Invoking the Warrior Spirit in Preparation for the Light Era
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If it is true as the I Ching predicts (The I Ching’s Message through Carl Gustav Jung and for Contemporary Times) that the egoic manner of conducting our affairs has become obsolete and that we are moving into an era of enlightenment, then we freedom lovers should be ready for a non-violent revolution with our warrior spirit as protection, while ego structures within and around us fall apart.
What the Revolution Is Not About
The revolution is not directly about trying to change external situations. Instead it deals with individual inner change to adapt to outer changes, in particular, by being present to and accepting the moment. For it is true as they say: “As within, so without.” Keeping our inner lives in order will manifest like order in our external circumstances.
What is the Ego and What Can We Expect as It Falls Apart?
We have sought ideas from the community regarding understanding the ego:
Regarding what we may expect as ego structures fall apart:
Some spiritual masters believe there will be upheavals, including natural calamities around the world as Mother Earth adjusts to restore equilibrium while ego structures fall apart.
Our Warrior Spirit as Our Shield
“In the light of your acceptance, everything turns to sweetness.”
We have met with that insight in a previous article.
But in taking on a warrior spirit, we need to approach the present moment with an attitude of openness, wonder and softness, in reverence of each moment. This is as opposed to the current norm of using the egoic mind to approach a situation---demanding control and immediate grasp of the situation.
In our contemporary times, we need the warrior spirit of openness and not-knowing, so that we can adjust to what the moment is asking of us, instead of us imposing our will on the moment.
This is how the adventure of the warrior begins: letting go of the past and the future, focusing intensely on, accepting, treating the moment anew every time. Die to every moment to be free.
Because we don’t demand to have the moment with its here and now to be any different than it is, we are able to flow with it. The opposite is offering resistance, which builds up negative energy and feeds the egoic mind.
Remember, we cannot change the external circumstances of the present moment by worrying about it or trying to change it. But by being accepting, we become open to the wisdom of Being, from which we can respond to the situation creatively and responsibly, instead of resorting to our “normal” reactive behavior.
One other thing about the warrior spirit is that it disciplines itself in uncertainty, in not demanding to know what to expect. This is as opposed to dwelling on the past or the future.
This is not to say that we cannot credit the past for the lessons we have learned or that we should not plan for the future. But truly we can only live, do or be in the present. Everything happens in the present moment; the past and the future are merely illusions, as far as our ability to be present is concerned. It is only in this moment that we can move and have our being.
For most, it may be a difficult challenge to not demand to know what will happen in the next moment. But I know, that as one accepts the present moment, it reveals its own kind of joy, love and peace---the Sacred. Nonetheless, we should not be expecting anything because expecting in itself is an act of imposing control, an ego-based activity.
Wonder and soften and open. Let the moment lead. In uncertainty be secure.
"Shenpa is that feeling of being very uncomfortable and having an immediate desire to get out of it as fast as humanly possible. ... When shenpa is happening, our first instinct is to do something to relieve the discomfort. " - http://38ways.blogspot.com/2011/04/shenpa.html
An example of how we can hone our warrior spirit is through our relationships (Relationships as Spiritual Practice). This area of our life is where we usually encounter a lot of shenpa.
We can watch our self as a non-critical or objective observer as a feeling arises while refraining from our usual ego-based, reactive behaviors of, as examples, blaming ourselves or the other, proving ourselves right and showing the other as inferior, etc.
An eastern style practice than can be used to deal with shenpa is the 4Rs: The Power of Feeling Good Now .
The Three Lords of Materialism
“… everyone’s autobiography … When we use these strategies we become less able to enjoy the tenderness and wonder that is available in the most unremarkable of times.” –Pema Chödrön, in her book, “The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times.”
The three lords, which we may refer to as false gods, provide us with a false sense of security, according to the author. What are these three?
- The lord of form. Things to keep us distracted from the moment, such as TV, books, sex, shopping, alcohol, food, etc.
- The lord of speech. Beliefs and ideals that have become hindrances to finding our true selves.
- The lord of mind. Activities we use to obtain altered states of mind, such as drugs, falling in love, spiritual practices.
We resort to these activities to avoid experiencing life as it is, preventing us from being in touch with the here and now and thus Being.
Bless the Beast and the Children
Most of us have discovered the joy of being in the company of our children and our pets.
Children have a way with wonder, softness and openness. Eckhart Tolle called our pets the “Guardians of Being” in his book of the same title:
“Just watching an animal closely can take you out of your [egoic] mind and bring you into the present moment, which is where the animal lives all the time---surrendered to life.”
We have a lot to learn from them, in developing our ability to accept life and the moment just as it is.
They can help us transition into the light era, through turbulent times brought about as egoic structures fall apart.
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