We’ve all grown up with the idiom A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing as a warning that someone is showing up as good contrary to their true nature which is bad or evil. So trusting someone who appears to be your friend who is actually out to betray you is scary indeed.
What if you were paying attention to the wrong thing? What if we were being steered by the sheep into “believing’ the wolf was not your friend?
Yesterday as my heart “danced with wolves” at Freedom Ranch, I was struck by their magical nature, their congruence with living in community and most of all their keen ability to discern the true nature of the visitors who descended upon their home right before their afternoon nap time.
After a little research, I learned that in Native American symbolism, the wolf is deeply emotional, wholly passionate, understands that all we need is love and is fully capable of providing it. Juxtaposed with his/her fierce independence, he/she needs her freedom, yet still is quite gentle and compassionate. In a nurturing environment the Wolf is intensely passionate, generous, deeply affectionate and gentle.
What was even more striking was that in our own native America, wolves once roamed across most of this country. Over hundreds of thousands of years they developed side by side with their prey and filled an important role in the web of life. They are selective hunters which simply mean they prey on the young, the sick, the weak and the old leaving the fittest to survive and reproduce. They also provided a source of food for bears, foxes, eagle and ravens. They even contributed to forest health by keeping deer and elk populations in check preventing soil erosion.
I was struck by how much I resonated with the wolf’s nature and how it so beautifully illustrated the concepts of a balanced life. I am smack dab in the middle of hosting a wellness summit. I couldn’t help contrasting the plight of the wolf (they are just off the endangered species list), with that of our own health and wellness. It seems like the world’s health and wellness has been on the endangered species list for quite a while now.
As our world seems to be getting sicker and fatter and more stressed out, while simultaneously medical advances and research should be curing us and healing us, I wonder if our health focus is like that of the a “sheep in wolves clothing”.
Could it be the sheep are crying “wolf” to strike false fear in you. Are you being given a message that the wolf essence inside of you that is passionate, fully capable of love, fiercely independent, nurturing and generous, affectionate and gentle is something you should separate yourself from and let the wolf nature in you become extinct? You then become incapable or providing for the rest of your environment (your mind, body and spirit) because of your lack of self-sustaining life force and most of all the “soil erosion” in your own physical body is at epic proportions. You instead look outside of yourself for a solution that was part of you all along.
The “sheep”, demure and harmless yet the most poisonous of all, lulls you into this belief that you have no choice about who you are, how you live and most of all how you thrive, all the while this metaphorical “soil erosion” of the thing called you manifests as stress, obesity, anger, fear, environment, medicines and food.
You are the only person in charge of your health, wellness, well-being, joy, happiness and most of love of you and your world.
Today I invite you to embrace your wolf nature and howl to the heavens to remind yourself of your true nature, Love.