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  • Writer's pictureMaria Vandenburg

Stepping out as a Warrior of the Human Spirit

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

I just tuned in to one of my favorites, Kathianne Lewis, DDS, the Spiritual Director of Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle. She had a Sunday "conversation" with us about the collective journey we find ourselves on in moving from Me to We. What struck a really deep chord was when she talked about how the "we hurts when any 'me' hurts."

Her talk can be found here:


I have found myself reflecting on this quite a bit lately as well, I wrote a whole blog on how to love someone is to take them on as yourself.

She made quite a few really good points this morning, but the one that jumped out the most was her call for all of us to step out of warriors of the human spirit: warriors where the weapons are love, kindness, generosity, and compassion. Weapons of love that is balanced by insight.

Part of the Insight she talked about is to celebrate the wins. Kathianne used the examples of protests (how there have been over 4,000 demonstrations around the world in the last few months), and the waking of the human spirit. That collectively on the planet, we are waking up to the fact that enough is enough, to use her words "enough of the otherness and separation that fosters superiority."

She talked about six steps that we can take to be Warriors of the Human Spirit, so we can let go and allow for transformation and healing

  1. We don't go back to sleep. We can't expect things to go back to the way they were before, we are in the process of creating a new reality, a new earth, one that lives in unity

  2. We stay in the process. Or as I'm used to thinking about it, we "trust the process." no matter how messy or uncomfortable that process can be.

  3. We don't think we know how things should be. I love what Kathianne said here, she said "God always has a better idea than I do." Whether the term you identify with is "God," or "Jesus" or the "Universe" or my "Higher Self" you get the point, it's so comforting to me when I can shift and get to the space of realizing that I don't have to have it figured out, I'm not meant to have it figured out

  4. We allow ourselves to be lead by inspiration not desperation

  5. We ask ourselves who we are choosing to be in this moment. This also ties into the intention that I personally set for myself a few weeks ago after tuning into a call with Michel Beckwith (his talk can be found here) and Kathianne re-iterated this morning: I want to show up as the best version of myself that I can be.

  6. We assume that we are here for a mighty reason. I've heard this quite a bit recently that we were born for this moment in time, we choose to be here, now, and I honestly believe that. There is a reason we are on this planet right now, there is a reason that you are tuning into my words and this message.

Today is also father's day in the US, where I am currently writing to you from. Today has always been a bit emotionally hard on me as I have never known my biological father, or really had any male figure in my life growing up (although I dearly love my mother who stepped in to play both roles for me). It's been especially tough for me right now as I'm being asked to move from "me to we," it is showing up with my trust of the masculine, and with the male figures in my life.

It's like there are so many levels to this all, my own personal relationships, how I feel it collectively, the intensity of the eclipse/the new moon/and the solstice. This current moment in time feels incredibly powerful and potent. It strongly feels like I (we) are being called to unite with our views of "the other," to realize that there really is no separation between me and you, there never has been, we have just been living under the illusion that there is.

It seems to be about consciously connecting to that fact, one step and one breathe at a time and trusting in ourselves and in our "God/Universe/Higher Self/Whatever Name Resonates with You" that we are all exactly where we are meant to be, doing exactly what we are meant to do, and in the exact moment we are meant to have.

I love you all.

I hope your current moment finds you with ease and grace, but if it does not, that is OK as well, you are exactly where you are meant to be and I love you just as you are.


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