Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking.
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
All warfare is based on deception.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
With this current world situation we are stuck with our shadows. We used to escape our problems instead of deal with them, now we have to face them. We have to face our own shadows and the shadows of the people we are living with. Living with your family is like living with multiple mirrors, people who created your shadow and they reflect back and expose your shadow.
The beautiful jungle city of Iquitos in the Amazon rainforest in Peru is under a lot of pressure from the coronavirus; corruption and oxygen shortages. This is the place I was going to go to do my shamanic apprenticeship.
Love and prayers to you all there.