The Way of the Warrior – Toltec

In all the American-indian traditions the role of the Warrior, was to lead the Tribe. Only after being chosen because of his deeds and wisdom. The Way of the Warrior is very present in this traditions, and is one of the most important roles to dedicate your life.

Carlos Castaneda opened this world to me with his books. The teachings of the Yaqui Shaman, Don Juan was the first encounter with Shamanism and the mysteries of the secret «knowledge» of the world. His books were so interesting to me, that I almost felt like eating them instead of reading. I felt a real connection with the wisdom found in them, and was only after reading one of his books, that I discovered and decided that I wanted to follow the «Way of the Warrior».

The philosophy behind Carlos Castaneda’s books is often referred as Toltec Tradition. It explains that there is a parallel dimension, only «seen» when you awaken your spirit, by following a very long and hard training. It says that the reality of the world is hidden to the «normal or average» person, and that by becoming a Warrior, you are able to recognize and live in the normal and spiritual world, with the purpose of dissolving completely your physical body into the spiritual realm, before dying.

For doing this the warrior must follow a life of balance, a deep connection to the forces of nature, seen and unseen, live always in the present moment, because the warrior has to know, that death is always hunting him, that every situation of life has to be experienced as a challenge, but even by having the most difficult challenge, the warrior has to know that death will come, without knowing when.

Don Juan says to Carlos in one of his books that his problem is that he believes that he has time. He explains that our time is limited and that we never know when are we really going to die, so he should embrace the present moment and any challenge in his life, and give his all. Death becomes the best friend of the warrior, because is always remembering him to do his best.

One of the main concepts in the Way of the Warrior, is the «Impeccability». Don Juan explains that the warrior should always aim for it. Meaning first that word and action are one, that the warrior never backs out of his word, and he always take every challenge as a death or life situation.

In oriental traditions we find the concept of Karma or Law of cause and effect. But in the Toltec tradition this is not believed, they believe that we are always in the «present», that past and future doesn’t exist, only being constructions of our perception and mind. If we think deeply into this, we start to understand also that there are no good or bad decisions, that there are only decisions and challenges to be upfronted.

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

Another fundamental aspect in the Way of the Warrior, is that the Warrior has to let go his self-importance. And only by doing this, he will be free and discover his true power. What makes us be out of our balance, offended or upset, is the belief in our self-importance, this belief makes us take personally everything that happens to us, and pull us out of the present moment and out of «attention», this loosens our inner power and the capacity to act as warriors.

Finally, the Warrior is a hunter of power, and he practices everything in his hands to be able to attain the most of it, because is the inner power that drives our will in the spiritual dimension. Without it, we lose ourselves in it, the forces of nature takes us away and we remain in a state of half alive and half dead.

The first and most basic practice to attain internal power is by attention, first of all focusing through the 5 senses, until we are able to silence completely our mind, and later, the attention under a state of total internal silence, there we awaken as true warriors and we are able to cross into the spiritual dimension, and start the journey into the infinite.

The Way of the Warrior, is long and difficult, it makes you confront all your fears, it makes you feel the terror of being alive. Only by being in constant attention and impeccability we are able to follow it until the end. The Warrior decides and acts, without hesitation, with all his might, into the infinite world.

The Way of the Warrior – Bushido

What does it mean to follow the Way of the Warrior, according to Bushido?

When I was 15 years old, watched a TV demonstration of Hankido, a martial art from Korea, based on Hapkido. I felt immediately attracted to it, and a few days later convinced one of my best friends to go and take a look, which resulted in almost 3 years of practice. This was my first conscious encounter with the Way of the Warrior.

Everything regarding martial arts and oriental philosophies filled my mind and my heart, and made me explore into them with big curiosity. This brought me naturally to Japanese warriors, the Samurais, and for the first time I had a feeling like, «maybe if there is a past life, I was surely one». Which is a very strange feeling, why somebody from a south american country, would feel such a big connection to a way of life originated in a very different country and time. There are not many logical explanations, but I am very sure that most of the people have had this «experience».

The Samurais, followed the Bushido, a philosophy originated in Japan, which mixed confucianism, shintoism (japanese shamanism) and zen buddhism. It reflects a very high standard of how a Samurai code of Life has to be and followed. The main teachings of it are resumed in 7 virtues that every Samurai (Warrior) should follow carefully and with discipline.

I believe that the Way of the Warrior, is a theme that captivates many, men and women equally. There are plenty of books, teachers and movies that talk about it. And I truly believe, that when you feel yourself so connected to something, you should study and try your best to understand it.

There are many philosophical and spiritual ways in our world, that explain how to follow the Way of the Warrior. Some of them very similar to each other, and I invite you to explore and have your own experience of what does it mean to be a Warrior.

Here I let you some books that could interest you, about Bushido and the Way of the Warrior.

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