The tale of the two wolves portrays the good and evil that lives within us, represented by the conscious and the unconscious desire of man. If we are unconscious of our thoughts , we are at the mercy of feeding the evil wolf. Our unconscious thoughts are the unresolved or repressed parts of our psyche. The evil wolf asserts its power when we least expect it, because it is hidden from view.
I react in confrontation, believing I have been wronged. It is upon reflection that I recognise this as unconscious anger seeking to protect itself. The ego strives to assert its will to protect and strengthen itself and thus we fall prey to its needs. To mitigate acting out our unconscious desires, we must be mindful of our thoughts instead of numb to them.
We witness them with openness and tenderness instead of with binding judgement. Similarly, the shadow self comprises the unknown dark side of our personality. To disown the dark side means going to war with ourselves. Yet, to accept ourselves as whole is to embody our strengths and limitations — our shadow self.
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This can be seen in the Yin Yang symbol represented by the two halves that together complete wholeness. Therefore, what we feed gives rise to goodness or the collapse of character. It was Frank Outlaw who said,: We may not realise we are strengthening the ego until it grows in intensity, overshadowing our personality. Like a double-edged sword, what we feed is what we must co-exist with. So, how can we stop feeding the fear and anger within? Without being aware, we confer power to our dark side when we identify with disempowering states. Through a false persona we form an archetype where darkness prevails.
If you walk into a pitch-black room without light, you assume that darkness is all that exists.
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