We all know the tragic consequences of a competitive attitude in the arena of religion as evidenced by the bloodshed pervading world history. However, warrior energy - viewed playfully - is absolutely necessary in advancing along our own personal spiritual journey, and in our quest for social and ecological justice.
Oftentimes, Life - the Beloved - will seem to oppose and fight against the spiritual vision we've been given as a means of developing our perseverance, courage, and a playfully feisty attitude. That is indeed the case in the ancient biblical story of Jacob wrestling for a blessing against God appearing in the form of an angel. Because of his perseverance in the fight, Jacob was renamed "Yisrael," which means "God-wrestler." This led, of course, to an entire culture - known for its delighful "chutzpah" or feisty attitude - being named after the incident.
From a nondual perspective, this "fight" with our Source occurs WITHIN divine union. Thus, to speak mythically, it is as though a mirror-image - US! - while being gazed-upon lovingly by the One who stands in front of the mirror, then suddenly begins taking on a life of its own, making flirtatious gestures which the One never made, and speaking in a completely different voice, thus shocking and surprising the One with the utter intrigue of it all! And that is precisely a Western mystical view of nonduality!
Photos: Bighorn Sheep rams doing head-butting as part of a mating competition in Big Thompson Canyon, CO, about 45 minutes from my home. (November 6, 2015). The loud "CRACK" sound that occurred on impact was absolutely stunning!
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.