THE MUTUALITY WARRIOR: The Person Best Prepared to Survive and Experience Meaning in Survival
By Uriah J. Fields
To my paternal grandfather,
my first Warrior, who influenced
my own life more than any other
single person, and to all people
everywhere who yearn to be free,
happy and have peace.
Pledge of the Mutuality Warrior
I lift my right hand against destructiveness. I extend my left hand in caring. With my right hand I confront fear opposed greed, deflate egoism, challenge laziness, disarm the abuser, expose the manipulator and deprive the parasite.These are seven destroyers of life. With my left hand I administer compassion, embrace intimacy, engage in play, express uniqueness, bestow praise, inspire oneness and give all to love. These are seven "enhancers" of life. In this full life stance I am; I know; I feel; I do. I am being the knowing, the feeling, the doing.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Peparation
A. Awareness: Of Yourself and the Way of the
1. The Human condition and the Need for Mutuality Warriors 19
2. The Paths of Power 23
3. Mutuality: The Full Life Process 26
4. The Synthesis-Synopsis Paths of Power 31
B. The Practium: A Mutuality Warrior Intern
5. Stand Inviolate in Your Uniqueness 54
6. Discernment and Wisdom 57
7. Balance and Alignment 61
8. A Mutuality Warrior's Peace Instruments 65
9. The Fulness of Life 72
10. A Mutuality Warrior's Robes 76
Part Two: The Song
The Journey 81
Full Life Process Songs
Who are You Mutuality Warrior? 104
My Dear Friend We Welcome You 106
Come on and Celebrate 109
You Have the Healing Power 112
Coming Home to Africa 114
O Mutuality Warrior, Lift your Right
Hand Against Destructiveness 119
The Mutualtiy Warrior's Song 124
Praise, Praise, Praise 127
Goodbye for Now 132
Epilogue: Warriorship and You 136
Epigraphs Describing the Parameters of Mutuality
I have come that men may have life,and have it in al it's fullness. - Jesus
They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid. -Micah
First of all, although men have a common destiny, each individual also has to work out his own personal salavation for himself in fear and trembling. We can help one another to find the meaning of life no doubt. But in the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for 'finding himself.' If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence. You cannot tell me who I am, and I cannot tell you who you are. If you do not know your own identity, who is going to identify you? - Thomas Merton
Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in partricular as long as you have your own life. - Henry James
But where was I to start? The world is so vast, I shall start with the country I know best, my own. But my country is so very large. I had better start with my town. But my town, too, is large. I had best start with my street. No: my home. No: my family. Never mind, I shall start wtih myself. - Elie Wiesel
And now am I their song. - Job
This book is about "a way of being." Since there is more than a single way of being we have no intention of denying their existence or evaluating them. The way of being presented in this volume has the distinction of being unique in that it conforms to the twofold nature of man and his environment. Being an ecological approach its focus is on man and his relationsihip to his world, with primary emphasis on the maximization of harmony between the two. "Toward being a Mutuality Warrior" is a more particularized way of expressing this adventful lifestyle. With conviction, the author categorically declares that the present condition of human existence makes it imperative that he say to his fellow-human beings that becoming Mutuality Warriors is the way they can best demonstrate that they really care about themselves and others.
What can be called the "refrain" of the Song of Creation procalimed at the end of each day of Creation following the first day is: "And God saw that it was good," except for the last day when it became, "It was very good." Today, aeons and ages later, good remains in the world and it is, in part the goodness of man who was the "Masterpiece of Creation." But there is evil -- madness and badness in the world and it is threatening to overcome good and prevail. The evidence is nearly everywhere. The human race is beset by problems and not least among them is man's inhumanity to man which occurs on a grandiose scale unparalleled in all human history. Human destructiveness brought on by drug abuse, violence, poverty (often in the midst of affluence), homelessness, blatant and sometimes vicious immorality, pollution and political corruption make it unmistakably clear, to all who can see, that we are in a crucible which an increasng number of people feel we cannot extricate ourselves from. Can we survive? Hopelessness which is causing some people to self-destruct, even to commit sucide; some by sudden termination of life and others by extended dying, particularly induced by drugs and psychological stress indicates that survival without meaning ultimately becomes nonsurvival.
Given the existing condition of human existence it appears that only Mutuality Warriors can reverse the direction we are headed and bring about a restoration and, maybe, a transformation,of man and his world. Scientists, phyhsicians, lawyers, teachers, ministers, soldiers and oher specialists, as well as non-specialists, do not have the power or the methodology of a committed lifestyle to deal effectively with the overall human comntiion. As a matter of fact, these people are much too often, a part of the problem. They do not have the discipline, compassion or self-independence that are necessary for bringng about a drastic change in individuals and society. Even a soldier is lacking in many of the most rudimentary qualities possesed by the Mutuality Warrior. The soldier is automatized and incapable of functioning alone with the same degree of effetiveness that he can when regimented. The Mutuaituy Warrior functions effectively alone, is self-directed, and unlike the soldier, is propelled from within rather than by external forces. A Mutuality Warrior must never be referred to as a soldier or visa versa, for that matter.
At this stage in man's evolution and dehumanizatioin only Mutuality Warriors are capable of restoring, reclaiming and establishing peace with freedom -- to reverse the present course so that the direction will be toward equity which is essential for peace. There can be peace only when it coexist with p-i-e-c-e. Who else other than Mutuality Warriors can take back the streets and power centers which have been taken over by those who prey, often and in the most vicious manner, on those who seek peace? Who else other than Mutuality Warriors can demonstate that those in the underclass are more honorable and worthy of respect than millionaires? Who else but Mutuality Warriors can confront power and dethrone political power? The answer is: nobody but Mutuality Warriors?
Even if you do not become a Mutualtiy Warrior reading this book will enable you to have a better quality of life --- to become a more fulfilled and happier person.
Although many persons and circumstances have contributed to the production of this saga of a Mutuality Warrior, and I graciously extend to them my thanks, my preeminent gratitude and adoration I give to the Nameless One, known by many names, all insufficient, Who gave to me this revelation which you have an opportunity to vicariously experience by reading this book, and by practicing what it reveals become the person you were meant to be. - Uriah J. Fields
We cannot avoid
Cannot escape the compulsion
to afflict the world,
So let us, cautious in diction
And mighty in contradiction,
- Martin Buber,
from "Power and Love"
And I heard the voice of the Lord
saying, "Whom shall I send, and
who will go for us?" Then I said,
"Here I am! Send me." -Isiah
Throughout the world today there is the echo and re-echo of desperation. Sometimes it is "quite desperation," but more often it is expressed in self-denial, dugging of body and mind displaced and randomly mis-oriented violence and revolution. This is evidence that the human race is in a survival crisis. It is not just another crisis; it is a life and death situation with far-reaching implications for the human race as a whole. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken and the shaking is increasing before our very eyes. There is a manifested helplessness. But are we?
Obviously, man has the capacity, if not the will to respond with effectiveness to this moment of desperation which threatens his very existence. To be sure, the challenge is great. There is a "mean spirit" in our world and like a contagious virus it has and continues to spread like wildfire. It has now reached epidemic proportion. In the face of this, "What can we do?" That's the question this book answers. It says, we can do it --survive, and live in freedom and have peace. And ordinary people who can become extraordinary will have to take responsibility for their survival and, in a community-sense, that of others as well. We are in this together, whether we recognize it or not. We are caught up in an inescapable network of aggregational togetherness which has the potential to become a network of mutuality.
Isiah was quite ordinary. As a matter of fact, he had said, prior to volunteering to go, in response to the Lord's call for someone to go, "Woe is me!" For I am undone." He recognized that he was lost, but he felt imbued with a "sense of misison," and he had conviction that he--just one--could make a difference.
Careful observation of the present condition which is trying men's souls as never before, reveals that only Mutuality Warriors possess the awareness, sufficiency, skill and is able to make a commitment, i.e., embrace a way of life which can adequately respond to the reality of the human predicament. To be a Mutuality Warrior does not mean that a person cannot be engaged in various kinds of employment and services. In our discussion on "Paths of Power" we have stated that the Teacher, the Healer, the Joker and the Warrior paths of power are inextricably linked so that they are one. For at times the Mutuality Warrior must be all four. But the Mutuality Warrior as the reader will recognize, is not merely a teacher or healer, he is "something more" and that "something more" is what you are being summoned to become.
We are not at the point where we can offer non-violence, violence, religion, education, economics, government or love as the instruments for deliverance--survival, freedom and peace.
We must prepare and offer Mutuality Warriors and the time to do that is now. Only Mutuality Warriors, we must repeat over and over again, will save us from ourselves. We are set on destroying ourselves. That's what exploitation, oppressiveness and man's inhumanity to man, in general, are all about. But the Mutuality Warrior who takes no delight in extravagance and hoarding and who is free of a "consciousness of scarcity" which plagues the masses is able and wiling to execute his mission and be the guardian and dominionist man was created to be.The Creator gave him dominon over the earth.
Since my discovery of Mutuality, over a quarter of a century ago, I have endeavored to find a term that would appropriately describe a person whose life conforms to the Mutuality philosophy. I had been unsuccessful, until my research led me to the Warrior. I found a Warrior to be a Mutuality practitioner at heart. He meets two of the essential reqirements in this regard: (1) being inner-directed he manifests a presence that is a Magna Carta of his own uniqueness, and (2) he acts responsibly as he responds situationally to life inviolate of goodness, beauty and truth.
This book is not just a discourse on philosophy. It is a guidebook, a training manuel and a Bible, which can show the reader how to become a restorer of goodness by being a transformer.
In Part One, "The Preparation," the focus is on how to achieve, or more correctly, how to discover, power and how to apply it in victorious living. Awareness and the practium that involve an internship are keys in the preparation of the Mutuality Warrior.
Part Two, "The Song," is the story of "The Journey" rhythmically expressed with crescendo cadences of a Mutuality Warrior. Here, the Warrior is living the life that makes a difference and enjoying it.
The Appendix consists of songs, both lyrics and melodies, sung by the Mutualty Warroir while on "The Journey."
I enjoin you to partake liberally of the offering that awaits you when you read "THE MUTUALITY WARRIOR: The Person Best Prepared to Survive and Experience Meaning in Survival."
A. Awareness Of Yourself and the Way of the Mutuality Warrior
THE HUMAN CONDITION AND THE
NEED FOR MUTUALITY WARRIORS
God give us people to match our times,
to face the challenges of existence, to
defeat the forces of human destructiveness,
to live life in all its fullness.
Give us Mutuality Warriors who demonstrate
love-power, inspire others to become Mutuality
Warriors and exercise presence that impacts
humankind in such a way that the practice of
community becomes the dominant lifestyle
everywhere that presence is felt-- a presence
which sometimes exists when the Mutuality
Warrior himself is invisible.
Oh Mutuality Warrior! Oh Mutuality Warrior!
You are God's gift, chosen and directed to
be fully human and do the work that only a
Mutuality Warrior can do. Go for it Mutuality
Warrior! Now is the time!. Express yourself!
You are a Mutuality Warrior!
The human race is faced with h challenge of a humjan race-lifetime. It is the challenge of existence.Ca nwe survive? Cnwe find meaning insurvival? The Crator gae huans dominion over th eerth and all its resources,inclujding self-rule.Despite the collective consciusness of th huiman race we have not demonstrated a willingness to live in a human socity. We forge ahead, in spite of ourselves, to taht crucial and pivotal pooint whre we can ake a quantum leap tht wil usher in the transformatin of man and his world.
Not in all history has man been so vulnerable and doom-intrigued as he is now. The possibility that he will destory himself is real and it could happen without nuclear war. Pollution and hopelessness are among the myriad causes that are no less a threat to human desturcivenes than nuclear war. Restlessness and meaninglessness, so prevalent in our society, can no longer be considered mere alienation. Indeed, man has abandoned himself and the next logical step for him to take is self-annihilation. But he has acted illogically before, so, just maybe, his illogical behavior this time around will catapult him into the potential obit. Because of the collective consciousness of the human race there exists heightened consciousness which makes it possible for man to emulate the phoenix bird that rose out of its ashes. Man can rise from his shadowy existence as the "masterpiece" he was created to be.
Survival of the human race rests with that illuminati-like people known as Mutuality Warriors. Unlike othrr peoplr the Mutuality Warrior is capable and willing to be in chage of himself and the earth. He is involved and committed to creative living. The condition of our environment requires application of an ecological approach to the human condition. Just as a soldier is the most appropriate person to confront enemies on the battlefield, in time of war, a Mutuality Warrior is the best quaified and most competent person to confront forces of human destructiveness in society. In the name of accuracy let us make it calear that a soldier and a Mutuality Warrior are not synonymous terms. A Mutuality Warrior should not, to repeat, be called a soldier or visa versa, even though, at times, he may become engaged in physical combat. During such confrontation he applies skills and uses powers that are not available to a soldier, though a General he may be. The Mutualtiy Warrior, unlike the soldier, acts in response to an internal, rather than external, command. And, even when engaged in an endaevor with other Mutuality Warriors he chooses each step he takes, in the same manner he chose and continues to choose himself. A Mutuality Warrior canont be any man's disciple or devotee. Equally as important he will not be anyone's leader. Even his teaching is, for the most part, by precepts and examples, rather than any direct attempt to teach.
The Mutuality Warrior assists, rather than helps. This is a clear indication that he has no intention of taking responsibility from anybody or for anybody other than for himself. He would consider doing otherwise to be irresponsible. Without the Mutuallity Warrior no restoration or transformation of man and his environment is possible.
The Mutuality Warrior is a person who possesses power and he knows how to use it in creating, nurturing and protecting the gifts and resources of planet earth. He uses his power to enhance the quality of life for himself, other, and the environment. We call him a "Mutuality Warrior" because he adheres to and practices the naturalistic Full Life Process philosophy discovered by Uriah J. Fields, known as "Mutuality." (The Mutuality concept will be discussed in detail later).
The power that the Mutuality Warrior posseses is love-power, and it is the strongest power in the universe. It is the only solution to the problem of human existence. Love-power, rather than love is used so that it will be less likely that the reader will succumb to the same temptation as those who view love as being weak. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. This writer feels that it is also incumbent upon him to point out that love is not enough, but it sure helps a lot. Love-power is what we do that is good and right. Power is the ability to cause or permit change, and there are only two kinds of power, namely, spirutual power and political power. Spiritual power is inner-power and political power is external power. Political power is primarily coercive and manipulative. Spiritual power is good and health-oriented. Obviously, spiritual power is the strongest of the two. Love-power is either the embodiment of, or it is embodied in, spiritual power.
THE PATHS OF POWER
To every man there openeth
A Way, and Ways, and a Way,
And the High Soul climbs the High Way,
And the Low Soul groupes the Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro,
But to every man there openeth
a High Way and a Low,
And every man decideth
The way his soul shall go.
The ways of power are many, especially as far as the nuances of their expression are concerned. Here, no attempt is being made to limit or fit the various expressions of power into one true path or include within our teaching every conceivable means of travel. Our primary focus is on the Mutuality Wariror path, but the student cannot knowledgeably discuss or choose that path, until he familiarizes himself with three other paths of power.
Our purpose and task in this discourse are to inspire disciplined ttaining which is designed to enable the Warrior-to-be to get in touch with his inner-power so he can become rrady, able and willing to exercise that power outwardly with clarity, purpose, discisiveness and joy. In order to acheive this objective or, perhaps more correctly, be in the flow, we have focused the training in four primary areas: the Teacher, the Healer, the Joker and the Warrior paths of power. Power is directed and utilized purposefully and with intentionality. When applied by the Mutuality Warrior it is a force for good rather than evil. There is an evilness or weakness in powerlessness.
As we continue our discussion it will become appaent to the reader that these four paths of power are interrrelated closely, so that a master of one, espeically a Warrior, functions competently within the others.The Mutuality Warrior must learn the basic knowledge and wisdom that is found in these disciplines. In time, he will be able to refine his training and specialize, so to speak, in one or possibly two of these areas, based on his particular endowments and commitment to the Full Life Porcess. The Mutuality Warrior is to be constantly aware of the fact that his talents are gifts from the Master of the universe. With this awareness he acknowledes the Creator in all his endeavors and possesses a sense of the oneness of the Creator and himself.
Beyond this introductory statement, there is much more to be said about "The paths of power," and we propose to explore them subsequently in our discussion.
"Mutuality," a concept which the reader may be unfamiliar with or have only a limited knowledge about, is the philosophy which undergirds the Mutuality Warrior's training, hence, the Mutuality Warrior's development and livingness, particularly his employment, or expression, or power. Threfore, it is vital for us to discuss in some detail, the Mutuality philosophy before elucidating further on the Teacher, the Healer, the Joker and the Warrior paths.This detour has profound merit and, even for readers who may not become Mutuality Warriors, possessing a knowledge of the Mutuality philosophy will definitely prove to be beneficial. In applying the Mutuality philosoplhy to lviing a person expereinces more living in his life and more life in his living, both quantitatively and qualitatively. He becomes more accepting orf growing responsibilites, including taking responsibility for his own happiness while simultaneously discovering more meaning and experiencing more joy in living. Translated this means perpetual aliveness.
For those who will become Mutuality Wariors the discussion on Mutuality will serve as a paradigm for powrr ss they pursue training, develop skills and acquire power or, more correctly, discover the power within. It will also introduce them to the Full Life Process which has been the way--the Hight Way---of the Masters and potentail-functioning people in every age. It will also enable the individual Mutuality Warrior student to know that he can make a Mutuality difference.
We shall now focus our attention "Mutuality." Afterward, we willl return to our discussion on the "paths of power" under the caption, "synthesis-synopsis of the paths of power."
Mutuality: The Full LIfe Process
Mutuality, in essence, is the concept of
man as a responsible being, with
his own happiness as both the
practical and ultimate purpose of his life,
with empathy ever-pesent for others,
with creastive expression as his noblest
activity, and love as his only absolute.
(Love is the good we do and it alone
when well served is always good
and right in every situation.)
Since I discovered and embraced Mutuality, while still in my twenties, I have never changed any of the fundamentals about this concept. Of course, I have expanded my knowledge of details, of specific issues, definitions, of applcations -- and intend to continuie expanding it.
"Mutuality," a naturalistic Full Life Process philosophy, was discoveed by his writer while he was on a seven-year search in pursuit of an alternative to integration. It began while he was involved as a civil rights activist in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and ended successfully in 1963. He discovered that Mutuality is, indeed, the only viable response to, and solution for, the race problem (racism) but more than that, that it is the higher consciousness response to total living, including all kinds of relationships which engender meaning in life and promote personal fullfillment. Included in these are: parent-child relationships, man-woman relationships, teacher-student relationships, minister-parishioner relationships, employer-employee relationships, firiend-friend relationships and nation-nation relationships. As revealed in the Full Life Process, Mutuality is livingness, but not just biological livingness. "Soul" or "essence" may be other recognitions of what it means.
In Mutuality there are seven principles which we call Mutuality principles and two procedures employed in the application of Mutuality called Mutuality methods. Both these principles and methods of Mutuality correspond to the naturalness of man and his heallth-producing ecological relationship to the Cosmos which includes, but is not limited to, his environment. These Mutuality methods embrace eclecticism and may be employed, depending on the "situation specific," separately or together. Below is a description of each of these principles and methods of Mutuality.
1. Responsiblity... is the condition whch exists when accountability is accepted for being human, i.e., being animal and divine. This means choosing oneself. The responsible person is the determinant of his own life, a "doer" rather than an object "done-to."
2. Freedom... is choosing and doing what one wants to do while taking responsibility for his choice and action, regardless to the outcome. Freedom rests with economic, inellectual and moral conditions but is highly personal, social redeeming and destiny-prescribed.
3. Love-Power... is an inner-drive or soul-force which propels a person to be and do good. It is unconditional, cannot be negated, and impacts both the lover and the one loved. Love is the strongest power and greatest wonder in the universe.
4. Creativeness... is a state of consciousness that exists when a person is being peculiarly himself while spontaneously releasing creative talents - physical, mental and spiritual endowments. It is personality-oriented rather than achaevement-oriented. The releasing process, not the porduct produced or how, or if, that product will be used defines and denotes creativeness. Even if that product is not known to anyone other than the person who produced it, he is nonetheless creative..
5. Self-Transcendence... is the effortless reach or faith-leap which extends beyond heredity and environment, cause and effect, and "creature" response existence. It is the God-consciousness which produces health and salvation that are transcendent of heredity and environment and perpetually transforming.
6. Commitment... is the exercise of fatith in matters of ultimate concern. It is, in paraphrase, the statement, "This I am, this I know, this I feel, this I do. I am being the knowing, the feeling and the doing. It is standing by the choice made."
7. Enjoyment.. is delight which is more stupendous and rapturous than the thrill that comes from pleasure, satisfaction or happiness that might come form temperament and favoring circumstance. It is soul-rejoicing that comes from being in alignment with one's inner environment, i.e., vertical alignment with the Infinite. At such time the flood gates of the soul are opened and the waters of delight gush forth in orgasmic exhilaration.
1. Dynamic InsistEnce... is spirited assertiveness or creative flowing which conforms to both naturalness and reality. It means being positive rather than negative, on the offensive rather than on kthe defensive, acting rather than reacting, insisting rather than resisting, and cause rather than effect. It is an attitude which embodies gratitude, fortitude, altitude, latitude, magnitude and rectitude in the affecting and promoting of vicissitude.
2. Altruistic pragmatism... is a theory or doctrine which affirms that whatever works is good, providing the good of the other person or persons is put on even par with that of the doer. This is like asking "What can I do in my interest when I consider the other person's interest as being equal to my own interest?" Altruistic pragmatism is the recognition that good and right have no basis or validity apart form altruism and pragmatism.
Because it will be necessary for some people to enter "Psychomutuality" before they are able to become earnest students of Mutuality and since others can accelerate their mastery of the understanding of Mutuality as well as improve their health by engaging in it, the writer feels that it is incumbent upon him to introduce Psychomutuality before leaving the discussion on Mutuality.
Psychomutuality is a therapeutic procedure rooted in the principles of Mutualtiy and it deals with the disvovery or recovery of personality wholeness. It is love-therapy at work in the empathy-directed relationship arising from the expressed need to work through difficulties by means of love and understanding, which enables the client (not patient) to assume growing responsibilities and live a more satisfying and fulfilling life. In Psychomutuality each client is encouraged to arrive at his own solution to the problem of his own existence. On this essence issue there can be no "big brother," "papa," or "Uncle Sam" determining who you are or taking care of you. At best, these may assist you, and they are not the most desirable or preferred candidates to aid the person who would be self-sufficient, or at least concerned about being in charge of his own life. Although that solution, though highly individual, it cannot be egocentric because a person by nature has a basic need for life-enhancing mutual relations with other people. Therefore, if the values the individual lives by are to have meaning, they must not only be personally satisfying but also socially healthy. Psychomutuality, like Mutuality, is a way of improving the biography or maybe we could say autobiography, of the person.
Every person, movement or system has a philosophy. Ideas and ideologies, be they relevant or irrelevant, motivate individuals and ideas, be they constructive or destructive, manipule and direct the course of or control individuals or groups. This is no less true for the Mutuality Warrior, notwithstanding his balance and alignment posturing. This is a fact of life: as the philosopjy of a person or a society goes so goes that person or that society. Application of the naturalistic Full Life Process philosophy of Mutuality produces healthy individuals and can, if it impacts a significant portion of the population, create a healthy communtiy--the ultimate community.
Copyright 1990 - 2009 by Uriah J. Fields