I have long been a supporter of the meme of the creative warrior. Having supported myself basically since I was 11 years old on my art, I know the power of focus, confidence, perseverance, and moxie. The idea of transferring the warrior arts into creative and constructive areas, rather than it being just the domain of the destructive, defensive, offensive is not a new idea. We all could use a little power in our breakfast cereal. It doesn’t me you have to get mean and surly about you watercolor practice kids. I’m just saying that your artist Avatar can and should be one that possesses a surge-ability, the strength to push into areas that may be threatening to your mundane self. Self promotion, self confidence, and the ability to move through blocks as if they were an enemy phalanx that poses no real obstacle. A wimpy phalanx to be pushed aside with the power of an expert warrior. If the obstacle becomes daunting, you put on your war face, and jump right into the fray. Every warrior needs rest, solitude, healing, and care. So don’t neglect your wounds and your respite, but do look upon yourself as a warrior for your own cause. You are the hero in this epic story, not Eeyore from Whinny The Poo, or a sad sack, you are the I AM presence that has always been and will always be. You are that which shines, sparkles, and lives for the fight. This is it, and it’s perfect.
Here is a bit of genius from Jonathan Zap about changing the warrior archetype into warrior with a capitol W! Enjoy….
I recently recorded a podcast of The Way of the Warrior <<<<click the link to hear it/ download it. I’ve found this life stance to hold up even during the darkest moments. Here’s the first couple of paragraphs:
WHAT IS A WARRIOR?
Why is being a Warrior important, and what is meant by being a Warrior anyway?
Language is so often a barrier to understanding. The word, “ Warrior ,” for example, presents many problems. Sometimes the best available word has a shadow, a dark area of connotations that may be alien or even contradictory to what we are trying to convey. If we want to convey the possibility of a more effective focus in our lives, the word “discipline” comes to mind. But “discipline” can also mean to punish, and our Puritan heritage gives the word an unwanted sadistic resonance. In Sanskrit the nearest word to discipline is “tapas,” which has a range of meanings such as the use of austerities to generate and conserve transformational inner heat. There’s no sadistic or punitive connotation to “tapas,” but it is not a word readily available to most people. “Warrior” is a word that is readily available, but, like the word “discipline,” it carries much unwanted baggage. The word “war” is in “Warrior,” and the connotations of aggression and violence are obvious. But “Warrio r” is also a word that in certain circles has been undergoing major redefinition and rediscovery. Essentially, the archetype of the Warrior is being salvaged from millennia of patriarchal associations. The best definition I have been able to come up with for “Warrior” that reflects its archetypal meaning is as follows: A Warrior is someone who strives to live alertly, intelligently, attuned to the moment in order to serve life affirming transpersonal values.
Warrior with a capital “W,” is one who efficiently serves life affirming transpersonal aims. A warrior with a lower case “w” could be a mercenary, one who serves selfish aims, or one who serves transpersonal but anti-life aims — a Nazi SS officer, for example. Someone could have rippling muscles, be a potent martial artist, highly efficient, focused and determined and yet only be a warrior. Someone else could be confined to a wheel chair and yet be an exemplary Warrior.
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