In this article I use the term “Spiritual Warrior/Warrioress”. It can be used interchangeably with the term “Peaceful Warrior”. It is also synonymous with “Heartful Warrior”, “Light Warrior”, “Rainbow Warrior”, and “New Warrior”.
The term "warrior" is often associated with power, chivalry, honor, integrity, bravery, courage, and battle. However, there is a difference between a warrior and a soldier. A soldier is trained to follow orders and respect authority. A warrior is more autonomous and independent.
You have probably lived many past lives. And of those lives, there is a good chance that at least some of them have been lived as a warrior/warrioress. I know I have lived many lives as a warrior. As a result, I find it difficult to put down the sword and shield at times, even if they are not needed. So in this life I am learning to transition from a warrior identity to a spiritual identity. Rather than to completely suppress or deny the qualities I learned as a warrior, I can apply these qualities in living as a Spiritual Warrior.
Some very famous Spiritual Warriors are Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Too some, combining the concept of a warrior to spiritual realms may seem like a paradox. And those who are pacifists at heart may rankle at the thought of warriorship. However, a warrior can be passionate about peace. In addition to that, a Spiritual Warrior/Warrioress has the following characteristics:
• Is creative
• Never give up
• Seizes the day
• Are goal-oriented
• Embraces self-discovery
• Is committed to principles
• Is in touch with their heart
• Forgives and avoids revenge
• Able to share and give to others
• Use strength and power to overcome obstacles
• Takes responsibility for his/her choices and actions
• Serves with love and gives generously while giving to themselves
• Have a strong sense of justice and will defend what they perceive as right
• Are always ready to protect and save loved ones and innocent characters
• Is flexible and adaptable; able to act independently as well as be a team player
• Masters him/herself and overcomes moral issues and all weaknesses of character
• Challenges fear, lies, false beliefs, and judgments that create suffering and unhappiness
A Spiritual Warrior/Warrioress has a lifetime commitment to:
• Study, train and practice
• Develop persistence and mental focus
• Develop discipline both internally and externally
• Face difficulty, pain, discomfort, discouragement, fear without quitting
Following are some examples of the Spiritual Warrior/Warrioress concept:
The Buddhist definition of a Spiritual Warrior is one who combats self-ignorance, which is the ultimate source of suffering. The Spiritual Warrior's practice is compassionately helping others with wisdom. In 1976, Chogyam Trungpa established the Shambhala Training program on spiritual warriorship. He wrote Shambhala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior.
Jock Brocas wrote a book called The Book of 6 Rings: Secrets of the Spiritual Warrior, which is about increasing intuitive abilities. He defines a Spiritual Warrior’s characteristics as:
• A warrior believes.
• A warrior is mindful.
• A warrior is humble.
• A warrior co-creates.
• A warrior is grateful.
• A warrior gives service.
• A warrior does not worry.
• A warrior is devoid of ego and desire.
• A warrior is relaxed and self-confident.
• A warrior forgives and is compassionate.
Dan Millman wrote a series of books about the Peaceful Warrior. The first one, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, was also made into a movie. It is an autobiographical account of an athlete, who is guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates, while he is training.
Carlos Castaneda wrote a series of books about Don Juan Matus, who was a Nagual shaman. He is a Man of Knowledge who teaches Castaneda much about wisdom, clarity, shamanism, and warriorship. Castaneda’s book, The Wheel of Time, is a compilation of quotes, mostly on warriors, from 7 of his books.
In Erotic Body Prayer, Kirk Prine says that the basic definition of a Peaceful Warrior is one who is willing to know oneself and willing to face one's fears.
He says: "Peaceful, a word of inner direction, compassion, mercy, negotiation, alignment, centeredness and tranquility, joins paradoxically, with the word warrior, which expresses the energy of outer directedness, protection, boundary keeping and fighting. Together they combine to produce harmony, freedom and wholeness. Queer folk often embody a 2-spirit worldview, and behave in a way that synthesizes these 2 energies."
The Peaceful Warrior is the first of 6 Queer Archetypes that Kirk has created. The other 5 are: the Sacred Prostitute, The Lover, The Elder, The Prophet, and The Mystic.
Kirk defines the 5 themes of the Peaceful Warrior's role as:
• One who is able to ask for help.
• One who is his/her own authority.
• One who deals with conflict heartfully.
• One who lives in their "yes" or "no".
• One who sets or expands boundaries.
Kirk offers Peaceful Warrior workshops on a regular basis through Flesh and Spirit Community. In addition there is an Ecstatic Path of the Peaceful Warrior retreat for men scheduled for May 8-11, 2014. For more information go to: www.fleshandspirit.org.
(See flyer below.)
Paulo Coelho, in his book, Warrior of the Light, defines a Light Warrior as one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, accepts failure, and becomes the person s/he wants to be.
Celeste Adams recognizes the Magician as the archetype that surpasses the Warrior and the Martyr. She says that Warrior struggles and the Martyr is a victim, but the Magician believes in infinite potential and possibility. The archetype of Magicians includes medicine men, wizards, witches, shamans, brujos, curanderos, doctors, and inventors.
MY ROADMAP FROM MARTYR TO MAGICIAN
As a synthesis of the various teachings on Spiritual Warriorship, I created the following 5 archetypes. They may seem like masculine archetypes and may well be well-suited for men. I believe that modern men are in search of strong archetypes that they can model from. But also, let us try to reduce the amount of gender-labeling we put on characteristics. Can we not just identify all characteristics as human rather than classifying them as either male or female?
The Spiritual Warriorship archetypes can almost be following as a journey of self-discovery and growth.
Martyr - We all begin at the Martyr stage, that place of being a victim to all that happens to us. Blame is placed on all the forces that are seemingly out of our control. As martyrs we are in a state of codependence because our boundaries are weak.
Warrior - Then we rise up out of Martyrdom by becoming Warriors. We step out of victimhood and into our personal power. We learn to establish boundaries and stand up for ourselves. We can distinguish between what is me and what is not me. We learn to develop powerful characteristics that are integrated into our personalities. We begin accept blame as a result of our own actions.
Pacifist - To balance this war-like nature, we must spend time as a Pacifist, learning the ways of the Heart. We learn to erase blame by forgiving ourselves and others. We no longer follow the crowd but instead follow our own beliefs.
Wanderer - Eventually we come to a point when we realize we need to synthesize all that we have learned. That sends us on a journey as a Wanderer, roaming the dimensions, on a spiritual quest for answers.
Magician – Finally as Magicians, we have learned how to integrate the Self with Spirit. We become whole, wise, balanced, and at peace within our own souls. We have learned that there is no such thing as blame because everything happens at the perfect time and place for the perfect reason.
I Choose by thewisdomwarrior.com
To live by choice, not by chance,
To be motivated, not manipulated,
To be useful, not used,
To make changes, not excuses,
To excel, not compete.
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity,
I choose to listen to my inner voice, not to the random opinion of others.
I choose to do the things that you won’t so I can continue to do the things you can’t.
The Way of the Warrior by Unknown
I see through different eyes.
I see a bigger picture when others see grey skies.
Though many can’t conceive it,
I stand… facing the wind.
My bravery not from fighting
But from my strength within,
I am a Warrior.
I will walk the extra mile,
Not because I have to,
But because it’s worth my while.
I know that I am different,
When I am standing on a crowded street.
I know fullness of winning;
I’ve tasted the cup of defeat.
I am a Warrior.
They say I walk with ease.
Though trained for bodily harm,
My intentions are for peace.
The world may come and go, But a different path I’ll choose.
A path I will not stray from,
No matter… win or lose.
Spiritual Rules for Star Warriors from Platinum Mind University
I. Act in accordance with your Higher Self at all times.
II. Fill your actions, words, and thoughts with Light. Keep both your spirit and your body healthy, active, and strong.
III. Always remember your true purpose.
IV. Do no connive at evil, stop it spreading in every way you can.
V. Do not squander your time and your power; use them as they are intended.
VI. Always share your Light with others and guide those who are lost. Protect those who are unable to protect themselves, but never against their will.
VII. Keep your mind and intuition sharp and perfectly balanced. Never let one of them lead you astray by overshadowing another.
VIII. Do not withhold from fight when it is necessary but do not take pleasure from it.
IX. Do not damage the spirit, the body, or any other possession of another being. Or any element of this world, being guided by low emotions.
X. Respect others’ free will.
The Warrioress Creed by Mirtha Vega
A Warrioress is honorable; has strength, determination, and perseverance;
is magical and optimistic;
is wise and powerful;
revels in silence;
can appreciate both inner and outer beauty;
is dedicated to the sacredness of her life;
loves to live fully;
is unwavering in her quest for the infinite;
is respectful; can commit to those she deems worthy;
can let go of what is no longer useful or necessary;
possesses the will to walk away from illusion;
is willing to trust and surrender when appropriate;
has extraordinary vision and clarity; faces her fears head-on;
Warrior's Creed by Anonymous 14th Century Samurai
I have no parents:I make the heavens and earth my parents.
I have no home:I make awareness my home.
I have no life or death: I make the tides of breathing my life and death.
I have no divine power: I make honesty my divine power.
I have no means: I make understanding my means.
I have no magic secrets: I make character my magic secret.
I have no body: I make endurance my body.
I have no eyes: I make the flash of lightning my eyes.
I have no ears: I make sensibility my ears.
I have no limbs: I make promptness my limbs.
I have no strategy: I make unshadowed by thought my strategy.
I have no designs: I make seizing opportunity by the forelock my design.
I have no miracles: I make right action my miracles.
I have no principles: I make adaptability to all circumstances my principles.
I have no tactics: I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.
I have no talents: I make ready with my talent.
I have no friends: I make my mind my friend.
I have no enemy:I make carelessness my enemy.
I have no armor: I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.
I have no castle: I make immovable-mind my castle.
I have no sword: I make absence of self my sword.
The Modern Warrior: A Manifesto by George Leonard
1. The Modern Warrior is not one who goes to war or kills people, but rather one who is dedicated to the creation of a more vivid peace.
2. The Modern Warrior honors the traditional warrior virtues: loyalty, integrity, dignity, courtesy, courage, prudence, and benevolence.
3. The Modern Warrior pursues self-mastery through will, patience, and diligent practice.
4. The Modern Warrior works to perfect himself or herself not so much as a means to achieving some external goal as for its own sake.
5. The Modern Warrior is willing to take calculated risks to realize his or her potential and further the general good.
6. The Modern Warrior is fully accountable for his or her actions.
7. The Modern Warrior seeks the inner freedom that comes from the study of esthetics, culture, and the wisdom of the ages.
8. The Modern Warrior respects and values the human individual and the entire web of life on this planet. To serve others is of the highest good. To freely give and accept nourishment from Iii the warrior's challenge.
9. The Modern Warrior reveres the spiritual realm that lies beyond appetites and appearances.
10. The Modern Warrior cherishes life and thus conducts his or affairs in such a manner as to be prepared at every moment death. In this light, he or she is able to view all complaints, regrets, and moods of melancholy as indulgences.
11. The Modern Warrior aims to achieve control and act with ah don.
12. The Modern Warrior realizes that being a warrior doesn't mean winning or even succeeding. It does mean putting your life on the line. It means risking and failing and risking again, as you live.
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