QUALITIES OF A WARRIOR
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© May 2017, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Definition. This article is about the archetype of the warrior. Archetypes are human roles or occupations that have been so prominent in human history that most people are somewhat familiar with them.
The warrior is an important aspect of yourself to tune into and to live by. Being a warrior is not about joining the army. It is about living a life of integrity and today we would add that it includes following a nutritional balancing program to heal and develop the body.
Summary. The warrior archetype is tough, adaptable, brave, loyal to his cause, disciplined, fierce but not angry or upset, calm and rational under fire, a person of strong resolve or will, a person of action, intuitive and mature, knows when to trust this intuition, persistent, clever and smart, and careful but not overly cautious.
A fighter. The warrior is a fighter. He or she may kill, but is not a barbarian and there must be a good reason for killing. He or she has a strong sense of right and wrong, and is a champion for good.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT WARRIOR QUALITIES
THE WARRIOR IS BRAVE
Bravery is a quality of courage in the face of adversity. Life on earth has a way of developing this quality by bringing one problems to solve of all kinds, from relationship issues to financial stress. Most people who are brave are unaware of it. It is something one does or is, in the face of perceived or not perceived danger.
If you think you are brave, you are probably not so brave. Instead, those who are brave are just those who live their lives quietly and steadily, in most cases, taking on challenges and moving past them, often quite easily, because they are brave and they are determined.
Bravery versus bravado. Bravado means showing off your bravery. It is usually not wise.
A WARRIOR HAS INTEGRITY
This means a warrior has all the pieces of his or her life in order, and they all fit together well. There is no one aspect that is out of alignment or out of integrity. All parts work together synergistically to achieve the goal. The entire being is coordinated or integrated, in other words.
Integrity is a whole systems coordination and quality that means that all the parts are interconnected and function well together. Few have this quality, by the way, and it is well worth developing. The Pushing Down Exercise, along with a complete nutritional balancing program, is excellent to assist this development, which will serve you well at all times.
Integrity is discerning, careful but not overly cautious, with good judgment most of the time, and waiting if you do not know what to do. It is a deep faith that the answers will be found, so one need not fret and worry too much, but keep asking for help, clarity and wisdom, and the answers will come. This is integrity in a nutshell, although much more could be written about it. For more, see the article entitled Integrity.
THE WARRIOR CAN BE ALONE WITHOUT BEING TOO LONELY
This is another essential quality because warriors always experience some minimization, slander, smearing, put downs, isolation, ostracism, derision, and social rejection by the “establishment”. If one cannot function alone and do it with joy most of the time, one will never get too far. The role of the warrior, while it may not seem to be so, is to be a type of leader, which is always a lonely type of role.
THE WARRIOR IS ALWAYS A LITTLE SELFISH, BUT NOT PERSONALLY SO, AND NEVER SO UNDERNEATH THE SURFACE
This is hard to explain. The warrior must be selfish to survive. He or she cannot be giving away all his money, time, possessions, or he will not survive. At the same time, the warrior is not really selfish, but just enough to survive and function well. This is what is meant by the phrase, the warrior is not personally selfish, and never underneath.
In other words, the warrior needs to be selfish enough to stay healthy, to stay happy, to rest, regenerate, and earn a living. But the ultimate goal of the warrior is never self-aggrandizement, self-adulation, or self-indulgence in any way or form.
THE WARRIOR IS WILLING TO RETRACE, OR GO BACK THROUGH AND INTO HIS OR HER TRAUMAS AND ILLNESSES AND HEAL THEM
To overcome one’s illnesses and problems at the deepest level requires the process of retracing. In this fascinating phenomenon, one essentially “returns to the scene of the crime” in one’s head or body. Here one must redo, replay, and reframe events, traumas and illnesses until one plays them correctly and heals them completely.
It takes years to retrace all of one’s ailments and emotional traumas, and is a scary process, at times, since one does not always know if a situation is a retracing or a worsening of an illness or other type of problem. However, the warrior just persists, aided by a nutritional balancing program to keep the body and mind on track, so to speak, and as strong and as balanced as possible. This is how the warrior retraces and heals all imbalances in himself or herself slowly but surely.
Retracing is the essence of healing. Deep healing is never just about taking a remedy, having a surgery or treatment, or something else that is at a superficial level. Deep healing is always retracing and resolving problems at the deepest level through an increase in vitality, awareness and then an increase in one’s power and perception.
Retracing is hardly understood in modern society. This is one of the difficulties in explaining it to people. They really don’t understand the concept. For more on retracing, read Retracing Or Healing Reactions on this website.
THE WARRIOR IS BASICALLY A GENTLE AND HAPPY SOUL, AND NEVER BASICALLY VIOLENT OR ANGRY
The warrior is never really angry and upset, although he or she may feign anger and even violence to move forward in some way. The warrior knows that all is well, all will work out, and one must just keep going forward. This is deceptive, as many people think of warriors as angry, somewhat violent, and pushing forward out of anger. This is not a warrior. The warrior is cool, one might say. He or she may yell, but it is all a game the warrior plays to move forward. The warrior, at heart, is extremely gentle.
THE WARRIOR IS FULL OF CARE, OR CARE-FUL, BUT NOT OVERLY CAUTIOUS
Carefulness is a quality of the warrior. The warrior must be careful, for the mission is delicate and there is danger everywhere around him or her. This is part of the fun of the game for the warrior. Those who are not careful and measured are not mature warriors. They are merely brave children who take risks that are not necessary, which is somewhat stupid. The real warrior keeps survival uppermost in his or her mind at all times, because without survival, nothing else matters.
Careful means something else. It means caring. The warrior is caring. The warrior may seem harsh, bold or headstrong, but if you get to know him or her you will find he or she is not really this way. It is only his power and might that make him or her seem this way. Underneath is a totally caring soul, or you are not dealing with a warrior, at heart, but a more immature masculine type.
However, the mature warrior is not overly cautious. This means that to be a warrior means you must reach out, take some chances to achieve your goals, and be “on the firing line”, at times. Otherwise nothing much happens and, in fact, you are not a warrior, but just a spectator or observer of life. The balance is critical, as too many risks bring diseases, discouragement, and even death eventually. However, too much caution brings mainly fear and a certain boredom and weakness. Fear is a good thing if it is tempered with bravery. Fear, alone, however, paralyzes a warrior and anyone else.
THE WARRIOR IS A FEMININE SOUL
A feminine soul obviously does not mean the soul of a woman, since warriors can be women or men. A feminine soul is an open-minded, relaxed and soft soul who understands that only God has the answers, not the ego mind or the masculine, driving self.
The warrior is feminine in that the empty mind takes precedence and rules, telling the active mind what to do, how to do it, when and where to do it. This is not always apparent to the outsider, but it shows in the results, which are usually very excellent, better than average by far.
If one is feminine but not a warrior, then one is receptive but cannot translate that feeling into action well enough. If a warrior is not a feminine soul, then one does not let the feminine and the emptiness lead. This is common in those who fancy themselves warriors, but have not quite reached maturity yet. They often waste their energy and substance, and take too many chances, ending up dead or defeated.
THE WARRIOR THRIVES UPON OR EATS UP TROUBLE
Warriors do not seek difficulties. However, troubles often find them. This is the retracing process in action. The true warrior eats up troubles, thriving on them and using them as challenges. The true warrior is not a worrier. He or she is a fighter, gentle and cool, but determined and strong inside.
If one seeks battles, this is usually not a true warrior. The warrior just stands up tall and moves ahead in his or her work and nutritional balancing healing process. The troubles find him or her. This is how life works. Anyone who is a shining light, such as a warrior, will bring up or expose trouble wherever it lurks, which is almost anywhere.
THE WARRIOR RARELY PLAYS BY THE SAME RULES AS EVERYONE ELSE. INSTEAD, HE OR SHE LIVES BY RULES THAT ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH NATURAL LAW, NOT MANMADE RULES AND REGULATIONS
This quality is subtle. The warrior seems to live by the same rules everyone else accepts. However, it is not really so. In fact, the warrior understands a different set of rules of the game of life. They are rules of survival and of love, which are often very different from society’s made-up rules of life.
Life has certain teleological qualities. This means life wants to survive and thrive. The warrior is like this. The rules made up by society – human rules - almost inevitably seek to stifle and often to kill human initiative and more.
The rules help some people, but these same rules stifle man others, in most societies. So the warrior plays along, perhaps marrying, and obtaining degrees, licenses, corporations and so on, just like everyone else. However, underneath, the warrior just uses these rules and measures for his or her own purposes, and not for their own sake.
In practice, this means that if one is too concerned with money, power, prestige, rules, regulations, doing everything right, or satisfying the authorities all the time, then one is not a mature warrior. The mature warrior knows that all these things are ruses to slow one down, and one must not focus on them more than is absolutely necessary.
THE WARRIOR JUST KEEPS GOING, AND GENERALLY IS HAPPY ABOUT IT
The warrior is a trooper - patient, persistent, and one who ‘keeps on trucking’, as some say. This is a primary warrior quality. When everyone else is tired, depressed, upset and ready to quit, the warrior says no – we keep fighting until we win. This is important, as the “enemy” or adversaries will always try to wear down their opposition in thousands of ways, and the warrior knows and understands this, so he or she does not allow it to bring him or her down.
Warriors, in other words, are not quitters. This does not mean they do not retreat at times, slow down at times, rest at times and even change tactics and direction. However, they do not quit.
If someone quits easily, he or she is not a mature warrior. Giving up just is not fun and does not gain anything for anyone. If today is not your day to win, it is fine to go home, rest, perhaps take a walk or a bath, and watch some television or a movie. However, the warrior is back tomorrow, fresh and ready to go.
THE WARRIOR HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR, WHILE BEING EXTREMELY GROUNDED
Another primary warrior quality is humor. Warriors are very focused and determined, but not overly serious. How can they be, when they know they may die at any time doing what they do? They just keep going with a glint in their eye, and ignore the fear-mongering people, the irritated and confused people, and the very serious ones who just can’t seem to crack a joke or two about themselves.
Warriors are always self-effacing, and this is a good test of a person – can he or she laugh heartily and easily at themselves? This is not the same as being embarrassed or easily humiliated. It just means that warriors are not overly serious about anything or anyone, including themselves and their battles.
If someone is fearful and spreads doom and gloom, he or she is not a mature warrior, no matter how much good he or she does!!! Pay attention to this. Fear and seriousness are simply not in the warrior’s playbook. They are not becoming to a warrior, like clothing that just does not fit well. So note this quality in people: How much fear and worry do they exude, compared to how much joy, humor and upliftment they extend?
However, the warrior is committed, and this can look like seriousness, so observe your self and others carefully for this quality of humor with commitment.
THE WARRIOR PLAYS FOR KEEPS, BUT ALSO KNOWS IT IS ALL SCREENPLAY AT ONE LEVEL
The warrior plays for keeps, meaning that a warrior is committed and puts all his or her effort into his endeavors. However, at the same time, the warrior knows it is all screenplay. The latter means that in the end all is well, no matter what happens, because higher forces are in charge and we are just agents of change, agents of good (or evil, in some cases), and little more.
If one does not give to life all one has got, or if one is too serious about the effort, this too is a sign of an immature or developing, but not fully developed warrior type. Giving life one’s all does not mean staying up late and traveling a lot, or making lots of money. It means being a little intense, very committed to your path, ready to retrace and heal, and ready to love and heal others no matter what it takes. That is the meaning of giving life your all.
A WARRIOR LOVES GOD ABOVE ALL ELSE
This sounds like a religious principle, but it just means that a warrior loves truth, hope, faith and love above all else and above everyone else, including the ego self. This is a difficult path, to be sure, but it is the only way to progress rapidly.
A WARRIOR LEARNS SELF-DISCIPLINE
This is essential to make progress. Just following a nutritional balancing program and the diet teaches self-discipline, by the way.
The word discipline comes from the same word root as the word disciple. It is about discipleship, and has nothing to do with deprivation, sacrifice or harsh measures. It has to do with setting a goal and following it, no matter what. It must be learned by everyone, so do not fret if it is hard for you, at first, or at any time.
A WARRIOR LEARNS MUCH KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM
This is also always true. Without it, the warrior will falter when things get rough, or the warrior will become confused and quit the path. So know that you are building wisdom and knowledge to carry you through the difficult days ahead.
A WARRIOR KNOWS THAT THE CHILD IS THE FATHER OF THE MAN
This is an ancient warrior saying whose meaning needs clarifying. It means that one’s upbringing is very important, and many of your positive and negative traits are formed in childhood. That is all it means - nothing more and nothing less. So please do not overdo interpreting the saying. The saying means that your parenting of your children is everything. You can raise your children to be warriors or cowards, fantastic and wonderful people or lazy bums, people of integrity or sly, clever liars. It is largely up to the parents.
Of course, all children are different and some are difficult to raise, while some naturally understand truth, goodness, love, peace and so forth. The easy ones don’t require much effort. The difficult ones have more lessons to learn, so they take much more of your time and energy. Be prepared, if you wish to have children, to deal with the difficult ones.
And always recall that biochemical imbalances are often at the base of your children’s problems or faults, even though this may sound fantastic. Children are like animals in this regard. Their minds are not as developed, and, as a result, they act more from instinct and intuition.
When childrens’ bodies contain excessive toxic metals, toxic chemicals and nutrient deficiencies, the brain simply does not work well, like a faulty computer that just cannot process well. All children need a nutritional balancing program today, even those who seem perfectly healthy and well. They will all benefit greatly.
Please try to be a parent who will raise warriors and not cowards, spoiled brats, quitters, cheaters, liars and lazy bums. Too many parents are afraid to discipline, and too afraid to demand the highest in everything in their children. This does not mean to mold your children to be like you. It means to respect them and learn from them, but insist they be honest, forthright, courageous, good winners and good losers, and that they keep with them a sense of humor, a sense of balance, and a healthy self-respect and respect for all other beings on the planet, as well.
Also, make sure your children learn that ultimately love comes first, meaning tolerance, respect, appreciation and a desire to help others. This does not mean compromising one’s principles one bit. However, it is the attitude that will carry a person the furthest in life. This is how to raise a warrior child.
Also remember, never let the nutrition angle go. It always matters today – often much more than one might think as it is needed to have energy, clarity and good sense in most cases.
THE WARRIOR UNDERSTANDS “TAKE THE BEST AND LEAVE THE REST”
The path of the warrior is often a path of discernment and letting go. This is expressed in the phrase, “Take the best and leave the rest”. This is one of the warrior’s most important phrases to memorize and live by. Take the best of life, but do not want, covet or seek to have it all. Much of life is not worth having. Many things in life, in fact, will be like a yolk or even a noose around your neck. Be discerning, in other words.
Things to leave behind include all things unclean, all things sexy unless within a deep committed relationship, and even then it must only be in moderation. Sexy also includes any focus on fashion, looks, or body parts. Keep the body well-covered and wear loose-fitting clothing that is plenty warm and plenty safe, as well.
Also, leave behind all things that degrade or damage the body, which can include the diet, the lifestyle, the drinking water, unhealthy friendships and relationships, sloppy mental habits, and more.
Another area to leave behind is anything that feeds the ego too much. This includes most music, sadly, most drugs, remedies and potions, and even random vitamin supplements and gourmet foods. It also includes most professions if you take them too seriously. Be good at what you do, but it does not matter what you do. Just do it well and quietly.
Another area to leave behind has to do with mind games. Don’t play with your own mind or that of others. Listen, look and use your head. Also, do not exaggerate, do not lie to yourself or others, tell the whole truth, be transparent and flexible, and not rigid, stuck up and haughty. All these are mind games that defeat the warrior in subtle ways, just when he or she needs his or her strength and integrity.
Integrity is a warrior word, as is the word impeccable. The warrior has integrity. The warrior is impeccable.
WARRIORS ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT “THE OLD MUST GO”
The warrior knows that old worn out ideas, items, people, and more must go. This is often difficult as we all have a tendency to hold on to the past, to the familiar, and to the known. The warrior is willing to forego these in order to be able to move on to the future.
The true warrior is not held back by his emotions, as are most people. Instead, the warrior uses logic and reasoning to upset the present and let it go. If you find yourself holding on to old things, old friends who are not really friends any more, old ideas that don’t really work but sound good, old acquaintances who you really should stop seeing, then you are not yet a mature warrior.
THE WARRIOR IS ALWAYS SOMEWHAT WOUNDED
This simply means that a warrior understands danger and understands pain. The warrior is not an intellectual or an ‘ivory tower’ type. Warriors know that one must take a few chances, and that danger lurks everywhere, so be prepared, be very careful, but don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed.
THE WARRIOR IS THE ULTIMATE YIN
The warrior operates in the realm of the yin or ultimate feminine. This may sound strange, since a warrior sounds like a male posturing and a male role. However, the true warrior lives in the void of the future, not in the present, although he or she must, of course, appear in the present.
The warrior lives in the knowledge that life is unfolding through him or her, and not that it is “his life” or “her life”. As a result, the warrior lives in the void and in the yin. This is the real meaning of the statement above.
If you find yourself too content in the present, or too preoccupied with present-day thinking, present-day work, present-day people and present-day things around you, then you have not really matured into a full-fledged warrior. The warrior is not about casual friendships, for example, or about houses, cars, work schedules, or people who seem to be good for you at the moment.
The warrior is concerned with the future, with what is coming, with being prepared for the future, and with what is called mental and spiritual development – a subtle and amazing elevation of the body and mind into a new realm of life and living that is completely unlike the usual lives people live. This is what is meant by “the warrior is the ultimate yin”.
WARRIOR PATTERNS ON A HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS
While this may seem a little off the subject, we find that the hair mineral analyses of warrior types have some common themes. These include:
1. Slow oxidation. Warriors are usually mature and more quiet people. They are not brash, egotistical and selfish. As a result, most are slow oxidizers, though not so slow that they are ill and depressed. For more, read the article entitled Fast, Slow and Mixed Oxidation.
2. Sympathetic dominant types. This means that especially early in their development sequence, they tend to overuse their sympathetic nervous system. This is not ideal, but it occurs commonly in warriors who are looking to the future and perhaps working a little too hard in the present. The pattern is usually mild. For more, read Sympathetic Dominance Pattern.
3. A healthy high-copper personality type. Some warriors thrive on and become high copper personalities. It means that they are often very bright, creative, sometimes angry and emotional, and sometimes a bit high-strung. The copper personality type is explained in more depth the article entitled Copper Toxicity Syndrome.
For more on becoming a warrior, read The Secret Society Of Loving, Light-Hearted Warriors.
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