Daily Meditation: The War of the Spirit

Daily meditations for the higher man.“I am a god of War” — Liber AL vel Legis, Aleister Crowley.

Spirituality is not pleasantness, and the gods do not confer peace. Instead, the Divine makes things difficult for His favorites.

Indeed, those who live easy lives do not seem to learn much, and, often, those to whom things come easily give up prematurely.

One of the most serious problems with modern man is that he desires to avoid what is uncomfortable. He refuses, for example, to believe that those from other, more traditional cultures, for example, do not share his opinions about the world — most especially that traditional constraints and duties are bad.

“Spiritually,” when he finds something that challenges or contradicts his beliefs in one holy book he simply turns to another, or to some cliche, to explain it away. “All religions are about peace,” so Jihad (the “lesser Jihad”), Krishna instructing his disciple to fight in battle, even the Berserker warriors of Odin, cannot be what they appear to be. After all, didn’t Jesus say something about turning the other cheek?

With good reason, war is a common metaphor in religion. Life is not easy. To cultivate ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually requires constant struggle, constant vigilance against our own self that makes excuses for us, and it requires perseverance. We are at war with our weaknesses.

This is not a popular path.

Friends disappear. Lovers disappear. Beliefs disappear. Yet, accepting this, though one may have started out disadvantaged, there is nothing that cannot be achieved if we persist long enough.

Only after we have gone further than we once imagined we could will we find the conviction to keep going. And, if we are lucky, we will be joined by a few comrades along the way.

Practitioner of esoteric spirituality, Dharma, and martial arts, Angel Millar is also an author of books on Freemasonry, the occult, and Islam. His writing has also been published by The Journal of Indo-European Studies and New Dawn magazine, among others.
Practitioner of esoteric spirituality, Dharma, and martial arts, Angel Millar is also an author of books on Freemasonry, the occult, and Islam. His writing has also been published by The Journal of Indo-European Studies and New Dawn magazine, among others.

2 thoughts on “Daily Meditation: The War of the Spirit

  1. I’ve just discovered your site. It really is excellent – practical, perceptive spirituality, grounded in a proper understanding of Traditional thought. Just what’s required in the West at the moment.

    Keep up the good work. You are acting as lantern bearers – protecting, nurturing and fanning the Sacred Flame.

    All the very best,

    John (UK)

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  2. Would that the Divine did not favor me so much, for S/He raises new and higher mountains each time I crest a triumphant peak, and pretends to ignore me whenever I cry out that this time! it’s too much. S/He brings to my attention reminders of the many others who, enduring real suffering, have travelled unimaginably higher, deeper, closer, without all the complaining I indulge in. Those who have joyfully danced up mountains my soul quakes to merely conceive.

    Hopes of companionship raised and dashed again as each, one by one, is mysteriously diverted, or wheels on me with pointed feedback on how I’m still getting it wrong. They’re right.

    Humbled and demoralized, cognizant of a fresh crop of darkness within me that must be healed and transformed (such a tiny plot, truly, fresh shame that I complain, that I still seek escape from the work which simply must be done). I finally resolve once again: Begin.

    Peter Kingsley writes: “To get there was simple. You walk until you reach the limit of your ability and there is no way you could possibly go any further. Then you start walking.”

    Thank you for the kick in the tush, Angel. Writing this, remembrance comes. Guess it’s time to sweep up the confetti from my latest pity party, and Begin again. One day, inshallah, our triumph will be lasting.

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