Over the weekend I gave a talk about who I am at a dinner. This was requested of me. I did not volunteer for it. Then on Tuesday evening another group requested I do a little talk on who I am and where I have been. Again I did not volunteer for this. I did both talks. While doing the talks I was read the energies of the people attending. Many of them were open and took from it what they came for. Others were filled with criticism saying in their minds that I focused too much on darkness and negativity.
OK, I was not going to reply to these unvoiced comments but felt the need to clarify things. So here I go.
Anyone who reads my blogs and studies what I teach here at Ways Of The Wild Institute can clearly see that I do not focus on the darkness and negativity, but rather hope and the teaching of self sufficiency on ALL levels of life. This means self sufficiency of body, emotion, mind, health, etc. I do a lot of this teaching by utilizing the tools and energy of the wilderness as a means of helping people find themselves.
I teach people that to know anything, truly know anything that you must come to understand all of it. To truly know a flower you must also know the leaves, stem, roots and what it grows in. You need to understand the dead and decomposing materials that feed it through the soil and where it came from. To know the flower and its beauty you must also know the dirt that allows the flower to be all that it is.
This goes with everything, including me. People want me to stand up and tell them about me and do it only in light and peace. I cannot do that because that was not my past and it is certainly not the sets of experiences that has lead me to be all that I am today. It was the darkness, pain and severe trials that has allowed me to evolve into who I am today. It was the torment and harsh challenges that forced me to evolve past the dirt to grow into who I am today. Without that dirt in my background I would not have been able to attain my current life’s position to share hope and knowledge to assist others through their challenges.
You cannot ask me to tell you about myself without me telling where I came from. You can never hope to know me as I am today if you do not know where I have been and how it is I am able to be who I am today.
And truly anyone who has taken wilderness classes from me or has spent quality time with me knows that I do not dwell on dark doom and gloom, but rather beauty, hope, respect, understanding, wildness, creativity and expansion. Those who think otherwise clearly do not know me nor understand the fullness that I teach.
So if you wish me to stand up and tell you or a group about who I am than I must begin in the dark to come into the light. If you cannot understand this core principle of life or cannot handle that, then think before you ask. First ask yourself if you truly want to know who I am or if you simply want to know who you want me to be.
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