- By Natalia Perera
“Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality…”
– Che Guevara
Welcome dear Warrior, take rest, this is your safe space, a refuge for all Warriors of the Sacred to come together and be nourished.
You have sought meaning in your life, you have felt the pain of the world, you have heard the inner call to reclaim your body, your power, and are now preparing for your mission. We have already explored together the nature of this sacred journey, the steps vital for our personal evolution amidst the current spiritual revolution.
Many of us have worked hard on the premise that our inner development will result in the transformation of not only our outer lives, but the lives of our loved ones, of those in our immediate circle and eventually ripple out to those in the wider world. We have witnessed first-hand the results. But if we were asked to describe HOW this phenomenon actually works? How is it exactly that our inner reality creates our outer reality? We attempt to apply many energetic explanations such as ‘like attracts like’ but if we were to probe deeper and continue to ask: why does like attract like? HOW does like attract like? We will eventually reach this final conclusion: there is no “out there”, that we are all, truly one with the rest of the world. And our bodies, home to our senses, are simply the instruments we are to operate to create our experience of life.
With this profound realization, we can see then that priests and pundits who preach within ‘hierarchies’ based on education, sex, caste, culture, religion, or even national distinctions are telling lies. Patriarchy thrives on exacerbating differences. We are set up to compete against each other for survival: as economic enemies, political enemies, racial enemies, religious enemies, worker against worker, white against dark, man against woman, belief against belief (Sjöö and Mor, 1991). For to keep us separated and distracted not only keeps us oblivious to the real cause of our torment—being oppressed—but also prevents us from attaining the common consciousness we need to bring about our own evolution and partake in the Divine Mother’s revolution.
Further, all who attempt to ‘explain’ human suffering, injustice, hunger and poverty as ‘manifestations of God’s will’ or even as ‘karmic debts’ are merely reiterating atrocious rationalisations for the status quo—serving the people in power. God and Karma are always available to justify what cannot otherwise be humanely justified. These ‘explanations’ of other people’s suffering are, in a very real way, acts of human sacrifice: we are sacrificing living beings, their problems and their pain, to our fictional gods, to keep our worldview intact, and our own lives comfortable (Sjöö and Mor, 1991).
How far we have fallen, disconnected from our primal recognition of a common spirit in all living things, to believe such blatantly commercialist deceitful religious claims to God. To quote Sjöö and Mor (1991): “The truth is the Goddess does not want millions of human beings to starve and suffer and die so that a select few can undergo a ‘spiritual experience’. Nor does the Goddess live solely in elite retreats, dancing naked in the piney woods under a white and well-fed moon. The Goddess is currently starving to death in refugee camps, with a skeletal child clutched to her dry nipples. The Goddess is on welfare, raising her children in a ghetto next to a freeway interchange that fills their blood cells and neurons with lead. The Goddess is an eight-year-old girl being used for the special thrills of visiting businessmen in a Brazilian brothel”. There are endless stories to tell.
So we have grown in a culture based on keeping us separate, selfish and scared. We are conditioned to feel that nothing we do can make a difference in the world. Yet each one of us has inherent gifts like intuition, prevision, clairvoyance, telepathy, synchronicity, ecstasy, imagination—to name only a few—which we can bring into play to re-ignite the magic within us to evolve, to choose and create a new reality than the one we have inherited. We all have access to these; the only requisite is being human, that is our physical bodies are our commonality.
All the great souls who have mastered these natural gifts continue to guide us with their words, their actions, their legacy. The paradox is that none of them have had supernatural powers. Their strength has come from and has been fed by the bravery and frailty of being human, and their ability to fully embrace their own humanity. We celebrate their lives in the hope of changing our own default perspectives and walking the path of compassionate action. A path radical in our culture of disempowerment.
We begin by using our practice to perfect our activism and by using our activism as our practice. Siddhartha Gautama’s story represents another great learning for us. The prince left his palace and became a monk with the intention of discovering the cause of suffering. He went from the riches of royal living to at one point, performing self-torturing austerities with a group of sages to overcome identification with pain. But after several months and extreme fasting, he was that weak that he collapsed by a river while taking his bath and came close to dying. His life was saved by a young local woman, passing by who offered him some milk and a little rice pudding. As he went on and sat by the bank of the river thinking about finding a better way, a boat glided by and he overheard a music teacher instruct his students: “If you tune your instrument too tight, the strings will snap, if you tune them too loosely, there will be no sound. You have to tune your instrument at the precise balance in order to play beautiful music”. Siddhartha realised the same applies to life, and he decided to live a life of balance that respects the needs of the body while pursuing spiritual realisation through inner meditation. So he sat under the Bodhi tree and became the enlightened one: the Buddha, who dedicated his life to teaching the path he came to call the Middle Way.
There are many ways we can follow suit in our own lives. Spiritual Psychology appreciates that our psyches are highly sensitive to a sense of Love. In any given circumstance, our antennas are always tuned to signals as to whether we are ‘loved’ (worthy, supported, empowered) or ‘not loved’ (worthless, disempowered). And many traditions commonly speak of Love and Fear as being opposites. What this means is that when we do perceive we are ‘not loved’ meaning we are in a ‘Fear’ mode, we can react in one of two ways: either by externalizing our hurt with anger (fight) or by internalizing the same and retreating (flight). Buddha’s ‘middle way’ would be to go beyond the two polarities of Fear, and despite our feelings of rejection or disempowerment, choosing to align with a source of Love anyway; a big affirmation that we have Love within us. In the midst of any challenging situation, there is only ever one question to ask: “What would Love do?”, and one thing to do: to embody that with our thoughts, words and behaviour, no matter how scary that may seem.
What do Warriors have to do with Love? Everything. As Warriors of the Sacred, embodying Love is our greatest strength and weapon in the Divine Feminine’s revolution. Following the path of Love goes against our society’s infrastructures built on Fear (that we are not supported, that we are not enough, that we will suffer etc.)—from financial and insurance institutions to retail, marketing and even our social values . An insatiable civilization pursues money, power and innumerable things in order to find ‘Love’ on the outside. No matter how rich it may be, it continues to affirm its poverty consciousness. In direct contrast, embodying Love is a sentience of abundance, of generosity, simplicity and sharing. Yet it is not meek either. Love exists in the present moment, and is appropriate to the circumstances. It comes from deep peace but meets force with force if it must. It seeks truth and speaks truth, as there is no trace of fear not to. In the face of any injustice, it asserts itself. We can practice in the simplest of ways until we build our confidence up to face up to more complex situations.
So I ask you again and again, dear Warrior, as you go about your daily life: what would Love do? And until we meet again and share more stories of how Love manifests in the world, I finish the quote of Che Guevara that we set forth with today: “…We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force”.
Monica Sjöö and Barbara Mor, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth, Harper One Publishers, 1991.