It’s about a pregnant Tigress who goes out hunting one day.
She finds a whole herd of goats. She goes after the goats because she is very, very hungry.
She is ravenous. So she attacks them desperately, and she gets so tired and runs so hard that she collapses in exhaustion and she dies giving birth to her cub.
When the goats return to the field, they find the motherless newborn. Those goats decide to adopt him. So he grows up repeating behaviors like those around him. He bleats. He eats grass. He believes himself to be a goat.
So this little cub who grows into a tiger now is wandering with the goats and acting like a goat and bleating like the goats and eating the way the goats eat.
Then one day a tiger, a big male tiger, comes into the goat herd and all the goats scatter except this little tiger. He is about a year old now and looking at this big male tiger somehow he is sensing an affinity with this tiger. But he freezes in his tracks and he stands there staring at the tiger.
The big tiger comes over to him and says ‘What’s wrong with you?’ The little one says ‘What do you mean what’s wrong with me?’ The big tiger says ‘What’s wrong with you? What are you doing? You are acting weird.
You are acting like a goat.’ The little tiger says ‘I am a goat!’ The big one says ‘No you’re not. You are not a goat.’ He leads the little tiger over to a pond.
A very still pond. He said ‘Now look at yourself. Really look at yourself.’ The little cub looks at himself, and he looks at the big tiger, and he is confused. The tiger says ‘Come with me, come with me.’ He takes him back to his den, and in the den, there is some leftover meat from a gazelle that had been his recent kill.
So he says to the little tiger ‘Eat this.’ The little cub says ‘Well no way. I am a vegetarian. ‘ The tiger says ‘Try it. Just try it.’ So the little tiger reaches over and he takes a bite off the bone.
In this story, when that little tiger who thought he was a goat reaches down and tastes some of the meat, at first, he chokes on the meat. He gags and then a piece of that meat enters his bloodstream, and the cub begins to stretch.
He bares his claws, he opens his mouth wide, and he lets out for the very first time in his life a small roar.
That first roar isn’t very fearsome. It’s not yet all the roar that the tiger will give, but that first roar is called the roar of awakening. It’s the first moment when this being recognized that he wasn’t who he thought himself to be.
He wasn’t limited to the kind of life he had been living and that there was way more for him. And so it is for every one of us.
There is something very, very powerful in the shifting of your self- image from a personality with your history driven understanding about who you are to a conscious, aware understanding of yourself, your Self-Awareness