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?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed”
The mind is so full of many thoughts. For a long time I fed the thoughts of self-doubt, fear, guilt, and envy.
You guessed it, I realized I was feeding the wrong wolf.
I just returned from Teotihuacán, northeast of Mexico City. I went to study the Toltec Indians and their understanding of self-improvement.
The Aztecs respected the Toltecs as “men of knowledge,” and rewrote some of their own history to show they were related to the Toltecs.
The word Toltec is said to come from the Nahuatl language of that area, and means “master builder” or “artist.
They speak about the voice in our head that wants to tear us down as the ‘predator.”
Part of their spiritual journey was to be in touch with the divine power within that would become so strong that the predator would leave.
I went with a group of seekers for a week. My teacher kept on telling me to quit talking and let my mind be quiet so I could be in touch with the power of the Divine.
I always wanted to ask questions and make comments about how beautiful the ruins were. She would continue to encourage me to stop thinking and just experience where I was.
Even back then they understood the process of dying to the predator within us and recovering our wonderful connection to the God of all creation.
After I walked in silence from the Pyramid of the Moon through the Avenue of the Dead to climb the 206 steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, I experienced this oneness with God.
It was powerful to stand on top of the Pyramid of the Sun and imagine the city back in 400 BC being a community of artist and builders.
One day we went into one of the caves that the early Toltec Indians had lived in. Alberto the owner of the Dreaming House where we stayed took us to this cave.
His grandparents were Toltec’s and they owned much of the land around the ruins.
I had a unique experience in the cave that is too long to go into, if you want to hear about the experience email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of the experience we performed a covenant with ourselves.
Alberto said “the worst sin for the Toltec’s is one of self judgment. We are to be the warrior to protect our heart and mind. We are to be the champion for ourselves”
Think about it, how much self judgment and criticism do you give yourself?
Does the Predator live inside of you?
The Key to Self Improvement
If you really want to improve your life you have to begin with getting rid of the Predator.
If you don’t, he will sabotage and do everything to stop you from becoming healthier and happier.
How to Quiet the Predator
Make a pact with yourself that you will be your best friend. You will be your ally.
You will be the warrior that will not let destructive thoughts dwell in your heart and you mind.
Maybe wear a ring that symbolizes this pact, or keep something in your wallet or purse to remind you of this pact every day.
Watch your words; they become your actions.
Watch your actions; they become your habits.
Watch your habits; they become your character.
Watch your character for it will become your destiny. – Frank Outlaw
I hope you see how getting rid of the Predator is Key to Self Improvement.
Be a Miracle
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