car you drive, or the position you hold, or the amount of money sitting in a bank account.” Don’t worry about tomorrow. Live in today.

The false wolf is concerned about, “What do others think of me?” It’s concerned about your reputation, your success, how you stack up in comparison with others – in fact, it’s always comparing you with others and what they have instead of letting you live and be content with the beauty and peace and the blessing of what is at hand in the present moment. Whatever threatens the things the false wolf believes are important makes that wolf anxious. It has no peace or joy until it’s false treasures are protected and secured.

The process of spiritual growth is learning how to feed the good wolf and starve the false wolf. It’s learning to let go of the things of this world in which the false wolf finds its security. Once you’ve let go of the false securities of the world, that’s when you experience the kingdom of heaven…it’s peace, it’s joy, it’s patience, it’s love. These things reign in the kingdom of heaven and are secured by the good wolf.

The good wolf is the Christ-self, the true self. It’s who you always have been from the beginning and it’s who you always will be. St. Paul says we are hidden with Christ in God. He is the divine DNA within you. He is who you are as a child of God.

So how do you do feed the good wolf and starve the false wolf? You do that by practicing letting go of the world’s false securities. The more you practice letting them go, the closer you come to discovering your true self in Christ.

The most common way that spiritual guides help their students to come into contact with the inner good wolf is to send them out for an extended period of time into nature, into solitude and silence.

You need to remove yourself from the things that feed the false wolf, the usual diversions of entertainment, status, reputation, past failures and successes, and the people you think you need to please or impress. Even the image you hold for yourself as a wife, mother, husband, father, child, executive, or person who is good or bad – these must be set aside so they don’t control who you think you are. They must have no influence until you find out who you truly are – made in the image of God, which is your true self. Once you know that person – the good wolf – then you can let go of the false wolf and be a better – more attentive – wife, mother, daughter, husband, father, son, executive, whatever. Because you are letting the Christ-self reign within you. You just have to feed the good wolf more often than the false one.

I think that’s why Jesus went to the mountain to be alone as often as he did. He was feeding the good wolf. He was separating himself from thinking the things of this world are needed to make him secure. Silence, solitude, the removal from thinking he had to please or impress anyone, having no one’s expectations to meet or satisfy.

Once he knew himself as the son of God, made in God’s image, he knew his strength and he was able to let go of the world. The things of this world had no control over him. Not even death. His security was found in God his Father.

Maybe that’s why Jesus could focus completely on the needs of others. He could place his full attention on the person who stood or lay in front of him in the present moment. He could bring the peace that was within him to the person with whom he was interacting. He brought the kingdom of heaven to all he met.

That’s what we are called to do as sons and daughters of the most high God. We are sons and daughters made in the image of God, sent to bring the kingdom of heaven to all we meet.

(I give credit to Richard Rohr’s comments in “The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of St. Francis” for the Christ-image information and short quotes for this blog…the analogy to the two wolves is mine.)

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Why, God?

Past the seeker as he prayed walked the crippled

And the beggars and the beaten.

And seeing them…the seeker cried,

“God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things

And yet do nothing about them?”

…God said,

“I did do something.

I made you.” ♥


–Sufi Teaching




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