The Way of the Spiritual Warrior is a Meetup group set up to encourage those who penchant is to 'work on themselves" through ceremony and inner work. There are those who seek spiritual adventure and experiences which inform them that "they are in contact with the spirit." And there is a place and a time for such seekers.
The group however is primarily for those who have realized that they themselves are the Spirit, that the pursuit of information about spirituality and spiritual adventuring are not ordinarily very healthy or even useful forms of spiritual practice, that the essence of the spiritual path is instead inner work on themselves, and that this kind of inner work is often best conducted in a ceremonial container which helps to raise their consciousness and vibration and to access those powers whose task is might be to help us do this inner work.
As many advanced spiritual teachers have maintained for aeons, there is nothing to teach What we think we don't have, we have. What we believe we are, we aren't. The task in spiritual work is the stripping off of misperceptions and the conservation of energy through inner work...not reaching some exterior God or beings. Everything is within ones self, so there is no need really to go anywhere else than "here now." To access those realms of light we all seek, there is no action to take but becoming silent within and listening quietly to the Silence. We can work with dreams or noticing synchronicities. We can learn to work with intent and to restore our Will and Passion for Life. We can work to raise our vibration and to access our intuitive 'knowing' to be our own highest guidance. But there is truly no "becoming someone acceptable to God"; because we are already unconditionally loved and acceptable, and we always have been. It is we who must accept and forgive ourselves for our misuse of life force energy and straying from the Light. It is we who will learn how we've mis-created our own lives through our mistaken assumptions or beliefs, our conformance to society's controlling social mores. It is we who will learn Who we already are, What we already are, and How we serve. The Mystery we seek is Us, and our fear of that discovery guides our every decision on the Path until we surrender to our own Highest Truth and begin to express here on Earth God's Will as Us.
The archetype of the Hermit (or the Crone if a woman) is one of the foremost archetypes of transformative experience: the Universal Principle of completion, contemplation and introspection. For those familiar with the Tarot, the Hermit is the 9th esoteric key or "trump card."
The Hermit is VIRGO, which involves tying up the details from the past, organizing life in harmony, speaking and creating beauty, and reminding us of our own beauty through confronting the inner critic, emotional positivity, spiritual strengths, and external gains in all aspects of outer life. Virgo people create beauty, organize, systematize, bring balance and help to bring harmony.
THE HERMIT is deeply philosophical and demands solitude and space (emotional, psychological, and environmental space). He has a need to experience what is meaningful and significant and has little patience with the superficial or illusory. He holds a deep regard for order and harmony. He holds a deep love for quietude and time spent alone. He is unwilling to communicate or lead in any situations where he has had no experience. He wishes to complete the past before he moves ahead.
The Hermit is the archetype of the "Wise Person and the Way Shower, Wise Leader, Lantern Bearer"... the Universal Principle of Completion, Contemplation, and Introspection. But the Hermit is also the archetype of Transformation and Rebirth, so the Hermit contains the entire process of death, transformation and rebirth.
The Hermit knows that he does not know the Truth for everyone and feels that truth in these lower dimensional realities is merely a relative instead of any sort of absolute and final conclusion. Therefore, he does not see himself or herself as “wise”, but as one who knows that whatever wisdom he has absorbed during his life is only his own truth, his own understanding and knowing what works for him. The Hermit therefore turns any seeker who may come to him back into him/herself for their own answers, guiding if necessary their query into their feeling of separation and isolation.
The Hermit brings a need to explore and incorporate those dark aspects of self before the experience of wholeness or individuality can be actualized. Therefore, his attention and focus is inward into his own thoughts, feelings and patterns of behavior rather than outward upon others.His work is within and seldom upon the choices, information or transformative experiences of others. His tools include understanding of basic psychology, philosophical considerations, his own dreams, and his own introspective insights. He does not mandate. He does not prescribe. He does not advise others. He does not interfere in the lives of others in his own authority. He does not attempt to change the choices or intentions of others. He may set an example by his own acts and choices, demonstrating his "Way" of Living, but other than that he is "fatherly", supporting others as they live their own lives.
The Path of the Luminous Warrior winds into one's own Unknown Self. It requires determination, an open heart, the intent of harmlessness and peace, Love for self and others, Compassion for suffering--one's own and that of others--and Service to Mother Earth.
There are many along that path who are waiting to pull the Warrior down, but his greatest enemy is within...the enemy who fears, who loses and gives up, who despairs and turns aside. It is a path in which one travels alone or, if fortunate, with the companionship of a beloved friend.
The Path is into acceptance of self, one's life as it comes, and of the possibilities in being human. It is the Path of Earth Stewardship and partnership with divine will that this Earth shall prevail and that Mankind will Return to Eden.
Unlike our parent-group, Earth Keepers, which has the intention to create a broad community of seekers who are learning to find a spiritual connection with the Earth in their hearts, minds and souls, with this group I wish to create a more personal connection to members who wish to work together on their personal evolutionary goals within the traditions of earth-based spirituality.
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