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"Life offers us the opportunity to become a Spiritual Warrior.
A Warrior is one who bravely goes into those dark areas within themselves to ferret out the Truth of being.
It takes great courage, stamina and endurance to become a Spiritual Warrior.

The path is narrow, the terrain rough and rocky.
You will walk alone; through the dark caves, up those steep climbs and through the dense thick forest.
You will meet your dark side The faces of fear, deceit, and sadness all await your arrival.

No one can take this journey but you.
There comes a time, in each of our lives, when we are given the choice to follow this path.
Should we decide to embark on this journey, we can never turn back... our lives are changed forever.
On this journey, there are many different places we can choose to slip into and hide. But the path goes on.
The Spiritual Warrior stays the course, wounded at times, exhausted and out of energy. Many times, the Warrior will struggle back to their feet to take only a few steps before falling again.

Rested, they forge on, continuing the treacherous path.
The journey continues. The Spiritual Warrior stays the course. Weakened, but never broken.
One day, the battle, loneliness and desperate fights are over. The sun breaks through the clouds, the birds begin to sin their sweet melodies. There is a change in the energy. A deep change within the self.

The warrior has fought the courageous fight.
The battle of the dark night of the soul is won.
New energy now fills the Warrior.
A new path is now laid before them.
A gentler path filled with the inner-knowing of one who
has personal empowerment.

With their personal battle won, they are filled with joy. A new awareness that they are one with the Spirit beams as they go forth to show others the way.
They are not permitted to walk the path for others.
They can only love, guide and be a living example
of the Truth of their being."

--- NAVAJO NATION prayer

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