The Lion’s Gaze – Transforming Anger

Via Bud Wilson
on Feb 23, 2011
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A dear friend who runs the Center for Sacred Psychology down in Florida is always finding fabulous quotes to remind us all of the wisdom that is available, if we just stopped for a moment to gather it in. Our paths crossed many years ago in Crestone at The Way of Nature Sacred Land Preserve where we were both doing a Sacred Passage. He was the lucky one receiving the energetic gift of a close encounter with a Mountain Lion.

This gift of words came to me when my friend, Dr. Doug, tagged a photo of our teacher, John P. Milton, sitting with Kali.

A lion's penetrating gaze

A ripened continuous insight gives us the steadiness and courage of a lion’s gaze.

Padmasambhava said that when a stick is thrown to a dog, the dog will chase the stick. When you throw a stick to a lion, the lion will chase you. The lion gazes steadily at the source, the thrower. A dog’s gaze follows the object, the stick. Similarly, our source of experience is our own mind. … An emotion, like anger, represents the stick.

The source hurling that emotion is our mind. It is the mind that projects. … a mind functioning beyond the jumbling of discursive emotions develops a steady and awake inner gaze, piercing the welter of thoughts.

Sherab, P. & Dogyal, T. (1998). The Lion’s Gaze.

Resting in Source

I must admit,”piercing the welter of thoughts” – sent me scurrying to the dictionary! I love that phrase and wanted to be sure I had the proper understanding. To be tossed in a jumbled mess of confusion, like being swept along on the high seas in the midst of a storm! Welter! A great word to add to anyone’s vocabulary! The perfect description of the all too often muddled human mind, wrapped up in one word.

I’ll be pondering this one for a while.

Onward with courage!


About Bud Wilson

As a student-athlete-activist during the tumultuous era at Harvard University Bud emerged with an interdisciplinary degree combining, child development, innovative education and urban social policy. To recover from academia, he moved to the mountains of Colorado and devoted his energy to hosting professional conferences and seminars in Snowmass Village, followed by a few years working with John Denver's Windstar Foundation. He has lots of stories to share about those formative years living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Bud continues to consult with many organizations including Newfield Network, Environmental Communications, Inc. and The Living Green Foundation, Next Culture Network, Climate Colorado, The Unified Field Corporation, Regenerative Community Development of Colorado and The Agora Projects. Bud has 25 years of experience as an awareness & Qi Gong instructor and wilderness guide for Sacred Passage and the Way of Nature. He served as Global Director of Eco-Regional Leadership for The Way of Nature, in May 2011, he co-created and coordinated the first World Nature Quest. More than 35 groups in 17 countries on 5 continents simultaneously communed with the Earth for healing and renewal. He is the Founder and Director of Deep Nature Journeys where he shares his insights and vast experience in service to others. His articles have been read by more than 70,000 Elephant Journal Readers His adult son, daughter and son-in-law are the source of great joy in his life.


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  2. Bud Wilson says:

    You're welcome. It's a wonderful reminder of the value of mindfulness and our ability to manage our emotions, not just anger! Glad it helped you.