I am giving birth to the warrior now in Level 2 Shambhala. How profound that I would be birthing the warrior on Mother’s Day weekend.
My first experience giving birth lead to the emergence of a truly magnificent soul named Changa Bavu Mukasa. His name means iron-like force and he emerged as just that. I will always remember how he arrived, with a long introduction and much fanfare. My water broke at 7 months and as I sat in the hospital for another 7 days waiting for his arrival, I wondered who is this person. He came down the birth canal with an attitude and when they laid him on the table beside me, he looked up at his father and me with a look of “oh, so you’re the ones I got!”
Thus proceeded the journey of a warrior into listening and hearing. We all had our hearing faculties at the time. Little did we know what was to come. Changa lost most of his hearing over a year later due to meningitis. It was fitting that the logo for his namesake CHANGA is an African Zulu warrior. When we gave birth to CHANGA (Collective Housing and New Growth Alternatives) we had no idea what would happen or where it would lead us. We just wanted to promote deaf-friendly housing. It gave birth to a whole movement that others are promoting now and bringing forth new living spaces that serve the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing. Thank you Changa for inspiring the creation of this grand idea in our lives. We weren’t the first to attempt it, but in the age of the Internet, we were probably the first to give it more light.
The warrior is being born anew in me this weekend. It signals a movement into a new realm of healing, growth and transformation. There is much to be healed through working with contentment, joy, fearlessness and wisdom. I salute all those on the path with me. It takes great courage to birth the warrior. Having to sit with all that arises, acknowledging and accepting. No fighting is required. Non-resistance is a key tool of the warrior. Realizing that all that comes up to challenge you is for you, for your growth, for your healing. The warrior knows that whatever is needed in every situation is contained within it. There is no need to bring the moving van, just an open set of eyes and ears, an open heart.
In some Native American tribes, the young brave went off on a spirit quest to sit with whatever arose, acknowledging and accepting. He faced his fears and moved through them. I learned that fearlessness is not about the absence of fear. It’s facing fear and moving beyond it. We can’t have fearlessness without fear. Just as there’s always a little nugget of sadness in all our joy. Birthing of a warrior is what’s required of an individual. Birthing of a warrior is what’s required of a people to survive and thrive.
May you be happy. May you be free from suffering. May you be at peace. May you be brave and give birth to a warrior. As always, please like this and share it with your friends. Come sit with me at JaniceWoody.com for more on wellness and graceful aging. Here’s to your Lifetime Health!