“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor;
it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The reactive process doesn’t stop by itself. As Gampopa wrote eight hundred years ago in The Jewel Ornament of Liberation: samsara is notorious for being without end. Hence Dr. King’s dictum: you have to demand freedom. It must be your intention.
What is The Warrior’s Solution? It’s a way to be — to be truly present in your daily life and not be run by the expectations of the world or the demands of reactive processes. It consists of a set of power-based methods for presence.
Presence, of course, is the aim of all spiritual practice. But two problems consistently show up:
- Passivity in developing the level of attention that makes insight, compassion, and intention possible.
- Passivity in cutting through internal and external patterns of conditioning as they arise, in daily life or in meditation.
- Marginalization: the belief system makes ideas, perspectives, or insights that threaten it seem unimportant.
- Framing: the belief system frames your thinking so that nothing that threatens the system can be thought.
- Seduction: the belief system presents a picture of a world that seems to fulfill your dreams.
- Alignment: the belief system tells you that, in order to exist, be happy, or have influence, you have to conform to the belief system.
- Reduction: the belief system freezes you by reducing complex situations to a single emotionally charged issue.
- Polarization: the belief system limits your ability to choose by presenting issues only in terms of right and wrong, this or that.
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