The way of the warrior and the way to enlightenment

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I found this side by side view of the Bushido Code and the Buddhist Eight Fold Path to be fascinating. One is the ethical rules for the samurai warrior. The other is the path of enlightenment passed down to Buddhist monks from the Buddha.

Each person’s life path, calling, is different. In many guides, be it the Bushido Code, Eight Fold Path, and 10 Commandments there is are common threads. If you are a warrior following the Bushido code are you less than a Catholic following the 10 Commandments? How about a Buddhist Monk? Is it even the place for us to decide?

We are all a spark of the Universal Source with a path to be who we are and follow our calling in this life to it’s fullest. “To conquer others is to have power. To conquer yourself is to know THE WAY.”

“THE WAY” is a path. It is the journey you take through life to awareness, enlightenment, and ascension.

Here bellow are two different, yet similar, “WAYS” to know yourself and the path.

BUSHIDO CODE

1. Righteousness / Justice

Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and integrity. Warriors make a full commitment to their decisions.

2. Heroic Courage / Fearlessness

Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is living life completely, fully and wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong.

3. Benevolence, Compassion

Through intense training and hard work the true warrior becomes quick and strong. They are not as most people. They develop a power that must be used for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow men at every opportunity. If an opportunity does not arise, they go out of their way to find one.

4. Respect

True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but also by their dealings with others. The true strength of a warrior becomes apparent during difficult times.

5. Integrity

When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to ‘give their word’. They do not have to ‘promise’. Speaking and doing are the same action.

6. Honor 

Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of whom they truly are. You cannot hide from yourself.

7. Duty and Loyalty

Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything that they have said, and all of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care. To everyone that they are responsible for, they remain fiercely true.

8. Self-Control
With self-control regarding emotions, we will not be vanquished by inner demons of anger, jealousy, lust, grief, fear, despondence or greed. Therefore, we will not wound people with words or by sword that we might later regret. We will be able to respond in each and every circumstance instead of knee jerk reaction. There is clarity in control.

Proverbs 25: 28 tells us this:

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Buddhist Eight Fold Path

1. The Right View

By right view, Buddha means seeing things in the right perspective. Seeing things as they really are, without any false illusions or pretenses. He wanted his followers to see and to understand the transient nature of worldly ideas and possessions and to understand that they can attain salvation only if they practiced the right karma.

2. The Right Thought

Buddha says that we are what we are because of what we think. What goes on inside our minds (our thought process) determines our course of action. It is, therefore, necessary to follow the path of Right thought or Right Intention. To have the Right Intention or the Right Thought, a person should be aware of his purpose or role in life.

3. The Right Speech

Buddha asks his followers to speak truth, to avoid slander and malicious gossip and to refrain from abusive language. Harsh words that can cause distress or offend others should also be avoided while also staying clear of mindless idle chatter which lacks any depth.

4. The Right Action

Behaving peacefully and harmoniously; Right action, according to Buddha, lies in adherence to the following guidelines:

– Staying in harmony with fellow human beings
– Behaving peacefully
– Not stealing
– Not killing anyone
– Avoiding overindulgence in sensual pleasure
– Abstaining from sexual misconduct
– Not indulging in fraudulent practices, deceitfulness and robbery

5. The Right Livelihood

By laying down this guideline, Buddha advises his followers to earn their bread and butter righteously, without resorting to illegal and nefarious activities. He does not expect his followers to exploit other human beings or animals or to trade in weapons or intoxicants.

6. The Right Effort

Buddha believed that human nature imposes undue restrictions on the mind at times, causing a person to harbor ill thoughts. So we have to train our mind to think in the right direction if we wish to become better human beings. Once we gain control over our thoughts and replace the unpleasant ones with positive ones, we shall be moving in the right direction.

7. The Right Mindfulness

The Right Mindfulness, together with the Right Concentration, forms the basis of Buddhist meditation. By proposing this, Buddha suggests his followers to focus mentally on their emotions, mental faculties, and capabilities while staying away from worldly desires and other distractions.

It refers to the ability of the mind to see things as they are without being led astray by greed, avarice, anger and ignorance.

8. The Right Concentration

This eighth principle laid down by Buddha is fundamental for proper meditation. Zazen (or, Zen meditation) is the only way to reach the right concentration of Zen. Needless to add, this is the most vital of all the aspects stated in the Noble Eightfold path since, without proper meditation, an individual cannot move on to a higher level of well-being.

Lao Ma Quotes

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Fearlessness

Why is fearlessness so important and how can I get me some?

Fearless: adjective 1. without fear. 

By definition it sounds pretty straight forward; however, as an emotion, fear has great power. I do believe we can mindfully control our emotions, therefore we can control our fear. Remember “no one makes us anything”.  No one makes us afraid.

Fear causes great suffering all over the world. In many ways, it restricts our lives; it imprisons us. Fear can manipulate our perception of reality. It is also a tool of oppression. Because of fear, we do many harmful things, individually and collectively, to ourselves and to others. People who are hungry for power over others know that and exploit it. Fear can be a wall you hide behind. It dims our spiritual light when we are afraid to be who we are to the fullest.

“The essential cause of our suffering and anxiety is ignorance of the nature of reality, and craving and clinging to something illusory. That is referred to as ego, and the gasoline in the vehicle of ego is fear.”

“Fearlessness is not the absence of fear; it is having courage, in the face of fear, to do what needs to be done.”

Spiritual and Enlightened individuals such as Jesus Christ experienced fear. Jesus did not want to die on the cross the night they came to take him away. He did not want the soldiers that came for him to be harmed. Instead of flight, fight or freezing, he took the time to look within and prayed. I’m not saying you need to pray. Call it introspection, meditation, self analysis or whatever you like.

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During a crisis situation, Law Enforcement Negotiators are trained to “slow things down”. Allow the momentum generated by fear to slow down. Take a breath, talk, sit with it. Slow it down. In the grip of fear our vision is skewed. When we slow things down by thought, meditation, introspection, we can begin to see more clearly.

Examine fear and dissect it into its components. Where does it arise? What is the sensation when you feel afraid? What kind of thoughts race through your mind when you are in a state of fear? What’s your particular pattern? Do you panic? Do you freeze? Do you get really busy and try to fix everything? Do you get angry? At this stage in the path, you try to understand your experience, try to break it down.

By slowing things down, you can interrupt the scene before you. You can say, “I don’t need to go there. I see what’s coming.” You catch things when they’re manageable.

Fear is not inherently a bad emotion. It is powerful. It is a healthy thing, in general small doses . It is awareness of danger. Fear is protective; it’s what helps us to avoid wandering into a hungry lion’s den. To be on a spiritual path you don’t need to be 100% without fear.

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The only thing we have to fear is fear it’s self

 

 

 

 

We do it to ourselves

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I was reflecting on an experience I had as a child. I hid behind the couch to pull my loose tooth out. It was not that I thought I was doing something wrong, or it hurt less if I did it. It was because I wanted to be in control of the pain. I didn’t want my mother to try and pull it out LOL! It’s interesting that we perceive the pain we do to ourselves differently than the pain we feel is “done to us”.  We could be inflicting the same exact physical damage and it doesn’t hurt the same. It doesn’t tickle at all if I pass a feather over my forearm, but the slightest touch like that from someone else and I’m pulling away laughing because the sensation is so strong.

So what causes that?  It has to be something in our consciousness since it is the perception that is different, not the physical actions or physical result. My vote is on FEAR. Fear is a powerful emotion. It changes our perception of reality – the “what is”, and skews it into an amplified twisted horror. Fear makes pain feel greater when that pain is something we think we have no control over.

What about those things we believe can only be done to us? We don’t possibly have control over everything. Thinking that someone betraying me, or causing me physical pain isn’t invalid. It’s what happens when people punch you in the face or cheat on you.

We control our little universe. It’s that bubble around you that is comprised of your actions, thoughts, and feelings. Ever person is in control of their own bubble and must take responsibility for it actions, thoughts, feelings and all. That concept that “no one can make you anything.”

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The kicker is that our personal universe is not out there in the world all on its own. It interacts with other people / universes.

When the  energies (physical, mental & spiritual. Includes thoughts and feelings) interact with others there is cause & effect.   “No man is an island”. We effect the world around us and people around us. We are responsible for our own thoughts and actions and how our own thoughts and actions effect others.

Now, we do not go out into the world and make someone punch us in the face (unless we are an asshole) We may choose to do things that put us in risky positions, that is ours to own. – that can be hard to accept. It is not “victim blaming” when we understand and accept the reality that we do play a roll with our choices. Guilt, shame, the anger we place against ourselves only further builds the defensive wall which hides our truth from our self and others. We need to forgive ourselves. Guilt and Shame eat away your light.

Those that do harm
We all have free will and that includes how we use our body, mind, spirit. We can use it to harm others. Those that harm others have made a choice to harm you. Period. They must own that it is their piece of the interaction that they must own.  Kind of like if someone comes and pushes you down….That is theirs to own. That was their energy acting on yours.   That is not “your fault”!  At the end of the day they make that ultimate choice to harm us… They do. That part is NOT YOUR FAULT!

The piece that we own is what we do with that harm that has been placed on us….

What we own in an interaction where someone has harmed us
For things that are done to us, we have the freedom of our perspective. Someone can do something, such as kill our body; however, it is our control of our own fear, feelings, physical actions and perspective that we get to choose. With that free will we get to make a choice. It takes practice, and mind-full awareness, but we can all choose if it “feels bad” or “feels good” or even “feels neither bad nor good – just is”.

When someone pushes you down you have the choice do you stand up or stay on the ground?Do you stand up and punch them back? Do you walk away? Your body may have a cut on it and that hurts, but do you still feel at peace in your soul? Maybe you feel bad for that person that just knocked you down. Maybe you are angry. Maybe you do punch them in the face. Maybe when it happens your are torn and pissed but then 10 years from then you don’t feel good or bad about it and just go ‘ya that happens and it just is a reality with no obvious emotion attached.” That is the power you have and the part that you own.  

I teach people in my self-defense class that even inaction is action if you choose it to be. Frozen is still a valid survival tool. Not moving because you can’t or don’t want to because of fear is valid. Your physical body doesn’t have an option right then and there….. but we are more than just a physical body! We have our mind and spirit. Our mind is picking up pieces of info for evidence. Our mind and consciousness is taking us away to a lovely day at the beach where we can be at peace though our body is in pain. Choice isn’t ALWAYS a conscious act.  

 Energy in its pure form is not good or bad per se. That which we perceive as negative is a great evolutionary catalyst.  Meaning we have the power in our own mind and consciousness to choose our feelings. Choose our perspective. A shitty ass thing could be exactly what the soul needed to have a change of heart, see the light, improve themselves, stop doing XYZ, do more XYZ, or whatever 😀 It is so difficult to think of silver linings in shitty painful situations. Which is why this is a hard concept even for me to hear. ESPECIALLY right when I’m in the middle of being harmed or pissed off.  It is all part of healing.

 

There is no spoon

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This is a mind blowing concept and one that I continually come back to and reflect on. Someone recently asked me if I have ever “bent the spoon”? I really had to think on it before responding. Like the boy says, you are not bending the spoon. That’s impossible. When you realize the truth, that there is no spoon, then you will see it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Our thoughts control our reality. As adults we hear people say to “visualize”. Visualize this and that to create your own reality. This can be a struggle. We are held back by our concepts of what is possible or impossible. What we forget is the power of “IMAGINATION”. It is our imagination that gives our visualizations power to manifest the world around us.

As a child my sister and I often got into all kinds of shenanigans around the house with our wild imaginations. Pillow forts, alligator and the high action game of “the floor is lava” were some of our favorites.  One hot summer day my mother sent us off to play in the basement so she could get some work done. My sister and I came up with the idea that instead of just playing regular “house” we would pretend to be Eskimos. Seemed like a great plan since it was so hot out that day.

We created a domed fort with a small front opening. Collected firewood and covered ourselves with clothing we imagined to be warm furs. We sat in the little home we created imagining the cold snow and wind blowing just outside the shelter. Together our visualization became so strong that WE WERE THERE. I could see it! I could feel it! It was our reality. It scared the crap out of us!

We could feel the cold air. See the snow blowing against our hut and the landscape was of a snowy mountain side on a winter evening. On seeing this we both jumped out of our skins. I grabbed her arm not wanting to leave her behind and we ran frantically upstairs to hide in our room.  We looked at each other in disbelief. “Did you see that?” We both described the same vision. The same feeling. We didn’t know what to make of it. Soon we were outside playing in the hot summer sun forgetting about what just happened.

What did we do?  by being able to visualize unbound by our ego and logical consciousness we did, what I now realize as,  “bent the spoon” by bending ourselves.

To hold on to that is even more tricky.  In the movie “The Matrix”,  Neo jumps off the building but halfway through the leap he looses that state of consciousness and is consumed with fear that he is falling – and he fell.  This is a lesson I continue to practice. holding that state of mind is easier to do when you don’t look down.

How do you get there: Morpheus would say “FREE YOUR MIND”

I can only speak for me and I am absolutely no master. What works, when I can get it to work (that’s the trick eh?) is letting go, free your mind, empty your mind, stop willing, stop desiring, stop hating. No fear, no expectation, no desire. Picture an empty cup filled with light heartedness &  love for all that is, what has been and what could be. Free your imagination.

22 Ways to tell if You are a Spirit Warrior:

1. A Spirit Warrior recognizes that they, and only they, create their reality. In other words, they fearlessly embrace every person, situation and circumstance that they have drawn, as their own manifestation. And they’re prepared to deal with that.

2. A Spirit Warrior realizes that ‘fearlessness’ is not to be without fear; rather it is to be continually confronting and breaking through fear in the moment it arises.

3. A Spirit Warrior does not blame or project at others. Not even the crazy situation we now witness in the world. She accepts the outer mirror created by group karma, and works tirelessly to unravel it.

4. A Spirit Warrior doesn’t complain or constantly try to fix the ‘pain’. They recognize that the pain is the place where the light enters, and that transcendence of the physical is the path to immortality. Therefore, of the pain they say… “bring it on!”

5. A Spirit Warrior is not afraid to let go of a creation or manifestation once it has served its purpose. Which could mean moving on from a de-energising relationship, job or location. Even when the path forwards is uncertain, they dive all in.

6. A Spirit Warrior knows the difference between surrender and giving up. Surrender is aligning with the truth that they can feel unfolding, whereas giving up is being wishy washy, and too easily accepting of ‘anything goes’.

7. A Spirit Warrior knows the difference between judgment and discernment. It’s vitally important to call reality the way it is, in order to navigate the path between the obstacles in life. But to judge another or a particular circumstance as always being the same, is to ‘condemn’ it, and then form a fixed relationship to it.

8. A Spirit Warrior is careful with the word ‘never’, so as not to condemn a particular situation to a particular fate. He is aware that ‘always’ may change.

9. A Spirit Warrior is not afraid to go against the herd, even at the risk of getting trampled by it.

10. A Spirit Warrior is not afraid to suffer, or to die, for a cause greater than themselves.

11. A Spirit Warrior knows that death is merely the passage into a new life. And therefore fearlessly lives the life they now have.

12. A Spirit Warrior is profoundly honest with themselves.

13. A Spirit Warrior is not afraid of the truth.

14. A Spirit Warrior fearlessly expresses themselves, no matter what the outcome. Yes, diplomacy and tact are important to them too, but that doesn’t mean compromising your own soul. It’s all about ‘the dance’, finding the most accessible and appropriate way to express your truth.

15. A Spirit Warrior is selfless, yet not afraid to express the self. The self is far from being some bland, colorless or wishy washy existence. It is vibrant, alive, full of animation, charisma, color and expression.

16. A Spirit Warrior is forgiving of himself and others. She recognizes that all life’s circumstances are created for learning purposes: that there is no such thing as evil intent. All create according to the reality model that has been built up inside. Forgiveness helps unravel the distortions that people hold onto.

17. A Spirit Warrior understands the difference between non-efforting and commitment to a cause. Yes, it is essential to let go of struggle and attachment. But nevertheless, it is going to take commitment, patience and perseverance to bring light through the darkness.

18. A Spirit Warrior knows when to put something down, and when to pick something up.

19. A Spirit Warrior lives day to day, moment by moment from their intuition. They’re constantly tuning within and asking “what would you have me do now?” and “how would you have me do it?”

20. A Spirit Warrior is constantly witnessing the objectivity of synchronicity, allowing it to reveal what’s really going on in the moment, not accepting the filter the ego might be placing on it.

21. A Spirit Warrior allows others to make their own mistakes and walk their own path. He may lend support, but doesn’t disempower by taking ownership of their issue.

22. A Spirit Warrior truly understands the nature of love: overcoming that which separates oneself from other sentient life, and instead compassionately embracing that which unites all.

The Spirit Warriors are here!

There’s a new era of Spirit Warriors emerging. These spiritual warriors are not afraid to feel their fear. They have the courage to be vulnerable through the deepest challenges and to be profoundly honest with themselves. They are committed with every fibre of their being to unravel the layers that keep them bound to the lower paradigm, no matter what it takes! They come from all walks of life, of all ages, joining hands, finding a common thread of beingness and are hiding NO MORE!

The question is… are you one of them?

Namaste