Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Spiritual Warrior

The Spiritual Warrior sits in the middle of the fire. --- Pema Chodron

Who are you?
I am one who carries the wisdom of years
I am one who faces into the fire
I am one who knows the cleansing of the fire
I am one who has gathered the many-coloured threads and ribbons of my spiritual life and history about my staff
I am one who trusts
I am one who faces what is coming straight-on
I am one who speaks my truth quietly and with dignity
I am one who is ready to raise my standard aloft
I am one who knows that there is much I do not understand but that I can still be a spiritual warrior in that place

What do you have to give me?
I give you courage, assurance, faith. I give you the fire of your own spirit. I give you the standard you can carry, woven about with all your history, all you know. I give you the path for which you are destined.

What do you want from me?
Courage, willingness to lift your standard, and your voice. Faith abiding. Willingness to be a channel. Trust. Readiness to go into the fire.


Note: This card was made some time ago, and I didn't know quite what to name it, so I called it "Fire-Carrier", but knew the figure isn't carrying the fire, and yet the fire isn't just background. Anne Marie recently asked about our Spiritual Warriors, and shared her Spiritual Warrior card, and the above quote from Pema Chodrom. That resonated for me. I realised that this is the card that represents my Spiritual Warrior. I hadn't quite known how to relate to it, thrown off in part by the presence of a cross as part of the standard or staff he carries, but I've sat with it, and taken the comments of some of the Kaleidosoul participants in, and now realise that this is a wider, older and more all-encompassing symbol than a mere cross, and I am happy with this as a symbol of my spiritual life.

Reflections and comments are welcome!



  • Hi Imelda! Thanks for posting this. I love what you said about gathering the many-coloured threads and ribbons of your spiritual life and history around your staff. Until then I hadn't noticed that the cross/staff was woven with ribbons and fabric like that. Also, for some reason (maybe because the Inauguration was yesterday) I keep thinking of our new American President when I read your words. He is, to us, a bit of a Peaceful Warrior, which I also see in this card. Thanks again Imelda, this card and what it says to you, to me, to us, really centers me this morning. Peace, joy, Anne Marie

    By Anonymous Anne Marie Bennett, at 7:14 AM  

  • Imelda - what a quietly powerful card. I feel a lot of depth & wisdom, & like the expression of facing the future - he is very calm & purposefull. deep & rich

    By Blogger Dia, at 8:22 AM  

  • Wow how fabulous to have a card you already have reveal itself as your spiritual warrior!

    It has a wonderfully strong, quiet power.

    By Blogger Caroline, at 10:14 AM  

  • Hi Imelda, Oh..what a powerful and empowering Neter! I feel the abiding peace and strength and confidence in this Energy. What a blessing to discover who it is! Energy you can draw on whenever you need to. The author, Pema Chodron has come to my attention 3x in the last 3 weeks! I'd say it's time for me to delve into her writings :) - thank you for sharing the quiet, yet palpable strength of this Neter with us!

    I have a card that reminds me of this energy. I'd not thought of it as a Spiritual Warrior, but it could very well fit that category. Mine Neter is The Traveler..who's been w/me for lifetimes...I'd say that's a warrior trait! I wanted to share my card, here:

    have a maarvelous wee!

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