warrior's creed

I have no parents:

I make the heaven and earth my parents.

 

I have no home:

I make awareness my home.

 

I have no life and death:

I make the tides of breathing my life and death.

 

I have no divine powers:

I make honesty my divine power.

 

I have no means:

I make understanding my means.

 

I have no secrets:

I make character my secret.

 

I have no body:

I make endurance my body.

 

I have no eyes:

I make the flash of lightening my eyes.

 

I have no ears:

I make sensibility my ears.

 

I have no limbs:

I make promptness my limbs.

 

I have no strategy:

I make "unshadowed by thought" my strategy.

 

I have no design:

I make "seizing opportunity by the forelock" my design.

 

I have no miracles:

I make right action my miracle.

 

I have no principles:

I make adaptability to all circumstances my principle.

 

I have no tactics:

I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.

 

I have no talent:

I make ready wit my talent.

 

I have no friends:

I make my mind my friend.

 

I have no enemy:

I make carelessness my enemy.

 

I have no armor:

I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.

 

I have no castle:

I make immovable mind my castle.

 

I have no sword:

I make absence of self my sword.

 

-samurai's creed  14th century-

(image: Hilma af Klint)