A Warrior’s Creed


The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes… The warrior is hooked only to infinity.- Carlos Castaneda (from Tales of Power)
I have no parents – I make the heavens and earth my parents.
I have no home – I make awareness my home.
I have no life or death – I make the tides of breathing my life and death.
I have no divine power – I make honesty my divine power.
I have no means – I make understanding my means.
I have no magic secrets – I make character my magic secret.
I have no body – I make endurance my body.
I have no eyes – I make the flash of lightning my eyes.
I have no ears – I make sensibility my ears.
I have no limbs – I make promptness my limbs.
I have no strategy – I make ‘unshadowed thought’ my strategy.
I have no designs – I make ‘seizing opportunity by the forelock’ my design.
I have no miracles – I make right-action my miracles.
I have no principles – I make adaptability to all circumstances my principles.
I have no tactics – I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.
I have no talents – I make ready wit my talent.
I have no friends – I make my mind my friend.
I have no enemy – I make carelessness my enemy.
I have no armor – I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.
I have no castle – I make immovable-mind my castle.
I have no sword – I make absence of self my sword.
-Anonymous Samurai, 14th century

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