Quest of the Spiritual Warrior
A term we see increasingly these days is spiritual warrior: and though at first it may sound heroic and noble, when you really think it over it’s just another oxymoron like military intelligence, & jumbo shrimp. Outwardly the spiritual warrior is one who champions the cause of spirituality by daily practicing it in a way which strengthens the soul and inspires others. On a deeper level the spiritual warrior forever walks the shadows between the darkness and the light, standing guard against those dark brothers in dark robes. Perhaps the greatest battle the spiritual warrior fights is the one within; coming to terms with the duality and dichotomy of existence itself.
To some, the undertaking of spiritual practice at first seems to be all about expanding our spiritual horizons, to become a fully realized being on all levels. Because we seek to better ourselves does not mean we are better than others in any way. In fact, the whole point of spiritual practice isn’t to become bigger or more, but rather to disappear all together, dissolved into the one cosmic consciousness. The “more spiritual” we become, the less likely we are to see violence as an option; and yet so very often the way of the warrior embraces it to one degree or another; that in the end we become the peaceful warriors Dan Millman wrote about.
To become a warrior against violence & intolerance is the way of the spiritual warrior, first in one’s own life, and then to the world we perceive around us. When we find our way and follow our heart we begin to raise our vibration higher. This inspires us to empower ourselves even more, thus being as a light house or an example for others. Not for them to follow your path, but that by following their path…these things and so much more can be accomplished. This isn’t an either/or universe; it’s more of a both/and kinda place. There isn’t just one way, or a single path to follow. Some would say there are twelve paths, while others still see them as infinite. The pathways may vary but the qualities gained while walking them are universal, and all lead to the same truth.
The spiritual warrior climbs the mountain of their consciousness, there to do battle with their own demons, learning how to defeat them; then returning back down the mountain to share what has been learned. Yes, at times the spiritual warrior must engage in energetic conflicts and psychic battles with those of the opposite polarity; but this is seen as more of a balancing than a true act of violence. Spiritual warriors never seek revenge even when such constraint rips their very soul asunder. Once a universal truth is learned it cannot be un-learned, and thus, to go against that knowing only serves to increase the damage & loss. “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, said the Lord” Romans 12:19.
Those who choose to walk a spiritual path in this life often come to accept that they will be walking it alone. In the final analysis there are as many reasons for this as there are belief systems, because most are, sadly, still preaching separation rather than teaching Unity. When the mind becomes locked into any ideology that demonizes those of other beliefs, true progress is unlikely and enlightenment impossible. When we deny the divinity of others, we diminish our own divinity exponentially; and distance ourselves from our source. Does each grain of sand believe itself separate from the beach? Does the drop of seawater believe it is the entire ocean?
When you stand far enough back from it all; it becomes plain to see that part of humanity is invested in keeping us all apart, as another part tries to get us to come together, with everyone else caught in between this sibling rivalry of cosmic proportions. Unfortunately for everyone, this dichotomy is supported and enforced by those who seek to maintain their control over this planet and it’s slave population. The very last thing they want is for humanity to unite and progress toward enlightenment. Remove all the window dressing and distractions and the truth is easy to see. What will you do about it?