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Impeccability of the Warrior

on May 21, 2012

 The following article is taken directly from the website:    It is a website about Toltec teachings, about which it says:

“This approach to life is non-dogmatic, helps people to find their own answers, and seeks to unite by revealing the richnesses that lie within our diversity.”


To seek out the disciplined and skilled ways of the hunter is the only true honour we may rightfully claim, and to seek the impeccability of the hunter’s spirit is the only possible justification for our existence.

The impeccability of a warrior does not allow him to become obsessed with the possible outcome of his actions. Winning or losing is not in any way his concern – he is merely absorbed in the challenge of the moment. To become obsessed is to lose control, something a warrior cannot afford to do, for a warrior must be calm and always keep his wits about him.

“Time is the essence of impeccability. It is only the sense of mortality which engenders in man the desire to act impeccably.”

In observing warriors one can easily be led to believe that they are extremely self-confident people. However, it should be realised that there is an enormous difference between what man generally terms self-confidence and the deeper implications of the term. This term is important in that it clarifies the difference between two distinct concepts, namely impeccability and perfection. It is not easy to define impeccability without getting caught up in the concept of perfection, and yet there is a fine distinction between the two. This distinction lies in the difference between arrogance and humility, two further concepts which can only be understood through the term self-confidence. If we are to come to grips with the Warrior’s Path these terms must be carefully defined.

“Self-confidence, as it is generally understood, implies arrogant presumption; humility implies being impeccable in one’s actions and feelings.”

Since the warrior does not regard himself as being more important or less important than his fellow man, it does not matter to him if he loses face in the eyes of his fellow men. In other words, the warrior does not strive to be self-important and therefore does not care about public approval. This freedom from having to seek approval is true humility.

Since he no longer has to fear the impact his actions may have upon his sense of self-importance, the warrior’s only consideration is to act upon his own knowledge to the very best of his ability. Accordingly, a warrior understands self-confidence to mean confidence in one’s own ability to act like an impeccable warrior. It is obvious how different these two approaches are, and yet people often make the mistake of confusing the act of seeking approval with self-confidence. In seeking approval from his fellow men, man very rarely acts freely upon his own knowledge. To avoid acting according to one’s own knowledge merely to win the favour of someone else, is to be unimpeccable.

Impeccability is to act to the very best of your ability upon whatever knowledge happens to be available to you at any given moment. Time is the essence of impeccability; it is only the sense of mortality which engenders in man the desire to act impeccably.

When man is called upon to consider the concept of impeccability he usually cannot distinguish between perfection and impeccability. However, perfection is not at all the same as impeccability. To strive for perfection has the hidden motive of wanting to be the best. There is nothing wrong with this provided that one does not want to be the best merely to gain recognition or approval from one’s fellow men.

From the moment we are born death begins to stalk us. In the presence of death any act, regardless of size or significance, can be one’s last. Death can find one doing the shopping, driving one’s car, eating a meal, spending time with a loved one, or simply watching a beautiful sunset. If any act is going to be one’s last on earth, then it makes sense that it should be the finest of all one’s actions, and that one should savour every detail of those last few moments.

To live one’s life in the knowledge that every moment, that every act, matters, is to fill one’s life with uncountable riches and to imbue all one’s actions with that quality termed impeccability. It does not matter to the impeccable warrior that his life or his actions may be less than perfect. In living his life to the full, and in performing each action to the best of his ability, the warrior has no regrets and suffers no remorse. A life lived in this way is rich in joy and wonder, because there are no missed opportunities and no lost moments of pleasure.

In his pursuit of perfection man never fully enjoys the present moment, or his present situation, and therefore rarely gives of his best. Instead man lives a life which is only vaguely happy, filled as it is with undesired experiences only partially perceived, and half-hearted actions which are less than impeccable.

Perfection is a stupid waste of time and personal power, whereas impeccability replenishes personal power.

Should a warrior feel the need to be comforted, he simply chooses anyone or anything, be it a friend, dog, or mountain, to whom he expresses his innermost feelings. It does not matter to the warrior if he is not answered, or if he is not heard, because the warrior is not seeking to be understood or helped – by verbalising his feelings he is merely releasing the pressure of his battle. Such is the predilection of a warrior, and such is the impeccability of his spirit.

The prime requirement for walking the Warrior’s Path is the state of impeccability, but to achieve this we must sacrifice our view of the world. The principal constituent of this view is the belief that we have unlimited time on this earth. In this, reason is ever leading us astray, because reason delights in making us believe that it understands everything, and has it all under control. Yet there is very little to understand other than the fact that we all have incredible abilities and awesome potentials which never surface unless a sword is dangling overhead.

Accordingly, the warrior chooses to live by challenge and acknowledges the fact that he cannot afford to behave like an immortal being. The warrior does not waste his time in complaining about his life, nor does he waste his personal power in blaming others. Living on the very edge of life the warrior is always ready to seize his fleeting moment of chance and to claim his power. The warrior is an impeccable being fighting for his freedom, and in his struggle he sees life for what it truly is.

It is the prime requisite of a warrior’s being that his control must be impeccable; therefore he never allows anything to affect him. A warrior may be staring death in the face, but his actions will reveal nothing.

All of us must one day die. If we are to die tomorrow, or next year, then why not today, right now? In man’s fear of death he will avoid it at all costs, even at the expense of an honourable life. Although the warrior too fears death, he nevertheless also knows it to be his constant companion, and his best advisor. Therefore, the warrior does not try to avoid death, but knows that as long as he treats it with the utmost respect it will guide him into living an impeccable life which is filled with richness, power and the excitement of challenge.

Having witnessed the very essence of life and death, there is nothing in this world which a warrior cannot contend with, although to judge from his behaviour one would never suspect this.

Toltecs claim that to live the impeccable life of a warrior is the only justification for man being endowed with the priceless gift of life.

Also inherent within the title of ‘Toltec’ is the poignant truth concerning the warrior’s battle against old age. In choosing the Path of Total Freedom, the warrior has also relinquished the will to delay the aging process, and for that matter, death. As a result, the warrior knows that he is fighting a losing battle, and yet the impeccability of his spirit is such that he does not despair, nor does he resent the fact that he will never defeat this, his final enemy. Instead the warrior gives this battle his all, and allows his spirit to flow free and clear to rejoice in the wonder of the definitive journey. As incomprehensible as this may be from the angle of average man’s normal awareness, the warrior who is fighting the battle against old age is in effect going to his death singing!

By acknowledging the fact that his time upon earth is limited and that he can die at any given moment, the warrior turns his ordinary time into magical time; and by living in the moment and by taking full responsibility for his actions, the warrior achieves that alertness which makes each one of his acts an expression of his discipline and his predilection. This is the true meaning of the impeccability of the warrior’s spirit.

An apprentice starts off with the certainty that only by disciplining himself into becoming an impeccable warrior can he live his life without regrets, but by the time he has achieved warriorship, he knows beyond all controversy that impeccability of the spirit is for him his innermost predilection.

By being wide awake, and by living on the edge at all times, the warrior is capable of meeting his challenges impeccably in the moment. Every challenge met with impeccability yields personal power, and in having more personal power the warrior is able to intensify his awareness. This intensification obviously allows the warrior to see ever deeper meanings in the occurrences within his daily life, and these deeper meanings in turn ultimately lead him into seeing the interrelationship of life.

All our challenges in life are there so that we may learn the true value of the priceless gift of life and, in doing so, also learn what it is to take charge of the huge responsibility inherent within knowledge. This is true no matter whether we are the so-called victors or victims. Therefore, if we wish to acquire the impeccability of the warrior’s spirit, we cannot afford to take our circumstances in life at face value, but must strive instead to find the gifts of power they bring us.

4 responses to “Impeccability of the Warrior

  1. If we could only do this everyday….

    • jlcmom says:

      I know. This really gave me a lot to think about.

    • jlcmom says:

      “Should a warrior feel the need to be comforted, he simply chooses anyone or anything, be it a friend, dog, or mountain, to whom he expresses his innermost feelings.” This is a good explanation of why and how I write in my blog. 🙂

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