“For all of you who dare to believe, I must explain that Loki is my Spirit Guide. He came to me in my youth and has remained with me my entire life. Together we embarked on wondrous journeys, he has shown me much and from him I have gained much.” Quoted from my first post about Loki in 2009. “The Journey” http://giftofloki.com/2009/01/
Some fifty years later, and a move to the Canadian Arctic, a world of pristine wilderness, wild flowers and the infamous snow and ice is where my Spirit Guide took me and I remain here today. The first few years were most difficult, transition to the eight month winters clothed in darkness sapped energy and enthusiasm. The search for a decent job compounded the frustration and stress.
While leaving the hectic pace of big city life was a welcome relief, my mother and I found that first year difficult at best. So much so that we planned our move back to Ontario at the end of that first year.
“Loki’ my Spirit Guide had other plans for us, my journey with him, only in my dreams at that time, continued and deeper and deeper he led me into a world completely foreign to me.
“This place was far different from anywhere he had taken me before. It was desolate, barren and terrifying. Winds beat upon my face, blowing snow and ice crystals stinging my eyes, and his image began to quickly fade in the swirling winds. “Excerpt from “The Journey”.
We did move that year, surprisingly further North, and it is in the town of Hay River, NT that we settled permanently. Little did we know then, what we have come to know now. Little did I know that I would take on the battle of my life and win.
I was told that “no one cares”, that “it will never happen”, and that “you are wasting your time”. Disparaging comments, but I never gave up that three year fight, why, because Loki had shown me in our journey. “It was then that I realized that the cries of agony which surrounded us were the many voices of the innocents who had suffered without mercy at the hand of mankind. I was hearing the voices of those who had come before, the voices of those in the present and the voices of all of those who will continue to suffer in the future.” Excerpt from The Journey. I made a promise to him and with the Grace of God I was determined to keep it. After three years of battling the Territorial Government, the first Animal Protection Legislation in the history of the Northwest Territories became law in May 2011 with the new NWT Dog Act.
It was during this struggle that I met for the very first time, the true Loki. Not the black silver tipped wolf of my dreams, rather a young innocent who through no fault of his own found himself living wild, likely terrified in this vast wilderness and had through his courage and will to live, escaped the death that met others of his kind.
Three years have passed since out first encounter, he and I have shared many frigid winters and hot glorious summer days together. That was then and now I have, by God’s Grace, and the help of those who “dared to believe” kept my most important promise to Loki. A promise that would see him forever safe and forever loved by his own family.
From this scared and extremely cautious youngster, to this now beautiful and amazing gentle spirit, Loki has given me so much more than can be expressed in mere words.
For all who Dare to Believe, Loki is Living Proof that with trust, faith and commitment, the Impossible becomes Possible.
All of us who have dedicated our lives to the rescue, foster and rehabilitation of the innocents know that we must be cautious in introducing a new member to our family. We are keenly aware that transition for the newcomer is something that cannot and should not be rushed. We are also keenly aware that transition for those companions within our home is also difficult. Acceptance by all must be total and complete. We also have experienced the heartbreak of not reaching an animal in desperate need in time, and if he have been lucky enough to do so, we have too often experienced the pain of loss.
I was warned and cautioned that time would be long and that a great deal of patience would be needed for Loki to transition to his new life within my family. Determined not to break his spirit, I allowed him to make his own choices. Despite being urged by so many to bring him into my home quickly as winter approached, I knew that Loki himself would make that decision on his own.
One cannot, without devastating effects, force their own will upon such a Spirit who by his own intelligence has survived in the wilds of the Canadian Arctic, for as long as Loki did, .
Now I can, with much joy, say that Loki made his own choices.
A New Chapter in our Journey has begun, where it will take us remains a wonderful mystery. I do know that we will take this journey together wherever it may lead us. After all Loki is my ‘Spirit Guide’ both in my dreams and now our reality.