THE MUTUALITY WARRIOR PATH
By Uriah J. Fields
To every man there openeth
A Way, and Ways, and a Way,
And the High Soul climbs the High Way,
And the Low Soul groupes the Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High Way and a Low,
And every man decideth
The Way his soul shall go.
- John Oxenham
The Art of Application of the Mutuality Warrior Path
The path of paths as it is called by Warriors, is the Mutuality Warrior Path. The Mutuality Warrior Path is the art of application. And, it is a skill which bears many earmarks of a science, but unlike a science it is not restricted to a well-defined discipline or given to predictable results other than the results are those which come from responsible action. An art is creative. In the expression of an art one plus one may, indeed, equal to three or five, rather than two. An art consists of theory and practice, plus a third force which is the mastery of the art. For the person truly embracing an art the art becomes an ultimate concern, possibly more important to him than anything else. Other interests of his do not compete with his chosen art for time, energy and other resources required in performing his art. An example of this may be seen in the youth who, being highly committed to the mastery of the art of playing the piano foregoes playing ball, a social life and the like in order that he may spend his time and energy playing the piano. For him playing the piano is an art, but not just because he devotes a great deal of time and energy to it. The ultimate concern focus which takes precedent over anything which could interfere or compete with his commitment is what indicates that this is for him an art. For the Mutuality Warrior the art of application is an ultimate concern.
Effective application of the art of application requires that the Mutuality Warrior possess certain tools, skills and resources. But even more important is his presence. ... It is on the Mutuality Warrior Path that you will learn to stand with integrity within the goodness that complements, rather than betrays, your special gifts. When you do this you will be able to give fully of those gifts, receive fully and enjoy both giving and receiving. Let us begin our exploration of the Mutuality Warrior Path by presenting a portrait of the Mutuality Warrior.
The Portrait of the Mutuality Warrior
The Mutuality Warrior is an ordinary person who is distinguished from other people by an extraordinariness. He is further distinguished by his ability to be creatively alive and engaged in near-perpetual celebration. Mutuality Warriors possess distinct qualities, none of which are social, socioeconomic or sexual. They do not fit into any boxes, job descriptions, geographic patterns, educational levels or financial statistics. Their true measurement is not derived from their achievements, even though they are achievers within their own right, or from their status, but rather from their presence and naked humanity. Presence is never more fully expressed than in nakedness or tranparency. They may be rich or poor, male or female, younger or older, or of any racial or ethic background, and doing just about anything, especially in terms of employment. They are a diversified aggregation of people and yet they share two traits: (1) Presence which is much in evidence in the person who stands inviolate in goodness, beauty and truth. Real presence, experientially speaking, is real love. This is three dimensional love-power, length, breadth and height. Length is the inweard or depth reach expressed in discovering inner power, breadth, the outward expressing of power; and height, the vertical reach beyond the inner and outward environments--a God-consciousness. Love is gentle and tender, ever so kind. But it is also tough and confrontative. The Mutuality Warrior is truly a man of steel and velvet. (2) The second trait is honor. They possess honor. This does not mean they are honoed by other people, certainly not by those who have ulterior motives for honoring others and are dishonest when they display their accolades and offer commendations. Often these woud be hard put to do their honoring privately, just between themselves and the honoree. How few honors would be extended if knowledge of those honored was confined to those giving the honors and those receiving the honors. There are few areas where deceivers operate more pretentiously than in the area of passing out honors. The Mutuality Warrior does not seek honors and will refuse them when he feels they represent something fraudulent or will serve as an ego-tripping vehicle for distributors of these honors. Now back to the trait called "honor," found in the Mutuality Warrior.
By "honor" we do not mean "valor" "wealth," or "achievements." It refers to what is best described as humanness, a quality that is so fundamentally human that we may mistake it for divinity, sacredness or innocence. And, it is essentially self-honor which does not require external validation, only self-validation. A sense of honor causes a person to act without the feeling that there are demands or expectations upon him, without making calculated choices, an without extraneous purpose or ulterior motives but rather because this is the only way that he, in being himself, deeply wants to act.
How then can you tell when you come in contact with a Mutuality Warrior or someone like this? Experience the person who has presence--a presence which at times may radiate in such a way that the possessor of it becomes invisible to other people. Listen to the person but not just with your ears. What he has to say may or my not be in spoken words. He speaks profoundly, but simply, and whether he communicates verbally or nonverbally you will receive a message from him which is in harmony with his intentionality. This is what you will discover when you encounter Mutuality Warriors.
1. They affirm their right to be...to be themselves.
"to be nobody-but-yourself in a world
which is doing its best, night and day,
to make you somebody else--means
to fight the hardest battle which any
human being can fight; and never
It is as if these people have raised flashing neon signs. Everyone can see their "magna carta" which asserts their right to be...to be here...to be themselves. Being authentic is of utmost importance to these people. You will not see them involved in imitating other people, self-denial or self-abnegation. To the contrary you wil see them esteeming themselves.
2. These people are excited about life.They are realists. Doom and gloom are not their taste. They accept and take reality as it is and for what it is and they realize their circumstances do not fully determine their experience nearly as much as they determine their circumstances. And besides, this too shall pass away. They take a positive attitude toward life, light candles rather than curse the darkness and receive a blessing or blessings from every experience. Sometimes that blessing may simply be a lesson learned. These people have a capacity which enables them to appreciate diversity--rain and sunshine, snow and wind as well as a cloudy day; you will hear them say just about any day, "Its a beautiful day," and you will see them celebrating life, i.e., celebrating themselves, nature and opportunities that keep knocking and beckoning for them, seemingly in every now.
3. You will see people who are free. Committed to the proposition and being of the conviction that their freedom is their own responsibility they demonstrate that they have deliberately chosen to be free. This is evident in their behavior. They do what they want to do. Unlike many people who constantly offer excuses and complain about their "we can't help ourselves" condition, these people do what they want to do. The truth is, most people who offer excuses could, in fact, do what they want to do if they confronted fear and took that brute by the neck and strangled him.
These people also express their freedom in giving other people space to be themselves, who they are and who they are not. Of course, they will not permit others to interfere with their freedom when it is within their powers to prevent it. And, they will not support others in behaving destructively toward them. Their freedom is characterized by an unattachment to children, spouses, automobiles, animals, luxury and attachments and the many amenities so many people accept as being necessary. Unattachment is one of the keys which enables them to be free and to stay free. Appetites, especially when greed-oriented, can prevent people from being free.
4. These people enjoy being alone. You might see them alone, but don't think for a moment that they are alone. They like to be alone much of the time. In their state of consciousness they are not alone. They also know how to be alone in the crowd which very often is a "lonely crowd." In aloneness they engage in communication and communion with being--what is, and nothingness-- what is not, including a sunset, a bird, the ocean, a breeze, a flower or a fantasy that never was an original fantasy. Having an awareness of being cosmically connected they realize that even when alone they are not really alone. On the other hand there is some truth in the statement which says, "that the individual is alone." Nothing will ever change that. When you know this you also accept the fact that the most important things in life you have to do for yourself because there is nobody else there to do them.
5. These people are healthy. They have health consciousness and a healthy disposition. You will not hear them constantly talking about sickness, disease and death or find them spending a disproportion of their time on dealing with personal and social ills. Of course, they do not deny the existence of sickness, disease and death but because they are engaged in affirming health and life rather than sickness and death, they simply do not have time, you could say, for those things which do not affirm life. The value of this is they do not tend to bring upon themselves psychological and ideological sickness which accounts for nearly three-fourths of all sickness. Accepting untruths about oneself is a sure way of getting sick or staying sick. Furthermore, healthy attitudes cause people to behave in ways, including refraining from overeating, excessive use of alcohol and other drugs, take exercise, eat healthwise, and do those things which are healthy for the body, mind and soul. Accepting the holistic health approach these people are aware that they cannot adversely affect the body without adversely affecting the mind and soul. They affirm their wholeness.
6. They hold this truth to be self-evident: "We are one." You will not find them advocating divisiveness, exploitation, exclusiveness or see them paying higher respect to a millionaire than to a less affluent person. You will find them taking a stand a on the side of justice, "essentials-in-common" for all and community. They know and demonstrate in their living the courage required to declare in our society that "we are one." A proclivity for greed and the embracing of the "consciousness of scarcity" myth have left many people, especially those who allow political power to dominate their existence from accepting, and even causing them to deny that we are all one. Others feeling deprived and frustrated, sensing that they are victims, accept what their controllers tell them about themselves. They are unable to see the trees for the forest and consequently they affirm divisiveness---us and them, haves and have-nots, rich and poor, black and white, and so on, as if this was the truth. This is a lie and those who are free enough to be person-directed will have no part of it. Life declares that we are one. Oftentimes it takes crises such as earthquakes or a drought to remind us, if only for a while that we are one. Pollution, disease, earthquakes are but a few of those forces of destructiveness which are capable of reminding us that we are one.
These people do not have a need for anyone or anything to remind them that we are one. They know it and demonstrate it as they embrace goodness and beauty which make a lie out of the lie that extols divisiveness.
Now that we have presented the portrait of a Mutuality Warrior let us return to the Mutuality Warrior Path of power. Obviously, every Mutuality Warrior does not attain the same degree of awareness as a result of his travel. Mutuality Warriors are individuals, each having been destined from the foundation of the earth to be nobody but himself and that means to be nobody but oneself. In being himself the Mutuality Warrior is sufficient unto himself.
The Sevenfold Nature of Man
On the Mutuality Warrior Path you will learn to move throughout the whole dominion of your sevenfold nature and by the power of your presence insure quality existence for yourself and for others in your sphere of influence. The Mutuality Warrior realizes that, as a rule, when he is good for himself he is good for others as well. What is the sevenfold nature of man? By nature we mean the given which defies change and defines a person. In this regard we might ask, "Can the leopard change his stripes?" Can man change his nature? We may question as to why it is that way, but to deny that it is that way can be done only at a price that is too high to pay. Man by nature is:
1. a physical being. Simply put, this means that he is animal --biological type-- with no special credits due him based on his physicality;
2. a mental being. His ability to learn, to move beyond instinct and to prophesy holds some significance when he is considered in relationship to other animals. His mental capacity, unlike other animals, permits him to learn and transmit his culture or heritage to his offspring;
3. he is an emotional being. Moods and feelings define him. Sometimes his moods and feelings appear to have nothing to do with his situation or what we at times refer to as "the facts." Oftentimes, it seems as though his feelings alone determine how he behaves. Just as satisfaction and delight may be derived from one's feelings, much anguish and destructiveness may also be his burden;
4. he is a social being. Being a gregarious creature man finds much of his satisfaction in being with other people, especially in belongingness. Communication: touching, conversing with, listening to, doing things together and sharing in close proximity--is vital to man's existence and health. At the same time, he is a wolf unto himself who frequently inflicts violence and death upon other members of his own species in ways, and to a degree, that creatures of other species cannot begin to match. We might deduce that his social nature gives him a capacity to be anti-social as well as to be social;
5. an economic being. Production and consumption are chief components of ecconomics. A third and also vital factor of economics is distribution. Man is a tremendous consumer who engages in wastefulness and gluttony. He tends to consume what he is able to produce and much of what nature produces in ready-to-consume order. Buying and selling, giving and receiving, extorting and confiscating are also elements of economics. While it is true that the various economics systems such as Capialism, Communism and Socialism are puveyors of injustice and promoters of inequity, the fact remains; man is an economic being and regardless to the system or lifestyle embraced by him or thrusted upon him he must affirm his economic nature. He has to exist as his nature prescribes and function as an economic being.
6. a political being. Sometimes a person will say, seemingly with conviction,"I am not involved in politics," or "I am not political." When he says that, he has to be kidding himself or could he be unaware of the nature of his existence? I suspect that, unfortunately, the latter is often the case. Let voters vote to increase taxes to build a nuclear plant in the community while you declare "I am not involve in politics." I need not say you will pay taxes and breathe the air pollution from that nuclear plant. Both of these personal impacting factors resulted from politics. Politics affect people from the cradle to the grave and before the cradle and after death. If the dead are aware of our doings and misdoings, as some suppose, politics is no doubt causing many to them to "turn over in their graves," so to speak. Perhaps, it now obvious that we are political beings, and further elaboration on this point is unnecessary.
Of all the corruption plaguing man, political corruption ranks first. Politicians operate in the "expedient syndrome." Morality and simply being concerned about meeting human needs to the greatest and best degree possible are not values embraced by politicians. Laws, government, taxes and appropriations are components of body politics. As an inescapable political being it is up to man, and him alone, to make politics human, rather than bestial, as is very often the case in today's world.
7. a religious being. By religion we mean spiritual. Religion exists because man is a spiritual or a soul being who, unlike other animals, has a vertical connection and an ever-present yearning to transcend himself and theism, i.e., belief about God, and to be one with God. The soul is the seat of values---inherent tendencies toward good, such as love, justice and sharing. Because he has power to create and prophesy he is compelled to recognize and accept his own helplessness and to fantasize as he faces his own mortality. Being a god with a small "g" or godlike and unable to do what God can do i.e., be immortal, causes him to have a "soul-ache" and despair. Such condition greatly impacts his total behavior, often testing to the limits his sevenfold nature, sometimes in ways that are destructive enough to affect his demise.
On the Mutuality Warrior Path of power you will learn to accept and embrace your nature with gratitude and joyfully. The dominion of your nature is more vast than anything else you will ever encounter during your sojourn on planet earth. Indeed, there are worlds of your nature and most of them have not been discovered by you. Others have not been explored, and only a limited amount of your inner territory, including your inner space, has been claimed and befriended by you. You have not chosen yourself in a full measure. Being your own best friend means that you will make friends with every part of and parcel of yourself. To do this you must go deeply within and tap the power that still lies dormant within the depths of your being. Within you there is a dynamo which is capable of sending the worlds of your being spinning and catapult you into the Full Life orbit-- Eternal Life in the Eternal Now.
Transformation and the Mutuality Warrior
Decadency, feelings of hopelessness, disease, pollution, poverty and corruption are present nearly everywhere. People are despairing and the garden once beautiful and nourishing is now barren. It is more like a cesspool than a river. There is so much to be done before the garden, our embattled and life-sucking world, may bloom again and dispense fragrances that will remove the bitterness we taste and keep us from becoming the modern dinosaurs of planet earth. We are the gardeners and the seeds which together have the power to bring forth a rich harvest, including our healing. Let us tend this life and our living with care that the harvest might be beautiful. Remember, it is in your hands, Mutuality Warrior. Unless you tend the garden there will be no harvest desirable for humans, no rejoicing, no victory over defeat and, just maybe, the end of hope.
(Taken from "THE MUTUALITY WARRIOR: The Person Best Prepared to Survive and Experience Meaning.") pp. 43-52.
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The Mutuality Warrior's Song
I write the song, I sing the song,
I live the song, I sing about,
It's the song of my journey as a
1. That journey takes me near and far,
But most of all it is a journey within.
That journey though at times a battleground
engaging my Warrior's soldiering power
in a fight for my survival.
Yes I can say, sweet is the journey
on the Warrior's road;
And I wouldn't take anything for my journey.
2. I see the people reaching out
And I hear them say, "Oh Warrior, please stay."
I share with them as best I can before moving
on to be alone listening to life sing the song
that says we are one...
Yes I can say, sweet is the journey
on the Warrior's road;
And I wouldn't take anything for my journey.
3. That journey is an encounter
With life and death and celebration of life;
My journey gives me hope that travelers like
myself will demonstrate how real love makes
whole and sets free all who are unfree...
Yes I can say, sweet is the
journey on the Warrior's road
And I wouldn't take anything for my journey.
(From the "Mutuality Warrior," pp. 99-100)
The Mutuality Warrior Pledge
I lift my right hand against destructiveness,
I extend my left hand in caring,
I raise my two hands in praise;
With my right hand I confront fear, oppose
greed, deflate egoism, challenge laziness,
disarm the abuser, expose the manipulator
and deprive the parasite;
These are seven destroyers of life.
With my left hand I administer compassion,
embrace intimacy, engage in play, express
uniqueness, bestow honor, inspire oneness
and give all to love;
These are seven enhances of life.
With my two hands I glorify God, enjoy salvation,
maximize health, empower friends, proclaim truth,
safeguard freedom and promote peace;
These are seven delights of life.
In this full life stance I am; I know; I feel; I do;
I am being the knowing, the feeling, the doing,
(The revised "Pledge of the Mutuality Warrior"
taken from "The Mutuality Warrior." - p.4.)
I Am In the Mutuality Warrior Stance
I am in the Mutuality Warrior stance
when I lift my right hand against destructiveness,
Extend my left hand in caring and
Raise my two hands in praise.
Right hand... left hand... two hands...
In praise... In praise... .
(The positional song of the Mutuality Warrior)
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