Contradiction brings struggle. Whether the contradiction exists inside of us or outside of us, a struggle exists between two forces. The struggle might be as simple as realizing I am cold when I want to be hot and putting on a sweater to warm up, or the struggle might be between two armed forces trying to overcome the other for matters of economic principle or a higher ideal, such as letting all of humanity be free.
When Odin first came to me, he greeted me with the statement, “Wilkommen al kriege.” Perusing a German dictionary, I discovered this meant, “Welcome the warrior.” A warrior, in Angeles Arien’s book The Four-Fold Way, is one who shows up. When I show up to my areas of resistance, a very real opportunity exists for soul growth.
If one comes to struggle and contradiction unconsciously, these are things that just happen to us. Accident.
If one comes to struggle with a conscious effort, one can bring to bear the full force of one’s own will within the struggle. And this is an entirely different thing. Destiny.
There is more I intend to say about this later.