Walking the path is not always unicorns and rainbows. There are battles, both internal and external. Words of encouragement are sometimes few. If this resonates, this message is for you.
What is a Warrior of Light
It’s someone who brings their light into the scary places. So, they are often surrounded by darkness. It doesn’t mean they aren’t afraid. But, they find the courage to bring light where it is needed. It also means they are not perfect.
All spiritual travelers make mistakes. Everyone makes choices they later regret. Everyone has been hurt, lied to, or betrayed someone, even if it was unintentional. This journey is not an easy undertaking—these result from being in the battle of life.
Many walk the wrong path, trying to follow in the footsteps of one of the great Avatars or Sages. Toiling over sacred texts and wasting precious hours only to realize everyone must forge their own path. These stories are examples showing us how to develop our spiritual journey. They are examples of those who reject organized religion and walk their path.
“Every warrior of light has felt afraid of going into battle.” — Paulo Coelho (1)
These experiences prepare us to help others. Walking the wrong path, the betrayals, and mistakes are lessons. Nor does it mean we are never fearful. It means we learn to face it, anyway. We need to assess our fears. Sometimes fear helps protect us from harm, such as from falling from a high place. Our fear might help us see something dangerous. So, our fear can help us make better choices based on reality.
Other people see us. And this encourages others to forge their path.
Warriors of Light Are Perfectly Flawed
Every warrior of light has, at least once, doubted themselves. At some point, everyone doubts their abilities their calling. Even though they know in their hearts, they are called to perform a difficult mission. We all fail ourselves or others because we are not perfect. Everyone is flawed in some way.
The need to be of service has led everyone to say ‘yes’ when they should have said ‘no.’ They deny that they need time to recharge their batteries and sharpen their spiritual tools. So, we cannot handle the burden we agreed to take. This to failure. We must admit we are perfectly flawed to show others they should strive to fulfill their mission.
It is why it is crucial to keep a beginner’s mindset. We must always be willing to learn and share. We are perfectly flawed, and we are warriors of light. We are all created this way. In this way, we can show love, even when we need love. We can heal when we need healing. We have been through all this and yet have never lost hope. The warrior’s call to service outweighs the obstacles in our path. We find hope and fellowship of like-minded warriors to help sustain our hope for a better future.
Warrior of Light Call to Action
The calling is to confront injustice and prejudice while spreading compassion. It’s certainly not a straightforward task. When you face bigotry with kindness, It is seen as a weakness. But, it is not a weakness; it is compassion in action. This takes courage, and courage is a vulnerability—this the trademark of these spiritual warriors.
So, warriors of light need to take care of themselves. You will face rejection. People will attack your character. Understand that they will not see the results of the seeds you plant. You may never see the positive change, but you are still the catalyst. Everyone in this battle needs to equip themselves fully. If you are in training to be a spiritual warrior, get every spiritual tool or spiritual technology you can.
The catalog of methods for developing and exploring consciousness is what we call Spiritual Technologies. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic. These tools improve observational skills and help us identify the roadblocks that get in the way.
We recommend you incorporate emotional checks in all of these processes. Keeping your feeling in check helps us think more clearly.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphones to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become useful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse language to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate personality profile. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will help you understand the source of our “personal power.”
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.
Meditation is a mind hack that often uses mantras, sutras, and affirmations as tools. These mental devices open doorways of consciousness. You could easily categorize them as awareness expansion tools, the same with Yoga since it contains a range of meditative processes.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Grounding techniques focus on our connection with nature, such as Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory (learning how to learn).
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a crucial element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey.
A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Do you hear the call the warriors of light? The world needs more people with the courage to show light into the darkness.
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(1) Paulo Coelho, the book Warrior of the Light
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia