The Way of the Spiritual Warrior
Excerpt from “Way of the Spiritual Warrior” with David Gershon Join David Gershon as he explores the first quality of the spiritual warrior – courage and bravery – in this excerpt from his recording “Way of the Spiritual Warrior”. The seven qualities of the spiritual warrior. First quality is the quality of courage, or bravery. […]
Excerpt from "Way of the Spiritual Warrior" with David Gershon
The seven qualities of the spiritual warrior. First quality is the quality of courage, or bravery. Let me read a quote. “It requires courage to come out, reach out, and effect positive change in ourselves and in the larger institutions we serve. It requires courage to love. It requires courage to accept that we ourselves can push the universe into higher states of order.” That’s a quote from Jim Channon, Evolutionary Tactics. Another quote: “For the warrior, the experience of the tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness. Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness; it comes from letting the world into your heart. You are willing to open up without resistance and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others. Without the tenderness, the bravery is brittle like a china cup.” From Rick O’ Shea, How to Be a Warrior. And one last quote, before we get into actually talking about courage and bravery: “The warrior’s way is not invulnerability but vulnerability -- to the world, to life, and therefore to the presence”. That’s from a book called, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
So what are the qualities of courage and bravery? First quality that I see of courage and bravery is the willingness to say the difficult things. The willingness to say the difficult things, to be vulnerable. I found in my life, that to achieve is not that hard. But what really became scary for me was to share what made me vulnerable, which was in fact that I might be thought of as less than in the eyes of the world. That is my self-esteem; when that was put into play when that was what was really at stake, that’s where I found my vulnerability or where indeed had fear. The way I came to know about that was through my wife, who is one of my mentors for better or worse.
Way of The Spiritual Warrior by David Gershon now available for sale!
The spiritual warrior’s path is one of creating harmony between love and power, life of action in the world and a life of spiritual contemplation; a life of personal achievement and a life of service to others. Over the years The Way of the Spiritual Warrior has received remarkable feedback for both its inspiration and practical tools for walking the warrior’s path.
In this live 85 minute talk, David Gershon shares what he has learned about how to practically integrate effective action in the world while actively pursuing one’s spiritual development. The talk covers the seven qualities of a spiritual warrior: courage, discipline, wholeheartedness, impeccability, personal power, skillful service and balance. It also lays out a spiritual warrior training regimen. Sprinkled throughout the talk are quotes from different enlightened warrior traditions that can be translated to today’s world where one must know how to use a different kind of sword.
Running Time:84 minutes