The First Steps In Becoming a Spiritual Warrior
When we step into the space of our own soul, the energetic essence of who we really are, the inevitable happens; we plant the seed to forge the muddy roots of the soon to be blossoming lotus flower of who we truly are. This is the initiation of the Spiritual Warrior. And when this happens all bets are off, the game changes, and the arrows sharpen.
By definition the word spiritual relates to or affects the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
Also by definition the word warrior means a brave, or experienced soldier or fighter.
In Native American these are heavy and important words to shoulder. Its meaning is far greater than being fearless in battle. Instead, it more times than not, represents being fearless in battle with our greatest enemy; ourselves.
A warrior – be it male or female has been taught a code to live by since time began on this continent. Passed down from generation to generation this code of ethics is first applied from within the Spiritual Warrior to be true to the self. But because of each code’s power, the energy naturally flows to all who are in contact with the warrior. First applied to the self, in turn the family, on to the community, and of course eventually the globe.
These Seven Sacred Grandfathers are codes to live and die by.
The first is respect. When we show respect to ourselves we cannot help but live in respectful ways towards others. We are never to look down on another being.
The second Grandfather is love. In order to truly love another, we must learn to love ourselves.
The third is truth. We must understand our own walk before seeing the pathway of another. In doing this there is no judgment, only understanding of a different way of being.
The fourth Grandfather is bravery. One of the greatest of these acts is to stand strong even when you are unsure of the outcome or what will happen. That is why the first three Grandfathers are so important.
The fifth is wisdom. By living in this way we can speak well to and of others, as well as take in what someone else tells us. It enables us to interpret not only our own ideas and beliefs, but those of others as well.
The sixth Grandfather is generosity. We all have the ability to give to others. In doing so we gain more love of self, and more understanding for others. To respond to the needs of others is in essence standing together with them.
The last Grandfather is humility. It is through this last code that we can truly walk with another. All of these sacred ways are interconnected, and can lead us home to the sacred warrior within.
It is also very interesting to note the sacred yogic poses of the warrior. These poses are strong, valiant and energetic. It is the practitioner standing on two feet, legs apart, with the arms spread out in definitive direction. A beautiful symbol and ode to the Spiritual Warrior.
The ways of yoga are deep, far and wide whose beginnings are rooted firmly in the ancient past. Yet, even in a pose we can see the sacred teachings there as well; that the act of going within to reach the inner guru, to bridge the gap of the spiritual warrior to the grand cosmic mind, results in expansion of the self in splendid posture to the outer world.
Going within, regardless of how it is done; always awakens the Spiritual Warrior, bringing harmony to all.