By Jim Hagerty
In a world where political correctness and people-pleasing is common, many find themselves unable to meet their own needs and without the ability to live according to their life’s mission.
Modern men are expected to be soft, yet still recognized as the aggressive sex, while a woman’s societal role has drastically changed. While equality between the sexes continues to make monstrous strides, the warrior energy in all of us has been forced to the back of the line.
A warrior, according to psychoanalysts, experiences totality of life marked by balanced spiritual and psychological grounding. A warrior’s balance can only exist when he or she recognizes a mission—one bigger than himself or herself.
Noted Jungian psychoanalyst Robert Moore cites several examples of the warrior’s vocation. In the best-selling book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, Moore cites the warrior’s ability to be ready for battle at all costs. Warrior energy in all human beings is marked by healthy aggressiveness—movement toward a greater good.
“Aggressiveness is a stance toward life that arouses, energizes and motivates,” Moore writes. “It pushes us to take offensive and to move out of a defensive ‘holding’ position about life’s tasks and problems. The samurai advice was always to ‘leap’ into battle with the full potential of ki or ‘vital energy’ at our disposal. The Japanese warrior tradition claimed that there is only one position in which to face the battle of life: frontally. And it also proclaimed that there was only one direction: forward.”
Where, some ask, has this warrior energy gone? Moore, among others, believes the warrior element of the human psyche is suppressed in millions of people. Like other archetypes, however, warrior energy cannot be completely hidden. In many, it appears in its shadow form, or bipolar opposite.
The shadow warrior carries an immature emotional state into adulthood. This energy is marked by desperation and insecurity learned during adolescence. The shadow warrior is often responsible for violent emotions that can be obvious in direct acts of rage and passive-aggression that’s almost always fueled by selfish energy that attempts to overpower and replace the warrior’s true mission. The shadow warrior is a sadist and, at times, bears masochistic tendencies.
When overcome by the shadow warrior, we daydream but never act. We lack the ability to spring into life. Many of us fail to recognize what our mission is.
When human beings access true warrior energy, they fight the fights worth fighting—selfless battles necessary to make their world a better place.
More information about Robert Moore is at robertmoore-phd.com.
From the Sept. 1-7, 2010 issue