How can we build inner strength

Why is important?

If you pay attention to how life works, you will understand that strength is one of the most important abilities that anyone and any living being needs in order to survive. It is the mother of many other capacities that without strength would be dormant.

Of course there are several kinds of strengths and different dimensions to it. But in my opinion the most important one is the strength that comes from the spirit. The power of will, to exist, to be which is innate to our spirit and consciousness in the same way energy is released from the sun.

We could use the sun as a symbol of the raw and real strength that comes within our essence. We should imagine ourselves like a burning star in the cosmos giving constant energy and all sort of radiations to the entire universe.

Without those stars, life in our planet would be impossible, and in the same way, without our power of will, our life could not persevere.

How strength influence our life?

Visualize strength as a raw material that you need to create other skills; such as determination, vigor, patience, perseverance, resilience, wisdom, compassion, control, intelligence, concentration, and much more. You name it, any kind of activity you put yourself into, will ask you to make effort in some extent. Will need you to adapt or change in order to bring new results or outputs. Will require your capacity to repeat the same action or process several times until you reach your desired goals.

Discipline and Strength

If strength is the raw energy, discipline is what gives the shape. It has the capacity to empower it, remove the excess and give a purpose. But discipline without strength is useless, you can’t be a disciplined person without being strong. You need both together, even if you have tremendous amounts of inner strength, without the intelligence of discipline it will be lost. The beauty in this is that when you start working in order to build strength, at the same time you create discipline.

What have I learnt from strength training?

  • Our body needs to adapt and external changes take their time to become «permanent». Grow the strength of patience.
  • It is a slow process, we don’t have to rush things over, if you are strong enough to persevere, you will see results, without a doubt.
  • Growth is not linear, adaptation and change are a constant. There are ups and downs, be relentless.

What have I learnt from meditation practice?

  • A clear mind is awake and ready to act anytime, it commands and empower your body with determination.
  • A mind that is able to stay concentrated even in harsh environments is stronger and superior than a mind that doesn’t.
  • Emotional strength and stability is only available for us when there is enough consciousness.

How can I grow my inner strength starting today?

  • Wake up to see the sunrise.
  • Do physical strength training 2 or 3 times a week.
  • Meditate 10 minutes daily.
  • Do fasting once every month.
  • Express your feelings in a healthy way.
  • Have cold showers.
  • Learn to be lonely in silence.
  • Practice forgiveness, gratitude and compassion.

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The Way of the Warrior – Toltec

In all the American-indian traditions the role of the Warrior, was to lead the Tribe. Only after being chosen because of his deeds and wisdom. The Way of the Warrior is very present in this traditions, and is one of the most important roles to dedicate your life.

Carlos Castaneda opened this world to me with his books. The teachings of the Yaqui Shaman, Don Juan was the first encounter with Shamanism and the mysteries of the secret «knowledge» of the world. His books were so interesting to me, that I almost felt like eating them instead of reading. I felt a real connection with the wisdom found in them, and was only after reading one of his books, that I discovered and decided that I wanted to follow the «Way of the Warrior».

The philosophy behind Carlos Castaneda’s books is often referred as Toltec Tradition. It explains that there is a parallel dimension, only «seen» when you awaken your spirit, by following a very long and hard training. It says that the reality of the world is hidden to the «normal or average» person, and that by becoming a Warrior, you are able to recognize and live in the normal and spiritual world, with the purpose of dissolving completely your physical body into the spiritual realm, before dying.

For doing this the warrior must follow a life of balance, a deep connection to the forces of nature, seen and unseen, live always in the present moment, because the warrior has to know, that death is always hunting him, that every situation of life has to be experienced as a challenge, but even by having the most difficult challenge, the warrior has to know that death will come, without knowing when.

Don Juan says to Carlos in one of his books that his problem is that he believes that he has time. He explains that our time is limited and that we never know when are we really going to die, so he should embrace the present moment and any challenge in his life, and give his all. Death becomes the best friend of the warrior, because is always remembering him to do his best.

One of the main concepts in the Way of the Warrior, is the «Impeccability». Don Juan explains that the warrior should always aim for it. Meaning first that word and action are one, that the warrior never backs out of his word, and he always take every challenge as a death or life situation.

In oriental traditions we find the concept of Karma or Law of cause and effect. But in the Toltec tradition this is not believed, they believe that we are always in the «present», that past and future doesn’t exist, only being constructions of our perception and mind. If we think deeply into this, we start to understand also that there are no good or bad decisions, that there are only decisions and challenges to be upfronted.

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

Another fundamental aspect in the Way of the Warrior, is that the Warrior has to let go his self-importance. And only by doing this, he will be free and discover his true power. What makes us be out of our balance, offended or upset, is the belief in our self-importance, this belief makes us take personally everything that happens to us, and pull us out of the present moment and out of «attention», this loosens our inner power and the capacity to act as warriors.

Finally, the Warrior is a hunter of power, and he practices everything in his hands to be able to attain the most of it, because is the inner power that drives our will in the spiritual dimension. Without it, we lose ourselves in it, the forces of nature takes us away and we remain in a state of half alive and half dead.

The first and most basic practice to attain internal power is by attention, first of all focusing through the 5 senses, until we are able to silence completely our mind, and later, the attention under a state of total internal silence, there we awaken as true warriors and we are able to cross into the spiritual dimension, and start the journey into the infinite.

The Way of the Warrior, is long and difficult, it makes you confront all your fears, it makes you feel the terror of being alive. Only by being in constant attention and impeccability we are able to follow it until the end. The Warrior decides and acts, without hesitation, with all his might, into the infinite world.

The Way of the Warrior – Bushido

What does it mean to follow the Way of the Warrior, according to Bushido?

When I was 15 years old, watched a TV demonstration of Hankido, a martial art from Korea, based on Hapkido. I felt immediately attracted to it, and a few days later convinced one of my best friends to go and take a look, which resulted in almost 3 years of practice. This was my first conscious encounter with the Way of the Warrior.

Everything regarding martial arts and oriental philosophies filled my mind and my heart, and made me explore into them with big curiosity. This brought me naturally to Japanese warriors, the Samurais, and for the first time I had a feeling like, «maybe if there is a past life, I was surely one». Which is a very strange feeling, why somebody from a south american country, would feel such a big connection to a way of life originated in a very different country and time. There are not many logical explanations, but I am very sure that most of the people have had this «experience».

The Samurais, followed the Bushido, a philosophy originated in Japan, which mixed confucianism, shintoism (japanese shamanism) and zen buddhism. It reflects a very high standard of how a Samurai code of Life has to be and followed. The main teachings of it are resumed in 7 virtues that every Samurai (Warrior) should follow carefully and with discipline.

I believe that the Way of the Warrior, is a theme that captivates many, men and women equally. There are plenty of books, teachers and movies that talk about it. And I truly believe, that when you feel yourself so connected to something, you should study and try your best to understand it.

There are many philosophical and spiritual ways in our world, that explain how to follow the Way of the Warrior. Some of them very similar to each other, and I invite you to explore and have your own experience of what does it mean to be a Warrior.

Here I let you some books that could interest you, about Bushido and the Way of the Warrior.

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