A Community of Loving Warriors… transformational imperative

In the preceding I referenced the fact that being a Warrior is something one can do all by themselves, yet being a Lover is something relational… one needs a partner… a community. Where does this leave the Loving Warrior?

It’s important at this stage that I identify a few important considerations that are foundational to this inquiry.

Building a Community of Loving Warriors

The deepest impetus for this work… and all that will follow it… is to build a community (a Tribe) of Loving Warriors. This is to be contrasted with building a community of those that practice, by themselves, the Warrior tradition. This is an important distinction. I aim not to offer a set of practices to personal salvation… but a philosophical perspective as well as practices that can serve building new types of communities… Tribes…

The community needs to be much more that a group that supports the evolution of practice. Intrinsic to the practices we develop needs to be the formation of communities…

The Tribe comes first… not the practices…

The Way of the Warrior is a Path to Spirit… not a Spiritual Paradigm

What we offer must be different from what has been offered to date; for all wisdom traditions have failed. We, as a species, are on contemplating our own extinction.

There is a strong sense in which all that has preceded us has not been sufficient… has failed! Is the possibility of extinction not evidence of this?

We are being called towards a major shift in consciousness…

This makes this generation unique at this juncture in history. No previous generation has had to contemplate this possibility… and human life has been present on this planet for a long time!

What is being articulated, therefore, should not be compared and contrasted with Christianity, Islam, Hinduism… etc…

We are creating a new category…

Spiritual traditions, as they are codified with Stories, practices and institutions… that result in them being impacted by the frailty of our human nature, become insular… they focus on perpetuation of their own Stories… clarification and consolidation of their own boundaries…

Religions focus on Differentiation… on articulating their priorities and suggesting that they should take precedence. This is what gives rise to conflict…

Loving Warriors must focus on Alignment… establishing commonality…

We must acknowledge the Truth of all Stories… and identify we are Aligned with other communities…

Collective Transformation … challenging the status quo

What differentiates the perspective being advanced is that we are being called towards a path of Collective Transformation… not simply Personal Transformation. Of course, the latter cannot be achieved without the former. We cannot create a Loving world without finding Love in our hearts.

We cannot, however, create a Loving world by simply retreating to practices of being Loving… only with those that also understand the importance of being Loving.

We need to be willing and able to challenge those that resist us… those that may be wounded and disfunctional, yet control the resources…

We have built a culture that requires change… and we need to build communities that can effect the necessary changes…

We need to embrace our responsibility to challenge boundaries…

This carries with this the energy of a revolutionary…

A Further Thought

The Problem with Buddhism: a world of practicing Buddhists will not be created by Buddhists retreating to the practice of Buddhism…

The Problem with Christianity: a world of practicing Christians will not be created by Christians retreating to the practice of Christianity

Those that are destroying the planet might not be Buddhists… Christians… etc… they might well be disfunctional and wounded… yet they control resources, the economic system… and the political system…

What’s needed is a path to Spirit that takes on the responsibility of Transformation…

That assumes the responsibility to challenge Boundaries when necessary…

We need a global community of Loving Warriors…

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