Friday, January 9, 2015

Which Energy Are You Feeding?

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. The other is good.  He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This 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?”

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

There has been a great spiritual awakening occurring, not only within ourselves, but in the world, and it seems that two forces are fighting against each other.  These two forces may have the appearance of light/good/right vs. dark/bad/wrong.  This is sometimes called a dichotomy meaning a division or contrast between two things that are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

Life is full of dichotomies but these are actually good things.  If we didn’t know dark/bad/wrong, then we wouldn’t know light/good/right and vise versa.  As human beings, we have to know or experience one in order to know or experience the other. 

Spiritually, let’s look at these energies as just light and darkness.  The light is filled with joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.  The darkness is filled with anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.  We all have a little bit of all this within us at one time or another.  But we have choices.  As in the story of the two wolves, we can choose which one we are going to feed.

If you look at America and world events, it seems that it’s just been in recent years that we are seeing so much more negativity everywhere:  politics, religion, education, government, healthcare, and so on.  Everything that isn’t working in our lives and in our world is coming to light so that we can see it and do something to make it better.  Like a cut finger that gets infected, we have to see the pus come to the surface before we can cleanse and heal it.

The good news is that there is so much more light occurring in the world!  The sad thing is that we’re just not hearing about it in the media.  Remember, most of the media loves the darkness and feeds off the negative energies because that’s how they make their money, and many of them will even add fuel to the fire with lies and exaggerations to keep it going and maybe even make it worse all for the sake of news.

But please know that the light is actually expanding so much brighter because so many people are starting to get it.  They know that love, compassion, hope, truth, and kindness are the answer and they’re doing what they can to make a wonderful difference in our world.  People are changing the world for the better, and I totally believe that it is going to get better.  Each of us, as individuals and our world as a whole, are diamonds in the rough and we’re feeling the chipping, sanding, and polishing to make us the diamonds we really are. 

Those who feed the darkness are fighting harder to keep that energy alive and that’s one reason it seems we’re seeing so much more chaos.  The darkness is fighting to stay dark, but the light is always greater than the darkness.  Remember, darkness is only the absence of light so as our light expands, the darkness disappears.

The Bible says that we are the light of the world.  We all have that light within us, yet so many have had that light dimmed or seemingly covered up completely because of what they were taught and what they experienced in life.  But it’s still there waiting to shine forth. 

Marianne Williamson said, “As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”  So as we go into the New Year, let’s try to make a conscious effort to feed the energy of love and all that is good.  By doing so, we will create the world we wish to see and maybe, just maybe, we can create world peace.


Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper January 9, 2015.

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