or how to become a shadow warrior
We in society have gotten so used to paradoxical and illogical thinking we take many things for granted. “Vegetarian” vampires, kind hearted dragons, and vegan leather (It is not vegan – it’s plastic!). We have come so far as to forget who a warrior is and what he stands for. A warrior is a man of violence, called to defend his homeland by less than peaceful means. He also is a keeper of the peace; a protector of the gentle people.
There is no such thing as a warrior of peace, there is no gentleman warrior and spiritual martial arts are a fallacy. This hyperbole is used to sell new-age books and “martial” systems ; Contradictio in terminis: “contradiction in terms”– It is like saying an “honest thief”, “liquid ice“, “square circle“, or even a “humanitarian pirate“!
Warrior of Peace Myth
The moment a warrior becomes a warrior of peace, he ceases to be a warrior. There are tales of bandits and robbers who found out that murdering was wrong and pillaging was evil and they buried their weapons in the ground and ceased to fight. They forever depended on their neighbors to protect them. Much like Japan and the USA after WW2.
This is like the old frontier term of burying the hatchet. The moment you have buried your hatchet in the ground you are hopefully on different grounds. You are no longer a warrior. You are a man of peace.
Spiritual Warrior Fallacy
In the Hebrew bible, their God would not allow King David build the temple:
“You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.” – First Chronicles 22:8
A man of blood and the builder or priest in a temple are different varna’s in Hindu tradition. A Kshatriya or warrior / king on the one hand, and a brahmin or priest on the other.
Warrior’s path to Enlightenment
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung
Become a Shadow Warrior
The path of spirit for a warrior is the path of a shadow warrior. “One does not become enlighted by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious,” Carl Jung explains, he goes on to say “The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”
“What you most want to find, will be where you least want to look” – Carl Jung
How to integrate your shadow – Explanation of the Jungian Shadow – in Depth
Here in this next video from Academy of Ideas, there is a great explanation of how to integrate your shadow, accept and then channel your natural aggressiveness and standing your ground. This is the path of the shadow warrior.