Last night I dreamed that I was in a dark room, looking towards a messy closet from a distant corner in the room. It was so dark that I could barely make out shapes and objects, but I believed I was spotting a white wolf-like creature in the mix. I called out to it and started howling for it. I said to someone in my dream, “Let’s see if this is my animal totem. It looks like a white wolf!” I proceeded to passionately and unabashedly howl like a dog baying at the moon. After several guttural and visceral cries my howls were returned by a voice coming from in the closet but instead of a white wolf a black wolf emerged and ran quickly towards me. I was startled and a bit frightened at first, but when the wolf reached my side I realized it was friendly, familiar and loyal just like a domesticated dog. Immediately my fear was gone.
Now I know that this black wolf is named Sheba and she walks beside me everywhere I go. She is my protector. I always felt I had some sort of guide or body guard my whole life. Now I realize it has been Sheba all along. I wonder why I thought of her as white but she emerged as black instead. She has always been with me.
Just to footnote this post, I learned of this story from a woman who lives near me…
The Two Wolves
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a
battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son,
The battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment
inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
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