The Wolf of Hope

I had prepared another story to share with you this week, but given the recent tragic events in the Middle East, I felt this Cherokee legend might be more helpful. 

An elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson, 

“My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”

The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

I first heard this story during the summer of 2008. A Cherokee elder named Mom Feather shared it at a Native American ceremony I had the privilege to attend in South Carolina. At the time, I had only been studying A Course in Miracles for about a year and a half. This story blew me away because it captures the essence of The Course in just a few sentences. It taught me that Truth rings loud and clear no matter where it appears or in which spiritual tradition. 

It’s easy to lose hope when we see and hear stories describing the horrors and injustices humans inflict upon each other at home and around the planet. Let’s feed the “Wolf of Hope” in our minds and extend peace and light to anyone suffering from hate and violence throughout the world. May our combined light cast out all darkness.

For in grace you see a light that covers all the world in love, and watch fear disappear from every face as hearts rise up and claim the light as theirs. 

A Course in Miracles – W-168.4:3

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