When we examine what type of impact others have in our life from a moment to moment basis we can look at our personal patterns and find the root cause for our reactions. When we seek to see the basic goodness in all people we can take a less offensive approach in our relationships. In other words, instead of the view point of someone is out to get me we can see it more as this person is really suffering. We can step back and have a less personal attitude toward the situation, see it for what it is and then independently decide for ourselves our level of involvement we choose to have.
Most importantly is that we have remained on our own path through this, and that we have not added to this situation.
With my meditation group we practice all types of meditation, my hopes are that people have a broad range of practices to work with at home. Part of what we work on each week is actively creating our own life. I teach various visual techniques to keep the group engaged and constantly growing. This last week I worked with pulling a tarot card and we discussed the spiritual concepts and lessons that this card holds.
The card that I drew was the King of Swords
We focused on the Archetype of the warrior. We meditated on the qualities of clear vision along with a clear mind. The king represents the seed or root of a conceptual idea. So using guided imagery I instructed each person to find that seed with them and seeing themselves nourishing this concept to help manifest or reawaken these personal qualities. This king also has a sword, this sword can be used in cutting through illusions. So we again focused on how we would use this in day to day life, and how to cut with compassion.
In doing this my group was able to identify the appropriate feelings or visual to retain this life skill. We then meditated to find when we have disassociated ourselves from our warrior aspect. What personal triggers prevent us from evoking this authentic part of self. How we have possibly allowed others reactions to us to limit our vision or even not to draw our sword so to speak. Bringing these patterns to the forefront of our minds maybe a lot of work in and of itself. Learning to find strength to make the necessary changes in our lives brings ultimate freedom.
My group was able to use Maitri and confront an uncomfortable interaction in the past and reclaim their personal power and warrior-self. A true warrior can stand alone open hearted without limitations. This warrior is awake and available to the world and all it has to offer. The strength comes from both the heart and mind and the weapon of choice is always compassion. My group left yesterday awakened warriors. My gift to you is that you find your warrior and embrace this personal aspect of self.