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A Course In Miracles teacher for 19 years.

The Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”

“One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity,
guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

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

Regretting your child’s choices and releasing the guilt you hold

Do you carry guilt regarding the lifestyles your children have chosen? Do you recognize that they are Spiritual Beings here to have a human experience just as you are?

Each of us chose our parents and other relationships before our inception. It’s easy for us to believe this for ourselves, but not for our children as if they couldn’t have possibly chosen you as their parent and the relationship they would have with you. The ego uses man’s parent/child relationship rules to create inequality and friction between you.

Khalil Gibran states in his book, The Prophet, “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love, but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts…”

We tend to exert ownership and strict control over the human bodies we create for the Spiritual Beings (children) that come through us. The label of “child” in our world implies a “right” or obligation to mold the child’s thoughts and behavior. Our divine role is to offer guidance that is meant to be unconditional, loving and optional. Instead, we provide guidance out of obligation governed by our culture, law and religion; guidance based upon fear; and guidance with mandatory imposition. Yet, we are surprised when rebellion happens.

To diffuse the rebellion, be willing to allow your children to have their own thoughts. Recognize that they are Spiritual Beings who are no older, wiser, or less creative than you are.

There comes a point

There comes a point in your life when you realize:
Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won’t anymore…
And who always will.

So, don’t worry about people from your past,
there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.

Rules for Decision

Decisions are continuous. You do not always know when you are making them. But with a little practice with the ones you recognize, a set begins to form which sees you through the rest. It is not wise to let yourself become preoccupied with every step you take. The proper set, adopted consciously each time you wake, will put you well ahead. And if you find resistance strong and dedication weak, you are not ready. Do not fight yourself. But think about the kind of day you want, and tell yourself there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that. Then try again to have the day you want.

Judging Others

Our judgment is what we think about ourselves. Look at your judgment to see where it exists in your life. You can only see what exists in you. Only the form changes sometimes. It can be difficult to recognize when the form changes. For exam…ple, a salesman may judge a rapist. The mirroring here is that a rapist wants something from you for his/her own benefit and wants to control you to get it without regards to what affect it will have on you later. A salesman wants your money and seeks to control your decision such that he/she gets your money and is not concerned how you make the payments. Have courage to look within yourself to see the mirror, and then either heal it or enhance it. Not all mirrors are negative, it may just reveal a strength you didn’t know you had.

Perception and Release

Everyone convinces you of what you want to perceive, and of the reality of the kingdom you have chosen for your vigilance. Everything you perceive is a witness to the thought system you want to be true. Every brother has the power to release you, if you choose to be free.” – A Course In Miracles