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  • GRANDMOTHER’S WISDOM The child often came to Grandmother with questions about everything, especially when he was sad or angry. She was so wise and her kind old face would soften as she told a story or related her own experience to help him to understand the lesson. One day the boy came to Grandmother and he was very upset and angry. “What is troubling you,Grandson” she asked as she moved to one side to make room for him to sit next to her. “you look so angry.” “I thought they were my friends….” he looked down at the ground and made scuffing marks in the earth with his toes. “But they laughed at me again today when I couldn’t play the game better…..I can never win… they are much taller than me and can run faster. I will never be good at the game.” He was near tears and fought to hold them back. Grandmother rested her hand on his shoulder and could feel him tremble with disappointment at himself. She stroked his hair and then said softly, “There have been times when I have felt anger too at others who were unkind, and I have felt angry at myself for feeling small and helpless. And I have even felt hate for those who felt no sorrow for the hurt they caused. But hate wears you down, Grandson, and it does not hurt your enemy. I have struggled with these feelings many times. It is as if there are two wolves living inside me; one is white and one is grey. The white wolf is good and does no harm, living in harmony with all, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. White wolf will only fight when it is right to do so and in the right way. But grey wolf is full of anger. The littlest thing will cause a fit of temper. Grey wolf fights everyone all the time…for no reason….not thinking because this anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger and will change nothing. Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside of me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.” The boy was listening very carefully. He asked “Which one wins, Grandmother?” Grandmother smiled gently and said, “It is the one I feed.” Animals, like the Ancient Ones, can help us learn our life lessons. Represented in this drawing are, Wolf, the teacher, Horse who brings lessons of self-empowerment, Frog for cleansing, and Eagle, our spiritual connection. In our culture, we are taught to “get rid of” our grey wolf….our shadow side. We learn to put our focus on white wolf and often become judgmental of others as they struggle to “get rid of” their own grey wolf. But many cultures teach that to accept our shadow side, make peace with this part of ourselves, is the only way we will be able to accept all of who we are….and in doing this, we will be better able to accept others. When i drew this painting, I was feeling sad and helpless while hearing about and watching the latest human misery……the refugees from Kosovo……and knowing this has been the pattern of history repeated over and over again, the thought came to me as if it were a new idea. My part in this, the one thing I can do, is to be that which I long for others to be. Could it be possible that these experiences are here to propel us all [critical mass] into a higher choice of being? Ancient wisdom talks of “becoming” as the most powerful message. If I choose to have peace in this world, I must first become peace. I believe peace is the result of compassion. If I can allow life to show me myself in the actions of others, that I may see my own humanness’, and if I can choose to change these feelings/actions, then I can become compassion. The key to compassion may be to have the ability to embrace all experience as part of the One without judgement. In my heart, I believe love is all there is.
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