The First Gate
Where Are We in the Life Cycle of Civilizations?
Warriors arise only at specific times when the current society, ruler or nation is endangered. Otherwise there is no need for them to shift their priorities to the role of service and self-sacrifice, or to train themselves so they may be of wise service.
Warriors for the Human Spirit are arising because the human spirit needs protection. We are peaceful warriors, refraining from using aggression and fear to do our work. We recognize the harm being done to people, planet, and all life. We have identified where we are historically in the well-documented pattern of a civilization’s rise and fall. We know that collapse is here.
Is this view one that you share? And if you do, what does it mean for you? There are those who greet this time of disruption and chaos with anticipation, a chance to create healthier, more humane and life-affirming ways of living on this planet, (for as long as the planet will have us). Yet it is dangerous to think that we can simply leap into new ways of being. As Warriors, we are preparing ourselves for the falling apart stage, and how to serve the immense losses and suffering that are and will continue to occur.
We offer here two podcasts by Meg. These two interviews make clear our view and work, and can make visible your own understanding of this present time.
As you listen to these two podcasts, we suggest that you make notes of what most surprises you, what gets you either upset or relieved, what arguments or opposition might be popping up in your mind, what rings true in your own experience. It would be good to take a few days to explore your reactions and responses before making a decision to proceed or not.
If there is sufficient congruence of views, we invite you into a second gate that offers deeper exploration about whether Warrior Training is the right path for you at this time.
It is extremely challenging and deeply saddening to come to terms with where we are. We know this first-hand and still encounter many periods of OMG and despair. Yet we rise from there every time with renewed commitment to train to be of service as Warriors. This is why we encourage your reflection.
Thank you for your contemplation,
Podcast One: January 2, 2018
Sounds True: Insights at the Edge with Tami Simon.
Margaret Wheatley: Warriors for the Human Spirit
In this interview, Tami and Meg talk about the cycles of life and history as they apply to the chaotic contemporary world. They discuss the need to create “islands of sanity” within our communities and what it means to become a warrior for the human spirit, and how such a warrior can avoid engaging in the same fear and anger we are trying to fight. Tami is consciously wrestling with the historic scenario Meg presents—which makes this an excellent exploration.
This interview also was transcribed and twice published by Daily Good:
Published via DailyGood.org; syndicated from SoundsTrue.com
Podcast Two: December 2018
Who Do We Choose To Be?
Webinar for Institute of Coaching
This webcast was directed at coaches and consultants, but what Meg speaks about is true for leaders, activists, and engaged citizens. Link to the webcast:
Here is a link to an excellent summary of this webcast:
While despair might permeate the greater part of the nation, others achieved a new realization of the fact that only readiness for self-sacrifice could enable a community to survive. Some of the greatest saints in history lived in times of national decadence, raising the banner of duty and service against the flood of depravity and despair.
Sir John Glubb, Historian
The Second Gate
Now that you’ve completed this first gate, if you want to engage in deeper contemplation about whether Warriorship is your path, please continue