Spirit of the Sword by Matt Bottos

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Does a warrior need victory via the subjugation of others?

Thinking beyond its basic representation of a lethal weapon, the sword can be seen as a tool to help in the quest of self realisation. The only thing to be severed is the ties to ones ego, defeating the imbalance that resides within.

I believe a true warrior values empathy, compassion & humility.

Think, meditate, study and understand others and how they feel.

Know yourself. The true and honest essence of yourself. Honour and cherish it. Live it.

The flute that soothes your spirit is carved from the very wood that is hollowed with knives. Khalil Gibran

Special thanks to Sensei Spencer Franks


  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauover 4 years ago

    Great shot!! Love the angle and composition!!

  • Thanks Jean!

    – Matt Bottos

  • kimangeline
    kimangelineover 4 years ago

    excellent shot and the words to go with it are so powerful and true.

  • Hey there Kim! Thanks :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • stateofundress
    stateofundressover 4 years ago

    brilliant work,,, well done

  • thank you wendy!

    – Matt Bottos

  • rawdiamond
    rawdiamondover 4 years ago

    A peaceful yet powerful image with a high degree of spirituality. The words are Also powerful and soothing. Beautiful control fo light in this.

  • Thanks!

    – Matt Bottos

  • bluewhite
    bluewhiteover 4 years ago

    Love your words here, Matt, that go with this amazing image!!!

  • Thanks Lin!

    – Matt Bottos

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image again Matt, I like this series a lot. Especially the words with this one are wise and beautiful to me..
    hugs, anna

  • Thanks anna… always great to hear from you :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • simoneb
    simonebover 4 years ago

    Superb work Matt, instant fave. Love the accompanying words too mate, so very true, pity a few more martial artists didn’t live by them!

  • thanks simone! I was thinking & hoping that you might dig this one ;)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muirover 4 years ago

    wonderful shot matt awesome tones :)

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 4 years ago

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyerover 4 years ago

    There is such wonderful communion and connection with what could be such an awesome weapon Matt – it’s beautiful!
    K x

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