Wisdom for Warriors- 8
As we continue to see the rough and tumble of forces swirling around us, it pays to have a warrior’s mind, pays to in-vest in a warrior’s training and is definitely the mind-body-flex you need to have when facing a cross-road where there is no turning back.
Today, I wanted to focus on one of the most common errors in battle. By the by, also would like to emphasize that these battles are not fights or wars necessarily. Nor are warriors clad in mail and armour and wielding weapons.
I’m speaking of the way of the warrior in every day, every hour, every moment life. All of us, if we choose to see it this way are warriors in life.
So, to the focus here: under-estimating your opponent. More battles have been lost because, like Goliath, one look at David and you immediately let your guard down. That puny…… thwack! End game.
And look at this world around us and in fact at our own frail existences. The micro-scopic world, most of which is in-visible even, weighing infinitesimly less than us, can bring us down and out for the count.
And yet, we are brilliantly created and designed. A warrior dies a death of his or her own making, which in my mind, is the only way to go.
Think about the battles in our minds. Habits, addictions, illusions….as we fall deeper in their traps, we fail to give them their due. They are powerful forces, memes, thought-forms, ideas. To underestimate them is to constantly be at their mercy. To overcome them is often the hardest fought battles of them all. How can you fight a mirage? Eh?
Once beyond their pale, the outside world falls into it’s own state of balance around you. As with-in, so with-out. Let me re-emphasize, the biggest battles are internal/inner. Discipline is hard in a world that is filled with false, outer discipline and full of lazy internal ones. Hard on the outside and soft on the in.
Such a battle that, to realize that embracing organic discipline is a battle worth winning.
Most discipline is hidden discipline, designed not to liberate but to limit. Do not ask Why? Be cautious with How? Why? leads inexorably to paradox.How? traps you in a universe of cause and effect. Both deny the infinite.
- The Apocrypha of Arrakis
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- The Coda
The demons and dragons of the outer world are reflection of our inner state, individually and collectively. It is this inner battle-field which is the true focus of all the great texts that have war as their back-drop.
And the opponents on this battle-field are chimeric too. The most difficult, elusive and easy to under-estimate opponents.
Find them, sharpen your will, the sword of your mind and cut them without mercy.
And watch what happens to your world with-out…