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The tale of two wolves

You might have heard the tale of the two wolves before and it seems relevant to my “Now.” It is true that we all find ourselves at crossroads from time to time. Where life can no longer continue in the same manner it has, and decisions are waiting to be made. These are life altering paths, and each direction can impact the outcome of our future. It is there where we choose our actions, where we decide on how we react to the things that are happening around us. Will it be positive or negative, will we grow on these crossroads or will we allow them to define us? How much of our power will we give away, perhaps becoming the victim in the end? This is when the tale of two wolves comes in…

One evening an old Cherokee woman told her granddaughter about a struggle that goes on inside of people.

She said, “My dear, there are two wolves that live inside us all. One is selfish and fearful. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, desire, self pity, guilt, resentment, intolerance, lies, false pride, superiority, hatred and ego.

The other is unselfish, compassionate, and without fear. It is peace, joy, faith, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, tolerance, benevolence, patience, empathy, generosity, trust, wisdom, and love.”

Her granddaughter thought about this for a minute and then asked: “Which wolf is stronger?”

“The one you feed the most,” her grandmother replied. But don’t forget to consider that if you only feed the white wolf, you will cause jealousy in the black wolf. He will stalk you and wait until you become weak. In that moment he will jump onto you to claim back the attention that has been missing.

The less attention you give him, the stronger he will be when fighting the white wolf. But if you give him awareness and notice his presence, it will be enough to keep him happy.

A person who can honor the black and the white wolf within, is a person that carries peace within because he or she has everything. A person that is at war with themselves and caught up in the fight of their two wolves, has nothing. Your life is not dependent on which wolf is stronger. Feed the hunger of both your wolves and both will win.

Author:

Who am I, and why I write. I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I am the one, holding on to the silver lining when the skies are gray. I’m a believer that nothing is coincidence, but that everything has purpose. I’ve made my mistakes, don’t we all, but I see them as growing pains and they are a part of who I am today. I have lost myself in order to find myself, and I still do from time to time, but in a good way. I’m a big child who laughs until my belly hurts when life wants to be serious. Career wise: I’ve been there, done that, and I took “The jump” off the hamster wheel in an effort to change my future. I didn’t land all that soft, but I can say that I’m still proud to have found the courage to do it. Coming full circle, I had it all, and yet I was lonely and had nothing. Today I choose to be a collector of moments and I chase memories, instead of the material stuff. Less is more, and the motto is quality over quantity. You’d be amazed at how freeing it can be. I see myself as a free spirit that believes in an unconventional lifestyle. Somehow I go against the grain most of the times, not to rebel, but because it feels right to stay true to my unique and authentic self. It takes courage, and you often stand alone, but if you dare, you soon realize that it is the only way if you don’t want to lose who you are. Just like most, my past wasn’t easy and I come from a life that didn’t always give me the opportunity to be heard. Few related and even fewer cared to take the time. But that’s the past and it’s history, the future hasn’t happened and the “NOW” is truly all we ever have. In the end we all have a story to tell, and we all seek to be understood. We all yearn to be heard and accepted and still life is hard and our path is full of stumbling blocks. If we can see the lessons in adversity we may realize that the toughest moments are often our greatest teachers. There is a reason for the saying that the stars can’t shine without darkness, and it might be darkness that will show you the light.
It took a series of (un)fortunate events, to learn to glow through the pain, to learn how to dance in the rain. I believe in Magic and wonder, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As an empath this old soul often feels a little too much, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Today, I am here to tell my story because I believe that it can help others. It is my hope to bring inspiration and strengths to you, while showing you that it can be done. I know you are out there, and I know you are suffering in silence. I am here to tell you that you are not alone, and your voice is being heard loud and clear. Hang on and be strong, transformation is yours. 
In light and love....Rhapsody Bohème 💙🦋

17 thoughts on “The tale of two wolves

      1. It is only like everyone else’s journey, except with the blessing of my gift from God. I asked to see our purpose (and beware what you ask for 😀), so as I went through many things in my life spirit would pass on a ‘knowing’ after the fact so that it would not interfere with my understanding. And in doing so gave me a greater comprehension of our journey. And the most profound part of it all was facing myself, that inward journey to face our fears and break free. This we all do. Then it was shown to me that this is our entire journey to go from our conditional love (the fears we hold), to the unconditional (the understanding of those fears which allows us to let them go) and find a love like no other…our love.
        While ever we hold those fears we will do everything while we hold onto them. Like trying to swim with one hand tied behind your back…awkwardly 😀
        Everyone views this journey from their own perspective so what I write may have only some common elements, to others it may be a life saver. But the one most beautiful aspect of it all, is that this journey is very individual. Each step we take can only be taken by each of us individually. Only then can we appreciate what it has taken to find ourselves. If we are given something, yes it is appreciated. But if we have to create something ourselves, we really do appreciate what it has taken to achieve this. And to find our love is a very painful, enduring but loving journey. In finding it we complete something that has always been missing in our lives…that ability to love ourselves. Those fears always keep us separated from that love, simply because the belief that those fears are built on a painful part of our childhood, a rejection in some form which will leave a negative aspect about ourselves. I can’t do this, I can’t do that, I’m not good enough, I am afraid of, I, I, I , and we even hide these things from ourselves, but even that is important so that we have to endure until we find the courage to face what is hidden beneath our life. Who wants to face their fears? We avoid them at all cost…but eventually, and usually by going through something very traumatic, we have no choice but to face those things at last and begin a journey that sets us free. And believe me, when that moment arrives it will leave us in tears. Not the tears of fear but the tears of happiness because we will have finally found what we have been looking for forever…us.
        Sorry, got excited because I ‘know’ what is waiting. Like a friend telling you about the new great film in town 😁
        Anyway, I was then asked to ‘publish’ my journey to help others that may be guided by it. In the beginning I thought a book would be the answer but after finding this blog world I thought it would be better. Maybe later the book 😀

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      2. A powerful story indeed and not like everyone else’s, because it is yours and unique to you. You did tell me before that you asked to see our purpose and gain a knowing and understanding. What brought you to that point though? I think it’s special to ask for such understanding and to decide to pay it forward and help humanity. To me it speaks volumes of who you are. ❤️🙏

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      3. Ah, you mean my real story. If you go to my site and read the About page and then read all of the other menu items from left to right, The Journey, The beginning etc at the top menu, you will see how it got started, a guidance for the journey and one that changed me forever. To trigger it to the degree it has, my divorce and the emotional mayhem it created and my asking God ‘Where is the meaning in all this mess?’. It will nearly always be a traumatic time that will make us face our fears or otherwise we keep ignoring them. Through them is our love and freedom, and a beauty that words can never describe. We have never touched our love. Yes we have loved, and very deeply at times. But the conditions of those fears are always filtering us in all that we do, and I kid you not those fears are so ingrained that we brush our teeth with it, we sing with it, we even love others with it, always ‘on guard’ for any pain or hurt within that love. When we finally understand those fears and I mean really see the ‘why’ of them…the let go is huge. To such a degree it will change your teeth brushing, your singing and even your loving…they will no longer have that filter of fear, no longer be ‘on guard’ and the most amazing thing will happen within you…you will smile. And no, you will not understand that last comment until it happens. This smile is with your heart…for you and what you have created by enduring everything that you have. It will be beautiful, loving and so very free ❤️

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  1. Great story Rhapsody and I have heard it before, just in other ways.
    Your story is showing us in a holistic way, covering the whole human with both of the wolves, which I like very much.
    Sometimes we fight ourselves without reason and then this story is worth remembering.
    Much love and huge hugs for you, dear friend ❤

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    1. Yeah that’s true and I think it’s human nature, kind of like the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. We will always fight some battles within but we can arm ourselves with tools from our experiences.
      Much love to you ❤️

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