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I Do Not Seek War, But Dappled Light

I see dappled light and go to rest in it. I am fierce, when needed. I live a warrior's life, so know to seek peace when at all possible. There’s glory in war, but I do not seek war, only the glory that is mine for fighting well. I ignore petty jibes of a would-be warrior who long for fights to distract himself from his own poor stature of spirit. Or who antagonize others in hopes of stealing their position or their goods.

When I fight, I fight with clear conscience, and so can be ruthless in my tactics and my aim. I long for the day when I never fight again. But it will not happen until I reside in the Western Isle. This life has demanded I be a warrior though, in fact, I don’t have a warrior nature. I am a healer, a spiritual guide, a pagan artisan, a Faerie poet, a sensual baker, a gardener. I honed my fighting skills, studying with masters, to protect my healing work, my tribe, my culture, my hearth, and my herbs. 

After battle, I revel in flowers that rain down on me in victory parades; I laugh, hugging the bard who improvises songs about my feats; and I boast of my prowess, pointing out my numbers and bravery. So I recognize when a claim of ferocity is not honest warrior bragging, but frightened posing by someone who may not even realize he feels powerless. I honor his fears, and might even protect him. But I recognize the danger: He will be quick to lash out at supposed injury or non-existent threat. Yes, I ignore his petty jibes; I ignore his antagonizing.
 
I see dappled light and find peace in it. Goddess, bless me.
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a1sx2_Thumbnail1_image.jpgI am not a pacifist, but a warrior who prefers peace. Over decades—and lifetimes—of battle, I evolved a warrior philosophy for my personal use. The above piece represents part of it. To learn more of this philosophy and related battle skills, take the Third Road Spiritual Warrior class. To be notified when the class happens, sign up for my newsletter at www.stardrenched.com

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Francesca De Grandis, AKA Outlaw Bunny, authored the classic text "Be a Goddess!" Founder of Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis explains, "I'm a non-theist, pantheist pagan serving Goddess. Mother and all my Gods, thank you." Ecstatic paradox. Bard, painter, spiritual innovator, Whedon fan, middle management for Chaos Gods, and busy elf, she also blogs, including on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    "I see dappled light and find peace in it."

    That's such a lovely statement. I love this piece. I think that I am not a warrior in terms of physical battle but I am in terms of intellectual. I no longer engage in battle easily. I'm harder to bait. :D

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    Arwen, thank you. Yes, like you, my battles are not physical, and I get harder and harder to bait. Have a peaceful day, my dear. Thanks for reading this.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    Arwen, thank you. Yes, like you, my battles are not physical, and I get harder and harder to bait. Have a peaceful day, my dear. Thanks for reading this.

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    A lovely expression, as always. I keep telling myself that I am not a warrior but a pacifist; since the 60's I have hated everything to do with war. And yet, I am an implacable advocate for my wife's healthcare and a vociferous declaimer against any unfairness or neglect of her. So, like you, I feel that the need to fight will never disappear in this lifetime. May Goddess bless us both with as much peaceful, dappled light as possible.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 14 May 2014

    Ted, thank you for both your supportive feedback and the sharing of your own personal experience. Your experience embodies the spirit of my post. Blessings on your day, my dear.

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