Ascent Spirituality

An Old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil-he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “the other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

This wise legend succinctly describes “ascent” spirituality. The wisdom of ascent spirituality is to focus on and nurture our good qualities, some would say, our “divine” qualities. Ascent spirituality could also mean focusing on goodness in others. To a large extent both consciously and unconsciously we nurture and grow into the qualities we admire and to which we aspire.