Mouse and the Wolf are my teachers today! So how do these two, such different creatures in size and lifestyle, come together to teach me a life lesson? This is my subject! Inspiration always comes without effort; in fact effort seems to get in its way!
For this blog, I had decided to discuss the symbolism of the wolf as teacher because I had a dream recently where the wolf figured prominently, and a few wolf images showed up as I was walking in downtown Toronto. Somehow, I could not get anything coherent in writing. By the end of the day, I recognized that this attempt at an interesting and worthwhile entry was a failure. While contemplating what went wrong, all of a sudden the lines of Robert Burns poem, ‘To a Mouse’ came to me:
"The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley”
This event led me to realize that by choosing arbitrarily and out of ego decision-making, I did not do justice to the relevance of the wolf as spiritual guide. All guides–animal or otherwise–come from a source way beyond our rational conscious ability to comprehend, therefore one must be open in a different way than what pure rational consciousness allows in order to benefit and grow under their influence.
The wolf, my arbitrary choice of topic, became a real life teacher in that: I could not get what I wanted written down, but after I failed and admitted it, the new approach arrived in the form of the verse, and with another animal guide in tow. I was to experience in a very real, but non-crucial and loving way, that our plans, no matter how elaborate or ingenious, are subject to a higher reality that can destroy, change, or expand on them. We are our own authors, creators and fulfillment when we are mindful of that higher order in all we do. Our conscious relationship with that order through dreams, synchronicity and intuition will enhance our strivings in the life journey.
I am thankful for this advice coming to me from such warm and helpful guides. I will remember to allow that open-hearted-mindedness to direct what I write and do from now on. I will be more discriminating about my motives for doing things. I will consult with my inner guides, my spiritual friends, my heart’s companions.
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