Being a spiritual warrior is desired by many, but not a lot of people have the qualities of a spiritual warrior or succeed in becoming one.
What does it mean to be a Spiritual Warrior?
This term has been used extensively in various spiritual circles and traditions since ages.
A spiritual warrior is the one who combats the most insidious enemy: Ignorance, also known as “Avidya” in Sanskrit to reach greater levels of self-awareness.
The path of the spiritual warrior is not easy. It brings you face to face with your shadow side and forces you to go through extreme levels of cognitive dissonance by making you question your limiting belief systems and outdated conditioning.
But walking on this path brings enormous rewards:
1) High levels of self-awareness and freedom from fears, doubts, small-mindedness, and limited belief systems.
2) Becoming a beacon of light and helping in the global shift in consciousness.
“A Spiritual Warrior is a person who challenges the fear, lies, false beliefs, and judgments that create pain and suffering on this planet. This is a battle that takes place in the heart and mind of an individual. The quest of the Spiritual Warrior is the same as spiritual seekers around the world. They face this challenge with the clarity and awareness that this war is fought within and that truth and unconditional love are what the seeker finds.”- Hayden Crawford
So, what are the traits that make one a spiritual warrior?
1) They always seek the truth.
A spiritual warrior seeks the truth at any cost because he knows that it is only through truth and knowledge that you can break the shackles of bondage and become free.
A Spiritual warrior will go as far as required to know the truth and learn what he does not know even if that truth comes with bouts of pain and suffering.
He knows that truth is essential for soul growth and evolution. It is the only truth that can give insights into unsolved mysteries, remove darkness and ignorance, and literally set us free.
2) They are always on the quest for self-discovery and awareness.
A spiritual warrior is on a continuous quest for self-discovery to expand his awareness. He knows that awareness is the main tool that he has to fight against darkness and ignorance.
Awareness is the ability to look into the nature of things with absolute clarity without any bias of past conditionings or limited belief systems.
It entails an ability to look at your own mind and thought patterns which are known as Metacognition.
Self-awareness is the quality to know who you really are beneath the ego mask.
The ego can distort our self-image and sense of who we are to an extent that these false self-images and impressions can even lead to self-hatred and extremely low self-esteem.
A spiritual warrior may face acute cognitive dissonance in the process of self-discovery and self-awareness but he goes on questioning his own belief systems and thought processes and eliminates anything that does not resonate with unconditional love and forgiveness.
3) They are passionate and persistent.
Another key attribute of a spiritual warrior is relentlessness and persistence. Being relentless and persistent does not mean being brash or inflexible.
It means being determined to seek the truth and removing all false beliefs and ego traps that veil the truth.
A spiritual warrior has a never say die attitude. He welcomes all adversaries and challenging conditions and treats them as an opportunity to learn and grow.
He knows that the setbacks are actually soul lessons and embraces everything with an attitude of what is it trying to teach me instead of thinking why is it happening to me?
He has dedicated his entire life to learning, growing, and evolving so that he is better equipped to serve humanity.
4) They follow their intuitive hearts.
He knows how to distinguish between the voice of the ego and the intuition of the heart. A spiritual warrior follows his heart and gut instincts.
A spiritual warrior is sensitive to energy and can see through things. Even if a person comes dressed as a friend hiding bad intentions, the spiritual warrior’s intuition will alert them and it is mostly spot-on. A spiritual warrior’s heart is true and therefore its messages are true as well.
5) They do a lot of shadow work.
A spiritual warrior knows that he has to confront and integrate his shadow side to be able to love and accept himself unconditionally.
A spiritual warrior is not afraid to look at his shadow side right in the eye; he has the courage to question his own belief systems. He knows it is the only way to dissolve lies and false belief systems that cause suffering.
6) They choose love over everything else.
A spiritual warrior knows that the core of everything is love, the core of our own being and the core of everything else.
A spiritual warrior’s main mission is to remove the veils that cover and hide the unconditional love in our hearts, whether it is a veil of ignorance, the veil of fear, the veil of jealousy, anger, trauma, or suffering.