The warrior stands rebellious, blade in hand, contemplating over a cosmic plain. Below him or her is a sphere full of trials and tribulations, threatening adversaries and alluring shortcuts. Across the plain rises a mountain, full of promise but harboring countless challenges. On the other side of the mountain awaits something of which they are not exactly sure. Could it be courage, transcendence, even enlightenment? Or perhaps something more sinister hides behind the peak.

All he or she knows is that they must carve a path through the plains and scale the mountain, leading the way for those who seek something better on the other side. They must guide and defend their tribe from the perils ahead. They know that death is an option from which they cannot opt out of. They know survival may escape them, but they are prepared and are capable of leading their tribe to safety. They are confident and their spirits can barely contain themselves.

The warrior wears its spirit as a shield, protecting their tribe from the evil that lurks in the darkness of fear. They defy the dreams of fear, deceit, false belief, and the judgments that create suffering and happiness amongst them and their tribe. It is a war that is waged from within amongst their hearts and their minds. They stare fear in the eye with the awareness that the war of adversity has already taught them. They know that truth and unconditional love are what lie ahead on the other side of fear. They know what is at stake and it is more important than anything else to them and their tribe. It is their Personal Freedom.

The warrior feels compassion for the tribe they protect. Their tears are hidden behind their eyes, for it is love, not hate, which motivates. They acknowledge that bravery comes in the presence of fear and not in its absence. Afraid or not, they keep emotional arousal at bay and instead use that energy to finish the task at hand. They are confident in their skills of conflict and that conceit is an exploitable weakness. They feel everything that everyone does, but respond otherwise. Their commitment to love and peace is deeper than any river they have ever crossed. It is what they live, fight, die, and write for.

The warrior knows that in order to win the war against fear, they require awareness, courage, discipline, and commitment in order to transform the emotional body of the tribe. They know their strength is a weapon but how it is used depends on their hearts and minds, their spirit.

The most vital tool of a warrior is awareness. We often think we are aware but to be purely aware does not involve thinking whatsoever. It is pure because there is no interpretation to the thinking process. To be aware means that we perceive with clarity the truth of what is happening without opinion. In a moment of pure awareness the dialogue in our mind stops. We see from a point of view separate from the reasoning part of our mind. It is in the awareness of an epiphany that balance finds its footing.

Awareness is essential because it is a state of consciousness that allows us to discern between the facts and the truth, and between the story and the lies in our mind. Our mind is filled with false perceptions and false beliefs. The mind is clever, but it is also full of assumptions and limited paradigms of perception.

Self-awareness is the clarity to know who and what you are, and not become so entangled in the image of yourself. The self-image that your mind creates will often misrepresent the sense of who you really are. False images can lead you to lower self-esteem and self-confidence, or they can lead to being self-centered. If you have an idea of who you are, then contemplate that you are not that idea in your mind. You are the one creating and discerning it. When you become aware that none of the images of self that you hold in your mind are real, you begin to see how essential it is in freeing yourself of self-importance.

The warrior has the courage to question his or her own beliefs. By challenging our own beliefs, we start to notice the lies that cause our suffering. To challenge our own beliefs requires courage because it is a means to the end of the illusion of safety. A warrior learns not to defend what we believe, but to challenge those very beliefs ourselves. It is in this way that we are able to sort the truth from illusion.

Discipline is of the utmost importance in the spirit of a warrior. Discipline is stringent upon staying the path when faced with the inward challenges of the mind. A warrior must have the discipline to continue to practice against his or her own mind, without someone providing the motivation. They must exercise their own free will at the command of their heart without outward representation. This often means going against the fearful opinions in our minds that allure us with illusions of punishment and reward. They must also carry the discipline to follow their heart when tempted by another’s opinion.

The warrior must commit to self-love. They can then extend that love amongst humanity. Commitment is required because along the journey we are certain to fall many times. It is with strong commitment that the warrior gets back up again. It is common to fall upon the judgment of others. It is easy to love some people, particularly those who treat us with mutual respect. However, it requires tremendous commitment to love in the face of those who reject us. This commitment will challenge us. It will contest our beliefs about our judgments and not being compassionate.

The warrior is committed to love beyond their own self-serving interests and what it will bring them. This is how we become happy past our own paradigm of beliefs. Over time, we become committed to love for the sheer enjoyment of expressing love. This is what the spirit of a warrior lives for. We nourish ourselves with the love we express. A warrior will always express their love, even when challenged.

The warrior always expects the best from themselves. They may not always overcome a challenge they are faced with, but it is with certainty that they will give it their all. They will make the best of every situation and seek to unleash their greatest potential. They expect to set the example of what it takes to lead and inspire others. Therefore, they must be ready, willing, and able to carry the burden.

A warrior understands that they only have one life, so they treat it with reverence and fill it with those moments that make life worth living and with the people they find meaningful. It is in the moments when I write that I find meaning. The ends of myself seem to meet when I write. For some odd reason, I associate words with leaving a mark on the world. Writing allows my spirit to grow with experience and not wither away from misuse. I guess it allows me daily fulfillment and by treating every minute as a gift is a great way to align my life the way that I want it.

Stop wasting those precious minutes, and start moving towards your dreams. Starting with today, go get whatever it is you want from this life. Or you could just continue to put it off until tomorrow, but eventually, you will have to either walk away from what it is that you want or stare it down and give everything that you have got to get what you want.

Your inner warrior is a source of strength you can summon in times of duress.  When you employ your warrior spirit with careful thought, it will manifest itself as clarity, determination, courage, awareness, consistency and an unwavering zest for life. You must view the hurdles that face you as evolutionary opportunities and not be afraid to pursue a purpose to its conclusion.  Go on and explore that unique side to yourself and broaden your reality so you can see your ability to achieve mindfulness, which is essential to living in the moment but still being able to overcome the challenges in life with an intense spirit that never dies.

BeLove © 2018

My roots are buried in the Dirty South. I grew up learning the importance of God and Southern Charm. I began writing in my late teens mostly through heartbreak and music. I moved out west 15 years ago and live right around the corner from the Fountain Of Youth. Most people refer to it as Lake Tahoe. I play Chef during the day and search for ways to save the world by night, through reading, writing, and believing. I enjoy the side of life that is less abrasive. I look forward to joining you on my quest through Spiritual Sobriety with the Promised Land as our ultimate destination.

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