Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual Warrior’

A Beautiful Ceremony

Whatever happens with Standing Rock — whether the stay on DAPL construction remains halted or requires more resistance — this is a beautiful reconciliation, forgiveness and a return to the original sacred status of the Warrior. In addition to bringing veterans and natives together, Standing Rock has also united indigenous tribes from all over the world. More of this kind of powerful healing, please!

I was unable to embed the video of the ceremony, but you can watch it here. If you let it play, you’ll also see/hear Wesley Clark, Jr. ask for forgiveness from Leonard Crow. You can hear commentary immediately after the veterans’ forgiveness ceremony by clicking here.

For those who have not read my Water Prayer, I continue to intend this blessing and protection at Standing Rock and anywhere the Mighty Element of Water flows. May we hold strong in our love for Mother Earth and each other.

Blessed Be.

Shambhala Warrior Prophecy

I’ve posted Joanna Macy before as she shares this twelve centuries old prophecy, but yesterday’s information about Whole Foods and Monsanto (and by extension all those large, embedded corporations and our sick financial system) reminded me again of this story. Joanna’s portion begins right around the 1 minute mark. The part that jumped out at me this time was the idea of effective weapons or tools that we can use to dismantle the horrific technology and life-killing weapons of this out of balance world:

“This is a time when all beings are in danger. In this time the kingdom of Shambhala will emerge. The Shambhala Warrior has two weapons: compassion, and insight into the deep interconnectedness of all things. The smallest act with clear intention has repercussions throughout the whole web, beyond your capacity to see. … Do not be afraid of the pain of the world.” We need to show up — with the heat of compassion and the coolness of a wisdom that recognizes how things connect. As Joanna explains, without that wisdom, the compassion burns us out, but without the compassion, the wisdom remains cold.

Last night I had a conversation with someone whose heart keeps breaking at the cruelty she observes in our world. I explained to her that tears, sorrow and outrage at cruelty and oppression are not a sign of weakness. They reflect an awakening heart. The more our hearts awaken, the greater we feel the pain of the world. But we also need the wisdom that recognizes how even tiny acts with great intention can move mountains. Getting stuck in tears, sorrow and outrage will burn us out before we have a chance to change our world. When we see the cruelty and create alternatives, when we alleviate some of the suffering, when we model other ways of living and being … then the interconnectedness of all things begins to shift reality. The two go together.

This prophecy and Joanna’s great spirit always bring me great comfort in this world.

Doreen Virtue ~ Weekly Angel Card Reading for January 13- 19

Bradley Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy

“After two months of court hearings, Private first class Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, but was found guilty of lesser counts on Tuesday. Army Judge Col. Denise Lind charged the soldier with five charges of espionage, five counts of theft and four counts of embezzlement. RT’s Andrew Blake is at Fort Meade, Maryland.”

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Well, it’s definitely not a full victory, but at least he’s been found innocent of the most severe charge. I continue to pray that this trial awakens humanity, especially Americans — urging all people to wipe the crust from their eyes and hearts and begin to live according to conscience.

May this brave, Spiritual Warrior continue to remain strong, and may the Judge receive some Divine nudges (not to be confused with the White House’s “new” Nudge Squad). May Army Judge Col. Denise Lind rise above political pressure and mundane or fearful concerns; may she, like Bradley Manning, learn to recognize and honor truth, sovereignty, courage and love of Life rather than senseless, unjustified, rabid, secret and despicable killing and abuse.

May people everywhere regain their hearts and reclaim their minds. May each find and express sparks of the Divine within, re-membering our connection to each other and to every living being. I call upon the Spirit that lives and moves and breathes through us: reveal yourself in surprising ways. Knock on our hearts. Open the floods of compassion. Protect the ones who serve you.

The Way of the Warrior Defined ~ Where Have All the Warriors Gone?

Thanks, Bill! This video arrived so very synchronously, just seconds after I hung up the phone from a “Healing Skills Reclamation” Session discussing the spiritual path of the Warrior. I had just described this very dynamic of becoming so strong that you bypass the “need” for violence.

This video gives a passionate description of the differences between a Warrior and a soldier, as well as why our world needs a return of the Warrior. Lately, I’ve felt led to read both “The Upanishads” and “The Poetic Edda,” and both traditions share an appreciation for the role of true Warriors. It’s not about bashing heads or bombing civilians into oblivion. Reclaiming the values, courage and skills of the Warrior has deep implications for spiritual development, human sovereignty and, indeed, the fate of our world. This is 22 minutes well worth the listen:

“Budo (way of the warrior) is not a means of felling the opponent by force or by lethal weapons. Neither is it intended to lead the world to destruction by arms and other illegitimate means. True Budo calls for bringing the inner energy of the universe in order, protecting the peace of the world , as well as preserving, everything in nature in its right form.”
– Moreihei Ueshiba – founder of the art of Aikido

I’ve posted the next video before, but it feels appropriate to share again right now. The video below features “Active Hope” author, Buddhist and eco-activist Joanna Macy telling the 12 centuries old Shambhala Warrior Prophecy. Perhaps this story will resonate more strongly in context of the above video from “If one person has a capacity to be a Bodhisattva, then others do, too. …Listen as if you knew this was about you.” ~Joanna Macy