• Peaceful Warrior: Simple Steps Down The Path

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    A journal of one man's path toward spiritual enlightenment by physical and mental purity, fasting, raw food diet, few words, natural living, good works, right thinking, and exhilaration of the mind by following the guidance of the Inner Voice.

    Do “peace” and “warrior” go together? Is there an easier way to learn, thrive and have peace even during circumstances we don't like? Is there an easier way to affect politically active change?

    What is the one thing you need to do every day and six words that can alter your life forever?

    It's a practice of Everything; a talent for living.

    In 2013, Dan Millman gave this talk at TEDx about the peaceful warrior's way. It is a great short summation of that way, which was laid out in his semi-autobiographical book Way of the Peaceful Warrior.

    Peaceful Warrior is a movie based on the book and Dan's journey. It is sometimes called Rocky for the soul. Nick Nolte deserves an Oscar for living down that one mugshot and portraying the humble zen warrior called Socrates. In this Hero's Journey, Socrates is the mentor

    Dan: Hey Socrates, if you know so much why do you work in a gas station?

    Soc: This is a service station, we offer service. There is no higher purpose.

    Dan: Than pumping gas?

    Soc: Service to others


    Where are you? …. Here
    What time is it? … Now
    What are you? … This Moment

    Just some of the concepts laid throughout the storyline:

    • There are no ordinary moments.
    • A Warrior acts; only a fool reacts.
    • What do you do if you can’t do what you were born to do? Everything has a purpose — it’s up to you to find it.
    • The mind is just a reflex organ, always reacting…
    • Make every move about the move — that one moment in time.
    • Don’t fall into the trap — If only I had this, I’d be … If only … , I’d get to be happy.
    • If you don’t get what you want, you suffer. If you get what you want, you still suffer.
    • You control you. Master you.
    • Don’t pin your success on outcomes.
    • Take out the trash. Clear you mind of everything you don’t need (doubt, past failures, future victories, … etc.)
    • Develop the wisdom to use the right leverage at the right time.
    • You’ll never be better than anybody, the same way you’ll never be any less.
    • Enjoy the here and now — that’s the secret.
    • Other people’s perspectives don’t matter as much if you have your own perspective.
    • Don’t give up the one thing you control — your response.
    • Every action has its price and its pleasure.
    • Most people don’t live at all.
    • The warrior doesn’t give up what they love.
    • The warrior finds the love in what they do.
    • The warrior is not about invincibility.
    • Warrior is not about perfection. Warrior is about absolute vulnerability.

    Later, Socrates reveals to Dan, three rules of life – paradox, humor and change:

    1. Paradox – Life is a mystery – don't waste time trying to figure it out…
    2. Humor – Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself, it is a strength beyond all measure…
    3. Change – Know that nothing stays the same…

    Humor is laced throughout the movie and plays a big role in a peaceful warrior's life. Humor holds a lot of power as evidenced by the work of Dr. David Hawkins in Power vs Force:

    Humorlessness, in contrast, is hostile to health and happiness. Totalitarian systems are notably devoid of humor at any level — laughter, which brings acceptance and freedom, is a threat to their rule. After all, it's difficult to oppress people who have a good sense of humor. Beware the humorless — whether in the form of a person, institution, or belief system — for it's always accompanied by an impulse to control and dominate, even if its proclaimed objective is to create prosperity or peace.

    I could see the force field swirling around me, it seemed about three feet across. I could see out of it to the trees around the garden. I couldn't tell how high it went. At the outside of the swirling mass there were tiny illuminated gold tadpole shaped things. They were not very close together… maybe four inches apart, in a random pattern.

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