Coyote ~ Teacher of the Wild
Photo by Forest Hart
“REFLECT ON WHO WE REALLY ARE BENEATH THE LAYERS CIVILIZATION HAS IMPOSED ON US.” Cristina Eisenberg
Not so long ago I needed to travel by plane, and I felt almost suffocated by the technology being used all around me. Everywhere in the airports and on the plane people’s faces were in their IPads, their computers, cell phones, and the never ending new technology.
Who have we become? Is it who we really are? Have we lost the realization that we live in a world older and more vast than ourselves, that we are part of something very big. And it is in wildness that we again find ourselves.
And so Coyote comes into our lives to remind us of who we are. Do we fear the Wildness? And if we fear wildness….then do we want to kill this wildness. Peter Kahn, Jr. and Patricia Hasbach wrote this poignant comment in their book, The Rediscovery of the Wild: “With paranoia comes the drive to eradicate the source of the fear. We kill the “Other”. We eradicate wild species. In so doing we damm ourselves to encounters with the “others” who are merely reflections of ourselves.”
And so Coyote offers us a choice ~ Do we wish to live a rich and expansive life or do we settle for the narrowness of our domestication and the dull boredom of our technology. Do we delight in Coyote or do we kill Coyote.