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.”
—A Native American Metaphor
Everything in your world is a precious gift. When you recognize this, you have the opportunity to stop using and abusing the people, places and things around you. You stop trying to extract happiness, pleasure, rest, excitement, etc. from the world around you and you start living on an increasingly refined basis. You realize that purity, respect and innocence beget an increasingly wonderful, deep and meaningful relationship with the people, places and things you are privileged to enjoy.
If you feed the metaphorical evil wolf in yourself or others, you find that that which is good, fine and sacred is quickly withdrawn. So it is in the human heart, in human relationships and in man’s relationship to the beautiful and bountiful orb of life upon which he is privileged to dwell. That which is sacred must be handled with great care or its finer qualities will recede behind a veil of protection.
Everything fine, wonderful beautiful and true is born of the highest sacred force, that is, love. The manifestation of love, the forms of love can be destroyed by misuse, abuse and neglect, but love itself can never be destroyed. In a world fraught with profanity, love can no longer manifest in all its glory. When the means of translation from the invisible to the visible, from the inside out and above below is corrupted, the forms love takes are twisted and bent, incomplete and therefore unfulfilling.
The world does not need more love; it needs more sacredness. Sacredness is the means by which and the atmosphere in which love can be molded into delightful, satisfying and beautiful forms. Man and all he creates ought to be built by love in an atmosphere of sacredness, nothing more, nothing less.
6 thoughts on “Sacredness”
I loved this! What a descriptive and wise metaphor.
When our hearts feel the gratefullness of the beauty and love of that which is sacred and our minds acknowledge it there comes about the love to protect, surround and magnify it. We find we love to share it with others. It is wise to be aware of how and where it can be appreciated. Your words bring to remembrance the reason for our being.
Where genuine sacredness is honored, the right things have a means of emergence, while the potentially destructive seeds and sprouts do not have the environment to succeed. It would seem long enough that humankind has been deceived by the battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil.’ It all remains a convoluted mystery until there is a clean, clear place of dwelling, a sanctified internal setting. Your posts offer a consistent heading for those who would let this sacred place be restored.
We can only know sacredness when we can embrace the beauty of the water when we believe that we are drowning. In such ways does The Great Boundlessness show itself to humankind, and we shall be lifted beyond the chains of our own weaknesses.
Beautiful. And true. Thank you. Life is a gift, treasure it.
I love what you’re saying and I believe what you’re describing is the true measure of a leader. No matter what the circumstances are, the absolute responsibility for that sacred atmosphere is our highest concern and the highest leverage for righteousness. In that atmosphere our Creator has the space to accomplish his will. I think of this as mankind’s calling. We are the keepers of sacredness, the protectors of this inviolate atmosphere; and it’s as simple as what we give our heart and thoughts to. This is where our free will rises up to meet the power of love. Exceptional post, thank you!