August 14th

The true warrior believes that an empty mind is a precious resource. Tranquillity, calmness, peace, and serenity are states of an empty mind, and with an empty mind comes the strength and the power to embrace that which unfolds in front of you. With an empty mind, you possess clarity of thinking, as you are not distracted with turmoil, like the proverbial doubleminded man.

The double-minded man is a person who has doubts, is thinking about two different things at the same time, and so can’t make up his mind about anything. (See James 1:8 in the New Testament for further clarification.)

How does the true warrior keep an empty mind? The simple path is visual meditation. Imagine a line drawn around your skull, just above your eyes. Imagine that your skull is hollow and empty. Now imagine filling your skull with clear blue water, level with that line around your head. Now concentrate on the surface of that water and realize that thoughts are waves and that your job is to make the waves diminish until the water is perfectly calm and flat, without a single ripple on the surface. That is your goal—flat calm, still water.

True warriors know the art of the empty mind, and that it allows them to see the truth of that which is in front of them. It has been said that the truth will set you free, so being able to more frequently discern the truth is a good thing.

You are warriors. If you create an empty mind, you will see the true path … and on that path, you will gain your destination with far less difficulty and strife in your life. So it has been written.