The archetypal warrior is often mentioned in relation to the spiritual path. Did you ever ask yourself why that is ?
The spiritual path is not for the faint-hearted. The truth about who we really are is about nothing or all. I cannot see light and pretend to live in the shadows any longer. Everything will be revealed, all will come to light, nothing remains hidden. Truth is what strips me of myself and leaves me vulnerable, naked and defenseless. This is where the power lies – and the peace.
A true warrior possesses three things – courage, loyalty and tenacity. It takes courage to stand up for oneself or protect others, requires loyalty to be true to oneself and live an authentic life, and it calls for persistence not to get discouraged or disheartened by set backs or defeats.
Warriors do not fight for themselves – they serve and their tool is the sword. But warriors are also leaders – they do not wait for opinions, they go out and get the job done and the end justifies the means. But they will always be aware of what is right.
Warriors are not afraid. And this is the analogy to the battle that is raging in all of us. The classic warrior virtues of heroism, stoicism and self-sacrifice are to be called on conquering the ego.
Time to discover the mystical warrior in ourselves.