White-Wolf Black-Wolf: An ancient Cherokee tale

An elder shared this story with me once as a young boy (both Cherokees no doubt), but he was never able finish it with me. Unfortunately he passed on before doing so, but the pieces that he did leave with me dwelt deep within my heart through this ancient parable. Growing up as a young boy amidst vast varieties of adversity, this white wolf was often on my heart and at the back of my mind’s forefront, but what I had not realized until this wonderful re-discovery was that it had only been “half told” to me…

By coincidence, I stumbled upon this very story moments ago after a quick google search of “White Wolf Native American”. I wasn’t fully conscious of why, exactly, but I had just spent a moment looking within prior to the search and saw a great white wolf with bold eyes staring right back at me with deep trust and reverence. Unsure of the full meaning, I went to the search engine and the rest is synchronistic history. Here is the story that follows my experiences as a Cherokee from boyhood to manhood; an amazing tale for any person walking along the Path, the Tao & The Way:

“There is an old Cherokee story, that of the white and black wolf, that has become popular in the white world, but is only half told.

In it, the grandfather is talking to his grandson about how inside of each of us lives a white wolf and a black wolf. The white wolf is all that is good about us, and the black wolf is all that is bad. The white wolf thrives on justice and peace and the black wolf thrives on anger, fear and hatred.

What the white world has adopted of this tale is this:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

In the white world, the story ends like this:

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

In the Cherokee world, the story ends this way:

The old Cherokee simply replied, “They both win.”

and the story goes on,

“You see, if I only choose to feed the white wolf, the black one will be hiding around every corner waiting for me to become distracted or weak and jump to get the attention he craves. He will always be angry and always fighting the white wolf.

But if I acknowledge him, he is happy and the white wolf is happy and we all win. For the black wolf has many qualities – tenacity, courage, fearlessness, strong-willed and great strategic thinking – that I have need of at times and that the white wolf lacks. But the white wolf has compassion, caring, strength and the ability to recognize what is in the best interest of all. You see son, the white wolf needs the black wolf at his side. To feed only one would starve the other and they will become uncontrollable. To feed and care for both means they will serve you well and do nothing that is not a part of something greater, something good, something of life. Feed them both and there will be no more internal struggle for your attention. And when there is no battle inside, you can listen to the voices of deeper knowing that will guide you in choosing what is right in every circumstance.

Peace, my son, is the Cherokee mission in life. A man who has peace inside has everything. A man who is pulled apart by the war inside him has nothing. How you choose to interact with the opposing forces within you will determine your life. Starve one or the other or guide them both.””

Cassandra Tribe

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Signs, Symbols & Synchronicity: June

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Here is the list of symbols I have encountered over and over again in the month of June, and their apparent interpretations. Within the school of Jungian Psychology, it be appropriate to consider many of these synchronistic in my case, and even archetypal given their strong and prolific occurrences through what he (Carl Jung) would call the “collective unconscious” in the recent month. Have you noticed any of these signs popping up within your own life recently? Enjoy this delightful cup of divinity as it reaches
more and more towards me, you and all of those around us:

Disclaimer:
All of these symbols have been documented and seleccted prior to their analysis and discovered meanings.

 

Number 1:

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The Red Rose
6 Occurrences
“Mystical Marriage”
“Permanent Transmutation”
“Higher Identity”
“Surrender”

“In alchemy, the rose is primarily a symbol of the operation of Conjunction, the Mystical
Marriage
of opposites. It represents the regeneration of separated essences and their resurrection on a new level. In the Practice of Psychotherapy, Carl Jung discussed the archetypal underpinnings of love between people in terms of the rose: “The wholeness which is a combination of ‘I and you’ is part of a transcendent unity whose nature can only be grasped in symbols like the rose or the coniunctio (Conjunction).”

As a symbol of the Mystical Marriage on a personal level, the red rose represents a special
kind of love in which one “melts away” into the beauty of another, and the old identity is surrendered for that of the beloved or a higher identity within oneself. In this sense, the rose is a symbol of complete surrender and permanent transmutation.

Because of its association with the workings of the heart, the rose in alchemy has come to symbolize secrets of the heart or things that cannot be spoken or an oath of silence in general. : passion, love; vitality, feeling of being alive; masculine or active energy; creative projects.

Number 2:

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Glass Breaking

3 Occurrences (in one week,
once additionally last month)
“Marriage”
“Unbreakable Union”
“Change or Imminent Breakthrough”

“At the Jewish wedding feast to consummate the relationship they drink from a wine glass and then they smash the glass. The glass is broken to protect this marriage with the implied prayer: “As this glass shatters, so may your marriage never break.” The promises made by the bride and groom, like the broken glass, are irrevocable. It reminds us that love, like glass, is fragile and must be protected.” “Likewise… it can mean breakthrough has just occurred or is imminent.”

 

 

Number 3:

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Shooting Stars
6 Occurrences
“Enlightenment”
“Grand & Imminent Change”
“Gifts of the God’s”

“Occasionally, one of these streaking lights would fall from heaven and tumble to earth as a ball of fire. Since fire is the Symbol for light, illumination and enlightenment, the Ancients perceived that these balls of fire which plummeted to earth contained the Breath, Essence and Enlightenment of Divinity. In effect, these Ancient cultures considered Shooting Stars to be “gifts of the gods”, a good sign, good luck or that a big event was coming.”

Number 4:

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Ringing In The Ears
12 Occurrences
“Spiritual Awakening” 
“Message from the Spirit World”  
“Close Presence of Guides and Angels”
“Frequency Shift”
“Ascension”

“Hearing high-pitched frequencies is one sign of a spiritual awakening. As you lift your own personal vibrations you become more attuned to higher planetary and celestial vibrations. Often this results in a physical manifestation like lightheadedness, tingling skin or more commonly ringing in the ears.

Ringing in the ears can also be a signal from spirit guides or other non-physical beings. Since it’s difficult for them to dial in to our dense physical vibration, they try to connect with us through other means. Sometimes they play with electronics or natural objects like leaves and feathers. Other times they try to reach us directly through our own bodies—and the ears are a convenient way for them to do so. So if your hearing those high sounds, it could be a message from the spirit world.”

“Hearing frequencies can also be a sort of announcement from God/ your guides/ The Universe, regarding the ascension shift and your shift in vibration. As you may or may not be aware, our planet, and actually the entire universe is experiencing an ascension process… Without going too in depth here, ascension is the process of increasing and raising frequency. This is happening on a planetary, personal, and collective level. Click here to learn more about ascension! 

Hearing vibrations or high-pitched frequencies offers a sort of signal that this change is happening. The frequency may be a sign that you’re awakening to the higher dimensions, and tuning into more of your innate power as a divine spiritual being in physical form. The high-pitched frequency or vibration you are hearing may also offer validation and serve as a sort of indication that the ascension process, including activating and upgrading your DNA is taking place.

“A ringing in the ears is believed to be spiritually caused by the presence of guides and angels being too close to the physical body. Physics and other spiritualists believe these beings are perceived as tones or qualities of silence inside of the ears.”

 

 

Number 5:

Figs & their Tree
Countless Occurrences
“Fertility”
“Enlightenment” 
“Spiritual Awakening”
“Feminine Sexuality”

“The fig tree is an ancient tree and was the sacred tree of Buddha. Under it, he found enlightenment. Its spirit and essence awakens the intuitive insight that enables the individual to put our life and activities into a new perspective. It releases past life blockages, bringing them out and into the open so those new thresholds may be crossed (reflected in the first crop coming from the previous season’s growth). It is a tree whose energies help the individual to link the conscious mind with the subconscious and to do so with the correct perspective… A spiritual awakening

“The Song of Solomon mentions figs. “The fig tree putteth forth her green figs …. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away” (Song 2:13). As with the pomegranate, figs from very early times were linked with sexual fertility. The word “fig” signified vagina in several Mediterranean languages, and one need only split open a purple fig to see why. Maidens of Athens wore garlands of figs and carried fig cakes in the procession of Athena. There is evidence from the ruins of Pompeii that figs were a major offering at the temple of Isis. The fig persists as a potent symbol…”

Number 6:

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The Palm Tree
7 Occurrences
“Androgyny”
“Integration of Opposites”
“Victory Over Duality”
“Seen and Unseen”
“Resurrection”

“In alchemical traditions, the palm tree is a symbol of androgyny as it possesses the perfect integration of both male and female attributes. This is an alchemical achievement – to be wholly, pristinely balanced – equally united with polarity.

This androgynous concept plays out in the esoteric archetype of the High Priestess found in the Tarot. Indeed, the palm tree is depicted in this card and here demonstrates the intent of the Priestess to amalgamate the realms of seen and unseen – mixing them into a whole vision with a goal to dispense for the betterment of humanity.

These aspects bring to mind themes of victory related to palm tree symbolism. Not only victory over the conflict between dualities, but victory over death as well.

Indeed, Christians adapted the palms as a symbol of resurrection (victory over death through the union with Christ). Palm fronds were lain on the path walked by Christ as he entered Jerusalem.”

 

 

Number 7:

The Snake & Ouroboros
7 Occurrences
“Death/Rebirth”
“Divine Union”
“Awakened Consciousness”
“Sexuality”, “Masculine Sexuality”
“Transmutation”
“Transformation”

“Healing”
“Power”
“Wisdom”
“Immortality”
“Triumph Over Duality”

“Serpent themes are visible in architecture, in myth, and initiation rites from certain cultures. Healing power and mysticism are ascribed to snakes due to their ability to shed skin. The snake represents youthful vitality, an archetypal power of transmutation and immortality. Images of snakes appear in alchemical symbols representing vitality, healing and transformation, and the death/rebirth cycle of renewal. This similar symbolism is also seen in-depth psychology.

Hindu iconography includes the cobra as a symbol of awakened consciousness surrounding the head of many deities. The yogic concept of Kundalini Shakti, sexuality, power, elevation of consciousness, the serpent energy rising up the spinal centers emerging from the crown chakra in divine union with pure Shiva consciousness.

The alchemical image of the Ouroboros, the snake eating its own tail, is a symbol of wisdom & transformation. It is a symbol of the conjunction, the union and wholeness of the divine marriage of the female and male principles. The Ouroboros is associated with Alchemy. It represents the cyclical nature of things, eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end.

In some representations the serpent is shown as half-light and half-dark, echoing symbols such as the Yin Yang, which illustrates the dual nature of all things, but more importantly, that these opposites are not in conflict.”

 

Number 8:

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“Force of Will”

-Dragons (Medicine/Guide/Totem)
7 Occurrences
“The Infinite Self”
“Wisdom”
“Power”
“Leadership”
“Transformation”
“Transmutation”

“Supernatural” 
“Mastery”

“The dragons medicine includes change and transformation, wisdom, infinity, supernatural, longevity and movement through space.

Celtic tradition may give specific qualities for dragons of the elements of earth, fire, water, and air, however, in general terms, Dragon’s power is that of shedding its skin and coming out as a new, transformed being. The dragon gives in providing us with fierce protection and possesses inherent magic, adding extra power to any magic you may perform. Dragon represents the supernatural and infinite self.

The Fire Dragon is a symbol of transmutation, energy and mastery. If this is your power animal you will be lent enthusiasm, courage and vitality. Your inner fire will be fueled. You will be helped to overcome obstacles. You will be given the qualities of leadership and mastery. The fire dragon can also be a strong protector.”

 

 

Number 9:

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The Numbers 9 & 911

Countless Occurrences
“Perfection”
“Complete Cycle of Growth”
“Spiritual Transformation”

“Accomplishment of the Divine Will”
“Moving to the Highest Path”
“Illumination”
“Enlightenment”
“Awakening”
“Power”

“Leadership”
“Transition”
“Service to Humanity”

“The number 9 has long been associated with endings that are set to bring about new and spiritually transformed beginnings. It also represents leadership, service to humanity and the Spiritual Laws that govern the Universe. It is also the number of those who accomplish the divine will. Since 9 can be represented as 3 x 3, it denotes perfection, virile power.

[Historically,] the biblical number 9 has vast symbology and was taken as sacred in Greece and Egypt as well. It is the last number of finalization and is therefore considered as the most complex and the number marking the full lighting up of numerical series. Biblical number 9 stands for a complete cycle of growth. The nine generations from Adam to Noah (ninth from Adam) and Noah to Abraham (ninth from Noah) represents the stages of development and growth. Abram was ninety and nine years when he received covenant from God and his new name Abraham. Therefore symbolically his name reduces to number 9 indicating the period of time in which the spiritual cycle is completed.”

On its own, the number 1 indicates new beginnings, progress and self-reliance. When it is seen as 11 however, it becomes much more powerful [i.e. “The Master Number” or “The Power Number”]. The number 11 represents awakening, illumination and enlightenment. Often people report seeing 11:11 when they are experiencing a life changing experience or a spiritual awakening of some kind. It can also be seen as a direct message from your Spirit Guide and Angels that they are close and are offering you guidance.

Bringing all of this together, seeing 911 is really about pursuing your purpose and soul mission and perhaps bringing some things in your life to a close in order for you to move forward on your highest path911 also serves as a reminder that you are a leader or “Lightworker” and that by setting a positive example for others you can help to change and raise the consciousness of the planet. Repeatedly seeing 911 can also be a sign that your Angels have opened up a new door or chapter for you and are encouraging you to tie up loose ends and start fresh.”

 

The degree of congruency between these listing symbols
is a bit unbelievable, to say the least. I hope to see what the following month
proceeds to show us and their apparent values to each of us consciously, as there really is no separation…
One Mind,
One Group,
One Earth,
One Being.

 

❤ – The Shaded Elephant.


Citations:

1) https://medicinewomanart.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/day-16-art-as-meditation/
2) http://wordofspiritandtruth.blogspot.com/2012/09/broken-glass.html
3) http://www.aseekersthoughts.com/2009/11/shooting-star-symbol-and-myth.html  
http://www.masteringourselves.com/articles/learn-to-idenify-interpret-omens.html#sthash.oNZjv6xO.dpuf
4) http://www.psychicsuniverse.com/articles/mind-body/body/are-you-hearing-high-pitched-frequencies-lately
http://athelonwealth.com/tag/meaning/page/3/
http://www.ask-angels.com/spiritual-guidance/hearing-frequencies/#comment-67455
5) http://www.keithhunt.com/Sex11.html http://spiritlodge.yuku.com/topic/1035/Fig-Tree#.V3iHJpMrLdQ
6) http://www.whats-your-sign.com/palm-tree-symbolism.html
7) https://stottilien.com/2012/06/03/the-symbol-of-serpent-and-dragon-an-jungian-view/

http://www.blog.terrawise.net/?p=229
8) http://www.shamanicjourney.com/dragon-power-animal-symbol-of-transformation-infinity-wisdom
9) http://foreverconscious.com/the-meaning-of-911
http://www.astrovera.com/bible-religion/190-bible-number-9.html

Edit: It should be noted that upon finishing this article, I celebrated with a tall glass of water. Well, in doing so I couldn’t help but notice the time as I clicked off the kitchen lights… Yep, you guessed it. The clock read “11:11”. Synchronicity strikes again. ❤

My first, my last… the Love of my life.

“Your other half, your completion, is not outside of you, you see, but deep within you. It lives as your very own presence, burns like the Sun within.

So many people are looking for love. Or they are trying to hold onto a love that seems to be slipping through their fingers. Or they feel they have lost love, and they are trying to get 13450949_676806142471804_2598930184081756204_nlove back, running from uncomfortable feelings of withdrawal, numbing themselves with more dreams, running further and further from themselves, in pursuit of something they will never reach, still dreaming of their “One Special Person” who will complete them, provide them with a lifetime of psychological security, be the perfect mother or father they never had on Earth.

Of course, that’s not love. That’s fear, an urgent flight from aloneness.
If you can find or lose it,
if you can be ‘in’ it or ‘out’ of it,
if it can be given to you or taken away,
if you have to fight for it, beg for it, manipulate yourself or others to get it,
if you feel you have to become worthy of it,
if it hurts, then it’s the mind’s version of love.
It is the lie.

For if you love, you are present. That’s it.
If you love someone, you are present with them. As present with them as you are with yourself. As present as the Sun in the sky, despite the clouds, the storms, the ever-changing weather.

Do not confuse love with desire, then. Desire comes and goes. It burns brightly, or the flame extinguishes. But desire is not consistent, like love.

Do not confuse love with attraction. Attraction is beautiful, but it ebbs and flows, rises and falls like the ocean waves. It changes with the seasons, days, hours, moments. It is not ever-present, like love.

Do not confuse love with warm, pleasant feelings, even limerent feelings of being “in love”. Pleasurable feelings turn to painful ones so quickly. Love is not pleasure nor pain, it is not ecstasy nor hurt; it is the field that endures, even as the bliss fades into despair.

Do not confuse love with the urgency to possess someone or be possessed. Love is not infatuation. Love is not obsessive nor compulsive. Love does not cling. Love does not own anything; it is weightless, formless. Love does not say “I need you for my happiness, my contentment, my life”. No, love is synonymous with freedom, with a wide open heart, with the willingness to feel every feeling, think every thought.

The most dangerous myth is that another person can ‘make’ you happy. No, no. Happiness, true happiness, the kind of happiness that cannot be bought or sold or neatly packaged, is identical with your own presence, which nobody can give to you, and nobody can take away. If you look to another for happiness, you will always depend on them, always be afraid of losing them, and fear and resentment will rumble underneath your ‘love’. You will adapt yourself to please them, numb your thoughts and feelings, close your eyes to the truth and live in fantasy and hope. You will make yourself unhappy in order to win their love, keep them, control them. You will make yourself unhappy trying to make them happy… or forcing yourself to be happy. That is not love, it is an addiction to a person. It is fear masquerading as ‘romance’. It is the lie.

But underneath every addiction is the longing for home, for Mother in the deepest sense of the word. Find the deepest sense of home within yourself, then. Make your body your home, your breath, your belly as it rises and falls in the present moment. Find your ground in the sense of being alive. And in that place of presence, spend time with others who nourish you, who help you feel alive, who empathise with you and can validate your precious feelings. When you are not trying to win love, when you are not running from your own uncomfortable feelings, you can afford to truly love and be loved.

Invite others into your love field; let them stay, let them leave, bow to their path and walk your own with courage. But do not for a moment buy into the lie that salvation lies anywhere except at the very heart of your exquisite presence, the place where there’s nobody to be saved. The place where you touch life, and are touched in return, moment by moment…

For you are The One, your own greatest lover, partner, friend, guru and Mother.
And so you can say to yourself:

“I can’t live without you”.
“You complete me”.
“Without you I’m nothing”.
“Never leave me”.

-Jeff Foster