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The Wolves Within – A Fable that holds Deep Wisdom

The Wolves Within

The study of mythology involves studying myths, which are sacred narratives. In reading these myths we learn lessons such as how to become a hero,  or how to deal with our internal struggles as human beings on this earth.

This fable “The Wolves Within”,  contains wisdom so deep that it transcends cultures and time. The true origins of this tale are uncertain, but it does seem to have descended from the Native Indian culture.    We thank the Manataka   (Place of Peace)  American Indian Council for sharing this story on their website.

The Wolves Within…

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice…

“Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt great hate for those who have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It’s like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die.”

“I have struggled with these feelings many times. It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

But…the other wolf… ah! The littlest thing will send him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all of the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.”

“Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, “The one I feed.”

~ A Native American tale told many times around the Sacred Fire

We, as human beings,  often think that we have no control over how we think or feel.   Especially when events harm us or plunge us into a frightening darkness.   However, there is a sentry at the gates of our mind and we can learn to use this sentry to choose which thoughts can enter our sacred gates.

It is not a matter of just trying to think positive thoughts,  as that is only part of the journey.    It is about understanding what our heart truly needs and wants.    We first need to understand and be compassionate with ourselves and all we have gone through.   We must not deny our own feelings and must accept all our own darkness and light.

We may have suffered injustice or great cruelty or pain,  but we then must decide if we want to carry that with us and into the world.    Or do we want to use our own pain to understand others.   The latter is the most difficult.

Often people use the phrase “following my heart”,  when they follow a path where they do things they want to do.    I believe, though,  that ultimately it is compassion for our fellow human beings and creatures and the earth, that feeds our heart.

The Unusual Attitude

Your cultivation of love and great compassion should not be left in a
state of mere imagination or wish alone; rather, a sense of
responsibility, a genuine intention to engage in the task of
relieving sentient beings of their sufferings and providing them with
happiness, should be developed….”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from Path to Bliss:   A Practical Guide to Stages of Meditation”

Lady Sharon
Scribe and Sentry for Camelot

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5 Responses to “The Wolves Within – A Fable that holds Deep Wisdom”

  1. Thanks for some quality points there. I am kind of new to online , so I printed this off to put in my file, any better way to go about keeping track of it then printing?

  2. mp3 yükle says:

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  3. kayik says:

    thanks very good

  4. Lady Sharon says:


    I am happy you rode through Camelot. I thank thee for thy comments. This story is one to keep in one’s heart to remember as it helps answer often our deepest questions. Fare thee well.

    Lady Sharon

  5. Lady Sharon says:

    Dear Mp3 Yukle and Kayik,

    You are both most welcome. I wish thee both safe journeys.

    Lady Sharon
    Scribe of Camelot