The Lone Wolf

Follow the call of your spirit

The expression ‘the lone wolf’ comes from observation of wolf packs. Sometimes a wolf will leave the pack and set out on its own. It may have been forced to leave, rejected by the pack. But in some cases it will leave of its own accord if the pack does not allow it to move up in rank. In a wolf pack, only the alpha male and female are allowed to breed. Where most wolves accept their role and thrive in it, some choose to leave, and set out on a search to establish a pack of their own. From a shamanic perspective the separation from the pack and the choice to become a lone wolf can represent the desire to be able to express yourself fully, to follow the call of your spirit. Sometimes the call can be loud and clear. But at other times it is more like a whisper, what we call the whisper in the wind. The mind usually doesn’t hear it, but the heart does.

A call from spirit

The lone wolf represents leaving behind the world that you know. It means being willing to take a risk, and set out into the unknown in order to find yourself. In the process you find your power, your true destiny, and your true family. The lone wolf hears the call from spirit and chooses to follow it, even though she becomes vulnerable without the protection of the pack. For many, the choice of setting out on a search in the world is a relief, because the pack has restricted them. It is an exciting adventure into the wilderness of life, even though there can be severe challenges. When the wolf leaves the pack, it is on its own, and it needs to become strong and self-reliant in order to survive. Walking the lone path develops your powers and skills.

The path of the lone wolf

Walking the path of the lone wolf means being willing to take big risks, to be different, and to follow your heart. You are called to do this in spite of what your family, peers and colleagues think about it. It means not to be ruled by the fear of other people’s thoughts. People who set out on a spiritual path often need to make this choice. In doing so, they may be judged by the people around them, and feel shame because they are different. But if they keep following their calling, they will eventually find a new pack that allows them to manifest themselves in their full strength. They will be tested on the way, that is part of the initiation. The lone wolf proves himself through courage, determination, will power, and trust.

Shamanic initiation often includes walking the path of the lone wolf, and the animals become your teachers and guides.

If you want to learn more about animal medicine and the shamanic path of awakening, my book, ‘Spirit Animal Guides’ offers you a comprehensive introduction to this topic. It includes specific ways of establishing and maintaining your connection with a spirit animal guide.

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