From time to time as a Spiritual Warrior and Seeker of the Way I need to remind myself that I write to enlighten you my readers and myself with the wisdom I find on my journeys through books, the internet and meditative introspection. I am a Spiritual Being, as we all are. It is this need to enlighten others; to be a beacon of light on the path for others to follow that is sometimes difficult to explain. I can come up with little epithets of writing that I use as quotes to explain the purpose of the Spiritual Warrior and the family of light. As an example:
“We are the Masters of Our Own Life. We choose how to behave and how to present ourselves to the World. Be strong and have Faith in yourself for you truly hold the Key to Your Life. ~ Timber Wolf 2014″
While this can bring the Spiritual Warrior and Seeker of the Way some clarity of purpose, something I read yesterday (Sunday 21 December 2014) left me and other friends, new and old, on Facebook in no doubt about the Spiritual Warrior and the lifestyle we all choose to follow. Below, reproduced with the permission of the person placing it on Facebook, Edmond Raymond Labutte, is the short article along with its accompanying image.
**UPDATE – 24 JUNE 2018**
It has been brought to my attention that the below passage may in fact have another author and it would be remiss of me not to include a reference and link to Dr Bohdi Sanders to whom the below passage is attributed. It is not my intention to deprive anyone of their rightful claim to the passage below and I would point out that its inclusion below is to provide only information for my readers.
What is the warrior lifestyle? The true warrior is a rare person in today’s world. He lives life with a different set of values compared with the rest of society. Even those who do share the same values, rarely live a lifestyle which adheres to those values to the extent that the warrior does. To most people, ethics are situational. They make decisions according to what is best for them, instead of what is right. This is not the case with the warrior. The warrior values honor, integrity, justice, and his sense of what is right, above all else. His ethics are not situational; they are his way of life.
The warrior lifestyle revolves around a code of ethics which is non-negotiable. The warrior’s code of ethics, or code of honor, is taken very seriously. To the warrior, distinguishing between right and wrong is of the utmost importance. He sees right and wrong in terms of black and white. He knows that an action is either honorable or dishonorable. This is not meant to imply that honor is black and white; honor is not that simple.
Those who live the lifestyle of the warrior know that whether or not an action is honorable, is determined by both one’s intentions and the situation at hand. This is not to be confused with situational ethics. The warrior’s ethics do not change according to the situation. His actions will change as needed, but his ethics remain set in stone. There is a big difference between ethics and actions. Ethics determine actions; actions do not determine ethics.
The warrior lifestyle is concerned with what is right and what is honorable. A warrior’s ethics revolve around these two issues. Justice and honor are foremost on his mind. His thoughts are centered on “what is right,” not on other people’s opinions of what is right. He realizes that many people profess a belief in absolutes which they neither live by, nor truly believe in, when push comes to shove.
The only absolute that the warrior lives by is that of what is right and wrong. If it is not right, he doesn’t do it. He determines what is right and wrong by his strict code of ethics, not some arbitrary laws or the politically correct standards of the day. The warrior doesn’t appear to be honorable; he is honorable. Sincerity is ingrained in this lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that is meant to be lived, not fantasized about or merely discussed.
I am a Spiritual Warrior.
This is my Code of Conduct.
While I was reading these passages, I was aware that other friends, new and old, on Facebook were reading and commenting on the article. I have been asked to include those comments as they are a discussion on the meaning of the article. This discussion deepens our understanding of the article. They are included below:
Kenneth Slocum: Thank you Edmond Raymond Labutte for writing this.
Edmond Raymond Labutte: welcome brother
TJ Cuenca: I agree. A warrior isn’t a label. It’s a journey, a mission and a destiny that was written many generations ago. It’s in our blood, our muscles and in our soul. We eat, breathe and live it because we know it is what makes us the protectors of men. And without the warrior, the world would fall into the claws of the demons. We protect the dignity of all life as our Creator charged us. And we stand together in the field of battle, withstanding every volley of attack. Because honor and courage are won through sacrifice.
Kenneth Slocum: I totally agree with you TJ……..it is what separates us from the ones that lie and deceive to gain attention just because the situation is convenient for them. We know the difference between what is right and wrong. A warrior can see past the smoke and mirrors and see the truth.
Edmond Raymond Labutte: so true brother
TJ Cuenca: The light of truth reveals all. Mirrors break and smoke dissipates. And that which is left standing is either a man or nothing at all.
Hank Akins: I couldn’t have said any of this better
Kenneth Slocum: With truth and integrity comes wisdom, something we must pass along through the generations. This is what our elders and ancients taught us to do. We must do this so it will not be lost, but saved and cherished for our future generations. This is what our Creator intended us to do.
Timber Wolf: Kenneth…a first comment for you and Edmond…would you object to me posting this on www.timberwolfhq.com as a guest article? If you agree…who should be the named author?
Edmond Raymond Labutte: I am the author
Kenneth Slocum: If it’s OK with everyone I think Timber Wolf needs to also add the comments as well because it reinforces the meaning of this post IMHO.
Timber Wolf: Kenneth, Edmond, TJ…one does not simply choose to become a Warrior they are born with this imperative deep within their soul and genetic makeup. Some do come to their calling later in life and without the help and guidance of other Warriors. This makes their path a difficult and lonely one to tread. I am pleased beyond measure to walk the path of light as a Spiritual Warrior and Seeker of the Way in company with such wise companions. Blessings to you all my Wolf Brothers.
Timber Wolf: Edmond, Kenneth, TJ and Hank…I would be honored to post the comments as well Should you all agree.
Hank Akins: Blessings to you, as well, Timber Wolf
Hank Akins: Absolutely
Kenneth Slocum: yes
Timber Wolf: Namaste and thank you my friends.
The comments above add strength to the words of Emond Raymond Labutte who is a Native American Elder.
A parting thought for you, my readers to consider:
We need to remember that we are the architects of our destiny. We set our course as a Spiritual Warrior before we enter this physical existence and then allow ourselves to be sidetracked. If we free ourselves from the limitations of others we can transform not only our lives but the lives of others. Shine for the Universe to see and others will follow your example.