FEEDING THE WOLF
What wolf are you feeding? We have two wolves. One for darkness and one for light. One for fear and victim, and one for love and victory. Which one are YOU feeding?
Ahhh! Turning lemons into lemonade… who would think a tart, bitter taste, that makes your face scrunch up and mouth pucker could be reconfigured into a thirst-quenching, cold, steam-heat-busting remedy? One is the seemingly ‘impossible’ problem. The other is the ‘I’m-possible’ solution. Just a ‘spoonful of sugar’ is all it takes. Contrast is our middle name.
Think about it: What would hot be without cold. Short without tall. Fat without skinny. Sunny without cloudy… and on and on. We are born hot wired with an innate intelligence about those things. As a matter of fact, there is a myth that says we know all things before we come into our material body, and the shock of our birth makes us forget everything. Amnesia. The act of growing up human is the act of re-membering, re-joining all we knew before (Conversations With God, book I). A different New Thought idea is that what we forgot at birth we spend our lifetime tapping into our subconscious mind, where the past, present and future reside.
Did you ever blow bubbles? Did you ever see those giant, loopy, floaty bubbles made from swirling a large hoop around with full body propulsion? They are at least three feet, jiggling, gracefully kissing the space around you… rising up in the air current; a marvel to behold. Yet, they last only a few seconds. You dip the hoop into the soapy substance and create an entirely new bubble, nothing like the first, totally unique, yet, made of the same stuff. Just like we are: Totally unique, yet made of the same stuff. Depak Chopra puts it this way: The same Being, in different disguises.
Nothing in form lasts forever. Our housing real estate bubble did exactly the same thing. We enjoyed the ride, floating freely in a false sense of greed disguised as opportunity. Why, the word ‘OPPORtunity’alone graphically resembles the fat, loopy, amorphic bubble shapes we just talked about – can’t ya just see ‘em floating all around in the air, and all the ‘investors’ gobbling up a cheap deal at the high cost of families that lost everything as the scam of sub-prime mortgages became the standard instead of illegal? The movie The Big Short (January 2016) is a brilliant expose for all this who needed a ‘mortgages for dummies’ handbook. [My Florida house was part of that scam. Saw the movie 2X and still don’t understand what happened]
“Sometimes you gotta do what other won’t to have what others don’t” (Jeff Bolf)
Being open to shifting into a new place can be scary. Not ‘can’, it IS scary. Learning from experience, when ‘scared’ shows up, this new energy is the right place to be, even if it feels dead wrong. Scared is a good thing, if you don’t run the other way back into your boxy comfort zone… nothing ever grows in the comfort zone… stick with it long enough to experience what the other side has to offer. Scared is the sign of right expansion, as we forge forward into the unknown – the field of open opportunity. The key word there is ‘forge’, which means ACT. Golly. How boring life would be if everything went as planned. Is this about C O N T R O L or what? Getting all our ducks in a row then the ducks march in the opposite direction… Planet Earth isn’t designed that way. It is a harsh classroom. The harshest lessons offer the biggest, most challenging circumstances. When we keep our eye on the prize, a NEW prize that otherwise never would have shown up without the CONFLICT, we have turned lemons into lemonade. The movie Tomorrowland (January 2015) has a theme of PAY ATTENTION, GET EXCITED AND NEVER QUIT! It shows us what ‘posture’ means: Never wavering from the PRIZE.
In a million years this newness, this grand possibility would have remained in the ethers, floating unseen as invisible loopy giant bubbles, if things didn’t crash, fall apart, cause crisis and trauma… caused us to DISRUPT THE STATUS QUO… questioning what full DISCLOSURE of all that was deliberately kept hidden from the masses by the ‘powers that be’. Then along comes Lancelot to save us, tapped into telling the Truth about the Lies. Our Mortgage Savior. A new industry was born: Residential Rescue Remedy! Actually? It’s US who IS Lancelot and we don’t need rescuing! Whether or not we own a house, a car, a closet… we grow when we chose to DISRUPT rather than disappear.
Look. We can either go down with the Titanic or nourish different, risky, uncomfortable, unproven ideas of good, and be in the action of creating something new, revealing new answers from the questions born in the flames of the wreckage; a new idea for good in this world. Look at how the 9/11 tragedy brought people together all over the world… Wars called cease-fires, strangers reached out to one another, new possibilities emerged out of emergency and urgency. “Sometimes, you have to do what you don’t want to do in order to ensure that you won’t have to keep on doing it!… In other words, often the only way to know yourself as That Which You Truly Are is to experience yourself as That Which You Are Not.” Lemons into Lemonade. Anyone got a straw?
We have two wolves. One for darkness and one for light. One for fear and victim, and one for love and victory. Which one are YOU feeding? Sometimes, we have to become who we are not in order to preserve who we really are. Sometimes, a conflict has to show up first, for us to rise up, ascend, participate in developing a portal for the real me to shine. “…The wisdom to know the difference of what I can and can’t control.” Sometimes, suffering and strife cause an awakening compassion, a healing consciousness, that shifts us from fear into love, that always transcends darkness. It’s a spiritual law. “Turn your eyes to the light, and the shadows will fall behind” – Helen Keller. This is when vulnerability and the tender heart come together in a common connection and create Ironman’s robitc army, but it’s we humans in our gloriously merged power. Which wolf are you feeding today? Love or fear? Lemons or Lemonade?
Sometimes we get to do what others won’t to have what others don’t.
This was inspired by Dr. Arleen Bump, Senior Pastor at The Center For Spiritual Living, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, leading humanity to it’s divine magnificence. [note: Tomorrowland mentions ‘which wolf are you feeding’. This essay was written six years ago and edited January 2, 2016, after watching the movie for the second time, providing a wonderful measure of my personal advanced soul. Edited again, January 21, 2017: Infused with ‘Disrupt”, a theme from the best Travel Company in the world national trainings; thank you Marc Accetta and Company]