“The path of the spiritual warrior is not soft and sweet. It is not artificially blissful and pretend forgiving. It is not fearful of divisiveness. It is not afraid of its own shadow. It is not afraid of losing popularity when it speaks its truth. It will not beat around the bush where directness is essential.
It has no regard for vested interests that cause suffering. It is benevolent and it is fiery and it is cuttingly honest in its efforts to liberate itself and humanity from the egoic ties that bind. Shunning strong opinions in the name of spirituality is anti-spiritual. Spirituality that is only floaty soft is a recipe for disaster, allowing all manner of manipulation to run amok. Real spirituality is a quest for truth, in all its forms.
Sometimes we find the truth on the meditation cushion, and sometimes we find it in the heart of conflict. May all spiritual warriors rise into fullness. This planet is lost without them.” ~ Jeff Brown
To understand what is involved in the individual experience of archetypes, we need to understand that the experience is more than just psychological, it is extremely spiritual and monumentally existential. We are quite literally manifesting the macrocosm within the microcosm of the human experience. It’s a Promethean act if ever there was one.
We are audaciously downloading an experience that could be considered “the knowledge of the gods,” and then transforming it into mortal power that we can use practically. We are actualizing the divinity of the cosmos through our own individuation. This kind of experience serves as an extremely powerful link between us and the universe.
Each archetype brings forth its own energy, its own quintessence, its own personality, which is simply just an aspect of who we are. Archetypes are both philosophical and spiritual tools we can use to help leverage our unique contributions in an infinite reality.
Like Carl Jung said, “Unless we prefer to be made fools of by our illusions, we shall, by carefully analyzing every fascination, extract from it a portion of our personality, like a quintessence, and slowly come to recognize that we meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.”
A thousand disguises indeed. In this article we will uncover one of them: the Spirit Warrior, which has five basic sub-archetypes –and many more if we are willing to do the inner-work, but these five should suffice to get us started.
The White Warrior
“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell
White Warriors are the new warriors, the innocent acolytes of soulful intent. These warriors ask: “Who or what will rise up to fill the imagination void?” and they answer: “It might as well be me.”
They have that naïve courage that has the audacity to be a fresh force for progressive change.
They may or may not have heeded Machiavelli’s warning, “There is nothing more difficult to execute than to introduce a new order of things; for he who introduces it has all those who profit from the old system as his enemies,” and even if they had heard it, they would dare to introduce a new order of things anyway.
Their gusto alone challenges any and all outdated and parochial systems. They declare to the powers that be: “Your power is an illusion. Your freedom is nothing more than smoke and mirrors hiding slavery. Peace cannot come from war. I see that now. I’m leaving you behind to create something new; something healthier, something free, something true.” (Meditate on the root and sacral chakras)
The Red Warrior
“You haven’t yet opened your heart fully, to life, to each moment. The peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability–to the world, to life, and to the Presence you felt. All along I’ve shown you by example that a warrior’s life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior’s sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death.” ~ Dan Millman
They have their heart to the grindstone, sharpening it to the quick, and they are always ready to use it with an Eros of the most high.
Should they meet Buddha on their travels, he will be cut. However, their absolute vulnerability is a double-edged sword: on the one side it is wide open and it learns from love; on the other side its openness cuts deep and it learns from pain. Spiritual blood is inevitable.
They practice hard love and they seek to perfect the subtle art of sacred anger. Their spiritual appetite is voracious indeed. But don’t confuse their fury and rage with violence and cruelty, their fire is the fire of non-violence and peaceful resistance.
They won’t fight back with fists or weapons, but they will not be pacified either, for love does not imply pacifism. They are the courageous David facing down the tyrannical Goliath. And they are willing to die bringing water to the wasteland. (Meditate on the solar plexus and heart chakras)
The Black Warrior
“Everyone carries a Shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it becomes.” ~ Carl Jung
The higher the white tower of knowledge, the larger the dark shadow of mystery. Black warriors make an effort to explore this dark shadow.
More than any other warrior (except maybe rainbow) they are in tune with death, and so they are more in tune with life. They understand the power of living between worlds.
Without darkness nothing comes to birth. There is no energy without opposites. And so they strive to shine light on the darkness, not to be sneaky or immoral, but to become more self-actualized and whole.
Their raison d’etre is to force the Shadow into consciousness. Because of this, they are sometimes purposefully contrarian to the warrior spirit. They are heyokas and sacred clowns.
They do this to shake things up, to humble the warrior’s process. They know that in the shadows lies their humility. Indeed, if nature and pain are the best teachers, then the shadow is arguably the third. There are more secrets to the universe in a teaspoon of shadow than in all the sun’s light, and the black warrior strives to discover these secrets.
The black warrior is always tenderly wrestling and lovingly negotiating with their shadow so as to bring these hidden dimensions to light. They declare to the world: “I’ll count coup on my shadow for you, if you’ll count coup on your shadow for me.” They vow to fight the good fight with their shadow so as to keep from spewing their darkness onto those around them. (Meditate on the throat chakra)
The Green Warrior
“The basic difference between an ordinary person and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary person takes everything either as a blessing or a curse.” ~ Carlos Castaneda
Green warriors are fiercely interdependent and sensitive to interconnected energy. Their third-eyes are wide open to the astonishing synchronicities of life.
They fluently speak a language older than words. Their eco-conscious power arises from spiritual contact with the earth and a sense of awe for the cosmos as a miraculous whole.
They are all about rebirth, synergism, and interconnectivity. They seek to heal all types of nature deprivation where the human animal has become “autistic” or dissociative in its relationship with the natural world.
They understand that this disassociation arises from the apparent psychosomatic split between spirit and flesh. They seek to heal the divide between the microcosm and the macrocosm, by revealing how both are needed to put the whole into holistic. They are eco-warriors, disaster shamans, and the fifth horseman of the apocalypse.
Their eco-moralism trumps any and all outdated notions of morality, and so they have moved beyond good and evil. They are light travelers who travel light, and no longer have the need to own things.
They understand, as Krishnamurti did, that the “earth is there to be loved, to be cared for, and not to be divided as yours and mine. It is foolish to plant a tree in a compound and call it ‘mine.’” (Meditate on the third eye chakra)
The Rainbow Warrior
“When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colors, classes, and creeds. And who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow.” ~ Hopi Prophecy
Rainbow warriors see the big picture through the accumulation of all the different warrior perspectives. With a question mark in their heart and a teacher in their soul, they are walking, talking, breathing Meditations. They have merged their consciousness with cosmic consciousness and they are able to bring forth sacred knowledge.
A rare bird indeed; they have moved beyond the lower vibrations of survival and fear to the higher vibrations of forgiveness and love.
But this doesn’t mean that they cannot still tap into the lower energies, or become the white, red, black, or green warriors at any given time. They are chameleon warriors, able to assume and subsume most masks and channel most forms of energy.
They are the calm in the storm. When the rest of the world is falling apart, they are busy falling into place, in order to be the one who can put things back together again.
They realize that love is the basic building block of the universe, and they are architects par excellence. They plant seeds of moderation and love, and the earth responds with healthy ecosystems, and people respond with happiness in their hearts. They are the sustainable change our unsustainable world has been waiting for. (Meditate on the crown chakra)
“We all want change and great things in our lives, yet most of us just seek to settle and find a groove, there is enough dust to settle in this world, what we need are more fearless warrior spirits to get out there to shake things up in this realm…so the time has come to REACH for the stars, for the stars will not come down to You!” –Alistar Valadez