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Lemmings and False Idols

Lemmings and False Idols

Searching for the meaning of life is part of human nature. It’s only natural to question why we are here. What role do we accept in the stage-play called humanity?

I’ve asked this question many times, and have spent years reading books about self-help, philosophy, theology, and metaphysics. What I discovered, however, is that when we search for wisdom, we often find the opposite. Illusion may be easier to spot than truth -even when it is right in front of us.

Truly enlightened people don’t want to be followed and idolized. They ask that we hear their words of wisdom, but experience it for ourselves. Even Christ instructed those he healed to tell no one. Buddha taught Dharma as something to experience, not to blindly believe. Both masters, and many others, knew that we must find truth within ourselves. As one of my favorite Genesis songs state: “we’ve got to get in to get out.”

As humanity faces difficult times, each of us must beware of giving too much power to our teachers, and choose to receive genuine wisdom. We must search for knowledge that will better us, and will lead the way to our truths. This is very different from searching for the person who is going to fix you, or make your life more abundant. Intend that what you need for your own growth will come to you, and focus on authenticity. As we fall further and further into vulnerability, those who are not in our best interests will gravitate to us. I’d tell you that they are wolves in sheep’s clothing, but I don’t want to be disrespectful to wolves!

In your quest for truth, ask your inner wisdom before making any decisions. We all go through confusion at some point, and  life experience has taught me to receive only that which is in my highest good. Although it is a myth, the story of lemmings following each other off cliffs provides an important message. Lemming-like behavior is all around right now. Once you buy in, you lose yourself just a bit. Things that would normally make you step back are invisible to you – the lemming energy is just too strong and sneaky.

Lemming energy can create personalities that are cute and popular, yet hold darkness deep in their hearts. Was there once light beneath it? Probably, but the candle has been blown out by fear and self-absorption. The vulnerable can’t see it either. They are lemmings running toward the disaster, as a moth is drawn into the flame that spells its demise. Does that make them bad people? No — just unaware.

Another type of lemming behavior can be found in those who believe they have the answers, and who judge those around them for being unaware. Perhaps these are the ones we should guard against most. They have just enough knowledge to be dangerous. They are the spiritual seekers who live in fear, and don’t realize they are nearing the cliff’s edge. They could be you and I, unless we decide differently.

The closer to lemming behavior we become, the harder it is to see truth, and to end the need for suffering once and for All. Is it wrong to be a lemming? No, of course not — it has nothing to do with right or wrong. It’s about standing firmly on safe ground or jumping into an abyss. The choice is yours.

Here’s the good news. Asking for help from a place of compassion and kindness allows the net called divine wisdom to securely catch you when leaping out of the lemming stampede.

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Susan Wagner

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College, a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.


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5:09AM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:50AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Thanks for the info.

9:18AM PDT on Sep 25, 2010


7:42AM PDT on Apr 24, 2010

Thank you the article Susan!!!!

3:43PM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

This is the first time I've ever heard of Lemmimg energy..and it's rather weird!

1:10PM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

Perhaps my more immature side shining through but every time this article mentioned the word 'lemming' I couldn't help but think of the game!

1:49PM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

thomas, In communication it is on the communicator to get the message to the recipient so that it is understandable. Your comment was unnecessary and rude.

3:04AM PDT on Mar 28, 2010

nice article, thankyou

5:49PM PDT on Mar 27, 2010

"I wish the writer had given more backround into the origin of what a lemming is." ???? this it and not wikipedia!!

7:54PM PDT on Mar 26, 2010

Personal to Kathryn Queen who refutes that Jesus ordered that his healing be kept secret:

Mark 1:40-44 (also Mt 8:1-4, Lk 5:12-15)

A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean."

Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.

Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: "See that you don't tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them."

Hope this helps in future references. God Bless.

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