“The cave you fear to enter holds the answers you seek”
“…only what you take with you.”
Yoda (Star Wars)
While Yoda’s catchy phrase seems obvious, it is actually crucial. In the story Yoda teaches Luke that whatever he takes into a confrontation is what creates for himself. In fact as Luke enters a cave (journey), he reaches for his defenses and straps them on, even after Yoda adds, “Your weapons, you will not need them.” Luke dismisses him smugly and enters the cave. As he does battle it’s no surprise to us that those very same weapons Luke carries are the ones he is attacked with. The point being why do battle when you were offered another way?
I understand that where “War reigns merrily” as Nostradamus would put it, warriors are required. I know warrior only too well. In my first and only season in the College football league, I was the 2nd lightest/smallest league player and made Ontario All-star. Then through endless youthful escapades my body has received many broken bones, over 300 stitches, I have been hit by lightening, 13 car crashes, one plane crash and trust me, the list goes on and on. I am known as a survivor. So yes, I understand warrior mentality.
At the onset of any journey there are three key elements that invite the warrior to appear. For me readdressing those elements prior to a journey is an opportunity for a pivotal and essential shift in consciousness and a valued part of any new path. The three are; that most people assume there will pain involved, that you must experience the pain to release it and lastly once the pain is released you know something has occurred, you are healed. Enter thewarrior. The warrior says it will protect you, it teaches you to adorn yourself with defenses and shielding, it tells you to strap on your justifications as weapons, it tells you, you will be better, healthier, sexier and invincible during and after. Now that you are ramped up and fully charged you feel better prepared to address your inner and thus outer conflicts. However, and here’s the hook, warriors need war and struggle to define one’s self.
It was a conflict that created your original wound, right? Do you need more conflict? When is enough enough? What was lost that you would risk so much to reclaim? How much conflict will it take to create your peace??
The warrior is seductive no doubt. However it is masked, it is pure ego disguised as determination. It will tell you of all it’s attributes and contributions to bettering oneself or saving society. Quite frankly it’s the reason uncountable trillions are spent on defenses in the world. The warrior must exist in conflict to be valued. It must become the thing it is fighting only then to realize it must be different after the conflict.
While a warrior may breed determination in war, war fails to equal determination. Sun Tzu (5th century BC), is regarded as a great general. In his book the Art of War he urges generals to be so well planned that the opposing forces retire without conflict. No loss of life or equipment. So what I am now suggesting is lets take the beginning of the journey one step further into truth. Move from battle to being empowered by truth so that you may see a healthy desired outcome inspires determination and no warrior is required.
In my youth I may have misunderstood having a warrior mentality proved I was a survivor. Years later I now know survivors aren’t necessarily warriors. Survivors are survivors. They are keenly aware of their environments, attuned to the subtlest of changes yet grounded enough as not to be swayed by conflicting energies. Survivors pay attention and walk confidently. What distinguishes a peaceful person and a true survivor? I honestly am unaware as they seem the same to me. A survivor is just in a state of being and in being everything makes sense. No reclamation, no defenses, no weapons, just a desire for peace within. This is truth and for me it is where I feel any journey must begin.
I am curious though, you heard him, my warrior right? He showed up a few paragraphs ago. In talking about being a warrior he awoke from his slumber and though groggy he spoke his justified voice in the comment about trillions being spent on weapons. Our warriors are cunning and you can easily see how happily they will take us to a place of conflict. I hope you can see the charge a warrior brings to a story and how encouraging him may not be in the highest for you. How subtly the warrior needs to shift a possible healthy outcome into confrontation under the guise of truth. It is time to put mine back to sleep now, hopefully for eternity.